Blood Moon 2010
Posted 17 October 2010 - 05:57 PM
Blood Moon is more than the sum of its parts.
If I were to say "cassia, rose, maybe sandalwood, and perhaps the faintest touch of lily, not too musky, and just the slightest hint of sweetness," it would fail to convey the warm, red cosiness that exists on an unlikely continuum between ethereal and ominous. This is not the feral scent of the hunt, but a dream of the hunt, floating, slightly detached, over the moonlit scene, while individual moments come into sharp focus, and then fade into the impression of mood that stays with you when you wake.
Blood Moon has a decent throw, but is not overpowering. The husband said he could see someone wearing it in an office environment. The rose note smells surprisingly realistic, with no soap residue. Both cassia and rose can be overpowering, but here they balance each other perfectly. I am not sure that the subtle non-rose floral I detect close to the skin is actually lily (lily usually does not like my skin), but it is extremely subtle, and fades into the overall scent without making the scent feel floral. One friend said this reminds him of a perfume called "Chloe" that an old girlfriend used to wear. Another friend was surprised to smell the scent of real roses. I would say that Blood Moon is feminine, but not girly, and bold but not aggressive. I am pleased that I ordered a bottle, and I half hope that the two friends who are splitting it with me won't want their shares.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:55 PM
Edited by MineralGirl, 18 October 2010 - 10:56 PM.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:04 AM
Posted 19 October 2010 - 06:38 AM
In Bottle: It's a very wet scent. It's kind of musky, and reminds me of a damp forest at night. It also reminds me of stuffing your nose into a big box of incense sticks.
Wet: It's a rich and strong smell. The incense is more noticeable now, and it has a sweetness to it but it's not sugary. (Is that sandalwood?) It makes my skin feel warm.
Dry: Why hello there patchouli! It really comes out in a sharper manner now, with the musk underpinning it. The throw has greatly increased too – I no longer have to hold my wrists up to my face to smell it. The scent no longer resembles what it did in the bottle. It is now a warm and red-feeling scent instead of a wet and forest-like one. I might be detecting some cinnamon.
So far with my BPAL experience, I have learned that my skin rots fruit, amps nuts, and destroys the subtleties of flowers. There is not a single wisp of any kind of floral in this. It's all musk and spice. I am not even sure if I'd describe it as a feminine scent!
I have worn this twice now, and both times it was a pleasant blast of patchouli. While it peaked an an hour the first time, and almost died down at an hour and a half, the second time it stayed at that peak height for almost three hours. Once it gets going it takes no prisoners and pulls no punches. This is a scent where a little bit goes a long way.
All in all, I love it.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:31 PM
On skin: smutty musk, muted and fuzzy around the edges
Half-hour later: still lots of musk with some dark rosey incense
In conclusion: the first wearing it reminded me a lot of Panther Moon -- all dark musk. It seems to have calmed down, however, and dark rose and incense appear eventually. I passed on the first two Blood Moons ('05 and '08), they sounded so feral and aggressive. It's moody and interesting, and I'm glad I finally tried it.
Posted 20 October 2010 - 01:09 AM
Drydown: still a decent amount of cassia and warm resiny incense. Better. It's mellowed but hasn't provided the anticipated results that I had in mind when I ordered it.
Posted 24 October 2010 - 02:59 AM
However, this reminded me, very immediately, of an incense my ex-husband would burn on a near constant basis. It wasn't bad, but it definitely had a headshop feel to it. But, because of the negative association with the scent, I was immediately put off by it.
Eventually it calmed down, and became a softer, sweeter, slightly Blood-like scent. Dry, it's a bit lighter than the GC blend Blood. I actually really like this dry. Though I'm not sure I want to be reminded of my ex-husband for 15-20 minutes every time I put this on until it dries.
Posted 25 October 2010 - 07:34 PM
Wet- at first, this was kinda sharp and funky smelling to me... I almost was a lil bummed I grabbed a bottle. Musky, definitely with some sweet floral in there too. I am not familiar with cassia, so I don't know if that is what I am smelling?
As it dried, I really started liking it. It got quite incensy and the sweetness toned down, thank goodness. It did remind me of my beloved Panther moon as well! This had some strong throw too I must say. I like it. I am glad I got bottle in the end.
Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:15 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:50 AM
Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:36 PM
I like it better than the previous Blood Moon incarnations, because all I could get from those was the dragon's blood/dragon's blood resin. This one is much more 'leafy' and the musk is soft and comforting.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 03:02 AM
Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:15 PM
Today I decided I needed a "red" scent and noticed this lonely bottle in my BPAL box, and decided to try it.
It is really lovely now!!! The cassia is very bright at first, but later calms down. It has a sweet, warm, incensey smell that is comforting and a little spicy. The soapy character is gone. The dragon's blood is just a soft, sweet base and is not that strong in this blend. My husband really liked it too!
Now, what other lonely bottles are hiding in my box waiting to be re-discovered....
Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:20 AM
Edited by Edens Sixth Day, 25 September 2011 - 01:20 AM.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:54 AM
This is one of those perfect examples of why you should always, always skin test these. In the bottle it's just some kind of dark cologne. Not very interesting.
On the skin, wet and for the first five minutes, I get strong honey mead. Definitely a dark, sweet, tangy honey all over the place. After about ten, a cinnamon spice suddenly jumps out of it like a naked redhead from one of those giant cakes. The honey is still there, and maybe something creamy? I wonder if dragon's blood is lurking around in here.
Not feminine or floral in the least. Dark, sexy, and dripping with spiced honey to be licked off of things later. Definite keeper.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:23 AM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:34 PM
Wet: Musky with a hint of spice. It has a slight aquatic/soapy feel to it as well.
Dry: The musk and all that loveliness have disappeared under the soapy. Sadface
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