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 like 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!
Kate Greenaway The Elf Ring. Watercolor.
Bogdan Giuşcă, Fig fruits in Moraitika, Corfu, Greece
Both images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons