Faeu Boulanger Act V: The Wunderkammer
Posted 06 June 2008 - 10:59 PM
I'm so glad I went with my instinct on this one! I just knew mushroom gases would not be like the mushroom country smell back at home, but most likely a soft earth scent. In it's first stage I get an earthy violet note pierced by mint notes. The dry down is simply gorgeous. The mint fades into the background, supporting the earthy aquatic notes that mix beautifully with light violet notes.
I'm not a floral person, as they tend to be amplified to ridiculous degrees when on my skin. The violet in this not overpowering and just melds so beautifully with all of the other notes.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 12:40 AM
Posted 13 June 2008 - 05:15 AM
But that's not really doing it justice. It's a wet, misty flickering green-violet, swollen with moisture. The pallor of something that grows in the dark, but throbs with inner light. For something supernatural, it smells SO natural and fresh. As Tramp said, a perfect summer blend. I would not be frightened by either violet or mint, if those normally don't agree with you. If this sounds interesting, I say try it -- splash some on after a shower or a day in the hot sun and you will glow and possibly levitate.
This post has been edited by sarada: 14 June 2008 - 02:14 AM
Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:35 AM
Posted 18 June 2008 - 05:49 PM
Anyhoo, in no time at all, MG and Misty are sidelined. Looks like it's gonna be a matchup between Violet and Minty and what a match it is. Violet's got Minty in a nasty headlock, and it doesn't look good. Minty is turning a lovely shade of purple - now there's a role reversal (heh heh). And Minty is down for the count! She isn't moving. The ref is nudging her with his foot. Looks like she didn't make it. Oh, too bad. It's a clear victory for Deadly Violet. Keep your betting tickets, folks. Odds were 9-to-1.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:33 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:48 PM
From the vial, it's not that violetty nor is it green or herby, it's definitely fresh, watery. It's got a very similar feel to the Tiki Blend Moana, but where Moana evolves towards a mildly salty, white subtle floral, Faeu stays misty and wet. It kind of smells like guava juice. citrus pulp, it's not cooling like peppermint, and I think if there is mint in this it is spearmint or watermint, some kind of less 'fresh and bracing' mint and more 'herbal grassy mint.' In terms of 'swampiness,' it really is what you'd think swamp mist would be - that filmy, breathy, steaming mist that hovers over the ground. There's not any of the dirt note I feel is present in blends like Penny Dreadful, Deep in Earth, all that. It's a scent that is glowy, transparent, that hovers in the swamp, but not in the ground of a swamp.
The strangest thing though is I get absolutely no sensation of violet at all off my skin. That's odd, because I love violets and make an effort to snorfle them in blends whenever possible, and Faue stays this citrussy, misty thing, and I can't for the life of me locate the florals. Whrrf?
GC similarz to Faeu, try: Nyarlathotep, R'Lyeh, Olokun, The Deep Ones.
Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:51 AM
On me: Mint comes out! So pretty and refreshing. It has the same feel as a cucumber melon type scent - that cooling, pale green feel - but, unlike those, I quite like this.
Some time later: Oh my goat, this is gorgeous! The violets have come out to play now, but they're actually behaving themselves and just lending a poignant sweetness to the mint. So creamy and sweet! Between this and Torture Queen, I smell wonderful!
This is fantastic. If I can get over my 'if I wear mint, people will think I've spilled toothpaste on myself!' mental block, I'll like it even more.
Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:43 AM
But I'm so glad I did, because this is the most gorgeous aquatic blend! It's very wet and clean smelling in one layer. And then there's this...pulpy, stemmy green scent layer, a bit sweet, but full and robust. And then there's just a hint of floral sweetness in yet another layer...must be the violet? But it's a sparkling, star-kissed violet, and not the usual grudging, somber note. It's so sweet, complex, and lovely. Mmmm.
Posted 25 June 2008 - 06:42 PM
In Bottle: Bright and aquatic
On Skin: I get a very bright green feel from this. It’s wet (swamp mist), clean (green mint) and even a bit sweet (from the violet). The mushroom note gives it a earthy touch and is not funky so don’t be scared. It’s a light scent and very alive and gender neutral. I would say this is a scent that would suit many people. It’s not dark as I had pictured, the contrast to me is a like a bog in the summer sun. It has a light throw and short to average wearlength.
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Posted 02 July 2008 - 02:08 AM
I like this one.
Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:18 PM
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 11:34 PM
On me, wet, the same. Green, green growing things before anything has managed to bloom. Probably still wet from the mist or rain, but, I don't smell any dirt or mud. Clean.
I don't know any of the notes and can't pick anything out, but, springlike, clean and green is how I'd describe the scent. Dry, it smells slightly drier to me, like the mist is gone and the sun is warming things up, but, everything is still green.
Posted 28 July 2008 - 02:13 PM
Nice, but probably not a keeper for me. I was hoping for more mint on this one.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 01:14 AM
It can get a bit sweet and aquatic at times, but it's really nice refreshing.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:10 AM
I think she's right. Can I get geeky on you all for a second? I promise it won't hurt.
I declare this to be the official scent of Zangarmarsh, in the Outlands (in the World of Warcraft, naturally). You know those big insects that sting you there, that make you sparkle for awhile? The first stage of FB is like that-- sure, you can't stealth :D but why would you want to when you smell this great?
That first stage smells cool and bright and a little fizzy-- other people are saying cucumber and mint, and I see what they mean, but I swear I smell grapefruit. This phase goes away after awhile, but lasts just long enough. After that, this oil lingers nicely on my skin for the rest of the day. Perfect.
The name of the scent is weird and makes me think of a fairy working in a French pastry shop, but it sure doesn't smell that way. I LOVE this scent. LOVE. Perfection. I will be wearing this a LOT.
Faeu Boulanger FTW! :P
Posted 09 August 2008 - 10:08 AM
I like the watery, effervescent smell to this. I keep switching between thinking it smells of aquatic cucumber, watery honeydew melon, or cucumber & grapefruit. It's a watery, clear, clean smell with a bit of zip to it. There's also a sweetness to this that is pleasant and not overwhelming. It's almost like a mix of candied violet and soapy-clean violet on me, with the background of green, watery, pulpy aquatic smells. The mint is cool, clear, and almost sugary on me.
In the drydown, the mint slowly fades away and this is mostly sweet violet and clean aquatic on me. It's a pretty scent, and rather unique... I think I'll keep my decant of this one.
Posted 10 August 2008 - 03:01 AM
Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:21 PM
Something in Faeu Boulanger goes very wrong on me.
Once on my skin this becomes a heachache-inducing sweet floral with no relief in sight. Even now, about two hours after I put it on, sniffing my arm too closely makes my eyes water. It might be the aquatic smell which other reviewers have mentioned that's going wrong - generally aquatics turn into OMG DRYER SHEETS on me.
I'm glad I got a decant of this one first! I was convinced it was going to LOOOVE it.
Posted 12 August 2008 - 05:54 AM
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