NOTE: I had some blog downtime last night because of my ISP and so this post comes a little late…Election Madness I tells ya…. hope ppl are ecstatic with the result!
NOTE NOTE: I also realised that this blue paint comes on a significant day for the world… I’ll be painting the town a Democrat blue courtesy of Wode.
I had high hopes for Boudicca‘s first perfume because a) it’s Boudicca, where I had a real fashion moment walking into their Fashion in Motion event at the V&A by mistake and b) when they did up the Christmas tree last year at the V&A, they chose the wonderful Escentric Molecules as the fragrant of the tree where I proceeded to inhale deeply and then waft outside into the cold crisp air, wanting to sing carols out loud and give out presents to strangers like some sort of deranged female Scrooge.
Meaning, that I trusted Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby not to put out a scent under their name that was a half-ass cheapshot. I think I need to bang on about the deal between me and perfume though for a bit. If I’m honest, there is one passage of text that changed my outlook on perfumes and scent forever and it comes from an unlikely source… British Sunday Times journo India Knight who talks about shopping in her book er..The Shops.
"I think most scent today smells common. The idea of complexity or evocativeness seems to have disappeared from the perfume-maker’s art and to have been replaced with naff – and usually synthetic – scents. A really good scent is an amazing thing, with almost narcotic qualities: it makes you feel sexy, complicated, alluring, confident, ready to take the world on. Yet today’s most commercially successful scents smell ‘fresh’ and ‘clean’, which usually means abrasively citric. Given that I wash regularlly, I don’t want to smell extra clean – I like scents that are a little bit dirty and complicated. You wouldn’t wear giant, wiast-high white cottong knickers when out on a hot date, would you? So why smell of their olfactory equivalent?" (She recommends Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee, Vol de Nuit, Caron’s Tabac Blond, Quel Amour by Annick Goutal, Shiseido’s Feminite du Bois…)
Words that for some reason have stuck with me when making my scent choices. So from Boudicca, we have WODE. Legend has it Queen Boadicea wore cobalt war paint on her skin and when her tribe was defeated by the Romans, she killed herself by swallowing hemlock. In ode to that, WODE is a graffiti spray can scent that appears blue when first sprayed but then magically the colour disappears within seconds once it has settled leaving a scent which actually has extracts of hemlock in it to linger on. The name is also a significant one as it comes from the old English word ‘Woad’, a blue plant extract that in its raw state would only turn blue when exposed to oxygen.
Wode does also come in a clear version if spraying oneself with blue paint
doesn’t appeal. Like a girl who’s just bought a new pack of Magic Pens of course I couldn’t wait to try out the Paint scent…
I realise Smell-o-Vision or Smell-o-Web has not quite developed properly yet so I can only give my honest opinion which is that it ticks the boxes of India Knight’s words which I carry with me and more. It LINGERS and LINGERS and keeps coming back to me in different ways throughout the day making it probably the most complicated scent I’ve worn. Poo-masker, this is not! I’d refer to Comme des Garcons scents for reference if comparisons must be made but with a bit more delicacy perhaps…