On several occasions I have been walking through my work office and fragrant molecules in the air have caught my attention. Following my nose in an attempt to locate the smell I begin to ask my co-workers, has someone just sprayed perfume? To which the response is simply, “I am eating mandarins!” I love the scent of citrus peel and Honore’s Trip perfectly captures the scent of fingernails breaking through peel. Created in 2008, Honore’s Trip is the one in the line that was not authored by Olivia Giacobetti, the brand’s draw card when it comes to marketing the range. The brand’s other point of difference is the organic origin of the perfume’s raw materials. Made from organic essential oils, Honore des Pres is often criticized for lacking tenacity, volume or diffusion. This is one of the pit falls of organic perfume compounding, as many of perfume’s more volatile ingredients do not offer natural alternatives with staying power like the powerful synthetic molecules that have been designed to take on this task. It’s true; Honore’s Trip may not be the most lasting citrus perfume on the market. If fact I just sprayed it on my wrist whilst writing this review and two sentences later it is over. But in thinking about it, some of life’s greatest sensations only last a second. I have 100ml of the stuff. I simply spray again to continue on this scented voyage to the Mediterranean, surrounded by sun and sea. This is a ‘feel good’ fragrance saturated with energy and positivity towards life.
Honore’s Trip is a two minute wonder, but wonderful nonetheless. It is as if the perfumer designed a top note accord and ceased to go on with the rest of his creation. Even traditional eau de colognes or perfumes belonging to the hesperides family have heart and base structures that extend the citrus theme beyond the life of the citrus top notes. Honore’s Trip is a blend of volatile citrus notes; tangerine extracts, yellow and green lemons, Mediterranean oranges with subtle notes of Filipino pepper. My favourite part of this fragrance takes place around five seconds in, after the nasal sting of alcohol has passed and the bitter green notes of lemon have evaporated. At this five second mark the beauty of ripe tangerines is fully developed and ready to be plucked by the nose. There is almost a floral nuance to the ripe fruit that declines rapidly. From this point the fragrance retracts into nothingness.
Perfect for the summer, this can be a holiday scent for those who are taking a break from perfume during their vacation. The scent’s extremely short life span makes it a nice way to complement your morning shower ritual. The citrus oils help wake the mind and have all but disappeared by the time you leave the bathroom. It is also a refreshing body scent beside the pool as you make your way through that book you put aside for summer vacation reading.
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Bottle designer: Saverglass
Release date: 2008
Typology (via Fragrances of the World): Citrus