The Achieving of the Sangreal
No, I have not gone completely bonkers after watching too many History Channel documentaries dedicated to The Da Vinci Code. The Sangreal, or Holy Grail, I am referring too is My Perfect Fragrance. I am incredibly lucky to have a very talented perfumer, Clement Gavarry, working on my Holy Grail as a part of Made by Blog project. Not only that, but my wonderful fellow perfume addict/blogger, March, kindly decided to aid me in the quest for my Holy Grail. She actually created three alternative versions of what she thinks might be my ultimate scent by blending already existing fragrances. I think March should seriously consider doing this for a living, since all three of them smell great!
Holy Grail A. Dry, dry, dry and dry. Woody, earthy, very elegant. March wanted me to guess, which fragrances went into the mix of each sample, and I believe that the main “ingredient” here was Vetiver 46 by Le Labo. Holy Grail A has the same austerity, the same uncompromising dryness about it. Both have a wonderful spicy undertone…There is something else here, however, something that adds warmth to the blend. Hermes Rocabar? Something else? I liked it a lot. It is full bottle worthy for me.
Holy Grail B. This one made me smile, because I knew from the first sniff just exactly what scent served as a base for Holy Grail B. This boozy, leathery, slightly incensy amber is …Ambre Russe by Parfum d'Empire, which March “lovingly” calls Rasputin’s armpit and I call The Best Amber There Is. It is of course entirely possible that March accidentally (?) created her very own Ambre Russe smell-alike. It is slightly lighter, fresher than the original, not nearly as robust, and also I smell a floral undertone here. Make it richer, get rid of the flowers and the freshness, and it has a great potential of becoming my Holy Grail.
Holy Grail C. I liked this one the most. In fact, I loved it. This is certainly Holy Grail material, and if it were sold somewhere, I would have bought it whatever the cost. This is rich, dark leather with a surprising sweet, fruity undertone. It makes me think of the spicy-herbal sweetness of Andy Tauer's Lonestar Memories and of candied citrus accord in Piver’s Cuir de Russie as well as of the balsamic feel of Parfumerie Generale’s Iris Taizo. I hereby announce March to be a perfume genius. March, you could seriously start selling this stuff, it is THAT good. If you decide to market this, I humbly propose that this dirty-fruity-kinky scent is to be called Colombina The Terrible.
Please make sure that you visit Perfume Posse for March’s Big Reveal. She promised to disclose all ingredients that were used to create my three Holy Grails.
*The image, The Achieving of The Sangreal is by Aubrey Beardsley.