Wednesday, July 14, 2010

another fig for you, Ines—a Midsummer Day’s Dream

File:Kate Greenaway - The Elf Ring.png

Ellen Covey, the talented perfumer of the brand spanking new niche line Olympic Orchids, created this fragrance with a specific image in mind—an imp sleeping under a tree on a midsummer day.  I like the idea of such reversal—dreaming supernatural beings in the day in sharp contrast to Shakespeare’s famous dreaming humans in the night. This is a perfect fragrance for a sweltering summer day—it holds a mirror up to nature, so to speak, and really captures the ripeness and dirtiness of a summer day, while refreshing and cooling with a sour lemon/currant topnote that lasts throughout its lifespan.

This is at its core an earthy fig fragrance, green and brown, and very summery, so of course I thought of Ines, the lovely blogger over at All I am-a Redhead, who adores fig fragrances. I bet you’ll likFile:Corfu fig fruits bgiu.jpge this one, Ines!

A Midsummer Day’s Dream opens with and retains a very sour fruit smell—the notes say black currant, and I’ll buy that, but also mention I detect a strong lemon component as well—this helps make the fragrance seem both sharp and creamy at the same time, and beautifully green. A delight! Simple, but beautiful! Another one from this new line I fell in love with right away!

 CREDITS:

Kate Greenaway The Elf Ring. Watercolor.

Bogdan Giuşcă, Fig fruits in Moraitika, Corfu, Greece

Both images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

13 comments:

  1. Oh yes! :) It sounds exactly right to me.
    Btw, I'm wearing L'Artisan's Fig today. :D
    Before your reviews, I've never heard of this line but now I will have to procure some samples - you got me very interested.

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  2. I'm glad!
    You should get some samples--I really do like her work!

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  3. This sound yummy, but i did not see it in her shop. Have you tried any other fragrance from this line?

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  4. Oh, you ARE drinking deeply...as in widely...aren't you?

    Fun for us; you are making so many introductions here. Green and earthy, you say? Intrigued, I am. Meanwhile, you've reminded me I have some blackcurrants to pick...

    :)

    P.S. The captcha I was just prompted with was "anctscer." Sounds like an antsy scentscelf answer, no? ;) We'll see what I get now that I came back to chit chat...

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  5. Earthly Reality,
    It is, and i'm sorry it's not available. I know the website is relatively new, so maybe she hasn't posted it yet.

    I've tried all her things, and I recommend any of the orchid line really highly. It's really pretty stuff.

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  6. Scentscelf, You know I'm a fragrance sot!

    Love the captcha! it also sounds like a nickname for a bright, but ADHD, child!

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  7. This sounds awesome - bring on the fig!

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  8. How intriguing! A new discovery...

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  9. For those interested in trying my creations, I just launched a retail website about two weeks ago. It's http://www.orchidscents.com. The sample packs have 10-14 different scents including all of the orchid fragrances.

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  10. I reread the comments (talk about ADHD, I missed the point entirely in my first response!) and have concluded that I should finalize the formulation and offer A Midsummer Day's Dream on the website. It is included in both of the sample packs, which I was hoping would provide some feedback on which of the more recent creations I should include on the site and which ones not. MSDD was was one of the ones that I was still undecided about offering, but it sounds like there's interest in it, so it will appear in due course. Thanks so much for posting these reviews!

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