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Big Country


07th January, 2000

This fragrance is inspired by my experience growing up in West-Central Texas, at the center of an area nestled between the rolling green Hill Country to the southeast, the once oil-rich Permian Basin to the west, and the high plains of the Llano Estacado to the north. This region is sometimes referred to colloquially as “the Big Country.”

At a glance, the Big Country is not a lovely or exotic place. It is a place of simplicity and ruggedness, of cattle ranching and sporadic petroleum drilling, and as a result of the virtually flat topography, it imparts a sense of limitless space. I often recall long drives through this unending landscape, sweating in the dry heat, gazing into a huge swath of azure at the occasional oil derrick or grain silo or spindly mesquite tree floating past the window. That vastness in particular is what I have always found so striking and, indeed, beautiful about it.

What I envision is a fragrance that expresses the geographic austerity of traveling a Big Country highway, stretching as far as the eye can see, from day into night.

I imagine notes of dry, sweet prairie grass and petrol – not the vaguely narcotic toxicity of a fuel pump, but rather a faint trail of quickly evaporating kerosene, akin to the petrol note in some aged Rieslings; the sharp spiciness of freshly cut mesquite logs and dry bay leaves; and finally a dusty, smoky accord that suggests the wood being lit at a distant campfire (or perhaps more authentically, a distant barbecue).

More important than any of the individual notes I am imagining, however, is that the signature characteristic of the fragrance is a sense of airiness, both light and dark, as if each element arrives and departs courtesy of a constant, indifferent breeze.

It may seem rather masculine in spirit, but I intend “Big Country” to be worn by both genders. Ideally, this fragrance would stand apart from anything remotely formal, sophisticated, or sexy, as well as from ‘exotic’ or ‘wild’ scents inspired by deserts or jungles. Instead, I would want the fragrance to create an impression of tranquility and expansiveness, at once unfussy and authentic

Submitted by kb2003

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      • Asha | 10th January 2010 23:04

        I think the gasoline note could work if leathery notes such as birch tar and castoreum are used. Shalimar extrait has this quality, and it is quite stunning in. I'd be less inclined to wear this fragrance if the accord was truly evocative of gasoline, however. I really like the idea of dry prairie grasses--could be vegetal and dusty smelling, with hints of "cereal", which is appealing.

      • The_Dallas_Dean | 23rd January 2010 17:24

        I would purchase this based on the description of what kb2003 has envisioned.

      • Redneck Perfumisto | 24th January 2010 06:17

        Yes - I think this is an interesting one, too. A very appealing olfactory image, and with personal meaning in my case as well. I would be quite happy if this one were chosen, too. The petroleum note does appeal to me in the same way as the rubber note in Bulgari Black. It could be used to good effect.