Strange Invisible Perfumes Lady Day was inspired by jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, who was known affectionately to her fans as Lady Day and who always performed with white gardenias in her hair. The fragrance notes are gardenia, lemon verbena, blood orange, jasmine, and sandalwood.
Lady Day opens with a burst of gardenia. It is heady and overbearing, much like a freshly cut gardenia flower, and too much of a good thing for the first 20 minutes or so. Once it calms, it is downright gorgeous. The gardenia is lush, but not overly sweet, and complemented by a beautiful jasmine note. It is brightened by the citrus, and there is something nicely dry, possibly orange blossom, that saves it from being just another tropical floral.
After an hour or so, the gardenia mostly fades away, as gardenia is wont to do, but a lingering drydown of jasmine, sandalwood and light resinous notes lasts for hours more. It is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, and highly recommended for gardenia lovers.
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Note: the picture of Billie Holiday is from Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries.
Update: Lady Day is no longer available on the Strange Invisible Perfumes website, but is reportedly sold via phone order.