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November Days – Postcard from the Seaside

Last weekend we went with my parents to visit my babcia who lives up in the north part of Poland. It was the perfect opportunity to pay her a visit as it was a long weekend (due to Independence Day on November 11) The weather was rather dreadful on our way and it started pouring soon after our arrival. Quite a classic weather for November. Luckily on Sunday it made a 180° turn and the day greeted us with a crisp but sunny weather. After breakfast we all went to the cemetery to light up a candle for my grandpa (belated one from All Saints’ Day) and then we went to the seaside.

I’m more mountains than a sea person. I don’t hate sea at all but I enjoy it the most off season. Just like that particular November day last week when we went. Wide, sandy beach was almost empty, only a bunch of people were walking along the coast or playing fetch with their dogs. It was cold, gloves and a cap were a must if you didn’t want to run away after 10 minutes. The water was relatively quiet, with some gentle waves hitting the shore in regular intervals. The sea in the Autumn also has a particular sound to it. It’s a bit eerie and a bit comforting, nostalgic. But I like it.


That Sunday the seaside air smelled of salt, iodine, sand dust. Also a bit of pine trees that grow there and of fish and kelp from Baltic Sea. It created an atmosphere that makes you want to slow down your tempo. Local restaurants and cafes were still open so we stepped in for a cup of something hot before going back. I think I’m still in the slow mode. I’m taking it easy with the blog lately but to be honest that’s mostly because I don’t have many fragrances left that I’d want to tell you about. I expected that after not going to Pitti. Most don’t think about you when you’re not there.

I’ve been told by a friend that I’ve been missed in Florence, that people were asking about me. But then again, nobody reached out to me during or after Fragranze that they’d like to share their new work with me. I can’t generalize as there were a few exceptions. I’ll be fine in one way or another as surely there is a solution to this feeling. Sooner than expected we’ll be greating 2020 and everything will begin anew. Just like every year. Maybe it will bring me more luck in terms of finding a new job? Who knows. For now stay warm… and fragrant! I had a craving for marine notes after this trip.

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Golden Sparks, Hiram Green Voyage 2019

Four years ago thanks to Hiram Green I experienced a vivid trip to perfumed India with its bounty of heady smells as interpreted by a perfumer. It was just a 3rd perfume done by Hiram but he was already becoming a rising star of natural perfumery. Voyage was a limited edition and even if we all begged on our knees it was not possible to maintain the perfume as is. But Hiram wanted to bring back Voyage due to its success. And he did! With a couple of tweaks done to the formulation to replace some harder to source materials, Voyage 2019 was born, inviting us to India once more.

I no longer have my sample of Voyage from 2015 but first whiff of this year’s edition takes me back in time. The perfume opens with bright and prominent citrus accord. Slightly indolic and tangy orange blossom quickly comes to the fore, leaving smells of lemons and oranges behind. Latter two introduce a bit of acidity to Voyage 2019 as well. The fragrance is additionally lined with shy greenness that is suspended somewhere between petitgrain, geranium and galbanum. It’s a small enough to not take over but big enough to make a difference. In general the citrusy top notes have a glossy, glazed feeling which starts veering towards oriental relatively early. From what I can remember and by going back to my old review I think that this new iteration is smoother and less screechy than its predecessor. Also indolic and jasmine-like aspect of orange flower is not as strong. Perhaps it is more thoroughly blended? Or maybe it’s due to the fact that suede accord has been taken out of the bottle? No matter which is it, I can only bow before Hiram Green talent.


After this citrus green impression created by the top notes, Voyage 2019 becomes more floral, revealing the signature of reworked version. Lotus flower, India national flower, brings peace and tranquility to the scent by scattering silky pink petals that smell of pollen, cream and plant water. In my opinion it’s a very positive change. It brings something mysterious and luscious to it, making you want to smell it every few minutes. Spiciness is more muted compared to the original but whispers of clove and cinnamon remained. Already at this point new Hiram Green perfume feels like it’s made for cuddling. Vanilla has a lovely consistency here, it’s custardy, pudding-like. Its plush fuzziness imitates a cashmere jumper that gives a soft caress to your skin. It’s blended seamlessly with gorgeous, soft amber – luminous and sparkly. There’s a hint of benzoin resin too. It adds a lovely balsamic quality to the scent. Thanks to all of these pieces Voyage 2019 feels like a warm and comforting oriental blend. It’s a sensual perfume for long, chilly evenings of Autumn and Winter.

Hiram Green is known for having a great hand for natural raw materials that let him create fragrances of extraordinary lasting power. Voyage 2019 is no exception. It starts louder but when it dries down it gently hums on top of your skin until the last crack in the fireplace. This perfume doesn’t feel cloying at all, you won’t feel overwhelmed. In my opinion it’s also much more wearable than many orientals – it’s just more graceful and polite. Just like Voyage it’s a limited edition, only 280 bottles were made. It’s exclusive to Hiram Green website where samples are available too.

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