Naturals Week – April 22-29th
Green Witch by Roxana Illuminated Perfume is a green chypre inspired by the sea. The scent is inspired by the book, The Greenwitch by Susan Cooper.
The perfume is green, very green. The liquid even has a slight greenness. Green Witch opens with bitter galbanum and a bright bergamot. It’s a sharp green scent. There’s a hint of rose, a damp rose. The scent smells wild, untamed. It reminds me of vines, rose thorns, forest undergrowth and new spring buds. Within about 5 minutes, I pick up on the seaweed. It isn’t prominent but it’s like crushed green leaves and bergamot mixed within a seaweed salad. It’s salty, damp and green. It’s like “aquatic mushroom”. In the heart, I get a indolic jasmine with hay and mosses and a powdery orris. The base is very chypre with mosses, patchouli and a trace of rose. And traces of salt water spritzed driftwood.
I haven’t read the book. I’m not up on Greek mythology. But, I do “see” something when I smell Green Witch. It’s wild, untamed, damp and beaten by ocean winds. For me, Green Witch is a perfume that reminds me of the craggy coasts of Washington…where green forests meet rocky beaches covered in seaweed.
Notes listed include oakmoss, labdanum, bergamot, seaweed, jasmine and rose. PERFUMER – Roxana Villa
I can’t compare any other perfume to Green Witch. It’s a clever fragrance. It’s a sea chypre. Give it a try if you like natural, green perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Ayala Moriel Orcas, Opus Oils Dirty Sexy Wilde, DSH Perfumes Arnica, and/or other perfumes by Roxana Illuminated. Green Witch does smell very natural so I recommend it for those that like naturals. I also find this scent cerebral; it’s not a “beginner’s” fragrance in my opinion. I find this perfume to be unisex.
This scent has average projection and longevity. It is above average for a natural perfume.
The 1/4 oz pure parfum retails for $250 at Roxana Illuminated Perfume.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – All of the different layers of green. There’s galbanum, green florals, chypre and mosses, and yes, even green from the sea – seaweed! Green is a difficult genre for me to wear. I say this one is for those with advanced tastes in green.
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