May Melange Marathon: Lady Day

This week, all the gardenias in my garden and neighborhood seem to have popped open, and the air is full of their fragrance. The flowers themselves are, of course, lovely — some are like perfect little waxy white roses, others more like simple daisies, with fewer petals. So I thought I should look out a gardenia fragrance for a post this weekend.

The one that came to hand is Maria Candida Gentile’s Lady Day, which was named for the singer Billie Holiday, who regularly wore gardenias in her hair. I bought it some time ago when there was a big sale. It comes in extrait de parfum concentration. I like it, but for the life of me, I don’t smell gardenia!

The only notes listed are galbanum, gardenia absolute, and Peru balsam. I do smell galbanum, but it’s not the note I’m used to calling “galbanum.” Here, it is less green and more — I don’t know! There’s a strong herbal tone, but it doesn’t “read” as green to my nose. I guess the absence of what I think of as gardenia could be caused by the fact that the perfumer used gardenia absolute, not an accord meant to suggest gardenia.

I don’t know what to think about this one! Its overall scent reminds me of something but I just can’t remember what. Do you have any favorite gardenia scents? I keep seeing Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia at places like T.J. Maxx, but I’ve never tried it. Lady Day is nice, to my nose, but it doesn’t seem like a true gardenia. I’m stumped!

6 thoughts on “May Melange Marathon: Lady Day

  1. The only scents with gardenia i have are Vintage Miss Dior and a mini of the white Cube. They are nice, but i cannot wear them often. I am no fan of too flowery scents, of they are Not in the form of a chypre

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  2. OH, did you ever smell Jungle Gardenia by Tuvashe? I have this memory of Jeffrey Dame of Dame Perfumery Scottsdale buying the recipe and rereleasing a perfect version of gardenia. I can’t seem to find it though so I’m thinking it could have been a dream.
    Portia xx

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    • No, I haven’t tried that, though I’ll have to look into what Jeffrey Dame has. I do have and like Natalie, by Natalie Wood’s daughter, which is said to be inspired by Jungle Gardenia. I had already written about that, though, so didn’t revisit it.

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