7 Days of Eric Buterbaugh*
Eric Buterbaugh is a well-known floral designer based in Los Angeles. Last year, he launched a line of perfumes, Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS, inspired by the medium he knows best – flowers. The Noses work with Firmenich, creating many of my most-worn perfumes from designer to niche. I’m dedicating a week to reviewing this line because like Eric Buterbaugh, I too love florals.
Jasmine, like rose, has many faucets and this is one of the many reasons it’s a favorite in perfumery. Jasmine can be animalic and indolic. Other times a jasmine can be fresh and green. Jasmines can also be sweet, waxy or soapy. With wide range of natural and synthetic options, jasmine can really add just about anything to the a perfumer’s palette.
The types of jasmines that I like have range. I do like the the “worn panties” vibe of the now very vintage smelling, Jean Desprez Bal de Versailles. Sometimes I like the sickly sweet and indolic quality of jasmine perfumes like LUSH Lust. But, the ones that I wear the most are the sort of jasmines that have a greenness or a living quality to them. I’m into the sort of tricky, radiant jasmines that say, “Come into the light”. Eric Buterbaugh FLORALS Celestial Jasmine is a perfume that fits into the latter category – a sylphlike jasmine.
For a split second Celestial reminds me of black licorice. And then I realize it’s not licorice. Instead it’s a green, herbal linden. Celestial wears as a bright linden and airy jasmine. The heart is a big white floral of jasmine and tuberose. The florals, at this stage, lean warmer with an understated creamy, coconut milkiness that’s more like warm, sun-kissed skin than a tropical cocktail. Just when I thought the fragrance couldn’t get even better, the heart adds bright yellow, pollen-y flowers like narcissus and freesia. The base is like floating in a fluffy cloud of white flowers. Through its wear, Celestial never leans animalic; it’s always fresh/green.
Celestial is one of those jasmines that have made my “5 Favorite Jasmines” list¹. It’s a fresh, green jasmine that is intoxicating. I feel like this is what Mount Olympus would have smelled like. Not only is it heavenly, but it seems like something that us mere mortals shouldn’t have our hands on. But, we do. And I’m going to enjoy it while it’s here.
Notes listed include linden blossom, freesia, jasmine sambac, jasmin de Provence, tuberose, narcissus, ambrox, silkwood and skin musk. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Ilias Ermenidis
Give Celestial a try if you like linden or airy white floral perfumes. Or if you like fragrances like L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel, Ormonde Jayne Frangipani, By Kilian Love & Tears, Serge Lutens A La Nuit and/or Marc Jacobs Blush Intense (now discontinued). It’s also a fragrance worth trying if you’ve been looking for something that reminds you of freesia blossoms.
Projection and longevity are above average (thanks ambrox!).
The 3.4 oz retails for $295 and the 8.5 oz for $495 at Eric Buterbaugh. A travel size is also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A cloud of gorgeous white flowers with green nuances. Celestial is the best name for it. It’s airy and enveloping; yet, never heavy. I know I keep saying this, but it’s gorgeous. And sometimes I just want to smell gorgeous.
¹I haven’t created a “Favorites Jasmines” list and this perfume has reminded me that I should.
*The brand has eight perfumes but I’ve only tried seven and seven makes for an entire week of reviews!
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