Don't believe Christopher Brosius of CB I Hate Perfume when he says his I Am A Dandelion fragrance is nothing but
"... the simple scent of a Dandelion newly picked from the lawn"It is a dandelion, it was picked from the lawn, but it's not that simple.
I Am A Dandelion opens with a sharp green note and a grassy accord familiar to fans of CB I Hate Perfumes.It's also sweet- just a little in the opening notes and more so after about 20 minutes, when the real Dandelion shows up.
This perfume absolute is very floral, in the best possible way. I admit I don't stop to smell the dandelions that pop on my lawn, but I like looking at them. I assume they smell like a gentle, less bitter version of marigolds, and that's what I get from Brosius' creation. It's leafy, soft and has a petal-like sweetness that warms on the skin and opens up. It's a cliche, and one I probably used here before, but I Am A Dandelion really smells like a summer day. It also has a bit of the feel of sticky little hands that pick a wet bunch of dandelions and other humble flowers that grow in the yard and bring them home proudly to be put in a little jar in the kitchen.
The reason I adore Dandelion is the way it melts into the skin and melds with it. It brings me back to that back yard on a long forgotten summer day makes me part of that summer day with absolutely no care in the world. There are not that many perfumes and perfumers who can take me there.
I Am A Dandelion ($70, 15ml perfume absolute) is available from CB I Hate Perfume Brooklyn gallery and online, cbiahteperfume.com.
Art by Andy Galsworthy and Craig Stephens.