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Bohemian breeze, Hiram Green Slowdive

Many people don’t like winter time. With its short days and low temperatures it’s probably most suitable for reading books, cuddling with a blanket or meeting with friends for a lazy chit-chat by the cup of hot chocolate. But we all know that even most dreadful weather can be remedied by a magic of perfume. Introduced very late in 2017, perfumer Hiram Green came up with a brand new fragrance. I promise that Slowdive can pour in more warmth and sunlight into your everyday life.

At the beginning Slowdive smells of orange flower in two forms. There’s a neroli fraction that is more delicate & orange blossom that is richer and has much more saturated aroma. The latter one dominates, providing quite heady, intoxicating but balanced opening. Resemblance to Dilettante is quite obvious. Normally I find orange blossom notes to be quite fresh but it’s not the case in this perfume. They are opulent and full like a big floral bouquet but there is not much freshness.

These white flowery tones are kind of… waxy, like an impression of enfleurage, when soul of a flower is meant to be transferred into fat so that later its essence can be obtained. It makes sense because Slowdive features a beeswax note that gives it that additional waxy, honey-like facet that reacted with orange flower by toning it down. Shortly after the perfume transitions into fruity territory in a tricky way. For fruits here have been dried by the sun & smell different compared to fresh ones.

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Dried apricots, apples, plums and pears (that’s what it smells like to me) have much more scent to them but their juicy tones have been replaced with more dusty ones so that they feel aged. Furthermore they’re sprinkled with a little bit more honey – the resulting fragrance is quite luscious and mouth-watering. Additionally a gentle smoky facet appears later on. In Slowdive Hiram used tobacco blossom which has such a different odour profile compared to a golden smoky goodness.

For the next few hours the perfume was levitating just above my skin and I didn’t notice much change during that period of time. At 5 hours mark I started smelling creamy tuberose & as I noted, it quickly integrated with tobacco blossom, borrowing some of its lighter smokiness. The drydown was balsamic and resinous but in a very sensual, embracing way. It also felt as if Slowdive was all drenched in the sun light and a remnants of honey flavor were still floating in the lazy air.

In press release Hiram says that Slowdive is a perfume that captures the mood of languid afternoons. I agree with him – there’s something lazy and dreamy about this fragrance. It has a moderate sillage that compliments this idea, while the fragrance itself lasts all day. Hiram managed to amaze our noses again with another beautiful and lasting natural fragrance. You can have Slowdive in 10 ml travel spray or in a 50 ml bottle. In my opinion it fits best for the early Autumn.

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An ideal birthday perfume

On February 24th I turned 27. It was Friday & I didn’t even celebrate it really. As every Friday I came back home for the weekend and together with my parents we just had a casual evening. We didn’t even have my birthday cake, perhaps because we ate one a week earlier, when my grandma was still at our home for a visit and she just wanted to celebrate before going back.

Presents? I’m not getting big birthday presents from my family for a few years now. They say I’m too old for that. Plus they always have an excuse of not knowing what they could get me. But I got a book and a jazz CD. Ever since I became passionate about fragrance I was always told that I’m never getting perfume from them on any occasion, because I know too much about them & I’m the only one who knows what perfume to choose. I understand the point. But they could always ask.

I wasn’t completely empty-handed after my birthday. Grandma gave me some cash (I bought a fantastic jumper for that money) and I also got some money from mum. But it’s my birthday! I’m getting older (well, we all are) but I wanted my birthday treat. So couple of years ago I decided that every birthday I will treat myself to a new bottle of fragrance. Because I deserve it!

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Year by year it was always a tough decision. There were years when I made a mistake and after realizing I’m not wearing the perfume at all, I sold it to a new, loving home. Good that most of my choices were on point. This year’s choice was particularly hard – as I was quite fond of too many new releases to have an easy task deciding. But how does one decide such thing? Would you simply choose the most expensive one? The one that is hardest to get? Most exclusive one?

At some point I realized that things like that doesn’t matter. I just gradually started narrowing down my list until I finally got the one. The one that I love the most. The one that I know I’m going to wear and that will mean something to me. What did I fall for? Arbolé Arbolé by Hiram Green. An extraordinary all-natural fragrance that on my skin smells nothing like the notes would suggest. I might never be able to analyse it properly and understand why it smells of such lush rose on me.

The flacon has arrived 2 days ago and after unpacking it I realized that the bottle looks smaller yet much, much cuter than on official visuals from the brand. I also got a bunch of samples that I wanted to try, and it seems that among them I have found another instant love that I might be buying (this time for a split) very soon. And so the story goes, a circle of a perfumista life has no beginning and no end. It never stops as there is always another fragrant love waiting to be discovered.

Lesson to learn – don’t doubt yourself when you love something. Get it before it’s too late.

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