WHAT I SMELL: At first spritz, Slowdive is a combination of sweet and sour amid a buzzing hay like tobacco. There’s a honeyed orange flower that feels earthy and tempered with a layer of soil. It’s not overtly sweet, but rather slightly flat and slightly urinous. To me, it’s a strange and curious opening, but it’s one that immediately draws you in. After a few minutes the tobacco begins to come to the forefront. It’s slightly sweet and it’s like the tobacco of a well-worn pipe. Here the perfume begins to move to the intoxicating and I find that the lightly fruited tobacco is a “warm fuzzy.” Additionally, there’s a wonderful sensation of masculine security at this point. As the perfume continues to develop, a light tuberose is washed over the tobacco…moving the perfume from the more masculine to the more unisex. As it continues to develop, Slowdive ramps up the spice. Here the perfume buzzes with life and this is where it finally settles into a warm and slightly thickened honey and tuberose tobacco.
From the Hiram Green website:
Slowdive is a warm tobacco-themed fragrance that captures the mood of those languid afternoons when the sweetness of the Indian summer air is almost palpable.
The fragrance opens with fresh and flowery top notes of neroli and orange flower before tobacco blossom and beeswax take over. This heart – rich and deep, with hints of dried fruit and creamy tuberose – is delicately anchored by a base of honeyed resins that give Slowdive its soft and exotic touch.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SLOWDIVE: warm, semi-thickened, buzzing
BOTTOM LINE: Slowdive is a perfume that personifies the best in tobacco and honey. The honey is so superbly restrained as if it’s just an earthy glaze rather than a jar full of the sweet and sticky. Pardon my pun, but Slowdive deserves some good “buzz!”
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Fruity Floral
- Nose: Hiram Green
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $165 for 50 ml eau de parfum