Perfume Review: Rich Hippie Bohemian Wedding...and a Prize Draw
My lovely guest-poster Tina got married on Saturday; congratulations, Tina! I have never been one to pass on an opportunity of a topical review, so today I am talking about Bohemian Wedding by Rich Hippie. “Bohemian” is a term that, according to Wikipedia, describes any person who lives an unconventional artistic life, where self-expression is the highest value and where art is a main focus of life. These days the term is also applied to a fashion style, "boho-chic". I do value self-expression (hence the blog, I guess), but I have always thought of myself as a rather conventional sort of person and I am pretty sick of “boho-chic” as displayed by the likes of Sienna Miller (for lots of snarky remarks on that, please visit Go Fug Yourself blog). My kind of weddings would not be held in a field of wild flowers, with bride and groom and guests barefoot, in flowing tie-dye garments of earthy and bright colors. I even find the “location” weddings on exotic beaches to be on a wild side. Having said that, this unexpectedly elegant and understated scent would go perfectly well with the entirely un-bohemian, obsessively color-coordinated, urban, “traditional white” ceremonies I unimaginatively favor.
Bohemian Wedding is what I would call “sumptuous cologne with a twist”. It displays the fresh, bracing citrus side of classical colognes, it has the traditional, beautiful (and very weddingy) orange blossom note, but feels more substantial then an average eau de cologne and has an interesting earthy leitmotif that grows stronger as the scent progresses and that culminates into a gorgeous drydown of patchouli, soft woods and a non-sweet, even almost bitter citrus accord. Although citruses rule the composition, patchouli for me is the true star of Bohemian Wedding. This is not patchouli as I know and not always love; it is not warm, sensual and dark. I never thought I’d say this about this gipsy of a note, but patchouli here feels airy and ethereal. This patchouli is a good girl of her wild-living family. She got married in an elegant traditional gown and a veil, with her eyes modestly cast down.
Bohemian Wedding is streamlined and uncluttered but not simplistic. It is not as “boozy” as many of Rich Hippie scents (a quality that probably has something to do with the fact that this organic company bases their scents on “spirits of wine” from the wine regions of California), but it has the same joyful, blissful feel that I love in the perfumes of this line.
Bohemian Wedding is available at Rich-Hippie.com, $95.00 for 1/2oz or $245.00 for 2oz.
And to start a week on a fun note, I thought I'd have a prize draw. The winner, chosen randomly, will receive my sample of Bohemian Wedding and a sample of another of my favorites from Rich Hippie, Psychedelic. Simply let me know in your comment that you do want to be included. Good luck and have a great week!
The first image is from Bride.com, the second from Rich-Hippie.com.