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Exploring a New Perfume House: Gallivant London

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It’s a wet spring. Roses from Columbia Rd. Georgian architecture. A hint of dustiness. An earthy lush wetness you can almost taste.

Gallivant is a new niche fragrance brand with a capsule collection of four city inspired scents.  Gallivant is the brainchild of Nick Steward, who is perfectly placed to go solo having been Product and Creative Director at the legendary L’Artisan Parfumeur.  Gallivant aims to embody a sense of adventure and exploration.  Each scent seeks to capture the spirit of the city after which it has been named, and I don’t mean just the pretty touristy bits.  The noses behind the range are Karine Chevallier and Giorgia Navarra.

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Me outside an NCP car park in Soho prior to gallivanting around posh Knightsbridge. A city of contrasts.

Surprisingly, this collection also put me ina position I’d never thought I’d find myself in: I’ve been gallivanting around my home county of Torfaen smelling like Tel Aviv.  Who knew?  Reader, I love it. Today I’m reviewing London. The other three will follow: Istanbul, Brooklyn and Tel Aviv.

Gallivant London

London the fragrance opens with cucumber and roses on my skin.  Don’t be put off by the cucumber- it doesn’t remind me of teenage spot treatment and cleanser in this context.  Gallivant London is Inspired by the flower market of Columbia Road. The rose de mai flourishes from the first spray and sticks around throughout. Touches of leather come through- funnily enough, a smell I often associate with London, especially the market on Petticoat Lane.

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This leathery rose pretty much stays as a leathery rose, but the cucumber melts away, having made its introduction.  Enter stage left a pleasant earthy woodiness in the form of patchouli, cedar and sandalwood. That rose never waivers though, which gives this a pleasing juxtaposition of male and female, soft and hard, gentle and tough. In other words, a perfect capture of this eclectic and multi faceted city.

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Poodle Guard Dog by Banksy, from visitlondon.com

Stockists

London is available from the Gallivant website and in the USA, from Luckyscent.  My samples were very kindly sent to me by Gallivant, for which, many thanks. Opinions are my own.

Pell Wall Perfumes Sticky Leather Sky: Fifty Shades of Tan

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I love perfumes with a good back story and the story behind the creation of Pell Wall Sticky Leather Sky is so whimsical I simply had to share it with you.

I have often thought that perfume and poetry have much in common:  both are open to interpretation.  For example, a poem I love may not move you at all, and my revulsion towards, say, Theirry Mugler Womanity may not be shared by its fans, but nobody is wrong.  Both perfume and poetry are open to personal response, as is the Charles Ives concert  described in the poem.

Sticky Leather Sky was inspired by a poem by Claire Trévian, which was written for a poetry festival called Penning Poems, the brainchild of Odette Toilette and Claire herself.  This artistic collaboration set a chain reaction in place which resulted in a fragrance : Sticky Leather Sky. The poem is beautiful and reading it whilst wearing Sticky Leather Sky puts the experience into a new dimension (my son would call it 4D).

I have reproduced Claire’s poem in full here, because it is too beautiful to cut short.

 

Listening to Charles Ives
The street vainly imitates a theatre,
dropped pennies and reflectors footlight my walk
the rumble of a crowd gathers and storms.

Beats rain down and hide in the gutter,
rivulets form around the clutter
of the pavement’s percussion orchestra.

Hush.

Sticky leather sky.

The air vibrates still
through drum-buildings.

I think of us listening to Charles Ives.
You heard cacophony, I heard the silence
after the tempest, when the bells

had ceased, but their ripples
reached to our seats like
the promise of a tomorrow.

©Claire Trévien

 

Now you can see where the scent got its name, but what does it smell like?

My first impression was that of walking through a market (think Camden- raw and noisy) where the belt stall gives off an almost nutty, animalic waft as you walk past.  Wait a bit longer and it is the smell of the hint of chest hair belonging to a man who has just arrived on a motorbike.

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In amongst all this is a bit of vetiver and bergamot to give the opening that manly, just-got-out-of-the-shower feeling ( I can definitely smell Palmolive Soap!).  However, this is equally good on women and hangs around a lot longer than a bad boyfriend. In fact, I couldn’t help thinking it ties in rather nicely with the current Fifty Shades of Grey Meme.  Sticky Leather Sky may well bring out the animal in you.  This is dirty leather, not sensible shoes.

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Pell Wall Perfumes

 

Giveaway news!

I have one boxed 30ml bottle of Sticky Leather Sky to give away.  Simply tell me the name of a poem you like.  It can be anything at all from Spike Milligan (who is one of my favourites) to Shakespeare, from John Donne to Wendy Cope.  I will pick a name randomly on Tuesday 24th February so do get your answers in by midnight that day if you can.  Please note that due to posting regs, the giveaway is UK only.

 Stockists:  The Pell Wall perfumes website sells bottles of Sticky Leather Sky and two types of great sample packs too if you want to try before you buy.   My bottle was provided by Pell Wall perfumes, for which, many thanks.