Summer is: abundance, freedom, heat. Light citrus colognes are a “necessity” in hot, muggy weather, but it’s also good to have a big, brassy summer fragrance for cool nights, mild breezy days and body-numbing, overly-air-conditioned environments, a scent full of summer flowers, resins, as well as citrus. For me, that summer powerhouse scent is Boadicea the Victorious Invigorating.
When I read Invigorating’s list of notes, two notes in particular made me wince: dark chocolate and black licorice. I do NOT like chocolaty perfumes and licorice? Don’t put licorice in my food, drink or on my person, please. So, why is it that Invigorating has become one of my favorite fragrances?
Invigorating contains, apart from dark chocolate and black licorice, yuzu, bergamot, orange, rose geranium, jasmine, fir, rock rose and ambergris. The fragrance starts off with dense and sweet yuzu-orange “syrup.” After the rich and distinctive opening, Invigorating’s notes are well blended. I detect a touch of licorice, a hint of chocolate, but neither are big players in the scent…they are accent pieces to the stronger notes of jasmine and rose geranium. It’s really wonderful how fir (of all things!) works with the food-y and floral notes, and leads to a slightly “salty-sweet” ambergris/rock rose finale.
Last week I wrote about spring and a perfume that made me a tiny bit “sad” (in a good way). Invigorating is a sunny, warm and “happy” fragrance, brimming over with life and good cheer. Wear Invigorating when you’re feeling good; if you're at all depressed, being around such a “positive thinker” might make you want to kick Invigorating’s bottle.
Boadicea the Victorious Invigorating has excellent lasting power and sillage, and it smells like the highest-quality materials were used from top to bottom. Invigorating is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum. For buying information see the listing for Boadicea the Victorious under Perfume Houses.
Note: top center image is Sunrise by Margret Hofheinz-Döring/Galerie Brigitte Mauch Göppingen via Wikimedia Commons.