Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Scented Djinn Peaseblossom EdT

The Scented Djinn Peaseblossom EdT

Last but not least on my foray into scented takes on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is courtesy of Justine Crane, better known as The Scented Djinn, who sent me a lovely little sample of her contribution to this project, Peaseblossom EdT. The tiny scroll accompanying it read as follows:
"Peaseblossom, quiet fairy be, shyly collects dewdrops
to steep the petals which he
On his merry way through the sylvan woods
A sweet perfume to present to his
Golden Fairy Queen."

Composition: organic grain alcohol, wheatgrass tincture, oakmoss tincture, ambrette hydrosol, vintage benzoin resin, lavender mailette, clary sage absolute, carnation absolute, tonka bean tincture, vanilla bourbon CO2, rose gulab otto, dark Indonesian patchai ellai, tea rose otto, Mysore sandalwood, vetyver mitti, honey tincture, jasmine sambac absolute, rose geranium, vintage tolu balsam resin, rose otto, butyl butyrate (natural isolate; source ~ cassava melon).
I have a deep appreciation for this scent, conceptually, for a number of reasons. First of all, Peaseblossom is a minor character in the play, and attendant of Titania. Most of Peaseblossom’s action and lines on stage consist of interacting with and waiting on Bottom at the Queen’s direction. So it pleases me much to see that someone spent time thinking what a minor fairy in the Queen’s court might have smelled like, what a quiet fairy might do with their time.

I understand the draw to Titania, or to Oberon, or even to making a scent based on the flower whose nectar proves the vexation of the characters that fateful summer night. These are larger than life characters, magical objects. I give Justine a lot of credit for passing them over to find an aspect of the play usually unnoticed and under appreciated to make her own.

As to the scent: three cheers for a sweet floral, but not fruity, patchouli! How did she do it? It’s not overly green, and yet definitely a patchouli scent on me. It’s a gentle scent, possessing a playful quality I’m happy to see in a scent based on a fairy. Green and mossy at first, it quickly becomes sweeter, lavender and sage and vetyver providing a strong base for the dance of the floral notes.

A very pretty scent indeed, and fitting for a fairy fair. I hope that, in addition to the EdT, which I suspect is best experienced when applied by spraying wet, I am hoping for a pure parfum or solid version available as well.

To see more visit A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Perfume Event, running June 14-24, 2011.


AbsintheDragonfly said...

It was very clever of Justine to focus on a minor character, it does make you wonder what he is thinking, and smelling.

Thank you for your lovely words Diana!

Oh, True Apothecary said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review.