Southern Bloom by Goldfield & Banks

Hey there Posse. It’s not so often I get top brag about Australian perfume companies. Today then is a Red Letter Day. Goldfield & Banks was founded in Sydney in 2016 by Belgian – French, Dimitri Weber. In my collection are Pacific Rock Moss, Velvet Splendour and Wood Infusion. This week a new baby arrived, bought from a FaceBook Sales Doc, Southern Bloom. Wore it properly tonight to walk with Jin for dinner with friends and then to see LEAP, a new dance spectacular opening night. The room was packed and we LOVED it. It’s going to tour Australia, not sure about the world. Fingers crossed for you all. LEAP was definitely worth seeing.

Southern Bloom by Goldfield & Banks Australia

Southern Bloom by Goldfield & Banks

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cassis, Mandarin Orange
Heart: Boronia, Coconut, Italian Iris, Jasmine Sambac, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Australian Sandalwood, Musk, Amber, Vetiver

Southern Bloom is captivating. That sharp opening, so refreshing and simple which opens up suddenly to a coconut/ylang tropical vibe. From cool shadow to warm beach sunset in the blink of an eye. That rich tropical zone lasts beautifully. Intoxicating is the word that keeps coming into my mind, intoxicating but not overwhelming. There is a softness, some air between the notes.

For me Southern Bloom has a lovely sillage, in fact it’s better as a waft than to my nose close up. When I wear it on my wrists and get surprise bursts of perfume it is a lift every time. When wearing large amounts on my chest and elsewhere I become nose blind to the fragrance much quicker.

While Southern Bloom leans traditionally modern femme it doesn’t seem out of place on me. If you love Songes or Bronze Goddess then I think you’ll also fall for Southern Bloom. It’s not the same but it is alike in mood, more restrained and a little more modern. Lasting power is average and projection a little less.

Could you Southern Bloom?
Portia xx


  • Neva says:

    Wonderful! I’m looking forward to trying out Goldfield&Banks. It is now available in a perfumery in my hometown. Pacific Rock Moss sounds like my cup of tea.
    I’ve searched for LEAP on YouTube but could not find it. Is it the name of the show or the performers?

  • Musette says:

    I could Southern Bloom in a Sydney Minute!


  • grizzlesnort says:

    I love your reviews.

  • March says:

    I’ve not tried this, it sounds lovely! I have a fairly generous decant of Pacific Rock Moss which I thought was wonderful; hanging on to it in hopes of being able to enjoy it again. Thanks for the reminder about this line!

    • Portia says:

      OOOH! March, I love that Pacific Rock Moss is the one you have. It’s really unexpected that it’s the one that blows your skirt. I love it too
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    I love Southern Bloom and own many from this house. Sunset Hour is next on my list. Velvet Splendour is a top favorite.

    • Portia says:

      I’m loving how many people have mentioned Velvet Splendour today TaraC, it doesn’t get so much love on the Oz FB pages.
      Portia xx

  • Jennifer S says:

    I have a few sample vials of G&B scents but the one I fell for was Desert Rosewood. Love it and hope to have a fb someday! Southern Bloom sounds right up my alley. Lemming created lol.

    • Portia says:

      Hey JenniferS,
      YAY for lemming creation. I’ll take an enabler pin for that thanks.
      Desert Rosewood is bloody gorgeous too.
      Portia xx

  • cinnamon says:

    This sounds lovely, as does your evening. I’ve been in restaurants in the recent past but have yet to visit a museum, gallery, gone to a concert.

    • Portia says:

      Thanks Cinnamon,
      We are a lot more lasses faire here in Oz I think. This week I’ve done all those things, well a few performances in theatres maybe not a concert.
      Portia x

  • carole macleod says:

    Their discovery set is awesome! I love their fragrances. I loved the Tommi Sooni line, too. You Australians have access to such unique materials to use in perfumery-I think you guys are amazing.

    Blue penguins? For Real?

    • Musette says:

      Tommi Sooni Tarantella! I got one of the first ‘omg’ leather notes from that – then the note disappeared. dagNABBIT! But it’s still a lovely perfume – I have a bottle and treasure it.


    • Portia says:

      Hey Carole,
      HOW I WISH I’d seen the writing on the wall and bought the while lot of Tommi Sooni perfumes, and back ups.
      Portia xx

      • carole macleod says:

        I wish I bought the fig one, too. All of them actually. But I have Passarelle, and it’s gorgeous-French perfume done with Australian ingredients, and the packaging is to die for.

  • AnnieA says:

    G&B might be findable over this way. My friend had an amazing time in Australia but was unable to do any proxy perfume shopping for me as she was staying in beach shacks, seeing the blue penguins, etc.

    • Portia says:

      Bummer for you Annie but amazing for your friend. Tasmania or South Australia for the penguins?
      Portia xx

      • AnnieA says:

        Yes, South Australia, and there was some spiny creature at a koala reserve whose name I didn’t catch.

  • Tom says:

    I could, very easily. And I may have to.

  • Maya says:

    Goldfield and Banks has some lovely scents. It’s a house I really like. Southern Bloom is my favorite from them and a favorite in general. It’s pretty and uplifting. I also like Desert Rosewood and White Sandalwood and have decants. Right now I’ve been sampling Sunset Hour. So far, very good.