Posted 04 April 2007 - 07:33 PM
this is very aquatic with a fruity sweetness to it. not sure what note is doing that. it reminds me of shampoo a bit and is too sweet for my personal tastes, so it's off to swaps.
Posted 19 April 2007 - 05:02 AM
Posted 09 May 2007 - 11:48 PM
On Skin: Fresh and breezy, sea-like, with a hint of citrus
Drydown: Kinda reminds me to Irish Spring, and kinda reminds me to bathroom sanitizer. :P
Verdict: It's a very fresh and clean smelling aquatic. I can see this being perhaps more for masculine tastes than my own.
Posted 19 May 2007 - 02:42 AM
wet : no sweet notes in this at all for me! My skin has caught the eucalyptus and marine notes and is running strong with it.
dry : On my this is a sibling to Hurricane, the same watery notes are in this as that with a few changes here and there. To me this is definitely a dark scent but without the dark water Hurricane had - this is blue, blue tropical water with something dark living beneath it. Absolutely perfect for any kind of deep sea creature or ocean monster tail - whatever's lurking here isn't out to cause trouble but you know its not something you should go and look to disturb.
over all : I can see myself wearing this while lounging on some sort of tropical beach with a semi stormy sky. I think I'll be enjoying my imp from time to time but I don't need a big bottle of this but oh what a gorgeous scent this would be on a man! The very thought makes me go week in the knees, so maybe I'll save a bit of this for when I get a hubby of my own. :P
Posted 23 May 2007 - 02:04 AM
I don't reach for aquatics that often, but I really enjoyed testing this one out.
Posted 29 May 2007 - 03:18 AM
On the other hand, my brother said he liked it, and this is a kid that runs screaming at the scent of incense, soap, shampoo... you name it. He is Anti-Perfume. I am so unsure! And yet I recommend it anyway, it's a wonderful experience, even if you don't end up keeping it.
Posted 05 June 2007 - 03:09 PM
Wet, it's a very very clean scent (but with nothing floral). Wet, it's the scent the ocean has when it's still warm but the air above it is cold - if that makes any sense.
As it dries, it goes to dish detergent on me (although I was loading the dishwasher at the time, so maybe my nose was filling in the scent there or something).. but once it gets past that point the detergent smell fades and a light aquatic takes over.
I've been wearing it for about a half hour now though, and unless I stick my nose to my wrist I can barely smell anything.. and what I can smell I can't identify (possibly the ambergris, since I have no clue how that smells), although there's still a tiny hint of aquatic there.
That all said, I'm on the tail-end of my menstrual cycle so I'll wait a week or two to see if there are any changes.
Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:05 PM
"No!" I cried "I can't wear aquatics - they're boring and all smell like Lysol!"
"But ssssssweety, you ssso love the sssctentss of sssspray disssinfectantssss!"
(Not sure why Y'ha-Nthlei hisses, but hiss it does.)
So I tried it. In the imp, it smelled of Lysol. Which, truth to be told, is a pleasant smell, though I don't want to wear it. It was too fresh, too . . . clean. In a perjorative sense.
Wet, I could smell a greeness, with a citrus/mint tang backing it up. Like if there were some strange, Deep Ones-approved party punch called Sargasso Mojitos. Must be the bergamont and eucalyptus. The eucalyptus, incidentally, isn't that strong, mentol-y note I expected. It's clean but subtle - not disinfectant-y.
Then, on the drydown, out comes . . . it smells earthy, no not earthy, silty. Still cool, but kind of rich. Is this the 'foamy ambergris'? It's sexy and sets off the citrus and leafiness perfectly. This smells like the aquatic mammal equivalent of The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover - Sexy, related to food (well, whale food), and dangerous.
I feel like a sexy mermaid, a killer nymph, a naiad femme fatale. Fresh but not too clean. Big bottle listed!
(Unfortunately, this scent dissipates quickly. I only have the slightest residue of ambergris and bergamot, the eucalyptus and water having fled. I like it enough, though, that it's still on the big bottle list.)
This post has been edited by KikuPeach: 02 July 2007 - 06:04 PM
Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:05 AM
On the skin: It's very light, I can get a hint of eucalyptus. On the drydown the ambergis comes out, it's almost blue-green with the golden sunlight on it. I've had such bad luck with most of Arkham I was beginning to give up hope but this one likes me!
Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:51 PM
Posted 29 November 2007 - 04:55 PM
Posted 04 February 2008 - 06:32 PM
Wet: Smells like clean laundry but sweeter. Definately invokes the image of things underwater. Gives the feeling of being cooled by water, or cool water rushing over you.
Drydown: Smells like refreshing water and honeydew melon only a tad sweeter. Very refreshing. Literally makes me feel cool on the inside. Really like this scent.
Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:47 AM
Salty-sweet with cool undertones (probably the Eucalyptus). It's got a great throw to it!! Somebody said "clean laundry" and I agree completely. It's very nice, but makes me sneeze (it's pretty strong) :P
I Think I'll share the love and frimp this one out. It's very nice to test, but I wouldn't reach for it.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 06:45 PM
i'm dreading the stifling heat that will consume LA this summer, and i believe y'ha-nthlei (i love typing that) will help keep me cool and refreshed. definitely using up the imp and likely will be getting a bottle. yum.
This post has been edited by eatingthesea: 07 April 2008 - 10:47 PM
Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:29 PM
In the imp, it's delicious - sweet, cool water bubbling over clean round stones. Once on, the eucalyptus is a bit brash, nudging things dangerously close to Ocean Fresh laundry soap... a few minutes to dry, and it calms down a bit. I get little hints of the bergamot & ambergris, pale yellow & lavender-tinted flashes on the surface of an ever-deepening tidepool...
Um. Why am I smelling mayonnaise? :D The aquatics are thickening into an oily tang underneath the sparkling top notes, giving the distinct feel of candied flowers on a thin smear of mayo. Um. I need to wash this off. NOW. :P
This post has been edited by tartchef: 17 April 2008 - 06:30 PM
Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:33 PM
Initial thoughts: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY LOVECRAFT!
Also: Marine is good. Not so sure on the eucalyptus front, but bergamot and ambergris are big big loves.
In the imp: This is the only oil I have that is actually totally clear. Weird. Smell wise, itís a clean, fresh, wet floral with a barest hint of eucalyptus.
On the wrist, wet: Faint. Itís a bit like wet, clean shampoo, actually. Not exactly soap, but the tangy aquatic from the marine and the eucalyptus is very much like a really nice shampoo.
On the wrist, wet, but MORE: Okay, now Iíve doused myself in it instead of just dabbing it on, I get the bergamot and the eucalyptus. Wet, clean, clear bergamot and eucalyptus. Donít really get the ambergris, but thereís a soft touch that stops it from being sharp and bitter which is probably my favourite little note lurking in there.
Ten minutes or so later: Fresh, wet, green bergamot. Itís pleasant, but ever so slightly reminiscent of shampoo. Iíll wear the rest of the imp for certain, but I donít think this is going into the bottles pile just yet.
Several hours later: WaitÖ why does this smell different?
Itís the ambergris. It takes itís time Ė boy does it take itís time! Ė but when it finally makes a show it gives a soft, golden incense tinge that takes the edge off the marine bergamot. This is much more me. A bottle may appear sometime in the future, but Iím in no great rush.
Tl;Dr: Weak, so apply liberally. Very fresh, wet, green bergamot with a hint of eucalyptus. The ambergris turns up after a few hours.
Posted 08 May 2008 - 04:12 PM
wet: this is exactly what i would love my laundry to smell like. this smells crisp and clean, sweet aquatics with light bergamot and eucalyptus.
dry: this dries to more of an aquatic/grass scent. still, very much what i would like my laundry to smell like... i must contrive a way to make it so.
Posted 26 June 2008 - 08:35 PM
Straight up ozone-y water smell that I really can't stand.
Still ozone-y, but not quite as sharp. It makes my nose feel a little bit colder which is nice.
It's mellowing even more, which makes me happy. There's something warm behind it all... perhaps the ambergris? It's still mainly aquatic, though. Overall I think I'll stick with peppermint scents to cool me off in the summer.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 02:19 AM
Aha! Bergamot explains the citrus, and I suppose the I was reading eucalyptus as grassy. I can read this as "marine" now that I know what to epect, but man... this is really far out of my scent preferences. It is kind of foreboding, though, which is as it should be. Now that it's drying down, the notes are becoming less distinct, and the scent altogether is actually much nicer than I thought starting out. Still, not something I'd reach for much. It might be really nice on a guy. Actually... this might be kind of phenomenal on a guy. *eyes glaze over*
Further into drydown this is achieving a slightly soapy quality that I also get from The Black Swan in later stages. I think the marine accord must be responsible. It's not a bad thing, though. I also suspect that the ambergris is settling in for its shift, as there's something smoother about the whole business now.
Overall: not a scent I see myself wanting to wear often, but I would totally dig this on a dude.
Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:01 AM
Cool and slightly bitter aquatic
Does feel dark and deep.
Aquatics can often turn sharply floral on me but this is holding as a salty, deep aquatic. One of the best aquatics I have tried so far.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:14 AM
The bergamot didn't hold on. It's still nice enough, for an aquatic. I'm not sure that I love it anymore though.
Amusingly, the ambergris isn't killing the scent this time....maybe it needs to be *foamy* ambergris to work on me?
Posted 07 August 2008 - 02:18 AM
Not sure about as a perfume, but I might scent some shampoo with this bad boy. Interesting, nice throw and a ticklish combination! My nose is loving this!
Sad Edit: Ok, the ambergris went wonky and this turned ugly FAST! *CRIES* 2/5
This post has been edited by writergal969: 07 August 2008 - 11:28 PM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 06:43 PM
Immediately on skin: This is clean and soapy. But salty too. It smells like a very sharp version of the scent of Irish Spring soap to me (my husband uses it so I know the smell well). Itís a very sharp, clean scent, and definitely effervescent in a foamy way. I can pick out the bergamot as a light citrus note, but everything else blends together completely.
After a little while: The crisp feel of this dies down just a little, but this still has that soapy, clean feel. Itís very oceanesque, but is a lot more soapy than salty.
Overall Impressions: This smells *exactly* like Irish Spring soap to me. Itís clean, slightly salty, and soapy. Itís an ocean scent, but moreso itís an ocean-scented soap scent. This oneís very unisex, and even edging into masculine for me.
Posted 04 September 2008 - 07:28 PM
Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:10 PM
Wet on the skin, it's stronger, though there's also a warm note of something Öweedy? Woody? It almost smells like it's going to go off at this stage. I'll hope that my nose is playing tricks on me. When I'm not up on top of the scent, it has a cool edge, which is a neat trick. Aha. Must come from the eucalyptus.
Continuing to dry down, citrus-y bergamot makes its appearance. This is an okay scent. Not stunning, not making me huff my wrists every two seconds. Not something I hate, but not thrilling enough to keep.