I acquired Garuda last week. Bought it blind, and y’all know how that can turn out (but that’s part of the fun, no?)
I went for it although Jul et Mad had never made anything that much appealed to me. Until now.
I have worn Garuda seven days in a row. It’s been ages since a new perfume made me do cartwheels. And it’s a timely reminder that there is still the possibility of new great fragrances being released, by a new wave of young perfumers such as in this case, Luca Maffei. I am very much looking forward to trying the other two in the just-released “New White” collection, Nea and Nin-Shar.
Anyway, I’m in love.
And what do many boys in love do when they’re first smitten hard? They write cheesy, awkward poetry to try & convey feeling they can’t quite get a grip on.
So please forgive me, gentle reader, for unleashing on you my very first – and likely the last – ode to a fragrance ; cheesy, awkward, and half-baked, but reasonably sincere.
It came in the post from a fair fragrance swap,
But this blind buy might fail, or so I thought.
The white box and bottle were thoughtfully made,
Rather less bling than J&M normally parade.
I admit I’ve not had the best run with this house
So I wasn’t expecting what was about to come out.
Instead of insipid, wan and flower-fruit bright,
This stuff was perfection, perfume dyn-O-mite!
We all know by now how ubiquitous the oud:
Sometimes it’s fake/lame, sometimes it’s quite good.
Here it’s presented with grace, depth and verve –
Oily smoke agar wood with a cashmeran curve.
But the star of the show is so much more than
This over-used accent that often smells bland.
The saffron… OH SAFFRON! You might hear me say
Is rendered with incense in a novel new way.
So good is this spice,
the finest I’ve smelled,
So much more rewarding than safraleine hell.
It’s accented by pepper in a most subtle fashion,
Finally, the rum, that sugared liquor,
Imbibing this juice with tremendous vigour.
What a balancing act to juggle such parts,
It so holds together when it should fall apart!
It develops in stages to bedazzle – delight,
Such complexity and balance just always feels right.
Garuda has power, refinement and light
It will keep you good company well into the night.
Luca Maffei is a young nose on the scene
He’s gonna kick butt if ya know what I mean.
By evoking the mystery of Cambodian temples,
He hit olfactory gold, so go grab a sample.