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Slowdive made its splash into the Perfume Pool at the end of 2017. Eager to finally learn its story, I went to Hiram’s website and read about it:

Slowdive is a warm tobacco-themed fragrance that captures the mood of those languid afternoons when the sweetness of the Indian summer air is almost palpable.”

Sweet citrusy orange blossom and neroli are right up top, but their floral waft is quickly overcome by a strange accord of fresh–cut green stems, golden pollen, and earthy grass notes mixed with aromatic herbs. I smell a faint licorice note, like licorice basil. And then the bees arrive to gather pollen from the tobacco flower, opening the blossoms and releasing the distinctive sweet/earthy intoxicating floral scent. I can almost hear the lazy buzz in the summer heat.

Tobacco flower blends with the notes of golden honey and pale beeswax,and wafts of fermenting fruits, which sweetens the coumarin hay-like notes of the tobacco. This is the heart of Slowdive, an exotic accord that pulls me in again and again for big whiffs, and I realize I almost want to drink it. This smells like the most delicious deep amber-coloured liqueur, aromatic and boozy, not too sweet or thick, just honeyed. I have the sensation of languid golden warmth, of relaxing in the sun with a faint breeze that cools the skin, sending wave after wave of relaxation and contentment from head to toe.

The dry-down in Slowdive is soft exotic notes of creamy tuberose edged with honeyed resins, which create an anchoring effect when entwined with the fragrant tobacco flower. The bees are still buzzing but the honey/floral effect is restrained, and the fresh hay notes from the tobacco maintain a lightness to the end.

From the note list, you might expect Slowdive to be supersweet, a dense, thick, gourmand-type scent, best suited to cold weather, best on female skin. Because it’s made from natural materials, you might assume that it is short-lived with poor sillage. None of that is true. It works well on both male and female skin, and the distinctive soft scent lasts for hours…it was still there on my wrists the next morning.



Price: $6.00