Posted 16 January 2004 - 07:50 PM
at first: not sure. smells a bit like generic perfume. i think it's because there are so many things in it. i'll need to wear this one to figure it out.
on: hmmm...very strong. i'm smelling just straight-up perfume, kind of masculine. i can't really pick out any individual notes. i'm hoping this was calms down A LOT (like vice and three jacks did on me) because it's a bit too in-your-face right now.
2 hours later: not strong anymore, which is cool. definitely more subtle. smells a bit masculine still...i think it's the sandalwood and the cedarwood. i don't think i like this one. i'll give it another hour...
4 hours later: not strong at all.
overall: i probably wouldn't buy this again. i didn't like how this developed on my skin. i bought it more for the name than the ingredients, which was a definite mistake.
Posted 16 January 2004 - 09:42 PM
Since my original review above I have discovered this is a superb oil for burning. I don't like it on my skin, but in the burner it is warm, eastern and really lovely.
Posted 17 January 2004 - 06:35 AM
but it's one i'm going to have to bond with more to describe
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Posted 28 June 2004 - 10:07 PM
Second Impression: This scent is very much a contradiction. It's darkness yet light, calming yet uplifting, bracing yet smooth.
Final Analysis: While I like the scent, I just don't feel like it smells all that great on me. I will have to try as a room scent and see.
Posted 04 July 2004 - 03:35 PM
Freshly applied, this is all lemon and cedarwood to me. Very crisp. As it dries, I pick up more of the patchouli and the lemongrass which warms up the blend and takes that 'Lemon Pledge' association away. I really don't get the sandalwood until the very end. The patchouli and the sandalwood are very grounding to this scent, saving it from being overly-bright and citrusy. The final drydown is actually quite woody on my skin.
The smell of lemon has been done to death in our society I believe, but Beth uses it in many of her blends as more of an accent to the woody/resins than a main note. Namaste is fresh without being cliche. Really nice.
Posted 20 July 2004 - 10:56 PM
P.S. I'm also using it as a room fragrance, and oh my GAWD, it's perfect. This is how I've always wanted my home to smell.
Posted 21 July 2004 - 07:29 AM
Wearing: Ooh! This is more like it. The lemon is still quite prominent, but it’s stopped screaming, and the wood has morphed into the incredibly smooth golden-brown sandalwood that was so lovely in Tushnamatay. It’s gorgeous when wet, but dries to sharp cedar that doesn’t really suit.
I’ll have to try layering Tush with Yuki-Onna or another strongish lemon to see if I get the same effect without the cedary drydown, 'cause I do love the wet scent!
Posted 15 August 2004 - 01:03 PM
First dab: mmmm :P , lovely lemon and sandalwood, acn't detect any other notes. I think this one would be good for hot weather...
After a few hours: *starts sniffing her arm* it's gone. I can't smell anything of it on my skin anymore :D I tried this one for two days, and both times, the scent has just vanished of my skin....
I would keep this one if it had staying power, because it's a really nice scnet in the beginning, but alas, another one for the swap pile!!
Posted 18 August 2004 - 12:42 PM
On me, wow...I should have guessed...lemons. Lemon candy scent again. Wierd. I don't remember there being anything in the description about lemon verbena. Don't I have enough lemon candy scents? Actually, now that I smell a little more, this lemon candy has a bit of a orange/tangerine scent to it as well. Ok, so I guess it is a little different. I liked the smell in the bottle better.
Final verdict: I think I have enough lemon scents, but I love the smell in the bottle. Maybe I can burn it in the insense burner or make it into a linen spray or something.
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Posted 21 October 2004 - 02:32 AM
Namaste is more masculine than I like to wear--it smells like a yogi rather than a yogini. But I want to burn it when I practice at home, because I think it would turn my apartment into a peaceful temple.
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 05:59 PM
It smells like a Hindu monk has been polishing some wooden icons. On me, I am afraid it smells too much like I've been polishing floors.
ETA: Now that I've read the other reviews in this thread, I think I ought to note that the floral smells that others have noted aren't coming out in Namaste for me. Just the lemon and the wood.
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Posted 07 December 2004 - 07:49 PM
Floral and earthy/resiny at the same time. I smell rose and sandalwood and lemongrass most strongly and if I inhale deeply enough, I get a hint of patchouli and cedar in the background.
Wet on skin:
Lemongrass is the most prominent note for me, followed by sandalwood and rose. It's not aggressively citrusy the way lemon normally is, but it's still more lemony than I generally care for. I love the sandalwood, patchouli and cedar notes, but the lemongrass and rose aren't quite my style.
I smell lemongrass and sandalwood now. It reminds me of a Thai restaurant, not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that puts me off. I can easily see this being a good meditation or yoga blend, but it's not my style at all. I would prefer the incense/wood notes to be more prominent and the lemongrass/floral notes to be much lighter.
The bottom line:
Not a bad scent, but not for me. I prefer heavier, more resiny/woodsy scents; this is just too bright for me. :P
Posted 21 December 2004 - 02:52 PM
When I first put it on, it's straight up cedar. A minute or so later and the lemongrass starts coming out, but even having only put on a few drops of this, it's very /very/ strong. Much too strong for my tastes. x.x
After about five minutes, it becomes lemon, cedar, and jasmine, and it just seems to get louder and brasher as we go on. It kept turning more and more into something I didn't like, so I washed it off at this point. Unfortunately, despite me scrubbing my wrists repeatedly with soap and once with oil, I still ended up with a strong patchouli smell on my wrists from this.
I guess I have my first thing to swap. :P