Given its price, it's good that the partnership produced a thoroughly singular scent. IX opens smelling exactly like a Napa wine cellar on a rainy day: full of resinous, oaky must, then progressing quickly to a sage and bergamot botanical musk with a touch of rose inflected at the edges. The entire scent is pretty close to the skin, but the body and dry down particularly so, with loads of lavender and woody notes for a soft finish.
Wearing it really does feel like taking a winery tour on a March afternoon right before a rainstorm, which is a testament to SIP's ability to capture and relay scent memories. Next, I vote they re-create San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in a fragrance — I'd be on that one no matter the price.
Strange Invisible Perfumes (SIP) is a "company in love with flowers," and it's obvious. The natural approach to perfumery, using pure plants along with a narrative twist, is a little avant-garde and a whole lot luxurious. Even their unusual name comes from a quote in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra: "From the barge, a strange invisible perfume hits the sense of the adjacent wharfs."
On March 1, the small environmentally-friendly perfume house is set to release its "Florals for a New Era" collection, which showcases three traditional aromas: lily of the valley, rose, and gardenia ($175 to $210). But these aren't the drab scents of yesteryear. Find out what I thought about each one when you read more