Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Beautiful Fragrances Abound at LURK NYC

Many months back you may recall that I fell head over heels for a skin care brand carried at Anthropologie called Grown Under Glass. I reviewed both their Antioxidant Treatment Stick and Multipurpose Balms and was struck both by the visual beauty of the products and their delectable fragrance. Not long ago the creators of this line, Kristi Head and Anne Sanford, contacted me about a more permanent project that they describe as "possibly a vocation, definitely a declaration, sometimes a diversion and always an amusement."

Head and Sanford produce beautiful, natural fragrances under the moniker LURK that they generously invited me to try. I am as blown away at the simple complexity of LURK's natural fragrances as I was when I first discovered Anthopologie's ephemeral range of Grown Under Glass products.

The fragrance samples are presented beautifully on a yellow card nestled within a warm grey envelope. This attention to detail was evident in the packaging used to house Grown Under Glass and is obviously also present in LURK's design (a testament to Kristi Head's background in packaging design). Those who adore simple, elegant packaging will appreciate the shape of the full sized bottles of LURK perfume that retail for USD $50 for 1/8 oz of perfume oil.

The fragrances included in the flight (so to speak) are as follows:

TBP V1: Characterized as a combination of "sultry florals [that] blend seamlessly into a base of resinous black pepper. An antidote for the fragrance jaded" LURK's description of TBPV1 is unsurprisingly spot-on. More than being just an antidote for those jaded by typical fragrances, this perfume is the perfect marriage between floral and woodsy notes. The lighter element of the perfume blends with the pepper to create an almost mossy, early spring perfume that wears beautifully and refreshes the senses.

RSW 005: LURK paints a picture of this fragrance as follows: "warm sandalwood and earthy rose produce this androgynous scent. Smooth with a crisp citrus finish. An essential scent to slake even the most parched perfume palette." Lovers of rosewater will gravitate toward this year round delight. RSW 005 is airy and calming opening with pure rose and mellowing into a soft woodsy fragrance that envelops you like your favorite blanket. RSW 005 is undoubtedly my favorite of the bunch and leaves me with a feeling of elation when I apply it.

BS 003: This perfume is described as a combination of: "Dry woods [that] mix with crisp citrus notes and sweet bergamot to produce this effervescent yet balanced fragrance." I'm no perfumer, but I wouldn't have thought to pair a woodsy scent with with illuminating citrus notes. That said, this fragrance wears exactly like my favorite kind of Earl Grey tea, bright yet deep and complex. BS 003 is my new autumn must have.

  AS 01: LURK describes the next scent as follows: "Notes of cedarwood, tuberose and sweet rose come together with a hint of spice to produce this slightly viscous yet subtle scent." Subtle yet slightly viscous is the perfect way to convey the fragrance of this masterpiece of understatement. On me, AS 01 is the least fragrant yet it lasts quite a long time and wears down to the perfumed equivalent of a warm glow at the end of the day.

PRJ V1: The final fragrance in the flight is composed of "expansive layers of jasmine and rose [that] intertwine with fresh petitgrain. Raw, unrefined, possibly debaucherous definitely pleasing." PRJ V1 is the most androgynous perfume I've smelled featuring jasmine. It is indeed "raw" and has all the power of the blooming plants of my home state, Florida, on a humid spring day.

"LURK Perfume Oils are conceived and created in SOHO [NYC]. Each scent is hand blended and poured using pure essentials in a base of organic jojoba. LURK Perfume Oils transcend gender, age, race, attitude and affliction."

If you've read my blog for some time you may notice that I tend to cycle through various stages of something and end by appreciating very unique or unusual incarnations of that item. For me, at this very moment that item is fragrance. Though I adore readily available perfumes, there is truly nothing more rewarding than discovering a unique fragrance that is as hard to find as it is beautiful. I truly feel that way about LURK's Perfume Oils and look forward to watching this brand develop and grow as their perfumes do when applied to the skin.

Have you ever discovered a hard to find perfume gem? What is your favorite lesser known fragrance?

*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.