Wednesday, August 18, 2010

little stars, Olympic Orchids.

Little Stars is another gorgeous orchid scent from this enormously talented perfumer, brand new450px-Brassavola_nodosa_Orchi_010 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 woodyFile:Indischer Maler um 1615 (II) 001.jpg 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

CREDITS:

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.

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