What initially attracted me to this perfume was it's name. To me, The Smell of Freedom conjures up images of pastural backdrops accompanied by the scorching rays of sun; of long stretches of sand and the gentle lapping of the sea against the beach; of the wind ruffling your hair as you ride the waves. It's a strong sounding name, and one that has a lot to live up to.
First launched in 2010, this perfume is made up different notes, including lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh and orris root; a rather large assortment of unique but complimentary smells.
The lemongrass and lemon myrtle give this fragrance it's gently zestiness, which nestles in amongst the more earthy ingredients so it doesn't dominate this scent. The fire tree adds both a herbal and woody scent, whilst the Oudh heart compliments this with it's powdery fragrance. The addition of ginger, clove and black pepper add a spicy kick to the overall smell, which presents itself more when it's maturing on your skin. The first few times I wore this perfume, I was unable to detect the peppery layer, which was a little disappointing. However, once I had become accustomed to the fragrance, I found it a lot easier to recognise the subtle spice that intertwined itself with the other smells.
When The Smell Of Freedom is first sprayed on your skin, you get a zingy burst from the citrus ingredients. However, this quickly settles and allows for a more earthy scent to come through. This perfume reminds me very slightly of Tramp Shower Gel if it was to be mixed with Aura Suavis Shower Gel.
What I like about the scent is that it's perfectly balanced, meaning it isn't too weak or strong when in use. Any stronger and it would be too overpowering to the wearer, any weaker and you would lose the subtleness of each ingredient. This perfume lasts quite a while on the skin; I could still smell it five hours after I had initially applied it.
The Smell of Freedom is definitely one to try if you like the earthy scents. However, it's not one that made a great impression on me. I am much more of a sweet, citrusy girl at heart, and I found this one was slightly too earthy to compliment my tastes. However, I can see this being a favourite for those who love the more natural, woody fragrances.
Quantative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Orris Oil, Oudh Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil, Fire Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Lilial, Methyl Ionone.
2014 Price: £16 for 10ml, £48 for 50ml.