A quiet scent, soft, calm and enigmatic. A perfume of mystery, of whispers, and of secrets behind secrets. White sandalwood, lilac, gardenia, violet, orris, lavender and ylang ylang.
This is one that smelled more like a commercial perfume than any others I'd tried til now. I wore this on a particularly sweaty day so who knows what that did to it, but mostly I smelled like a pretty garden half the day until this faded into nothingness. Perhaps in its inoffensiveness it left me ambivalent. Typically I do like ylang ylang but I think there wasn't quite enough here to engage me.
Reminiscent of hothouse blooms on a humid night, ripe, but touched with decay. Sweet honeysuckle and jasmine with a hint of lemon and spice.
Oh, the honeysuckle is wonderful. I have noted before my love for it. This is a scent for cheerful days of pleasant languor, and also dried into something that very much reminded me of something my grandmother used to wear, the name of which I'd be hard pressed to recall. I think it's the touch of lemon that pushes this over into the category of 'not to be ordered in the full bottle'. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who feels compelled by the description, though.
The Dark Side of Air: a high pitched, tangy, clear scent -- light China rain deepened by murky vetivert.
This I wore today. It made me feel sick, almost, it was so aggressive. I felt like it was angry at me. Now, 16 hours later, it's actually kind of pleasant. But I don't know that I'd weather the first 8 hours to get to this. I love China Rain scents - I have a version I picked up at the Crystal Fox - but whatever is making this "tangy" is too much for me, or turning bad on me. I find it utterly compelling, but probably unwearable. I hope this one gets a home. I hope to find a close alternative in the forum reviews. [edit - I just noticed that on the right arm, this still has that scary spike of greenness, while on the left arm, I get nothing but the comforting rain scent. Not sure what that means!]
GRANDMOTHER OF GHOSTS
Mania, Roman Goddess of the Dead, Matron of Madness, Governess of the Ancestral Spirits, Bestower of Divine Frenzy. Her scent swirls with a high-pitched tumult of laurel, stargazer lily, splintered woods, peony, mandarin and white musk, and is spiked with pale pepper.
Certainly my favorite to date. All the elements blend together so evenly and delicately and so completely evoking its name in a sort of aged and weathered sensation of smooth, tumbled amber. The pepper and woods rein in the floral scents perfectly so that it is not too sweet but still retains the gentleness of the lily. From opening the bottle to end of day I enjoyed this one. I think I just need something unnecessarily complex. :)