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Branch & Vine – Garden gifts – September 13, 2013 New fragrance Listing


Photo - Wikipedia - Scanned Red Tomato, with leaves & flower, David Besa, April 2, 2005

I’m not Italian, but I should be.  I love the food, the language, the art, the history, the music, the fashion, and of course, the perfumes. Maybe I was Italian in a previous life……..

I really begin to get this feeling around this time of year – early fall. This is when I catch whiffs of plum tomatoes stewing in giant sauce pots and red peppers grilling on barbecues in back yards, and I know it’s time for the annual sauce and roasted peppers ritual.  I can’t wait to go and buy bushel baskets of these perfect gifts from Mama Natura, and get busy cooking outdoors – Italian style!  My mouth is watering……

Enough of my musings, but they do have something to do with what I want to tell you about right now. The smells of summer are beginning to morph into the smells of fall, but because I really don’t want summer to end, my gardener’s nose is still craving green smells. Not dry vegetal green like Guerlain Vetiver or minty green like Géranium pour Monsieur, but a slightly sweeter, more late summer green. I’ve found it in Branch & Vine, the newest release by Charna Ethier at Providence Perfume Co. Charna creates natural perfumes from botanical essences of flowers, fruits, plants, woods and spices, and she is extremely talented at what she does - read here about two of her extraordinary scents, Moss Gown and Tabac Citron.

Branch & Vine 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 even 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.

Branch & Vine is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.