I’ve sniffed so many perfumes, so many, and I’m always surprised by this lack of diversity when it comes to “destination inspirations” but I think American indies are changing this. I’ve been to many parts of this country and each place has a distinct aroma. I have so many scent memories associated with different cities and states. Being a Southerner, I’m always surprised by the general lack of “olfactory representation” that the South has in perfume despite all the inspiring aromas: thunderstorms, fireflies, cornbread, sorghum, magnolias, hot peppers, Georgia red clay…
Olympic Orchids is one of the few perfume lines that has a perfume inspired by the South. Carolina is a perfume inspired by the South. My personal experiences with the Carolinas are coastal while Olympic Orchids Carolina is more “lowland Southern” – inland South, a region I’m all too familiar with.
Carolina opens with juicy, ripe stone fruits over sharp, astringent pine needles. It’s not listed and it sure isn’t easy to find in the South anymore (I think there was some sort of disease), but I get mulberries. Ripe, juicy mulberries and Southern pine forests. With time the florals appear. They’re heady and honeyed with on-point Southern humidity. Carolina is sweet and humid. It dries down to this rich, sweet chewing tobacco and cherry pie.
Overall, I really like Carolina and I think Olympic Orchids did a wonderful job giving the impression of the Lowland South in early summer. I mean, it completely reminds me of a time and place so much that it is borderline eerie (but mostly amazing). Since it’s such an “environmental” fragrance to me (based on my personal experiences), I’ve decided that I think I would prefer it as a home fragrance like a candle (but I do know it wouldn’t be as sophisticated in wax form…) Anyway, I can’t recommend this one enough to anyone wanting a “Southern” inspired perfume.
Notes listed include longleaf pines, grassy fields, magnolia, kudzu (you have no idea how happy I am to see this in a note list), honeysuckle, star jasmine, tonka and tobacco. Launched 2010. PERFUMER – Ellen Covey
Give Carolina a try if you like sophisticated sweet scents. Or if you like perfumes like Cartier Delices de Cartier, By Kilian Back to Black, Costamor Tabacca and/or L’Artisan Fou d’Absinthe. And take this list with a grain of salt. Carolina isn’t like any other perfume that I’ve ever sniffed but it is just like a “destination”. I did my best to compare it to perfumes that I know.
Projection and longevity are above average. In fact, I’d be happy to have this as an EDT.
The 1 oz EDP retails for $50 at Olympic Orchids. Travel sizes and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Mulberry jam, pines and humid, honeyed florals and tobacco. Instant scent memories for me; a beautiful Southern inspired perfume. I love indies so much for thinking outside the box.
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