Seven 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.
I’ve never really thought of lavender as a flower, but more as an herb. I don’t really know why I have this distinction other than when I smell lavender buds, they never come across as “floral” but more fresh/herbal. Regardless, I adore lavender. It reminds me of summers in Washington. When it comes to lavender-centered perfumes, I’m picky. There are very few that I own and wear. I find them to be more functional (like a nice bar soap) or sharp and reminiscent of designer masculine fragrances (that seemed to be borderline household cleaner with their strength). However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t good lavender perfumes. I’m just saying that when I find one that I like, I hold them dear.
I didn’t know what to expect with Eric Buterbaugh Florals Velvet, but I am always open to new interpretations of lavender. This one opens with a cool, herbaceous lavender with apricot fuzz. Within the first few minutes, I’m really impressed with Velvet. It’s this perfect balance of the coolness of lavender and garden herbs that emphasizes the soothing element of lavender buds. It starts to wear as a cool but creamy and comforting lavender with vanilla and a lactonic, milky apricot.The rest of Velvet ventures into a hazy, dream-like state that has a natural muskiness from herbs paired with lavender and vanilla. It’s hypnagogic but comforting like being wrapped up in a cashmere blanket or in the arms of a lover. The dry-down is like herbal musk, incense woods and a boozy vanilla. The base is the epitome of cozy.
I’m starting to think that next to the classic Caron Pour Un Homme de Caron, Velvet could be my second favorite lavender, pushing Chanel Jersey and Serge Lutens Gris Clair out of the picture. This is an interesting lavender. I love how it is paired with apricot and “Midsummer Night’s Dream“-ish herbs.
Notes listed include lavandin, bergamot, apricot skin, lavender, clary sage, armoise (mugwort), bourbon vanilla, sandalwood and musk. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Harry Fremont
Or if you like perfumes like Chanel Les Exclusifs Jersey, Caron Pour Un Homme de Caron, By Kilian A Taste of Heaven, Oriflame Lovely Garden, Serge Lutens Gris Clair, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male and/or Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande.
I like this lavender, but I do want to add that if you prefer sharper, crisper or spicier lavenders (like Diptyque Eau de Lavande or Penhaligon’s Lavandula), you may find this lavender too sweet for your tastes.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
The 3.4 oz retails for $295 and the 8.5 oz for $495 at Eric Buterbaugh Florals. A travel size is also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Milky apricot lavender. One of the most interesting lavenders that I’ve tried in years. It’s now one of my favorites in this genre.
*The line now has 8. I’ve reviewed 7 and 7 provide a week of reviews!
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