August 30, 2014

Triton is the latest perfume release from Seattle-based brand Blackbird. It’s an icy perfume inspired by the landscapes of Neptune’s moon, Triton. It’s a perfume with a heavy dose of bright aldehydes and incense resins. Because of this, I’m more reminded of temple surrounded by snow.

Triton opens with glistening aldehydes that remind me of “carbonated” elemi and myrrh. It becomes a rooty, vegetal iris with violets and a dry cedar. At this stage it reminds me of a hybrid between Serge Lutens La Myrrhe and Bas de Soie (two of my favorite perfumes) – aldehydes, bright resins and rooty florals. The aldehydes and resins must of completed their series of incantations successfully because Triton’s dry-down is some sort of sorcery. Up close, it’s like the cool, dry incense and iris. However, a nebula floats over these close-wearing notes. From a distance of about 1 to 2 feet, Triton projects a creamy, salty ambergris that reminds me of the gorgeous dry-down of Hermes Eau des Merveilles.

Overall, Triton is a tranquil, cool fragrance with flickers of light from aldehydes and temple-like incense.