Voyage is a new limited edition natural perfume by Hiram Green that is inspired by India that’s “as opulent as Octopussy’s floating palace on Lake Pichola“. It resides in a place where fantasy meets reality. For me, Voyage brings to mind wonderful vintage perfumes of the early 1980’s. It’s glistening citrus, sumptuous spices and this amazing velvet-y amber base. It’s multi-layered and is one of those “they don’t make ’em like they used to” perfumes. But, oh yes, they do.
Voyage opens with a lactonic peach and poignant citrus oils. I also get natural aldheydes that are bright but also green. I’m guessing this is cilantro because it’s soapy yet a little metallic. This entire opening has a gilded quality to it. It reminds me of chunky gold jewelry (which also reminds me of the 80’s). Voyage becomes a spiced citrus. It’s like a spice market and dried citrus peels, The heart becomes a spicy floral as the citrus fades. It’s not overly floral. It’s more like dried petals and spices, which could come across like “potpourri” but it doesn’t. It smells like a proper perfume, an elegant perfume. Voyage dries down to velvet-like vanilla amber. It’s plush, tactile.
Voyage fits perfectly well with the others by Hiram Green, Shangri La and Moon Bloom. I have no clue how he does it but these perfumes always have the elegance of perfumes past without smelling like “period pieces”. I think the modern element is actually going back further in time…going all natural. Vintage perfumes were mixed media so sniffing them as all naturals makes them appear more modern (when you’d expect just the opposite!). However, smelling Hiram Green perfumes, I never think “These smell natural”. They smell complex and multi-layered. They smell like perfume-perfumes and not aromatherapy. They’re stunning. It’s a shame this one is limited edition with only 250 bottles being made!
Notes listed include citrus, spices, suede and vanilla. Launched 2015. PERFUMER – Hiram Green
For a natural perfume, projection and longevity is way above average. I get like 10 hours of wear from it.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A gilded spicy oriental. It’s a must try for anyone that likes vintage perfumes.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Fragrantica. Hedy Lamarr promo pic is for “Samson and Delilah” (1949).