Perfume By Nature Craving Botanical Perfume
Perfume By nature Craving Botanical Perfume – “Sex, Lust and Perfume”
Scent family: foodie gourmand musk
“Craving” was made for a perfume competition a few years ago to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Natural Perfumers Guild, called: “The Mystery of Musk” .
The whole undertaking excited and terrified me all the way through in equal measure…the whole concept of creating a perfume under a very short time limit, to be submitted to a panel of people who spend their lives reviewing perfumes from the most famous perfume houses in the world…
Why am I doing this to myself?
How could I possibly think I could do this?
I went through so many different versions, cried, torn my hair out, obsessed over little bottles with smelly sticky substances and finally ended up with one large bottle of deep chestnut coloured glass clear liquid sitting on my workbench. It sat there glinting in the late afternoon sun like some kind of mysterious alchemical liquor….which I suppose it is really….
It’s a Gourmand Perfume…a perfume that combines all the things I love and crave…..Cuddles, Sex….and Food. It’s got all the animalistic base notes you’d hope to find in a decent musk perfume, with middle notes of warm roasted hazelnuts, sweet caramel and dark sultry cocoa liquor. OK, so I’m a food head. I can remember someone asking me years ago whether I prefer Sex or Food…and I honestly couldn’t say!
My idea of a perfect afternoon involves lot’s of sexy nakedness…pheromones and wild passion….with intervals of chocolate cake, roasted nuts and more……
There is however even olfactory method to my madness: Cocoa absolute to my nose is one of the sexiest base notes in perfumery..it has a deep bittersweet magic to it that hits you right in the groin….roasted nuts too give off one of those smells that give you that warm, safe at home in the kitchen kind of feeling…and caramel, while sweet, has a smokey honey depth to it that is very very sexy….
So what are the other ingredients you’re probably wondering at this stage?
Well, right at the very base, you have the King of natural musk ingredients: Hyraceum. this wonderful stuff has an incredible lions den kinda musky funk that is SO King of the Wild! And on top of that, it’s one of the very few environmentally friendly cruelty free animal musks you can get! On it’s own it just hits you in the face like…well, just like a well slept and mated in lions den I guess….but in “Craving”, there’s just enough to give you that sense of “Gee, I’m an animal at heart” at the very base of the scent to make it “Real”.
With it, you find 2 kinds of Vetiver, Queen of the herbal root aphrodisiacs. Sexy, Smokey, sultry and deep…..
Costly Oud, worth more in weight than Gold, traded by the Arabian Empires for hundreds of years and still famous throughout the world for it’s mysterious and sophisticated magic. Ambrette Seed, gentle and subtle, and undeniably the clostest thing to the chemical counterparts you nowadays find in musk perfumes…It’s one of my favourite ingredients, buttery soft with a deep sandalwood touch that develops only once applied to the skin….Australian Sandalwood, grown in sustainable plantations in my favourite country, deep woody and buttery smooth with just enough bite to give it a bit of a kick…There’s more of course, but these are the dominant musk notes in the Potion.
It’s turned out to be an interesting perfume. No top notes as such, no floral notes, or fruits, no fancy ozones or clever chypres or other fancy things…..instead a deep, sultry brew of warmth and yumminess….
You start off with the mouthwatering scent of the roasted nuts, warmed with honey and caramel, and then it goes deeper and the Vetiver and bitter Chocolate rise to embrace you…..and as the scent warms to your skin, the animal musk that is so close to your own begins to spread over you…..
It’s one of the sexiest scents I’ve ever made.
Here are some of the reviews from the competition:
Attributes – made in australia, 100% natural and botanical ingredients,derived un-denatured alcohol ( grain), macadamia oil base