Looking For Spring With Pierre Guillaume – Review: Huitieme Art Vohina

Every year around this time, I abandon all my heavy ambers and blankety comfort scents and start raiding my perfume closet and sample boxes, looking for spring.

Every year around this time, I have had it with winter, with the cold, with having to bundle up and forever trying to locate my gloves.

Perfumes that I adored yesterday are cloying and constricting today and I crave air. I need the warmth of the sun, not an oven, I need blue skies and green meadows, not my living room. I need the sparkling freshness of a light summer scent. I wear more cologne-style perfumes and tender florals in February than I do in June (which is when I’m back with the ambers. 😉 )

So which perfume is all that and more? One by Pierre Guillaume of course. Trust Pierre to help me out. I’m so grateful, I might even forgive him for the bottle.

Created in 2011 by Pierre Guillaume, Vohina includes notes of peach blossom, lavender honey and hay.

The notes list alone looks delectable, just listen to how this smells…

Opening with lush peach, lavender honey comes through quickly, accompanied with a soft hay note. The Huitieme Art perfumes are all very airy, transparent and deceivingly simple, and Vohina is no exception, but we all know that is a style I like (Jean-Claude Ellena is my friend.)

I have heard some say that Vohina is very sweet, it isn’t dry, that is for sure, but it is not cloying and sugary sweet at all, and I am someone with honey-amplifying skin after all.

Vohina on me is exquisitely feminine, tender and evokes pastoral scenes of rolling hills and blossoming flowers in the sun.

Every year around this time, I go looking for spring. I have found exactly what I craved in Vohina. I dare you to apply it without a smile.

Image source: huitiemeart.com, fairchildgarden.org

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37 Responses to Looking For Spring With Pierre Guillaume – Review: Huitieme Art Vohina

  1. lady jane grey says:

    Oh my, it’s somewhere in that big box full of unsorted samples (and I just ordered some more…) – if I only could find it … Because I’m done with winter too, I can’t stand it any longer !

  2. civava says:

    I haven’t tried Vohina yet but Naïviris is very light and sheer. And not dull at all. Like Ellena’s ;-).

  3. andrea says:

    Aarrggghh, lavender, quickly running away. The combination sounds intriguing though and should we finally get some spring like weather I might be brave and seek this one out. So many perfumes to try, so little time.:-)

  4. Hehe I love that you hate that bottle! I quite like it, but then we know how our tastes diverge bottle wise, can we say Thierry Mugler?!

    You make this sound like such a lovely floral, and I do like my florals, AND the Hutième Art line is quite interesting. So I have to try this really don’t i?

  5. Alexandra says:

    I am definitely a winter perfume person, I will be wrapped up warm in my cosy orientals until the last possible moment! And unfortunately I do agree with Andrea, I’m not sure I have ever found a lavender I could wear, although I was trying SL Gris Clair at the weekend and it made me wonder…

    • Olfactoria says:

      My winter/summer perfume preferences change at a much faster pace than the actual seasons, so I live through several fragrant winters per year. 😉

      Lavender is not at all a dominant note here.

  6. Tara says:

    I know it’s very boring but yet again I was thinking the same thing. It’s been a particularly harsh winter in the UK too and I just decided to wear L’Heure Fougueuse tomorrow to bring forth those spring meadows.

    Vohina sounds very joyful and spring-like. I definitely need to try more from this line. I admired the deceptively simple style of Myrrhiad a lot, though not enough to buy it.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Great choice! I should bring out Fougueuse too soon.

      I am totally with you on the Huitième Art line (and especially Myrrhiad), I like them, they are intriguing, but I am not tempted to pick up a bottle. Thank Goodness the bottle itself is not much of a tempter either. 😉

  7. masha7 says:

    In Germany, I used to reach for Guerlain Herba Fresca before I went running at this time each year. All that mint and hay kept my energy up. February and March are tough months because the winter just seems sooooo long, and everything is so slushy!

    • Olfactoria says:

      True! Grey and slushy. 😉
      I like Herba Fresca, but I shiver when I think of it now, it might be a bit too fresh for the moment, I imagine it is perfect for running though. (Should do that too!!!)

  8. Lucy says:

    PG has so many brillliant perfumes, one of my favorite perfumers — and he can do the mood of Spring so well. Lovely that Spring is being felt in your area too — such a harsh winter you’ve had.

  9. Lucy says:

    brilliant/brillliant or even brilllliant, I think of PG that way so I guess it slipped out…please excuse.

  10. dee says:

    I love the bottle! I haven’t actually seen one in person, but I love they way they photograph, that heavy ceramic is so luxe 🙂

    It’s pretty much spring (today) in Austin, and you’ve inspired me to dig out a hay-laden PG inspiration: Bois Blonde!

  11. Philipp says:

    Two weeks ago the weather was very very cold, but I decided I was fed up with cozy winter scents and wore spring-like iris fragrances each day: Hiris, Infusion d’iris, Homme de Coeur etc. I felt much better.

    As far as Huitieme Art is concerned I did not have much luck with this line, I tried four or five scents, but did not like any of them. PG is not my fav. nose.

  12. Emma says:

    Woohoo! What a lovely photo of spring blossoms! I am feeling the same way and that’s just what the doctor ordered. Like you I also revert to warmer, ambery scents in the summer so it’s certainly a good idea to enjoy these airier beauties while we can. I must get a sample.

  13. Vanessa says:

    I tried this last April, and it was a thumbs up according to my notebook, but more than that I can’t rightly recall!

    I am still happy to wear winter scents personally – I don’t start getting antsy about the long winter till the middle of March. Hold on though – that is only a few weeks away!

  14. this sounds lovely! In my notes I have Vivaldi’s Spring next to By Killian Love and tears..:)

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  16. katyalil says:

    Hi Birgit,I know this review is a few months old, but I just want to thank you and share with you that your beutiful review inspired me to buy a sample set and try Vohina,Lavender honey is one of my favorite treats,well,I loved the sample and today I got full bottle of Vohina in the post-the perfume is just as you described it-so feminine and tender -the only perfume my very picky other half has enjoyed so far-and I have quite a few 🙂

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