Strange Invisible Perfumes Aquarian Roses, Epic Gardenia and Urban Lily
This weekend I went to Strange Invisible Perfumes store on Abbott Kinney in Venice to sniff these three new fragrances, which will premiere next month. That, and there were cupcakes.
Aquarian Roses list rose, sandalwood and marjoram in its notes. I liked it; it seems unisex and lovely in that, well, Strange Invisible way. The rose weaves in and out, becoming more or less rosey as the stemmy sandalwood and thorny marjoram comes to and fro.
Epic Gardenia really could be accused of false advertising. The gardenia is hardly epic, which is frankly no bad thing. Gardenia can be such a sucker punch scent-wise and frankly if they had done one of those I could have found five others that would do the same dance at (sometimes) half the price. Epic Gardenia is a ghostly one; gauzy and indistinct as a memory, and just as wrenchingly lovely.
However for me the real winner was Urban Lily. I adore lily of the valley, but find that some scents don't get the accord quite right for me. This is somewhat like laying in my parents backyard at home, the scent of lily, cut green grass and earth finally fecund after the long winter frost. It also has a heaping helping of their gorgeous Musc Botanique, which immediately makes it rocket to my list of things to blow the tax refund on (Or here in California, the tax refund IOU).
The three will be available in late March, $210 for 7.5 ml Parfum or $175 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum.