“Poppy Soma totally blew me away at first sniff. It won a FIFI in the category of Parfum Extraordinaire in 2017 and I can see why. It’s unusual and narcotic, energizing the mind like a whirlwind, yet simultaneously relaxing, while it also smells RED, RED, RED like the poppies it is named after.
And it packs a punch. While a parfum, it comes across as an extrait almost to me. But louder. It’s dense and rich and full. And immediately grabbed hold of my senses. This is no wall flower that’s for certain. Poppy Soma is original and quite brilliant, dark and spicy, resinous and floral, musky, smoky, and hypnotic. It's sensual, leaning femme but completely unisex.
Why are people not talking more about this entrancing fragrance? It’s HUGE, wicked as the night, luxurious and intriguing. Like sleepily lying in a bed of poppies at 3am.”
— EAU MY SOUL
"“This is a dreamy fog of a perfume, a gentle enveloping softness. Applied to the neck and arms, it reaches out from the skin to move with you for a perfume aura of pure relaxation. Up close, you get the more intense and specific peppers and curry, the gently indolic florals, surrounded by the white smoke of incense as softened by a cloudy musk. As it rises out from the skin, Poppy Soma mixes into a soothing atmosphere that ornaments your presence and unfolds with a satisfying peaceful slowness. It seems to say 'take your time'. Similar to the feeling you get after coming out of a warm ocean, that sense of calm, replete. At this 20% high concentration, it holds and remains true and satisfying. It opens the door to a serene center within, exerting its invisible influence over a more extended time than usual for me. A creamy lightness, a presence of subtle soft sweetness, a light silken cloak. Season-less, but especially right for this high humidity.”
"One of my favorite movies is “Once Upon a Time in America”. The movie opens with Robert de Niro’s character heading to an opium den to hide from the police. This particular den has a shadow puppet theatre out in front. One of the fun debates about the movie is whether the movie which follows is an opium dream or reality. I have always wanted a perfume which captures that milieu of the wooden shadow puppets mixed with the sweet smoke of the opium. Mme Coppermann has delivered that to me with Poppy Soma, one of my favorites of this collection.
Mme Coppermann uses gardenia as her nucleus of the sweet opium accord. This is a gardenia in all of its fully narcotic grandeur; which seems appropriate. To add in a touch of acrid to represent the smoke she employs Szechuan pepper, curry leaf, and red pepper. These overlay the gardenia with piquant pungency which adds texture to the intensity of the floral. Once the opium has taken hold Mme Coppermann plunges us into a floral fever dream consisting of jasmine, rose, and tuberose. All of these are given enough room to be as expansive as they can be. Over time as we come down the incense stick burning nearby provides a focus for reality. Labdanum, styrax and musk provides a bit of a reminder that we have been sweating while tripping.”
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