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Soliflore Gardenia


Launched in 2015 by Dame Perfumery Scottsdale, an indie American niche fragrance line founded by Jeffrey Dame and his son Cullen, Soliflore Gardenia is a glorious scent that is true to nature.

Gardenias are night blooming plants, like jasmine, and since pollinators can’t see white flowers, the plants emit huge amounts of indoles so that insects can find them. Combined with their aromatic floralcy, bright green facets and mushroom aspects, gardenias fill the night air with a beautiful, complex heady smell that is positively narcotic.

Gardenias pose a challenge for perfumers: they cannot be distilled so their scent is difficult to capture which makes gardenia absolute rare and expensive. This has driven many perfumers to re-create their own gardenia scent. Things are changing though. In the last few years small artisanal growers have been experimenting and developing ways to capture the scent of gardenias resulting in fragrances like Soliflore Gardenia.

It opens with soft, floral, indolic gardenia. As a soliflore, it doesn’t evolve much, but it isn’t linear either – how can it be when the scent of gardenia is so complex and heavily-nuanced? Body heat makes it stronger and over time it blooms, getting fatty, lactonic and bigger until it develops into a fully realized gardenia scent that is true to nature. Every aspect of gardenia is here: it’s green, sweet, and slightly fruity. At times I smell buttered popcorn, coconut, that fantastic mushroom facet and, every once in a while, a whiff of camphour.
It softnes beautifully as it dries down. And, because it’s a perfume oil, it stays anchored to my skin, wafting up and around me for hours. It’s as though I brought the night air from a tropical island paradise home with me.

Notes: gardenia

Type: Perfume oil

Parfumeur: Jeffrey Dame

Price: $5.00