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Crystal roots, April Aromatics Pink Wood

When we’re young we usually don’t travel too much. We might be visiting different places in our cities or in our regions but I don’t think there are many who could say they visited half of Europe by the age of 6. It’s natural then that after a while we all grow attached to places we visit most often and to people we meet on regular basis. There’s a nice phrase for that – we’re growing roots. Our first roots are where our home is, however Tanja Bochnig thinks that these roots should be within us, in our hearts so that we can feel at home anywhere. That’s when a new perfume idea budded.

On my skin Pink Wood opens relatively dark and mysterious. At first impression I get a lot of rich patchouli that offers a combination of intensively woody and earthy notes with a little bit of rooty stench and rotting leaves. It might not sound tempting at first glance but I’m truly intrigued. Few minutes later a brightening light appears in the darkness when rose note is trying to emerge. It’s rich aroma slowly fills the space around you as it becomes stronger. There’s some weight to this rose accord, probably because Tanja used both absolute and otto (attar) of this precious flower. On the other hand it feels fresh and crispy because there’s a lot of geranium in Pink Wood. It adds a crunchy vibe to the scent, making it quite green at the same time. At some moment it almost becomes minty. I like the fact that a lot is happening here, the perfume changes rapidly.

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Would you ever expect a natural perfumer to reach for oud? I certainly didn’t see it coming but… yes, that’s what Tanja did. She added oud to her new perfume, introducing yet another dark & resinous facet with some warm spiciness hiding in the back. I’m not against oud if it’s not overdone. In Pink Wood it is not. Plus rose kind of tones it down. Actually it feels as if oud offered its substantivity while rose offered its gorgeous aroma. The result is somehow woody-rosy concoction. A rosewood to be more precise. It’s scent reminds me of a rosary I once had. Later on labdanum makes an appearance, bringing forward a smoky incense facet with a gentle sweetness. Oakwood adds an interesting feeling that is highly similar to rum – there’s something a bit boozy about it. Few hours later I smell a faint fragrance of candied & dried fruit sitting in a woody bowl of sandalwood, the latter one serves as a base. Along with few other accords it lingers on skin for hours.

April Aromatics Pink Wood stays far away from being a banal perfume. Even if it uses some long-known pairings such as rose + oud it feels quite unique. It’s definitely original and creative for a natural perfume. I like it hundred times more than 2016’s Agartha. With just 1 spray on my wrist the perfume leaves a gentle scented veil few inches above my skin. The longevity is quite decent but doesn’t exceed much what I usually get from natural compositions. My standard is 6 hours; Pink Wood lasted  for 7. Available as eau de parfum in 2,5ml (sample), 15 ml (travel) and 30 ml flacon.

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Berlin stroll, April Aromatics Unter den Linden

Last couple of years show that people get more conscious about origins of their favorite products. They started to care about what is their bread made of, if eggs they eat come from hens that can run around or if other things they eat contain any chemical substances. The trend for healthy and natural products also touches a branch of personal care market these days. Many of us are looking for natural skin care, for simple yet effective formulas. Even perfume making can be done organic way now & we have some great natural perfumers out there. Tanja Bochnig is one of them.

I got to know about April Aromatics probably few years ago and the first fragrance I tried was Unter den Linden. I have no good excuse as to why I didn’t write about it earlier, so I’m going to remedy that today. The composition starts with sour, almost acidic bergamot. There’s something screenchy about it for the initial moment, afterwards it becomes milder, zesty, with a gentle hint of albedo (white soft part under citrus peel). From that point the perfume smoothly transforms into linden blossom aroma. Charged with the power of the Sun, Unter den Linden presents its floral bouquet. The smell of citric flowers is so vibrant and rich, with a lot of warmth to it.

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Some time later the sweet floral aroma of linden is entwined with another interesting facet. Once honey note joins the composition it feels as if all these flowers were immersed in a gold liquid. Honey adds a tender sweetness to Unter den Linded but it’s not just the sweetness. I find something quite balsamic, resinous about the honey accord and I just cannot escape the impression of an animalic hint coming from it. Once it fades away, the perfume becomes more powdery – there’s a little bit of mimosa in it, that is combined with frangipani that gives a little more creamy effect. Gardenia and magnolia add a final floral touch. Also a little bit of citrus is still mingling in the background but lets not forget that it’s linden that is still in the center of attention.

To me April Aromatics Unter den Linden is a perfume of a dreamy summer. It’s something you’d want to wear on a mild day, when you can lay in a hammock and enjoy some book-reading. It’s a dose of sun just for you, as well as a daily portion of positive energy. I perceive this fragrance as laid back, it’s also quite easy to wear if you ask me. It’s sillage has moderate power and longevity of this natural fragrance oscillates around 6 hours on my skin. Unter den Linden is made in eau de parfum concentration. It’s available in 30 ml bottles as well as in 15 ml travel spray.

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