Being that it’s spring, I’ve been reviewing perfumes that remind me of blossoms. Most of these scents have been borderline fantasy. They’ve been so perfect, an idealized version of nature. Olympic Orchids Sakura is a perfume inspired by spring blossoms that isn’t sweet or overly powdery.
Sakura opens up as cool, humid and earthy, like sakura blossoms on a foggy day. There’s a hint of licorice. But, for the most part, Sakura reminds me of damp dirt. This is a cherry blossom fragrance, so I expect some sweetness. And I get some of that. The damp earth mixes with licorice and a green almond. It’s bittersweet and never saccharine. The dry-down surprises me. It smells like freshly cut green grass and like a bleached, worn out cedar. Sakura is like the entire tree – dirt, leaves, blossoms and bark.
Olymic Orchids Sakura stands out from other cherry blossom scents because it’s not sweet. It’s not a fantasy scent. It smells like a cool, foggy spring day. It’s like the opposition of fluffy pastel pink blossom against moody gray skies. It wears as a delicate bittersweet floral that smells much more realistic than the rest.
Notes listed include cherry blossom, airy notes and light musk. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Ellen Covey
Give Sakura a try if you like mineral/earthy scents. Or if you like perfumes like Demeter Dirt layered with L’Occitane Cherry Blossom, Neil Morris Takashimaya, Hermes Hermessence Brin de Reglisse, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille and/or 1000 Flowers Reglisse Noire.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 1 oz EDP retails for $55 at Olympic Orchids. Other sizes and samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Cherry blossoms in a foggy mist. Sakura is a standout because it’s a cool, earthy spring floral. It’s realistically beautiful.
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