Parfum Du Jour | Mary Greenwell Plum Solid Parfum
I’ve been having a bit of a solid fragrance moment as of late – first Striptease Flowers by Le Soft Perfume* and now Mary Greenwell’s Plum. Until very recently I’d been playing mental ping pong debating whether to splurge on the fragrance or not – for £70 it’s definitely a splurge. But on one fateful day I checked my email inbox and was met with a £30 discount code from the team at My Salon Looks and it was only a matter of popping it into my shopping cart and the rest is sweet smelling history!
Mary Greenwell’s most recent fragrance Lemon already gets my approval, but it’s Plum that has my heart. In the words of Mary herself, Plum is “delicious, warm, cozy, fruity and sweet” and that’s the eau de parfum alone, but comparing it to Plum in solid form, the latter is warmer and the jasmine, rose, gardenia and sandalwood really shine through whereas with the eau de parfum you pick up the fresher notes of lemon, bergamot, plum and blackcurrant.
While Plum is absolutely exquisite alone, lately it’s been at the base of my olfactive exploration while I layer it with different fragrances. Pairing Plum with a gourmand results in something too sweet and oud or a mukhallat is far too overpowering. But Yves Saint Laurent’s Belle d’Opium creates a beautiful amalgamation of jasmine, incense, blackcurrant, rose, gardenia, tobacco, white pepper and sandalwood. It takes me back to Thursday nights in Cairo’s Khan Al Khalili market – spices and leather mix with the smell of hookah, a fruited flavoured tobacco. A lone ranger or otherwise, Plum is truly something special…