Saturday, 11 March 2017

From the Archives: One Hand Washes the Other Indiependence Day 2013

Yay, the second installment of my perfume archive series! This is the second oldest scent that remains in my perfume collection (it's gone through a lot of editing over time), One Hand Washes the Other Indiependence Day 2013. I picked this one up in a July 4th sale at OHWTO, in 2013. What a surprise on the year! This was a limited edition, and only 20 bottles were ever made. I'm not totally sure why I wanted to pick up a scent that was a play on Independence Day, which is a holiday in a country I don't live in, but I suspect that it has to do with the description: "What's more American than apple pie? Apple spice cake! Well, maybe not but hey! Slices of red delicious and granny smith apples sammiched between layers of buttery spiced yellow cake!"

In the summer of 2013, I was newly graduated from university, had just moved in with my partner, was working as a general office minion at the university I was going to be attending in the fall for library school, and in the beginning of my indie perfume exploration. I was also hellbent on getting the perfect apple scent, a quest that's somewhat subsided since I got Arcana Apples Crave Apples, but I still keep an eye out for a good one. I was making a decent-sized order at OHWTO, in search of that magnificent apple, and with the sale discount, I calculated it was cheaper to toss another bottle of perfume in my order to hit the next discount tier or something than not. So I picked it up. And have loved it for three and a half years. 

Indiependence Day 2013 is one of those scents that I don't pick up very much, but when I do, I am reminded of how much I love it. It's a relatively simple scent concept, but it's so well-blended and has aged beautifully, to create a much richer scent. In the bottle, it smells like warm spices and cake, with a hint of fresh apple. On my skin, it's delicious fresh apples, tart and sweet, plus cake and a hint of spice to temper the sweetness. It's rich and delicious. I really like the fresh apple notes with the cake, rather than baked apple and cinnamon that you might expect. It's got great sillage and moderate throw, and I think both of these have gotten stronger with age, though not overwhelming.

This one has survived tons of perfume weeding, for all that I don't wear it enough, and I think it's because it remains an understated scent. It's beautiful and easy to wear and reliable, which is not exciting, but it is still great. It's a solid, trusty scent. 

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