Impromptu, the newest perfume by Roxana Villa of Roxana Illuminated Perfume, was born out of experiments with her perfume Chaparral, adding various other botanical accords, most importantly leather and a hint of smoke. The result is the limited edition Impromptu, a perfume without formula that smells nothing like an experiment- in fact, Impromptu smells captivating and expensive, and has an elegance that surpasses whatever idea you may have about "botanical perfumes".
Impromptu opens up thick with herbs and woods, dark evergreens and crunchy twigs. Soon after the fragrance becomes thicker and more abstract, leathery, sweet, and incredibly sensual. There's something in the way Roxana's familiar accords develop on skin and make it one with the image and atmosphere of the fragrance. It's not Impromptu that melts into me-- it is me who become Impromptu.
The image (above) created by Roxana Villa's husband, Greg Spalenka, is wonderfully fitting the fragrance. Impromptu is a balsamic fount of pleasure, with a hint of green and a nod to lovers of vintage leather perfumes. Impromptu is very concentrated and has great longevity as well as a reasonably noticeable sillage. I wish it came in bigger bottles, because I know that when I get one (very soon) I'll go through it with vigor.
Notes: woody notes, herbal notes, camphor, geranium, leather, tarragon, basil, clary sage, mimosa, Chinese tea, honey.
Roxana Illuminated Perfume- Impromptu ($45, 3.75 ml) is available from the perfumer's Etsy store. A sample was sent for my consideration by the perfumer.