Disclosure No1: this review is based on a sample sent by the perfumer
Disclosure No2: I haven’t the faintest idea what linden blossom smells like
Why do I need to disclose this? Because Pretty Machine official description reads:
It’s as if you’re sitting underneath a Linden tree, newly blossomed in the heart of spring.
And I have no idea what this could be… So smelling this is like trying to guess what linden flowers smell like, reading through the blank spaces of the composition. A bit like playing Charades.
Pretty Macine has a rather strange name to begin with. Knowing a little bit about John Pegg’s trajectory and philosophy it is understandable. His involvement with machines and his mechanical background, which he used to create his beautiful bottles, painted with a slick, impermeable coat of car paint, can explain his aspirations. To justify his unusual choice of adjective for his favourite toy, Pretty Machine opens with a strong citrus cocktail. I cannot pinpoint exactly what the citruses are but they smell rather green and thick. A very pleasing citrus accord. This is not a citrus scent however because quickly a neroli note takes center stage. Neroli is a difficult note for me. It is laden with memories and feelings as it dominates the few, glorious days that Spring lasts in Athens. The cool, energizing weather does not last long, succeeded by relentless Summer heat, but during these few weeks the streets of the city center are filled with the narcotic scent of bitter orange trees. So associations are plenty. For many reasons they have not been very pleasant up until a few years ago but recently it seems that I have made my peace with the bitter orange trees, and I noticed that I have started enjoying neroli-centric perfumes. I seem to focus less and less on a sulfuric, almost breath-like aspect I get from it and explore the sweetness of the flower. Pretty Machine does not stop there. A delicate honeyed note enters the composition and becomes the main attraction. It is humid and vegetal and although it is very pleasant, “pretty” seems like an understatement. Pretty Machine is a more serious floral scent. Although it is not as bewitchingly weird as the name implies or as previous Kerosene perfumes like Creature and Fields of Rubus, I think it is a very interesting take on the floral genre, just what I thought was missing from House of Kerosene. The only thing that is missing now, in my humble opinion, is a good vetiver!
So judging from the blanks I had to fill in my scent note pinboard, I think I like linden blossoms!
Notes from my nose: Green citrus, Neroli, Honey, Green notes
Notes from the House of Kerosene: Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Linden Blossom, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose, Vetiver and Musk
Kerosene Perfumes available from The House of Kerosene as well as a very pretty sample kit
MemoryOfScent by Christos Karageorgos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.