Hiya all you lovers of fine indie artisan fragrance, We chat about Olympic Orchids a lot on AustralianPerfumeJunkies, I do especially, because there is always something wonderful and unusual to write about, also I love the aesthetic of the company: its founder and creative genius Ellen Covey is sweet and a powerhouse of so much in her life with so many facets that I find respect-able. Know what I mean? The Olympic Orchids product is also reasonable priced and they ship to the world.
Olympic Orchids Patchouli Lovers 100% Natural Soap
Photo Supplied Ellen Covey at Olympic Orchids
I grabbed the 2012 Christmas Box from Olympic Orchids last year, one for me and one for a friend. It had sat looked at but unloved since Christmas and I remembered that it had a Bath Oil in it. Being a Bath Oil lover (currently making my way through a Vintage 500ml Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon’s) and having a bath daily I like to try different stuff so grabbed the Amber Labdanum Bath Oil, which is gorgeous BTW, but what I needed at the time seriously was to replace the nasty sliver of soap in my tray.
The Patchouli Lovers 100% Natural Bath Soap is a big clear square bar. It fits well in my hand, lathers beautifully and the smell is heaven! Patchouli, Patchouli, Patchouli like the one you get in Essential Oils: dry, raspy, green, earthy, bitter, smooth and sweet all at once. It also creates a soft afterglow of patchouli that is a wonderful base for more patchouli or, as I did today, a nice added luster to L’Huere Bleue by Guerlain. With the soap adding a Patchouli hint to the whole L’Heure Bleue powdery magic it was a modern and elegant duet and they played off one another beautifully.
Ellen doesn’t say on the site what her soaps are made of but Patchouli Lovers has left my skin feeling soft and comfortable, I used it on my face too with no tightness afterwards, just clean and shiny new.
Olympic Orchids Site has bars $7.50
Olympic Orchids Sonnet XVII
Photo Stolen OlympicOrchids
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citron, cubeb (pepper), white champa flower, mastic (resin)
Heart: Chilean mountain orchid, osmanthis
Base: Spikenard (Nard), oakmoss, Haitian vetiver, Bourbon vanilla, woods, musks, natural ambergris
You must wait till Olympic Orchids Sonnet XVII dries on your skin before you wave it in front of your nose, it will burn you out quickly otherwise. The first minutes smell almost exactly like the stables I used to muck out on the weekends and the paddocks we used to clear of horse apples. It is fecal and urinous, outrageous in its intensity and I feel ever so naughty even wearing it. He He He.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Deep, dark and damp freshly turned compost, healthy earth and pine needles. Sonnet XVII is awkward, vibrant, gorgeous and disgusting. I am drawn to it and love it yet in the opening am also overwhelmed. You know how you see those double images? Young girl/Crone? Flashing in and out till finally you pick and image, or it picks you, and then it takes heaps of concentration to see the other? Like that and ending on glorious. For the heavily fragrant body of Sonnet XVII I have difficulty taking my mind out of the stable. It’s like Ellen and Michelyn decided to create oudh without using the highly prized and currently ubiquitous scent. All the medicinal, fecal, barnyard properties are here in abundance. Through it’s whole scent life it is interesting, challenging and over the top. Sonnet XVII is one of the reasons we need Indie Perfumers.
After about 5 hours and the fragrance has dried right down Sonnet XVII becomes a very soft woodsy/earthy/vanillic wash. Pretty but still interesting and unusual.
Photo Stolen Flickr
From Olympic Orchids: Sonnet XVII is a collaborative effort between perfumer Ellen Covey and Michelyn Camen, Editor-in Chief of CaFleureBon, as described here. It is a fragrant tribute to the love poems of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).
A few lines of Sonnet XVII express the feeling that this perfume creates:
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms, but carries
In itself the light of hidden flowers.”
Olympic Orchids Site has $18/5ml Parfum and $65/30ml EdP
Olympic Orchids GIVEAWAY
WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
5ml Sonnet XVII
5ml California Chocolate (the newest Olympic Orchid release)
(I have sprayed these for purposes of review)
P&H Anywhere in the world
HOW DO YOU WIN?
EASY!!! Leave a “Hello” in the comments
Entries Close Sunday August 11 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post Monday 12th.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner.
The winners will have till Thursday 15th August 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.
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Till next time seek some lovely light,
How odd to see you over here!
It must be the lure of your that patchouli that you hold so precious!
So I will say hello, and remark on how well you travel and tip my hat to you.
The Perfumed Dandy
If it’s not too late, please enter me in the draw. As a city girl, the Sonnet scared me a little, but honestly thy both sound intriguing. Love your writing! So much interesting imagery.
Hey there Spiker,
There will be another giveaway in no time so keep your eyes peeled.
I would like, please, to try my luck
Hey there Irina,
So nice to see you
This looks absolutely divine!
That’s EXACTLY the response we hope for,
This house is new to me but I absolutely LOVE Neruda’s Sonnets. I’m intrigued by the review and would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks so much!
AHA! I love that you come at this from the complete other direction Tambri. Good Luck.
I love Ellen Covey. She has done a couple special scents for me and is always very generous with her samples. I have the Sonnet sample and tried the new chocolate ones and I really like them. The Sonnet is a bit different and I work with young children so it would never be an everyday scent for me!! I would love to win this draw and Portia I love reading everything you put out there! xo
Yes Beth, I agree, Ellen is very loveable.
Big Cheesy Grin Factor 12 here. thank you.
Hello! The Patchlovers Lovers soap sounds divine!
Divine is an excellent word for the soap.
Hello! I would love to try the Sonnet XVII…I have sampled the California Chocolate and I love it. Thanks for the draw.
Aha! Lucky you. The California Chocolate is pretty special isn’t it?
Ooooh that soap and the amber oil sound heavenly! I have never tried Olympic Orchids so I would love to win! Thank you for the draw.
You’re welcome Sujaan.
Hello! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂 I am especially intrigued by the soap!
Good answer Nemo, it is beautiful. We are not even a little way through ours but I have already ordered more.
Fantastic reviews, Portia. I can’t believe I haven’t spent time with Sonnet XVII yet, especially based on your barnyard description. I must remedy that soon. Thanks for the giveaway!
You are totally and utterly welcome Stacey. It is a stunning fragrance.
so glad you do international giveaways. please do enter me. I have read about Olympic Orchids, especially remember reading about and being drawn to California Chocolate.
That’s excellent news mridula,
Helloooo! How fitting, a giveaway that includes a chocolate-y perfume right after a post about brownies. I’ve tried a few Olympic Orchids, but nowhere near enough. I remember I tried them while watching The Maltese Falcon- the one with Bogart. 🙂
How many did you try in the one sitting Connie? I love that movie BTW
Thanks for the draw! I hope I will win this time. I’ve been curious about this line for a while.
Good Luck Katrin
Hello! Sounds amazing, and I would love to try it. This company has been on my list of things to try for a long time.
Nice to see you here, aren’t you IFRA banned? Am I allowed to even chat to you? Maybe you’re vintage?
Sonnet XVII is amazing so would gladly receive a decant of that =) of course California Chocolate has also been on my to try list for a long time… thanks for the draw!
YAY! Another fan Womo531,
Don’t enter me in the draw, but the soap sounds fabulous…
Hey there Tom,
It is fabulous. and so reasonable priced for Independant Art Creation.
Hi, Portia – I am a fan of both Olympic Orchids and CaFleurebon, esp. Michelyn’s art direction, but I recently won a drawing over there so no need to enter me here, I just want to support the cause. The patchouli soap sounds great, I’m always looking for new soap. Thanks for your reviews!
Hey there Rosarita,
You sure you don’t want in? If the fates choose you?
The patchouli soap is so good. When I get home at night after Trivia and I’ve taken my make up off and go to the bathroom to wash my face properly the Patchouli Soap smell makes me smile each night. It’s like Ellen Cover is waving hello.
As a lover of unusual dirty earthy skanky scents, please count me in!
Also, Chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
Loved your review! Olympic Orchids has been on my ‘buy a sample set’ list for ages now…
It’s hard to get to all the Indie fragrance makers, there are so many. I try to get to as many as I can because that’s where the groundbreaking, fun and naughty stuff seems to be happening. I love me some mainstream but Indie is special,
I am completely intrigued, please add my name to the drawing
That is an excellent start Kate Curry, Completely Intrigued.
Hello I would love to enter, and the perfume sounds magnificent! Much love to you.
Thank you Edward,
There is much love around me, I wish the same for you.
Hello, Portia darling! I’ve sniffed the California Chocolate, and it’s DELISH.
It’s funny because though it smells like Oranges and Chocolate it’s not a sweety sweet gourmand.
I LOVE Olympic Orchids!! I have had awesome luck with Olympic Orchids giveaways before but I would absolutely not mind some more!! 😀
Ha Ha Ha Nice to see you Nadja. Good luck.
Hello Portia and thanks for yet another draw. It sure would be wonderful to smell California Chocolate.
Hello Martin, It is good to smell.
Hey Portia dear!
Thanks! They sound fun, especially Sonnet. I’d like to be entered in the giveaway!
Btw, did You manage to solve Your Neroli problem finally?
I don’t remember my neroli problem. Could you please refresh me?
Hugs right back,
Neroli Budapest? Yes. They can’t send Amouage to the world because of Licensing Laws. They are the best international shippers and their prices are always exceptionally reasonable. I love Aron and Orsolya, so dedicated to good service.
Love the skank!! And spikenard? Don’t see that very often. Please enter me in this amazing draw! Thanks!
Spikenard, the Jesus oil, such a great story of the Bible isn’t it?
Hello to you too LeatherMountain,
hey, babydoll! DNEM – just stopping by to ask what kind of tub you have? I LOVE baths – am a great fan of a shower, then long bath soak – but our current tub is shallow and icky. Am looking at soaking tubs for apres-renovation!
We have a regular tub, not that long it’s not an all in one. I can get up to my nipples in before I have to start bending. There are some amazing ones on the market currently.
Hi Portia! What an interesting review! I can’t quite imagine smelling like a barnyard, that cracks me up. I mucked stalls when I was younger too, and I know exactly what you mean. Was it something you felt like you had to be careful about where you wore it? Kind of makes me want to break out the MKK tho!
You know I only think like that (careful where you wear it) when thinking in review terms, you know, for readers. I am so lucky because most days I have the house to myself, there’s maybe an hour crossover where people are there and I’m getting ready for work, then I spray the shit out of myself with something fabulous and go waft around a Trivia event for a couple of hours, by the time I’m home and ready for bed it’s time for a bed scent or I am enjoying the dry down of something that’s been on for about 5 hours. Only date night do I have to worry.
I love MKK too but it’s a teddybear compared to the magic of Sonnet XVII
Hello, Portia! Sonnet XVII sounds amazing, and I really need to try more things from Olympic Orchids. I feel a serious sample order coming on.
They have an excellent sample page and there is currently a sell off of some 5ml samples at a very attractive discount.
I seriously want to try this line. Still haven’t gotten around to it!
Susan, HELLO back at you. You need to try you some Olympic Orchids.
Hello! I haven’t commented on anything in a while, but I am still reading all your posts. I live every one if them. My favorite excerpt from this one: “Flashing in and out till finally you pick and image, or it picks you.”
Thanks Joni Dischner,
Welcome back to the keyboard. Glad to have you commenting again. Good luck.
Mmm, California Chocolate sounds delish. Have been eyeing off the Olympic Orchids website too.
Horse apples, are they like barker’s eggs?
If Barker’s Eggs are dog poo then YES!!
Oh my Gosh!
Hello! Thanks for the drawing!
You are most welcome Erika.
Hello, Portia! Nice article! Olympic Orchids products always get my attention. Thanks for this great giveaway.
OMG! You would completely ROCK Sonnet XVII. I can already smell it on you, yummy.
Hello Portia –
I liked the imagery in the review. It makes me curious about Olympic Orchids, a house I’ve not tried YET. So, please enter me in the giveaway.
You are totally entered Martha. Olympic Orchids has seriously rocked my nose since I fell deep down the wormhole.
By golly, Portia! These giveaways keep coming! Thank you again!
Not much of a reader of poetry, but that poem certainly sounds beautiful in a weird way for me. It’d be lovely to try a perfume that can give the same feeling! (:
I FREAKIN’ love giveaways. The poem is only the beginning.
I’d love to try this. Thanks for the draw!
Hey there FeralJasmine,
I’d really like to get a whiff of the chocolate. Thanks for the draw!!!!!
It is extraordinary, photo-realism in fragrance.
I like interesting and unusual-keeps life fun. Thanks for the drawing!
Me too PatriciaC, you are most welcome.
Hi, would be nice to win it ;-), thx!!
He He He Winning is always nice Alicia.
I’d read something about California Chocolate,
sounded interesting. Ellen had said that at a fragrance exhibition it was the one that kept bringing smiles to peoples faces when they sniffed it.
You remember correctly, they couldn’t believe how much it smelled like Orange Chocolate, we call that Jaffa flavour here in Oz after a round marble sized orange coated chocolate that was often used to roll down theatre aisles by naughty kids.
I eat jaffas all the time :))
YUM, JAFFAs rule the world.