A gift imp from a friend who knows I love lavender scents ...
BOTTLE: All I get is pure lavender water.
WET: All I STILL get is pure lavender water. I don't get any of the other notes or vibes or anything. Not that this is a bad thing, LOL ... It's just lovely. Pure lavender. Peaceful and calming.
DRYDOWN: I didn't put much on so I thought that might explain why there is virtually no scent upon drydown, though a few others also noted that.
But that's OK ... not every scent needs to hang around all day. This is a great one for applying when needed and by the time it dries I probably am calm and serene enough not to need to keep sniffing it.
A definite keeper. I don't think I'd buy a big bottle simply because I have Somnus, Baku and Quiettude already
But if I didn't have those, I'd probably get more of this ... on a scale of 1-5, a 4.
REVISITING AND RE-REVIEWING IN A UNIQUE FORM MARCH 2013:
I still have that lovely gift imp from 2005 (or even earlier, since I reviewed this in 2005 but had gotten it from a forum friend) with just a few drops remaining. Meanwhile, I also purchased an imp earlier this year from the Lab during an impapalooza purchase.
So today I've decided to double-test both Dove's Hearts -- one from let's call it '05 and one from '13, one on each wrist/arm.
IN THE IMP VISIBLY:
The AGED imp, with just a bit left below the label, is noticeably more amber in color and more viscuous, while the NEW imp is a pale pale golden and moves with ease.
IN THE AGED IMP: The years aging it have definitely brought the pure pure lavender to the forefront, very "in your face" (I like lavender in my face) with a strong herbal-resiny note as well -- in the imp, it most reminds me of Baku, perhaps my favorite lavender BPAL blend.
IN THE NEW IMP: A much lighter fresher lavender which is not really even the prevalent note. A little more astringent and floral.
Dabbed each on wrist and crook of arm, one on each side.
WET AGED: Deep, mesmerizing, ambery-resiny lavender that I could sniff forever and be transported.
WET NEW: Much, much lighter. Lavender balanced by an astringent quality and definitely some light sweet florals, but I'm getting violet and other "purple" flowers, not the lush white florals I get with many BPAL scents.
DRY AGED: Lovely, subtle, has legs. I am sad that there is only, probably, one application left in this imp.
DRY NEW: There is the slightest scent of the "funky" smell (which I still think might be myrrh but perhaps not) that makes is a little sweet. It's only noticeable in the crook of my arm where it combines with sweat, not at all on my wrist, where it remains fine. I think the florals other than the lavender are much more prevalent in this one.
OVERALL: I love the old imp and I really, really, really like the new one. What I'm not sure about is whether the formulae differ on the two or it's simply a matter of letting it age. With that in mind, and knowing that I have a pretty healthy collection of lavender scents, I will put both into the keeper box and hope that my 2013 Dove's Heart, like fine wine, will smell more like my 2005 Dove's Heart a few years down the line.
SCORE: I'd give the old note a 5 and the new one a 4 1/4.
Edited by JazzieCazzie, 03 March 2013 - 06:44 PM.