In 1933, eight private research universities in Northeastern United States were coined the “Ivy League” for their athletic conference. These institutions soon became known as “the” colleges that were conferring the most prestigious degrees based on their high academic standards. Along with degrees of distinction, you’ll also find the grounds of these campuses to be historical and immaculate. Beautiful fieldstones, manicured gardens and vines of ivy climbing the historic architecture. Boston-based perfumer, Sandy Carr, lives near Harvard University and was able to capture the essence of ivy, the vine and the distinction, in her fragrance, Ivy League. A freshly green, grassy herbal concoction of rosemary, basil and mint tied together with a bright green mandarin and green pea pod accord. Can you feel the greenness here? Narcissus gives us a mossy feel while cassis (blackcurrant) peeks through just enough to add a smidge of fruity sweetness that is toned back by a tangy floral black pepper finish. Gurjum balsam holds down the base of the fragrance giving us a sense of peace with its aromatic yet resinous, dry wooded presence.
Notes include ivy, green mandarin, black pepper, grass notes, basil, rosemary, mint, narcissus, green pea accord, cassis, and gurjum balsam.