Thursday, November 20, 2008
THE SCENT OF COBALT BLUE
I am a subscriber to the parfumer Lucky Scent's email newsletter and today, I received the most interesting information from them about a new scent from Boudicca. The newsletter was as follows:
"Wode, the revolutionary Art Fragrance from BOUDICCA explores further the myth around Queen Boudicea. Legend has it she and her tribe wore cobalt blue war 'paint' on their skin that gave them a ferocious and mythical look when advancing into battle. When finally defeated by the Romans, Queen Boadicea killed herself by swallowing hemlock, an extract of which is included in Wode.
When Wode is sprayed, a vibrant cobalt blue mist appears and settles on the skin or clothing. Whether touched or not, the 'Wode Paint' begins to fade within seconds-- or minutes-- and disappears completely, leaving simply the scent behind.
Wode opens with spices and green - coriander, cardamom, clary sage and juniper berries. There is clean earth and a hint of flowers and ocean and it all seems quite brisk and pleasant, until the black hemlock kicks in, bitter and unsettling and hopelessly attractive. A dark and ethereal swirl of resins and animalic notes dances around a heart of leather and musk and there is an intriguing undercurrent of something raw and untamed, softened by a soft whisper of sweetly narcotic tuberose.
The overall impression is not heavy - but airy and elemental, like the landscape after a fierce and cleansing storm.
Created by iconoclast perfumer Geza Schoen (of Escentric Molecules fame). The inspiration is ancient, but the scent itself is very modern-unusual, intriguing, and subtle enough to make it easy to wear, for both men and women.
Wode is packaged in a classic spray paint can and available in both PAINT and SCENT (without blue paint) versions."
Isn't that interesting? I am jazzed over the mythic history of it all and I want to be Cobalt Blue (at least temporarily)!!
Southern California residents (and tourists) can visit the Hollywood store of Lucky Scent or visit this website: Luckyscent.com