Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:12 AM
Bright golden-yellow oil. Floral, herbal, resiny. A little soapy, a little sweet - a bit of brightness from the heliotrope (which is also a little sour) and velvety spice from the carnation. Complex and unisex to feminine, with all the listed notes apparent.
Deeper, darker, more herbal and even more complex. A lot more of the angelica root, frankincense and chamomile, with the heliotrope still as strong and bright but sour as it was in the bottle. A little rooty, and sweeter, from the combined effects of the angelica and the frankincense, which is definitely the sweet, slightly smoky but still a dark and resiny type. A bit powdery and overall fairly sharp and jumbled and not really pleasant.
This has faded a lot, and I slathered fairly heavily - it's slightly powder, rooty, and herbal with a touch of floral soap. The heliotrope has softened into a more rounded, glowing note and lost its sour tinge, and the white carnation remains distinct, but more velvety than spicy with a bit of a green edge. The frankincense, chamomile and especially angelica have amped the most are the strongest notes in the dry stage, with heliotrope and carnation not dominated, but definitely in a close second place. This has a very white feel, a bit shining - I suppose that's conceptually accurate, a feeling of purity which is something I associate strongly with truth.
I don't dislike this blend - well, I almost do in the early stages when it's sour and a bit chaotic - but this blend has nothing I really like, either, and doesn't fit the sort of feel that I go for in perfumes, or wow me in any particular way - it's not generic, I just find it uninteresting and personally unappealing, but I think it fits the concept well, and in the end it coalesces into a well-balanced blend that's unisex to feminine. Slightly powdery and floral, but mostly slightly sharply herbal and rooty, as well as 'white' feeling with lots of velvety texture and a bit of golden heliotrope glow. Moderate throw, and good longevity after the initial fading.