Gallivant is a new perfume brand founded by Nick Steward¹, former creative director of L’Artisan. This is a line of destination perfumes…perfumes inspired by place. The brand currently highlights four cities: Istanbul, London, Brooklyn and Tel Aviv.
All I know about Tel Aviv is that it is a party city filled with hot people. Basically, I think of it like Miami except replace the Art Deco architecture with Bauhaus. When I received my Gallivant samples, I wasn’t that interested in trying Tel Aviv. Why? I thought it’d be too young and too hip for me. Well, it actually ended up being my favorite from the line.
Tel Aviv is a humid, fresh floral. It has a chilliness to it that makes it feel like walking into a florist’s fridge. There’s a delicate fruitiness, but not like in the designer fruity-floral sense. It’s a green, fresh and tart fruitiness (blackcurrant). The heart is like a true freesia – peppery, heady and green. Do you know how long I’ve searched for a “true freesia” perfume? A decade! And here it is. Finally! The heart of Tel Aviv is a cool, fresh floral, like a millefleur. Florals and vines are everywhere. Florals make it to the dry-down where it’s met with botanical musks.
I have such a soft spot for florals and even I’m surprised by how much I love Tel Aviv. It’s a fresh bouquet of flowers that somehow manages to have a laid-back feel. It’s as beautiful as I expected Tel Aviv to be (and doesn’t make me feel lame). I can already tell this is going to be my lazy summer fragrance. It’s my fantasy of sitting poolside in fashionable kaftans and gold hoops sipping gimlets, surrounded by jasmine vines.
Notes listed include clementine, bergamot, blackcurrant, jasmine sambac, ylang ylang, rose, freesia, sandalwood, musk, Deer’s Tongue² and benzoin. Launched in 2017. PERFUMERS – Karine Chevallier and Giorgia Navarra
Give Tel Aviv a try if you like pretty, breezy florals. Or perfumes like Diptyque Ofresia, Tom Ford Private Blend Jasmin Rouge, Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie, Lucy B Australian Wild Jasmine, Berdoues Somei Yoshino and/or Diana Vreeland Perfectly Marvelous.
Projection and longevity are average. I love how this cool floral wears in the heat. It’s fresh and cool.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $95 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Glistening, fresh floral. It’s just so darn pretty without being too pretty to wear.
¹This article in Wallpaper* provides more info.
²I only know this from conjuring stuff from my extremely superstitious mother. I have never seen it listed in a note list! So, added bonus, it’ll give you good luck and the gift of persuasion.
Also, the GIS nerd in me is absolutely in love with the sleeve on the boxes. It’s a city map!
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