Posted 26 January 2008 - 08:48 PM
Defututa gets very high marks. Pairing the honey note with the olive blossom creates a very rich and deep scent which is only made more cozy with the smoked vanilla. It is light and spring-like, but it is not a bright scent. The vanilla and olive blossom really round the edges of Defututa and create something that is very pleasant to the nose. When I think of "well blended" scents, this would be near the top of the list.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:23 PM
First sniff from the bottle, jasmine. *But*, not screaming jasmine, and lo and behold, not a even a hint of cinnamon =) Tried it on wrist and ACK, jasmine(still not overpowering, though). As usual, here comes the headache, so I washed the oil off and put the bottle away. Next evening I tried it again and this time what I got is the same lovely jasmine found in LUSH's Flying Fox =) Best part, no headache this time, yay! The champaca, which I also tend to amp although not to the point of complete takeover, starts to come through beautifully, blending just right with the jasmine, the vanilla adding just the right amount of smoky sweetness. The other notes all blend beautifully. The honey and olive blossom keep it from becoming too head shop incensey(for those of you who shy away from those blends, try this one). I don't get much, if any, sandalwood and the cinnamon is nowhere to be found.
I couldn't stop sniffing my wrists. Whether that's due to being thrilled that I've found a BPAL jasmine blend I can wear, or because this is so lovely, or both, I can't say. Either way, beautiful!! The husband took a sniff of my wrist and said, "Mmm, yummy!"
Posted 31 January 2008 - 01:54 PM
ETA: Sniffed this one again on the second day, and I'm able to pick apart the notes a bit more (so I can attempt more than "pineapple"!) It's still fruity to me, and I guess that's the honey, champaca, jasmine and vanilla working together. And it's still the ghost of pineapple. But I like it more, and I'm thinking I need to give this one some time. Maybe my nose needs to adjust to it. It's certainly cheerful--bright and sweet but with some depth--and I could use a cheerful scent this grey time of year.
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 07:05 PM
Jasmine and cinnamon tend to amp. Jasmine being only good for a few weeks every month as my hormones shift.
That said- there are so many Divas trying to get to the spotlight, they hold each other in check.
Olive blossom, honey, smoky vanilla, cinnamon, jasmine, sandalwood, and champaca flower.
My nose IS finding the Cinnamon and Jasmine but they're held in check by the Champaca.
And underneath the Champaca, making this so gorgeous is the touch of sweet and and smoky.
This is a slow-burn of a scent. Smoldering. Not white hot flames.
This post has been edited by Heavenlyrabbit: 31 January 2008 - 09:08 PM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 04:55 PM
In Bottle: Sweet floral
On Skin: I smell the jasmine right away. Followed by the beautiful and sweet honey (my favorite note). The olive blossom is deep and gives this scent a very strong punch. I should have gotten a bottle of this straight off, but the cinnamon scared me. Now smelling it, I smell almost no cinnamon, just a very, very light spice that along with the smoky vanilla sweetens the scent and makes it nice and velvety. The sandalwood blends in perfectly adding to the soft feel. The champaca flower is sweet as well and offers it’s own floral, fruity spice. I reallllly love this scent, it is my favorite so far of the newest general catalog scents. If you are a fan of sweet, honeyed florals, you MUST try this one! And I love the visuals the description gives. 2 thumbs up!! Medium throw, average to long wearlength.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 06:26 PM
So consequently, I'm wearing a lot more oil than I usually would, in an effort not to waste it. At least it's a GC scent.
In the bottle and wet (on me and the dresser!), this is light and flowery. Maybe too flowery, I thought.
But once it starts to dry down, and work with my skin chemistry, it becomes much more complex. I definitely get the olive blossom and jasmine, but I also get a warm cinnamon and maybe a hint of vanilla lurking in the background somewhere.
It's like spring, but before it gets truly warm. It smells like the end of March makes me feel. Though I love winter, by March I'm ready for a bit more warmth and life. Defututa is like the coll breeze at the end of winter that holds a waft of spring flowers and makes me want to become energized. A Lot more complex than I thought at first, and I'm really liking it now.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:02 PM
I always try, though, so on it goes. No question I've been surprised more than once!
Hmmm. I wish this were bolder and more in your face, because I definitely like the dry-down. Defututa's getting very warm and rich, more like smoky vanilla honeycomb than actual honey, and it's working its way toward sex-in-a-bottle without using musk. It's only floral in the sense of faded perfume that isn't in the foreground - think of perfume applied the night before and only sniffable by the person with their nose pressed up against your skin - and that perfume is a little green, for lack of a better term. I think the jasmine may be far enough down the list of components that I can wear this.
Ouch. Good thing I didn't slather to see if this would have more throw; I have the jasmine-spike firmly planted in the middle of my forehead and coming out my temples. It was all good for about five minutes, though.
In a perfect world, this would have more throw and not give me the jasmine headache (biggercritters is still the only one I can wear, apparently). It's good, though ... very sensual and langorous, rather than rabidly sexual, and my preference aside, not the kind of thing that should have a lot of throw because it's such an intimate scent. Makes me think of a lazy rainy day spent in bed.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 12:23 AM
In the vial: Sexy and narcotic honey with wisps of jasmine. Heady, sweet, similar to O and other BPAL honey blends.
On my skin: The honey remains a strong middle/base note, but the heady (but not that overwhelming) jasmine and champaca flowers (a little more overwhelming) blossom upon hitting my skin. There is a fresh, almost citrusy tang here that I'm going to attribute to the olive blossom. This note keeps the blend bright and dynamic; without it, the narcotic jasmine, champaca, and honey might weigh it down. In the drydown I get only the vaguest hints of cinnamon, and I honestly wish there were more of it in here. Cinnamon + honey is sooooo sexy. Here cinnamon is used as an afterthought. This whole blend was conceived to represent an afterglow, though -- at least that's what "defututa" is supposed to describe -- so if this blend were too red hot and spicy it wouldn't seem right. There's spice here, but it's cushioned on an orgasm cloud of languid honey and sensual flowers that always smell especially great when one's senses are at their most stimulated. :P After fifteen minutes, Defututa has eased up on the florals and reveals more of its dry cinnamon, youthful olive blossom, and a calmed honey note. At this stage the perfume is at its best. Before the drydown, it was rather unremarkable.
Defututa is very well-blended, but it reminds me of many other BPAL blends. The honey note that BPAL uses is common in a lot of their sexy perfumes and tends to overwhelm the other notes. It took a few strong sniffs to get past that note to smell the heart of this blend. I doubt people sniffing me would be able to differentiate between Defututa and O, for example. Its originality is unmistakably BPAL, but it's not a standout in the Lab's catalog.
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 07:44 PM
In the bottle, a barely there, sweet floral.
Wet, on the skin, sweet jasmine (but not the usual BPAL jasmine that goes plastic on me), some other floral (perhaps the olive blossom), rounded out by sweet, beeswaxy honey.
On dry down, the florals nearly go away, leaving the sweet honey, maybe a hint of sandalwood and the merest suggestion of soft jasmine. Reminds me a bit of the "Lush" Silk Underwear solid perfume I received for an X-mas gift (which I cannot wear, as the jasmine in that immediately goes plastic), but definately better. No cinnamon, no smokey vanilla, though, at least as far as my nose goes.
This is perfect for Valentine's day- it's a little bit reminiscent of candy hearts and candy necklaces... A pink scent, if I ever sniffed one!
In an edition: I've been wearing this one lots since I got it with my V-day order (and am waiting, with baited breath for my Pisces) and am more and more in love with it every wearing. It's not what I expected at all, probably not that sexy on me, but I'm finding it somehow comforting and yet alluring at the same time. Maybe it'll rub off on me, and make a sweeter, nicer, pinker, me. Very glad this is GC!
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Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:43 PM
Defututa is a winner. I smell champaca right off the bat. I find that the sandalwood and champaca provide a strong, smooth base for the rest of the notes. I have to mention that the characteristic sweet sensuality of jasmine is present, yet very different from its standard behavior. It seems to be more of an accent and it almost buries itself into the champaca and honey.
Above the champaca sandalwood base, and outside of the jasmine accent, the other notes swirl into a sensual, earthy, glistening, breathy, bare skin effect. The olive blossom and sultry honey hit my nose the most, but the smoky vanilla adds a touch of smoothness to them. The cinnamon is ever so subtle.
I bought this as part of an imp pack, but a 5ml of Defututa is without a doubt going into my next order. Sensual, breathy, sweetly hypnotic, good throw and wearlength. This is amazing.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 04:21 AM
The strongest note both in the imp and on my skin at first is champaca. Which, unlike the champa incense that I love, almost smells kind of tropical and fruity in a way, though it smolders with a honey-warm intensity. As this dries, the honey and olive blossom must be combining in a glorious way because it now reminds me of the Kiss my Face lotions and soaps that contain honey and olive oil. Body-heated, it hints at smoky sweetness and just the faintest kiss of spice. I don't smell jasmine, though I suspect it helps to add to the overall mesmerizing swirl. It's the scent of that moment when gentle kissing suddenly turn probing and a flush of excitement spreads across your cheeks.
It's also rather like the a 'greatest hits' companion to the Lupercalia blends -- a cousin to Khajuraho maybe, a year-round poetic incensy passion blend that does not linger too long in any corner, whether floral or sweet or woody, it nibbles just a little on each earlobe.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 06:53 AM
I would definitely like a bottle of this one.
Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:31 PM
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:40 AM
This kind of reminds me of Vasakasajja, but while Vasakasajja is waiting for her lover, Defututa is later that evening as she's sprawled across the bower all, well, fucked out.
It's the champaca flower and vanilla combination that's doing the reminding, but the honey is noticeable as well and the sandalwood and cinnamon give it a spicy undertone to keep it from being too sweet. The jasmine peeks out sometimes.
Posted 22 February 2008 - 11:36 AM
once applied the jasmine comes forefront but not "in your face" jasminey...the smoky vanilla
tempers this very nicely...great sillage as well...
next order will include a big bottle of this terrific scent :P
Posted 23 February 2008 - 05:18 PM
For those who can't wear certain scents (like Sophia, for example) for the jasmine, give this a try. It's a subdued, delicate jasmine.. not an in-your-face jasmine. I think it's the honey and smokey vanilla that's making this semi-creamy and soft. But it's much more complex than just those three notes.. the other notes are working harmoniously so that I can't really detect any of them or can say that jasmine is the dominant note.. it's a creamy floral for somebody very sophisticated. I would only wear this on very special occasions. I'm not sure about a big bottle for this one, I'm definitely going to have to give it a thought since I generally only like buying bottles of scents I know I'll reach for often.. I'll have to see.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:44 AM
Drydown, sweetness fades and the smokey vanilla comes out more.
I really like the vanilla, and once the sweet floral fades a bit, it's very nice. It's just a bit too much at first.
Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:12 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 01:19 AM
This is sweetly light, but as much as I love honey, and as much as I adore jasmine, they don't work on me when they're together in the same vial. I'm sad because I was looking forward to loving it, but I'm sure someone else will give my imp a loving home.
3 out of 5
Posted 04 March 2008 - 06:23 AM
It's definitely got a bit of a sexy feel to it, though not as overtly so as some of the other Ars Amatoria scents. But it's got a bit of a nose-tickly feel to it, which I think is probably the champaca. So, not bad, but not really for me.
Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:02 AM
Right out of the vial, I was considering getting a bottle of this oil. Usually honey + vanilla makes me run for the hills or makes me think of cakes having a food fight on my skin. Somehow, Defututa managed to smell almost fruity with a bit of sweet incense in the background. And it lasts for hours. :P
Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:41 PM
ETA: This was feeling really familiar to me, so I did a quick champaca search... aha! Defututa is the feminine counterpart to Dr John Seward - that same smoky champaca/sandalwood/tonka/vanilla feel... :P
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:37 PM
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 11:39 PM
This scent is amazing. It'a sweet, soft, and girly and so well blended. Love it!
Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:39 AM
Wet: This is a gorgeous smoky, sexy scent. It's olive blossom, vanilla and honey/sandalwood on me.
Drydown: It's very 'nice bar picking up men' sort of scent. If that makes any sense at all. :P
3.5 outta 5
This post has been edited by Honeygirl: 23 March 2008 - 05:40 AM