Puckrik on Perfume: Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure (Part 1)

Katie Puckrik ON May 07, 2010 AT 11:11 am

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

By Katie Puckrik

Recently, my husband and I hightailed it out of Hollywood and went daytripping to Vasquez Rocks. It’s a violently beautiful landscape of skyscraper-sized rocks jutting at crazy angles towards the clouds – the freeze-frame of a prehistoric earthquake. Vasquez Rocks is named after a 19th century bandit who holed up in the zig-zag terrain with his stolen gold, but nowadays, the area is more popularly associated with the Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk battles a reptilian alien called a Gorn.

It’s just one of life’s little treats to venture into this majestic wilderness and encounter Star Trek reenactors, complete with costumes and communicators, scampering urgently over the rocks. And depending on the time of year, your chances are also pretty good of running into Jesus with his entourage of cranky Roman soldiers, rehearsing the annual Passion Play.

(I sense an opportunity for the mock crew of the Starship Enterprise to take a stand on Easter Sunday and rescue pretend Jesus from his grisly fate, but I guess that would violate the Prime Directive.)

Anyway, on our day out, there was no Captain Kirk, no Jesus, no Gorn — just regular ol’ nature lovers. And me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like nature fine. But if there’s a chance to enhance it — with a cocktail, say, in a “rustic luxury” spa at the end of a long hike, then that’s my preferred flavor of nature. No camping for this show poodle.

Sonoma Incense Pure

Another favored form of enhancement is to wear perfume during my outdoorsy doings. I try to pick something that works with the local vegetation, but won’t attract mountain lions. So far, my choices have been successful: L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant, Creed Angelique Encens, Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. (I’m qualifying “success” as smelling good while not being eaten by mountain lions.)

For Vasquez Rocks, I wore my latest fume purchase: Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure. I’d been following natural perfumer Laurie Erickson’s development of it on her blog, Perume in Progress, and with incense fragrances my specialist subject, I was keen to try her interpretation of this ancient blockbuster. She’d kindly offered to send me a sample first, but I was ready to plunge right in after reading Incense Pure’s ingredients:

Frankincense CO2, myrrh EO, cistus oil fraction, labdanum absolute, sandalwood, natural oakmoss absolute, aged Indian patchouli, cedar, ambergris, orris,  angelica root absolute, elemi oil, vanilla absolute.

That’s an all-star cast of characters as far as I’m concerned. So how did Incense Pure handle on the road?

Click here to continue reading and find out…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments are closed.