Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:31 AM
In the bottle: Wow, the violet certainly is dominating this scent. There's something sweetening it, though, which must be what the blend description is naming as vanilla. It's an unusual vanilla, though -- it's very 'back stage', serving as a sweetener more than an independent note.
Wet: Sweet violet is still in the center here. It's similar to the bottle scent, but the violet seems to be getting stronger and wilder. This scent is overwhelmingly strong on me.
10 minutes: Something very green has emerged that is what was fueling the ever-wilder violet. It's interesting, because somehow the violet has managed to be simultaneously sweet /and/ edgy; I see this as an uncontrolled and rambling flower rather than something restrained or elegant. Green notes aren't my nose's specialty, but I want to say that it's the very green and somewhat bitter scent of violet leaf. If someone told me there was a very small bit of vetiver in the oil, I wouldn't be surprised.
40 minutes: The unruly violet has finally begun to subdue, and consequently is finally registering somewhat pleasant to my nose.
1 Hour through Dry Down: The fragrance has morphed from a screaming, bright, sweet violet to a subtle, sweet powder scent on me that is laced with a kiss of violet. I'm guessing that this is from the type of vanilla that is being used, or perhaps the oils that are simulating gardenia. Fortunately, the bitter green scent has completely passed.
This was definitely an interesting and evocative scent for me. To be honest, it's the type of scent that I can admire in concept, but don't think I'd particularly appreciate smelling on myself or anyone close to me. The violet is just too wild, and too untamed for someone like me who tends to like more subdued, elegant, and dusky scents. For someone who wants a no-apologies bright type of violet, though this is a perfect choice (atleast until the drydown that is somewhat evocative of violet baby powder.) Incidentally, this remiinds me a fair bit of a louder, more extreme version of Caron's Violette Precieuse. (Caron's has a sparkley olfactory aspect that this is missing, however.)