Gothic I by Loree Rodkin 2013


Post by Kymme CV


Hello readers!!

NYMag: Jewelry designer Loree Rodkin has built her empire on the corner of Goth Street and Glam Boulevard: medieval crosses, bejeweled skulls, delicate tracery earrings (Michelle Obama wore a pair on inauguration night)

Have you ever fantasized of being in a bohemian Kasbah, the air thick with incense, dancing around with careless abandon to the heavy beat of a drum…the silks tied to your wrists flow through the air with ease as you shake and bump your junk at men toking on hookah pipes. The humidity in the air adheres your sheer clothing to your moist skin as the sound of the drums intensify. No? Well neither had I until I smelled Loree Rodkin’s Gothic I Eau de Parfum! But there you are…

Anyway…I digress. So how does this EDP break down?

Gothic I by Loree Rodkin 2013

Gothic I LuckyScentPhoto Stolen LuckyScent

LuckyScent gives these featured accords in one line:
Vanilla pod, Madagascar vanilla, spice accord, Tunisian patchouli, Indian patchouli

Gothic I opens with an enormous sweet vanilla slap in the face, just like a vanilla custard-pie but more! This ‘vanilla’ is an exotic, deep, rich and velvety vanilla. But it’s really not that simple a fragrance. There’s a real depth to the Madagascan vanilla that comes alive once the spice starts to come through. Now we’ve got nutmeg on our vanilla pudding! The spice accords mixed with the vanilla give the fragrance a dramatic nuance.

When I first wore Gothic I hours passed before I started sensing the patchouli notes coming through. However, each time my body temperature rose a little the patchouli blend came storming through. At first I didn’t even realise it was me that I could smell! As soon as my body cooled again, back came the vanillas. I kept doing chores that kept me HOT because patchouli is my favourite scent. I’ve been wearing Gothic I all day – I’ve even been sweating it up on the veranda doing some plant repotting, and even after all the sweating I’ve been doing, there’s the patchouli. Ah!

Gothic I Girl FanPopPhoto Stolen FanPop

This is sold as more of a night time feminine scent than unisex, but it hasn’t stopped me wearing it during the day to the office. This is a fragrance that makes me feel great, relaxed and at ease. This certainly isn’t a perfume for those that enjoy florals, because Gothic I makes a statement, a big bold statement at that. If you walked into a crowded room wearing Gothic I, heads would turn and you’d be noticed because everyone would know that ‘drama’ had just arrived at the party.

Gothic I came in LuckyScents April Sample Pack. (These sample packs are great value. The 15 samples arrived nicely packaged, and at US$35 it’s a steal.) Oddly enough, Gothic I was the first fragrance out of the bag and has turned out to be my favourite of the entire sample pack. Was this a sign of the impending fantasy? Who knows, but this fragrance struck an ‘accord’ with me. Boom-tish!

Gothic I EDP appears to have had a bit of a hard time convincing the fragrance community that this is ‘nothing more than another run-of-the-mill vanilla oil with a ridiculous price tag’ ThePerfumeCritic, ‘…Gothic fragrance line is missing the gothic,’ nymag but I disagree. There’s much more to this fragrance than one might be lead to believe. I’ve not seen many online sellers of perfume carrying the Gothic range, with the exception of LuckyScent and Loree Rodkin’s own website, so maybe Gothic I has fallen foul of the critics. I hope not, but if it has, it deserves another chance. After all, tastes are constantly changing right?
LuckyScent has $140/50ml and $4/.7ml

Happy smelling!


14 comments on “Gothic I by Loree Rodkin 2013

  1. brie says:

    I saw vanilla and I saw patch and a little voice in my head screamed “I MUST HAVE THIS!!!” ….and the name intrigues me as well! Nicely done!

  2. Very nice work Kymme. Welcome to our happy family. I hope it brings you as much joy to write with us as it does us to have you.
    Portia xx

  3. CC ... says:

    The juice sounds glorious and the bottle is gorgeous! Thank you, Kymme. 🙂

  4. Tora says:

    This is so tempting!! Patchouli is one of my favorite notes, maybe even my all time favorite. I only recently started looking for perfumes that offer vanilla to go along. I am currently obsessed with Christina by Hilde Soliani, which is Patchouli Vanilla all the way home. (Maybe a bit of chocolate lurking around the corners, too). So I was jumping up and down reading this review this morning. I just added it to my sample list at Luckyscent. Thank you So much for the wonderful review, Kymme!

    • Kymme CV says:

      You will LOVE Gothic I Tora! I will admit that this is not a cheaply priced scent, so try a sample!

  5. poodle says:

    This sounds good to me. The fact that it blooms in the heat is also nice. I’m always looking for an interesting vanilla.

    • Kymme CV says:

      You won’t believe it Poodle! It’s magical! Please let us know how you go with this fragrance!

    • Tora says:

      Poodle, this morning I am trying a vanilla that you might like to try. It is called Xocoatl by Fueguia, an Argentinian perfume house. The notes are rum, cacao, orchid flower and vanilla. I like it so far. It is light and sweet, but not gooey or cloying.

      • Tora says:

        Two hours later….changed my mind. Way too sweet. And it took 3-4 scrubbings with dish soap to mostly wash it off!!

      • poodle says:

        Ooooo…it’s got rum in it? That sounds quite good. Thanks! I’ll have to check it out.

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