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Hiram Green Voyage EDP Natural Perfume Review

Hiram Green Voyage

Voyage is a new limited edition natural perfume by Hiram Green that is inspired by India that’s “as opulent as Octopussy’s floating palace on Lake Pichola“. It resides in a place where fantasy meets reality. For me, Voyage brings to mind wonderful vintage perfumes of the early 1980’s. It’s glistening citrus, sumptuous spices and this amazing velvet-y amber base. It’s multi-layered and is one of those “they don’t make ’em like they used to” perfumes. But, oh yes, they do.

Voyage opens with a lactonic peach and poignant citrus oils. I also get natural aldheydes that are bright but also green. I’m guessing this is cilantro because it’s soapy yet a little metallic. This entire opening has a gilded quality to it. It reminds me of chunky gold jewelry (which also reminds me of the 80’s). Voyage becomes a spiced citrus. It’s like a spice market and dried citrus peels, The heart becomes a spicy floral as the citrus fades. It’s not overly floral. It’s more like dried petals and spices, which could come across like “potpourri” but it doesn’t. It smells like a proper perfume, an elegant perfume. Voyage dries down to velvet-like vanilla amber. It’s plush, tactile.

Voyage fits perfectly well with the others by Hiram Green, Shangri La and Moon Bloom. I have no clue how he does it but these perfumes always have the elegance of perfumes past without smelling like “period pieces”. I think the modern element is actually going back further in time…going all natural. Vintage perfumes were mixed media so sniffing them as all naturals makes them appear more modern (when you’d expect just the opposite!). However, smelling Hiram Green perfumes, I never think “These smell natural”. They smell complex and multi-layered. They smell like perfume-perfumes and not aromatherapy. They’re stunning. It’s a shame this one is limited edition with only 250 bottles being made!

Hedy Lamarr

Notes listed include citrus, spices, suede and vanilla. Launched 2015. PERFUMER – Hiram Green

Give Voyage a try if you like spicy vintage perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Estee Lauder Cinnabar, Aramis JHL, Caron Poivre and/or Chanel Coco. 

For a natural perfume, projection and longevity is way above average. I get like 10 hours of wear from it.

The 1.7 oz retails for $165 at Indigo Perfumery and Hiram Green (Europe). A travel size is also available.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONA gilded spicy oriental. It’s a must try for anyone that likes vintage perfumes.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Hedy Lamarr promo pic is for “Samson and Delilah” (1949).

 

14 thoughts on “Hiram Green Voyage EDP Natural Perfume Review

  1. Hey Victoria,
    Everyone is loving this. I’m quite tempted to sample it at least.
    What about that peacock train on that dress. AH MAZE!
    Loved the review and thanks for the link love.
    Portia xx

    1. I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much I did. Not because I didn’t expect for it to be good (love the other too Hiram Green perfumes). I just thought “I already have this base covered”. And maybe I do, but they still aren’t like this one. This one actually reminds me of that peacock train…it’s multi-layered and dramatic without being “tacky” (like some of those popular 80’s ‘fumes).

      Hope you get to try it!

  2. My perfume budget has been seriously in trouble lately, but this sounds soooo good – but really, I just want that peacock train! You come up with the best pictures!

    1. I have this file on my desktop of lovely images. It’s funny because I wait for the perfect perfume for them. And as soon as I wore Voyage, I knew this one was it! It fits the fragrance perfectly. And it’s Hedy, my favorite 🙂

      1. Well it’s very cool – a while ago I saw a photo of an evening skirt with peacock feathers around the bottom and thought it’d be fun to make something like that. On another note, I got my loom set up and am weaving again – so fun to be doing that again (after a 20+ year break). Are you doing any weaving/textile stuff, or is the shop taking up creative time?

        1. I’d love to have something all feather accent. Where would I wear it? No clue but I like the thought of it.

          It’s so relaxing. I’d love to get a floor loom one of these days (hopefully near future). I’ve actually done some over the past month. I bought some new fibers in these lovely wine shades. I still have so much to learn but it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been busy but I keep trying to make time for creative stuff, “me” stuff, and weaving has been a great outlet for that.

          Are you doing blankets/larger textiles?

          1. Well feathers can be worn anywhere! (at least that’s the attitude I’m taking) – and what’s that saying, but the dress (or feather accessory) and the party will arrive? Or did I just make that up?

            My first weaving project is using some wool that was a donation to the guild I belong to – and just playing around with finishing it (washing, drying and pretty much treating it how you aren’t ever supposed to treat a finished garment/item). It’s so cool how the yarns become soft, beautiful and lofty after finishing the first sample – perfect for a blanket. Then, I changed the sett to see if it will make something with a bit more structure that could be used for maybe a skirt?? or jacket?

            In the past I never sewed with what I wove, but that’s my goal now – to create one wearable piece per season – and just see what other projects appeal to me. It is a lot of fun, though – and I’m sure when you’re ready for a floor loom, one will appear – seems that there are weavers downsizing or changing focus, so nice used looms show up frequently.

          2. I should start dressing for the party I want 🙂

            You are much more advanced than me. I haven’t done anything that is non-decorative but have watched some videos on it. I’m very interested in the wearable aspect. I’m wearer of shawls, so I like that idea. I came across an interesting website a few months back, now can’t remember it. Anyway, she was making a lot of neat stuff like dresses, skirts, vest-y things.

            I’m thinking I may rent a floor loom before committing but I’ve noticed that starts to cost about the same as buying an “entry level” one.

          3. Maybe there is a guild or group nearby and someone may have a loom you can borrow – seems like a lot of weavers end up with several looms and have one they may not use much. Not sure if you are in to classes, but if so make sure the teacher teaches in a way that works for you. For instance, (years and years ago) when I learned to weave, the loom was already warped and I got to just sit down and weave. The teacher’s philosophy – which was perfect for me – was that if you like weaving, then the warping is just part of the process to doing what you like.

            A lot of teachers start off having beginners warp the loom, which is challenging and honestly, if you don’t end up liking to weave, what’s the point? Plus, without knowing the weaving process (or just weaving) warping doesn’t make a lot of sense. At least for me, it probably would have turned me completely off weaving.

            So, ask around and see who is weaving wearables and teaching if taking classes works for your learning style.

            Rigid heddle weaving seems to be hugely popular – I’ve never done it, but it is a cheaper alternative to a floor loom, plus you can weave lengths of cloth for sewing. Then you can weave some fabric and add feathers!!

          4. Another comment that went to spam! I’m fed up with wordpress today!

            Anyway, there are some places that rent them as well as being the city, you can rent the loom and the “lab” or studio, whatever they call it. So, basically you have a space to work that isn’t a 300 square foot apartment or whatever.

            I like your teacher’s approach. That makes much more sense to me. See if someone likes it before giving them the boring task. Like you said, if you end up liking it, you’ll learn. You have to.

            The Textiles Arts Center in Greenwich and Brooklyn have been wonderful. I’m able to do a lot on my own now.

  3. This sounds like something I should try and like. Love Coco and Cinnabar. I’ve tried his others and they are wonderful just not me. When ever people talk about naturals not lasting I think of his line. They practically won’t go away.

    1. This is like a “subtle” Coco/Cinnabar or more like a parfum version of Coco which wears closer the skin but has the more amplified notes (speaking of, I should wear my parfum of that more than I do).
      I know! These last and last on me. I actually heard someone at a meetup-y type thing say that Moon Bloom didn’t last and honestly, I wish I could have more of that. That stays on me until I scrub it off.

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