Scorching Takes: Henry Rose and Sana Jardin

Hey, everybody! Listed below are a number of ideas on a few fragrances I attempted lately – figured I’d maintain it transient(ish) since I do know these of us within the US are heading into the vacation weekend. Chances are you’ll already be doing prep work, whether or not for touring or cooking the meal – or each.

A good friend gave me a bag stuffed with perfume samples she’d simply gotten in an order from Credo, which is a purveyor of “clear” magnificence merchandise – sustainable, unhazardous, zero waste, plucked from the inexperienced, dewy earth by eco-friendly fairies at daybreak, and so forth. I had no concept what to anticipate; I’d solely heard of a few the perfume manufacturers and so far as I may recall I hadn’t tried any of them. I hoped if I ran via the entire bag of 8 – 10 I’d discover one or two of them attention-grabbing. The primary two I randomly picked out managed to seize my consideration, although, and warranted additional take a look at drives, so right here we’re.

Queens & Monsters by Henry Rose – I assumed I remembered this firm was began by a stunning actor/celeb (and I feel named for her son) – it’s truly Michelle Pfeiffer, not Julianne Moore, however I used to be shut. You may learn their prose about toxicity, environmental and social accountability and so forth. here. In Queens & Monsters “the freshness and zest of petitgrain balances the fluid sensuality of sandalwood to create a woody aroma.” Notes: Violet Leaf, Neroli, Petitgrain, Freesia, Jasmine, Vanilla, Coco Musk, Sandalwood. Perfumer: Pascal Gaurin. 50ml/$120 USD, 8ml journey spray $35.

Look, bear with me on this one, which smells deeply bizarre and fabulous and comforting all on the identical time. There’s not a ton of growth; it smells just about just like the listed notes, in that order. However I’ve this loopy scent-association with acquainted scents from my previous, so: to me, the highest smells like neroli overlaid with Icy Scorching’s wintergreen / menthol, then florals (freesia?) together with a splash of sassafras from my childhood* with its lemon-root-beer scent, after which that drops out and we’re left with minty inexperienced sandalwood. It lasts all day on my pores and skin.

I feel objectively that sounds … not very interesting, and but it’s. It’s wildly interesting. I don’t assume I would like 50ml of this (I don’t assume I “want” 50ml of something, frankly) however I’m considering that 8ml journey spray as a result of I’ve worn it a number of instances and loved it a lot, and now my little spray pattern is sort of gone. I additionally assume I ought to strive some others from their line.

Vanilla Nomad by Sana Jardin – impressed by the founder’s “travels via the North African desert, the place vanilla incense was burned as a night ritual … notes of jasmine absolute and gentle sandalwood, grounded by a heat, earthy base of vetiver and patchouli.” 50ml/$145 USD, 10ml $30.

That is vanilla in a decidedly non-gourmand route, a “dry” vanilla with loads of jasmine and that woody, dusty base. It’s not anyplace as attention-grabbing as the primary one but it surely’s fairly nice. It jogs my memory vaguely of Annick Goutal’s Vanille Exquise and that heat amber-benzoin, solely quite a bit much less perfume-y and complicated if that is smart – extra a “good scent” sort of perfumery. Is it shatteringly unique? No, however I’m all the time completely happy to fulfill a vanilla scent that doesn’t scent prefer it got here from a bakery with icing on high. First rate longevity, too. The names can get my eyes twitching a bit (Nubian Musk, anybody?) however the nostril is Carlos Benaim, so … that’s a plus.

Be aware that each of those (and possibly others) have journey sizes accessible which I assist, per Cinnamon’s submit yesterday I’m not shopping for a lot in the best way of full bottles any extra.

Have you ever tried any of those two traces?


  • Is sassafras an American factor? It’s a woody understory plant right here, so acquainted from my childhood summer season camp days, in sassafras tea and laborious sweet? It’s sort of concurrently vanillic, anise / root beer, and lemon, and I feel it’s fantastic.