I never meant to be away for so long it just sort of happened… If you’re still there, and you actually read this, thank you for your patience.
When Tanja of April Aromatics asked if she could send me a sample of her newest creation Agartha, of course I was happy that she wanted me to get to know her new perfume, but it was also wonderful to get the much-needed nudge to start writing again.
Well, that’s not strictly speaking true; I’ve been writing loads, just not about perfume. Anyway, as work and many other things have taken up my time, the story of Agartha is actually very relevant. More than once have I wished for the ‘rabbit hole’ (not referring to the perfumed one for once) to appear before me and let me step into a time pocket to do all those things which the roller coaster of life doesn’t seem to cater to, while not ‘wasting’ time outside in ‘real time’.
Agartha seemed a strange name to me at first, but Tanja chose the name for a place which, in her words, is ‘about hope, a perfect place a bit like paradise’, and to quote wiki “Agartha is a legendary city that is said to be located in the Earth’s core”. And for those who thinks this a little too steep, she wanted to create the perfume around; sweetness, happiness, hope.
Agartha on my skin is fairly linear, but with great longevity, even more so when you consider that this perfume is (as all of April Aromatics’ perfumes) 100% natural. There’s the honeyed part of the fruit melting with the honeyed part of Himalayan mimosa into the honey and in a wondrous way balancing to be fresh rather than cloying. I don’t mean like in green or hesperidic-fresh, more like this bright liveliness, like sunbeams!
The other notes are cardamom, hay, tobacco leaf, labdanum, patch and oud. Pressed I would say I get the hay, and I can see how the oud interacts beautifully with the honey to make it earthy and even, rather than having the sharp, or dare I say urinal, scent that honey can sometimes have. This should by all sense make for a quite heavy perfume, yet there it is light, peaceful and uplifting.
Agartha is the most unusual easy-wear perfume I think I’ve come across in a very long time, as in it isn’t something seen a thousand times before, and at the same time it’s eminently wearable.
Perhaps it took Agartha to remind me what perfume can be at its best; a means to transport you somewhere where you can be the best possible version of yourself.