O’Tannenbaum Holiday 2011 Perfume Blogging Event
When I was a kid, I thought O’Tannenbaum was “old tanning balm” and I had no idea what this had to do with Christmastime but I did have grandparents that would run away to Florida every winter…My family isn’t German and we never got those nifty marzipan pigs or chocolate filled advent calenders. (I’m still a bit jealous of German-American Christmas traditions.) I still don’t know the words to the O’Tannenbaum song but I know it has to do with Christmas trees. And these days I’m surrounded by Christmas trees even if they aren’t in my home…
Happy holidays from the Evergreen State and the Emerald City! All of the rain keeps us green from moss to mold to mildew to conifers. This splash of color keeps us from going completely crazy in the fall/winter/spring. Well, most of us from going crazy. You’ve heard me say it a million times, it’s beautiful here and that’s why I chose to live here and put up with the weather. I’ll never forget any of the smells of the forest, how these smells shook my senses. For the O’Tannenbaum Holiday 2011 Perfume Blogging Event, I’m focusing on 3 Pacific Northwestern evergreen perfumes.
OLO Portland Fôret Perfume Oil – Fôret is like walking through the forest…or at least your memories of walking through the forest. Fôret is cleaner, crisper and romanticized like my first trip through the forests outside of Seattle. Forêt opens as fresh mountain air. You smell it and you know it’s evergreens. It’s fresh, crisp, green with a natural ginger and citrus side. Like I said, it’s a “cleaned up” version of Pacific Northwestern forests, no dirt or decay. With time Forêt gets less like the evergreen needles and more like the bark/wood. It starts to smell more of cedar and lead pencil shavings. This is a must try fragrance for those that want a fresh, woodsy scent.
OLO Portland Pauper Perfume Oil – Pauper is like being in a PNW forest in early fall. We get months and months of rain and you enjoy every minute before the gloom sets in. So take your strange friends and your absinthe and go to the forest. Pauper smells of dark, humid Pacific Northwestern rainforests. There’s a green dampness over a dirty, moldy oud. Balsam branches keep the fragrance fresh and foresty. The fragrance begins to warm up with the wormwood, the dark dampness goes away. Your body is warmed by the absinthe. Pauper goes from damp to dry from a little gloomy to merry. The dry-down is this beautiful dry, woodsy green scent.
Juniper Ridge Elk Meadows Solid Perfume – I’m saving the best for last. Made from wild-crafted, steam distilled ingredients native to the PNW, Elk Meadows smells EXACTLY like Mount Hood’s high meadows (in Oregon). There is nothing else on the market like this. This is a stunning, accurate fresh air fragrance with citrus evergreens and wind-blown wildflowers. This scent captures a place in time but at the same time this isn’t just a concept fragrance. Elk Meadows is completely wearable. The dry-down is evergreen trimmings with turpentine and freshly grated ginger. I wear it at my desk, sniff my wrists and I’m reminded of spring in the mountains, happy memories. The natural solid perfume is in a jojoba and beeswax base that has a nice throw and is very long-wearing. I highly recommend this fragrance.
Don’t forget to check out the other perfume blogs participating in O’Tannenbaum/Old Tanning Balm