Hey there Posse! In 2013 Jin & I were in Venice, Italy and coincidentally it happened to be Carnivale. We couldn’t have timed it better and it was a wonderful time. The holiday was all about walking everywhere, laughing, eating, seeing famous historical places, museums and art galleries. We did take a moment to try some of the Italian fragrances and the Sigilli line was one that I liked a few of but bought only one bottle: Pyrgos. The bag was already quite frag laden and we still hadn’t reached Paris. We did not try Hymba at that time but I’m glad because the choice would have been made doubly hard. Especially now I know the back story….
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From Wikipedia: The Himba (Hymba) are indigenous peoples with an estimated population of about 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola.
From Fragrantica: The Hymba WOMEN extract a particular resin called Omumbiri from a plant which originates in that area (like Boswellia, where incense comes from). Other than selling it, they use it for a very particular purpose: they mix it with butter and red soil and make a compound which they rub on their bodies, thereby becoming real human sculptures with a bronze colour and a heady resin-milky scent. “I was so fascinated by it that I wanted to create a perfume inspired by the Himba women. I buy Omumbiri and in my laboratories I transform it into a resinoid to give life to this fragrance.” – Enrico Buccella.
Hymba by Enrico Buccella for Sigilli 2012
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Myrtle, citrus
Heart: Vanilla, Omumbiri resin (Commiphora wildii)
Base: Sandalwood, cedar, birch, amber
Ahhh, the citrus/myrtle opening is almost eucalyptus and extremely invigorating and refreshing. Hymba opens like a walk through the Australian bush just after rain. There is something delightfully wet and crisp about it. A tingling, zesty sparkle.
The heart of Hymba is resinous, obviously, but this Omumbiri is a sharpish resin, lightly green yet still smooth and elegant. Imagine if galbanum was at half strength with unsweetened vanilla and dry raspy vetiver woven through and you’ll get a hint of what the heart of Hymba is like on me. I can imagine the Hymbra women smelling incredible covered in this and sweating in the hot sun.
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Dry down is a soft bitter wood curled lovingly around a creamy amber. Very appealing and lasting power is excellent. Add to this the extremely reasonable price for 100ml and its suitability to wear almost anywhere and I am completely surprised that Hymba is not a hot favourite fragrance of perfumistas everywhere.
Do you love the stories of fragrance? Can they push you over the edge to a purchase if the fragrance is also good?
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