Strange Invisible Perfumes (SIP) is a "company in love with flowers," and it's obvious. The natural approach to perfumery, using pure plants along with a narrative twist, is a little avant-garde and a whole lot luxurious. Even their unusual name comes from a quote in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra: "From the barge, a strange invisible perfume hits the sense of the adjacent wharfs."
On March 1, the small environmentally-friendly perfume house is set to release its "Florals for a New Era" collection, which showcases three traditional aromas: lily of the valley, rose, and gardenia ($175 to $210). But these aren't the drab scents of yesteryear. Find out what I thought about each one when you
- Epic Gardenia: If you like rich, sweet, and velvety florals, this one is for you. Fresh and lofty, it seems as if the gardenia was picked and bottled only moments ago. Under the many layers, there's a slight powdery, musk-like quality. This one's not for faint of heart, as they say at SIP.
- Aquarian Roses: This is a sophisticated rose scent. With marjoram and sandalwood, it's a little spicy and stanky. And I mean that in the nicest of ways. This unisex scent is my favorite of the trio.
- Urban Lily: Each year in May, lily of the valley blossoms line the streets of Paris, and SIP hopes to evoke that happy sensation with this delicate, yet slightly gritty, scent. Strangely, Urban Lily reminds me of the sweet, slightly damp aroma of a winery. Perhaps I'm smelling the underlying grape alcohol base, or perhaps I'm just picturing myself at a quaint French café in the springtime, glass of wine in tow. Oui, oui.