"Pine pitch, cedar boughs, glacier-fed rivers, sun-washed boulders, a cozy cabin in the Sierra Nevada with the smell of winter right around the corner. Big Sur in a 1 ounce bottle. Fragrance distilled from plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and other things found hiking the Big Sur backcountry. Crafted in small batches using steam-distillation, enfleurage, tincture, and infusion." from the Juniper Ridge website.
This is a dry, powerful, very natural scent. The Backpacker's line overall is in the style of Slumberhouse or O'Driu.
Big Sur has three phases.
1. The camphor or eucalyptus is fantastic. Very cool, bracing, and uplifting in mood. Might be some conifers here as well.
2. Green - herbal, emphasis on bay leaf. Very powerful. Here, there is a close resemblance to Romeo Gigli's Sud Est, CdG's Laurel, or Profumum's Victrix.
3. Settles into a smoky, shrub-like scent. Very interesting, suitable for Coneheads. Garrigue style overall.
The bay leaf is powerful, and might not be to everyone's taste. I like it.
Can't wait to try this, thanks for the heads up! I love bay leaf and am always on the lookout for good settings.