Years ago, I was obsessed with finding a fragrance that was “creamy green”. I found it with Aftelier Haute Claire. That natural perfume was the perfect blend of bitter green notes like galbanum paired with creamy ylang-ylang and vanilla. That fragrance has since been discontinued, commencing a new search for “creamy green”. I’ve found it with Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé, a balsamic “creamy green” fragrance.
This perfume opens with grassy greens and a hazy lavender. Arbolé Arbolé’s opening reminds me of late summer days spent on the Washington coast. It’s fresh lavender mixing with where the sea meets forest – salt air and evergreens. For most of the wear, Arbolé is balsamic. It’s sweet and green. The patchouli is sharp, almost clean. The cedar and citronella-like rose gets me nostalgic for Avon Skin-So-Soft. The dry-down is a powdery, sweet tonka, vetiver and vanilla that comes across like a smooth amber. Actually, this combo with the patchouli in the base reminds me of a really, really expensive version of Brut.
Arbolé Arbolé is creamy and green. It’s a modern perfume that reminds me of lazy, late summer days. However, it has a vintage feel because of the undisguised presence of aromatic and balsamic notes. To me, it comes across as an update of feminine/masculine classic fragrances from the 1960’s (like Brut or Avon Skin-So-Soft). Arbolé Arbolé is like a classic despite being launched in 2016 and not being a “periods piece” (AKA a clone of something classic).
Notes listed include patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Hiram Green
Give Arbolé Arbolé a try if you like balsamic scents, tonka beans or you’re a patch-head like me. Or perfumes like Penhaligon’s Sartorial, MDCI Invasion Barbare, Histoires de Parfums 1725 and/or YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme.
Projection is below average/quiet and longevity is above average.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $165 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples and a travel size are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Balsamic green. This mix of tonka and patchouli reminds me of lazy days in late summer. The aromatic and balsamic notes give it a nostalgic feel.
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2 thoughts on “Hiram Green Arbole Arbole EDP Natural Perfume Review”
This one is absolutely lovely. It’s on my buy list!
It’s so good. It’s not an easy one for me to explain either. Sometimes I get more of the green, other times more of the cream. Then I’ll have times where the patchouli or the florals are more noticeable. All variations are great though. I feel like it’s a good value because it’s like getting 3 perfumes in 1 🙂
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