February 8, 2017
Jennifer Botto of Thorn & Bloom
“I love witnessing the revitalization of all things craft and artisan in recent American history. It’s so exciting to be a part of a movement that values innovation, craftsmanship, slow-work and local production. For me, it represents a deep longing for historical and cultural connection for which many Americans yearn and a backlash against the current climate of instant gratification, rampant consumerism and frenetic growth” – Jennifer Botto, Perfumer and Owner Thorn & Bloom Perfume, Cafleurebon Profiles In Perfumery.
Best of Indie Beauty Award Fragrance Thorn & Bloom 2016 (Maggie Mahboubian and Michelyn Camen covered the Indie Beauty Expo last summer)
Jennifer launched Thorn & Bloom in 2015. What a busy two years filled with accolades for her start-up botanical fragrance collection Thorn & Bloom Perfume. In the same manner that the Slow Food Movement came from Italy to introduce Farm-to-Table gastronomy to the USA, so has Jennifer’s beautiful perfumes done for the world of natural perfumes. In this rush-rush world of NOW, pausing and taking time to create products with intention often results in ample awards. For Jennifer, this has delightfully and deservedly manifested as Best of Indie Beauty-Fragrance 2016, finalist for the Art & Olfaction Award/Artisan Category 2016 for her Bird Of Paradise Perfume, 13 bronze, silver and gold awards at the Artisan Fragrance Awards in 2015, for Bird Of Paradise, Wild Rose, and Stranger In The Cherry Grove as well as ÇaFleureBon's Best of Scent Award for Thorn & Blooms’ Savage Garden as one of the top fragrances of 2015, and Limestone in 2016
Citrine & diamond ring photo by Mowte Jewelry of San Francisco
Jennifer debuted Citrine, an absolutely glorious citrus-centric perfume in the late summer of 2016, and it’s an absolute “pip”! (Citrus pun intended). It is described as "sunshine in a bottle", and honestly this might just be one of the happiest perfumes I've ever tried. It made me grin like crazy. Named for the jewel, the many shades of yellow-end-of-the-spectrum gemstone member of the quartz family, this perfume sparkles, glimmers, and refracts light as sumptuously as a perfectly cut beautiful faceted citrine stone surrounded by diamonds.
Citrine opens with a huge blast of juicy citrus, the effect is one of peeling a sweet honeybell orange; the smell of the juice on your fingers as you remove the rind, the slight bitter-ish hint of pith, then that moment when you pop a slice into your mouth, and your taste buds explode with sweet honeyed goodness and you think, "This is what summer tastes like…"
Pharell Williams Happy
"It might seem crazy what I am about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break"-Pharell Williams
This is a perfect winter pick-me-up perfume, luscious and velvety with a hit of warmth from the sandalwood, frankincense, balsam. I could wear it all year long, especially during the colder months whenever I need a pick me up. I love wearing Frederic Malle's Cologne Indélèbile in the summer, it's just so refreshing, bubbly and bright. Citrine is the winter version of that to me, less bracing and sweeter. Fantastic! I only have 2 regrets about Citrine, A.) I blew through my generous sample in one day and B.) It is available only in 7.5 ml and 4 ml rolller ball travel size. I suspect I’ll end up purchasing a few.
Notes: Clementine, Mandarin, Lemon, Honey, Neroli, Champaca, Rose, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Copaiba Balsam
–Robert Herrmann, Contributor
Disclosure: Many thanks to Jennifer Botto for supplying the sample, and the opinions are my own.
Art Direction and contributions: Michelyn Camen, Editor-In -Chief
Would you like to try Citrine? Thanks to Jennifer Botto we have a 7.5 ml of Citrine and your choice of five samples for a registered reader anywhere in the world. To be eligible, please leave a comment with what you enjoyed about Robert’s review, does citrus scents make you happy, where you live and the five Thorn & Bloom samples you choose (you must name them or you will be ineligible). Draw closes 2/11/2017