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Infusion (2003)
by Bombay Sapphire

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Infusion information

Year of Launch2003
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityDiscontinued / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

People and companies

HouseBombay Sapphire
PerfumerGeza Schoen

About Infusion

As far as we know, this was the first alcoholic drink / perfume crossover. Created using similar ingredients to Bombay Sapphire Gin, this scent was available exclusively at duty-free shops, and only available as a GWP.

Infusion fragrance notes

Reviews of Infusion

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world … Geza Schoen’s most highly praised fragrance on Basenotes comes by way of the Bombay Sapphire brand.

Noel Coward said that a perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waiving it in the general direction of Italy. Churchill maintained that the gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire. WC Fields professed his self-control by boasting that he never drank anything stronger than gin before breakfast.

Infusion will not make you smell, perhaps unlike the aforementioned gentlemen, like you are steeped to the tonsils in alcohol. It reputedly does contain the same ten botanicals used in the production of Bombay Sapphire gin, including real orris, but it manages to subtract the booziness. It begins with some crisp and very dry Fresca-like hesperidics, which quickly fade into a pure juniper-driven gin of razor clarity. Infusion is mostly linear in development, but the conversion from aromatic liquor to perfume does make one more mindful of the juniper’s subtle but supporting chorus, such as angelica, coriander, lemon peel, and licorice. Unlike others, I don’t specifically detect almond, but perhaps that joins the orris in contributing to a slight rounding of the edges. The quality of its ingredients is evident, as there are no obvious synthetic encroachments. Let me stress that this fragrance plays all its notes in the upper register; it is remarkably high-pitched throughout, making it particularly suitable for hot weather. Notwithstanding all the high notes and a slight but lasting effervescence, it is a somewhat rakish and plainly mature mélange.

It was the juniper note in the underrated Guerlain’s Coriolan -- and my constant look-out for higher pitched warm-weather fragrances that shun the hackneyed over-reliance on perky citrus -- that put me on the quest for juniper-prominent fragrances. Nothing quenched my thirst more than Infusion.

Cheers!

02nd May, 2017
Well, no one has reviewed this in 4 years, so I'm guessing it is getting harder to find. A shame really, because as the previous reviewer mentioned, it truly is a charming fragrance. I just picked up a 30ml of this EdT concentration (only size and strength available) and I'm glad I did. It's been on the list for a while.

Bright and zesty citrus notes on top (mainly lemon) that calm down pretty quickly, maybe about 15 minutes or so. Also in the mix, and definitely the main player, is a high quality gin scent. Of course, juniper berries star in the show, and get some support from the lingering citrus and light spice notes that add an earthy feel.

Info on this is sparse in mid-2016, but one reviewer (DULLAH) from 2009 listed notes that included coriander and grains of paradise. I cook with the former all the time and this does seem to have a coriander aspect. The latter I know only through Sam Summer (Samuel Adams beer) and Infusion shares an earthy aspect with Sam Summer.

For a booze brand that did a one-off limited release, they really nailed it. I'm honestly shocked by how nice it is. I haven't tried to much of Geza Schoen's other work, but I like what he's done here. I normally could take or leave fresh citrus fragrances, but this is really a stand out. Breezy, refreshing, uplifting, easy to wear, unlikely to offend. Fantastic summer fragrance, especially if there is a gin & tonic in your hand.

For an EdT, I suppose it could last a little longer, but such is the way with fresh/citrus scents. The boozy/gin facet really holds on for a good 5-6 hours on my skin, though.

I'm very pleased that I've found one for a reasonable price. Easy thumbs up for me.
04th August, 2016
This is a charming little scent. It was a marketing bonus, a lagniappe, when one bought a half-litre of Bombay Gin at duty-free. It has been discontinued but is quite available on ebay.
It has a light, breezy opening with pretty good lemon peel notes. There is a hint of almond flower, which goes well with the coriander. Essentially it smells like a good gin, with all of the nice aromatic notes but not any heavy boozy ones. The juniper is bright and invigorating. It could be even stronger but it is nice. The little blue bottle is pretty.
21st August, 2012
Bombay Sapphire's Infusion.............you are a beauty!

To me it paints a picture of a lite sparkling essence that bubbles upwards and is far from heavy.

The note I pick up on the most is JUNIPER berries(a big exlamation mark here)........

Unfortunately this sweet, but not too sweet, fragrance is gone after a couple of hours.

This may sound dumb but it sort of smells like the color of the Bombay Sapphire drink, a COOL blue and some green somewhere in there.

In closing: Go out and get yourself one of these bottles because I'm guessing they are not making it anymore. I even emailed the company and.............no reply!
10th September, 2011 (last edited: 24th April, 2015)
A pleasant gin-like scent. Not much in terms of development, but a refreshing option for juniper lovers.
02nd February, 2010
Make it 8 positive reviews!
Yes it does smell exactly like Bombay Sapphire Gin.
What a great idea for the summer, most refreshing.
Just hope you don't get pulled over by a cop :)
14th December, 2009 (last edited: 09th February, 2010)

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