A warm spicy heart, reminiscent of the spice smells wafting in and out of Indian kitchens, that all those who grew up in homes where mothers and aunts dished out Indian meals generously infused with rich aromatic spice mixes, would instantly identify with...for others that do not share this particular Indian heritage, selfie is slightly confusing, complex yet inviting but in the most exotic way...
Elemi Resin, Ginger, Star Anise, Incense, Angelica, Maple sap, Lily, Cabreuva, Cinnamon, Suede, Styrax, Tonka Bean, Labdanum, Sandal, Oak Moss and Patchouli
Kitsch, exotic, spicy and unusual...Selfie, a 2015 scent by Olfactive Studio is bold, heavy with resinous sweetness, that quickly fades to a very characteristic warm spicy heart. Upon the first spray or in my case the initial dab, since I'm testing it from a decant, this fragrance leaves a boozy cloud of resin and incense in my nostrils. This quickly develops into the warm spicy heart that I described previously. A bouquet of whole spices, mixes with the balsamic nuance of maple sap and styrax with an ambery angelica to create a profile that immediately transports me to my mother's and grand mother's kitchens. Warm aromatic aromas that are all too familiar waft in and out of most Indian kitchens, as they are the soul of each dish. Each generously infused meal is rich in flavour and so distinct in its aroma, that people from world over are drawn to it and look forward to trying or buying these dried, powedered or whole spice mixes.
Though this scent is hard to pull off when it comes to wearing it on my person, and its development is slightly chaotic, I do appreciate the ingenuity of this balsamic-spicy-incensy blend. It aims to evoke vague or specific memories/experiences rather than highlight distinct olfactory facets or notes, and as someone that appreciates the 'art' of perfume making as much as the scent itself, I do find that this scent may find a place in your perfume wardrobe.
Wear it in cooler weathers, and at least half an hour before stepping out since the best part about this scent is the dry-down.
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