Years ago, when I reviewed the Cire Trudon limited edition candle, Merida Arquiste, I lamented the fact that I couldn't think of a good guava-centric perfume "out there" that could match Merida's fruit note. Now, Atelier Cologne has launched Pacific Lime.* Though (I assume) no guava was harmed in Pacific Lime's manufacture, the fragrance's notes conjure the aroma of a pink guava at perfect ripeness.
Pacific Lime opens with an intense, and refreshing, green pineapple and lime aroma. The segue to ripe guava is quick and this phase lasts a good amount of time. The smell of guava is complex: tangy, nectarous and musky. Peeking out from the guava (and following it) is a coconut-water scent (not exactly candied ... but "rounded"). Pacific Lime continues to develop, this time into fruit-stall territory: think tropics, and the odors of ripe and overripe fruits mixing together — in the bins and in the air. Pacific Lime ends with this vegetal muskiness, followed by light citrus mixing with white musk (thankfully, not stifling white musk à la Guerlain).
Speaking of Guerlain, Pacific Lime could easily fit into the older, pre-Wasser, Aqua Allegoria collection; also, certain phases of Pacific Lime's development reminded me of Hermès' Jardin and Cologne series.
On my skin Pacific Lime lasts about four hours, so I reapplied mid-day (good thing there are easy-to-carry 10 ml and 30 ml options). I'd categorize Pacific Lime as a fun and happy scent; I'll be buying one of the smaller bottles for summer wear.
Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue is available for $26/10 ml, $75/30 ml, $135/100 ml or $195/200 ml plus 30 ml duo.
If you know of other guava-scented perfumes...please share!
* The listed fragrance notes include lime, lemon, coconut, eucalyptus, spearmint, amber, and woods.
Note: top left image of Psidium guajava [altered], by Amanda Almira Newton, 1906, via USDA Pomological Watercolors NAL Digital Collections.