Woo Hoo! I love Bethís Rum notes, so I do! This is very sugary rum when first on, but very quickly a lovely coconut (or even, maybe, coconut milk rather than the meat, but fresh, fresh, not dried or bottled) joins it in almost buttery harmony (not like buttered rum, but that sort of creamy-smooth-sweet texture. The tobacco leaf adds a little substance, but isnít heavy (and for those who donít already know Ė tobacco leaves donít smell anything like burning tobacco. It always cracks me up when someone assumes s/he is going to smell like an ashtray because there is tobacco in a blend, and then manages to convince her/himself that scent is really there. Think slightly spicy, brown, faintly-to-quite sweet, smooth, and substantial in a grounded way Ė a round
scent, never harsh, dusty or smoky).
This is a warm, friendly, humorous blend. Elegba may be the conduit for communication between here and beyond, but he isnít solemn, if these are his standard offerings. I donít know Elegba, but Iím guessing that when asked in the proper way he opens doors and reveals paths with a broad smile and a friendly wave to go right on ahead.
Iím having a tough week with the scents Ė everything seems very light on me, and a little muted, although I had Dorian on a little while ago and it seemed strong and clear enough. I think the grass pollens are playing with my sense of taste/smell. Iím not sure Elegba is all that strong past the first few minutes (lovely strong rummy wet throw), but it seems to linger with a warm (actually physically warm), close aura, sending up little wisps and tendrils of rum and coconut now and then, today. Iíll have to try it again when the pollen levels drop, or I find a better antihistamine and see if it has more staying power than it seems to right now. Still, decanted into a roller bottle to take along in purse or pocket, it wouldnít be a trial to reapply in the course of a day at the beach followed by a night of dining and dancing, or on a picnic and Frisbee session in the park, or whatever fun and Summery thing one is moved to do inspired by the weather and the energy this blend exudes. I really like this. Keeper!