Oliver & Co. Resina – Bálsamo hipnótico

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Entiendo los perfumes de Oliver Valverde no como meras fragancias sino también como creadores o potenciadores de estados de ánimo y clima. El joven nariz español ha ganado mi respeto con sus creaciones de autor, que resultan tan originales como fáciles de llevar.

Resina es ambarado y balsámico, pero no denso. La salida se siente tan picante que la nariz puede arder si se inhala desde muy cerca: nuez moscada, anís estrellado jengibre  parecen envueltas en una cáscara gomosa, con reminiscencias de látex. Luego de unos pocos minutos los bordes filosos se suavizan, la mezcla se dulcifica y adquiere matices otoñales que me recuerdan un poco al extraordinario Vetiverus de Oliver & Co.. Extrañamente hipnótica, la frialdad plateada del incienso pinta trazos contrastantes sobre un fondo cálido y mullido de bálsamo de Tolu, benjuí y opopanax. Acogedor, envolvente y aun así liviano, Resina tiene una persistencia notable.

A pesar de haberlo probado en varias ocasiones, no me he formado una opinión cabal del elusivo Resina –es posible que prefiera al más terso Vetiverus– pero esconde algo atractivo, algo que me hace oler las muñecas una y  otra vez, y otra vez más. Horas más tarde, a lo largo del día, sigo detectando un olorcillo especiado y carnal que parece jugar a las escondidas.

Puede que no sea tan necesario definir mi opinión sobre Resina después de todo. Su aura de misterio y su condición esquiva constituyen la fascinación más grande.

Caro

Origen de la muestra: Muestra gentileza de Oliver & Co.

foto: Oliverandco.es

foto: Oliverandco.es

Oliver & Co. Resina – Hypnotic balsam

I understand Oliver Valverde‘s fragrances not as mere perfumes but also as mood and atmosphere creators or enhancers. The young Spanish nose has earned my respect with his auteur creations, which are as original as they are wearable.

Resina is ambery and balsamic but not dense. The opening feels so spicy that nostrils may burn if inhaled from too short a distance: nutmeg, star anise and ginger seem enveloped in a rubbery wrapping, reminiscent of latex. After a few minutes, the sharp edges become smoother,the blend turns sweeter and acquires autumnal hues that remind me of Oliver & Co.‘s extraordinary Vetiverus. Strangely hypnotic, the silvery coldness of frankincense paints contrasting brushstrokes on a warm, plush background of tolu, benzoin and opopanax. Cozy, cocooning but still lightweight has outstanding tenacity.

Despite having road-tested it several times, I have not fully made up my mind about the elusive Resina –I might prefer the smoother Vetiverus– but there’s something compelling about it, something that makes me smell my wrists again and again and yet again. Hours later, into the day, I keep catching these mysterious whiffs, spicy and carnal at a time, that seem to play hide and seek. There might be no need to make my mind about Resina after all. Its aura of mystery and its evasive condition constitute its greater fascination.

Caro

Origin of sample: Sample courtesy of Oliver & Co.

foto: Meridianbotanicals.com

foto: Meridianbotanicals.com

2 responses to “Oliver & Co. Resina – Bálsamo hipnótico

  1. Comparison to latex scared me. I haven’t tried an of Olivier & Co. scents yet but maybe I will one day

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    • My favorite is still Vetiverus and I would love to try Dunard (I don’t know if it’s still in production, but it sounds like my cup of tea)
      The rubbery aspect is my least favorite part of Resina, but I still enjoy the fragrance very much. Oliver’s La Colonia, for instance, has a metallic quality to it that I find pleasant, even though I don’t like a lot of metal in my fragrances.
      His sampling kit used to be generously sized. I hope you can get to try it.

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