To me Australia is the most undiscovered continents of them all, or at least a one I know least about. What I know is that their fauna and flora are completely different to what I’m used to, many of animals they have are very dangerous and they have hundred of plants I’ve never heard of. As it happens they also have 1 wonderful perfume brand which remained unknown to me until very recently. Grandiflora, a flower shop in Sydney that decided to step into perfume world has completely won me with their Queen of the Night. Today I will tell you about their 2017 launch.
Grandiflora Boronia opens quite herbaceous and aromatic, reminding me of hay in its dryness. Several minutes later it becomes sweeter, releasing a unique fragrance material which is boronia flower. This native to Australia flower has an interesting smell. It’s like a combination of tobacco flower, jasmine and herbs. I can smell a white floral vibe while wearing it but it feels muted, toned down. It’s not a heady bouquet of flowers but something more shy and dusty. I quite like it because it’s more casual than posh & it has that lovely warmth coming from underneath its top layer.
This warm aura given by Boronia makes me think of it as of slightly more masculine fragrance and that feeling becomes stronger over time. After a while a gentle woody smokiness arises from my skin. It’s again dry, aromatic, maybe a little bit spicy too. Recognized by me as tobacco it adds a smoky feeling & since it’s not paired with vanilla it leaves more austere impression of a chewy tobacco. Additional flavor is added by cognac. Once it gains some intensity it actually creates a boozy, alcoholic vibe. It feels warm, a bit anisic, with undertone of cloves mingling occasionally.
After some time this cognac accord, which by the way provides some luminosity to Boronia, becomes weaker and sits more flat atop the skin. Around similar time is when the perfume turns more fluffy (but not overly) and leathery through a suede note. I really like suede in perfume, it adds a delicate softness and a lot of character to the blend at the same time. It’s been combined by a perfumer with a bunch of resinous notes, so overall the perfume feels quite oriental thanks to the balsamic qualities it shows. Yet it still remains in a lightweight class when it comes to heaviness.
The drydown intrigues me with its smokiness. The smoky vibe is fresh and vegetal, coming from the black tea chord. It’s very realistic, you can actually smell the tea part and smoked part of it. And it faintly flavored with dried apricot for that interesting twist. Grandiflora Boronia also features caramel note but I have to admit I didn’t get its aroma right away. There was some sweetness in the perfume from the very beginning but I thought it could be how boronia smells like (I don’t know the smell of actual flower). Additional notes featured in the fragrance are dried woods and floral notes.
Boronia from Grandiflora wasn’t an instant love for me. Queen of the Night outshined it as I really fell for that one from the first try. However now that I try Boronia for another time it’s starting to grow on me. It certainly is unusual and I can’t think of other fragrance with many similarities to Boronia. Creativity and talent of perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour worked wonders again, it seems. I still maintain my opinion that Boronia veers slightly more masculine but I can imagine it being worn by women as well. This new composition is an eau de parfum & its bottle size is 50 ml.