Monday 22 August 2022

BOHEMIAN LIME by Goldfield & Banks

Goldfield & Banks Bohemian Lime Perfume Bottle
Summer is the season when people are generally encouraged to switch up their fragrance wardrobes and reach for the effervescent citruses over the more resinous perfumes. Now, I’ve never really believed that scent has a season, it’s the same argument as scent having a gender, and so I’ve always gravitated towards citruses throughout the whole year. There’s nothing nicer than a crisp fragrance on a cold winter’s day, and to find a new citrus that can straddle summer, autumn, winter and spring is always a treat. So, grab your passport because we’re bound for Australia to discover Bohemian Lime from Goldfield & Banks.

Australia isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think about countries that produce perfume, but it’s actually home to a growing number of independent brands. You’ve got the big hitters like Glasshouse Fragrances and A─ôsop along with the smaller niche outfits such as Gracious Minds and Perdrisat, but the list certainly doesn’t stop there. You may wonder why a location is so important? Well it’s the inspirations that a place conjures that can shape fragrances. I’m not sure about you, but Australia is pretty different to South East England, even if we are currently enjoying a heat wave!

Goldfield & Banks was founded in 2016 by Dimitri Weber after he had fallen in love with Australia, which he now calls home. He was fascinated by the country, by its flora and fauna, and decided that it should be celebrated. In the same way that France has been used as the inspiration for fragrances for centuries, he felt it was time to do the same for Australia. His travels around the country saw him introduced to the native plants and trees that grew there, and so he set about enlisting help to bring a celebration of the country to a wider audience.

Goldfield & Banks Bohemian Lime Perfume Box
The Goldfield & Banks collection now numbers eleven, including two from the new Botanical Series, but I’m going back to 2020 to discover the fragrance that was launched in the middle of a pandemic, and which allowed us all some scented travel when it wasn’t physically possible. The perfume is inspired by Byron Bay, Australia’s popular tourist destination and what Dimitri describes as the country’s “premier free-spirited tropical enclave”. Created by perfumer Carine Certain Boin, it spotlights the Australian finger lime while promising cascading waterfalls. So, are you ready to discover the excitement of Bohemian Lime?

The fragrance opens with the promised citrus hit, but the lime feels as if it’s riding proudly above a slightly sweeter orange and grapefruit blend. However, the appearance of the coriander and a whisper of campherous lavender adds an aromatic edge to the mouthwatering opening. There’s an aquatic quality next that conjures humidity rather than water, and a touch of pepper adds an exciting bite to the ongoing citrus. As the fragrance continues to develop, you smell earthy vetiver alongside a smooth amber accord, before the final pairing of an elegantly dry cedarwood and a hay-like tonka bean appears. Citruses may traditionally be thought of as summer fancies, but Bohemian Lime is also destined to be an autumn delight.

Bohemian Lime is available from the Goldfield & Banks website at goldfieldandbanks.com, as well as Floralia Perfume Boutique in the UK, priced at £135 for 100ml and £95 for 50ml. [Sample provided by Phoenix Beauty]

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