I’ve been an olfactory person for as long as I can remember. I was the kid that smelled everything within my reach. This is probably the sense I resorted to using more frequently since my vision wasn’t perfect (didn’t get that corrected until 3rd grade) and chronic ear infections left with me with temporary hearing loss. Many of my childhood memories are scent orientated. Next to fig, honeysuckle is one of my most positive childhood scent associations.
Perhaps I missed a calling, I’m certain that I have, but as a kid I remember trying to preserve my memories by creating my own honeysuckle “perfumes”. I remember getting a mason jar and filling it with olive oil. I then added honeysuckle blossoms. I’d let it set and add more blossoms throughout the week. The final result did not smell as good as Providence Perfume Co. Hindu Honeysuckle, but I’m proud of little me and the jar of olive oil that I wasted.
Hindu Honeysuckle opens with a blast of mesmerizing green jasmine. There’s a dazzling bergamot and naturally aldehydic, spicy coriander that make this otherwise “heavy” jasmine radiate. The jasmine isn’t heavy nor is it sheer. It dazzles. The heart is a fatty, golden floral made warm with a musky, soft, cuddly ambrette. The dry-down is a sweeter, spicy, dry grass scent with rose infused black tea. Hindu Honeysuckle is a warm, sunny fragrance. It doesn’t smell *exactly* like honeysuckle but it has the feeling of honeysuckle. Hindu Honeysuckle provides this warmth that reminds me of sun through a window gracing the skin.
When I wear Hindu Honeysuckle, I’m always like “damn, I smell good”. I need more perfumes like that in my life.
Notes listed include Indian jasmine sambac, green vetivert, ambrette, rose, coriander and bergamot. PERFUMER – Charna Ethier
Give Hindu Honeysuckle a try if you like jasmine/floral perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur, Diptyque Olene, Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage, and/or Estee Lauder Private Collection. I admit that many of these suggestions are a “stretch”, Hindu Honeysuckle is unique. It reads as a feminine to me but the coriander and ambrette could read as more masculine to some people.
Hindu Honeysuckle has above average projection, but that could be because I spray too much. It lasts on my skin. I would say that longevity is average and above average for an all-natural perfume.
I really enjoyed wearing Hindu Honeysuckle in warmer weather. On a cool day, I like it too. The ambrette gives a warming “cashmere shawl” feel to this bright floral. It’s perfect for cool, sunny day.
Hindu Honeysuckle comes in a few sizes. A 5ml bottle is available at Beautyhabit for $45.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Mesmerizing golden jasmine. This one is very well done. And like I said, it isn’t “honeysuckle” but it conjures up “honeysuckle memories” to me.
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