Anna Zworykina Young Cossack

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Anna Zworykina is a Russian perfumer who creates hand-crafted perfumes exclusively of pure and natural essences. For almost 15 years she has been creating her perfumes only with essential oils, co2 extracts, absolutes and her own plant tinctures. She has over 500 natural ingredients in her perfumery palette and selects only the best quality perfumery materials in her fragrances. She uses no synthetic materials, no isolates, and no animal testing is done either by herself or any of her suppliers.

Anna's blends are natural only blends so they wear close to skin, quiet but excitingly complex upon a closer sniff. Young Cossack is an intense, smoky herbal blend that, like all of Anna's creations, will transport you to an imaginary landscape. It's inspired by Cossacks, the soldier-farmers who live in the steppes in the south of Russia, accomplished horsemen guarding the borders since the days of Catherine the Great. You can imagine a young Cossack resting among haystacks and wild herbs, smoking his clay pipe while contemplating the starry sky while his friends are sitting by the open fire nearby.

With notes of galbanum CO2 extract, artemisia annia essential oil, artemisia absinthium essential oil, immortel absolute, Seville lavender absolute, thyme essential oil, tarragon essential oil, davana essential oil, guaiacwood essential oil, rose de Mai absolute, Morrocan rose absolute, cumin CO2 extract, frankincense absolute, petitgrain essential oil, geranium leaves absolute, myrrh essential oil, costus absolute, oakmoss absolute, patchouli essential oil, labdanum absolute, tobacco absolute, tonka bean absolute, agarwood essential oil, vetiver essential oil and castoreum tinctura. Young Cossack is an eau de parfum, edp.

Anna Zworykina Young Cossack Reviews

Fragrantica: Traversing Russian steppes on horseback. For me, it consists of three parts: a dark, smoky horse leather saddle smell, wild herbs (wormwood) and mosses, and the dusty smell of dry soil (labdanum). Great story-telling from Anna Zworykina. Whereas this might seem like a derivative work with notes being a permutation of what you can see in her other fragrances, I really think that this is the reference fragrance for her characteristic herbaceous-mossy-woody-dusty accord made of wormwood and labdanum. This DNA is very prevalent in her work but this is definitely her tour de force.

Fragrantica: Every time is a complete pleasure. It simply doesn't get more sumptuous and voluptuous and vital than this. It's just so full of life and dynamism and complexity, so much so that it's honestly hard to describe. How about this: It's like going from the typical Western niche, which is a beautiful two-dimensional painting, to a full three-dimensional, living experience. I mean, seriously, the Russians have always been the best at emotional profundity, no? It's in their DNA. I'd say there's sweet-ish tobacco, something that smells like leather, but also a lot of herbal stuff going on as well that gives it a bitter edge. It's certainly thick and full, like a sap, which could be the immortelle. I can't help thinking of a wooden house in the rustic Russian countryside when I smell it. It's very evocative that way. Whether you like it or not, you will see and feel many things, and your brain, like mine, will be struggling to make associations that may not exist, unless you're Russian, perhaps.
Fragrantica: I am so late at reviewing this, it was one of the first Zworykinas to join my collection. While all of them bring me strong visuals, this one is unique as it's a full narrative film. A road movie. It starts in the chilly morning with a crisp, bitter blast of wormwood and galbanum. As the sun rises and heats up the fields, a sweet smell of herbs and tobacco take over. After some time, the journey continues into dense woods to finally end by the smoky camp fire. It takes me at least 6 hours to get there and the each part is equally pleasant. Often it lasts until the next morning. Even more gorgeous on my (male) partner, however that could even be possible. 
Fragrantica: On my skin this fragrance is mainly about tobacco. It smells a lot like Swedish snus or moist powder tobacco. The cumin is quite strong as is the thyme and tarragon although they blend together seamlessly with the tobacco. There is also something that reminds me of a licorice powder from my childhood which also contained salmiac and peppercorn. It all comes together quite leathery and old fashioned. I imagine this is what a Swedish stable worker could have smelled like in the 19th century. Edit: In the dry-down on my skin the cumin and herbs I guess, have taken on an additional animalic quality aside from leather and I can smell soft goat hair. I find it quite interesting and intriguing.
Luca Turin: I have never been fond of all-natural perfumery, for two reasons: 1- Constraints in art are fruitful only if they channel creativity to give results pleasing to the senses, e.g. rhyme, modal harmony etc. The all-natural constraint is not productive: no all-natural perfume has ever been as good as the best natural-aromachemical ones*. 2- My definition of Nature includes Organic Chemistry and all who sail in her. This said, I find Anna Zworykina‘ fragrances very impressive indeed, and largely immune from the mushiness of most natural perfumery. Wisely, she seems to stick to classical forms and puts her skill into making them work optimally. Verdigris, for example, is a resplendent, stonking chypre. You can clearly smell the superb bergamot, cistus and oakmoss singing in harmony. Young Cossack (in Russia Cossacks have a more positive reputation than abroad) is a lovely animalic hay-tonka accord that would make a wonderful masculine, with or without sabre and horse. Her Cuir de Russie is the most eccentric of that name I remember smelling, very floral and less smoky than the usual fare, with a strange and beautiful sweet-green drydown. In the end, empirical evidence prevails: these are perfumes that even a fan of synthetics like me would love to wear.

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