Better than Heaven or Arcadia
I love thee, O my India!
Marina Barcenilla recently sent me several of her perfume samples, which I will review in a future post. However, one stood out so much that I was itching to review it.
Marina Barcenilla was born in Spain and is now based in Glastonbury. The Marina Barcenilla perfume house evolved from her small start-up business which originally made body products such as salts and scrubs. Customer demand led her to where she is now: a perfumer, and a talented one at that. I’m jolly glad she went down this path because when MB Parfums India landed on my mat recently, it was love at first sniff.
Incredibly, Marina manages to produce this beautiful earthy scent using only natural ingredients. Personally, I have no beef with non-natural ingredients, being composed of C02 and H20 myself, but it really takes some guts and innovation to achieve glorious fragrances with the limitations that can come with such a restriction. It doesn’t seem to restrict Marina though. Her imagination and flair has produced some stunning and Award winning results (India won a FiFi Award in 2016).
India opens with orange flower, Indian Jasmine, tuberose and roses. It’s a rich and heady floral opening, but there’s nothing light about this. The heady weight of this stunning opening accord is narcotic in its depth. It gradually segues into wood and spice that smells both earthy and authentic. The spice is like tarry resin, yet as the richness dies down, the sandalwood and cardoman emerge in a beautiful accord of aged, incense-infused wood. Think church pews but still with some bark left on.
India reminded me of both Comme Des Garcons Avignon and Andy Tauer L’Air du Desert Marocain. It is not exactly like either, however, since it has a distinction all of its own. If you like either of those two, however, you will adore India.
Longevity is excellent and it just seems to get better the longer I wear it. India is deep, resonant and evocative. The base is longlasting and on my skin, at least, it combines woods, jasmine, roses and spice for many hours after I sprayed it. The ingredients are distinct and vivid. Reader, it was love. Real, true love.
Marina Barcenilla perfumes can be ordered from the website here. There is an excellent sample service and you can also find other ancillary fragrance products such as candles and body oils ( I have a rose one which is beautiful). Marina herself kindly furnished me with my samples, for which, my warm thanks. Opinions are my own.