Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Oxford Bleu description
Oxford Bleu is a reserved and fresh scent with lively mint and soft iris notes laid over vanilla and sandalwood in the dry down. It opts for smooth, calm thoughtfulness over the bright spark of citrus or intense aromatic spices.
The opening of mint, green apple, and lemon stays confidently low-key – the mint note is the standout, while the green apple and lemon add sugary-sweet and tart flourishes. But the cool, refreshing sheen of fresh mint that is the strongest and most impression as Oxford Bleu begins.
The cool feel continues in the heart notes, as geranium, tonka bean and iris enter behind the green apple and lemon. The geranium and iris are both in a down tempo mode, allowing tonka’s sweet, burnt-vanilla spice to come forward and make a delicious and exotic contribution at the height of this fragrance’s power. The geranium note stays comfortably underneath the sweet spice, offering an invigoratingly breezy air to complement the warmth of the tonka bean.
The dry down of vetiver, vanilla, oak moss, and sandalwood exchanges the light, airy, cool vibe for a greener and darker tone, as the vetiver and oak moss double up on denser, more verdant tones. Yet the base notes are still as reserved as the rest of the fragrance, and the switch from airy, minty sweetness to introspective green earth facets is subtly done and welcome when it happens. Oxford Bleu’s cleverness lies in this shift from light and airy green mint drying down to a soft, close layer of darker forest green nuances.
This allows gives the gourmand edges of both vanilla and sandalwood an opportunity to match the tonka bean’s natural sweet edge in the heart, to create a tempting backstory that continues steadily until the fragrance completely disappears on the skin.
Oxford Bleu is a subtle mint-based fragrance that offers complementary shades of lively, earthy green notes laced with a smooth, warm vanilla. Its cool, verdant appeal will be equally at home dressed up or down, but it will shine its brightest with a more formal, tailored approach.