Hey Posse. I’m not sure why it took me so long ro buy a bottle of Velvet Splendour by Goldfield & Banks. When it first came out in 2019 I tried it in the airport and was instantly WOWed. At the time I said I’d buy it on the way back, forgetting that you don’t go through the shopping area to get out and then it completely slipped my mind to do a reroute. Then it fell off my radar. Recently on one of the Aussie FB pages I saw a mate selling her backup and I grabbed it within minutes of the Sale Doc going up. Woo Hoo! It arrived and now I’d like to share my pride in a world class Aussie perfume house with you all. Goldfield & Banks is available almost everywhere now.
- US : Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue 59th Street and, Lexington Avenue, 10022 New York, USA (https://www.bloomingdales.com/)
- UK : Selfridges, Upper Dean St, Birmingham B5 4BP, Birmingham, UK (https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/)
- Europe : Jovoy, 4 rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris, France (www.jovoyparis.com)
Velvet Splendour by Goldfield & Banks
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Mandarin orange, Hedione, Australian mimosa absolute, Orange blossom absolute, Jasmine sambac, Australian sandalwood, Patchouli, Haitian vetiver, Leather, Tonka bean, Opoponax, Heliotrope
The biggest surprise of Velvet Splendour for me is that it’s so retro smelling. Harking back to the days of glamorous fine French fragrance. A heady aldehydic white floral with fluffy powder and a rich and brooding wood/leather/patchouli baseline. Old school but done in a modern way that makes it a standout.
Australia is strewn with everlasting daisies and wattle. I really smell them here but they are encased here within orange blossom and jasmine so beautifully and cosily. It’s a seriously head turning opening and I find it super swoon worthy. You’ll also be surprised by how long the opening lasts. Development is languorous and calm.
The heart and opening have much in common but as we go further into the base Velvet Splendour starts to darken. The wood/leather/patchouli baseline becomes more apparent but we never lose hints of the flowers. Because the Australian sandalwood has been used it has a more astringent voice through the heart but as time goes by it softens and becomes the creamy, dreamy note we know and love. Sandalwood is the star of the dry down and you will notice hints of the sandalwood bases of things like Guerlain Mahora and Miller et Bertaux Santal +++. Not the same but a drier version of that rich and creamy sandalwood dream.
Totally unisex and with excellent longevity, Velvet Splendour is no super powerhouse but will have you divinely fragrant throughout your day. Long after I have become nose blind to it people ask me what it is.
Have you tried Velvet Splendour or any of the Goldfield & Banks frags?