November 21, 2010
Sometimes the more I like a perfume the harder it is to write about. It’s because I want to do it justice- to the perfumer, to the creative process, and to the creation itself. During this Natural Perfumer’s Guild Outlaw Perfume Project I have felt a little intimidated by two perfumes; Mata Hari by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, and now by Rose of Cimarron by Bellyflowers Perfumes. If I had to pick gold and silver winners they would be these two scent creations: first, Mata Hari for its complex masterful perfume structure, historical references, and for its overall beauty. I would pick Rose of Cimarron next for the lovely scent creation that it is, and for the historical link, again to a famous outlaw.
For historical reference please read Rose of Cimarron’s story here;
Rose of Cimarron features rose of course- greeting the nose along with the mysterious smokey pandanus flower immediately setting the stage for intrigue. Already drawn in by the pandanus the “wild rose” gives anything but a cultivated garden feel as most rose perfumes are want to do…. I am reminded somewhat of another rose perfume I love -Neil Morris’s Rose Tattoo perfume which has a dusty, wild, long skirted bare footed tattooed heroine type feel.
(reviewed by Ida Meister for Ca Fleure Bon here:
Bellyflower’s Rose of Cimarron is has the all natural appeal that I love without losing any of the complexity of a “wanton woman”. As perfumer Elise Pearlstine writes “Rose of Cimarron is inspired by a woman who wasn’t afraid to love or afraid of danger. This perfume contains ‘outlaw’ ingredients such as rose, jasmine and ylang ylang in a soft yet wild heart. Although pink pepper isn’t outlawed, yet, it’s peppery nature matches well with the floral heart. A spicy, sexy drydown (with more outlaw notes) lingers quite a while.”
The expertly crafted Rose of Cimarron’s drydown consists of a botanical musk (ambrette seed) supported by patchouli, sandalwood, amyris, labdanum and blond tobacco. It is certainly spicy and wild.
Pink pepper, black pepper, pandanus
Wild rose, rose absolute, rose otto, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, jasmine sambac absolute
Ylang ylang absolute, patchouli, labdanum, ambrette seed, angelica root, sandalwood, blond tobacco and amyris
Natural or blended: 100% natural
Worth the risk to purchase unsniffed: Yes
All tattoo pictures are the property of tattoo artist Daniel Paine, Martha’s Vineyard.
–Monica “Skye” Miller, Natural Perfume & Senior Editor
For those new to the Natural Perfumer’s Guild Outlaw Perfume project please read:
Elena Vosnaki’s piece on Perfume Shrine on Friday November 12th.
The link is here: Outlaw Perfume: Revolutionizing the Industry One Step at Time