Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Oliver Durbano Amethyst


To stray from my usual, as Carole put it, “opulent white floral” craze, I am testing a fragrance said to be a spicy, woody perfume. Following my rant yesterday regarding imitation scents, this Oliver Durbano beauty promised a break from monotonous mass marketed fragrances. It arrived today in a precious box from Germany based (no less!) First in Fragrance.

The amethyst stone symbolizes spiritual balance. Its literal translation is “not drunken.” Wine goblets have been carved out of amethyst to protect the drinker from intoxication. Catholic priests often wear amethyst jewelry to increase their closeness to the heavens. The balancing, protective properties of amethyst have been revered since ancient Egyptian times. Therefore, like the precious stone of its namesake, the scent should be clarifying, balanced, and protective.

Blatantly obvious by the name, if purple had a scent this would be it. I am happy to say I genuinely like this one. It is wonderfully exclusive, mysteriously spicy, slightly fruity and softly powdery. The notes themselves are cause for adulation:

Top: bergamot, pepper, grape, raspberry
Heart: incense, palisander wood, jasmin, orris
Base: vegetable amber, sandalwood, musk, vanilla

As I sniff my wrist, I pick out a tiny bit of grape, powdery orris, some incense merging with sandalwood and a slight offering of musk and vanilla. The bergamot, pepper, and jasmine evade my nose but obscurely offer balance to the scent. My senses are usually highly sensitive to incense and I refuse to wear fragrances that feature it. However, Amethyst’s incense note only serves to encourage me to keep sniffing to discover its transparent, sparkling, and deep characteristics. For those who fear smelling of grape Kool-Aid, rest assured, this scent is vastly more mysterious and not nearly as sweet. In fact, I would not have identified grape without seeing it as a listed note.

I imagine wearing this beautiful fragrance on days where I need to be mentally sharp and powerfully intuitive. It most certainly is clarifying and balanced. Once I find a fragrance with protective properties, I will let you know, but I am willing to test it with this one. Finally, I am elated to say, this fragrance is like no other.

Oliver Durbano Amethyst is available at firstinfragrance.com, 100mL for 96.00€ and at Luckyscent.com, $105 for 100mL.

Image sources: luckyscent.com, jewelinfo4u.com

4 comments:

Victoria said...

Oh I seriously want this!! Purple is my thing, amethyst is my birthstone and those are my top 3 favorite base notes. Oy!

TMH256 said...

Oy vay!!! You MUST get your hands on some then, Victoria. The boys at Luckyscent ordered it after I ordered a sample from Germany. Go a-sniffin'! :-)

Victoria said...

Oh I'll be at The Scent Bar in a couple of weeks to meet Andy. It will be tops on my list to try! Thanks for the great review and beautiful visuals. :O)

TMH256 said...

Awww, thanks Victoria! Let me know what you think. I can't wait to hear about meeting Andy too. I really wish I could be there for that. :-)