The Illustrated Woman Act IV: The Interlude
Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:24 AM
In Bottle: Exotic pine
On Skin: This scent is quite light… I thought it would be stronger. But damn, it’s beautiful. The skin musk is the definite base. The pine gives a perfect woody tone while the vanilla and honey sweeten it perfectly. This is not heavy honey, just a light trickle. The resins are dark and slightly spicy giving an exotic quality. The patchouli is also light to my relief… just enough to give it some depth and dirty it up a bit. The tobacco is smoky and adds to the seediness. A drop dead sexy, but very feminine scent. This is for a strong woman who isn’t afraid to show her girly side as well. Light throw and short to average wearlength.
Posted 07 June 2008 - 03:33 AM
I am so so sad that this scent will have to leave us someday and I am going to buy many many bottles before it does.
It starts off with a light, sweet pine note in the beginning, but that lasts maybe 20 minutes on me. Then it dries into the smoky musky vanilla goodness. As slave1 said above, skin musk is definitely the base note, but I can pick up everything else... the resins are light and so is the tobacco, but they are undeniably there. I get a small waft of honeyed pine every now and then.
I predict that this will be wildly popular. Nothing short of amazing.
Edit: I still have my original 2008 bottle (although mostly empty now) and I wanted to add that this blend only gets smoother and more lovely with age.
This post has been edited by iiinterstate: 18 January 2011 - 03:25 AM
Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:31 PM
In the bottle and wet, the pine-pitch note is prominent. It's a really interesting note, not sharp evergreen, but very resinous with a spicy hint of pine. It calms down immediately and The Illustrated Woman becomes this delicious, ever-so-slightly-smoky, sweet skin musk scent. I agree with the first couple reviewers that the skin musk is the star of the show, but to my nose it's inseparable from the honey, vanilla and resins.
This is a blend that I'd really encourage you to try, even if there's a note in there that scares you, because I find it so well balanced. In my case, I love honey, vanilla, patchouli and skin musk, but tobacco can be a bad note on me, the pine pitch scared me, I had no idea what to expect from the Indian resins or just how "smoky" the vanilla would be (and I don't like a lot of the scents that are described as smoky). The result? You will pry this bottle from my cold dead fingers :P
Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:13 AM
Smoldering, intoxicating...beautiful blend.
Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:35 AM
Light throw (close to skin) and med. stay power.
Posted 12 June 2008 - 04:34 AM
Posted 13 June 2008 - 05:11 PM
wet on skin: the same, with a touch of honey
dry down: a smoky leather aspect has taken over. it's the smoke of Fire Eater, tempered with honeyed fruit. the result? sweet without being innocent- and sexy as hell.
in all: oh YESSSSS!!!
Posted 14 June 2008 - 02:47 AM
Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:52 AM
As I walked through the grocery store this morning, people seemed nicer and a few smiled or said hi, which was kind of strange. Could it have been the scent or the way I feel when I wear it?
The wear length didn't seem that long, so I re-applied every few hours today so I could keep smelling the different phases it goes through as it's drying. It's probably the most sexy scent I've ever worn.
I think I'll need at least one more bottle.
Posted 15 June 2008 - 10:13 PM
Today, I get that same smell, but also some piney resins.
I bought this strictly because I, myself, am an "illustrated woman", thinking I wouldn't like it but had to have it! Turns out, I really like it. A double win!
Posted 16 June 2008 - 08:34 PM
Wet on skin: Still pine, along with sweet musk and vanilla.
Dry on skin: Smoky vanilla, musk, the sweetness dried down a bit.
Final thoughts: Oh my, this is delicious! Even though I find that it's a fairly light oil, the fragrance is just amazing! I'll need another bottle before the Carnival leaves..
Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:00 PM
First thing I noticed: How much the label lady looks like Shell.
In the bottle: sharp pine pitch and patchouli.
On my skin: pine pitch, still very sharp.
It starts to dry and the smokey vanilla and tobacco come out. I don't get any patchouli, which is good. As it drys down, I get skin musk tempered by vanilla, but the tobacco keeps it from being foody. It's more mature, not sweet vanilla at all.
As it totally settles, I get skin musk and tobacco, with a whiff of the vanilla.
This is fantastic. I think this will be the Snake Charmer of Carnival Diabolique.
I need more bottles.
Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:56 PM
Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:08 PM
What I don't like is vanilla. You've heard it before, but vanilla is really the anti-me. Even just a little vanilla can ruin a whole scent for me, so I didn't have huge hopes about this.
When I put it on, the pine traipsed back into the woods where it came from, for the most part. What I was left with was a touch of pine, a touch of something deliciously smoky, and some vanilla.
And because wonders never will cease, I really like it. Enough to buy a whole bottle for myself? Nah, probably not. I'd want more pine in it. But I'm hanging on to my decant of it for the time being at least. It's quite nice.
Posted 18 June 2008 - 01:29 PM
Wet, there's that sweet, musky pine note, still hovering dangerously close to air freshener - I think another week or two in the box wouldn't hurt. Fortunately, it burns off quickly, leaving a swirl of Snake Oil, sexy skin musk & a lovely resiny tobacco note. Much like Shelldoo herself, the Illustrated Woman starts off a bit ballsy, but underneath she's an absolute sweetheart - cozy & warm, but with a trace of something just a little sticky & dirty & wild :P
It's not a heavy scent, per se, but it lasts all day, lingering on my wrists as a soft, smokey vanilla musk - the crooks of my elbows cling to a bit more of the sweet pine sap. It's a lovely scent... a beatifully tattoed woman, draped in a heavy, embroidered shawl & puffing on a cigarillo. She pokes at the small bonfire, throwing a branch of fresh pine on the flames...
ETA: Oh crappity. I just can't kick the Christmas Tree air freshener. If anything, it's getting louder now, for all the cellaring. Off you go, my dearie. :D
This post has been edited by tartchef: 02 July 2008 - 07:07 PM
Posted 18 June 2008 - 11:58 PM
...and then suddenly having a smiling animated Christmas tree pop its head up over the edge of the bed: "HEY! Whatcha doin'?"
This post has been edited by hepkitten: 18 June 2008 - 11:59 PM
Posted 19 June 2008 - 12:10 AM
This is really unique and one that shouldn't be missed.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:08 AM
In the bottle, this smells heavily of tobacco, but if that's a problem note for you, don't be afraid. The two scariest notes in this, patchouli and tobacco, disappeared after 10 minutes of wear, leaving behind a musky vanilla with a hint of resin. It's a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but I love sweet smells, so I can't say that I mind. :P I don't want to slander this by saying it reminds me of soap, but it does. Not the cheap, cloying floral smell that's usually associated with soap, but the high end luxury stuff that you pay an exorbitant amount at Saks for. It just smells like something you want to envelop yourself in. I'm captivated by this in a way I haven't been in awhile. Definitely a must try!
Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:39 AM
I am so HAPPY to report though that changes and it becomes much more subtle while a truly GORGEOUS skin musk and smokey vanilla creep in. It's very warm and slightly honeyed with a touch of tobacco, but mostly that skin musk that I adore. Holy crap this scent is awesome. I think everyone who said that it will be the "hit" of CD is probably right - this is a real winner right here, I must MUST stock up on bottles before CD comes down, that's how awesome this is.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:53 PM
I'm so disappointed.
Posted 19 June 2008 - 06:56 PM
Wet on Skin: Pine, something slightly minty, patchouli, and a bit of light musk and honey
Dry: Smoky vanilla (it's not at all a burnt smoky, it's more of a sour smoky), resins, pine, light musk, with a touches of honey and patchouli
Later on: The vanilla becomes more sour (smoky), the honey and especially the resins get stronger, the pine remains, but the patchouli fades
My rating in the bottle/imp: 2 out of 5
My rating on my skin: 4 out of 5
Overall, I like this scent, but I wish the vanilla wasn't quite so sour (smoky)
This post has been edited by SurrealReality: 24 June 2008 - 03:35 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:51 AM
Oh well, at least I'll be spending less money! This one seems like a real crowd pleaser, I'm sure she has a huge fanbase already.
Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:13 AM
i was afraid of the pine in this one because it tends to amp on my skin and at first it was all pine which terrified me.
but the pine fades and becomes just a lovely, woody background scent.
this is an absolutely perfect blend that is musky, a touch woody, resiny, and sweetened with vanilla.
it's exotic, warm and perfect.
i must buy bottles of this.
Posted 22 June 2008 - 02:24 AM
It is not a decision I regret!
In the bottle: Wow, that's a lot of pine. But it's much sharper than the evergreen notes I'm used to (like those from the Yules) -- perhaps because I'm getting the skin musk, too.
Wet: Wooooooo, pine and skin musk! Funnily enough, there's something about the way the notes are interacting here that reminds me of Pisces '07 (which makes me suspect that there is skin musk in Pisces even more, but that's neither here nor there!). Thankfully the pine does settle down after a few minutes, and the tobacco never stands out. As this scent starts to dry down, I really am not sure if I enjoy the scent all that much... but I find it fascinating. I keep sniffing it, trying to figure out what's going on, enthralled with how everything's interacting.
Dry: Now, it reminds me of very aged O! It's slightly powdery resins combined with honey and smokey vanilla. Wonderful.
Verdict: I have worn this for three consecutive days, and I am officially in love with it! I do agree that there are some similarities to this scent and Black Lace, though the feel they invoke is completely different (and of the two, The Illustrated Woman wins for me by a landslide).
Posted 22 June 2008 - 04:47 PM
once applied the honey amps up nicely combined with pine, vanilla and tobacco...
the patchouli adds the perfect touch and
that this is nothing short of astonishing!
love in a bottle for certain!!