The Arbor Lupercalia 2011 (1/18/11-3/21/11)
Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:37 AM
This throbs with passion like the poem: the initial thunderclap of red musk remains prominent throughout, but as it dries down it allows the beauty of the other elements to shine. The floral element here holds its own, with the shadows of black narcissus counterbalanced by the lovely humid exotic feel lent to it by the white gardenia and champaca flower, all shot through with a vein of sensuous red patchouli. The tonka and massoia bark make for a warm, slightly sweet and slightly woody undertone. I don't really amp chamomile, so it isn't that prominent on my skin; it's probably intermingling with the florals. Red musk lovers, you cannot miss this one. Cannot.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:58 PM
Damn you woody-type notes! :rantrave:
Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:26 AM
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:20 PM
Note: almost 2 years later this is still ridiculously red musk sexy time. It's gotten smokier...so good.
This post has been edited by Duskinhereyes: 16 January 2013 - 04:58 PM
Posted 23 February 2011 - 03:33 PM
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:28 AM
On me, the red musk instantly amps up and is the dominating note for about a half hour. The narcissus adds a sharp, perfumey, chemical-floral undertone and the chamomile and red patch give it more of a sour, bitter edge that makes it rather unpleasant. The gardenia is there, but the other notes turn it into a sharp floral that I'm not really enjoying.
The drydown of The Arbor is just very floral, heavy, and perfumey-sharp on my skin with sour, earthy edges. I usually can't pick out the tonka in bpal blends, and I don't smell it here either. All in all, this isn't a keeper for me. There are red musk blends and floral blends that I like a lot more than this'n.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:06 PM
Wet: I get spicy and warm, definitely red musk. A Sunbird kind of feeling. Something seems not right though...
On my skin: Okay, something is not right at all. I'm having flashbacks to Fledgling Raptor Moon, which did not work for me. At all. Comparing the notes, I see the culprit- Massoia Bark.
Twenty minutes later: I'm keeping this on for the sake of reviewing only at this point, because I really want to wash it off. I can sense potential- the musk/patch/champaca trinity is starting to come forward, and that massoia is starting to back off, but it's still stuck in my nose.
Overall: Since I can't make it to the hour or longer stage with this one, I can say that if you like woods, Fledgling Raptor Moon and red musk, this one is for you. It's not for me. At least I now know that massoia bark is a Total DealBreaker for me, even when it's surrounded by notes that I love.
Posted 08 March 2011 - 04:23 PM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 06:47 PM
I don't know how often I'll reach for it, but this is a lovely, soft scent. Actually, this may be my "I don't know what I want to wear" scent. :)
ETA: It's been another three hours and the perfume has morphed into full-on gardenia. There's absolutely no throw, but I love gardenia so I'll simply huff my wrist.
This post has been edited by MelanieSuzanne: 09 March 2011 - 09:22 PM
Posted 11 March 2011 - 01:56 AM
Pretty, but not something I would reach for often. I'll keep my decant though. :)
Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:09 AM
I love it enough to have back up!
This post has been edited by lookingglass: 21 July 2012 - 05:15 PM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:30 AM
Wet on Skin: Oh man, I love the red musk with gardenia combo.
Dry: Definitely gets a little more spicey, more patchouli... Not as a wet as before, more of a woody scent.
Overall: 4/5. High on my bottle list for sure.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:21 AM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:25 AM
Of course, THAT said, don't get me wrong: I like it! it's just not what I thought it would be. I'm going to give it some time to age, and then try again and re-review. So I'm 'on the fence' on this one.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 05:36 AM
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Posted 18 March 2011 - 02:34 PM
So, yeah, not my type of blend at all.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 03:04 AM
Wet: Musky patch, now flavoured with tonka, champaca, and gardenia, but only lightly so.
The dry-down: This slowly becomes more sweet as time goes on, but not in a fruity or foodie way, so to speak. The chamomile and the massoia bark have also come into the mix, but they mostly serve as a basis for the other notes. This essentially remains a musky patch with some sweetness. I like it, but not sure that I like it enough to get a bottle.
Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:51 PM
Very nice, but the decant will do.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:34 AM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:57 AM