I'm extremely late for this post (as usual), but I'm loving the heck out of this perfume and I just had to share it.
I've placed orders for some favourite things from the Valentine's Day collection of HOG and SS & I will try to review everything before their Spring Collections come out. xD
Pale lily, South African eucalyptus, white champa, petitgrain, white grapefruit, rosemary and a bit of white cocoa co2 to take off the bite.
The very first ingredient on the list got me. I love lilies. I'm powerless against lilies. Help me.
(Pretty much also pourquoi I ordered a full bottle of Odette, unsniffed. I read the words GINGER LILY and I went OOOOOH. Help me seriously.)
But anyway, Boreal.
It starts off extremely sharp, bright and citrusy. I'm not going to hide it, I was slightly taken aback. Forgive me, I was expecting lilies.
It's an interesting citrus though, very heavy on the grapefruit and petitgrain but there's a certain herbaceous twist to it. The rosemary and eucalyptus medley.
However, they come out of hiding behind the citrus in a while and give this gorgeously lush green tapestry, that slowly, the lily creeps onto.
The lily startled me well. I was sorta scoffing at the description 'pale lily' but that's exactly what it is.
This silvery, ghostly light lily that floats swiftly but surely over the herbs and fading citrus, barely untangling itself from the white champa. I don't really pick up the cocoa until the very end, a light sweet end to a gorgeous perfume.
I won't lie, it's not a perfume that catches you from first whiff, the green citrus might be mildly unsettling. But somehow, I've felt more from this perfume than the Litchi Milk Tea/Honeysuckle Lemon Curd/White Raspberry sweet juices from HOG.
Don't get me wrong, they're lovely but I don't wear them as much as I've been wearing Boreal. It's apparently a lovely forest somewhere in Canada and it certainly smells like it.
Fresh and sunny with a refreshing splash of citrus fading into an evening of rosemary and eucalyptus. At night, silvery lilies and champa come out, making the cold air, fragrant with remnants of petitgrain and rosemary, even more surreal.
It really smells like a realistic forest; the day breaking with a sweetness strangely welcome after a long night.
I don't know when this fragrance is going to come back. But I really hope that somehow it sticks around. It's definitely not a scent that everyone would fall for instantly or otherwise, but that's probably why I did.