Clove Absolute by Washington Tremlett 2009

Hey Hey Niche Nerds!!

My mate Michael who writes for APJ is often turning up with unexpected gifts of fragrant decants. A lovely and generous soul I am lucky to have such a buddy in the same city. Today’s perfume was a very large decant gift the other night and I have been spritzing with abandon. Thanks Michael!!

Clove Absolute by Washington Tremlett 2009

Clove Absolute FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Amalfi lemon, lime
Heart: Clove, heliotrope, rose
Base: Incense, vanilla, French labdanum, patchouli, musk

From Wikipedia: Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.

Funny story! Well funny for me. I get a soy sauce smell in the first opening waft from Clove Absolute, it’s salty, tangy and a little bit burnt. Every time I spritz it the opening jumps up and takes me by surprise for about 5 minutes, it’s excellent. The cloves, lime and lemon then take over and already the vanilla pods are bursting through behind them. Though this is not the sweet biscuit and bakery scent that most gourmands are it certainly is foody. Is it possible to be foody and sensual concurrently?

My nose reads only the food elements at front and centre, everything else plays support and extra work. Clove Absolute has a definite Eastern-ness about it that is not perfume related but life smells related. There is also an oiliness, a sheen to it, a glistening, scintillating magic. I love to wear Clove absolute and have found myself reaching for it a few times since I was gifted a very generous 5ml, quite a bit of air in the atomiser now and I think it will be well and truly emptied through the Australian winter.

Dry down is sweet and warm, the patchouli/vanilla/amber/musk all mushed in together making a beautiful soft skin scent that lasts more than 12 hours completely smellable. I want to smell this on Jin but am too selfish to even give him one spritz of something I enjoy so much.

AWESOME!! You should try it.

Clove PlusEssentialPhoto Stolen PlusEssential

Further reading PerfumeSmellinThings and PerfumePosse
FirstInFragrance have Clove Absolute €140/100ml or €4 sample

Do you have fragrant fairies that gift you interesting new scents? I have a couple and they are often spot on with my taste but always opening my nose to new olfactory vistas.
See you tomorrow,

Portia xx

18 comments on “Clove Absolute by Washington Tremlett 2009

  1. brie says:

    I not only have fragrant fairies (Neil, Daisy, Undina) but I am a fragrant fairy many times over!!!! What a gorgeous bottle!!!

  2. Natalie says:

    It is always nice to get (and give) unexpected (and expected) fragrances by mail. The postal regulations have cut this down, unfortunately, but occasionally one sneaks through. 🙂

  3. I don’t think that I’ve ever smelled a clove perfume. How fun to try something so interestingly different. Thanks to your fairy and for your introduction of a new perfume.

  4. laniersmith says:

    This is a new one to me. I would be afraid of it being a big ham that I am, and you know how well cloves go with ham. seriously it sounds really interesting. I am going to have to keep an eye out for it.

  5. Mary P. says:

    Such an eloquent description. I love how you said it was a ‘life smell’, my perceptions about perfume just keep opening wider and wider. I love the smell of clove, my mother used it so much in cooking and it reminds me of holidays.

  6. The perfume jargon is interesting and it certainly makes me want to smell it. I probably will prefer the real thing as usual, but thanks for a great story x

  7. Ines says:

    I love Clove Absolue (I have a bottle that’s now pretty low). The spicyness of it just takes my breath away each time I spray it. (plus the bottle is quite lovely with those gem-like stones in it)

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