Notes include:- bitter orange, cardamon, hand-tinctured cacao, cacao absolute, Venezuelan tonka, hand-tinctured vanilla planifolia, my amber accord, Mysore sandalwood and coffee absolute. *Please note that the formula for Bitter Sweet contains a small chunk of Moroccan solid amber that I dissolved and included as an experimental variation on my usual amber accord. I purchased it in good faith as natural amber accord made from beeswax, styrax, labdanum and vanilla, but recently learned that it also contains a small amount of ambroxan which is a synthetic fragrance compound. I wanted to disclose this for transparency.
2020 was the strangest year I can remember. It caused so many of us to become afraid, uncertain, anxious, unwell and in torment. Some of us fell down, some of us marched. Some of us fought fires like never before. Some of us failed. Some of us raged. Some of us cried. And even in all the turmoil and troubles, babies were born. Flowers bloomed. Prayers were answered, hands reached out.
Some of us changed in ways we never imagined. Friendships ended, and love affairs began. Money came and went, from and into different places. Time really dragged and tempers flared.
Bitter Sweet is my scent-sketch of 2020… it laments of bitter losses and life lessons, and it whispers of love, and the sweetness of new beginnings.
This fragrance harbours mouth-watering layers of seductive complexity.