Had stashed a few samples in my bag, and decided I'd be okay with Liz Zorn Grand Canyon for the ride, even though I hadn't tried it before. Mind you, this was a rather momentous decision, as scent AND car travel are potential headache triggers for me. Guess I was both trusting and impetuous. Who knows; maybe I was swayed by the idea of travel implied by the name.
Things worked out fine. Grand Canyon wears close enough to the skin that I didn't impinge upon any other rider's experience, and wears pleasantly enough that it enhanced mine.
Opens with a syrupy-resiny amber that made me have a natural perfume epiphany: so many of the natural perfumer offerings I have tried hearken back to my days spent blending essential oils. Potentially, a bad thing, because I realized that each time I smell a perfume that opens with that association, I cringe a little bit. History with essential oil blending teaches me to be ready for a long ride on whatever note(s) hit me out of the bottle, because that note would be first, middle, and last on the skin. Natural = WYSIWYG. If you are already in doubt at the start, you are probably going to end up scrubbing.
Not so of Grand Canyon. Thank goodness.
Because, after all, what I search for now is a perfume experience, which should involve theatrical acts or musical movements, or at least a sense of shifting into position before settling in for the night. Grand Canyon offers that, and it is where it finally settles that brings me pleasure in this one. I can see why March over at Perfume Posse mentioned GC in a post about scents she wears to bed: the sweet opening can focus you with a direct message about happy places, and then the more intriguing smoky spicy elements floating about the vaguely citrusy amber base when it settles down can help waft you away to sleepy land.
I liked Grand Canyon just fine once it settled in. I am still wrestling with its behavior, however; I guess it offers the best of both worlds when it comes to true natural perfumes vs. traditional perfumes. I'll have to get over my own stereotypes when it comes to the opening, and embrace the fact that this makes a fine daytime scent.* Anything that travels well for me & my surrounding company AND can still strike me as both settling and interesting...albeit quietly so...is a good thing to have in the arsenal.
*or, obviously, night time for some :)