With a scent named Eau de Hongrie, it’s hard not to think about Hungary. I’ve been there once, in Budapest for a week with a bunch of friends, soon nine years ago. It was a great stay, we were on a tight budget, still we managed to squeeze in about everything you’re ”supposed” to do there as a tourist. We visited a couple of the famous baths, bought local groceries at the food market and saw a few museums and concerts. I was pregnant with my son at the time, and as pregnant women sometimes can do, I remember how I was feeling like floating around in a small, happy bubble of contention, thinking about how I’d cuddle my baby once it was born, as well as being thankful that I had such a supportive family that would always be there for me whenever I needed to.
The day I got home my sister called and told me that on my moms birthday, a few days before, my mom had found out that my father was having an affair. He had been behaving a bit erratically for a while then, but as things unraveled, details got unbelievably ugly. It turned out that he’d introduced this other woman to our neighbors and they’d known, he’d brought her to my parents house when we weren’t home, probably just for the kicks, among other things.
I was an adult at the time and, of course, I knew that these things happens. I had just had never fathomed that it would happen to us. The fact that someone I thought I knew and deeply trusted turned out to be such the opposite of the character I believed him to be left me devastated and heart broken. Me and my father still haven’t mended our relation.
Fortunately, Viktoria Minyas Eau de Hongrie has NOTHING to do with that big mess. What it does remind me of are those last days of ignorant bliss I spent in Budapest. It’s a sweet oriental, starting both lemony and dessert-like. The sweetness moves from a rather loud and sugary sillage at the very first into a bright, happy and intimate scent that is hard to pick apart but easy to enjoy. It made me want to spend the day with my wrist wrapped around my head, giggling to myself as if I’d been sneaking small glasses of Tokay wine in secret.
I can’t enough emphasis what a special time that Budapest trip was for me. It was the first few warm spring days of the year and I remember the excitement of feeling the first kicks of my baby inside me. I was so happy to get to spend so much time with my friends, such a bummer life isn’t like that forever.
Notes according to Fragrantica: jasmine, honey, sandalwood, lemon, grapefruit, clove, immortelle, labdanum, musk, tonka bean and tokaji wine.
I greatly thank Suzanne of Eiderdown press for my sample.