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.

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.


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.

Poodle Guard Dog by Banksy, from visitlondon.com


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.

11 thoughts on “Exploring a New Perfume House: Gallivant London”

    1. It was surprisingly floral actually Richard- possibly my favourite and prettier than i imagined! xx

  1. Loved reading your review, I had not heard about this brand. I would find it difficult to capture the true spirit of a city in a bottle as especially larger cities are so diverse. Looking forward to read about Istanbul as I just wrote about Traversee du Bospore by L’Artisan Parfumeur. XXX

    1. Ooh, that sounds wonderful. Nick Steward used to be cerative director at L’Artisan so that seems like a sign or something! xx

  2. An exciting find, another British perfumery. I might have to check this out.

    Cucumber as teenage spot treatment is exactly right. I’ve been wondering what that reminded me of and you just nailed it. Hilarious. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Rachael! It’s just like the stuff you’d put on a cotton wool ball, isn’t it? Urgh! xx

    1. How wonderful to hear from the man himself! I always love it when the perfumer leacves a comment. Thank you so much for dropping by Nick, and thank you for the samples. I loved all four and was going to review Tel Aviv today or tomorrow. Can’t stop wearing it! x

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