This is how Molton Brown describe Singosari:
LONDON VIA INDONESIA
“May Contain Wonder. Follow the ancient spice trail to the islands of Indonesia. Blood-warm
monsoon rains. Ruined temples and lush green jungles. Exotic. Steamy. Haunting.”
The way we blend it
A top note of incense and ginger. Middle notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. A base of vetiver and
spicy-woody: Spices and incense elevate and decorate the complex patchouli oil to give an
elegant, rich and deep accord in the base note. An interpretation of patchouli, combined with
spices, brings forth sensuality and mystery.
This is how it smells to me:
On spraying I get a hit of sharp and spicy. There's something zesty and acidic about the opening. The first time I wore Singosari it brought to mind Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior. It definitely has a masculine edge to it like Eau Sauvage. The acidity and strength mellows quite quickly and I get wafts of the scent as I move around. I can't pick out any of the individual notes, it just plays as a warm, spicy mix on my skin. As with all spicy fragrances, my skin tends to give this a slightly musky undertone.
I think Singosari is almost certainly a unisex fragrance. I think it will appeal to those who enjoy spicy scents, probably less so to those looking for an overtly feminine perfume or prefer floral fragrances. If like me you've worn Eau Sauvage before (I discovered via Twitter that I am not alone in this) I'd recommend giving Singosari a try. I can't say whether it evokes Indonesia accurately but I'm happy to give my imagination a workout.
One of my very favourite things about Singosari is the bottle. I love the design and the chunkiness of the glass. This is probably an odd thing to say but my favourite detail is the 'twist-to-spray' top. It's like the perfume equivalent of a child safety cap and with my little blighters on the rampage, it comes in very handy!
The other fragrances in the collection are Iunu - London via Egypt, Lijiang - London via China, Apuldre - London via Kent (the gin one) and Rogart - London via Canada (more gin!). I have testers of both Apuldre and Rogart and the hit of juniper berries is impressive. All five fragrances come in the same chunky glass bottle and cost £55 for 50ml. They are available from Molton Brown counters and stores nationwide, as well as online from www.moltonbrown.co.uk.
Disclosure: PR sample.