I thought the best way to review the perfumes for this blog project is by the order I received them.
So, I’ll start with Titania by Shelley Waddington of EnVoyage perfumes.
I’ve had some problems putting my thoughts on Titania in order as each time I smell it, it seems to behave differently. I love that it keeps me interested in smelling it again and again and finding something new each time.
I have to say, it seems a lot of thought went into this perfume. I kept enjoying the opening with its piney, summery, and lighty sharpish feel and wondering how much of that fits into the idea of the play. Here is the referenced part:
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
– Oberon, describing Titania’s bower, where she sleeps
I’m glad I decided to read the play otherwise I wouldn’t have known it’s taking place in and around Athens. And Athens being Mediterranean, pines abound, as well as fragrant shrubs, plants and well, the air around Midsummer’s Eve is probably saturated with the fragrances of the plant world.
I think this perfume gets it great.
It’s not really a straight feminine perfume but then again, Titania sleeping in such a fragrant corner of the world would be hard to distinguish from the nature. And her corner of the world is dark green, deeply hidden in the forest and mossy as well. There is an underlying warmth and femininity in this but it’s just out of your reach, teasing you through the canopy of fragrant air.
I can’t really say I smell all the notes, I never can, but pine, lavender and geranium are hard to miss. And the underlying warmth achieved by aromatic woods, nuts, wild rose and honey isn’t distinguishable by note but by their warm presence throughout.
Truly a delight to smell as it must have be a delight to see Titania sleeping in her bower.
Top notes: fir needles, spice and citrus
Heart notes: basil, mint, geranium, lavender hidcoat, ylang-ylang, wild rose and heliotrope
Base notes: juniper, Ho wood, aromatic woods and nuts, moss, fern, savory leaves, iris and honey
Pictures and notes were provided by Shelley Waddington except for the first picture by Amanda Feeley.
P.S. I forgot to include a link where you can follow what’s happening on other participating blogs.