Thou wouldst deliver me,
Say that the charms of Nature
Are lovely still to thee;
While I am thus repining,
O! let me but believe,
'These pleasures are not lost to her,'
And I will cease to grieve.
O, scorn not Nature's bounties!
My soul partakes with thee.
Drink bliss from all her fountains,
Drink for thyself and me!
Say not, 'My soul is buried
In dungeon gloom with thine;'
But say, 'His heart is here with me;
His spirit drinks with mine.'
As sweet as death, as deep as the grave: pomegranate, raspberry, gardenia, plum, and rose with patchouli, black pepper, rose musk, and a hint of blood accord.
How could I pass up the chance to be first (me! Aries! yay!) to review the Crypt Queen? I've been fragrance-free all day in anticipation of Her arrival. Alas, the pressure is on...
In the bottle:
Fruity! A lovely melding of pomegranate and raspberry, with just a hint of something sinister beneath, something musky and a little dirty. I suspect I'm going to like this.
On, still wet:
The pomegranate is ripe...dark and juicy - not a note that always works for me, but I'm swooning already. I think the raspberry gives it a heady zing.
Then the patchouli and plum kick in...
omg, this is...so good. Sorry, I'm at a loss for purple prose at the moment because I can't stop sniffing my wrist. Fear not, dirty-hippyphobes: this is the patch of Mme. Moriarty and Dark Delicacies. Very smooth and sultry. *sniff* Oh yeah, Crypt Queen gets her very own branch on that family tree.
The juiciness of the fruits starts to fade, appropriately enough, and the darker plum takes over the job. I think it keeps the florals in line, because I can smell the richness of rose and gardenia wafting along beside it, but no single note is amping its loveliness all up in my nose. I'll also give credit to the musk and the soft bite of the black pepper for doing the same - they (and that amazing patchouli) lend this the earthy, creepy nuance it needs. But nothing takes over, everything blends. It's a friggin' symphony: dark fruits...regal yet subdued florals...all grounded by some sexy, spooky base notes. Already in my Top Ten. Really, really gorgeous and sophisticated.
ETA Later that evening...
I've been running errands with this all afternoon, and I keep catching the most beautiful clouds of dark, earthy florals. Good thing this is such a stunner, because Crypt Queen lasts and lasts.
And the coffin is possibly the coolest thing ever. My Halloween is already Happy. I need a swooning vampiress emoticon or something.
Edited by Shollin, 12 September 2007 - 07:14 PM.