Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:07 PM
This was a somewhat pleasant floral on me, but the iris might have made it too white. It is not my style, certainly, so I will never wear it, but it shouldn't be overlooked by floral lovers. I have to say I couldn't tell that the violet or neroli were there, but it may just be that well blended that I couldn't pick them out.
I also thought it too "white" to be the Raven, but it is definitely not "bright". as florals go, it is a powdery soft blend with floral and musk.
Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:08 PM
Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:18 AM
On/wet: WHOA, there's that iris! Sharp at first, but with an earthy grounding note.
Drydown: Muted, crushed iris and warm woods--like an escaped garden iris in the wood loam at the very edge of the yard. A little more floral than I'd generally wear, but I can see in for a mellow, relaxed kind of day.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 02:55 AM
Wet: Violet, neroli and increasing iris with a lot of sandalwood
Drydown: First the sandalwood comes up, then retreats into the iris. The violet and neroli are cuddling on a fur rug of white musk. :P
I like this but I know what the husband will say: Too headshoppy for him. (Neroli and sandalwood.) Keepin' the imp, won't be buyin' a bottle.
Posted 08 February 2008 - 02:58 AM
Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:47 AM
The Raven does not appear to get so many good reviews but I like it. My guess is that you need to like violets and the black musk can turn to baby powder sometimes if you are unlucky.
It is mainly violets, the dark musk shows after a few minutes and fills out the backgroud with a sleek, dark and sweetly musky scent. Neroli shows right in the beginning and lends a slightly bitter edge, deepening the otherwise light and powdery florals. Iris and sandalwood play a supporting role. They may seem a bit too white and powdery on the whole but to me they are like a reflection on the shiny feathers of a raven.
Overall I am pleased with this and it does not smell like a powdery old lady scent to me. It gets more and more violet as the time passes and has long staying power.
Posted 10 February 2008 - 12:14 PM
On my skin this is exotic and almost dangerous. I wore this to go grocery shopping and people were taking a 'second sniff' and eyeing me curiously, as though looking to see what I was up to.
A definite keeper, too bad I only got an imp.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 05:53 PM
i tried to like it, but as raven's go sometimes they breed discontent.
i'll have to pass on this.
Posted 18 February 2008 - 07:13 PM
On Me: The violet comes forward. I think this is what I found familiar in the bottle. It's a warmer scent than I expected. Honestly though, I love all things Corbae related, so I was bound to love this. Much more musky on the skin than in the bottle, but it's paired very nicely with the dark florals. It's definitely a night time scent. i see blue blacks, shimmering green and purple. The sandalwood is very light and gives it a bit of a powdery scent. Lovely.
Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:19 PM
On me, wet: Definitely violet.
On me, dry: Still violet, and nothing else really shows up. I'll have to try this one again, sometime later when I feel like smelling like flowers.
edit: Rinsing with water helped to reduce the violet -- the iris was more noticeable. That's a plus for this on me, so I'll definitely have to give it another shot.
This post has been edited by Nightroad103: 22 February 2008 - 08:18 PM
Posted 25 March 2008 - 04:13 PM
On the norm The Raven starts out heavily violet then drifts down into a very expensive and rich incensy violet powder. BUT, when my hormones go out of wack oooh baby! It turns into this rich and complex scent full of deep dark violets, sandlewood and other beautiful florals along with something oddly comforting, like I am wrapped in the friendly arms of a stately, golden eyed fellow with long dark raven hair and a mysterious regal smile. I love The Raven.
Posted 26 March 2008 - 10:47 PM
Wet: baby powder. Feh.
Drydown: baby powder goes away. Intense violet with musk and iris overtones.
I love violets so this one is a keeper for me.
Posted 29 March 2008 - 04:02 AM
Wet: Wow. Soapy. I think violet goes soapy on me like rose.
Drydown: Floral soap. Meh.
Posted 19 April 2008 - 08:25 PM
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Posted 11 May 2008 - 07:33 PM
and then, powder! :P
Posted 30 May 2008 - 10:54 PM
Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:00 PM
When first applied: Smells strongly of violet softened by musk. The scent of dark feathers.
Drydown: As it dries down I can smell the sandalwood along with the violet and musk. The neroli and iris never seem to come out on me in this blend.
Verdict: This is a perfect true violet scent (one of my favorites). It is rich and deep without even the slightest hint of old ladyishness.
Posted 27 July 2008 - 04:20 PM
When I first got my imp, I too was sadly disappointed. All the notes in this blend are usually favourites of mine, so I'd almost expected it to be a sure winner. But when I tested it, all I got was a bunch of sharp florals and powder. Yuck. Back into the swap pile it went.
Recently, I've been combing through my discards to give last chances to scents that have had a chance to age for several months. Today was The Raven's turn:
Ohhhh WOW! This one is definitely meant to be aged. The violet and iris have both smoothed out their rough edges and the powderyness of the black musk has subsided a lot. Aged Raven is everything I'd hoped it would be: a soft and sleek little black dress. Instant love.
New favourite for me! :P
This post has been edited by rawgirl75: 27 July 2008 - 04:23 PM
Posted 04 August 2008 - 09:36 AM
Faint violet and almost lilac
The musk starts to come through pretty quickly combining oddly wth the violet
This is dark, slick and oily which pretty much fits the concept but I find it unsettling. I think without the sandalwood I would enjoy this more. I will give it another chance after aging.
Posted 21 August 2008 - 07:18 PM
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