Starting with a lily, not in the least funereal but as innocent as lace trim on a summer linen dress, this is a sweet contrivance of a scent: a fugue on youth’s pleasures made fragrant.
In that floral garland at the top is a little citrus, a touch of menthol, the kind of complex smell that emanates from a rose cultivated for aroma over appearance.
In its botanical veracity this perfume may appear simple, but these antique roses rarely are straightforward, and in that apparent single flower resides jasmine, bitter orange flower and not a little violet too.
Then things open out in a subtle but entrancing way.
A dolls house icing sugar snow storm comprised of the unsweet sweet powder that dusts the best Turkish delight. Then on an instant a teenage girl at the cusp of adulthood swirls on an English lawn, her skirt and arms trail across a bush of prize roses.
They give their scent involuntarily to her burgeoning beauty.
All of this. All of this, but in a hush.
A quiet perfume the whole while this one. Rose flavoured ice cream and deluxe antique scented moisturiser are equal partners in the next part of the performance; a little vanilla here, some sandalwood and clean musk there.
This phase, with subtle well-mannered florals, like a polite tea fete in the background, lingers longest, before drying down to a pleasant almost old-fashioned gentlemanly shaving soap smell. Pretty In Pink, conjures with olfactory accords that are the equivalent of the Edwardian images familiar from Forster’s novels made film and television costume dramas.
That is not to say that this is an old-fashioned perfume, not at all, for every generation re-invents the past in its own image.
It is a delicate portrait of what it feels to be young and free and rather innocent and at the start of an awfully big adventure.
A perfect gift for a first sweetheart. Pell Wall Perfumes is a very small British producer, so small in fact that some of the petals for this perfume are picked in the perfumer’s own Shropshire garden.
I have highlighted their very fine fragrances before I do so again without hesitation.
A British Garden Party… what an excellent way to start the festivities!
The Perfumed Dandy.