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Unexpected, surprising gardenia – Wildwood flower by H&M

I wanted to call it a cheap find but as I received it in a swap, I actually don’t know how much it costs but being an H&M perfume, I imagine it’s quite affordable.

And I must say, quite good too!

Finding any information on the perfume proved quite impossible. I wonder why doesn’t the H&M site have any perfume related information on it?!

So, if I go by my nose alone, I’d say it starts strangely. Once I spray it on, I can smell the white flower (gardenia in this case) in the divljiair around my wrist, but when I put my nose to the wrist, I can’t smell a thing. 🙂
That lasts only for a minute and then there is the most intriguing opening. I can smell the gardenia in there (Une Voix Noire being my reference gardenia) but it is hidden among some fruit and nettle?! I mean that is the first thing that pops into my head. There is a light fruity sweetness to the opening but it’s not overdone, it’s rather subdued when you think of the fruitiness that surrounds us these days. I might not be nettle that I’m smelling, but there is a slight bitter feeling subduing the sweetness. It could be just an almond note, as there is both a sweet nutty creaminess to it and a light bitter/herbal note.

But at all times there is the gardenia in the background filling your nose with its body. Each time you breathe it in, it fills you up completely. Not that I mind. At all. 🙂

Several times during its development I was scared it was going to turn into, in my case, much detested, clean muskiness but that never happened. There must be some of it in there as I feared the perfume veering towards it but luckily, it didn’t. It is pretty much linear but I don’t mind at all.

The fact that there is a slight saltiness to that nutty note and that the drydown displays some vanilla and amber I’d say, make this a really lovely perfume to be had for a probably very small amount of money.


Now, let me know – who has any experience with H&M perfumes (they aren’t available here)? Can you point me in the direction of some other hidden gems among their line?

And does anyone know who made this? The perfumer behind it I mean.


P.S. A big thank you to Oktopusy for sending this! 🙂

The smell of gardenias?

I still don’t know what they smell like even though I was testing two gardenia named scents, Chanel Gardenia and Guerlain Cruel Gardenia. That didn’t help much. 🙂

It’s great how much decants and samples I managed to accumulate even before starting this blog and now I rumage through them and come up with things I smelled 2 years ago and completely forgot how they smelled because at that point I still wasn’t writing anything down (that is one of the reasons I started this blog, to make myself write down what I think, otherwise I forget).

Btw, I slightly like better the Chanel’s Gardenia – but Cruel Gardenia is great too.

Notes for Gardenia: tuberose, orange blossom, gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, musk vetiver

Initially (this time for a minute), I thought Gardenia was going to be an austere, serious and iris-like smelling perfume. That didn’t sound terribly appealing but it didn’t take long for me to start wondering if what I smelled initially was just a figment of my imagination (I believe not and blame it on vetiver).

And then you get this sunny flowers of the meadow variety (but not as happy, sweet and colorful as Ninfeo Mio), with a slightly bitter or root-like undertone (my guess that’s vetiver peeking out, probably some patchouli giving that off even though I didn’t smell any patchouli).

The combination is so wonderful it practically leaves me without words to describe it, and since I was smelling it in combination with Cruel Gardenia, trying to force the gardenia out, I have to say, I think Cruel Gardenia might be more appropriate for the Chanel variant. It was terribly cruel to me, it didn’t let me approach closer that the general feel, whenever I tried to get to the individual notes, it wouldn’t let me. 🙂 So the best I could do was guess that the root quality came from vetiver and the saltiness in the end couldn’t come from iris (where I usually get some) so I think that it was the sandalwood (which I could detect) combination with white flowers. I’ll have to get some more of this once my decant is empty.

Notes for Cruel Gardenia: damask rose, peach, neroli, violet, ylang-ylang, white musk, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla

Well, Cruel Gardenia started in such a lush manner that when sniffing it first, I thought I will prefer it to Gardenia.

It starts warm and creamy and tuberosish. I know that’s not a word but what I smell feels like it. Like slightly sweet white flowers. I thought it smelled like fat, creamy, lush petals. And then I read the notes and got angry with myself. What is wrong with me that I can’t recognize rose when I smell it until I read it among the notes?! I recognize the smell and each and every time I’m asking myself whati sthis? I know this and until I read the notes I cannot for the life of me remember. Now that I know I have this problem, rose will be the first thing I will think of even if it’s nowhere near. Just to eliminate it. 🙂

So, if it smells creamy, it doesn’t smell cruel to me. I think I might be missing the point here. But at least it’s a great smelling point.

The drydown is actually similar to Gardenia, slightly less salty and more sweet but quite alike.

The bottom line, I have no idea what gardenia smells like but since it appears in stuff that smells great, I’m sure I love the way it smells.

That’s all from me – have a great weekend everyone! I plan to.

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