Posted 19 September 2005 - 12:39 AM
Is this the lotus I smell, this strange, nose-tickly-sweet floral?
If it is, then lotus is on my list of things to avoid. Really, all I can smell is this note, and it is NOT working for me. I can't even pick up anything else in the blend.
I don't think this is a bad blend...I think I just don't like what lotus smells like.
Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:24 AM
Wet on skin it smells strongly of one note, I guess it's lotus, but it reminds me vaguely of honeysuckle. There is a hint of fruity tang in the background, but it's very faint. I can see why other posters mentioned bubblegum. That's pretty spot on.
I think my body hates this scent. The first time I tried it, I felt extremely nauseated, and now it's giving me a headache. I washed it off within minutes of putting it on.
It's just too sweet for me, so it will go off to the swap pile.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 05:12 AM
Yuck, yuck, yuck. To the swap pile. AWAY!
Posted 05 October 2005 - 12:02 AM
I wasn't even going to attempt putting this on my skin. It's too floral and very not me.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 09:36 PM
Drydown 1 hour: Much the same.
Nothing I feel the need to keep!
Posted 17 October 2005 - 03:26 AM
Posted 29 October 2005 - 03:39 PM
Not a favorite of mine but Iím happy to have it.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:00 AM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 02:33 AM
Posted 24 November 2005 - 05:39 AM
I don't catch any hint of the amber in the beginning--this begins as a cool, breezy scent on me. Over time, however, it warms in tone, so I don't get amber itself, but the effects I associate with amber. Sun warming against a pool of water. A tropical orchard, a marble column, and a moment of peace.
It ends up being a warm and sweet floral scent. Lovely.
Posted 24 November 2005 - 05:01 PM
On: Ew. This is the first bpal I've tried that went seriously nasty on me. There's a strong smell, almost like gasoline, but dirtier. Like gasoline spilled onto the ground, forming a mud puddle.
Dry: Considerably better, but still not a winner on me. I'm beginning to think that lotus just doesn't work with my chemistry. I do start to pick out the florals, but still with a haze of gasoline, which pretty much kills it for me.
Also had a possible allergic reaction, as I developed a red rash on my wrists and the backs of my hands shortly after applying this. Nothing else in my environment changed, so I am guessing it was the oil.
Posted 29 November 2005 - 03:23 AM
Wet on my skin, it's essentially the same as sniffing the bottle. Thankfully, after a few minutes being on my skin, the gag inducing smell is fading. Now I detect more of a ripe banana smell amidst blurry florals. I think the gag smell is softening to a dark and cloudy floral scent, but I don't know what it is (maybe that's what Lotus smells like?) Damp and incense-like.
Was that a whiff of amber I just caught? The amber is really faint on me if there's any left at all. And the scent is turning more powdery. Unless something dramatic changes as more time passes that completely wins me over, this is not a scent for me. Heck, even if it does change, I don't think I can handle those first 5 minutes of ick time.
Edited to add that it's now hit the dry stick of bubblegum stage! Fun, but not something I'd choose to wear.
This post has been edited by mockturtle: 29 November 2005 - 03:52 AM
Posted 11 December 2005 - 07:03 AM
Dry: Some overconcentrated flower, smells more like tuberose to me than jasmine. It is so strong I smell nothing else. I LOVE florals but this seems overly potent to me, maybe a dilution would help?
Posted 22 December 2005 - 07:43 PM
Posted 26 December 2005 - 02:56 AM
Wet: Oh dear this is so very sweet, at first it's so sweet I can hardly pick out a note. Then I can smell citrus, could be grapefruit or mandarin, and flowers that I can't name, maybe slightly reminiscent of carnations. There's a subtle fresh/watery quality to it.
Drydown: No more citrus now, but it smells like a fruit or a nut... I'd say some kind of sweet but very bland apple (it doesn't smell *of* apple, it just has that juicy feel to it), or a very wet almond. It also has a rich, slightly spicy amber coating and there are some very sweet nondescript flowers in the background.
Overall: I get the impression that this is moist almond, honey and amber. It smells... pale, and discrete, and really really sweet. It really does smell young and innocent, and I feel way too old to be wearing this, it's very cute and so not me. A nice, pretty blend, though.
Posted 07 January 2006 - 12:02 PM
Dries down to: Still jasmine.
Additional Comments: I know this is supposed to be lotus and other florals with some citrus and amber - but all I get is jasmine. It reminds me a lot of Lush's Godiva shampoo bar - which is a really good thing. I'm not as familiar with lotus but I've liked most of the oils I've tried that contain it. It must be very similar to jasmine, or at least to the jasmine version I've acquired a taste for (Jasmine's a love/hate scent for me). The citrus and amber, although undetectable to me, must contribute to taming the lotus on me - especially, the amber, which seems to be my "holy grail" note. This might be bottle-worthy if it had any staying power but it doesn't.
Lasted: A little over an hour.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Posted 07 January 2006 - 10:40 PM
On first application, this is a very heavy, stinky, floral. I'm assuming lotus? It lasts this way for a good hour and a half, gradually decreasing in strength. Eventually some soft fruits similar to Kuang Shi come out. All in all, not a keeper for me.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 03:48 PM
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Posted 06 February 2006 - 04:17 AM
I guess I was hoping for more a fruity scent. It's not bad but I wasn't crazy about it either. Not one of the better florals I've tried. And the drydown had a plastic scent to it.
Just didn't work out for me.
Posted 14 February 2006 - 02:22 AM
Amber and Juicyfruit gum.
On the skin:
The amber amps waaaay up, too much almost. There's a fruitiness, but I can't pin it down. Really, I know it's not very poetic or descriptive, but I'm getting warm Juicyfruit.
After a few minutes:
It fades down quick to just amber, which is lingering pretty strongly.
It's alright, but it's too nostalgic smelling for me.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 10:32 AM
Posted 24 February 2006 - 09:58 PM
In the vial and on my skin all I smelled was fruit--not even fruit, really, an approximation of fruit like in gummy bears.
In just a few minutes, though, the amber took over (thank you, skin chemistry). It's warm and thick on me, amber with just a hint of lotus in the background. I don't get any citrus at all--it smells more like apricot.
This is not an innocent scent on me, it's a warm, golden, womanly scent, rich amber and apricot puree with soft florals playing over the top.
Posted 25 February 2006 - 02:23 AM
on: lovely, sweet, watery lotus with some citrus, pretty flowers, and sweet amber. i can actually smell all the notes in this, which is pretty cool.
2 hours later: all sweet, candy-like lotus, but drier.
3.5 hours later: a dry, pure, lotus scent.
overall: i'm so glad i nabbed an imp of this. it's very simple, but nice.
Posted 30 March 2006 - 01:17 PM
Wet: still orange bubble gum. I waited for the bubblegum to fade, getting really worried when it stayed longer than 5-10 minutes. If the bubblegum didn't die down soon, I'd be swapping this one.
I should have remembered: If there's one note my skin likes to amp, more than any other, it's amber. Amber sauntered in after about 15 minutes and whipped Orange into shape.
The lotus lurks underneath, lending this a lighter quality. This smells a lot like The Haunted Palace on me--except lighter, more summer-y. And it's good to have a reasonable facsimile of Haunted Palace, seeing as it's an LE and I'm rapidly depleting my decanted imp thereof.
This is a sweet, ambery, slightly fruity scent that will be good for warm weather. I just need to remember to put it on 15 minutes before I leave, so that the Bubblicious Gum of Doom is gone by the time I get anywhere. :P