In the bottle:
I'm getting mostly the orange blossom honey (which is not really sweet at all) and maybe the summer musk (is that the green/herbal note that a lot of the reviewers are also picking up?).Wet:
The slight sour note of the honey is the first thing I smell, but now there's some raspberries. And blast it, there's that sharp green note again! The dry-down:
Okay, I'm get a whiff of the blueberries, and the fig is mixing in finally, but faintly. The honey and the musk are at last blending together to form a nice base, and yet the berries may be at war with the sharp green note that is slowly fading away. Yes, I think that the berries are winning! And oh here comes the fig in a major way! About time, as August is when figs are ripe around here. (I love me some figs, and how wonderful the bf has a fig tree in his backyard, but the birds and the deer--he has a bit of nice forest behind his house--tend to eat most of them before they get ripe enough to pick, alas.)
This scent is a bit of a morpher on me. I was hoping for more of the blueberries, as in my beloved Blue Phoenix, but alas that seems not to be. It's a bit like Lady Una or Tomoe Gozen, but not enough, if you catch my drift. I know that lots of folks have problems with the Lab's blackberry note turning to cat pee on them.
Still, I could wish that there were blackberries in this, or at the very least, more blueberries. All in all, though, this is finally shaping up to be a wonderful scent, mostly honey and fig. I might try layering this with just a drop of Blue Phoenix (I so want that to be in the next Anniversary update!) and see what happens. I wish had some SN honey or honey musk to layer on this.
Oi, that green note is coming back out again. And it's just a few minutes since I wrote the last paragraph. Dang it! I'll try this in the scent locket, or otherwise layer with other things. I really wanted to love this. The prototype we got to try at SEWC seemed to be sweeter than this.
I'm thinking that the summer musk must be the green and herbal note, and that this scent would be lovelier without it.
Yet I must note that the label art is elegant, and is the top half of the art on the tee-shirt, which I ordered because I felt sure that I would love this scent; also that the art on the tee was beautiful in and of itself, an Art Nouveau design, which is a style that I have always been fond of.
And to end this long review, the fig and the honey have pushed the green note away. Again. A beautiful but morphing scent.ETA:
A couple hours later, the honey and fig are still the obvious notes, with a hint of the sweet berries. Very much a skin scent, for all my slathering. I've decided that it's a keeper.
This post has been edited by thekittenkat: 27 July 2009 - 01:43 AM