Launched in 2012 by British niche brand Boadicea the Victorious, Glorious is part of their Spirit Collection.
I first smelled Glorious at New London Pharmacy when I last visited New York. Renowned make-up artist and sales assistant extraordinaire Desiree Monroe was wearing it. It’s a gorgeous fragrance that gets noticed.
Glorious opens bright and fresh from piney, citrusy elemi. The freshness is heightened by a note of sparkling, succulent pineapple. Peach is here too, fleshy and full; it gives a gorgeous depth to the tropical pineapple. Ripe plum and juicy raspberry join the mix, their thick and jamminess balanced by a touch of crisp apple. As the top notes fade, narcotic, exotic jasmine comes forward, its floral aspect amplified by lush rose, warmed by cardamom and nutmeg. The base is woody from cedar wood, guaiac wood, sandalwood and patchouli, while musk extends the animalic aspect of the jasmine to the drydown. There’s also an illusive camphorous balsam note that wafts up from the woods from time to time and fits in perfectly here, while amber and vanilla add a deep, refined, sweet note that echoes the fruits at the opening.
The drydown is rich and complex yet light and engaging – it never gets too fruity, dark or sweet – and is just, well, glorious to wear.
Notes: elemi, pineapple, peach, plum, raspberry, apple, jasmine, rose, cardamom, nutmeg, balsam, cedarwood, guaiac wood, patchouli, musk, balsam, sandalwood, amber, vanilla.