Notes: A Crushed Stem, Soil, Herbs, Hay, Citrus
Aspects: Green, Sunshot, and Blooming
Realism opens with a buzzing, resinous green swell of grasses, herbs, and blossoms giving off their freshness in the heat of the sun. Supported by damp petals and black soil, the soft and expansive smell of crushed stems from a fruit tree fills the heart of this scent, breathing a sublime greenspace for hours. In the drydown, a sleepy accord of ultraprecious hay absolute and quiet cedar. Unisex, and no less gorgeous for it.
A green tableau in four dimensions: bring the outdoors in.
Posted by C on 13th Apr 2021
Reminds me of being how my grandmother was when she was young, living in Harlem, going to clubs, swimming in cigarette smoke and cognac. It smells like how she would dress, sharp with a scent that almost flicks at the nose like “what IS that?” And then it just keeps rolling between light, dark. Lights flashing as cymbals crash in the jazz club, a rolling cycle of aromas that are light and dark, balanced and harmonious but also so striking in how they work together. Like catching her across the room in a satin dress slip a jewel toned coat
Posted by Liz on 12th Aug 2020
I love the artistry of Goest perfumes Each one conjures a distinct atmosphere and mood and I find that my preference changes with time. At first, I was fixated on the almond, rose, and milk in Dauphine. And then I was wild about the salt, citrus, and sun of Lartigue.
Realism has become my new favorite. I love its earthy, freshness.. like an old forest with damp soil and blooming wildflowers. I'm not able to name its exact notes, but I feel genuine when I wear it, born out of the earth, and present. That's who I want to be right now. And I love Goest for capturing that with this scent.
Posted by Maura on 11th Dec 2019
According to an email exchange with Goest, this is their least popular fragrance, which means: more for me! Actually, I kind of get it. Everybody probably agrees that fragrances change a lot over the hours you're wearing them. And I've noticed with most fragrances I've tried in my life (and I'm a scent hound, I have a huge collection), they smell the best and most fresh at the beginning, when you first spray them on, then they sort of fade and become kind of generic. This Realism fragrance is uncanny because it almost pulls off an opposite thing; halfway through the fragrance is the golden time. Halfway through is when it begins to feel like high noon, the sun is warming the earth and grass and the fragrance becomes more intense and complex. The fragrance description describes it as a "sublime greenspace" and I love that, it's so true. It almost feels like a daylong cycle in a bottle since the total drydown lasts 12 hours on me. Super, super beautiful and satisfies my senses and my intellect to wear it.
Posted by EP on 22nd Dec 2017
I like perfumes that don’t try to avoid the off-kilter or challenging. This almost smells like a natural concoction. The burst of deep, trampled-on green and crushed, over-ripe herbs are quite startling. There’s a notable anise or fennel note that I really like. The soil note and hay almost give the impression of a nearby horse stable, complete with warm horses and manure. The atmosphere is idyllic, serene, warm, communing with nature.
Posted by B.V. on 22nd May 2017
I just received my sample of "Realism" and it's even better than I would have hoped! It's a soft and gorgeous scent.
I can definitely detect the hay absolute, which gives it this very warm and comforting vibe.
It reminds me of standing in a field in summer and being surrounded by grasses and trees when the sun is shining on the grass and wafting that bit of "warm earth" scent.
Even though this is a "green" or "outdoorsy" scent, it's definitely wearable and not overpowering like some green scents that I've tried in the past.
Will definitely need to get a full bottle, I keep smelling my wrist. Probably the best nature inspired perfume I've ever tried.
Posted by amy on 1st Mar 2017
I love this fragrance. it is unlike any other i have sampled. It smells like a hike in a damp forest with hints of charcoal and flowers. it slowly fades and changes scent over the course of a day. it's perfect.
Posted by Sion on 27th Oct 2016
My new primary perfume for now.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Jul 2016
5 stars for the scent. It's the garden of eden! It really smells incredibly real, and it's sexy, which usually you don't think of herbal scents as terribly sexy, but not this one. It's kind of sensuous, you can smell the "roll in the hay" thing really well.
4 stars for the bottle though, it's adorable but I wish it was a bit bigger. We'll see how long it lasts, so far I've been only using a drop at a time so maybe it's fine.
Posted by Anne on 5th Jul 2016
to other scents out there, I have been looking for some perfumes I actually like for literally 10 years. This is the other fragrance other than Grand Tour that I got from this house that blew my mind. My taste tends towards fragrances that are "green" or plantlike and fresh, but it's hard to find fragrances like this that don't smell jarring and artificial and too clean, a lot of green fragrances do this after a few hours even if they are nice in the beginning. The other house that does the "gorgeous green" well is Comme des Garcons, but now Comme is no. 2 in my wardrobe.