Oooooh, I love a Hiram Green perfume and can’t wait to see what this new creation has to behold…
WHAT I SMELL: Arbolé Arbolé opens with a putty like chewy patchouli that feels encased in a light rubber or elastic. It’s pretty, but also has this futuristic feel (futuristic like what we thought the future would be like in the 1960s)…as such, it has vintage futuristic vibe. Soon, the opening kick to futuristic nostalgia adds a citrus and woody edge that moves the rubberized consistency away, although there is still a bit of a putty edge to the perfume. After some more time a warmed base emerges with a chewy, thickened vanilla…and the perfume really starts to project. Once again the chewy moves away and the perfume begins to dry considerably. Here, the perfume radiates this calming lightly sweet rich vanilla that’s tamed by the tonka bean…and the perfume reminds me of something in my youth, but I just can’t put my finger on it. But I can tell you that it’s a warm fuzzy connection. Continuing on, the perfume becomes velvety smooth as if the ingredients were lightly warmed to create seamless infusion. In the end, the perfume deepens, still smooth, still creamy with a light powder. I absolutely love this perfume.
From the Hiram Green website:
Hiram Green’s latest perfume, Arbolé Arbolé, is a warm and woody fragrance that takes its name and spirit from Lorca’s eponymous poem. Ostensibly simple, yet subtly complex, this is an unashamedly romantic fragrance for those who dare to dream.
Arbolé Arbolé opens with a burst of earthy patchouli that slowly merges with rich cedar wood and velvety sandalwood. Vanilla and tonka bean anchor the fragrance and provide a sweet and powdery base.
The following is Hiram’s inspiration from Frederico Lorca:
Arbolé, Arbolé Tree, tree dry and green. The girl with the pretty face is out picking olives. The wind, playboy of towers, grabs her around the waist. Four riders passed by on Andalusian ponies, with blue and green jackets and big, dark capes. “Come to Cordoba, muchacha.” The girl won’t listen to them. Three young bullfighters passed, slender in the waist, with jackets the color of oranges and swords of ancient silver. “Come to Sevilla, muchacha.” The girl won’t listen to them. When the afternoon had turned dark brown, with scattered light, a young man passed by, wearing roses and myrtle of the moon. “Come to Granada, muchacha.” And the girl won’t listen to him. The girl with the pretty face keeps on picking olives with the grey arm of the wind wrapped around her waist. Tree, tree dry and green.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Suburban living in the 60s…family, optimism and life was good (based on my childhood memories).
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ARBOLÉ ARBOLÉ: nostalgic, reassuring, unique
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ARBOLÉ ARBOLÉ: Take One Thing Off, Jaroslav Blog (in Polish), AustralianPerfumeJunkies
BOTTOM LINE: Hiram has done it again…and I have to say as much as I loved Moon Bloom, this perfume may be my favorite yet. Some perfumers just seem to connect with you…Hiram certainly does with me. In reading “What I Smell” above, you wouldn’t think that words like “putty” and “chewy” would lead to love, but it does. Absolutely beautiful.
- Bone Rating: 5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent Woody
- Nose: Hiram Green
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $135 Euro for 50 ml eau de parfum. Hiram is currently running a special on his website, purchase the 50 ml bottle and get a 10 ml travel size for free. Perfect to keep for yourself, or to give as a stocking stuffer for someone you love!
Sample courtesy of Hiram Green. Opinion my own.