The Harpy Celaeno
Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:12 PM
Despite the truly unappealing-sounding notes, I was most excited to try this oil out of this round of The Last Unicorn scents. I love the books and Celaeno is the name of one of my World of Warcraft characters, so there's a nerdy connection there.
In the vial this smells sharply metallic, even moreso than The Ninth Cage did. However, on me it blossoms into something much more complex and not nearly as dark as I was expecting from the listed notes (though it's true that vetiver, myrrh, and patchouli are all notes that get along wonderfully with my chemistry). The orange flower and bergamot come to the forefront with a tinge of the darker notes lurking underneath. It's actually a quite light scent and ... surprisingly pretty.
Posted 10 April 2011 - 05:22 PM
Posted 14 April 2011 - 06:41 PM
Wet: There is a burst of horseradish, then it disappears. If I stick my nose right to my skin, I can smell the warm burning smell I associate with the vetiver-myrrh combination, but it's soooooo faint. I can only hope this blooms again once dry.
Dry: It is definitely present, on dry-down, but again it is much lighter than I would have expected. I'm having a hard time picking out individual notes. There is a slight skunkiness from the new vetiver (something that usually ages out after a month or so), along with the lit-candle smell of the vetiver-myrrh. But there's also this intense sweetness hovering around the edges, something I can't place, with maybe the barest hint of clove.
Later: It becomes an almost herbal-spice blend as the vetiver passes and the patchouli comes out. There is still a lot of green, but the spices are definitely there. The throw is fairly light, and it doesn't last long on me -- though that may change as it ages.
I was worried about the metal mentioned in the description, but although I get something vaguely metallic, I don't get the usual slick metal note. It's more organic than that, the way sometimes body-smells are almost metallic.
This doesn't smell at all like what I was expecting, but I still love it. I don't get hatred or terror from this, though it does make me think of force and strength. I am so looking forward to smelling this as it ages.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 09:43 PM
Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:01 PM
It's smoky, slightly floral (hello orange blossom), slight citrus and slight metal. This is a strong female scent.
And after 15 minutes... its' GONE. :(
Posted 05 June 2011 - 01:15 AM
ETA: My husband asked me to edit this review and say that he loves this scent on me. I think that means it's a winner, lol. :wub2:
This post has been edited by Little Bird: 05 June 2011 - 01:42 AM
Posted 14 July 2011 - 08:47 PM
Posted 22 July 2011 - 10:25 PM
On my wrist: The bergamot emerges around a sharp green wood scent. The perfume is surprisingly faint and delicate when it dries.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 01:05 PM
Wet - vetiver, patchouli, and clove.
Dry - the bergamot and orange come out and turns this into an intoxicating, dark, spicy floral. This screams "seduction" to me and I don't know why.
I don't get a ton of balsam or myrrh from this. I don't smell the horseradish at all, but I feel the sinus-clearing fumes I associate with horseradish.
I love the way it morphs. I think I've noticed more changes in Harpy than in any other BPAL oil I have so far.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:57 AM
Wet: At first, this was extremely unpleasant on my skin. That oily, tarry odor became nearly overwhelming, almost like burnt rubber. Fortunately, within a couple of minutes that went away. Suddenly it was all incense, smoke, and something amazingly seductive and spicy. I could definitely pick out the clove at this stage.
Dry down: It had almost a wood note to it and something earthy and grounding. Usually, I can pick patchouli out in a blend in a heartbeat, especially the way my skin amps it. This wasn't obvious patch at all, just an earthy low note to ground the brighter citrus. I also usually hate citrus. This didn't become obviously screaming orange anything. The throw was good. It lasted around six hours or so before finally fading away. My husband said it was sexy and incense-y, and when I told him what character from the novel inspired it, he looked a little dumbfounded. If harpies smelled like this, people would seek out their company and bask in it.
Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:10 PM
Wet: I get chills when I sniff this. I think The Harpy Calaeno is the first scent since I started testing 149 days ago that has evoked a visceral, positive response such as this. The spiciness of the horseradish and the wonderful combination of bergamot, vetiver, and orange I guess make my nose extraordinarily happy. I tested out the wet scent again, and yes, I’m still getting chills every time
Dry: Yum! Spicy horseradish, patchouli, balsam, and clove-infused orange. After a couple hours, the horseradish calms down and I’m left with a wonderfully resiny scent of patchouli, clove, orange, and just a little vetiver.
This post has been edited by mymymai: 29 May 2012 - 12:15 PM
Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:53 PM
Drydown: It doesn't smell soapy, but when I sniff it I taste soap in my mouth. :/
Dry: Sharp metallic note - what is doing this? I should love this based on the notes, but it is doing very weird things. The scent is making my teeth hurt, and I'm still tasting soap in my mouth. o_O
10 min: Starting to calm down - mostly it's just orange blossom now, with a little bit of clove peeking through. It also kind of smells like honey, although that's not a listed note.
I wanted to love this, but it starts out with the weird soap thing and then just becomes very sweet and light...I didn't get any of the vetiver, balsam, or patchouli, which were what drew me to this scent. Oh well.