Evan Healy is the woman behind my new favorite skincare line and given her dedication to sourcing only the highest quality botanical ingredients, the olfactory aspect of her skincare is not surprising. The true surprise is how much I have come to love her fragrance line with the inspired name, Puja.
Puja is a Sanskrit word that means adoration, which has its origins in the word Pu-chey, or ”flower-action,” the offering of flowers to a deity. I am utterly crazy for the vision that “flower-action” elicits, as well as the Puja fragrances themselves. There are a slew of choices in this fragrance line that Evan has carefully selected from India, each one unique and entirely all natural. Puja includes attars, botanical essences which are hydro-distilled in sandalwood oil, and a few that are hydro-distilled in vetiver oil. Ruhs are also offered which like authentic attars are made only from traditionally hydro-distilled botanicals, minus the sandalwood.
Currently, there are three vetiver attars available at evanhealy.com and I recommend vetiver admirers take note. My favorite of the trio is the Ginger Lily/ Vetiver attar. The vetiver in this fragrance is incredibly full and alive. It’s simultaneously crisp and warm; dense and refreshing. Ginger Lily/Vetiver is teeming with beautiful contradictions tempered only by its own inherent vetiver earthiness as ginger lily’s spicy floral verve remains boundless.
I have long been a devotee of vetiver, so it took me aback when I found myself more strongly drawn to the sandalwood attars. The sandalwood in the Puja attars is ethically harvested and provides an addictive creamy canvas for botanical essences like Night Queen, saffron, rose and jasmine. While the vegetal warmth of the Night Queen flower and the lushness of the jasmine blossoms entice with their redolence, it’s the sandalwood itself that has embraced me with a fervor.
But of all the Puja fragrances, only one consumes me with a sensual grasp I cannot shake, Summer Rose Attar. Summer Rose is like the taste of a sweet sandalwood delicacy on your tongue as it opens with gentle rose enveloped in a milky veil. The heart of this rosy attar belongs completely to sandalwood which becomes even more creamy and soothing while maintaining its potency as an aromatic wood. In the drydown, rose emerges once again, but unlike the powdery softness of the topnotes, this rose has a pulpy citrus quality that is unexpected but altogether gorgeous.
It’s truly no exaggeration when I say that I’m addicted to the Summer Rose Attar. I stand before my collection each morning with every intention of applying a different scent, but I am continually lured by my bottle and its habit-forming contents. In fact, I have come to think of it as my totem attar. And now that fall is upon us today, it will be even harder to resist the comfort and beauty of Summer Rose.
Posted by ~Trish
Image from evanhealy.com