Gypsy Metamorphosis: The Moths (5/26/10-8/26/10)
Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:32 PM
This is probably my biggest disappointment of the moths, and I'm going to preface this by saying I think that this blend is going to be HIGHLY dependent on skin chemistry as to what you actually get. Out of this, I got cardamom, tonka, and musk, none of the vanilla and white sugar that I was hoping would play evenly with the blend. If you've got skin chemistry like mine, then this is not going to be the Gothabilly clone that some are hoping it will be.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:34 PM
The throw is very, very lite for me. I practically slathered this morning to give it another go and I couldn't smell anything after a couple hours!
Going to try it after a month or so.. maybe it'll "deepen" up.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 09:38 PM
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Posted 13 June 2010 - 12:53 AM
just applied: the vanilla gets stronger right away and... something fruity? dunno what that is...
drying: the vanilla and musk stay strong. The sugary sweetness of the bottle and freshly applied scents dissipated quickly. I'm smelling something smoky/spicy. could that be the cardamom? hmm.
dry: smoky and spicy with a musky base and a little bit of vanilla. Not as vanilla-y or sweet as I thought it would be from the description or from the first stages of the scent. But that's not to say I don't like it, it's just not what I expected. Also, not much throw at all. I'm generally pretty liberal with my perfume application but I have to go extra heavy with this one to get much out of it.
Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:11 AM
Drydown on this is really interesting. The cardamom is still very noticeable, but the sugar and musk are there, too. It's almost a baking smell, not in a a finished baked goods way, but in a dry ingredients out on the counter way. An open spice rack, a sprinkle of sugar, the softness of flour.
My skin chemistry seems to work well with this blend. Sugar notes tend to be my friend.
It's softer than I'd expected from the description. It fades fairly quickly, I can still smell it after a few hours but it's probably going to require reapplication.
It is very soft and fluttery and moth-like, which is marvelous.
Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:58 AM
On skin: I was expecting this to be sweeter. Itís definitely vanilla-y with the cardamom pull up the rear.. but the tonka is keeping it from being too sweet. It reminds me of something Iíd get from Nocturne Alchemy, which has to be the egyptian musk. It kinda reminds me of something Iíve tried from them.
Impression: Donít hate it but it isnít love at first sniff right now. I think itís going to age well.
Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:40 AM
On my skin the egyptian musk is dominant, and the vanilla is warm and smooth but not a sweet vanilla. I get cardamom in there, but it's not spicy to me, just warm and fuzzy. There is just enough sugar in there to give it a dusty sweetness, but it doesn't turn this into a sweet blend overall.
Very lovely, and somewhat subdued and comforting. I think this is going to be a hit for many.
Posted 14 June 2010 - 12:25 PM
The scent which emerges after this oil has had some time to dry on my skin is really beautiful. Creamy and slightly herbal, with the faintest touch of sweetness. I want to slather it all over, but I also want to let it age, because I think it will grow into something extremely gorgeous -- I just have to have the patience to let it do so.
Posted 14 June 2010 - 10:01 PM
In the bottle this smells like a spicy vanilla. I'm lucky with my chemistry because on me this is a gorgeous sweet (but not foody) and musky vanilla. It's very dry and dusty to my nose, with a "color" of light brown. The cardamom and vanilla make this a cousin of The Harp of Cnoc I'Chosgair to me, but musky and not floral. I actually might like it a bit better overall than The Harp because of the sharp green note that one has at first. This one has nothing sharp about it - just smooth and creamy. It will probably be great aged!
Posted 15 June 2010 - 07:28 PM
In the decant/tester, I get the cardamom. Like whoa cardamom. On, I immediately get wood. Yeah, woody wood woods. After awhile, it gets creamy and starts to smell like the worlds best cinnamon toast that you ordered from one of the worlds most expensive restaurants that have a 10 star rating.
I like it. A lot. But it may be too foody for me. I dunno.
Posted 15 June 2010 - 11:39 PM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:15 PM
The Egyptian musk is there, oh yes it is, but with all the other sweet notes, the only thing the musk provides is a warm background for the sweet notes to heat up on. Sugar, bourbon vanilla, tonka, sugar.....only got the cardamom in the bottle and when wet, then it bowed out to let the other notes have a chance to shine.
It is *almost* like amber and bourbon vanilla, tho I think that is the warm musk and tonka that are fooling my nose. Kinda smells like brown sugar too?
I am not sure how the throw is because I only have a touch on one of my wrists atm because I am testing a few scents out, and I think this one will probably fade fast....lucky a scent locket wanted to party with my last order and just happened to jump in!
I LOOOOOVE IT SO!
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 05:25 PM
I like this!
Posted 19 June 2010 - 05:33 AM
Wet: I get tonka here too, and how Beth managed a mix of vanilla, cardamom, and tonka that doesn't smelly foodie is beyond me, but I'm glad of it.
Dry: Doesn't change much from wet other than to get softer, rounder, layered and more ethereal. Not much throw, which I like, but it also needs more frequent reapplication than a lot of my usuals.
I really like this. So much that part of me's saying I knew better than to buy a LE, because it's only going to be around for awhile, and then what will I do once I use up my bottle? (note: between all my "favorites" and my light hand with application, it'll be a long while before I run out of this) *hoards the precious*
Posted 19 June 2010 - 09:54 PM
Posted 20 June 2010 - 10:59 AM
From the decant: Toast. Warm slightly buttered toast. Is that the musk, or the tonka? I don't think I have many blends with those notes, so I can't really tell.
Wet on skin: You know that cinnamon toast smell? Well, replace the cinnamon with cardamom, and that's what I have going on right now. Weird and delicious.
Drydown: The toast finally starts to leave and the cardamom sugar scent that Meaganola described above emerges. I might have a touch more vanilla, but the idea is the same.
Verdict: I like the final dry down but am not sure I can handle the toast. Will hang onto the decant a bit to see if whatever my skin is going through calms down a bit.
Posted 21 June 2010 - 01:14 AM
On me wet: the cardamom is not fooling around. I really like cardamom as an interesting player in scents-- Okayaki was the first and only bottle of the Shunga line that I purchased, and largely because of how the cardamom works in that one. Here it seems sharper, more at the forefront, along with pure white sugar.
Dry: I totally get what the poster above said about toast. Cardamom and sugar toast--- could be interesting, but kinda weird as a perfume. The vanilla and tonka are rounding out at this point, and it's an interesting gray-brown woody fragrance. I am sort of getting the physicality of the moth from it now, but not so much it's namesake, which I guess I was hoping for.
Verdict: It's interesting and unique; I find it similar (but better) than the Harp, which was too cologney on me, but this one veers toward the other side of being perhaps too foody. I may have to decide just to enjoy my decant, but luckily I have a while to let it age and see if it becomes FBW.
Posted 21 June 2010 - 03:53 AM
But where this really seems to shine is layering. It adds the most delicious spicy touch and wear length to some blends that didn't really shine on me originally.
Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:26 AM