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.
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.