Asphodel Rappaccini's Garden, discontinued: 1/24/08
Posted 01 August 2005 - 04:43 PM
In the vial: slightly sweet, light flowers. I know I have smelled this before, it is a very familiar scent, but I just can't place it right this second.
Wet: beautiful light flowers, with a hint of sweetness intermingled. I *know* this flower. I just wish I could remember it... it is so amazingly lovely. :P
Posted 01 August 2005 - 06:52 PM
On wet: Slightly sweet floral again I don't know why I am thinking gardenia or something else.
Drydown: This is a strangely icy, clean, ever so slightly sweet floral. Almost to the point of the ice taking over the floral
Overall: I see the idea of walking in the underworld to stand before Hel in her Kingdom. This scent is an unexpected find. I really like the clean scent and I think this will help cool me off in the heat.
Side note: With trying all sorts of scents I noticed by accident that this also smells incredible layered with Al-Shairan.
Posted 01 August 2005 - 11:43 PM
In the bottle: The first scent I associate with this scent is plumaria. Then I smell other flowers. Odd. Wisteria *and* violet? But, yes! Applied very lightly to one elbow crook.
Wet: More wisteria with a touch of violet and something else in the grey family. Lilac?
Drying: Powdery floral and a very old-fashioned scent. Strangely refreshing.
This has been wafting up from the crook of my elbow all day. It’s an unusual scent that sometimes smells like soap, other times like fresh flowers. I like the way it morphs and lasts. What I associate with this is a boudoir. Dunno why, but that’s Asphodel … at least for me. Feminine and old-fashioned and very lovely.
It does remind me of a snippet of the English lyrics for “La Violetera” – a song popular for a couple of decades. “Love is like a little violet/with the fragrance of regret./It was born to last for but a hour/To be lost and then forgot.”
Posted 14 August 2005 - 11:11 PM
Skin: it's still really pretty and light and floral. Is this violets? Wisteria? I have no idea, but it lays on my skin very nicely, holding its scent rather strongly but not over powering or offensive.
Final thoughts: I'm so happy I got to try this! I need to order myself a bottle!
Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:40 PM
How's that for THE most unhelpful review ever? :P
Just try it. See where it takes you.
Posted 25 August 2005 - 10:58 PM
In the drydown it seems to be trying to go powdery *and* soapy on me. Baby powder scented soap. This is what my personal hell would smell like, now that I think of it.
Posted 25 August 2005 - 11:10 PM
Posted 11 September 2005 - 01:35 PM
Second Impression: A gorgeous yellow floral. Asphodel reminds me of the dandelions and buttercups that grew in our yard when we where kids. My sister and I would spend hours picked every single one of them to make bouquets to give to Mummy. She'd put them in dixie cups all over the kitchen.
Final Analysis: Sweet, gentle and beautiful.
Posted 11 September 2005 - 04:35 PM
I'm sure this is beautiful on someone else, so I've traded it off to someone who'll appreciate it more. Still, glad I got to try it! :P
Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:40 PM
On Skin: Very strong and sweet, almost like a Lily or Honeysuckle... very bright and white. It seems almost too feminine at first, but then the is a darker stronger note that surfaces that makes it a bit “tougher” and masculine, also kind of minty. Very interesting. Beautiful and distinct, but I am not a big fan of florals so I think I’ll be swapping this one.
This post has been edited by slave1: 15 September 2005 - 09:41 PM
Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:29 AM
I don't like florals...but sometimes I do. So you never know.
The main note in this is something that is also in Darkness, I think. Darkness is one of the scents that I least get along with. There's something in it that smells like hairspray and bandaids and I just don't like it at all. The note that is in Asphodel is not that note, but it's one that I don't like very much on its own anyway. And there's something else, like jasmine, that doesn't agree with me. Overall it's a very chemical-smelling sort of cloying floral to me. I can see it being grey, but it's as if tiny little pale grey flowers are interspersed with little pale yellow flowers as well. They are fragrant and floral but on me it comes across as a rather depressing.
Since a lot of people like the notes that I think I detect in this I think that this must be a chemistry issue...these kinds of florals will never work for me, but fans of perfumey florals would definitely be wise to try it out!
Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:45 PM
Posted 17 September 2005 - 08:57 PM
Posted 18 September 2005 - 02:40 AM
Dry, more gardenia and maybe a hint of violet.
Not bad at all, but not one I need to own anytime soon.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:22 PM
In the imp: a fresh, dewy, white lily-like floral with a strong 'garden like' note. It smells moist and freshly cut. Like a rainy garden scent, with crushed leaves.
Wet on skin: a crisp, wet green scent and floral. It's like being in a florist shop.
Dry on skin: this is quite amazing. This smells like a fresh flower but also its leaves, it's that clear, sharp green scent of chlorophyll, cut stems, crushed plants. The flower here is like a lily, or lily of the valley, and it smells moist, like it's covered with dew or rain. There's a definite moist flower scent.
After a while: it still smells of strong green lilies of the valley and now also honeysuckle. It reminds me of spring, and rain or mist. Like raindrops on waxen blooms. Misty fields filled with ethereal, pure flowers. It reminds me of my holiday in Devon where the weather was pretty damp and dreary, but the rain really brought out the scent of countless honeysuckles blooming all around, it smelt so beautiful...
Verdict: this is a very interesting floral scent, because not only is it a floral, but it's a freshly picked floral scent. It's reminiscent of a bouquet brought in from the rain. You can smell the leaves, the moisture, the greenery as well as the flower. It's a fresh, dewy flower scent, I think it is a kind of lily, a I'm thinking lily of the valley, as well as honeysuckle-as it dries down, I get a 'honeysuckles in the rain' scent that I smelt when I was on holiday in Devon. It's a lovely, clean floral scent that I think will be even better during springtime. Gorgeous.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 02:12 PM
Florals usually go powdery and soapy on me, and Asphodel did not. Absolutely lovely! :P
Posted 23 September 2005 - 10:21 PM
wet: well HELLO! honeysuckle, and it bitchslaps me silly. did i think it smelled light? there is nothing light as soon as it touches my skin. it is heady strong in your face summer florals
as it dries i am getting what i think is gardenia, a waxy lotion type scent, still some honeysuckle.
nice, summery, but way to florally for me
Posted 24 September 2005 - 05:58 PM
Daffodils!!!!! Daffodils & dandelions, that's what Asphodel smells like to me.
To me, this is so close to the daffodil single note (which always reminded me of the dandelion single note as well).
So very pretty, I'm thrilled to have a bottle. :P
Posted 24 September 2005 - 09:27 PM
Nice but not a big bottle candidate.
Posted 29 September 2005 - 03:14 PM
I tend to dislike floral scents but Asphodel is a winner.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 09:36 PM
Either that, or lily of the valley, but I think hyacinth.
It's a fresh, almost soapy greenish bulby floral.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:23 PM
Initially, I get non-soapy lilies which morphs into something resembling jasmine. Maybe this is the honeysuckle that some reviewers mentioned? In the end, the florals turn soapy, so it's off to the swap pile.
The "grey and ghostly" description is quite apt. This is such a light, translucent floral that it's almost as if all the colour has been leeched out of the florals before they went into this scent.
Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:21 PM
on: this reminds me of carnation and rose...but only a little.
45 minutes later: a dusty, pale flower. i think i may be getting lilac.
1.5 hours later: lilac and...honeysuckle? very pretty.
overall: this is pretty, but not something i would wear.
Posted 13 October 2005 - 07:02 AM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 10:55 PM
in the imp: surprisingly gorgeous, green and alive. It's a fine citrus, like the shavings of an orange peel attenuated by lots and lots of water. This is a messy floral, wildflowers trampled underfoot and surrounded by tall grasses. There is nothing hard or sharp in this fragrance at all.
wet: a burst of wonderful life and green, and then...
drydown: almost instantaneous conversion into a sweet scent that is naggingly familiar. I had to wear this a few times to figure out what it was, but when I had it I was stunned. This is almost exactly like an optomotrist's office I worked at after college. It was a somewhat unsavoury experience, because the drive to-and-from was over an hour and a half each way and because I only worked with a few people and I didn't really get on with any of them. I worked there only for two weeks before taking a much better job as a parks assistant at Camp Dearborn, but still the memory of that place is indelibly planted in my mind... the dark, unfriendly displays which held the frames, and this scent was whatever was used to clean the glasses.
verdict: an unfair, personal "ugh."
post-conceived notion: sometimes I find myself glad when a fragrance doesn't work, simply because that is one less thing that I might feel a tug towards purchasing more of. Asphodel going over to the swap pile becomes a very economical thing for me, so I'm relieved.