Let me start this review with the fact that I know exactly what the Kingston Ferry terminal smells like; I’m all too familiar with PNW ferries. And before I even heard about Olympic Orchids and many other indie perfume brands, I had fantasized about having a perfume that smelled like ferry terminals (and oddly I’ve always thought Dior Fahrenheit smells sort of like the Seattle Ferry terminal).
Kingston Ferry opens with something like motor oil and really dry woods. The flowers and plants in this fragrance are dry, bitter and herbal – astringent. The heart is dry woods, like cedar chips and dry evergreen needles. The scent eventually dries down to a smooth sandalwood and saline. The scent captures that openness yet isolation of the area. It smells rugged, slightly wild and uninhabited.
I’m not one of those people that really cares too much about authenticity (if something is good, it’s good even if it isn’t “authentic”) but let me tell you, Kingston Ferry smells like the Kingston Ferry Terminal. This may not be the ferries your familiar with or your coast, but man, this smells exactly like Kingston Ferry to me.
Notes listed include madrone, rhododendron, heather, flowers, cedar leaves and sea-weathered woods. Launch date 2010. PERFUMER – Elley Covey
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 1 oz bottle retails for $50 at Olympic Orchids. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Rural Washington ferries in summer – dry woods and salt. Smells like the place that it’s named after. I can’t complain 🙂
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*Sample purchased by me. Logo from Blackbird. Photograph is mine. It’s not the terminal. It’s Port Townsend, WA.