Amanda Feeley of Esscentual Alchemy organized a scent event to celebrate summer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sixteen perfumers participated in this event, creating natural perfumes based on Shakespearean characters. Individual handmade creations were distributed to fragrance lovers/writers. Two natural perfumes were sent to me. This is my impression of “Act I”, Ane Walsh of Artesã Perfumista’s Robin, a jasmine tea fruity-floral.
Arriving in my post from the distant land of Brazil, a little “antique” bottle of blonde liquid, some of the juice leaked in the package. As I carried the package inside, I was trailed by the most beautiful jasmine I had ever smelled. How I hoped that there was still enough inside of the bottle for me to dab on my pulse points! The fragrance gods were happy with me, there was plenty. Inside this package, Ane Walsh’s creation, Robin, with a note:
Opening notes of bergamot and Kaffir lime petit grain.
Heart notes of jasmine grandiflorum and sambac, plus night queen with a touch of myrrh.
Grounding with vetiver, agarwood and sandalwood, bathed in a frankincense tincture, with night breezes of ambrette with a tropical blow of pitanga, to make that summer night different.
Ane went on to explain that she was inspired by the gnome, Robin. She imagined herself making his love potion. She felt herself “in the wet, warm starry darkness”.
The perfume, Robin is beautiful. It is a warm fragrance, romantic, and it really does remind me of summer nights and of the mischievous Puck/Robin . Robin opens up with a sheer bergamot enhancing the warm, grassy jasmine. This jasmine reminds me exactly of jasmine tea. This is the best jasmine tea fragrance. Ever. It’s warm, honeyed, grassy, and floral. It’s “hazy”, foggy, intoxicating. The dry-down of Robin is just as beautiful. It is also sheer, the entire fragrance is sheer, like a summer breeze at night, but a little “stuffy” because of the heady quality of jasmine. But, still sheer. The dry-down is sheer woods with the beautiful buttery, vegetal musk, ambrette seed. But, there is an interesting fruitiness. I assume this is “pitanga” or the “Brazilian cherry”. The fruitiness in the base is like blood orange with it’s natural quality of citrus and red berries. This tropical fruity base is unexpected and works perfectly. It adds some energy, waking one out of the haze, while keeping the perfume sultry.
I love the scent Robin. It’s a passionate but sheer fruity jasmine with summer warmth. Robin is the perfect “love potion”. My husband adores it 😉 The ingredients are high quality and the fragrance is well constructed. I love it in the way that I love Vero Profumo Rubj. These are the type of fruity-florals that make me feel va-va-voom. Ane Walsh’s style is elegant and refined, reminding me somewhat of Vero Profumo and Ormonde Jayne but botanical/natural.
More info on Ane Walsh on her website that is in Portuguese. I really hope to sniff more from this line. I’ll post my Act II tomorrow. It’s another beauty, but very different.
Others participating in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Perfume Event include: