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Dream beaches, turquoise water and holidays in your head - thanks to Pacific Rock Moss
I don't know about you, but usually perfumes create a scene in my head when I test them. A scenery in which I imagine exactly what kind of place, environment, people, nature or weather I can pictorially see in front of me when I wear a fragrance. Sometimes it's a bit like reading a book - there are scents that tell you a story. That's how I feel about Pacific Rock Moss (PRM) from Australian perfume manufacturer Goldfield & Banks. Goldfield & Banks tries to translate the authentic Australian nature into various scents, from the hot deserts, glittering coasts and deep, fragrant forests. At least that is the philosophy, as you can read on the manufacturer's website. These lines alone promise a lot, even though unfortunately I have never visited Australia before.
With Pacific Rock Moss, Goldfield & Banks have managed to achieve exactly what they set out to do, namely to wrap a landscape in Australia in a fragrance. Yes, about 2-3 years ago there was a real hype in the community "Fragcomm" on Facebook about this fragrance. One of them somehow started to discover PRM, spread the word, suddenly everybody wanted it and felt that everybody had it after a while. Now nobody talks about PRM anymore but wait until summer comes.
If I now try to describe the scene Pacific Rock Moss describes to me in my head, it looks something like this: Imagine the beach of your dreams. Remote, natural, small, idyllic, palm trees, white sand, surrounded by high, barren, pointed and dark rocks. Simple like a typical wallpaper. You hardly expect to feel this perfect, crystal clear, turquoise water on your skin. You take a running start and run with outstretched arms and the warm sea. That first moment is the opening of Pacific Rock Moss. Fresh and at the same time warm aquatic life envelopes you, you feel the salt of the sea on your tongue and dive down for a moment. When you emerge, you feel like new born, you feel and smell everything in your environment much more intense. You smell the lemons, limes, grapefruits from the nearby surroundings, you smell them from the plate on which they are arranged next to your deck chair under the parasol. You want more and get out of the turquoise water. You get closer and the many citrus fruits become more and more noticeable as the warm water on your skin slowly fades and dries. Suddenly you have the smell of coconuts in your nose - yes, actually coconut (and synthetic apple and in between vanilla ice cream although there is nothing about it here but I smell it), coconut accompanies and harmonizes perfectly with the citrus fruits. On the way out of the water you drive with one hand over a small rock on which the green juicy moss grows. Accidentally a piece of moss sticks to your hand but it smells good. In combination with lemon, coconut and turquoise water it smells like a dream beach. You don't want to get away from that anymore. As it is, it is perfect in this moment.
Arrived at the beach couch you enjoy a cold Margarita cocktail: tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, the glass decorated with a salt rim. There is no better drink for this place. Maybe a glass of coconut water to sober you up. You don't want to leave this place, the way it is, it's perfect at this moment.
With Pacific Rock Moss you get a lot and shortly after spraying it on you get, so to speak, everything at once. The individual components are so wonderfully coordinated that I at least smell more than the fragrance description suggests. Every single component plays with another one in alternation and that makes the perfume very exciting. That's why it's not as linear as you might think. Nevertheless, I feel that the fragrance is more citric than aquatic over the whole process. The aquatic is strongest in the first few minutes. Later on it alternates between green-moss and citric. These two characteristics predominate until the end.
There were probably also discussions about durability. Supposedly, many PRM's were underground. Recently I read a rumour that the scent was even reformulated and now lasts better and longer (!). Usually the words "reformulation" and "better" are contradictory and never present in perfumes. But I can't say anything about an alleged reformulation. In my case there are a good 6 hours in it, I didn't expect more. The sillage is quite strong in the beginning and becomes much paler after about one and a half hours. Especially when the skin warms up outside and you walk through the sun, Pacific Rock Moss gets stronger.
In conclusion, I can judge for myself that Pacific Rock Moss has really taken a shine to me. It definitely has the potential to be a perfect summer scent, because it combines fresh citric and aquatic notes just the way it should be. The fact that it also triggers such images in my head only makes it even better. It makes me want to go far away.
PS: The scenery of the fragrance is similar to the one of Whitehaven Beach and Lucky Bay in Australia. If you want to see the two beaches, there are of course pictures on the internet ;-)