My particular note preferences don’t much hinder me in appreciating beauty where I find it, and it is with delight that I bring you the next installment from Ellen Covey’s Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes: Little Stars.
I began my aromatic journey with the perfume that was my immediate favorite (Javanica), but now I turn to the one… least likely to appeal to my preferences.
Why write about it at all, you may wonder, if I don’t care for it? For the same reason that I wrote about Parfums de Nicolaï, Kiss Me Tender: it’s a beautiful perfume. I mention Patricia de Nicolaï’s most recent creation because Little Stars immediately reminded me of it; that is, while it may not be something I love, I can recognize it’s beauty, and appreciate the quality of the materials. Fans of L’Heure Bleue, I think, will also do well to give this a try.
My little notebook reads, “Heliotrope, purple, powder, jasmine, — ref. PDN Kiss Me Tender.”
Today, approaching it with a fresh nose (and without seven other fragrances splashed haphazardly up and down both arms) I feel much the same. The jasmine is more pronounced than the ghostly heliotrope that greeted me from finger no. 3 yesterday, and the ylang-ylang and clove provide a tangible velvet texture, adding a warm, languid sensuality to the composition. Beautiful, and in my opinion more wearable and instantly likable than Kiss Me Tender, which I found just the slightest bit too much.
It won’t surprise me too much if a 5mL travel atomizer lands in my cart when I’m picking up my bottle of Javanica.
Read another review of Little Stars by La Bonne Vivante at Hortus Conclusus.
Notes: Citrus, neroli, ylang-ylang, clove bud, jasmine, exotic woods, oud, black agar, and atlas cedarwood. Prices for Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes range from $15 (5mL) to $60 (50mL). My fragrance sample was provided by the perfumer.