My favorite smell in the world is that of the ocean. And I’m not talking perfumery’s usual take on the ocean which is just squeaky clean soap. I like the smell of the ocean. Salt air, brine, seaweed and oysters. This doesn’t mean that I want to walk around smelling like a fish market, but I do love a briney perfume, something not afraid to bring in some of the dirtiness from the ocean into its composition. The ocean represents both birth and decomposition. MIKMOI Aldwych is one of the few aquatic perfumes that does everything that I want with an “ocean” fragrance.
Aldwych is my sort of aquatic. Cool and green. It opens with a sharp, green bitterness and salt air. It’s an atmospheric and enveloping fragrance like a sea mist. The dry-down is patchouli with an herbal lavender except it doesn’t smell “heavy” or masculine like my description may lead you to believe. Aldwych somehow manages to have this ozonic, sheer base with some heft. It’s an aquatic patchouli. Fresh but not too fresh.
Aldwych is a perfume inspired by Oscar Wilde (and it has been my experience that Wilde makes a great perfume inspiration) but when I first tried Aldwych, I thought of Morrissey. I keep trying to quit Morrissey but I can’t. After years and years of listening to him, by DNA has been altered to forever be an angsty 13 year old girl. My favorite song in the world is “Everyday is like Sunday“. I always imagined myself living in a seaside town, silent and gray. And when I made it to Seattle, I felt like I achieved this – grayness, pebbled beaches and salt air. This may sound depressing, maybe it is, but this is what I wanted. And I drove across the country in a little hatchback filled with perfumes, records and a duffle bag filled with a few poorly put together outfits. And I listed to “Everyday is like Sunday” on this epic drive. When I sniffed Aldwych, it was the perfume to scent this song – cool, demure and gray. Instant love.
Notes listed include absinthe, carnation, lavender and aged patchouli. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Michael Coyle
Give Aldwych a try if you like smart aquatics. Or if you like perfumes like HEELEY Sel Marin, Hermes Epice Marine, Demeter Sushi and/or Escentric Molecules Escentric 02. Aldwych is unisex.
Projection is above average, nice sillage or “atmosphere”. Longevity is average.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $90 at MIKMOI. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Briney, herbal patchouli by the sea. A full-size bottle is on my “to-buy” list. I love stuff like this.
*I featured this in my summer perfume picks of 2013.
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