I'm the outdoors type. I'm a bit nuts when it comes to the forest -- I can't pass a day without roaming in the woods. I have favorite trees in the area where I live, even favorite ant colonies!
Yeah, I like the woods, but what I like most about it is the smell. That dry, earthy scent that seems to rise from the ground, evaporate through the trees, and swirl around the blueberry bushes. I have searched high and low after that smell in perfume but it seems like no one can do it -- or I simply haven't found it yet.
The scents that have come somewhat close, but still don't quite cut it are Profumum Thundra, CB I Hate Perfume Patchouli Empire, and Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois. Oh, and I've tried Wild Hunt and November by CBIHP, but I would never wear those perfumes amongst other human beings.
I guess I'm after a dry cedar patchouli blend. So what say you? Can you help?
Sara, I know all about that yearning to match one's perfume to Mother Nature. Some might consider this over-egging the pudding, but I like to carefully choose a hiking scent before entering a wilderness area. I usually go with some sort of sandalwood or incense, but during a recent road trip to the Anza-Borrego desert, I had to improvise with whatever I'd hastily thrown in my valise.
|The desert's weird idea of a flower.|
I ended up in the Slot Canyon (a narrow crack in the earth that zigzags into a deep maze of devilish twistiness) smelling of Etat Libre d'Orange Like This. It turned out Like This' dry, ginger scone coziness wasn't too incompatible after all: it provided an olfactory trail snack!
So let's match you up with your forest. Taking a cue from the trees as well as your previous perfume explorations, I've come up with a range of of earthy fumes that take you from autumnal dankness to Smokey Bear fire danger dryness:
Eau d'Italie Sienne l'Hiver (wet leaves and wood smoke with a salty olive cast.)
Serge Lutens Un Bois Sepia (cypress, vetiver and patchouli unite to deliver a plausible tree to your nose.)
Satellite Padparadscha (peppery, sappy, evergreen juniper and sandalwood.)
Sonoma Scent Studios Incense Pure (piney-sharp frankincense fleshed out by cedar and patchouli, and mellowed by labdanum.)
L'Artisan Parfumeur Patchouli Patch (nice'n'earthy dirt-covered patchouli develops into a really dry upper-branches drydown.)
Diptyque Tam Dao (cedar and sandalwood to the max! So dry you'll need to crack open a fresh bottle of San Pellegrino.)
Fumies, can you see the woods for the trees? Help Sara achieve her nose forest, if you please.
Desert photos by J McMahon