This one comes from a suggestion by one of our customers, working in the East African Rift Zone--home of so so many critical early hominid fossils and about eighty swizzillion volcanoes fed by the mantle plume underneath the rift. The Somali and Nubian plates are parting and eventually an appreciable part of eastern Africa will go floating off into the ocean, presumably to hang out with the Maldives.
What it's about: hot rock just outside our planet's snug core protrudes in a cheeky and intrusive manner through the mantle and eventually to just below the crust, where "hot spots" like the one responsible for the Hawaiian island chain allow it to spit sometimes. Ptui. Our take on it: east African spices, cumin, warm dry celery seed, resins, carnation, and lemon.
Not especially relevant to the smell but awfully neat--Lake Victoria occupies part of the valley and in it live a dizzying array of cichlid fish. They're cute, but the best thing about cichlids is that they have pharyngeal jaws. <3 So do moray eels and Alien-movie xenomorphs, but they can all suck it up because cichlids can CHEW with theirs. <3 <3 <3 >9000!!!!
Photo credit: Brennan Peabody
Posted by TK on 20th Sep 2014
I was hoping for something warmer and more exotic, but because of my skin chemistry, mostly what I got was the celery seed. I like celery seed in German potato salad, but it's not exclusively what I want in a scent. This is the third scent where lemon was a component, but skipped town once I applied it. Sweet celery seed overlaid with other spices too faint for me to pick out individually; I haz a disappoint.
Posted by Lilbunnygirl on 11th Apr 2014
This is a warm dry spicy scent that makes me feel like I should be in a khaki jeep cruising around a game preserve under a scorching sun. Love it.
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 3rd Jan 2014
I know it's more African spices, but Once I got a whiff of this and put it on, I got curry.
In the bottle, spicy, citrus-y, floral. I could smell each scent individually. On me, I got curry, delicious spicy curry, and Mint. Once the initial settling went on, I morphed into this lovely spicy minty lemony confection, perhaps some exotic plant you'd find on safari after a nice flash flood?
On my son, Lemony spicy mint. He said Captain Jack Sparrow probably smells like this if he was convinced that a bath was a necessity, and got a good soaking.
On the subject of the cichlids, When I was younger, I used to raise and breed many African and South American Cichlids, and the pictures to not do them justice. They are gorgeous feisty, whimsical creatures.