Olympic Orchids Gujarat is a perfume inspired by India. It’s loaded with spices, tropical florals and woods.
Gujarat opens with a huge blast of lime leaf and anesthetizing spices. And it’s loud. What stands out the most to me is a smoky oud incense with curry leaves and lime leaves. The fragrance has energy and is referenced as “a full-scale Bollywood extravaganza”. It rapidly whirls in a different direction than what I expected. It smells exactly like lime chutney – limes, a mustard seed-like oud, ginger, ground coriander, a ton of cumin and green chilis. And smoke which instead of reminding me of incense, reminds me of an open fire used for cooking. Gujarat is an hommage to Indian cuisine. I would have considered Gujarat as very gourmand, not sweet but savory…
But, wait…it changes. Again. It starts spinning in a different direction. It’s a pretty, fruity jasmine-rose over saffron-leather. Lots of raunchy, badass leather with some sweat. It’s the most innocent smelling leather bar ever. And with the dry-down it becomes cedar and sandalwood – a dry, woodsy fragrance.
Notes listed include tons of spices, exotic flowers, smoky resins, woods, chili and lime. Launch date 2011. PERFUMER - Ellen Covey
II can’t really compare Gujarat to anything else that I’ve tried. I’ve tried things like it at its various stages but not anything else like the “whole” of Gujarat. Try it if you like complex fragrances, oud perfumes or spicy/smoky scents. Because of the many mood swings of this fragrance, I can see it being something one could love or hate. To love it, you’ve got to love everything that Gujarat dishes out. You’ve got to accept its mood swings.
One of my favorite India inspired perfumes is Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling which I feel really does capture the essence of Bollywood. Bombay Bling is a heart-warming musical while Gujarat is a dramatic soap opera on Zee TV. I’m not saying that Gujarat isn’t “Bollywood”. I’m saying that it is much more serious than the merry Bombay Bling.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $40 at Olympic Orchids. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Indian buffet turns into a leather bar and then turns into a cedar forest. Like I said, it’s a moody perfume that is constantly changing on the skin. It’s not for me, but it’s for somebody.
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