Kumari Kandam The Phantom Islands
Posted 15 August 2006 - 04:23 PM
This scent has inspired me to be a first review, even though I doubt my ability to pick out notes. So I will review it... a bit more on impression.
In thebottle -- this scent is a cool, wet incense. I have to say it smells like a beloved child of Whippoorwhill and Ice Queen. The spike of frost is a touch piney, a touch sharp. But the papery and aquatic feel of the whippoorwhill-like notes wet it down, and melt the queen to something a bit more somber. It's amazing how something green and aquatic can hold that 'hint of decay'. Beth did something amazing with that.
Wet -- Wet, she dies down a bit. The clay, the dark, and cold grotto chambers of the sunken city come to mind. Long abandoned hallways, memories of inhabitants... the piney scent dissipates into an incensy aquatic. Something I've never smelled before. It's delicate and old, but you never forget the 'ice'.
On the skin, and dry down-- For me she sweetens up a bit. The incensy notes become more accessible and it becomes a bit more delicate, a bit more vacant and haunting. I can't decide if this scent embodies a perfect winter scent, or would be a lovely solace from the staggering summer heat. Regardless, on the dry down she gets a little more earthy, and the 'clay's begin to form. You can also get the feeling of those 'hothouse' blooms, as they seperate from the aquatic notes.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 07:28 PM
In the imp, it does very much remind me of that unique combination of elements in Ice Queen -- clean, faintly minty with a musky undertone, like a sheet of ancient ice, with years of soil and greenery trapped beneath the surface.
Kumari is a little bit more watery than icy, as though the thick sheet of ice has clear rivulets running off from it. The ancient greenery trapped within the opaque sheen begins to crumble and break apart, releasing a refreshing burst of fresh, fragrant leafy fronds darkened by mildew and age.
As it dries down a faintly earthy scent, damp clay, takes the place of those aquatic/icy notes. After the initial, fresh and frosty muted minty blast that directly recalls Ice Queen, I think of shards of ancient pottery frozen in ice, emerging as a distant sun begins to melt the ancient glaciers.
This is just a masterpiece. I like it even better than Ice Queen because it incorporates at bit of earthiness in it. I definitely need a bottle, the question is how soon can I get one?
I love these conceptual scents -- ice, snow, stone, space. I want more! :P
Posted 09 September 2006 - 02:44 AM
As it dries it loses some of that slushy quality but still smells cool and crisp. Kind of like a melancholy winter's day. I really like the incense with it, though. That's a nice touch!
Posted 12 September 2006 - 07:15 AM
On Skin: This is so bright and unique!! I get a Snow White and Ice Queen feel from it right away. That beautiful clean white glittering snow note and also the slight pine. The clay and stone confuse me, this smells alive and bright, I don’t get dry stone or thick dry clay at all. The incense is coming forward, a nice soft spice and not smoky. The aquatic notes are very strong and give a wet feel, but not dripping wet, more like a little quick splash... maybe slowly melting ice? The florals are sweet and I think give a fruity tone as well. This scent has a beautiful cold crisp feel. A perfect fix for me since we’ve had a hot summer here in Colorado. A must try for fans of Snow White, Ice Queen and Skadi. Average to strong throw, medium to long wearlength.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 09:57 PM
once applied this amps up beyond belief :P
holy love of all that is fresh and aquatic...this is so beautiful...
a peppermint candy cane comes to mind...eating it on the seaside...
this lasts for a good long time too....i may need a big bottle for trips
to provincetown for sure!! :D :D
Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:19 AM
Posted 21 September 2006 - 01:08 AM
Good throw, too. Really nice for when I'm in the mood for something different from what I usually wear. I'm glad I took a chance.
Posted 23 September 2006 - 11:32 PM
In the bottle, this smells like snow. Aquatic and smooth.
On me, this goes oddly sweet. Now it smells like snow and sugarcane. Not at all earthy or incensy or decaying or even really floral.
The snow note almost smells like pine, almost like mint, almost like cliche aquatic... but not quite any of those things. It's strange and pleasant when paired with this warmer, sweeter note.
Kumari Kandam isn't like any other BPAL blend that I've tried before, though it falls into that category with all of the other 'snow-aquatic' blends. This is very pretty and smells slightly edible. I want to eat this snow :P Kind of sad that I'm not smelling anything like clay or stone though.
Posted 06 October 2006 - 11:39 PM
This is an imp I intend to keep if only for the tremendous evocative power it has. It's quite impressive how well it captures the poles of ice and tropical blooms.
Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:04 AM
Posted 17 October 2006 - 03:54 PM
In the imp: a more ozone-citrus-aquatic variant of the Snow Bunny/Skadi ‘snow’ note, with something warm underneath.
Wet on skin: the hothouse blooms and something akin to jungle greenery come out underneath the pine-menthol-ozone frostiness.
Dry: now it starts to remind me of Ice Queen! This is really interesting…I can smell a smooth and powdery stony scent-the mineral note from Black Opal-in here as well. This reminds me of Ice Queen meets Snow Moon, with Black Opal and some jungle plants added to it…and also a hint of sweet resin and smoke. This scent is both hot and humid and also icy cold at the same time, which is really unusual.
After a while: this seems to stay the same, I think it warms up though and loses it’s citrus sharpness. I smell more of the stone and clay now, and the aquatics still retain their frosty scent but that seems to have melted now-the aquatic note in here is very good on my skin, not turning soapy at all! I still smell the floral greenery and there’s a little bit of smoke wafting over the scent…and I swear that I can smell the tiniest hint of vetiver. There’s also something almost sweet and lightly musky here.
Verdict: one of the most unusual, complex, and interesting scents ever. I agree that this is a conceptual scent, like a masterpiece of modern art, not traditional at all. There’s almost a feel of Chaos Theory about it, mixing together mineral notes (yes…I’m amazed at how Beth can make scents with mineral notes!) and icy aquatics with jungle greens and flowers, a dash of incense smoke on the top and vetiver at the base…it shouldn’t work, but it does. It also smells like Ice Queen has gone on holiday to an exotic island of rainforests and caves and has frozen it, a paradise now glaciated…a scent of contrasts and complexities but also a stunning perfume which will make heads turn. All in all, a fascinating fragrance.
Emoticon rating: :P
Is it a keeper? Yes. I might get a bottle when I run out of Ice Queen.
If you like this, try: Black Opal, Cloister Graveyard in the Snow, Death of the Gravedigger, Snow Bunny, Snow Moon, Dublin, Nuclear Winter
Posted 21 October 2006 - 01:27 PM
not peppermint (which i hate) or frankincense and myrrh, but some combination of scents that have somehow gotten stuck in my head as "christmassy"
wet and dark and smooth with a dangerous edge.
ever cut yourself on ice?
this reminds me of something that i can't quite name...
like maybe Dirty and House of Mirrors had a child? or somebody put Black Opal in a "freezer" (not literally, of course. do oils freeze?)
i like it, but i'm not sure i will wear it often.
aha! i think i remember now. Yankee Candle's "Storm Watch". that's what this reminds me of.
bear in mind, i just worked a 13 hour shift, and i'm beat. [=
Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:20 PM
:P :D :D
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 11:29 PM
I like this very much, and was thrilled that it lasted all day, even through a few hand washings. Despite its stamina, it is still a light, subtle scent on me, with all the notes on the same plane, none jostling for attention or overwhelming the others.
Posted 12 January 2007 - 08:26 PM
Wet: Same as in the bottle, salty ozone aquatics, like sea spray. There's something herby in there, too. It's pretty aftershavey.
Drydown: It doesn't morph very much, I get cold sea-like aquatics, salty, I do think I get a hint of clay or stone, actually. It's also rather herbal and wild-smelling, like a moor by the seaside. I think that there's sweetish pine in the ice notes of the blend, too. After a long while, a cool, nearly floral sweet note emerges, really adding to this iciness.
Overall: It's reminiscent of wilderness, ice, the ocean, and forests. A rather evocative blend, that makes you think of a nature in which you really wouldn't like to be lost. But the pine/aquatics together end up smelling pretty masculine and aftershavey for me.
Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:54 AM
Posted 08 February 2007 - 05:08 PM
As it dries though, the sharpness fades quite a bit (though it's still there a bit more on my left wrist) and starts to sweeten and a hint of saltiness comes out. It reminds me of something I can't quite place, but it's comforting.
I think it would also smell wonderful on dh.
Since I can't try this on my skin right now I'm trying it in my locket, so I can't say how it might morph on the skin.
I have no idea how else to descibe this other than....Christmas soap. :P Now you might think I'm saying that in a negative way, but I'm not. It's actually very nice smelling. Very green and watery, but not tropical at all. It definitely has a cold "feel" to it.
It's very lovely, though I think it might work better on hubby. I'm going to wear it the rest of the day and see how I feel. It's not really me but I'm very glad I got to try it. :D
Thinking about it though, I could possibly see wearing it during the winter. Still debating on whether or not I'll get a bottle. It would actually make a very pretty room scent too.
This post has been edited by Shollin: 06 August 2008 - 08:03 PM
Posted 10 February 2007 - 01:55 PM
In the imp: There’s that aquatic note I love so much, with some lovely florals underneath. There’s more to it, but my nose can’t distinguish specific notes.
Wet/Drydown: This is heavily aquatic, but I’m picking up some stone in here as well. There’s a heady floral note that blends extremely well with the aquatic note, it’s almost seamless. The aquatic note isn’t quite the salty tang of Tempest, more of a fresh-water note. I’m picking up the incense note now, but it’s not overwhelming. This blend is heady and delicious.
Dry: Becomes a deliciously heady incense blend with a stony bent. Long lasting too.
This may be my favorite aquatic that I've tried so far, and the dry phase is amazing. This may go on the big bottle list.
Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:53 PM
All at once, in the oil, I can smell stone, clay, and water. It's rather masculine, although there's hints of flowers. This is so very cold... although not "decaying", but very clean.
On my skin... WOAH! Ivory soap! Strong! :D D'oh. I don't like this stage, but I wait patiently. It's worth it... very very slowly, the incense and flowers draw out while remaining chilly. I can see a freezing clay building, housing strange exotic flowers.
I can't decide about this one. The Ivory soap stage is totally unpleasant, yet something keeps drawing me back. Definately sets a mood. Hhhhm.
(For what it's worth, since it was so masculine I tried it on my boyfriend and I just cried "YECK!" and dismissed it as strong, strong Ivory soap. It smells better on me. :P )
Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:24 AM
Wet: Very much the same as in the imp. Very orange (but my skin tends to amp all citrus notes).
Drydown and wear: The orange might actually be coming from the incense, as this smells a lot like Cairo on me. However, there's more floral at base in this scent than there is in that one. As it goes down, some of the clay/stone emerges, but this remains orange.
Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:44 PM
I really can't pick out any notes, it's so well blended. All I can say is that it's LOVELY and it sticks around a good long time on me -- eight hours later, I can still smell it.
And this is from a girl who doesn't normally like aquatics. I think this might replace City in the Sea as my fave semi-aquatic.