This review continues my exploration of natural perfumes from Gabriel’s Aunt. Last week I wrote about Royal Couple, a radiant and sultry rose/jasmine duo that comes in both a cream perfume solid and a candle. Today, I will focus on two of her roll-on perfumes, one that also features jasmine, but from a different perspective.
Venasque is an homage to the lavender and chocolate loving Southern French town by the same name, and uses jasmine in the top notes to enhance the experience. One would not smell Venasque and think, “my what a fabulous jasmine scent”, as it’s decidedly a lavender based perfume. But this lavender is fuller than usual as jasmine melds into the purple buds, enhancing its herbaceous essence with a juicy floral lift. Lovers of lavender will appreciate the lushness that Venasque brings to the plant which can oftentimes be dry and crisp.
A dusting of cocoa powder lands gently on Venasque after an hour, meeting the expectations set by the perfume’s back-story. Lavender continues to be the star of this fragrant experience, therefore it doesn’t become a lavender infused chocolate truffle (which sounds really tasty come to think of it!). Venasque is more like a lavender field that has been nourished by dark chocolate in its soil. The rich, bittersweetness effortlessly evolves as jasmine receeds. A judicious use of patchouli adds to this earthy imagery. As with Venasque’s jasmine, it’s the suggestion of patchouli that enhances the richness of the chocolate and the herbal aroma of the lavender.
Even though the drydown is similar to the delightful vanillic ending of Royal Couple, I wholeheartedly recommend men try Venasque as well as women. I happen to be a lover of lavender, so Venasque is a perfume I would reach for again and again. I already have two lavender favorites, Roxana Illuminated Perfumes’ Vera and Ajne’s deLavande, but Venasque rounds out the collection beautifully. Both of those fragrances lean more powdery and cozy, while Venasque is an amplified, aromatic lavender with a gourmand flavor.
Bohem, GA’s best selling fragrance of 2009, resides in the spicy-incense realm with its allspice and cedarwood blend. In addition, vetiver, patchouli and tobacco give a good deal of body to Bohem, most notably being vetiver. I thoroughly appreciate vetiver’s ability to provide a smoked earth quality while simultaneously allowing the surrounding essences their full glory.
The heart of Bohem becomes a little sweeter as cassie and davana lend a honeyed, fruity glow to the incense swirling on your skin. Tobacco and the allspice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves infuse the smoke from beginning to end which like Venasque, would smell wonderful on either a woman or a man.
Nikki Sherritt, the woman behind Gabriel’s Aunt, is a bit of a dark horse in the world of natural perfumery. She flies under the radar, probably because she is more well-known for her candles, but should receive due recognition for her artistic hand in blending natural perfumes. Nikki has samples for sale on her site, and I encourage you to experience them for yourselves.
Venasque and Bohem are available on the Gabriel’s Aunt website. $38 for a 1/4 oz roll-on.
You can read Ayala Sender’s review of both Bohem the fragrance and the candle on SmellyBlog.
Posted by ~Trish
15 thoughts on “Gabriel's Aunt Venasque and Bohem”
Thank for for continuing this thread! I am thrilled to get to learn more about Nikki’s creations! She has been moved up my wish list 🙂
GA’s fragrances are definitely wishlist worthy! Do let me know if you try them 🙂
Venasque, is defiantly delicious and the one I adore the most from her but Crème is very close to first though!
Like you, Venasque is my favorite GA fragrance, but Royal Couple gives it stiff competition!
I did just place a little ‘rainy day’ order, including Venasque! Thank you Trish!!
Be sure to report back !! 🙂
Thank you all!! I am very excited to share my blends with you.
….and I am excited to wear them 😉
Trish, just received my order and very impressed with the Venasque! I got a few candles as well and think everything is Wonderful!! Thank you for the pollen!
Dabney! That’s wonderful 🙂
I am so glad you are happy w/ Venasque. What candles did you get?
Gosh, Trish, I totally missed this post — I don’t know what appeals to me more, the scents, or the picture you posted of my dream life! I’ll look into them immediately — the scents now, the life later ; ) XXX
I know, isn’t that picture what daydreams are made of? Let me know if you try any GA goodies. I’d love to know your impressions!
Glad you found the post 😉
I, too, love the picture. Have had a good look at the GA website and am now inspired to purchase samples of her whole perfume collection when I can next afford to. Sometimes it’s just so hard waiting…
Patience is a tough one isn’t it? Something I struggle with as well.
In the meantime, enjoy your window shopping 😉