Mr. Fezziwig's Ball A Christmas Carol (10/20/10-11/24/10)
Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:50 PM
I tried this at will call, and it was a very strange party. It started out with kinda a bubbly alcohol scent, and then 30 minutes later, it was gone. And I thought, well, crap, and went on sniffing other things. And then i'm like....why am I smelling ginger on my hand!! And there was a sharp ginger coming from my hand. It stayed for another 30 minutes.....and then it was gone. 15 minutes later, I had bubbly orange. So, be prepared, Mr. Fezziwig is going to have ball on your hand, and you won't know what happens next!
Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:21 AM
Now let's see what it does on the skin!
Right off the bat, there's some ginger that I didn't get in the bottle at all. Ginger, a tiny suggestion of clove, and bundles of dried fruits (dried apricot and apple maybe?), so apparently the mince pies are really leaping out at this point. The wood smells a little harsher and more manly (like it's been soaked in a few decades of smoke and spilled stout) without the sweet, more innocent bite of evergreen I sense in the bottle. The resins are also blacker, cloudier and... stickier, somehow. I feel like there's a hint of tobacco or even opium? The spiced fruits of the pies fade as the oil dries.
It's very evocative. I think it does accurately depict the "work-hard-play-hard" rustic atmosphere of that passage (no high-minded Victorian luxuries at this dance!), but it also puts me in mind of all the slightly shady (but homey) inns that appear in fantasy novels. It's a late autumn night, you've been journeying for weeks, sleeping on the ground, and here's this inn with a big hearth, oak benches, roasting food and prize-winning beer. Can't beat that.
Makes me wish it was a room spray* instead of a perfume, but it's still a keeper.
*ETA: And, OMG, it IS. I love life.
This post has been edited by Aldercy: 18 November 2010 - 11:22 AM
Posted 18 November 2010 - 05:15 PM
This is a very happy and nourishing scent. Warm and inviting.
Mince Pie and Beer as advertised.
The Spruce is pretty laid back and so are the Spices so this avoids the Christmas Candle trap pretty well. In fact, this blend has some of the best behaved and well-contained spice notes that I remember.
Surprisingly less Beer than Mince Pie. Although the Beer comes back after a while.
And the "Pie" aspect is closer to the savory more than the sweet.
I agree with Alderci's take on this having a rustic quality. Something in here smells a bit "dirty" in the best possible way.
Edit- this somehow manages to disappear very quickly on me. Oh Well, it's a fun and enjoyable scent though.
This post has been edited by Heavenlyrabbit: 19 November 2010 - 05:20 PM
Posted 25 November 2010 - 03:48 PM
As Aldercy said, it is a very evocative scent indeed. It reminds me of being in the pub at Christmas-time with my friends, drinking beers and ordering seasonal foods. It's darker and woodier than I thought it would be, but that's fine, it all adds to the richness. It's the first scent out of all the Yule's I've tried that has made me think 'Christmas in a bottle!' and because of that, I think this will be one of my new staples over the festive period. It's a complex nostalgia-inducer and very comforting. Love it!
Posted 29 November 2010 - 02:04 AM
Posted 04 December 2010 - 07:36 PM
Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:30 PM
The very first time I sniffed this before reviewing and even trying it, I thought it was rather strange, but now that I have left my imp sit for a day and let my nose warm up to it, I like it. This is a very Christmasy scent. like having dessert on Christmas day with my family whilst a warm spicy candle burns nearby.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:07 AM
Posted 13 December 2010 - 05:30 PM
Clove-spiced beer-soaked dark wood. Tragic discontinuation!
This post has been edited by bheansidhe: 13 December 2010 - 05:39 PM
Posted 16 December 2010 - 05:15 AM
This dries down to spicy (sweet clove-ish?), masculine, dark, insanely sexy wood with hints of booze and spiced pie with anise. It makes me think of dark, polished wood in a dark pub, lusting after the sexy, mysterious musician playing in the corner... after an hour, it's back towards more of a sweet, boozy cider again.
I'm sad that I can't get more of this one; I'll have to hoard my decant for special occasions.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 10:07 PM
Mr. Schmoozy loved it though.
Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:33 AM
I do get a suggestion of beer smell...and that's a good thing for me, because I like beer. ^_^ It smells like the bar top in a really old pub, where the smell has permeated into the wood, and I love love love that smell, it reminds me of Ireland. It’s an old wood smell, like wood that’s been worn down by hundreds of hands over the years.
And of course, since I love it the most out of all my decants, it WOULD be the one that's discontinued. :@&*$!:
Posted 19 December 2010 - 03:04 PM
Wet: spice explosion! I smell all mince pie with a strong winey apple? Smells like mulled cider on me.
Drydown: ok there's more beer and woods, but it still mostly spicy mulled cider and possibly a touch of fig.
Posted 21 December 2010 - 07:29 AM
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Posted 30 December 2010 - 12:37 AM
Wet: Now I'm getting more of the wood and resin, with the pie lurking in the background.
The dry-down: And the beer has made a comeback, but it is nicely combining with all the other notes to make something lovely that's greater than the sum of its parts. :) This is what I could imagine an old English pub, you know, the local, to smell like during Christmastide. Between the pie and the resin, it's sweet but in a lovely deep and dark fashion because of the wood and the beer giving it depth and complexity. Pity that this had to be discontinued; perhaps it can return for another Yule.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:09 PM
In imp: I smell every note - warm mince pie, the resin, beer, and wood. They're all almost equally strong as well, though the beer and the wood hit me first. This is definitely a unique scent.
Wet: Beer with strong wood and pie notes. The resin is there to make the scent more complex, but more as a note that weaves through, not one that makes itself known in its own right. I'm still getting almost equal strength from the notes, which is what I find most impressive. This is a scent with some throw too. Even though I have another scent on as well, I'm smelling it from my arm as I type. This is sweetening as it dries, giving more of the pie and the fruits in the pie and less of the beer, but the wood is still going strong.
Dry: This dries down to a really nice, comforting scent, and absolutely does create an image in your mind, BPAL yet again perfectly capturing a scene in a scent. This is the scent of a rowdy Victorian Christmas party. The drydown has some of the beer but not too much, which is perfect, and sweet mince pie with wood to back it and a dash of resin. A really pleasant, unique scent. I doubt it's one I would wear every day, but it's a very comforting Yuletime wear!. 4/5
Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:56 PM
As it dries, the spices of the mince pie try and fight their way to the top, but the rosin and wood scents are just too strong. The sour note stays in the background. I recognize it more as the beer now. Considering how hard it is to get more of this, I'm glad it didn't work for me.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:58 PM
The second I had him sniff it he called out "Mince meat pie!!!" Which he loves.. so it's very evocative and sentimental for him :D
This post has been edited by MCS4096: 11 January 2011 - 11:59 PM
Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:32 AM
Mr Fezziwig starts off all mince pie.. quite spicy, slightly sweet.. and a hint of beer. So I leave it to dry down for 10 minutes, lean in for another sniff.. and where'd it go?? It's almost completely disappeared!!!
What's left on my skin now is a faint smell of beer and mince pie. Just a vague kind of spicey foodiness. I'm going to pass my decant on, because clearly there's no ball to be had on my skin - Mr. Fezziwig apparently left early.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:27 PM
In the imp: ohhh, it smells like mince pies!
Wet on skin: mince pies, apple cider, warm wood fittings…
Dry on skin: I’m surprised at the strong apple scent I get from this, but that’s a good thing-provided the apple doesn’t go wrong. The home made mince pie recipe I used has grated apple in it. And this smells like mince pies! Maybe a tad more apple than the pies I make, but I smell the buttery warm pastry and the spicy, fruity filling. There is a splash of ale, and it’s surprisingly nice! A bit more fizzy and cider-like than the sweet barley scent of the beer in Feeding the Dead. I can’t smell the rosin note (shame, because as an ex-cellist, I love that smell) but I do smell the warm wood scent, it reminds me of the wood panels of a proper British pub-like the ones you find in villages, that have thatched roofs, very low ceilings, walls covered in brewing/ale related paraphernalia, and look like they were built centuries ago and haven’t changed since. This is glorious.
After a while: the apple note gets stronger but it seems nicely balanced with the spices and woods. The ale note is actually really nice-a little lighter than the more barley-centred beer note in Feeding the Dead, but it doesn’t smell like a pub crawl either. The whole scent exudes such an approachable festive warmth that I can’t help but smile when I smell it.
Verdict: mince pies and apple cider served in an English pub on Christmas Eve. I can almost hear delightful music playing, people dancing and singing, happy revelry fuelled by the booze on offer but no outright drunkenness. If there was one criticism is that I wish the mince pies and resin notes were stronger, they do get overwhelmed somewhat by the scent of spicy cider and ale, so at times this reminds me of Fearful Pleasure, which is my favourite apple scent, but with a Yuletide twist of pastry and dark fruit instead of the autumnal smoke in FP. I’m so glad I managed to gather about a half-bottle of this because this to me is one of those quintessentially festive scents that never fails to cheer me up. I’m wondering if half a bottle is enough…
Is it a keeper? I’d give anything to have more, and pray to the perfume gods for a future resurrection/revisit…
If you like this, try: Fearful Pleasure, Jolasveinar, Joloumouri, The Second of Three Spirits, Whoop, A World of Fools
Posted 21 May 2011 - 12:34 AM