Thorn & Bloom Citrine

Originally published on 8 February, 2017

Thorn & Bloom Citrine by Jennifer Botto (2016)

“I love witnessing the revitalization of all things craft and artisan in recent American history. It’s so exciting to be a part of a movement that values innovation, craftsmanship, slow-work and local production. For me, it represents a deep longing for historical and cultural connection for which many Americans yearn and a backlash against the current climate of instant gratification, rampant consumerism and frenetic growth” – Jennifer Botto, Perfumer and Owner Thorn & Bloom Perfume, Cafleurebon Profiles In Perfumery.

It has been a busy few years for Jennifer Botto of Boston’s Thorn & Bloom Perfume, and in the same manner that the Slow Food Movement came from Italy to introduce Farm-to Table gastronomy to the USA, so has Jennifer’s beautiful perfumes done for the world of natural perfumes. In this rush-rush world of NOW, pausing and taking time to create products with intention often results in ample awards. For Jennifer this has delightfully and deservedly manifested as a finalist nomination for the Art & Olfaction Award/Artisan Category 2016 for her Bird Of Paradise Perfume, and a whopping 13 bronze, silver, and gold awards at the Artisan Fragrance Awards in 2015, for Bird Of Paradise edp, Wild Rose edp, and Stranger In The Cherry Grove edp.

But wait. There’s more. Our very own Cafleurebon named Thorn & Blooms’ Savage Garden edp as one of the top fragrances of 2015, and AGAIN in 2016 for Limestone edp.

Jennifer debuted Citrine, an absolutely glorious citrus-centric edp in the late summer of 2016, and it’s an absolute “pip”! (Citrus pun intended).

The notes are:
Top: Clementine, Mandarin, Lemon and Honey
Middle: Neroli, Champaca, and Rose
Base: Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Copaiba Balsam

Citrine edp. Is aptly described as “sunshine in a bottle”, and quite honestly this might just be one of the happiest perfumes I’ve ever tried. It made me grin like crazy. Named after citrine, the many shades of yellow-end-of-the-spectrum gemstone member of the quartz family, this perfume sparkles, glimmers, and refracts light as sumptuously as a perfectly cut beautiful faceted citrine stone surrounded by diamonds.

Citrine edp opens with a huge blast of juicy citrus, the effect is one of peeling a sweet honeybell orange; the smell of the juice on your fingers as you remove the rind, the slight bitter-ish hint of pith, then that moment when you pop a slice into your mouth, and your taste buds explode with sweet honied goodness and you think, “This is what summer tastes like…”

This is a perfect winter pick-me-up perfume, luscious and velvety with a hit of warmth from the sandalwood, frankincense, balsam. I could wear this all winter long. I love wearing Frederic Malle’s Cologne Indélèbile in the summer, it’s just so refreshing, bubbly and bright. Citrine edp is the winter version of that to me., less bracing and sweeter. Fantastic! I only have 2 regrets about Citrine edp, A.) I blew through my generous sample in one day and B.) it only comes in a 15 ml. travel size. I suspect I’ll end up purchasing a few….

Jennifer’s perfumes are 100% botanical fragrances that use the finest natural aromatics. Her fragrances are comprised of Essential Oils, Absolutes, Concretes, CO2 and SCO2 Extracts, Organic Extracts and Natural Isolates in a base of USDA certified organic grape alcohol. She uses organic and wild harvested aromatics whenever possible, without synthetic aromachems, preservatives, phthalates, GMOs or animal byproducts. Her ingredients come from only the best perfumery supply houses with a strict policy of purchasing exclusively ethically harvested materials.

-Robert Herrmann, Contributor

Disclosure: Many thanks to Jennifer Botto for supplying the sample, and the opinions are my own.

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