Sometimes a floral perfume is so rich that it begins to seem like some kind of liqueur. The new Enticing from Anya’s Garden is such a fragrance, a delectable composition of flowers and herbals essences that is practically drinkable, and made even more complex with buttery, fruity, nut-like and honey facets – an intoxicating brew indeed. It is centered around the exotic tuberose, but it has a bright sweetness that is usually associated with jasmine, and I really like this facet of perfumery’s greatest white flower. The darker tuberose scents have their place too, as exemplified by Serge Lutens’ Tubereuse Criminelle, but the natural aroma of the living flowers as they would be experienced in a bunch of the fresh blooms is so delightful. Since it is made of completely natural materials, there are none of the nose-twisting synthetics that are too often part of modern white florals; synthetics can be very pleasing when used properly, but perfumes only really come to life when there is a sufficient amount of natural materials in them. Enticing has that tropical languor one expect to find in this style of fragrance, but even in its intense sweetness it is not heavy or cloying, just really beautiful and radiant.
Lotus blossom is usually thought of as a classic “cool” white floral that creates a restful, calm impression. Royal Lotus is one of the truest lotus fragrances you could ever want, but it’s not entirely innocent. Instead of just being pretty, it has an almost narcotic character, sultry and heady, a reminder that the lotus flower is indeed a denizen of the tropics. It is very concentrated, and like all the best white florals it has a dark side; the indolic undercurrent is overtly sensual, and has elements of blood, animal earthiness and a bit of danger. Wear it if you dare! Of course, since it is a natural fragrance, it is not brassy or vulgar in any way, but it is definitely sexy.
One of the special things about natural perfumery is that unique products can be made on a small scale that would be impossible to produce on a large commercial scale. Ms. McCoy has made a remarkable tincture of the ribbon-like tropical Ylang ylang flower, harvested at midnight from her own garden when the scent is at its most intense and made in small, carefully controlled batches. (This nocturnal harvest is not done on a commercial scale, so the fragrance of the extract is not as strong.)The ylang ylang flower is indispensable in perfumery; its rich, sweet yet gentle scent adorns some of the greatest fragrances in the world. The limited edition Ylang Tincture is not to be missed by fans of this flower, it is just flat-out gorgeous, as pure and lovely as the living flower. Some single flower extracts are not suited to stand on their own as a fragrance, but this is a notable exception. This special essence was released in 2104 and there is still a limited quantity available, so don’t miss out if you love this style of floral scent.