Geranium, Basil, Lemon
Indonesian Clove, Nutmeg
Patchouli, Vetiver, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Cedarwood
I was so excited to sample this 100% natural botanical perfume, and when I finally got my little hands on it, I was very bummed out to discover that it smelled so much like a 100% natural botanical perfume that I already own--Atlantic by Strange Invisible Perfumes. Both have a minty top note as well as strong vetiver in the base. Both have a slightly sweet, ambery note lingering throughout. But there are some differences too.
She Came to Stay seems more complex because it adds another dimension--specifically spice and citrus. I do get the clove and nutmeg in the heart, which eventually dissipates, but the citrus note lingers well into the drydown. The pyramid suggests lemon, but on me it turns out to smell, most unfortunately, like rotting orange peels. So at the end of the day, I end up with a perfume that smell like my beloved Atlantic mixed with the icky smell of orange peels from the trash can.
I would still recommend that others give it a whirl, as chemistry is a finicky thing, so it might not smell like rotten orange peel on others. Also there are not that many 100% natural perfumes on the market that I would refer to as "fine perfumery", but She Came to Stay is no doubt complex enough to be at that calibur of artistry. It's one of those perfumes that I still appreciate, despite not working with my chemistry.
You can buy She Came to Stay here, as well as his latest perfume, On the Road
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