Because we don’t have a vast bank of smell descriptors to dip into when describing scent, we often borrow from other sensory realms in a way similar to synaesthesia. That’s when you perceive with one sense but interpret it through another. For instance, experiencing colours when you hear music.
In its rendering of a tulip, Amsterdam has a play between modalities. Perfumer Giorgia Navarra exercises some serious perfumery sleight of hand using saffron and a mix of pink and Szechuan peppers to create the impression of a rich, dark red colour and a healthy shot of aldehydes for waxy petals.
Like a lot of flowers, it’s impossible to extract fragrant essences from tulips, so whenever you see them referenced in a list of notes, they’re always a recreation. However, we love Amsterdam for not just recreating a smell, but also its deep delve into texture and colour.
- Elemi, Szechuan Pepper, Saffron,Pink Pepper
- Rose, Tulip
- Cedar, Musk, Amber
Perfumer: Giorgia Navarra, 2017.
Volume: 10ml eau de parfum.
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Farnesol, Eugenol, Coumarin
Manufactured in the United Kingdom