Gallivant is a new niche perfume house which was created by Nick Steward, former creative director at L’Artisan Parfumeur. You may recall my previous reviews of other Gallivant scents: Istanbul, London and Tel Aviv. I never thought that one of my favourite fragrances would be called Tel Aviv, but it is.
Today I’m reviewing Gallivant Brooklyn– a place I’ve never been (also see Istanbul and Tel Aviv for places I’ve never been). However, this bottle of uplifting feel good fragrance makes me want to move there immediately. If only!
Here’s the Gallivant description of Brooklyn (you’ll see what I mean about how appealing it sounds):
“It’s life on the sidewalk, early summer breezes, the glow from the lighting in bars and diners, bright apartments with books. Cocktails with friends”
Doesn’t it make you want to pack a case right now? You can hop in my cab if you like.
So how do they encapsulate all this in a fragrance? Well, if you want a feel good fragrance, you need citrus and that’s how this opens. There are lemon and limes galore. In fact, this reminded me of the kind of drinks I would have a child: lemon squash and limeade from the pop van. Happy times indeed. The citruses pretty much stick around here. I found this lemon/lime accord is present right until the end, which is no mean feat- citrus notes are notoriously hard to pin down for any length of time.
In the middle there are some very gentle, clean floral notes: Magnolia in her Sunday Best and classy iris-like Orris.
I could tell you that the base note is all resin-y and woody, but I won’t, because what happened on my skin, is that this became a lemon/lime musk and there it stayed.
Brooklyn reminds me of that intangible note in the air when life is good, your time is your own and you don’t have a mortgage yet. It reminds me of carefree evenings on my way to meet friends, when all I had to do was arrange my social life and dream some dreams. The word I am looking for is, ironically, gallivanting.
Brooklyn is clean, happy, even slightly soapy, and is a whimsical and rather beautiful mood elevator. Brava to Nose Giorgia Navarra.
My samples were kindly sent to me by Gallivant, for which many thanks. No conditions were attached and this is an honest review. You can buy Gallivant from the website or from Roullier White. Watch this space for reviews of Amsterdam and Berlin. Now Berlin, I HAVE been to.