The bottles are ugly IMO.
California-based Juniper Ridge is a new brand for me, with three interesting unisex fragrances on the marked, possibly launched last year.
From their Mission Statement:
"We bring the mountains into your home and make real fragrances that evoke the places we love - the High Sierra, Cascades, Big Sur and so on as long as we are around and there is new country to explore. Real fragrance, the kind that comes from wild harvested plants and trees, rearranges your insides and takes you away to the quietness of wilderness - clearing a trail in the mountains above Big Sur, a campfire in the Mojave desert, hiking in the Cascades in the late Fall with the smell of winter right around the corner."
Wild Plum Campground Backpacker’s Cologne. Notes: Northern Sierra Nevada natural fragrance
Caruthers Canyon Backpacker’s Cologne. Notes: Desert Cedar natural fragrance
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne. Notes: Northwest conifer natural fragrance
A review from Indieperfumes.blogspot.no
"The Wild Plum Campground Backpacker’s Cologne smells like you have been soaking yourself in a bath of strong tea infused with the sap of evergreens dissolved in cedar water, bark, mulch and earth. Wild Plum Campground was created in the Yuba River region. It has a strong undertow of raw wildness and darkness. There’s also a lively sense of evergreen and a clear hit of terpenes but also a mysterious and powerful hit of thick tree pitch and sap that holds a hint of natural sugar."
The bottles are ugly IMO.
Yeah, a sprayer would be nice. Looks more like a bottle of medicine. Anyone smell this yet?
I think they are excellent. The concept is to recreate a sense of place from where the materials were harvested, and they do an excellent job of this. If you don't go into it with the expectation of a designer-style fragrance, I think there is a lot to like. I think of them more like traditional splash-on eau de colognes--something you might put on at night to feel reinvigorated before bed. They are surprisingly complex given the simplicity of the concept. I bought the Carruthers Canyon and am planning to pick up the Siskiyou as well. The former opens with a very bright juniper berry type note and resolves into a bright (almost citrusy) wood.
The Big Sur Trail Crew Soap is also like shower crack.
I find it especially refreshing in an environment where fragrance companies hit you so hard with their over-the-top concepts (relative esp. to what's in the bottle) and ridiculous fabricated histories--and then these guys come along and say, we chopped some shit down and stepped on it and stuffed it in a still, and here it is! There is a great DIY ethos behind it that is followed through with a superb execution. I am a fan.
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Hello, my name is starshipvelcro and I'm a Juniper Ridge addict.
So far their Trail Crew soaps have been the stand out to me...I own 4 of them. DO NOT REMIND ME HOW MUCH I SPENT ON SOAP...but just try one and you'll see.
I also own Wild Plum Campground and Caruthers Canyon, these are also impressive. Don't go into them thinking you're getting a masterfully composed fragrance. These let nature speak for itself, just visit their website where they are not shy about their process. They both go on a bit sharp, but really capture the idea of being in the forest/wilderness.
I think these appeal to me so much because of how I was raised...scouting, camping trips, family vacations...they bring back memories.
Did I mention the soap is fantastic?
The soap is fantastic.
I haven't tried them but have heard great things about them. The bottles don't bother me at all. I agree they do have a nice modern yet rustic charm - look like old liquor bottles actually.
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I have worn Plum Campground and I really enjoy it. Its rustic and quite beautiful in its "greeness". Slumberhouse may have a bit of competition here.
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I'd like to know the details about why the soap is fantastic. And about why the perfume is fantastic, especially the Plum Campground.
The soap is fantastic because it's intense, outdoorsy, and invigorating. I want to keep smelling like it even after it's washed off.
I totally love this concept! Wish I could experience them, but then again just like with Slumberhouse, they are exclusive to the US...
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Wearing Plum Campground now. Initial whiff a bit sharp and raw... let's see how it dries down.
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I bought the cologne. It's a tiny bottle, but very nice: would fit in your pocket. The perfume in very good, coniferous and natural.
Well I'm a sucker for a good-smelling soap so I ordered the Siskiyou cedar one. It's very good indeed, green and woody, very sniffable, and it generates a good lather easily. I'll be getting more from this line.
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After smelling the soap I got the Siskiyou cologne. These aren't in the directory yet (although they are over on Fragrantica), so I'm putting my review here for now. Based on 2 full wearings:
The short ingredients list reads 'ORGANIC SUGAR CANE ALCOHOL; 100% NATURAL FRAGRANCE: TREE PITCH, PLANT SAP/JUICE, STEAM-DISTILLED ESSENTIAL OILS.'
It does smell very natural, just like the sap from a freshly-cut conifer. You get an intense bright green smell at first, soon morphing into a solid deep woody bass. Its single-minded woodiness reminds me of Luten's Chene, but this is simpler and drier; perhaps the most realistic woody scent you will find: you might easily fool others that you've been chopping logs. In fact it reminds me of how I smell after trimming a conifer hedge, which is the closest I get to forestry operations. Sillage is very strong for the first hour or so, then it calms down. Given this volatility and the 'all natural' tag, I expected longevity to be on the low side, but it's no slouch, still going strong after 10 hours (based on approx 0.5ml). Anyone who has ever got pine resin on skin or clothes knows how tenacious it is. Unlike that, however, this juice does not irritate my skin.
A note about the bottle: it is small, unboxed and has no atomiser. It is, however, easily pourable from the bottle, either into the diminutive cap for 'splashing', or into a pocket atomiser. Caution: some might find it too literal an interpretation of pine - and do not expect Guerlain levels of complexity. A must-try for lovers of pine scents.
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Ordered 3 samples from Surrender to Chance. I look forward to their outdoorsy take on personal scents!
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PS: I find the bottle to be an unimaginative take on the whole "apothecary jar" and/or "homemade recycled" tropes. Better examples can be found on etsy.
The cheap--and very modern--looking cap spoils the "old bottle" feel, and the typography is ... yawn. An imaginative graphic designer could create something fresh, and still preserve the rustic, home brewed feel.
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PPS: Just looked at their website. Love the charming logo, as well as the labels on the Cabin Spray.
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I have sampled Caruther's Canyon and Siskiyou and like the latter quite a bit. Caruther's Canyon, while it does smell great, has the poorest longevity I have ever experienced with a fragrance. I also have the Big Sur Trail Soap and man does it smell different. I don't really know if that is good or bad yet, just different. The jury is still out.
Go big, I say.
These have been repackaged now with cool wooden tops and the perfumes are in really nice little bottles now. Caruther's Canyon has been re-named Mojave. I've become a big fan of this company in the past couple of years. My three favorites are Mojave, Siskiyou, and Big Sur. I have no problems with longevity with them if I put them on my chest. They're not projection monsters, but they work well with my skin and I find that they last on clothes. I don't think their perfumes are taken seriously enough on here, probably because their marketing initially made them look like they were just sort of randomly throwing things together, which is far from the truth. The "crew soaps" and incense are also very nice, as is the beard oil. I'm also a fan of the fir tip tea they sell. Cool company all around.