One of the things I’ve enjoyed about living in the NYC area is that the seasons are so distinct. For the first time in my life, I’ve experienced four very extreme, distinct seasons. In a city that is constantly changing; a city that is constantly a work in progress, I find that the seasons further punctuate this. The city never looks the same. I go away for two weeks and something that was once crumbling is now repaired while something totally new crumbles before my eyes. Excluding the constant construction, there’s the changing natural scenery. Yes, Mother Nature hasn’t given up, even in New York. She makes her presence known to all of us that usually walk around unaffected by our surroundings. This is my second spring here and I’m starting to think spring is my favorite (even though my seasonal allergies are killing me). New pastel shades break up the usual patterns of worn bricks and dull steel. It’s such a contrast to see chromatic tulips popping up where gray, slushy snowdrifts were. It’s also amazing to have all of your senses assaulted – crossing a street with seventy other people, deafening sounds of a hammer drill on pavement, a flash of sirens – and pick up the delicate aroma of hyacinths or the honey-like aroma of Black Locust blossoms. It’s surreal, really.
House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze is a perfume inspired by spring in Brooklyn. It mixes florals with industrial elements.
Pink Haze opens as wet cement and lilacs after a spring rain. There’s wet earth and rainbow pools of oily water near the sidewalk. This opening is heady and floral but a little dirty. Because of the dirt and metal, it’s unlike other lilac perfumes that I’ve tried. The heart is a heady gardenia – one of those clean, humid gardenias. This mixes with a lily of the valley scented dusting powder. The dry-down is like clean skin scrubbed with floral scented soap.
I absolutely adore the opening of Pink Haze. It’s a perfect mix of heady florals and city grime. It really does remind me of spring in NYC. Like most openings, it fades quickly. Most of the wear is a clean, humid gardenia. This is nice but I do wish that opening would never end. The dry-down is like being in one of those enclaves of the city, like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where it’s really pretty and escapes the grime of city living.
Notes listed include lilac, lily of the valley, gardenia, metallic notes, cedar, honeysuckle and beeswax. Launched in 2014. PEFUMERS – Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl
Give Pink Haze a try if you like heady floral perfumes or gardenia perfumes. Or perfumes like Kai, original Marc Jacobs, Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia, Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and/or Neil Morris Rainflower.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $75 at House of Cherry Bomb. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Spring at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s a heady spring floral of gardenia and lilac with a little bit of weirdness from dirt and metal. It’s good if you are looking for something traditionally pretty but with a slight edge.
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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 the brand. Dorothy Provine pic from www.fanpix.net.