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If you haven’t yet discovered Hiram Green’s natural perfumes, it’s time to step up and experience something wonderful. 

So what is Arbolé Arbolé all about, how does it smell? To my nose, Arbolé Arbolé is one of those fragrances where the note list is interesting but unimportant in terms of enjoying its beauty. Arbolé Arbolé is all there in the first spritz, it’s quite linear, but what follows is pure magic. Here’s Hiram’s description on his website:

“…Arbolé Arbolé opens with a burst of earthy patchouli that slowly merges with rich cedar wood and velvety sandalwood. Vanilla and tonka bean anchor the fragrance and provide a sweet and powdery base…

…Arbolé Arbolé, is a warm and woody fragrance that takes its name and spirit from Lorca’s eponymous poem. Ostensibly simple, yet subtly complex, this is an unashamedly romantic fragrance for those who dare to dream.”

The poem by Spanish poet, Frederico Garcia Lorca, is about a young woman who is in a tree by the roadside, picking olives. Suitors on horseback pass her by, offering to take her with them to the city, but she refuses, choosing to stay in her own sweet spot. The scene is set – hot, dry, dusty, woody, aromatic, and the patchouli and cedarwood accord that emerges from the bottle is extraordinary, dry and soft with a slight cosmetic beeswax quality, conjuring the scent of the ripening olives on warm scented air.  

Hiram Green is a natural perfumer, so there are no synthetic or animalic overtones, nothing too heavy or resinous or sweet. The patchouli is cleverly balanced with the clean cedar and satiny sandalwood notes so that the accord feels polished and smooth, yet Hiram allows hints of its earthy roots and green leaves to shine through, creating a glamorous vintage sensation, an unashamedly romantic, slightly smutty quality that becomes stronger and stronger as Arbolé Arbolé dries down. Tonka bean and vanilla wrap this sensation in a featherweight veil of musky sweetness, with hints of cocoa and coffee which add to its romantic velvety warmth.

Experienced through its long and quietly tenacious dry-down Arbolé Arbolé is extraordinary, and is also so unique I’m hard-pressed to think of another woody patchouli fragrance to compare with it.  It is one of the most beautiful fragrances I own.


Notes: Patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Hiram Green

Price: $6.00