Having done very little to seemingly whittle down the remaining selection of samples I have, I really said to myself that I ought to stop ignoring my passion for smellies under the pretense that I’m “busy”. Busy doesn’t excuse the fact that I need to do something I enjoy or go crazy from nothing but work. So I went back to my notes, re-sniffed the things I meant to re-sniff and here I am, Scarlet Larkspur, months too late but better than never!
In Bottle: Light and pretty, cherry with a bubbling start and finish and a spicy support.
Applied: Cherry, like red cherry cola upon application. I feel like I sprayed the essence of a classic soda I once tried. Scarlet Larkspur tickles the nose then fades into a pretty spicy floral in the mid-stage with a woodsy backing. There’s a nice clean depth to Scarlet Larkspur that I’m starting to recognize in the entire line. It’s easy to approach, gentle and not overwhelming or loud. This smells like a fragrance I wear when I want to relax.
Extra: Scarlet Larkspur is a member of Ineke’s Floral Curiosities collection.
Design: I really love the design of the entire Floral Curiosities line. Simple bottle shapes, but with beautiful literary imagery with swooping typography and a vintage motif.
Fragrance Family: Floral
Notes: Wine, cherry, currant, saffron, florals, amyris wood, tonka bean, vanilla.
No vanilla in this, but I don’t think it really needs it. At least, I got no vanilla. I was perfectly happy with the cute soda-like opening and the mellow, relaxing florals in the middle. The woods note in this is fantastic too.
Reviewed in This Post: Scarlet Larkspur, 2013, Eau de Parfum.
Not my favorite from the Curiosities line but still nice and wearable. And I really like Ineke’s packaging for everything: samples, travel bottles and full-sized bottles of both lines.
I agree, it is kind of a low-challenge sort of fragrance. I get the feeling that was the pervading theme for the majority of this collection. But I think that’s what endears me to it all.