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Branch & Vine, from Providence Perfume Co., was inspired by a summer garden – “Verdant leafy greens, a tangle of tomato vine.  Hints of muguet mingle with mimosa, jasmine and cooling violet leaf. “ Providence perfume Co. website. This cologne smells like a full-fledged summer garden with bees and wasps buzzing, flowers blooming, plants heavy with ripening fruits and vegs. It’s bright and alive, green but not dry or bitter, sweet-ish but not heavy, like the air of warm sunny day.
It opens with a cool green sharpness which soon becomes an accord of tart orange citrus, tomato leaves and perfectly-red cherry tomatos. It’s divine, and becomes divine-er with the addition of a very soft floral waft - mimosa, muguet, neroli, and jasmine -  which seems to hover just above the tomato accord so that I can smell both distinctly at the same time.
But before Branch & Vine can enter floral territory, vetiver, fir and violet leaf notes bring it back to leafy greenery, this time with an earthy and woody finish – the branch with the vine! The dry-down is so lovely, and for a cologne, which Ms. Ethier advises be spritzed lavishly, I find it has great sillage and longevity, staying on my skin for 5-6  hours.
You’d be hard-pressed to identify Branch & Vine as a natural perfume in a sniff test. It has an elegance that belies its somewhat pragmatic name, it has an intriguing complexity that only talent and inspiration could create. I think it’s gorgeous, and I’d wager that even if you aren’t really enamored of green fragrances, you will like Branch & Vine.
Notes: Sunflower, green bitter orange, mimosa, muguet leaf accord, neroli, jasmine sambac, vetiver, fir, violet leaf.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Charna Ethier

Price: $5.00