Little Stars is another gorgeous orchid scent from this enormously talented perfumer, brand new on the scene. Ellen mentions on her blog that the orchid on which she bases this fragrance is night-blooming—that always a descriptor that intrigues us sensually minded perfume-folk. This one is a heavy, well-made dark spicy citrus floral, with a clove,citrus, and deep woods composition evocative of the most humid, tropical nights. The perfumer's notes suggest this is meant to evoke the nighttime in a steamy jungle, and I can see that. I love the spicy green woodiness of this one—it truly does smell ultra-tropical, and also almost holographically orchid-like. Very impressive composition indeed, with a really natural sense of balance and proportion.
The synthetic oud and tea notes blend in seamlessly, opening up the scent experience alongside a delicious sour citrus--the whole top part of the perfume’s composition tends towards a certain soapy tanginess that I think is definitely unisex.
The middle notes are dominated by a spicy nutmeg-clove accord (I am starting to associate nutmeg with Olympic Orchids perfumes, since it appears as a note in so many of Ellen Covey’s creations)
This dries down to a nice woody spicy fragrance skewed masculine that is full, moist, spicy and mysterious. The wood base is damp and sexy—sandalwood and synthetic oud.
the bottom line: you’d be hard-pressed not to like this one—something for everyone here
doc elly writes about the creation of Little Stars in her own words here
Radha at night. Mughal painting ca. 1650. from The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
image of Brassavola nodosa from Exhibition: 15. European Orchid Congress - Dresden 2009-09
portait of a prince: from The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.