Blasted Bloom was launched in 2015 along with Blasted Heath by British niche Penhaligon’s.
Both fragrances were signed by renowned nose, Alberto Morillas. For these fragrances, Mr. Morillas “was inspired by the poetry of the nation’s island landscape – in particular the wild coasts of Scotland – where the land meets the sea, to create these intriguing perfumes.”
Blasted Bloom opens with a burst of berries. They aren’t jammy or stewed; instead, the smell is floral and fruity, like when the scent of wild berries growing in the ground gets caught up in a breeze. A salty aquatic note says the breeze is coming off the ocean. Soon, I smell the scent of crushed green leaves, botanical and fresh, as if the leaves were being crushed underfoot as I walked along a wild and beautiful rugged coastline. Something I’ve never done in Scotland but somehow recognize in this fragrance. The breeze dies down as we move to the heart where I smell roses and apples. It’s the scent of eglantine, a wild rose with apple-scented foliage. The eglantine is boosted by Pink Peppers SFE’s. Made by Firmenich, Pink Peppers SFE’s are fresh, aromatic and spicy – which warms the rose and gives it depth. Hawthorn, smelling like marzipan, adds a gentle almond sweetness to the heart. The base is woody from cedarwood, while Clearwood™ contributes the dark woodiness of patchouli and the warm creaminess of amber. A note of moss imparts a wet-earthy greenness to the base, while musks add sensuality to the blend.
Blasted Bloom in one of the most harmoniously blended fragrances I have ever smelled. The drydown is elegant and fresh, green and woody – it gives the impression of being in a field out in the open by the sea.
Notes: wild berries, aquatic accord, green leaves, eglantine, Pink Pepper SFE, hawthorn, Alaskan cedarwood, Clearwood™, moss and musks.