Summer has finally departed here.
But memories of the long, uncommonly hot and stupendously sunny season we have just enjoyed in the capital still hold court.
No image called to mind is more redolent of diamond bright afternoons spent catching rays than that of scorched wild grass fluttering in the shallow breeze.
No scent returns Summer to us more surely than that of a sweet, hay-like vetiver.
The 7 Virtues Vetiver of Haiti, is enduring sunshine bottled, available in all seasons.
Crisply citrus at the opening, with a sensation not merely of limes themselves but of the whole tree.
Perhaps there is something floral here too, the Spring blossoms maybe.
The star grass follows. Warm, sweet and soft.
Devoid of, but in no way lacking, the smokiness and spikiness we sometimes associate with vetiver.
This fragrance fleshes out another aspect of the note’s character:
Enveloping, soothing, sensual.
A warm straw bed of a scent.
A human, honeyed saltiness somewhere in the background, hinting inevitably at a certain, alluring amber-like sensuality that goes hand in hand with heat and sun-kissed earth.
This is a perfume to send temperatures rising.
The 7 Virtues is a estimable Canadian fragrance maker that The Dandy has mentioned before.
Noble Rose of Afghanistan was one of my ‘Thirteen Roses for anyone feeling unlucky in love’, while Afghanistan Orange Blossom, was a ‘Spring is in the air…’ seasonal pick earlier in the year.
This ethical perfume producer sources its highest quality raw materials from the world’s war zones and scenes of conflict and catastrophe.
It’s also a company that has a fascinating and inspiring story behind its creation, one you’ll be able to hear more about when Barb Stegemann, Founder and CEO of The 7 Virtues, ‘Talks to The Perfumed Dandy’ later this week.
Most importantly, the scents are really rather lovely too, and available at last in London, exclusively to Selfridges for the time being, having been on sale in North America from stores and The 7 Virtues directly for quite a while.
Excellent news for those of us trying to shore away a little summer against the relentless tide of encroaching Autumn.
Keep warm and think always sunny thoughts!
The Perfumed Dandy.
The Perfumed Dandy received a very nice ‘Custom Blend Box’ of The 7 Virtues perfumes from Barb when he met her recently and it is on this kind gift that the review is based.
The review contains only The Perfumed Dandy‘s own opinions and there is no ‘behind the scenes jiggery pokery’ of a financial nature going on.