The month of May has been incredibly cold here, the perfumes I’ve reached for have ranged between cosy orientals or old school cyphres. The scents I’ve worn the most are Shalimar Initial EdP, Pradas Infusion d’Iris (it’s cleanliness is unbeatable when you have to spend your days locked up with hundreds of sweaty developers at conferences) and vintage Miss Dior (makes me feel like Angela Channing in the rain, somewhat aggressive but, still, a great mindset for handling stressful situations at work).
”Suddenly it happens” (as a Swedish lottery commercial says), all of a sudden my job declares that 5 of June will be a ”compensation holiday” because our national day (6 of June) takes place on a Saturday this year. I’ve never heard of any company ever doing this before, but I’m certainly not complaining. Also, the weather has suddenly clicked into place and yesterday and today we’re having the first real, warm, sunny summer days of the year.
I’ve been saving the last drops of The Different Companys ”De Bachmakov” for ”real” summer, so today I finally got to wear it. Its main note is shiso leaf, a very peculiarly smelling leaf that’s difficult to come across in Sweden. I’ve only had it as a decoration on top of very fancy sushi (from Hattori Sushi Devil at Drottninggatan). It’s also present in Japanese plum wine, working with the almond-ness of the plums, adding that very special character. The scent is difficult to describe, but aim somewhere between green apples and pine needles, going in a powdery direction, at least you’ll be somewhere near.
De Bachmakov also has lots of bergamotte, giving it a cologne-y feel, and I do get a hint of the fresh floralness of freesias. Among the oficial notes there is something named ”craie douce” mentioned. I googled this and came across as explanation from The Different Company themselves, saying the following:
“Craie douce” is an intellectual interpretation of the composition musk and cedar wood. Céline Ellena wanted to translate a powdery but not sweet “minéralité”, smooth, mat and as tender as chalk with this special scent when it is humid. It’s the wind scraping rocks and snow in that particular moment when spring takes over winter. In reality, craie douce is the association of macro-cyclique musks (the most eco-friendly) and woody notes composing the perfume.
Generally, I’m all for the concept of ”intellectual interpretations” of scents. But as I’m having an unexpected day off today, I’m gonna leave all intellectual interpretations be and simply go about my day, letting De Bachmakov be a beautiful, dark green apple cologne, enjoying itself in the sun.
Official notes: coriander, freesia, bergamot, shiso leaves, nutmeg and craie douce