I went to sleep last night knowing that I would honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, in my own tiny way, by wearing gardenia. The south’s shining star. Dr. King was born in the middle of winter in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 and how apropos to commemorate his memory and good works, in my opinion, with the most gloriously fragrant flower that blooms in the South.
For this special day and to bring winter’s cold to spring’s warmth and early darkness to extended light, I chose the sparkling Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin by Dame Perfumery. Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin was introduced in 2015.
Dame Perfumery Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin EdT ♀
photo thieved from Fragrantica
Gardenia is my favorite flower and the stairs to our front porch are flanked with huge gardenia bushes. From April until August, we are gifted with their fragrance upon entry and exit to our house. So, yeah, I had some expectations. For the most part, I am leery of gardenia perfumes and am scared to spray them on my skin. Operating under the auspices of years of unkind gardenia fragrance experiences, I walked around my house a few times with the perfume in my hand, steeling myself for the onslaught.
Finally, I generously layered it on and with trepidation, sniffed my wrist. I think I may have pretended to smell it the first time and held my breath. I wanted it to smell “right”, so I held off. Wait for it! I went back in and took a big whiff.
WAIT, WHAT? BIG ASS CHEESY SMILE. No explosion of synthetic nausea? No reeling back? I obsessively sniffed my wrist over and over.
Here are a few words that crossed by mind: Petite sparkles. Simple. Shiny. Complex. Tiny bubbles. Spicy. Tamed.
This gardenia has been lassoed! To begin, there is a slight citrus and spice. The citrus reminds of tiny key limes that take some rolling on the counter before you cut them open, not the big, juicy drip down your hand kind. Then, the gardenia blossoms and definitely the flower makes her presence known, but by no means is it overpowering. It is simply a fresh gardenia sitting pretty on a green bush. She is not trying to be more than she is.
Mind you, if you take a very deep whiff about two hours in and go past the gardenia, you can detect some jasmine and honeysuckle. I know honeysuckle, I spent many summer days pulling the pistil out of the honeysuckle and letting the one lone bead of nectar drop into my mouth. The gardenia remains for the duration of the perfume’s life and is pleasantly mixed with a musky warmth.
Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin stays very close up and personal. It is the opposite of most white florals, which is delightful and confusing. Being a lover of big, white florals that turn heads, (yep, I wear Amarige and Jardins de Bagatelle with my head held high), I am unsure of my newest elixir because she is behaving so well!
If you love gardenias, but do not love the explosion that white flowers often give in a perfume, then Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin is for you. Wear this to work, wear this grocery shopping, wear this to class and yes, you can wear this in a plane and smell downright gorgeous!
Top Notes: Lime, bergamot, grapefruit, black pepper and marigold
Heart Notes: Gardenia, white pepper, honeysuckle, jasmine, orange flower, lily-of-the-valley, carnation, tuberose, ylang-ylang, hyacinth and rose
Base Notes: Benzoin, tolu balsam and musk.
Like the US is honoring Dr. King today, Jeffrey Dame has masterfully honored the plush gardenia with much care and adoration.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have you tried Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin? What do you think? Is it Downright Gorgeous or Gimme Some Sugar? Leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you. For more information about where to buy Lime, Gardenia and Benzoin, leave a comment and I will be happy to direct you.