Warrioress was launched in 2009 by luxe British indie brand, Boadicea the Victorious, as part of 'The Exclusives' Collection. The line was named for Queen Boadicea of the Iceni, a Celtic tribal princess who rebelled against Roman occupation and led her people to war against the Romans in 60/61 AD.
Warrioress opens with an enthusiastic note of bright, bitter bergamot and juicy, tart lemon. How these citrus fruits are combined introduces a note of myrrh that's bitter, aromatic, resinous and almost medicinal. Myrhh has a spicy aspect that adds warmth to the blend. There's a note of rose here too. It's a shy rose that gives Warrioress a very gentle floralcy. As it blooms, opoponax comes forward. It deepens the aspects of myrrh: the warmth, and the incense but disperses any medicinal sharpness. A leather note joins the opoponax, giving it a bold, animalic sexiness. Cedarwood at the base is dry and woody and brings elegance to Warrioress.
On me, Warrioress smells ancient and holy, of anointing oils and resins but also feral from plants, trees and animals. Warrioress is not for the faint of heart. It's not for girls. It’s not flirty, playful or fun. It's for women. It has confidence and a carnal urgency that hints at conquest.
Notes: bergamot, lemon, myrrh, opoponax, leather, cedarwood, leather.