Hi there Perfume Posse, Today we look at one of Mark Buxton’s creations; Wood & Absinth. You will know his name from creating some of the most popular Comme des Garcons, Le Labo, House of Sillage and many others including the Salvadore Dali BWF Laguna that I adore. Not always instantly accessible his work is known as boundary pushing and edgy. Cool kids know his name and bandy it about.
Wood & Absinth by Mark Buxton Perfumes 2008
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Wormwood-artemisia absinthum, citruses, orange, clary sage, anise
Heart: Jasmine, rosewood
Base: Vetiver, Cedar
Wood & Absinth starts glittering and sweet, lightly metallic and aquatic. The water burns off early and a spicy, dry, woodsy sweetness flows through, warming and waxing the green out of existence. A pithy breathiness comes in and the cleanest sheer jasmine adds a silken patina. It smells like some fragrances whose names I can’t quite pinpoint, know what I mean? Similar but different. Interesting that spices aren’t mentioned, or milk. I’m definitely getting milky sap and curry in behind the main notes. Cardamom.
What does surprise me is how warm Wood & Absinth is, almost glowing on my skin and up my nose. Like sitting in a dry sauna as my nostrils begin to singe and I have to remember to breathe in through my mouth. So it’s not till the heart that I get the green booziness I associate with Absinth, suddenly the whole concept comes together for me. Woods, check, absinth, check. Sadly the fragrance is now sitting as a close, under the radar scent that gives a soft sillage and very limited projection. Maybe the initial fun is meant for the world but the payoff is introverted.
Perfect choice as the Northern Hemisphere heads towards summer.
From Mark Buxton Perfumes site: In the summer twilight
The magic moment between the heat of the day and the night fall.
A contrast of sensual vetiver and vibrating fresh absinth.
Which Mark Buxton Perfumes have you tried? From his line or others? Do you like his style?