I’m not old, I’m vintage.
- Aug 1, 2019
TRNP - Heartache of the Huà-Méi (2022)
Heartache of the Huà-Méi starts out all buzzy citrus thanks to the cocktail of neroli, lemon, and yuzu, but then the incense and tea peek through, followed by the rose, and soon enough it's bright, light, swirling thing all its own—veil upon veil. I have no idea what Reinthal means by the name of the fragrance, but my wild guess is that, as Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy," it refers the singing of caged birds. In any case, Reinthal has distilled the beauty of sadness without any of the sadness itself.
I do hope she doesn't retire soon. Her evolution as a perfumer is noteworthy.
Currently Wearing: Hyrax by Zoologist Perfumes