Hi there Olfactoria’s Travelers,
I know you are all heading towards Winter and Autumn has gripped the north but still Autumn can be sunlit and warm during the day. I have finally discovered The Different Company’s 2013 L’Esprit Cologne releases that added to the subset. Having really enjoyed Tokyo Bloom and After Midnight I was hoping to get to these sooner but as in all things they had to await their time.
South Bay was created by Emilie (Bevierre) Coppermann for The Different Company in 2013.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured acords:
Top: Grapefruit, mandarin leaves, tamarind
Heart: Woody accords of grapefruit tree, freesia, eglantine (Rosa rubiginosa)
Base: Sandalwood, vetiver, suede
South Bay offers a sweetened grapefruit, though still quite remarkably like a grapefruit, and there is definitely some citrus leaf but to be completely honest I have no idea what a tamarind smells like so I can’t give you a heads up on that.
Talk about fresh and sweet, a lovely citrus wash that could make even the hardest heart smile. A beautiful, bright, fizzy citrus that really does have a devil may care feel and makes me put all my worries aside and just to breathe in the beauty. South Bay is also delightfully smooth, and very comfortable. This is not what I was expecting from South Bay at all, for some reason (no I didn’t read the notes when I was spritzing before) I was expecting a salty seaside fragrance.
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When the woods appear they don’t overwhelm the citrus but play very nicely and I get a distinct apple smell too, a crisp, dry, freshly picked apple cut into slices and served with the citrus. This is no cool citrus though but a warmed one, warmed with woods and it says freesia but having been out the front to smell my lovely freesias I can get no resemblance really, just a nod, it smells more daffodil than freesia to me. I have lovely daffodils, jonquils and freesias this year, a great show.
Through the heart my skin maintains the citrus at front & centre happily in charge till the vetiver comes through, quietly creeping in till it is the main attraction. All of a sudden you really take notice of its green, slightly brackish earthiness and it plays a lovely counterpoint top the citrus and woods. Imagine the picture below is of citrus dropping into a salt water pool.
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Though South Bay is sold as a cologne, it is a boundary pusher. It hits all the right high points for a cologne but does it so much more sophisticatedly and gives a good deal longer frag life than most colognes.
A lovely refreshing citrus based fragrance that will keep all of you lovers of the genre happy, and could well introduce some new fans. I thought I had enough citrus fragrance bottles in my collection but South Bay may just have changed my mind…
Are you a fan of The Different Company? Do you know their work at all? Is a light frothy citrus something you would wear much?