Eric Buterbaugh Nick’s Sunflower Review

Eric Buterbaugh Nick's SunflowerEric Buterbaugh has released the perfect spring/summer perfume – Nick’s Sunflower.

Eric Buterbaugh, along with California hat maker Nick Fouquet, created Buterbaugh Nick’s Sunflower.  The question they tried to answer  – If a sunflower did smell, what would it smell like?  Created by Perfumer Ilian Ermenidis, with notes of linden flower, quince, lychee, narcisse, nectarine, orange blossom, tiare, jasmine, osmanthus, tuberose, muscenone (musk note) and ambrox.

I have no idea what a sunflower (the flower part) should smell it if it had a smell.  I know the rest of it – green and woody.  Buterbaugh Nick’s Sunflower is none of those things – it blooms with a sunshiney feel – white flowers underpinned with sweeter and more citrus notes that make it happy and joyous.  There is a wee bit of a “fresh” smell in there. Normally, I’d be running for the hills, but it fits in there like it belongs and fades enough that I get back to the sunshine-drenched white flowers.

How close did they come to capturing the feel of what a sunflower should smell like?  I don’t know, but they got the summer sun part of it right.  This is made for summer and hot days. I’ve been wearing it since I got it because my mood is very much improved while wearing it, and it’s just really pretty.  I’ve loved wearing it, and that’s hit the top of my list the last couple of years of important things a perfume should do.

The puppy is healing, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  Now she wants to get back to doing everything she thinks she should be doing, but her doctor has said no to.  Monitoring is exhausting, and I’m getting some things done, but not nearly as much as I want to be doing.  My backyard benefits the most since it’s easiest to take them all outside for an hour.

Some mop-up giveaways from prior weeks – First, don’t have the Deer smut thing yet, so can’t give it away.  Winners of the By Kilian Black Phantom or Amouage Blossom Love (you pick) sample   – Kate E. and Silentbillblog, Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.

I’ll give away four samples of the Buterbaugh Nick’s Sunflower to commenters drawn at random.  so trying to figure out a Sunflower smell, can that be done or should it?  Well, if you win, it will make you happy regardless, it’s beautiful.

29 Comments

  1. I would love to try this. It sounds perfect.

  2. I’m about to plant sunflowers because they’re a happy summer flower. I’d love to try a happy summer fragrance. Thanks for the draw!

  3. I believe it should be done as every flower has an aroma though many are just too high of a vibration for our feeble mortal senses to perceive. This sounds magnificent: narcisse, quince, lychee, linden, tiarë and ambrox all in one scentual experience has my mind racing, my nostrils quivering and my soul afire!! I’ve been longing to try any of this luxurious (and prohibitively priced for me currently) line ever since I first heard of/read about them and hope to be able to, should the Perfume Gods smile on me…thanks for a great review and awesome draw. PS so glad puppy is better, I know what you’re going through Patty my Shadow list his right eye at three months old. Smell swell be well and blessed be!

  4. Your description of this perfume is fabulous! I’m all about a perfume that makes me feel happy! It’s hard to find a scent that can withstand the Florida humidity and still smell great. I must try this one! Please, pick me! ?

  5. His sounds very interesting. I have not tried any of his fragrances

  6. I sooooo want to try this!!!! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They are just so HAPPY. I have a stuffed sunflower named Delia and another named Grant.

  7. Thanks for another amazing review, will have to mention this one to my wife it sounds like a lovely summer fragrance. Hope your pup fully recovers soon and thanks so much for the sample I’ll email you shortly.

  8. Oh, please let me try this, thanks for the chance.

  9. That sounds absolutely delightful!!! The blend does indeed sound summer perfect.

  10. This sounds nice but I do imagine sunflowers being more like the carnation or chrysanthemum scent, just because of the type of flower.
    Still, this sounds lovely and I don’t think there’s anything amiss with taking sunflowers as inspiration.

  11. I would love to try this, particularly to replace the Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers idea in my head as a sunflower perfume. It sound so much more pleasant!!

  12. I imagine sunflowers are being a bit marigold-esque, maybe with hints of sage and wet creosote. Herbal, dry, sun-baked. That would probably make a perfume that smelled like bug spray, but in my head it’s lovely.

  13. Love his hyacinth and jasmine, this sounds even more wonderful!

  14. A summer perfume that doesn’t smell like the beach sounds perfect right about now and this includes some of my favorite notes. Linden flower, tiare, jasmine, osmanthus! Not sure I’d have ever picked those to be in a scent named after a sunflower but what’s in a name these days?!

  15. Anything that makes me happy would be just about great right now. I can’t wait to try it (if the gods of chance smile on me).

  16. This sounds interesting, like a needed corrective to that awful Elizabeth Arden Sunflower from the sunflower craze of the ’90s. Thanks for the draw!

  17. I would love to smell ‘sunflowers”! Glad your pup is doing better..

  18. This doesn’t sound like my idea of sunflowers, but then I understand a lot of other perfumes don’t mimic the real flower they have in their name either. This line is too expensive for me, but I would love to try this. Pretty and happy, who wouldn’t want that from a summer scent?

    This evening I am testing the perfume Orlov, a warm and amber-like creation, it reminds me a little of an expensive dessert wine in fact. Not the right time for it now when the first summery days have come, but since I had been curious for a while I finally bought a sample.

  19. The large sunflowers that grow in my mother’s garden smell green, woody, and pollen-y. A bit like marigolds but much more delicate.

    Thanks for the review, and so glad to hear the puppy is doing well.

  20. I’m glad your puppy is doing well and hope her recovery goes quickly! I think making a perfume inspired by sunflowers is a great idea. It sounds lovely.

  21. A happy fragrance would be much appreciated right now, and I love big, white florals. Thanks for the chance to try this! Glad your fur baby is on the mend 🙂

  22. All I can think of is Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers, which everyone wore back in the day. We were lucky one year when we lived in Texas. Someone planted a field of sunflowers as a commercial crop (for the seeds/oil, I think). When they bloomed, it was gorgeous and it got a bit overrun with people wanting to get out in the middle of it to take pictures. The farmer had to have the cops come to keep people out. But they were glorious!

  23. Someone already mentioned Elizabeth Arden’s Sunflowers, which was my high school perfume. I hated high school. So, I’m all for a new scent of sunflower, and I’m looking for a summer glow… maybe this is the one.

  24. I’m glad to hear that your puppy is healing well. 🙂 We grow edible sunflowers for harvest on our property and they really don’t have much of a scent at all, just vegetal.

  25. I like the concept of the scent, though I imagine a sunflower smelling dirtier, greener, woodier than that list of notes. That said, I’ve loved the other scents in this line so I’d love to try it! Thanks for the drawing.

  26. Sunflowers! Thank you for the draw opportunity. I’d love to try it.
    Be well. ?

  27. yay ..love omanthus…so many notes in this sound great and i need some instant happiness : )
    i shall have a good whiff of a sunflower next time i see one.i imagine a honeyed nutty faint sunshine on soil smell.

  28. Good news about the puppy! The sunflowers perfume sounds great, makes me really curious. I’d love to try it!

  29. Go puppy. Go Mom. All words that make me happy-puppy&Mom. Wish I had one of each. Well really just wish I still had my Mom.
    I love that this fragrance induced happiness. A resounding review for a scent. I’ve put this on my to order list for when the darkness steals the sunshine. At 75$ for 10 ml it’s a cheap spirit lift. Kiss those pups of yours.

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