Inez Act IV: The Ladies of the Grindhouse
Posted 31 May 2008 - 07:00 PM
Like the other Ladies of the Grindhouse, I'm really excited to be, in some small way, a part of Beth's Carnaval and her art. Thank you, Beth. :D I absolutely love that in an alternate universe I'm whoring it up with some of the finest women around. And Jenn's portrait is stunning---I only wish I looked that exotic and regal in real life (read: wow, look at that décolletage)!
I was so excited when I saw the notes for Inez, because I am a complete amber fiend. I love the earthy sweetness and depth of it, and the way that it seems to ebb towards a skin scent over the day, until there's just a golden tracery of it around me and no way for me to tell where the smell of my own skin ends and the amber begins. BPAL blends that are amber-centric always fade like sunsets on me in the most lovely way. So I was hoping that Inez would be mostly amber with the other notes rounding it out and making it a little complicated and a little warm. And that's exactly what I get when I wear it. :D
In the bottle, Inez is undeniably amber. To me, amber always smells a little like caramel and honey with something almost fruity on top and something rooty or earthy at the bottom. It's sweet without being foody, although it can be almost buttery. It smells golden and warm and rich. It's a dense note, and one that seems to envelop and encompass other notes when it's paired with them, rather than allowing them to sit above or below it in layers. I can smell the vanilla musk as well, which makes a lovely complement. And then there's the carnation, which always strikes me as a bit spicy for a floral. It gives Inez a subtle kick.
On my skin, the bottom notes are more prominent. The myrrh, which I was most concerned about, is quite lovely here, beveling the edges of the blend with something pleasantly sharper. The cedar and red sandalwood anchor the blend from inside but do so almost invisibly---at times I catch wafts of the sandalwood, but it's not overpowering.
Because Inez is at heart such a resiny blend, there is something incensey about her, something calm and meditative and slow and sexy. Sexy in a come-closer kind of way. Sexy in a slightly disheveled, not-trying-too-hard kind of way. Sexy like when women pull their hair up without using a mirror. Or like waking up after a long night out---to sunlight pouring in through the window and the smell of the perfume worn the night before suffused in the sheets, like goodness spent and scattered. She's just lovely, and I'll be wearing her often. :P
Posted 04 June 2008 - 04:09 PM
I was most excited to try Inez of all the Grindhouse Women. I love amber. So without further ado...
In the bottle...yes, amber, just an undertone of spice. Same scent on the skin...the scent lies close to the skin. So delicious. I want to slather.
The myrrh is raising its sleepy little head, just a little. As it dries and warms, I cannot take my nose away from my arm. Just a little spiciness, which must be from the carnation. Just a tad of vanilla musk, so enveloping. A very warm scent. A come-hither scent. You may not smell me from across the room, but as you pass my proximity, you stop and wonder who smells divine? You want to stay close to this scent...warm, inviting and sexual without being overt. As LiberAmoris stated, where the scent ends and you start is difficult to surmise. It is one and the same.
I am very glad I purchased this. I have gotten better on choosing which notes work for me. I picked correctly.
I love the artwork for Inez. In my mind's eye, she is everything I want to be.
Her card reads:
Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization
LiberAmoris, you smell like Nirvana.
Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:40 PM
Posted 06 June 2008 - 08:05 PM
Warm, sweet and slightly nutty.
After Wearing It:
For some reason, when I first looked at the note list, I was expecting Inez to be a powerful and heavy scent but it wasn't. For all the resin and wood notes, I found it to be like a stream of sunshine: full of warmth, gold and light. It was a very comforting fragrance, very sweet and a bit powdery. I didn't get the cedar or myrrh in this fragrance at all, maybe a bit of the red sandalwood, but it was elusive. It was mostly amber and vanilla musk with a touch of spice from the carnation.
The scent was fairly consistent and didn't do a lot of morphing on me, but after the first couple of hours, it got a little less powdery on me which made the scent smell more foody. Specifically? Like those animal cookies with pink icing that come in the hot pink bag. This is at least the third BPAL fragrance (Hod and Forbidden Fruit were the others that I can remember) I've tried that I've had that have smelled this way on me. I think I've finally figured out that fragrances that smell predominantly of amber plus one sweet note (usually vanilla, sometimes lotus) and not much else go "cookie" on me. Which isn't a bad thing at all, but not for every day. I like foody scents, but prefer them in bath products over perfume unless I'm just in the mood for them.
Overall pretty good. On me it had good throw and lasted about 6-8 hours. And while it's not a scent I think I'll wear often (it's almost too yummy! :P), I can see this one becoming very popular.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:53 AM
Wet: Amber and musk make this very sexy!
Drydown: I can smell a bit of the sandalwood and cedar, but no carnation. Very glad I got a bottle!
3.5 outta 5
Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:31 PM
edit: Oct 4th
I traded my bottle off awhile back, because I never got that vanilla darkness again. What I mainly smell in this is the myrrh =( This is also very faint on me - but most of the ladies were.
This post has been edited by CaudaPavonis: 04 October 2008 - 05:20 PM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:40 PM
Posted 10 June 2008 - 01:25 AM
Immediately on skin: This smells like amber and crumbled up sugar cookies on my skin. It is so golden, warm, and delicious smelling. Sniffing more though I get more perfumey rather than foodie notes. The main notes I smell are the amber and vanilla musk, but then the myrrh adds in its resinous, thick scent and the carnation and sandalwood peek in from the background.
After a little while: This is so gorgeous. It’s a nuzzling, sexy type of scent for sure. I get a really warm combo of amber, vanilla musk, sandalwood, and a touch of carnation and myrrh. That all combines to form a warm, creamy and slightly powdery golden scent.
Overall Impressions: This is my favorite scent of the new Carnaval acts so far. It’s warm, cuddly, and sexy. The amber and vanilla musk give the scent a very toasted, golden feel, while the myrrh adds a nice richness and the sandalwood and carnation bring it away from foodie and make it just downright sexy. For those people who love Hod, the amber in this is so similar to the kind used in Hod to my nose. The carnation isn't as strong, but the amber is just golden, slightly powdery, and completely lovely!
This post has been edited by Delirium1009: 17 June 2008 - 02:32 AM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 06:43 AM
First sniff both in the bottle and for the first few seconds after application it's almost lotus sweet. The sweetness fades and the musky vanilla and myrrh start to emerge with a beautiful, non-powdery amber hovering close behind. Another few seconds and I can barely smell a thing, then suddenly, a beautiful, spicy-sweetish carnation gently rises in a cloud of loveliness. The myrrh, combined with the amber and sandalwood add a gorgeous touch of incense, and along with a very subtle, barely there cedar(which I usually amp like mad), keep this beauty from being too girly. It has depth, it's rich...And while it's similar to Hod, Inez is much more interesting.
Delirium1009 describes it as, "a nuzzling, sexy type of scent", and it most certainly is :D Each time I've worn this my husband has reacted with, "Mmm, you smell really good", as he then proceeds to move in closer to nuzzle my neck :P
This one(along with The Illustrated Woman), absolutely multi-bottle worthy.
Posted 11 June 2008 - 11:21 AM
I would like to get more of the carnation, but there is a slight spicyness now so perhaps it will come out more as I wear this intriguing blend.
I also have some Inez in my scent locket and I have to say that this blend is much better and more complex when interacting with my skin chemistry.
A lovely winner!
Posted 12 June 2008 - 10:32 PM
Wet: Amber and vanilla with a bit of spicy carnation. This is not a light, tropical vanilla - this is serious vanilla, deep, dark, and sophisticated. Although... what's this? Now it smells like spiced oatmeal cookies! Yummy. I want to eat it. A bit later, some sweet warm myrrh creeps in. Vanilla-amber oatmeal cookies. Delicious! Luckily, the woods are behaving, as sandalwood sometimes turns a blend into a single-note, powdery sandalwood. The carnation adds a steady spice that keeps the vanilla and amber from being too sticky.
Dry: Warm, sexy-snuggly, resinous vanilla. Deep and dark and soft. There's still a lingering "oatmeal cookie" note to this, but that's fine because it smells amazing. This will definitely be a popular blend.
Posted 17 June 2008 - 01:01 AM
This post has been edited by lookingglass: 19 October 2009 - 03:16 AM
Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:07 PM
It's an excellent scent locket candidate though. It's gorgeous, spicy, and focused. Inez isn't one of your wishy-washy ladies of the Grindhouse! She's all business :P.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:25 AM
amber dry: yummmm....sweet nutty amber
later: amber, vanilla and sandalwood and a small hint of something woodsy.
the sweetness dies down and it gets more spicey as time wears on.
i am so glad i bought this as i do think i'll need a couple back-ups.
eta: it doesn't really have very good staying power even with it being in the locket. maybe i didn't put a lot in the locket or on my skin, but i'm already just below the top of the label and i only used it 2 times.
This post has been edited by djsiberia: 12 July 2008 - 02:32 AM
Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:22 AM
I'm sort of surprised that this scent is not screaming of cedar on me, since that note tends to get a little crazy out of control on my skin. It's actually incredibly subdued here and works well with the amber. I don't get vanilla past the wet stage so for the most part this scent ends up being very ambery and woody with a little bit of carnation in the late life of this scent.
This post has been edited by Brianne: 19 June 2008 - 04:24 AM
Posted 19 June 2008 - 04:50 PM
In the bottle/imp: Unbelievably Gorgeous!!! Vanilla musk, sandalwood, myrrh, and amber :D
Wet on Skin: The sandalwood is at the forefront, still with quite a bit of vanilla musk, myrrh, and amber. Very pretty, but not as wonderful as it was in the bottle
Dry: Ahhhh.....and here comes the cedar :P It's quite a strong note too ;) Cedar does one of two things on me - pencil shavings or soap. In this scent, it's turning to soap :D Several hours into the drydown, it finally fades. But right after it's gone, the vanilla musk declines considerably (along with the sweetness), and the carnation comes out to play
My rating in the bottle/imp: 5 out of 5
My rating on my skin: 2.5 out of 5
I highly recommend this scent 'cause if it weren't for my contemptible skin chemistry, this would have been HG material!
ETA: I'm gonna to get a big bottle of this anway 'cause I know it's gonna rock in an oil burner :)
This post has been edited by SurrealReality: 19 November 2008 - 07:15 AM
Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:52 PM
If I didn't have a million things to do & a toddler in the house, I'd dab a bit of Inez at the nape of my neck & see how long it took for my husband to get me from front door to bedroom... or if we bothered to get that far :P
Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:24 PM
This would be just achingly and mindblowingly sexy on the right woman... Inez is the first bpal I've smelled that truly seems drop dead all-out sexy. Another unique thing about Inez is it seems like it would work just as well in summer as it would in winter... not too heavy, but definitely lighter than the listed notes would have you believe. I doubt I'll get a full bottle as this isn't something I'd personally wear (of this Grindhouse Girls series, Marianne is the one I enjoy most on me.. red musk is becoming a new fav) but if I was a woman I'd sell my entire current bpal collection and place an order for about 100 bottles of Inez. It's one of the few bpals I'd consider a perfect scent, and because it is not cloyingly sweet and the 'tone' of Inez seems to melt into the skin perfectly, this is definitely one you could slather on - although moderate applications should be sufficient as the throw and life are what you'd expect with a vanilla/amber/sandalwood base.
I'm almost 100% certain Inez will age gloriously as well, coaxing the sweetness of the vanilla out into the open. If at first Inez seems nutty or too strange, let it age.
Sorry for the novel, but Inez deserves props for being so damn perfect.
This post has been edited by Josh: 20 June 2008 - 06:33 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:55 AM
This one is a morpher: Inez breezes through her components, each one presenting itself almost like (but better than) a single note, one by one, until they all fade into warm amber vanilla (and yes, a little oatmeal cookie!).
Incredibly sexy. I can't imagine the men-folk standing a chance.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:00 AM
Holy hell, this is sex in a bottle. Nothing like O's post-coital scent, but a feminine skin-scent reminiscent of desire and lust. It entices, draws you closer, heats the blood, brings words like 'devour' and, well, rather less coherent things, to the forefront of the mind. My skin almost completely eats this after an hour, but I certainly don't think I'll mind re-slathering this one.
...In short? :D :) :D :P
This post has been edited by suileach: 20 June 2008 - 08:01 AM
Posted 21 June 2008 - 03:48 AM
in the bottle this just smelled sweet and i was worried i wouldn't like it.
but as soon as i got it on my skin, i knew i was in love.
this is spicey, slightly sweet and musky.
reminds me of a soy candle i had in college and couldn't get the smell of out of my head...i've been searching for that scent ever since and have found a variation of it here.
this particular combination of scents is magic on me!
Posted 22 June 2008 - 05:06 PM
Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:34 PM
Might be scent locket material since damn, I miss that vanilla musk once it disappears.
Posted 26 June 2008 - 09:12 PM
In Bottle: Honeyed wood
On Skin: This starts beautiful on me. Sweet yum… so golden in tone. Like warm honey and wood. But… there is something wonky in there. One tiny little note that keeps this from being perfection. What is it? I think it’s the red sandalwood. I love sandalwood, but red seems to be a bit “off” on me… like wet wood. The amber is soft and delicate, the vanilla musk is to die for… so sweet and velvety. The myrrh is warm and deep, the cedar is woody and full of sweetness and the carnation is a bit spicy and floral. So very nice, and so close to being a gallon worthy scent. As it develops the bit of wonkiness goes away, yay! A very golden sweet woody scent. Light throw and average wearlength.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 04:49 AM