Ombre Indigo is a very fitting name for this latest introduction by Olfactive Studio. In my opinion, their line tends to invoke very extreme reactions from me, I either really like their scents or I don't enjoy them at all. Ombre Indigo was unusual in the sense that it left me in a sort of limbo in the beginning and played with my indecision a bit. I was forced to study it and eventually question and come to terms with my preference for the color. In a sense, it indeed fits the definition of a meditative scent.
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The scent continues on its journey, and I get frankincense, which is a favorite of mine. I love how it translates as incense when mixed with this particular tuberose. It's not sweet per se, but gives the impression of being sweet. The leather and ink fades but the paper quality still holds, turning it into a weathered parchment. There is barely a tickle of saffron which adds the slight gilded edge but never becomes obvious. I have a bottle of benzoin, so I recognize its sandy vanillic resinous sweetness, but it's only to serve as a decorative element to enhance the base of vaguely animalic yet dry musk in the bottom notes. This base serves both as a boost for the spices and sensory contradiction for the papyrus. The whole composition is a study in contrasts, an inky blue cold shadow with an unlikely
golden aura. In the end, you are left with the lingering image of desert cold.....all the heat of the day has dissipated, but the cool evening allows for your focus to shift from the dust of the day to the other hidden scents of the surrounding environment. The professionals have left the club and are regrouping at the edge of the desert, where the sand leads to an impermeable darkness and the ambiguous nature of night.
I wrote off this scent in the beginning but after one day, I started thinking about it again and couldn't really get it off my mind. It was both disturbing and intriguing. I tried it again. And again. And with each wearing I found something new to be examined and appreciated. It's the person that you would usually stay away from but their mystery and aloof manner holds an undeniable pull and sensuality that simultaneously repels and attracts. And isn't that what keeps us all interested on some primal level?