Hello PerfumePosse, Portia in the house from Australian Perfume Junkies and you already know how much I love Independent perfumers, especially the lovely Ellen Covey of Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes. Recently i did a bit of an order from them and have had so much to sniff and wear coming at me that Olympic Amber one got completely lost among the rabble. We had a cool snap during the evenings here in Sydney and I was looking for something quick as I ran out the door to work that would be suitably cuddly.
Olympic Amber by Olympic Orchids 2011
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Natural labdanum, vanilla, benzoin, incense, resins, patchouli, and woods
From the Olympic Orchid Site: This was originally formulated as a base for other perfumes, but it stands beautifully on its own. A rich amber scent… a true oriental fragrance that will transport you on a jeweled magic carpet of olfactory delights.
So being totally fearless when it comes to fragrance I did 3 big spritzes as I fled the house, chest and both inner elbows without even thinking about it. Grabbed my bag, mobile, keys and about to lock the house door when WOW! I mean really and sincerely… WWOOOOOOWWWWWWW! There is an initial green, earthy patchouli rush that is fleeting before the resinous, tense minor key comes in and vibrates against the green. It is both beautiful and uncomfortable and they push against each other like bulls butting heads, there is a frisson and discord that is not awful but certainly other.
Pretty soon the incense acts as intermediary and the opening act calms, warms and begins to bloom with the labdanum/vanilla/woods coming in and making sure everyone knows they are here to stay. It is this point exactly that my eyes roll back in my head and I softly murmur WOW. Everything that is comforting, sensual, inviting, engaging and delicious about amber fragrances is in Olympic Amber. Closer to L’Eau d’Amber than Ambre Russe, it’s golden heat is intoxicating and lovely. From here on in I get a pretty linear experience and that is absolutely fine by me, perfect in fact. I was not the only one enjoying Olympic Amber though, I had compliments galore and two people asked what it was and where to find it, now that tells me even more how lovely it is. What a fragrance.
Olympic Orchid Site has:
$15/5ml Parfum Travel Sprays (which is what I have)
$25/15ml Parfum Splash
$40/30ml EdP Sprays
I hope you enjoyed coming with me on my fragrant journey today, tell me about your favourite amber scents please. It’s getting cooler in the Northern Hemisphere and must nearly be time to grab them out. I have a few that get regular skin time:
L’Eau d’Amber by L’Artisan,
Ambre Ceruleen by Huitieme Art,
Ambre Russe by Parfum d’Empire,
Trouble by Boucheron,
Coco by CHANEL,
LDDM by Tauer,
Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estee Lauder,
Nuit de Noel by Caron,
Ambre Nuit by DIOR.
If you liked this then trot over and see us at Australian Perfume Junkies, there’s always something fun or interesting going on over there.
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