This Thursday I will be announcing the perfume I have chosen as my new signature scent. Before that, however, I wanted to introduce you to the botanical niche perfume company Strange Invisible Perfumes, who I had the pleasure of visiting in their flagship Venice Beach boutique. While there I got to sample several of their all natural, organic botanical fragrances. Keith, the sales associate was extremely knowledgeable and gave me a run down of some of their most prized fragrances.
Strange Invisible Perfumes have no synthetics in them. I am not very familiar with botanical perfumes and it takes a while to get used to these very organic smells but you quickly fall in love with them. Some of the perfumes smell more mainstream like Prima Ballerina and Tahitian Honey. (My favorites of the bunch were Tahitian Honey, L’invisible and Magazine Street) and some are highly unusual like Black Rosette and Essence of IX.
The perfumes are the creation of perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis- truly a master artisan. The Venice boutique is the only one in the world although their fragrances are sold online on their website www.siperfumes.com as well as in certain high end department stores. As a side note, because these perfumes are so unusual I would highly recommend sampling them in person before purchasing online...
If you are a perfume connoisseur into synthetic free organic niche fragrances- this is the place for you!
The bottles are very minimalistic and the fluid of the perfumes are a golden amber color and would look lovely on any vanity. (Apologies I don't have better pictures of the bottles themselves... my camera went amiss that day. Visit their website for vivid pictures and more in depth descriptions)
Here is a very bare bones rundown of the different scents.
Moon Garden- Tuberose and jasmine
Fair Verona- a classic fragrance: citrus, cardamom, Egyptian jasmine and bergamot
Magazine Street- patchouli, magnolia, vanilla, vetiver
L’Invisible- oak moss, ylang ylang, hibiscus, vanilla, red rose
Tribute (limited edition)- a tribute to Coco Chanel: ylang ylang, amber, rose patchouli
Prima Ballerina- Egyptian and Turkish roses, Greek sage, lime botanical musk
Aquarian Roses- wild roses, marjoram, sandalwood
Essense of IX- the scent of a winery- rose, black currant, California lavender
Tahitian Honey (limited edition and my favorite)- temple mandarin and wild honey
Black Rosette- African roses, black tea, spearamint- meant to capture the essence of leather (this one is very unusual- not my cup of tea but could be heavenly for the right person).
Depending on whether you get a EDP or a Pure Perfume vial, or limited edition fragrance, price ranges from $135 to $350
For more information visit their website www.siperfumes.com
And stay tuned for this Thursday's post where I announce the perfume I have (finally) chosen as the search for my signature scent ends!
The image of the Venice boutique featured above is courtesy of futurenatural.com
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