Following on from her previous experience of linking poetry with perfume, and inspired by the poem (below) that writer and fragrance critic Vicci Bentley dedicated to her, Angela has captured the moment of discovering Spring’s first snowdrops, traditionally known as ‘Flowers of Hope’.
A green floral fragrance, Breath of Hope opens with opens with a fresh and vibrant accord of lily of the valley and galbanum, whilst the heart combines frankincense and myrrh, which evoke ‘a cool and pensive calm’. The base consists of oakmoss and guaiac wood to recreate the earthy feel of a frosty February day.
Breath of Hope is a limited edition of only fifty bottles of 50ml eau de parfum at £95 each, and launches in store and online on 1st February, ‘this green-craving month’.
Breath of Hope
Pale rays barely melt hoary hedgerows, yet
this green-craving month has a new light. Here
in the churchyard, mothered by shushing yews,
February’s flowers. Amongst silent stones
flocked with lichen and lifelines, their brightness
transcends leafmould. Still, a perfumer must
kneel close to catch this fleeting formula.
There should be urgent, sappy galbanum
she notes. Myrrh’s cool stealth. Sweet, carnal lily
(youth’s shameless imperative) and the smooth,
final cradle of dark, resinous woods…
A keen, north-born gust leafs her pocket book;
reminder of ice, this not-yet-spring day.
She stiffens, craves a more forgiving drift
...a breath of hope? A swathe of white heads nod.
by Vicci Bentley