Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Wearing perfume for the compliments you get is one way to enjoy your collection. But there are also scents that tell incredible stories through their notes, and once you catch on to what they’re saying, it takes wearing fragrance to another, higher level.
Take for example, Juliette Has a Gun’s Romantina. At first blush, this perfume is a musky skin scent with dashes of vanilla and patchouli for contrast. But to leave the story there denies you a much deeper understanding of what this perfume is doing.It starts with plenty of sheer musk, for that close to the skin feeling, overlaid with orange blossom for a very feminine profile. And it’s a very young woman’s profile, cloud-soft and featherlight. Romantina has a gushingly delightful beginning – it’s impossible to smell this perfume and not break out in a goofy smile. This down pillow of a perfume wistfully floats along for the first few minutes of its development, and then, it begins to grow up as you wear it.
The fluffy, oh-golly vibe wears off and underneath it is a sultry jasmine note just waiting for its chance to rebel against all the Barbies and teddy bears in the top notes. The orange blossom runs away crying from the bratty jasmine, leaving the musky skin facets to deal with the new emotional territory Romantina is carving out in the heart. The difference in feel from the beginning to the middle of this fragrance is almost like hearing its voice change as you wear it.
And just to make the point completely clear, a vivid Madagascar vanilla note walks up behind the jasmine and winks at you. So just like that, Romantina has become a girl of 20. And she’s flirtatious, independent and very much not about teddy bears anymore. Except for her tattoo.
Romantina continues to grow older, as the jasmine and vanilla make way for a bold, scratchy patchouli note clearing its throat in the base. This is perfume as a grown woman, still with musky, soft skin and the sweet, flirtatious side, but now there’s more happening. Some memories that aren’t soft or flirty, maybe. An edgy, harsh wisdom has been earned.
The hidden pleasure in this perfume is how each layer adds deeper and bolder notes with more sensual overtones, as it ages and takes on more sophisticated nuances. So wear it for the nice compliments, or to see how it tells a story of a young woman encountering the world. Either way, Romantina is a complex white floral with plenty to discover.