I’ll allow myself to be honest here and admit that niche and indie fragrance brands intimidate me a little bit. They remind me of those high concept art pieces at an art gallery that make you feel like a complete idiot for not understanding their deeper meaning. Niche perfume scene is known for creating scents inspired by a single moment, a memory, a place, or an emotion, and unless you can feel that connection the whole bouquet turns into a pedestrian “yeah I like it” or “bleh, too fruity”. Today I want to introduce you to my newest indie discovery – LURK Fragrances. I was offered three scents to try, and ended up selecting LURK BS 003 Perfume Oil [$55 for 0.125 oz, available here].
LURK fragrances are made with premium quality absolutes, 100% pure essential oils, resins, and extracts infused in certified organic jojoba carrier oil and organic alcohol. Each bottle is hand poured and blended by perfumer and founder of LURK Anne Nelson. The company takes pride in their natural formulations that adhere to the most stringent standards for perfume quality and purity.
I was in the mood for something warm and casual, so when asked which fragrance I’d like to try my finger somehow pointed at LURK BS 003 Perfume Oil. Described as a woodsy citrus, this unisex scent turned out to be even better than I imagined.
“Dry woods mix with crisp citrus notes and sweet Bergamot to produce this effervescent yet balanced fragrance.”
My fragrance arrived in a small giftable muslin bag printed with the brand’s logo. The bottle itself is made of glass and adorned with a round golden screw-on cap. Unlike most perfume oils that normally come with roll-on applicators, my bottle had a small hole opening under the cap, so the oil needs to be shaken out.
The scent is quite simple, but the notes are blended masterfully to create the perfect balance and the illusion of something more complex. This blend of dry woods, crisp citrus, and bitter bergamot can be worn by both men and women, day or night. Like a classic cashmere sweater, it’s the kind of scent that is both luxurious and unobtrusive. It doesn’t have a lot of sillage and is best smelled at close distance, which makes this a great choice for work environment. However, the real reason why a lot of people choose natural perfume oils is the longevity. On my skin LURK BS 003 Perfume Oil lasted from shower to shower, and the scent didn’t become duller or weaker.
You can buy LURK BS 003 Perfume Oil at LURK.
Have you tried natural perfume oils before? Let me know in the comments below!
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