Fire of Love The Conjure Bag
Posted 03 February 2010 - 02:33 AM
I really wanted to try one of the Conjure Bag scents, and as I'm in a very long distance relationship, this seemed appropriate. When I first got the imp it was another of those 'knock me down at 10 paces' scents. Acrid incense, yeep. Having learned my lesson about skin testing those (Hunger, oy), this went straight in the Frog Box...
...where it's been politely contemplating its navel for a couple weeks in the quiet dark. Opened up the imp tonight and was pleasantly surprised to find something that to me was a spicy, warm sandalwoody/cedary mix, so a skin testing we go.
On me it's now a beautiful spicy wood--nothing I would have ever pictured liking on my skin, but I really do. I keep getting little sharp sappy hints almost like pine but probably not.
For whatever reason, I had an irresistable urge to layer this one, so I did 3 different tests:
with Embalming Fluid: Becomes a cleaner, refreshing woody scent, like green sap over the dry sweet wood.
with Lucy's Kiss: Cool! This is what I wanted Lucy's Kiss to smell like when I read the notes. It's a sweet spicy rose rather than the expired potpourri I get with Lucy's Kiss solo.
with O: Um, wow. This may well be my signature scent right here. I liked O, I liked Fire of Love, I have no idea what they turned into but it's stunning.
Posted 09 March 2010 - 06:24 PM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:46 AM
I still have it on, luckily it doesn't have much throw...it's basically stayed a dark, bitter cigar smoke smell, intermingled with an old fashioned 47:11 acridity (its an old cologne my grandma used to wear.) It has a bite too, similar to Jean Nate.
Definitely not good, and doesn't arouse anything remotely sexy in me...Saturnalia is way better!
Posted 20 May 2010 - 03:07 AM
Transition: almost smoky a bit sweeter maybe it's vanilla?
Dry: very smoky wood, sweetness possibly vanilla is still hidden in the background, I'm only picking out the two notes which aren't blending well and seem to clash
A while late:r sweetness is more present with a tiny bit of creaminess but the smokiness is still to strong even for me.
Verdict: I would say it is masculine but unless it is more complex on my guy I won't be keeping this. Oh and on me at least this is in no way arousing!
This post has been edited by FelicityTwitchell: 22 May 2010 - 10:21 PM
Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:31 AM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 05:06 AM
In the imp: Musty, not musky which I would have preferred and even expected, but musty. And stone. Lower levels of an old stone church maybe? And when I sniffed, something that made my nose twitch uncomfortably; not a good sign.
Wet: About the same. Musty. Stone. Dampness. Same nose twitching when I tried to get a good whiff.
Dry: After around 20 minutes, whatever it is that my respiratory system doesn't like kicks in full force. Watery, itchy eyes. Sneezing fits to wake the dead. Scratch in the back of my throat. And the symptoms only went away when the scent faded.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 06:34 AM
ETA: I forgot to mention that in the beginning I got a lot of cedar as well, which makes for a serious one-two punch combined with the vetiver, and is probably why the vetiver felt so incredibly aggressive in this scent.
This post has been edited by lahdeedah: 02 July 2010 - 06:36 AM
Posted 27 January 2011 - 06:36 AM
Huh. On me, this smells like a sauna. How odd.
Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:15 AM
Wet: The nice, creamy patchouli provides a grounding affect as well as a resinous note. Something to the effect of citrus here as well, maybe bergamot or neroli? But it's actually not overly spicy, instead helping to warm the scent.
Dry: Well, I wouldn't say this is the "fire" of love. Maybe a candle or something. :lol: But it's still good! It's creamy, fresh, and warm all in one. The patchouli is very sedate and playing nicely with the citrus. Both refreshing and relaxing. Kind of a lazy day scent to me.
Overall: I like this, but it's forgettable in my book because nothing really stands out. I've had great patchouli scents and I've had great citrus scents, and this one is just sort of dawdling in the middle of "okay" for both. It would, however, be a good sleeping scent in my opinion. Heh, more pass out than make out!
This post has been edited by Balame: 08 July 2011 - 04:16 AM
Posted 05 September 2011 - 03:25 AM
On me: It warms on the skin—some fire joins the char, and the scent grows broader and smoother. The other note is probably musk—sometimes it has the warmth of red, but it also exhibits the cuddly and mildly villanic nature that brown has on my skin. With wear, the scent balances more and more towards musk. Vetiver still touches it with some warmth and smoky shadow, but this is largely a rich, warm, sensuous musk, just barely fuzzy, spiked with a mild sweetness that resembles brown sugar. Whatever the exact notes, it's gorgeous on my skin. Scent color is somewhere between auburn and burnt umber. Wear length is moderate to long, but the throw dies down to low after the first few hours.
Verdict: I love it—but that's mostly because I love musk and vetiver. In itself, Fire of Love isn't a particularly unique scent—it begins as mostly vetiver, ends as mostly musk, and doesn't have a strong independent identity. But musk in particular is fantastic on my skin, and this is a lovely all-rounder in that category: smooth, warm, barely sweet, cuddly but sensuous, straight up but beautiful musk. It reminds me to wear musk more often, but it isn't a must-have musk in its own right simply because it's not unique. Still, this is the only wearable Conjure Bag that I've ever tried and as such a fantastic surprise and, however, unoriginal, still lovely.
Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:37 PM
However, if you are feeling sick, have a blocked nose (or your partner has a blocked nose) don't expect it to work. I'd also take care not to over-use this one either. It's an every-now-and-then scent rather than an every day scent. Save for special occasions.
What does it smell like? I'm hopeless at identifying notes! My vague suggestions include: rose? and maybe musk? or Jasmine? yeahhhh....I'm hopeless.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:15 PM
In the imp,it smelled very floral and green. That could be vetiver, as some people have said. I've never tried a blend with that note so I'm not sure what I'm smelling.
On my skin it is a VERY strong floral. I don't know where everyone else is getting cedar, because all I smell is sickenly sweet floral. Not really liking it so much. It does have a bit of a warming effect on my skin. The spice (ginger or cinnamon?) comes through at the end, but something powdery is also starting to come through.
After an hour it was much better, a warm ginger woody scent, but I don't think I can get through the first part. I rarely have scents morph like that on me, though, so I'm excited to try other voodoo blends!
This post has been edited by venusinfurs: 24 January 2012 - 12:16 PM
Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:58 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:41 AM
starts off spicy/cinnamon-y and with citronella. also strong notes of linden flower.
fades to let the linden come out more, with the spiciness far more subdued. the linden lingers and lingers, and i love the smell of the flower (green, slight hint of its namesake, lime, but rounded out with a bit of powder). l'occitane used to sell a linden perfume, now discontinued :(, so i'm so glad it shows up here.
love it, love it. probably gonna buy a full bottle.
This post has been edited by sessile: 14 February 2012 - 11:39 PM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:15 PM
In the imp I smell sweet rose...
On wet it stays the same. It's not like other rose scents but a light, soft, pink, almost white rose (though in reality they probably don't smell like this, not been around a fresh rose in ages). It's a very bright scent. It reminds me of something I used to love in childhood but cannot remember if it was a perfume of my mom's or someone else's.
Drydown, the sweet rose remains but it softens even more and I think I smell white musk and I get really strong linden too. Linden is one of my favourite scents in the natural world. :wub2:
As far as it's voodoo power... my husband sniffed my wrist and said 'eh, it's ok' and turned back to the rugby. I think it would take more than voodoo to re-ignite our sex life anyway but that's for a different kind of post.
As for the scent, it's absolutely amazing. I love this, definitely getting a big bottle with my next order.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:23 AM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 05:41 AM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:48 PM
The new bottle smells nothing like the old imp. It's way way way floral. WAY floral. And I hate florals. I'm not picking up any trace of the notes of the original. I'm almost wondering if I got something that was mislabeled.
Very sad. I will have to try Dracul, since others have said that smelled similar to the old version.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:35 AM
Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:37 PM
Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:33 PM
Wet: Mother of god, it's ALL FLOWERS. Sharp and floral with just a hint of green. I don't think I've ever smelled a perfume so unapologetically floral before.
Dry down: It turns very sharp as it dries, but never turns soapy. I think there's jasmine in here but surprisingly it doesn't turn to dirty diaper on my skin. It actually smells quite lovely if I ignore the sharpness. Maybe tuberose also?
Dry: After about two hours, the sharpness is gone and it's a lovely strong floral.
Final thoughts: This is definitely not for the faint of heart. I'm lover of floral perfumes, but there was a point where I considered washing this off because it's STRONG and was pretty uncomfortably sharp. But there are situations that call for a big, bold floral perfume, and this is a lovely one. I also love that it never goes turns into floral soap. It's just so feminine and what I would imagine Scarlett O'Hara smelling like. This wound up being a surprise hit for me.
Verdict: Keeping the imp, probably a bottle upgrade.