Do you wear summer fragrances in the summer and winter fragrances in winter? Or do you dream your way through dull winter by inhaling deeply of your favourite summer fragrance? Where I live, it is midsummer, so allow me to tell you that Olympic Orchid’s A Midsummer Day’s Dream is the most beautiful summer fragrance I have ever smelled.
This fragrance is not one of the ones described in detail in Olympic Orchid’s website. I bought an OO sample set, and it was one of the ‘surprise’ inclusions. I emailed OO for a list of the notes for AMDD (how horrid of me to reduce this lovely fragrance to an acronym) and perfumer Ellen Covey replied that they are: benzoin, vanilla, frankincense, atlas cedar, cistus, cypress, orange flower, blackcurrant, and fig.
The fragrance opens with an amazing mix of sweet-sour notes. I have never smelled another fig fragrance* but I’m imagining that I’m getting fig and blackcurrant in perfect balance. Hortus Conclusus also thought that there is lemon there too. About 15 minutes later both the honeyed sweetness and the tartness ease off to introduce softer notes, the jasmine I guess, and orange flower.
I can believe that the whole thing is anchored by cedar, cistus and frankincense but I am hopeless at discerning fragrance notes so I take the perfumer’s word for it. (So why am I writing perfume reviews you ask? Good question.) I wore AMDD the other day to work and entertained myself all morning by keeping my wrist surreptitiously near my nose for the full two-and-a-quarter hours of a meeting.
I got a deep, intensely green a dry-down, still tangy, but made sunshiny by a sweet dustiness that I adore. Tarleisio calls it ‘bottled sunshine’. Everyone else had furrowed brows but I was off with the naked nymphs.
So many summer fragrances are the cologne types that blast you with citrus notes but have little more to say after that. AMDD is not one one of those. Having said that, it is probably not a fragrance I could wear every day, even if I did wear the same fragrance on successive days which I don’t. I find it rather complex, and by the end of the day have had enough. Still, I love it, have to have it, and have scheduled it in for a March purchase. It is available on the OO website by choosing the wild card option and specifying what you want in the comment box.
I am still playing with my lovely OO sample set and hope to add a post of quick impressions of the other fragrances I have. Many thanks to dee for introducing me to Olympic Orchids! But AMDD is for me an outstanding fragrance by any measure. Even if this one is not to your taste, a fragrance of this quality suggests that there will be something in the OO line for you to love.
* What other good fig fragrances are there? I want to know.