Citrus scents are fleeting by nature. That is why citrus notes are usually top notes, opening a fragrance with its light and effervescent brightness and then evaporating into thin air, leaving only a beautiful memory.
Anya McCoy, founder of Anya’s Garden, head of the Natural Perfumer’s Guild, created a citrus scent that does the impossible – stay. Citrus notes on a base of incense, Light is exactly what it proclaims to be – light, probably Floridian sun light, in a bottle.
Light is the newest (2010) fragrance by the natural perfume house Anya’s Garden. It is a 21st Century cologne soliflore. The bright composition includes Sicilian cedrat, Israeli gold grapefruit, neroli and Chinese perfume tree flower. The base is composed of various frankincenses. Bright.
-from Anya’s Garden PR materials
Sometimes I have a hard time getting in gear in the mornings (sound familiar?), but life demands immediate attention, two small children do not care how fast or how happy I am at five o’clock. In the last weeks I have found something to wake my zest for life (okay, my “I have to get up, there is no way around it” view of life at least) – I dab a little of the pure perfume oil that is Light on my hand and breathe deeply. No way to stay in bed after that. Light is very uplifting, it is quasi aroma-therapeutic, yes, but so much more too.
Light is happiness, Light is energy, Light is wakefulness and alertness, Light gets me going.
So how does Anya achieve the lasting citrus impression? By cheating.
Following the top notes of cedrat and grapefruit the heart notes are dominated by the Chinese Aglaia Flower, it gives the impression of lasting citrus. It smells a lot like neroli with a little fresh jasmine cut in. The base of frankincense adds a cool smokiness to the drydown, still keeping up the appearance of citrus in the sun, although with the shadows getting longer, the air becoming cooler. For me Light encompasses an entire day in its evolution of a few hours.