WHAT I SMELL: The Peradam opens with a buttery, thickened and plasticine lily. There’s so much volume and weight to the perfume, but there’s an incredible smoothness about that it feels like a sheen of dense paint has been layered on my skin. Lily can go horribly wrong on my skin and it has a tendency to overpower. Here the lily, ever evident and deeply weighted, remains surprisingly subdued. After a slow progression, the jasmine, thick and bold, starts to bring an ever so slight ray of light to the perfume, but that’s not saying much as this is the most indolic jasmine that I have experienced in some time. The perfume is heady, thick, earthy, bold and spicy but surprisingly close to the skin. After another 20 minutes or so, the sandalwood makes it way in giving what I feel is like a layer of light sandpaper in which the perfume sits on. After an hour, all the notes soften and converge to reside in blended and mysterious harmony that’s topped off with a radiant and buttery finish. Where many fragrances leave their best for the beginning and then fade in beauty towards the end, The Peradam bucks that standard. Because as interesting and unusual as this goes on, hours afterwards, the warm, light and radiant finish is the quiet and reverenced beauty that is the star.
From the Apoteker Tepe website:
The Peradam combines the most precious materials in perfumery for a fragrance of unusual character, depth, and rarity.
According to the French author René Daumal, a ‘peradam’ is an object that only appears to those who seek it. For those who have been seeking the most precious and rarely experienced raw ingredients in perfumery, The Peradam combines a rare SCO2 extraction of Jasmine grandiflorum, real orris butter, and sustainably harvested Mysore Sandalwood into a fragrance that is warm, enveloping, uniquely addictive, and impossible to find elsewhere.
Notes: Madonna lily, Jasmine, Orris butter, Sandalwood
Profile: Floral, Jasmine, Indolic, Woody
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Unimaginable grief from the loss of a most beautiful of love.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE THE PERADAM: gothic, storied, evocative
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PERADAM: None to be found as of yet.
BOTTOM LINE: The Peradam is a perfume with a story, as you can see from my description of what it smells like to me. There’s passion, decay, beauty and a quiet intensity about the perfume that’s very haunting. There’s a lot of emotion in this creation. I can’t say that for many perfumes and that makes it distinctively unique and all that more special.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $130 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
June 15, 2015 at 6:43 am
It sounds absolutely gorgeous. How do you get access to all these rarities?
June 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm
Twisted Lily in Brooklyn is adding a great deal of some interesting smaller brands to their stock. This company for instance, is based out of Harlem. Lucky for me I am getting access to these hard to find, thoughtful new ventures.
June 15, 2015 at 8:18 am
Seems I need to get a Twisted Lily order together. The Peradam sounds lovely, although lily is a note that usually bothers me, and it might eventually join tuberose in my don’t-go-there category where gardenia also resides.
Great review, Steve, and I love your illustration.
June 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Thanks Holly…I have yet to sample the others in the line, but if they’re all this fantastic I will be over the moon.
June 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Sounds so special… Thank you for your truly poetic and beautiful review, I’ve never tried any of their fragrance but now I’m moved to order their samples. 🙂
June 15, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Thanks my dear for your kind words 🙂
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June 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm
It sounds wonderfully depressing. I love lily. This is a must sniff for me I think.
June 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm
I don’t know about wonderfully depressing…maybe contemplative? Whatever it is, it did evoke some inner emotions from me which was rather unexpected.
June 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm
Love Poodle’s comment! I was thinking what a strange thing this is altogether – even the name is otherworldly. It reminds me of a haulage company called Atchison Topeka. I do like lilies though, so who knows…?
June 16, 2015 at 8:20 pm
Now you have me humming Judy Garland songs!