Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bowling Green by Geoffrey Beene
Verbena, Artemesia, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Lavender, Pine Needles, Nutmeg, Sage, Oakmoss.
Rosemary, Amber, Cedar, Fir, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Geranium, Coriander, Rosewood, Moss.
Listed above is an impressive array of notes from the mid eighties. The formula I'm reviewing is a 1987 vintage bottle and I have no idea how it stacks up to newer releases of Bowling Green. The reason that doesn't matter is simple enough. The only times I need to emphasize "vintage" is if the fragrance I'm referring to is so good that it would stand to reason a "reformulation" would be ( at least ) a slightly inferior representation. In the case of Bowling Green, I find it a worthy scent, but not something that would or could be desecrated by changes. I suppose it's always a good idea ( if possible ) to do side by side comparisons.
Bowling Green opens with an eye opening shot of spicy citrus and the suggestion of fruit. The rendition of fruit in this reminds me somewhat of Etienne Aigner's releases of Statement and Private Number. This is a very full bodied opening accord that has more spices, herbs, earth tones and the aspect of pine quickly on the way. Instead of in your face "green", this is simply accented by it on my skin.