Time Does Not Bring Relief Lupercalia 2011, 2013
Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:27 PM
I find this one a very complex scent. It starts out as fresh white tea, Parma violets, lavender, orange blossom (which keeps threatening to amp but thankfully stays soft) with a backdrop of Egyptian Musk and beeswax. The other notes are also there, but remain well-blended and don't stick out on me but give it more complexity. I was hoping for more leather but I'm hardly getting any.
Once dry, the Egyptian Musk starts amping, and the violets turn slightly powdery and vanillaic (similar to violet pastilles), the tea gets a little sharp (this usually happens with tea-blends on my skin),I get a bit more lavender and orange blossom and now I get hint of leather but it's still very soft.
Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:17 PM
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Posted 19 February 2011 - 03:05 AM
This post has been edited by Dark Alice: 19 February 2011 - 03:21 AM
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:39 PM
While wet, this scent is very reminiscent of cologne with violets. It even smelled like alcohol. I started to turn my nose up at it, but within five minutes the violet cologne smell totally disappeared and left behind the white tea, beeswax, lavender, and leather. It smells very similar to Ü with added lavender on my skin right now. I LOVE this stage. This may be a bottle purchase. :wub2:
Edit: I think I spoke too soon. I did think this had settled, but the violet made one last return and brought this scent into the realm of powder. Nevermind.
This post has been edited by calivianya: 22 February 2011 - 07:53 PM
Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:41 PM
This one dries down foody waxy, like sweet resins. I don't get much parma violet :(
Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:28 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:02 PM
First on, the mixture of violet and beeswax is actually a bit cloying on me, like violet candies and honey-vanilla scented yankee candle. Then, as it dries down, I get tons of baby powder, a bit of sweet myrrh, and a hint of violet candies. I'm really disappointed that I can't pick out the leather at all. Time Does Not Bring Relief is sadly just too powdery and cloying on my skin... fades really quickly, too.
Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:44 AM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:40 AM
But, here's the catch: I really, really, really love Edna St. Vincent Millay, and have since I was, I think, 16. I have part of one of her sonnets tattooed on my back.
So, basically, I had to try this.
The reviews really had me worried, because of that whole aforementioned violet, running, screaming thing. But I'm happy to say that "Time Does Not Bring Relief" doesn't actually go too powdery-violet-y on me. The violet is definitely prominent when it's wet, but something in the blend--the resins, I think, or possibly the musk--keeps it the violet from overpowering me, even in the early stages. Dry, while there's certainly still a strong floral element to the scent, the scent is really more about the notes that I'd hoped would balance out the violet: resin, musk, beeswax and leather.
I can't see myself reaching for this too frequently, I have to admit, but it is pretty. And more importantly, I think it really is evocative of the poem, and of Edna St. Vincent Millay's oeuvre in general. Even if it had turned into Super Violet Explosion, I'd keep it just for the inspiration that led to its creation; as it is, I'm certainly hanging on to the bottle.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:55 PM
It reminds me a little of a warmer, more down-to-earth version of Giant Vulva with the beeswax, musk, copal and light blossoms in common.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 05:11 PM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
This post has been edited by theseagrows: 15 March 2011 - 07:07 PM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:03 AM
This is a soft, old-fashioned but sensual scent.
Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:08 PM
Wet: I was initially afraid of this one, having 2 dreaded essences: violet and white tea. Not to fear! this is wonderful! Apparently, parma violet is much sweeter and warmer than whatever other type the lab usually uses. Sweet egytian musk, beeswax, parma violet and leather with orange blossom and copal. I can smell the white tea however it just gives a fresh touch and heightened awareness. Lovely warm sweet scent.
Drydown: same! Gets even more warmer and lovelier!
Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:40 PM
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 05:54 PM
Yup. Definitely not for me.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:43 PM
Posted 07 April 2011 - 07:14 PM
At first there was something a little sharp and unpleasant to it, but ten minutes in and it faded to something soft and not overly sweet, but still a little floral and very soothing. I keep sniffing my wrist repeatedly and can't pick out one note. Occasionally I'll get a hint of the violet on its own, and a little of the musk, but on the whole I can't pinpoint any one note strongly at all.
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