Thursday, January 24, 2013
Victorian Garden - Black Baccara
Victorian Garden is a vintage-inspired floral, created with visions of labyrinthine stretches of green bursting with romantic blooming flowers. Rich soil is the backbone of this blend, from which rises up sweet carnations, dogwood, sandalwood, daffodil, hyacinth and roses wrapped in English ivy. A complex, old fashioned type floral blend reminiscent of perfumes of the Victorian and Edwardian era.
This is the perfume that made me pull out Jazz Funeral the other day, though when I compared I realised they are nothing alike. Jazz Funeral is much deeper, richer and melancholy. Victorian Garden is quite light and bright, despite its soil note.
In the vial and when first applied, this smells like damp earth and flowers. There is a watery element as well - it makes me think of a lily pond. There are no particular floral notes that stand out - I can't distinguish carnation or rose or any of the others, it's just a blend. As it dries down, the rose comes out a little more prominently than the other flowers - though could just be me, as rose tends to amp on me a lot of the time. Mostly it's a pot-pourri floral blend once it dries. It's nice, but it's not especially interesting or at all unique. The sillage is quite low for a floral - it stays close to the skin. Longevity was medium, maybe 4 hours or so.