Some people ride in taxis, some people drive, some people take the metro, some people bike and some people walk. Sorry if I'm leaving anyone out (some people Segway?) The point is this: all day long, in the hot summer sun, people are moving, often in cramped environments where heat is more concentrated, and as a result, people get sweaty. Sweat is a normal part of humanity, something some people mind and some people prefer. If you fall into the second group, see Al Oudh. Alternatively, if you fall into the first group, the group of people interested in smelling clean rather than pungent, the group at which this blog post is focussed, we offer you citrus.
Citrus smells clean, citrus smells fresh, and humans have known this for a very long time. Elizabethan herbalist John Gerard used lemon to apply a clean fragrance to his clothes in the 16th century. in the 1700s, citrus-based cologne was created in Germany taking inspiration from the freshness of "Italian spring mornings." Today, citrus notes make-up one of the all-star scent families used in perfume (and household cleaning products), attracting in particular the nose of the American consumer who doesn't want to smell things that smell too strongly one way or the other.
Here in BBA, we hate boring perfume. We don't want you to smell just like every other guy or gal on the street. That said, we also understand the value of a fragrance that's clean, fresh, and simple enough to give the impression of "just showered" or "just rolled around in the grass on an Italian spring morning." We want to give something invigorating to put a kick in your step, a smile on your face, and confidence that you've got your shit together, and our arsenal of citrus scents, in our findings, does the trick just right.
So the next time you're outside in the sun waiting to meet your date, and you smell garlic even though you're at a sushi restaurant, heed your body's warning and swing by Blackbird Apothecary. We've got the goods to get you clean, and our good friend citrus is on the job.
Malin + Goetz
Bergamot Body Wash
Notes: yuzu, grapefruit, lemon, lime, green mandarin, orange, tamarind, caraway, thyme, mint, cedar
L'Eau de Jatamansi
Notes: Jatamansi, rose, ylang-ylang, indian papyrus, guaiac wood, Australian sandalwood, grapefruit, cardamom, bergamot, sage, Turkish rose, incense, tea, spices, patchouli, iced tea accord, chamomile
Notes: natural lemon peel oil, mandarin, basil, cypress, light florals, soft vanilla musk