Heya POSSEEEEEEE! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with a wonderful 4th of July post about one of your own: small batch, American, niche perfumery, Anya’s Garden. Anya McCoy launched the brand from Miami, Florida in 1991 and labels it America’s first modern natural perfumery line. Anya is President of the Natural Perfumers Guild plus being Founder and Head Instructor of the Natural Perfumery Institute. Currently there are around 11, I think 2 new ones are appearing soon, perfumes available from the house and Anya very kindly sent me a sample pack with about .5ml of all 11 fragrances. Kewdra is one of my favourites.
Kewdra by Anya McCoy for Anya’s Garden 2010
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From the Anya’s Garden site I grabbed this spiel and most of my story about Anya. Monica from CaFleureBon named Kewdra one of her Top Frags for 2010.
Kewda flower melds with the iconic heroine Kudra of Jitterbug Perfume into a floral heart of Chinese Gardenia and Golden Boronia. Then the musk hits. Oh, the musk, sweet, sultry and like a second, sensual skin.
Modern Indian Floraliental
gardenia Anya’s Garden
gold boronia Tasmania
ambrette seed India
sandalwood Sri Lanka
WOW! Quite an impressive line up of ingredients. as always though my question is, How does it smell?
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To start with GREEN, but sweet green, very natural, herbaceous, earthy and grass clippings-ish. After the initial rush calms I get a country road feeling, maybe a paddock after rain, totally devoid of humanity Kewdra is alive and vibrant greenery, this is the perfume that triffids wear. At once alluring and beguiling I can imagine it being the smell of all vegetative flora combined. I get wafts of many of the named ingredients and there are some here that I am not familiar with at all: patchouli and boronia, beeswax sandalwood and vanilla are all there but in wafts, they play hide and seek through the others. I know what a gardenia smells like but get none of it, perhaps I’m anosmic to the particular way it’s been treated in here.
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After the first half hour Kewdra softens very daintily into a fragrance less intrusive and domineering than its initial shout. Suddenly it is plush and tranquil, still with moderate sillage and projection but it becomes like the gorgeous smell of a very upmarket beauty salon, a relaxing scent that is meditative yet showing signs of a rich sexuality kept hidden or withheld: tantric. I feel like I am wearing a perfume oil from the Asian continent, something from the Ayurvedic medicines, Chinese teas or the Korean baths. All of these are represented through Kewdra, and none of them, hints, nods and waves.
Later there is a dry rustle through the scent, still warm and green but a sliver of dry-ness peeks through and yet again tweaks my interest. This coupled with the hefty inclusion of musks, sweetness of vanilla and something else I cannot name make a beautiful sheer dry down. So special!! So sensual……
A wonderful scent that would be excellent work wear, as long as you give Kewdra 15-30 minutes to lose its big opening. Should you wish to announce your presence then spritz and enter, though you’ll not skunk the room everyone will certainly take notice. I get good longevity for a Natural Perfume, Kewdra can last up to 4 hours before I lose its scent entirely.
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Have you tried the Anya’s Garden line? What were your impressions?
If you liked this then trot on over to AustralianPerfumeJunkies because we are doing a special Anya’s Garden GIVEAWAY over there this week. It would be great if you could be a part of it too.
Loads of love,
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