A zomgie wrote to us asking if we had anything that would capture her scent-memory of walking by a gardenia-laced juniper hedge in Hawaiian summer, with burning sugarcane fields and that everpresent hint of You Live By A Volcano in the background. SEVENTEEN INGREDIENTS LATER, I had a scent I really, really liked... and polled you excellent humans and octopodes to see if you were interested in having it too. The yesses were loud and clear, so here it is! I've added a touch of pikkake jasmine to round it out a little more, and it's just a warm, green and lovely thing.
Posted by TK on 26th Sep 2014
I confess, this one is my fault.
On first cracking open the vial, I am run over by GREEN GRASS. They have obviously been using Method 2 of harvesting the sugarcane, using a giant mower to chop it up for processing. Then a bit of burning comes in; the next field over has used the traditional method of cutting off the water for a couple of weeks, then setting the field on fire to get rid of the rubbish before taking the stalks to the mill. This makes a kick of lovely burnt sugar scent. Or is that the volcano sending out just a hint that, despite being the world's only drive-up volcano, it is still not to be taken lightly?
Then comes more green, a calmer version. It's not unlike Kudzu Doom, except the kudzu would get lost in all the different herbal aromas: we have scented ferns, maile (a scented vine), more grasses, Norfolk Island pines, juniper, and tea tree. Poor kudzu (even if you are an invasive species). To top it off, pikake jasmine and gardenia flowers are in the bouquet for a sweet lingering finish that contrasts with the herbs. This scent also has some impressive staying power, at least on me. I would give it 4.5 stars, because I am torn between this version of green and Kudzu Doom (and Captain of Industry, just to be perverse).
I believe Madame Pele might approve of getting a bottle of this, rather than her traditional offerings.
BTW, Kahuna La'au Lapa'au is the term for a practitioner of the Hawaiian healing arts using plants. Aromatherapy indeed!