WHAT I SMELL: Idyllwild initially graces the skins with a soft and fresh light tea along with a hushed rhubarb and grapefruit note. It’s so soft and pretty and incredibly comforting, like a light cashmere sweater that’ spun with the lightest and finest of wool. Soon a slight medicinal artemisia note appears which quickly is punctuated with a creamy lavender. Here, the perfume begins to move from the lightest of comfort to a more rounded warmth that buzzes with a creamy evergreen. The perfume continues to move to the Northwest with the cypress and fir becoming the perfume’s focal point. Evergreen can be tricky as it can overpower and turn a perfume into a car air freshener. Here, the notes are incredibly subdued as if the trees are wafting their beautiful scent from afar.
From the Ineke website:
For the wanderers who follow their own compass.
Top notes: rhubarb, tea, grapefruit and lavender
Middle notes: artemisia, cypress and fir
Base notes: cardamom, woody notes, agarwood (oud) and musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The wings of a butterfly fluttering through a sun kissed forest.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE IDYLLWILD: comforting, fresh, positive
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IDYLLWILD: Undina’ Looking Glass, Cafleurebon, Colognoisseur
BOTTOM LINE: To me, Idyllwild is completely a comfort scent. It’s one of those perfumes that makes you feel like you’re taking a lovely hike through the green forest with the bounty of nature abuzz all around you.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic Fougere
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $110 for 75 ml eau de parfum
March 19, 2018 at 8:32 am
I quite enjoyed Idyllwild– and the name really gets me. I live in California, and to me it captures moments in northern California on the coast and somewhat inland. It’s a light, gauzy scent and I may pick up a bottle for summer wear as it has more depth and nuance than some of my usual Allegoria fare. Thank you for the review –I always love checking the “bone rating.”
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March 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm
I’m with you Shiva…this is a northern California scent if there ever was one. Thanks for stopping by.
March 20, 2018 at 3:53 am
I liked this perfume so much that I’m contemplating a trip to Idyllwild 🙂
I wore this perfume around the New Year on the trip to winter mountains – it was great. Now I look forward to wearing it in summer. I agree with you: it is a comfort scent.