Smelling Lentisc on the Branch {Scented Thoughts}


Smelling lentisc (Pistacia lentiscus) on the branch today was like smelling Vent Vert by Balmain and Habanita by Molinard all wrapped in one bouquet of green leaves...

The aromatic and resinous scent of lentisc can be both soft and bracing, poised somewhere in-between angelica and galbanum on the spectrum of green sillages. The plant also reveals a facet of Virginian cedar wood which is gourmand and sweet. 



This was the demonstration for me that while Vent Vert (Green Wind) is often referred to as a groundbreaking galbanum composition, it owes its distinctive personality to lentisc, just as much.

What you see in the picture is an old flacon and form of the perfume which used to be presented dressed in emerald green juice with a velvet green bow. 

Habanita is a memorable pairing of vanilla and vetiver with a strong lentisc component. 

It's a juxtaposition of the countryside and the city in these photos.

Most of all, I think that it's interesting to try to de-commercialize our perception of perfume bottles. Fragrance bottles are that but they are also much more than that. It's not easy however not to make it look like an ad for perfume since it's the main reference for this type of motif.

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