Posted 26 December 2005 - 10:09 PM
In the imp: oh goodness, this smells like Ice Queen! Maybe a bit sweeter, but it's that soft musk scent, the snowy musk from that scent.
Wet on skin: yup, still Ice Queen, I also get something a bit citrus like in this scent, almost like grapefruit. The scent is cool and fresh.
Dry on skin: I think another appropriate name for this scent would be Ice King, since this complements last year's Queen perfectly. It has that same icy cool musk to it, that soft snowy scent with hints of citrus or iced aquatics or ozone, but this one is a bit darker, a bit greener, and less feminine. I can smell the fir in here, possibly the birch too but I'm more familiar with the fir note. This fir is like a Christmas tree 'in the wild', uncut, snow covered, waiting to be chopped down, but you wouldn't dare chop this tree-it's perfect as it is, here in it's frozen forest, it is alive, and it stands strong against the chill. I adore the white musk note this scent has, too.
After a while: the scent gets darker and less soft now, I think the fir and birch notes come out more. there's an odd, slightly bitter note in here that I'm not sure about, it seems a bit strange. That might be the birch. But apart from that, the scent is cool, chilled, frosty and with bits of greenness encased in icy notes, with bits of icicle sharp citrus/aquatics/ozone and smooth snowy musk.
Verdict: this is the Ice King, Ice Queen's male counterpart, this is to my nose a much more gender-neutral version of last year's gorgeous icy scent. It shares those snowy, cool, white musk notes that I got in Ice Queen, but with fir and birch, darker and more woody and evergreen. It's a very atmospheric scent, very evocative of winter forests, trees covered by thick layers of snow, it smells cool and brisk, like a chilly wind. There's a slight bitter note I'm not so keen on, I may get used to it, and if I do, I might get a bottle. This is wonderful winter scent…but first I'm going to try my other snowy scents before I decide whether it's a favourite or not.