Kypris Lupercalia 2011: Ode to Aphrodite (1/18/11-3/21/11)
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:32 AM
While Kypris is wet I can smell cherry, almond, and a bit of lemon. It dries down to a pleasant, soft skin scent. It's nice.
Posted 10 February 2011 - 03:10 AM
Wet I find that I get lots of the Peru balsam... reminiscent of U, but with some vanilla and sugared lemon peel in there. Oh Yumm!
Drying the vanilla bean backs out a bit and lets the sugar cane shine a bit. Bitter almond is making this a little funny on my skin. This hangs very close to the skin.
Overall, I think that I am going to have to let this sit for a few days before I make any decisions about this. I really like the wet stage though!
Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:47 AM
It's definitely a gourmand scent, but I wouldn't call it foodie. The balsam and benzoin are very present, which I think keeps it from going in the direction of candy-like. The cherry note really is Rainier cherry-- it has that distinctness and is nothing like the cherry in other blends I have sampled. The high notes of sugar and lemon burn off quickly on me. The almond, vanilla, and honey notes are well-balanced and the rosewater is not distinctly rose, for those of you who aren't rose fans, it just adds a bit of freshness and supports the general blush-y feeling the cherry note gives me. In fact, I think that "blush-y" is a good word to describe the character of the scent overall. The description of "She Who Furnishes Pregnancy" fits this well, the scent has that blushing glow to it.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 12:46 AM
Wet, this is ALL Cherry, Sugar Cane and Almond...I can't tell which kind of Cherry or Almond, but they are both there and strong!
After about an hour, the Cherry defines itself as a Rainier and the Almond softens and takes a backseat to the Benzoin and Vanilla Bean which are stunning...spicy and creamy without being too sweet. The sugar cane calms down as well...
A bit later this perfume morphs into something amazing - there's still a hint of Cherry here, the Almond is indeed bitter (and balanced by the Benzoin and Vanilla bean) but now the tart bitterness of lemon peel and softness of the Rose water shows up with just a touch of honey...just a bit.
After about 4 hours I think I smell the Balsam...I thought he would show up in the very beginning loud and proud, but it just didn't happen. :)
I never get much of the Honey, Balsam, Rose Water or Lemon Peel, but they are there - working together behind the scenes.
This would be a perfect perfume to wear to the Portland Japanese Garden in the Springtime! Medium throw, long wear, subtle beauty.
Definitely a 5/5 and I think this would be wearable year-round here in the Pacific Northwest. :)
Posted 14 February 2011 - 05:17 PM
This post has been edited by Venneh: 14 February 2011 - 05:24 PM
Posted 14 February 2011 - 11:07 PM
Wet: 1st though: "Mmmm.. cherry tarts...wait..cherry tarts? Very funny, Beth..."(then laughed to myself) I literally got the smell of fresh cherry tarts with marzipan and vanilla bean liquor. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, no wonder this would supposedly furnish pregnancy...he'd eat you alive.
Drydown: this scent does a bizarre thing of simulating the complexity of a good deep musk, without any, and hitting that golden ratio of sweet, floral, and earthy. True, peru balsam, vanilla bean and benzoin are some of my favorites and are really prominent here.. But I'm not really zoning in on only the elements that bring me guaranteed joy in life. The rose water and lemon peel are perfect balancers and keep me going back to smell it deeply again. Reason is, I noticed I was able to equate how it plays out on my sense of smell as being similar to how someone would seductively describe a perfect glass of wine. That is all together too creepy of an association for me so, I'll stop now and run away, huffing my arm.
Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:55 PM
Posted 18 February 2011 - 10:50 PM
Wet, this has potential -- I get the sweetness of the cherry, honey, vanilla without much of the balsam or the rose.
On my skin, what lasts is that "vinegary" sharp perfume note that smells like old lady's houses to me. The rose water maybe?
Over all, it's fine, but nothing particularly special.
Posted 20 February 2011 - 02:19 AM
Posted 20 February 2011 - 01:39 PM
Very much almond, vanilla.
I was hoping for more cherry.
Normally I would swap this away, but I'm keeping it for other, TAL, reasons. ;)
Posted 25 February 2011 - 03:50 AM
Posted 01 March 2011 - 01:35 AM
Crushed SweetTarts powder sprinkled on an Easter lily.
That is what Kypris smells like to me. A little more than that, obviously, it has this sweetness, slight tartness, and a lightly musky feel, like silky.
I waffled on this all morning, and finally landed on the love it side!
Definitely a pretty spring scent!
Posted 01 March 2011 - 05:54 PM
My point? Kypris smells like those candies. Cherry is sweet but with an ever-so-slight spice to it, less cinnamon-smelling than the warmth you get from cinnamon. It turns powdery and fades quickly.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:56 PM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:34 PM
Upon application, though, this goes too sweet cherry vanilla on me initially, then a bit plasticky and then it's too powdery.
Drydown is a soft cherry/honey/powder that is not really for me - a bit too cloying.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:36 PM
Posted 09 March 2011 - 02:39 AM
Update-after more than a year I decided to retest. Its still powdery honey death on me but now i can smell rose predominantly and some cherry too. There is a wierd vanillic note in the background as well, but it cannot save this blend on my skin. So sad.
This post has been edited by Fetish911: 11 May 2012 - 01:57 AM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 06:43 AM
Unfortunately, it fades super fast - so it would have to be a slather scent for me - hehe.
This post has been edited by GirlinDenial: 09 May 2011 - 03:38 AM
Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:34 AM
i ordered a decant of this, against the will of my superstitious nature. kypris- furnisher of pregnancy?! NO THANK YOU. but oh god, it sounded so good- like sugary vanilla cherry goodness. my worst fears came true: it really is that good.
at first sniff, when wet, it's all bright, sugary cherry, like a super red cherry lollipop. s it dries, the cherry is softened by the vanilla, honey and benzoin. the honey lends a sexy note à la O. when it is completely dry, the sugary rosewater comes out and i swear to god, it starts to smell a little like gulab jamun. this is so good, i am just going to have to suck it up, buy a bottle and maybe re-label it to "furnisher of bunnies" or something else way better than fetuses.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:44 AM
Wet: And here come the lemon peel! Ack!
The dry-down: Ah, that's more like it. The lemon peel goes back into hiding, well, somewhat, as now it's just adding a bit of spark. This is almost as good as it was just sniffing of the bottle. The bitter almond doesn't seem to have made it to the party, just as well. :) And I adore all the other notes (except the lemon peel), so I was hoping for some honey sweetness, made lighter by the rose water, the sugar cane, the peru balsam, and the benzoin. And that's pretty much what I got. :) If you like the idea of a honey scent, but think that one may be too rich and too dark, try Kypris--the golden honey note is lovely and light.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:26 AM
However, once it dries down this is a lot more floral than I would have thought.. not sure what mysterious note is doing that. (HAHAHA stupid me, READ all the notes next time - it's rose water!) Ok, so the rose water, bitter almond, and lemon peel are the most dominant notes on my skin in the dry down phase. I wish it stayed sugary cherry tarts!! Locket perhaps.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:45 AM
Wet: Cherry and rosewater, and the lemon peel is moist, fresh and sugary.
Dry: Great. The rosewater is doing that thing that it did in Lilith's Tea Party where it overpowers everything and confuses my nose.
This is a very strange scent to me. The notes all stand out on their own, especially the rosewater which makes me confused at what I'm smelling. Off to swaps...
This post has been edited by mxtine: 31 March 2011 - 08:10 PM
Posted 31 March 2011 - 01:30 AM
The honey, sugar, and vanilla seem a bit cloying at times, but I can see myself wearing this every once in a while, when I'm in the mood for a sweet, pink, girly blend.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:33 PM
Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:22 PM
Too sweet for me.