"Not long ago, when I was about to give it all up and turn to watercolours, or something else that isn’t regulated to the point of strangulation by the EU, I was spending another evening attempting to come to grips with the multilevel database software I use to check that my scents are legal and produce all the paperwork. I said to Nick Randell (AKA Randello), 'Do you think I should just pack it in?'
He said, 'If you were going to give up, you’d have given up long before now,' so I kept going and, a couple of sessions later, I cracked it: legal labelling and a nice list of EU allergens for the three scents I was about to deliver to Les Senteurs. So I thought he deserved a scent. The Great Randello was a Welsh magician, probably related to Nick. In 2012, I went to one of Karen Gilbert’s five-day courses, which was wonderful. I needed to work with more synthetic materials - just getting access to them is hard for little perfumers – and this gave me a good crack at sniffing and using a load of things I’d heard of but not experienced. One of the scents I made there I called my Friday Afternoon Chypre, a dark, woody, mossy, fruity concoction, and I was pretty happy with it, but wanted to do a bit more work. I decided to adapt it for Nick, taking out the blackcurrant base I’d used (because I couldn’t find out exactly what was in it) and adding a load of strawberry-toffee scent instead. The Great Randello turned out to be a deep dark chypre inside a sweetshop." Sarah McCartney
NOTES: Oakmoss, opoponax, patchouli, vetivert, clary sage, sandalwood, bergamot, synthetic musk, ambergris, raspberry leaf absolute, raspberry ketone, toffee, lemon myrtle, lavender, tangerine
Posted by Naomi on 15th Jul 2014
This is lovely, boozy, fruity, sweet while still bitter enough to stop it from being to gourmand or too feminine (quite firmly unisex). I love a good chypre, and this one reminds me of a carnival or circus, all sweetness and candy underpinned by earth and booze. Really atmospheric and beautiful.
Posted by Leisa on 30th May 2014
I agree this is a boozy scent which whiffs of raspberry and tangerine. slightly sweet and traditional with warm reminders of the past.
Posted by JanLast on 22nd Apr 2014
Experimenting with new ingredients is a very good thing in the 4160 Tuesday kitchens. Although I did not fall in love with every scent, there were enough for everyone to fall in love at least once.
This one will be my "grab a book and a snifter of cognac" scent. It has enough interesting notes fort a regiment of different noses.