A Fit of Artistic Enthusiasm debuted at Dark Delicacies, 8/09
Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:03 PM
A Fit of Artistic Enthusiasm - This is another proto/preview (? - not sure which) that was out for testing at the Cobwebs III/Convergence events. It's very fresh and outdoorsy in a Victorian garden kind of way. It's grassy, warm, and herbal, with maybe a hint of wildflowers. This one makes me think of an artist setting up an easel in the countryside, taking off his coat so his suspenders are revealed, unbuttoning his shirt, rolling up his sleeves, and spending a sunny afternoon crazily splashing paints on a canvas in a desperate attempt to catch the beauty of the scenery around him/her. It's too grassy for my personal preference, but it's quite evocative and those who enjoy grassy and outdoory scents will love this one. I see it being potentially unisex for it's lack of overt florals.
Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:08 AM
I was very intrigued by this as it had both salt and ocean, as well as ... a floating coffin! The artwork is by Gris Grimly, and I'm not sure, but it's some kind of skeletal fish critter with a deranged skull, which is adorable.
Anyhow... onto the scent.
Bottle - marine, in the ocean way, maybe a hint of seaweed, but this is a cool dark sea-blue aquatic without the sharpitude of Lightning nor the frank melon-green-wateriness of Tempest. There is a familiar saltiness which is kinda like Pool of Tears, but this is ... saltier.
On skin this is very salty indeed. It has a little sticky quality to it, but the majority of the scent remains a citrussy marine wateriness which, if I had to compare it to other oceanics - is closer to Y'nathlei, Deep Ones, and Olokun, versus scents like Cthulhu (more violaceous). The woodsiness comes out a hint but it's mostly salt and water.
Drydown is soft, not obtrusive at all, and the marine waters soften a good deal. Throw is subtle but it's there.
I'd say it's not as sweet and bright and misty as Kingsport, but quite nice and a great addition to the marine family.
This post has been edited by Lycanthrope: 29 August 2009 - 12:09 AM
Posted 30 August 2009 - 02:13 AM
On my skin, I pick up the salty ocean spray, marine plants, and wood notes. This one doesn't morph much from wet to dry stage.
It always amazes me how spot on Beth gets these scents. It really does smell like a wooden coffin floating in the ocean.
Posted 03 September 2009 - 01:31 PM
Great throw and great wear length (which I also got from Tempest).
Posted 04 September 2009 - 04:22 PM
On my skin, I'm delighted that this doesn't instantly morph into laundry soap, as most aquatics do. It actually smells like a complex cologne on me. It's masculine and clean (and definitely has that salty-ocean smell), but also cool and has a slightly spicy feel that I get from a lot of men's colognes, with a hint of dry wood.
Cold, salty ocean spray, dry wood, and that generic men's cologne base smell that makes me think of menfolk. I'm surprised at how much I like this. I don't know if I'd wear this much myself, but I'll love this on my husband.
A Fit of Artistic Enthusiasm makes me fantasize about being on a ship in the middle of the ocean with my man. Not too shabby .
Posted 17 September 2009 - 08:54 PM
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 01:15 AM
This though I really really like! It doesn't turn into soap, air freshener, or cologne on me. It's watery with a touch of sweetness and salt, blended with some smooth woods. This is an aquatic I can wear without worrying that I smell like a bathroom scent or a mens cologne.
I can't keep my nose away from my wrist. I am so happy I picked up a bottle tonight at the Poe event.
Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:33 PM
Posted 01 October 2009 - 10:05 PM
Wet: Ohh! There's mint in here! This is a really interesting salty ocen scent mixed with mint. It feels a bit cooling on the skin.
Dry: As this dries I'm detecting more wood notes. The aquatics and mint are still dominant. The wet stage is very strong and chilly but as this dries, it's like the calm after the storm. The sun comes out, warms the water a bit and bakes/bleaches the coffin wood. Really nice!
Overall: Like Femme Fatale said, this doesn't dry into soapy residue at all. Aquatics generally don't work for me but I can't stop sniffing my arm right now. I wasn't planning on trying this one but I'm really glad I did! Next to Hideous Heart, I'd have to say this is my favorite out of the Gris Grimly scents.
Posted 02 October 2009 - 06:47 PM
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Posted 04 October 2009 - 04:08 AM
In the Imp: Oh man! This is seriously aquatic! Almost citrus... that is a little odd.
Wet: This is really smelling like deodorant to me. Crap.
Dry: Wow! giving this some air and it gets the chance needed to smell divine! Now I am getting the wood and the floral notes as well as the aquatics. I am pleasantly surprised by this one.
Posted 04 October 2009 - 07:04 PM
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 03:08 PM
This is most definitely a marine aquatic and reminds me of the smell of salt water on the wind, minus the funky low-tide sludge. There is definitely a touch of mint in here that adds a nice sharp freshness. I also feel like there's SOMETHING floral, but way in the background. It gives a sense of long-faded cologne maybe. The woodsiness of the 'coffin' is also very nice and actually reminds me a bit of old driftwood.
If you like marine aquatics or any of the "pirate" blends, try this!! It reminds me of a "cleaner" booze-free Jolly Roger and a less citrusy The Phoenix. Very unisex too, IMHO. I definitely love it!
Posted 14 October 2009 - 05:56 AM
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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:04 AM
The "snow/lake" effect is basically a mix of icy slush, aquatic notes, fresh mossy lily pad sort of greens and wood, be it from the woods around the lake or maybe a tree limb floating in the lake.
It's very nice and if I didn't have the other two snow scents, I would love this one. I am not sure if I want to keep this one. It might be nice to have a snow version not as strong for social situations and work, but at the same time, a lot of these begin to smell the same and why do I need three bottles of the same thing?
I didn't get much Poe from this, what I got was a nice childhood memory of wooden sheds for ice fishing on a bed of frozen ice with a slight whiff of winter plants and water in the air. It's cozy instead of being cruel.
I recommend it if you don't have Snowball Fracas or Hypothermia.
Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:53 PM
As it develops over the hours, it becomes almost exactly late-Queen Mab on me, only not so in-your-face I AM A SEX GODDESS.
I NEVER expected this smell from the description, or even from the other reviews...
In to my top ten it goes!
Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:25 PM
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