I have admitted to vanity before so I do not mind doing it again. It was a great surprise to find out through Dimi’s blog that there is a bottle somewhere out there with my name on it. Especially since my name is not very common outside Greece. The fragrance itself is also not very common so I had to wait for the right moment to find a bottle of it. Dimi spoke highly of it and the bottle itself is one of the most remarkable ones I have seen. Christianic connotations aside, it was very difficult to manufacture and it looks absolutely sacrilegious in its purple, gothic extravagance.
The scent is not as dark or gothic as I would have expected it to be. It opens with a bright, sweet citrus note from mandarin which meets directly lavender from the heart of the composition and tonka from the base. Spices add warmth and a sizzling sensation and vanilla makes the base sweet and oriental. There are definite associations with the now legendary Le Male and anyone who likes Le Male is going to like this. But Christos is a lot warmer, its sweetness is better incorporated to the composition with the help of mandarin notes, the spices marry lavender and tonka with harmony and vanilla makes the overall effect of lavender less medicinal. Not being a huge Le Male fan but appreciating its innovative composition, Christos is for me a pleasant variation. Although the bottle has my name on it this perfume is not me. I wear it from time to time and enjoy it but most of all I love the way this bottle looks and feels and I enjoy having a bottle with my name on it. Especially since this bottle is so rare.
With Christmas approaching, Christos has another meaning. Christmas is the day I celebrate my name day. Because in Greece we get to have our special celebration days twice a year! Birthdays are big but name days are more social. Everybody knows when our name days are celebrated (there is a caption with celebrating name days for each day in a Greek calendar) and traditionally they are open house celebrations. So everybody is welcome to drop by and say “Happy Name Day!” My name day is on Christmas day and it seemed only fit to give everyone my wishes for Happy Holidays with a post about Christos by Christopher Chronis. After all the bottle looks so beautiful!
Notes from Sorcery of Scent: tangerine, green leaves, dewfruit, cardamom, lavender, rose, sandalwood, cedar, tonka, amber, vanilla
Notes from my nose: mandarin, lavender, cinammon, tonka, vanilla