It's nothing new that I've been seriously into vegetable notes this summer and the first time I saw DSHs website I was in awe. So many perfumes, so many with vegetable notes in them. Where to start? What do I want? I went for cucumber.
Now, most people
that have perfumes as a hobby know that what you get is not always what
you had expected. With "Celadon, a Velvet Green" I had zoomed in on the cucumber note and somehow
managed to ignore all the others. I was expecting something light,
aquatic, green and fresh but what I got was completely
different. Look at the picture below, I got that! Well, everything except
the horse, that is.
took me back in time to when I was maybe 8 years old. All my friends
went to riding school and the conversation topics that mattered was
gossip from the stable; what horse was the cutest one, who would get to
ride what horse during the next couple of lessons, that type of stuff. I
badly wanted to attend riding school, but no. My dad is a plastic
surgeon and he had met more horseback riders than you'd like to know -
on the operating table trying to reconstruct various parts of their
bodies after being kicked or fallen off. So this was a very "No
Discussion"-type of no. But a girl can dream... I read books about
horses, read magazines about
horses and watched horseback riding shows on tv, thinking, one day,
I'd wear one of those stylish riding outfits, have a horse of my horse and we'd be best friends forever.
Celadon is the scent representation of my childhood dream of a horse.
There are two sides of this scent, one is green, containing clover, grass and
lots of hay, complete with that slightly sour note that it tends
to get by laying around in damp environments. All the stuff I'd be
happily feeding my little horsie, the two of us hanging out in the barnyard. The other side is soft
vanilla/tonka. Sometimes it's a dreamy marshmallow cloud to dwell
in. Sometimes I get fabric softener, like riding outfits smell in fantasy land where no one ever has to clean out the stables or get horse sweat all over you.
Now, me and vanilla "are in a relationship and it's complicated", as you see on Facebook sometimes. There are some scents in which I like it, but in this one it's brushing me the wrong way.
The green side of Celadon I like though. And I admire how it brings up
memories that I thought I'd forgotten all about. Who needs a shrink
when you have a perfume blog?
And, did I ever get that horse? No, it was not meant to be. Some years later my parents actually encouraged me to try horseback riding. At that time they probably had realised that one of the most likely pastime I'd chose would involve beer and boys with motorcycles. By then, horses had lost their appeal.
For other reviews of "Celadon - a Velvet Green", see:
I Smell Therefore I am
Top notes: Clover Leaf, Cucumber, Lime Peel
Middle notes: Green
Grass, Liatrix, Orris Root
Base notes:Balsam Fir, Hay absolute, Narcissus
Absolute, Tonka Bean, Violet Leaf Absolute
This sample was sent to me.