Architects surely are the most suave and self assured of artists.
In their uniform of rimless glasses, impeccably ironed white shirts and indigo jeans they are, any place, an understated yet indisputable presence.
Pink Vetiver by Jo Malone is the kind of perfume one can imagine the chicest, most sophisticated members of this blueprint elite deigning to wear.
If other vetivers are martinis: rough, ready, at times smoky and always all about the kick then this delicate, delectable scent is a Pink Gin & Tonic.
Sweet from the Plymouth Gin that has none of London’s dryness, gently spicy from the closely guarded secret stash of precious flavours and ever so slightly medicinal from the long fizzy tonic that gives it body.
Yes, Jo’s Vetiver is an elegant cocktail of the quaffing classes sipped serenely by an artist who works in soaring walls of plate glass and windows apparently suspended in air.
Juniper opens Jo Love’s Pink Vetiver, set off a little by cardamom in the classic gin combination but quickly yielding to a warmer sweet hay version of the note that gives the perfume its name.
There are peppercorns present, but both their hue and the judiciousness of their use mean that they never come to dominate.
Indeed, the subtle composition of this scent means that it is best appreciated as a whole rather than for its constituent parts, just as a building is more than stairways and doorways, architraves and parapets.
The feeling of this fragrance is of the finest suede.
I don’t mean that there is a particularly pronounced hide note, rather that the sensation, the experience of the scent is that of the back of one’s hand brushing gently against napped leather.
Though the moment may be both sublime and fleeting it is in its precise softness quite unforgettable. Perhaps one thinks, these are the beautiful suede brogues, in a male or female style that complete our cocktail sipping architect’s ensemble… Gosh.
One should have explained at the outset.
It’s a ‘Bank Holiday Weekend’ here in London, our quaint way of saying two days off the daily grind made three by dint of a public holiday.
Traditionally, August’s fete is seen as the end of Summer proper, indeed, Scottish children are already back at school, theirs long vacations over for another year.
If we have heat in September, then that will be an ‘Indian Summer’, which is an entirely different thing altogether.
Oh dear, one does go on… the point…
By way of marking the turn of the seasons I thought I’d use this last week of the sweetest time of year to celebrate some scents that have got my attention… I do hope you’ve enjoyed this first one and will appreciate the other picks over the days to come.
The Dandy received a sample of Pink Vetiver from Jo Loves and it is upon that sample which this review is based.