Tried & Tested GALLIVANT Gdańsk
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The Polish Baltic city of Gdańsk is the inspiration behind the new fragrance from award-winning London- based perfumery GALLIVANT. Gdańsk, the eleventh perfume from the brand, is an exploration of mysterious ambergris, of sperm whale fame, and the fantasy accord we know as amber.
Warm and spicy in the opening, with plum, honey, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron. A rich, woody heart with leather notes, cistus absolute, sustainable sandalwood oil from New Caledonia, patchouli, and incense resinoid – with a light touch of rose. Finished with a deep, earthy, smoky ambery base of tobacco absolute, cypriol, styrax (liquidambar), vanilla, musks and ambergris. Founder and Creator Nick Steward says “Poland is a country close to my heart. I admire the character of the people and the place: strong, warm-hearted, independent-minded. That’s the emotion I wanted to conjure up with this perfume. Gdańsk is a beautiful and memorable city on the Baltic – famed for its amber and its intrepid history of seafaring. I wanted to pay tribute to this city with its surprising and fascinating history.”
Gdańsk by GALLIVANT was created by Founder Nick Steward in collaboration with Barcelona-based perfumer Julia Rodríguez Pastor. Julia says “When I visited Gdańsk I was genuinely surprised by the city – and the place amber resin has in the history and culture there. In perfumery, we tend to think of the ambery style as linked to the Middle East, so I was excited when talking to Nick that we could explore my favourite style of accord – amber – in a new way, and play with this style of perfume-making in an expected and novel way.”
TheChicGeek says, “Gallivant continues its travels, this time, I’d readily admit, to a city that I had to Google to firmly know it was in Poland. This has a consistent warmth with a light rose at the start and comforting depth of amber and ambergris. It doesn’t change very much through time, but isn’t a stayer. It disappears almost as magically as it arrives. This is my favourite from Gallivant’s offer of 11 city scents.”
GALLIVANT – Gdańsk – 100ml Eau de Parfum – £145