March 25, 2016
Rita Hayworth in Gilda 1946
I met Jane Cate, the perfumer from A Wing & Prayer at the 5th annual San Francisco Artisan Fragrance Salon and was seduced by her new botanical fragrance Vamp (a synonym for femme fatale and not as an abbreviation for Vampire). This is a boozy rich sophisticated gourmand all natural fragrance that will bring you back in time when film noir cinema and femme fetales ruled the silver screen.
Film Noir Smoke Gets in his eyes
Jane says, “Imagine a smoke filled night club in the 1940s. The chanteuse is singing the popular song of the day ‘Smoke Get’s In Your Eyes’, her husky, whiskey fortified voice sultry in the delivery.” This is a very apt description, there is no specific smoke note in this composition — from cade or the like, however a strong luxurious vanilla and spice infused cigar feeling happens as soon as I open the bottle. And despite the name I would definitely consider this to be a unisex fragrance even for the most timid.
Lauren Bacall The Big Sleep 1946
VAMP is a delightful base note heavy blend of tobacco, vanilla and agarwood with a delicious saffron swirling throughout. The sweet bright bubbly opening of pink grapefruit helps create an entry point but once you’ve got this on your skin the dark syrupy lusciousness begins to take over. The dank agrestic tobacco and agarwood are softened and sweetened by the vanilla and the entire composition is exalted by the saffron. The dry down is lovely and will especially make any vanilla lover swoon.
Notes: Tobacco, Vanilla, Agarwood/Oud, Saffron, Virginia Cedar, Pink Grapefruit
Disclosure: I received my sample of VAMP from A Wing & A Prayer, opinions my own.
–Zee Boudreaux, Natural Perfumery Contributor
Art Direction: Michelyn Camen
VAMP Perfume (stylized MC)
Thanks to Jane Cate we have a ¼ oz spray of Vamp EDP for a US and Canada registered reader. To be eligible, please, leave a comment with why you would like to win Vamp from Zee’s review, who comes to mind when you hear the word Vamp and where you live. Draw closes 3/28/2016
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