Two Women Friends Gustav Klimt 1916
Perhaps, in the fragrance industry, International Women's Day should be International Women's Month! Today, I am continuing to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of women in fragrance with a review of Provision Maitri, composed by Sherri Sebastian late in 2016.
Sherri Sebastian of Provision (Notes from The Lab)
Sherri Sebastian has spent twenty-five years as a professional perfumer and currently holds a seat on the board of directors of the American Society of Perfumers. "Part artist, part scientist", Sherri Sebastian wears at least three hats! As a "perfumer's perfumer" she has worked behind the scenes to help realize the olfactory visions of several big fragrance brands. As an entrepreneur Sherri has created three independent fragrance lines of her own, Provision ®, Sebastian Signs and Purusa Naturals. Also, many readers will recognize Sherri Sebastian as the skilled author of ÇaFleureBon's monthly feature "Notes From the Lab". In her engaging articles Ms. Sebastian offers us her extensive knowledge and expertise, making the serious science of perfumery fun to read about and easy to understand. Her posts are some of my favorites. I have been coveting the new Provision line (both the perfumes and the body products) since it debuted in late 2016. A couple of weeks ago I was surprised and pleased to open my mailbox and find samples of all three of the Provision ® fragrances, Maitri, Resonance and Las Flores. All three perfumes blew me away, but I was especially taken with Provision Maitri.
“For Provision Maitri I was inspired by the classic European Vetiver fragrances and wanted to add a modern flair with a mandarin/musk accord I created along with eco-certified Vetiver from Madagascar, which I found to be sensual and soft.." – Sherri Sebastian
Fruit Trees, 1901 – Gustav Klimt
Provision Maitri opens with a sunny and vivacious bergamot, reinforced with a unique mandarin/musk accord and further enhanced with the mouthwatering and spicy qualities of freshly grated ginger. The ginger root in the composition not only compliments Maitri's initial bergamot notes with a citrus-y bent of its own, but also helps to focus the subsequent bright green woodiness of the sheer, eco-certified vetiver chosen by the perfumer. This unusual and almost transparent veil of vetiver gently rests on my skin, slowly becoming richer, deeper in olfactory color and more opaque as each distinct layer of the fine vetiver is revealed.
1899 Gustav Klimt Orchard in the Evening
The many facets and nuances of Provision Maitri unfold over a period of four to five hours. As Maitri dries down, oakmoss adds a tiny bite of resinous pine bark to the composition, grounding the perfume in the forest and in the sweet, grassy loam of earth and roots. Powerful and long-lived, Maitri lingers for at least eight hours on skin and considerably longer on clothing, finishing with a translucent veneer of mandarin and musk.
Farmhouse with birch trees by Gustav Klimt©
The word Maitri translates to “self-love" in Sanskrit. Maitri embodies the ideals of the Provision collection, "…crafted with love and precision to enhance your mood, environment, body and spirit as you move throughout the day…" . Provision Maitri speaks to me of clear, bright days in sun-drenched gardens and the dappled shadows of surrounding woodlands, energizing the body and calming the spirit. Notes: Italian Bergamot, Organic Eco-Certified Madagascan Vetiver, Ginger Absolute, Mandarin-Musk Accord, and Oakmoss.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Sherri Sebastian and Provision for the generous samples of Maitri, Resonance and Las Flores. My opinions are my own.
Gail Gross – Senior Editor
Art Direction – Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief
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