A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Perfume Thoughts: Brooklyn, Gallivant)

gallivant-BRooklyn-perfume-cafleurebonWhen I first sniffed ‘Brooklyn’ by Gallivant months ago, it was in the middle of me testing different scents while I was at Scent Bar, so it got kind of lost in the shuffle. But as I read more about the brand, I found a lot of things to like about the whole concept, so I made a mental note to retry the scents when given a chance. I learned that the brand was founded by Nick Steward, who was a Creative Director for L’Artisan Parfemeurs, and I certainly like the idea of scent and travel together – whenever I go on vacation, I buy a perfume to remember the trip by. I decided I really should have Gallivant represented in my wardrobe. And I do look the fact that the line comes in price-point friendly 1 oz bottles.

Right now I am wearing ‘Brooklyn’ from the line, and this was highly recommended by the folks over at Lucky Scent. This is a citrus based scent, with a little more to it. It opens with a lemnoy-limey-accord and is very light and pleasant. I like the fact that it is light but it is not fleeting – it certainly stays with you. I hints of florals here – a rooty iris, a watery magnolia – and they add weight to the citrus ‘base’ going on here. And then the scent stays there. The drydown I get is that mix, and it is …. nice. It stays pretty close to the skin and doesn’t scream. It’s subtle but you can tell there’s intelligence behind how it was made. But I ask myself – is nice enough?  At its price point, it certainly isn’t the biggest risk in the world, but I think I am getting to the point now that nice may not be enough to be included in my wardrobe. I think I have to have an emotional connection to the scent, and right now, I don’t really have that with Brooklyn.

Interestingly enough, I also got a sample for a friend who is a big fan of citrusy scents, and when he put it on he said, “I hate it,” and he says there is that note in there that he absolutely despises – I think it’s the iris.

So I don’t think this is going to be the Galivant for me yet.


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