Kerosene Trewthe aka John Pegg is a perfume fiend like us, a You Tube reviewer who has decided to make his own stuff. And like a certain Swiss guy we all know, Kerosene seems to be a natural.
I must say that I don’t know the guy at all, You Tube is not my scene, but a sample arrived at my doorstep as part of a care package by the greatest perfume fairy of them all (Hi Ruth!) and since Copper Skies is an amber fragrance, well, there was no question that I’d try that…
Copper Skies is Kerosene’s second fragrance. The first is called R’Oud Elements an oud scent, then there is Creature and Whips and Roses. The last one sounds especially interesting – it is a floral leather.
Copper Skies was created by John Pegg in 2011 and includes notes of amber, cedar, sweet tobacco leaves, honeycomb, basil and cloves.
Copper Skies opens rough and spicy and sweet and harsh and warm – in short it is everything a great amber fragrance is. It progresses into a warmer and softer heart, the spiciness taking a backseat to the enveloping and cuddly facets of tobacco and labdanum. It is not overly or cloyingly sweet, but there is enough sweetness to make me happy. In the drydown a dark-green aspect comes to the fore, slightly herbal, slightly grassy, reminding me of a dark and dank forest floor. It is gorgeous.
Copper Skies can be compared to Goutal’s Ambre Fétiche, but without incense. It has an almost chewy, textured quality, it is rich, three-dimensional, it has weight, but it is not oppressive. It shares a lot as well with a very classic (and god-awfully expensive) amber scent – Tom Ford Amber Absolute. The herbal aspect even brings Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan to mind.
Copper Skies, due to the nature of its resinous ingredients has exceptional lasting power and a good, but not overwhelming sillage.
This is a solid amber fragrance in a beautiful lacquered bottle. My, my, for an untrained amateur, Kerosene is really showing the industry how it is done. Consider me impressed.
I hope Kerosene will be successful with his venture, I wish him all the best and I hope to be able to try the other perfumes soon.
Kerosene fragrances are available exclusively at MiN New York.