Fruits of the Tree of knowledge has taught me a valuable lesson. It has taught me to completely disregard the notes a perfume has before trying it. I used to read the notes and form preconceptions like a fussy eater reading a menu. But I fell hard for Fruits of the Tree of knowledge, and having done so, found myself feeling surprised that after falling for it, I realised that many of the notes would have been roundly and foolishly rejected by me and may have caused me missing out on a gem.
This reminds me of maraschino cherries: that rich, deep almond like taste that enhances any throwback drink, or indeed, tastes wonderful alone, eaten with a cocktail stick straight from the jar. Described by Maria Angelidou as smelling like “tart cherry jam” its borderline sourness is what gives it its USP, and I remain addicted.
Previously I had tried and rejected cherry scents: I was almost anosmic to Cartier Delices de Cartier which faded as soon as it landed on my skin, despite other reviewers reporting twelve hour longevity. I had also turned my nose up at anything containing watermelon or cucumber, but here they are, giving the sour cherries a dewy lightness. I hadn’t much liked raspberries either, but here they smell just right. I realise I am beginning to sound like my five year old son “There are brown bits on the edge of my egg”, “my sandwiches aren’t triangles”, but I have been taught a lesson.
This is the second time Sarah McCartney has had me learning to love things I would have previously eschewed. New York 1955 contains ice cream and candy floss, two things would have put me off completely, but the addition of violets made me buy a bottle and wear it with pride.
Fruits of the Tree of Knowledge is a revelation and has made this fussy eater start ignoring the menus.
You can buy Fruits of The Tree of Knowledge ( previously called What Katie Did on Friday Night) from the 4160 website. You can find further stockists here. Big kudos to 4160 for making several affordable sample and discovery set options which you can buy here.