Hiya POSSEEEEEEE! Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies in the Posse with an Australian crew Tommi Sooni and their 2012 release Passerelle. Every now and then there is a spate of interest on the blogs and boards in this wonderful company, I love today’s offering and hope you enjoy the read.
Passerelle by Tommi Sooni 2012
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica givers these featured accords:
Top: Jasmine, paperbark, tea tree, honey, myrtle, boronia, silver wattle or mimosa
Heart: Yellow roses, honeysuckle, golden trumpet, Chimonanthus or Wintersweet
Base: Australian sandalwood, petit grain
From Tommi Sooni: Our intention: to create a distinctive perfume with links to classic French perfumery, an Australian perfume that reflects the unique floral notes of our native flora. But where to begin? To go forward you must also look back. By researching the history of colonial Australia we discovered the French also sent explorers south, not to conquer but to enrich French culture with the natural wonders of Terre Australis…. The word Passerelle is French for bridge or catwalk, a name befitting a perfume that is both fashionable and a fragrant link between two cultures.
Photo Stolen FreeAussieStock
The fragrance goes on fresh and bright green with the Aussie flowers and petigrain contrasting and combining beautifully. Passerelle feels like real old school perfumery to me, the stuff you find in perfectly preserved vintage purchases. There is a definite womanly, human background and Steven informs me there is a civet accord hiding here. The tea tree is also adding a soft base note below and through the orgy of flowers and glorious, almost alpine flight of fantasy over the top. This is a wholly wearable scent; sexy and alluring but cool and serene. There are definitely facets to Passerelle that will take time and wear to discover.
This is world class perfumery and Passerelle could proudly sit beside Serge Lutens, Tauer or Parfums de Nicolai in your cupboard or on your dresser. Different, vital and Aussie. Congratulations Tommi Sooni, this one feels like a winner.
It’s wonderful to show you an Australian fragrance company that’s competing with the big boys of the world, have you tried any of the Tommi Sooni range?
Disclosure: This is an edit from another piece written back in 2012. I was wondering why I was so familiar with this fragrance as I was writing, and then it dawned.