Pell Wall perfumes, based in Shropshire, is the brain child of Chris Bartlett, who left his job to become a full time perfumer. Don’t you just love people who do that? If people like Chris and other great indie perfumers didn’t take the plunge, we’d all be missing out on original and exciting niche fragrances.
Pell Wall Perfumes Anjin is not like anything else I have smelled before because it has very dominant chillies in it, or pimentos to be precise. I’ve never been one for gourmands in particular, but when they are as astringent and spicy as Anjin, I take it all back. This could not be further away from your cupcakes and candy floss, which just goes to show how vast the gourmand spectrum can be.
This is no one trick pony though. As Anjin’s citrussy, almost stingy-eyed opening dries down, it becomes smooth yet prickly, a bit like sharp lemony patchouli. With bold styrax adding an almost-but-not-quite creosote touch ( not a criticism, I love it), and clove and coriander making their spicy and herbal presence felt, Anjin is a long-lasting treat that smells equally good on male or female skin. I loved it on me, but it smells even better on my 17 year old nephew, who also loved it, and now has the bottle. I am always pleased when young folk try a fragrance that steps away from the High Street norm- and what a pleasant surprise to find a 17 year old who is NOT marinated in scent du jour Paco Rabanne One Million!
One of the things I admire about Pell Wall is the sheer versatility: Chris has produced a range that includes violets, (Deep Purple), Lily of the valley and roses (Pretty in Pink), earthy leather (Sticky Leather Sky) and Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Anjin) without stinting on quality or showing any weak links. Anjin would make an original choice for summer and refreshingly, didn’t smell synthetic. In fact wearing this when you have a cold might even feel therapeutic. That chill just cuts through everything. Anjim impressed me and I would wear it myself had I not given it away in the name of olfactory education earlier today.
Anjin is available from the Pell Wall website for the reasonable price of £23 for 10ml or £36 for 50ml. Fret not about taking a gamble based on my word alone though, Chris offers great sample sets and discovery sets and I can vouch for the quality and longevity. My particular favourite is Pretty in Pink, which I reviewed earlier in this blog.