I really couldn’t think of a clever intro for INeKe Hothouse Flower, the newest in the Alphabetical Series. But, I can tell you that I love to wear this gardenia, yes, a gardenia soliflore and I love to wear it. It always surprises me when I fall in love with something as pristine and polished as Hothouse Flower.
Hothouse Flower is a “green gardenia”. It’s heady a gardenia with a milky fig; however, in the opening I get dry evergreens and glistening bergamot. Oh, and tons of gardenia. But, unlike many of the gardenia soliflores that I’ve tried, Hothouse Flower is crisp and fresh. The heart is Earl Grey tea leaves and a steamy gardenia. The dry-down is a sheer gardenia musk. Hothouse Flower is a gardenia from top to bottom.
Hothouse Flower is perfect in its composition. INeKe really knows how to work the florals. Hothouse Flower is a gardenia that is better than “gardenia”. It almost feels like a gardenia that has been doctored up with Photoshop. It’s “clear” and flawless. And this is why I’m surprised that I like wearing it. I typically like my “misfit florals”, but this time I’ve fallen for a better-than-nature gardenia.
Notes listed include Earl Grey tea, green foliage, cypress, absinthe, gardenia, galbanum, fig, frankincense, guaiac wood, musk and corn silk. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Ineke Rühland
Give Hothouse Gardenia a try if you love gardenia. Or if you like perfumes like Arquiste Boutonniere No. 7, YOSH White Flowers, Exotic Island Perfumer Gardenia Exuberante, signature Marc Jacobs and/or Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage. Because it’s gardenia, I do associate Hothouse Flower with the feminine. I rarely ever make this suggestion, but I see this being a perfect choice as a “traditional bridal” fragrance.
I find projection to be average but like so many white florals, I bet with a few more sprays one could “over do” this. But, I believe that about any gardenia perfume.
The 2.5 oz bottle retails for $95 at Beautyhabit. A sample collection is also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Crisp, steamy and sheer gardenia. It’s not something that I’m in the mood for frequently but when I am, it’s just right. If you’re looking for a gardenia soliflore, give this one a try.
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