Posted 18 January 2004 - 05:47 AM
I found Eclipse to be a very cheering scent. The initial scent is a bit too strong for me, but on the drydown it is warm, golden, sweet, and has a very lively, happy and strangely comforting quality to it. To be blunt, it is a great scent to wear when you have PMS. Eclipse has reversed quite a few of my bad moods!
Edited to add, my sister is very sensitive to cinnamon, and this scent made her skin red and itchy. It did not have that effect on me.
Posted 01 February 2004 - 07:10 PM
Once on, the pure almond smell is complimented with subtle wafts of sweet vanilla and warming cinnamon – so quite a foody scent overall. A warming, golden sunshine scent - think of sitting on a porch outside a kitchen cooking loads of almond cookies watching the sun go down with a beautiful red horizon!
It lasted reasonably well, but not as long as others such as Haunted. A top up may be needed during the day.
I wear this after washing with Lush's (Christmas limited edition) Snowcake soap, as I believe they compliment each other perfectly.
This post has been edited by red_jezebel: 31 January 2005 - 11:42 AM
Posted 11 February 2004 - 06:33 PM
Sweet, I can smell the almond (which is more bitter than sweet) and the heliotrope prominently with the frankincense and what I'm guessing is the vanilla sweetening up a bit. Intriguing scent.
After Wearing It:
This is a very almondy fragrance, but while this note is *very* strong, it's not so in a way that the oil smells like a single note. This is a smoky almond, a slightly spicy and sweet almond. Close to being a foody scent, but not quite.
I really liked this. It's a warm pretty scent and slightly comforting. I think it must be the almond = food association.
Posted 13 February 2004 - 06:55 PM
Posted 21 February 2004 - 03:53 AM
This one falls into the other category, unfortunately, as it was overpoweringly almond, sticky-sweet and instantly generating a headache. There's a spice and cinnamon note underneath that's interesting, but it takes too long to get there through the almond for me to be able to enjoy it.
This post has been edited by jj_j: 10 April 2004 - 01:47 AM
Posted 22 March 2004 - 12:09 AM
The vanilla, cinnamon, heliotrope, and frankincense add a sweetnes and warmth to Eclipse that some of the other almond-based scents lack. It is like having a bit of sunlight in a vial.
Eclipse tends to remain strong on me for the first 3 or 4 hours and a mild sweet scent still remains at the end of the day.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 10:40 PM
I'm wearing this one right now...'
When I first put it on, it smelled so strongly of sweet almonds. I thought I was in love.
However it dried down to something very foody even for me. I smell a lot of vanilla and frankincense, and while I enjoy the incense quaitly of frankincence. it is used hear to mellow out the vanilla food smell, which I do not like at all....
It is sweet, without being the sweet almonds I was hoping for. Sorry Elizabeth.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 09:26 AM
I was heartbroken as I absolutely adore this fragrance. This is the perfect compliment to Lush' Snowcake soap, which is one of my absolute favorites.
Fortunately, I decided not to give up on this scent and applied it to a few other areas of my body where the skin is a little thicker and I didn't have the burning, welty reaction at all. So this is a keeper for me, and something that I will very likely order a larger bottle of. Now that it's dried down, it is predominantly softly cinnamon with rich (not sweet) almond. And the welt and burning of that sensitive spot went away quickly enough not to frighten me from even trying it there again, to see if it was just a quirky reaction due to that-time-of-the-month sensitivity.
Posted 24 April 2004 - 09:00 AM
Posted 24 April 2004 - 08:27 PM
Obviously I then had to wash it off, but my comments up to that point:
When wet this smells very strongly of almond essence.
As is starts to dry the strong almond smell is abating, I can smell the incensey smell of frankincense and a fruitiness in the background.
The almond disappears rapidly on my skin, but is replaced by what smells like cherry (fruity anyway), backed with incense. Nice until my skin starts to burn and I have to wash it off.
Like Joey I am not sure what causes this, my skin copes with Chimera which also contains cinnamon. The only other oil I reacted strongly with was Mercury.
Posted 25 April 2004 - 06:54 PM
Posted 30 April 2004 - 10:26 PM
Eclipse is like the sweetest oil ever, on intial impact all you can (and want to) smell are almonds. A few minutes later and a further spicy scent as it settles down. It works perfectly with my body to create a warm, inviting and comforting scent rolled into one. Definitely a foody smell and the vanilla note, I feel, gives the scent, the invitingness.
Out of all the oils I've tried so far, this one has blew my breath away the most, will definitely be ordering a bigger bottle of this soon.
This post has been edited by Astarte: 30 April 2004 - 10:27 PM
Posted 05 May 2004 - 10:07 PM
When I put it on, the almond stage did not last and was replaced almost immediately by an incensey smell. I usually strongly dislike smokey/resiney/incensey scents, but here I have to admit that it is lovely.
Once Eclipse settles down, I get a gorgeous spicy/foody scent and the almond seems to be coming back. I now smell like a Middle Eastern almond cookie and I love it!
A very bright and happy scent. Definitely a keeper!
ETA: I wore Eclipse all day today. Once again. the almond disappeared in a matter of seconds, but this time I ended up with a warm, mellow frankincense scent. I would never have thought I would like a scent with frankincense in it, but there you go! I am really glad I tried it. It is so comforting and uplifting. I love it!
This post has been edited by Ishtar: 08 May 2004 - 01:30 AM
Posted 07 May 2004 - 06:15 AM
Dry it is a very smooth and warm vanilla on me...more pleasant and richer than straight vanilla would be, but mostly it's soft vanilla. I like the spiced vanilla but prefer the Almond scent.
I'm going to try this with my diffuser necklace...I hope that it will retain the wet smell longer this way.
I'll probably buy a big bottle of this regardless....I think I'd love this as a room scent as well. I wouldn't mind just keeping a bottle with me at all times to take an occasional "hit" of cinnamony almond through the day.
Posted 12 May 2004 - 03:45 PM
So bummed as i really wanted this one to work out.
On opening the imp I got the rush of the sweet almonds but as soon as I put it on my skin it turned to "Luden's cherry flavoured cough drops"
I did give it a few hours to "change" but unfortunately that didn't happen.
It did fade rather quickly and become less offensive over time.
I gave the boi a whiff and he was like..
So this one goes into the swap pile.
Posted 18 May 2004 - 12:42 PM
Boy am I glad I waited.
The dry down was a lovely blend of almonds, amber, and vanilla. The fruit smell was becoming a back note. The fragrance lingered on my wrists for a good ten hours. It could easily compliment Dior's Hypnotic Poison [all time winter fragrance] or Victoria's Secret Amber Romance. This one could be a possible big bottle purchase in the future.
Posted 29 May 2004 - 11:51 AM
Second Impression: The cinnamon note does not last long enough. Pooh! As soon as it's dry, it's gone then it's all almond and amber and vanilla rum. It reminds me muchly of Hellcat.
Final Analysis: I really like, smells great on, but no staying power.
Posted 20 June 2004 - 08:31 PM
Posted 01 July 2004 - 08:34 AM
Wet: I don't get the cinnamon in this really at all. This smells almost like a cherry-menthol coughdrop to me
Wearing: Didn't last long. Jason bought a gum once that tasted like this smells. Sadly .. a swap.
Posted 28 July 2004 - 12:16 PM
Here's my right elbow:
The scent is nice, but it doesn't hang around long enough to bother with the burning. 25 minutes later, my arm still burns. I'll use it for a room scent, or in my hair methinks.
Whups, huge photo - sorry. :-(
Posted 28 July 2004 - 08:58 PM
Posted 02 August 2004 - 12:30 PM
On me, NOW I smell the cinnamon. And it does counter the almond smell very well:) The cinnamon isn't the overtone of this scent though, its like a lingering afterthought. Together the fragrance is very sweet and spicy. This is really nice:)
Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:53 AM
It's foody, but subtly so, not like being smeared with a cake. Very nice - it reminds me of Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum (a soft powdery-almond-milky scent that's one of my favourite fragrances) but kicked up a notch with the cinnamon and spices. It is very much like the Lush Marzibain Christmas bubble bar I had a couple of years ago.
I think I need a bottle of this one :) My boyfriend has declared it his favourite of all the BPAL I've made him sniff so far, as well.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 02:45 PM
on it drys down to this incredible spicey, vanilla, sweet almond scent which is just gorgeous, very warm and comforting, just the occasional whiff of incense.
on me it lasts very well indeed, four or five hours after application it's still strong.
Posted 21 August 2004 - 03:50 PM
In its defence, I did manage to throw virtually an entire imp's worth over myself but the few splashes that caught my neck and chin burned and brought me out in severe red weals.
In the bottle, this smells very marzipan. Not the commercial yummy marzipan of Dana O'Shee but a much less sweet home-made marzipan.
On my skin, the bitter almond took hold almost immediately. My skin seemed to take all the bitter elements of Eclipse and let them grow. After 20-ish minutes, I could strongly smell pear drops (an acetone type smell), but so very strong. After an hour or so, it had morphed into the most awful, chemical hairspray type smell and kept going. It just seemed to get stronger and stronger.
One for the swap pile... if I had any left to swap!