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Beauty Notes: Sharon Bolton Scents

Posted by Joy Rothke, Monday, May 19, 2008 11:49 PM (Eastern)

I encountered Sharon Bolton's scents a year or so ago, while perusing the Perfume of Life boards. I lurk there frequently but never say much. To be honest, I frequently don't know what the hell perfumistas are talking about. Maybe I'm a fragrance Philistine, but I tend towards the experiential with scent, rather than the abstract or intellectual. I approach perfume the same way I approach music or flowers or most any art form. It's how it makes me feel; whether it touches me.

My LP colleagues Dain and Colleen write eloquently about perfume history, chypres and aldehydes, Lutens and Malle. Confession: I have never sniffed a Malle or a Lutens, a CB I Hate Perfume or Andy Tauer. None of the niche darlings. Unless I spring for a decant or get a gift, I probably never will. Hanging around the perfume department of Barney's or Bergdorf's or--even worse--one of those tiny posh shops, fills me with dread.

I'm not stuck in a fragrance rut. Except for a few old favorites, especially my lovely Fracas, I've left mainstream perfumes. In the last few years, I've worn all sorts of musks, and even patchouli and a spicy, cinnamony scent called "Voodoo Love." But I always return to my true fragrance loves: big white florals like gardenia, jasmine and tuberose. I love their deep scent, their softness, their richness. I like the way they stay close to the body, and smell so rich and womanly. Soft and round--that's how the white florals smell to me. Many scents seem to disappear quickly on my skin, but Bolton's lingers.

Bolton lives and works in Santa Barbara, California, and her fragrances are influenced by that beautiful beach town. I've been using my sample of Luv for several months, and Sharon was kind enough to send me bottles of Truth and Soul to try. Luv remains my number one favorite, but I like Truth and Soul as well, and all three scents layer beautifully.

Coconut and papaya and musk and vanilla and citrus and white flowers make up the Bolton scents. There are only three:

Luv: Pink gardenia, lush Hawaiian white flowers, and a bit of creamy vanilla and white musk.
Soul: Papaya, pineapple, and creamy coconut with undertones of clean musk.
Truth: A clean citrus. Lemon-lime softened by florals and sheer musk.

They're sold in one form: perfume oils. ($42 for 1/8 oz.) Bolton's scents are also available in body lotions ($27), shower cream ($24) and natural soy and palm wax candles ($28).

You can order Sharon Bolton's products at her site.

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May 26, 2008 2:46 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

lololol! I'm afraid I don't fit in with the perfumistas, either. There was a brief period when Montale was the "it" brand, on another board, and I was interested in it at the same time--so for five minutes, I had something to talk about. But on that same board, hardly anyone mentions Montale anymore. I don't know if they all swapped their Montales...I bought some, it's a nice brand. It has a strong Middle Eastern vibe, which is nice in perfumery.

Thanks so much for posting about the Bolton line. I'm jealous of much of the American artisan movement is based in Southern Cal. We have TerraNova of Berkeley here...they make a Pikake scent I swatch every time I see it. It's pretty much pure pikake, maybe a little musk. It's been on my wish list for years. I'm slow to buy new scents.

Don't be afraid to bump up a new post to the date/time it's being published. :)


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