Posted 03 July 2004 - 12:46 AM
After falling in love with Katharina, Fae went to the top of my wishlist, thanks to the white musk and the peach. I also used to own a perfume called "Avalon Peach," and I was hoping that Fae might remind me a bit of that...
In the Bottle
Yeah, there's peach in there, but it's not as strong as I thought it would be. It smells as though it's equally paired with an herbal/green smell. There's also something else that I can't quite identify. This reminds me of how a peach smoothie might smell, after they've added spirulina, or vitamins, or whatever else they add to smoothies to make them more healthy. It's not so much medicinal, as a scent that I associate with health stores, like GNC or other vitamin filled places. I expected this to smell a light more light, but instead it smells very green and foresty.
When it first goes on, it turns sweet. Sickly sweet. But this is probably just my skin chemistry, which turns anything fruit into a sickly sweet smell. Katharina was an exception, for some reason, but Fae turns into an over ripe/sweet fruit smell, just like Kitsune-Tsuki, and many others. But underneath the sweetness, there's actually a hint of something spicy. Not a strong spice, like Old Morocco or Scherezade, but a soft gentle spice. Barely noticable. Also, there's a mossy smell underneath it, and it makes me think of a ripe peach, laying on a patch of moss that's been freshly ripped up, with black earth still clinging to it.
After about half an hour, the sweetness finally subsides and I can actually sniff my wrists without wrinkling my nose at the smell. Unfortunately, by then the peach has faded significantly and all that's left is the mossy smell, with the white musk and heliotrope (I guess?) finally showing up. Smells like a bright, sexual patch of moss. Kind of a weird image, really. Works better if I imagine a fairy who smells like moss, but also a light musky sexual scent underneath.
Anyhow, this lasts about 3 or 4 hours on me before I have to reapply it and suffer through the first half hour again.
It really is a pleasant enough scent when it fades, but nothing dazzling enough to go through the first half hour for. If I'd discovered this before I discovered Katharina, I might wear it just for the scent after it's faded a bit, but I think that Katharina is by far the superior of the two (on my skin, at least).
On the other hand, don't think that by smelling Katharina that you have gotten the spirit of Fae in the same sniff. Consider Katharina to be a bright, spirited perfume, with a hint of innocence and sexuality together; Fae is close, but is instead the earthy, fleshy cousin, who knows her sexuality, and is more seductive than spirited. Fae would make a good alternative for anyone who thought that Katharina was too bright, or not complex enough.