Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:46 AM
Yes! This is almost exactly what I was hoping for in this scent! It is warm, sweet, nutty, grainy, comforting. Somewhat reminiscent of Fledgling Raptor Moon, which is a scent I like a lot, although the notes are quite different. Very unisex and quite unique. It has a hint of porridge-like mealy-ness that I just love!
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 12:15 AM
Dry down -- Whiffs of almond blossom amplify the sweet nuttiness. I still get that cream of wheat sort of note, perhaps that's the hay and hemp. I was hoping for something drier on the hay note.
Dry -- As the rice milk binds it all together, I get a strong suggestion of rice pudding. The sap is adding a bark-like, spicy note that makes me think of cinnamon bark, which enhances the rice pudding sensation. It's still nutty and very, very sweet. Almost cloying. This is what the elves would serve for dessert if you went to their place for dinner. It's a comforting sort of foodie sweetness, but the hay and the acorn and the hemp send it just a little off and I can't relax and just enjoy feeling enveloped by it.
This sense of vegetal rice pudding lasts throughout, and it's a scent with tons of throw and lasts a long time. If I go to bed with it on, it's still there by morning. It's very tasty in an elemental way, but I dont think I want to wear it, so hopefully I can find it a good home.
Posted 06 July 2011 - 09:48 PM
I get 3 notes in this from start to finish. Hay, sap, and almond milk. It's a nice warm, sun-soaked, aged hay note, with a decent amount of sweetness from resin-y sap, and a deep creaminess from the almond milk. This is definitely a warm sweet fuzzy scent on me, but I somehow still get the bristle-y texture of hay, even through the creamy warmth. Very very interesting!
The even stranger part, is that I generally do not like hay or fresh cut grass smells. Yet somehow, this was my favorite from the whole collection. go figure
edited cause I realized I was typing almond milk, when it says rice milk in the notes. .. That said, I really do get more of an almond milk scent, then almond blossoms and rice milk, but, whatev
Edited by Mellifluous, 07 July 2011 - 03:52 PM.
Posted 07 July 2011 - 03:11 PM
Once I determine this is not the cause of my sneezing fit this morning, I think I might be ordering a bottle.
Posted 11 July 2011 - 10:19 PM
Plus, it stings a little upon application which must be from the almond blossom. I know almond oil gives me bad skin reactions, so...bah!
I so so so want to unabashedly love this one because I adore cicadas, but this will need another skin test before I decide. Will definitely be keeping my decant (so adorably labeled by Mellifluous!).
Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:15 AM
It starts off very cereally and corny and everything I was dreading... and then turns into... eau de adult toy cleaner.
Don't get me wrong... I love how the one I have smells, its very comforting.
But the resemblance I am getting is uncanny... I was sure for the longest time today I had spilled the cleaner, until I realized that was the cicadas.
I can't wait to see how this ages!
Edit: I just realized I was lacking further description of the scent itself. On me it actually turns into an earthy floral (? I keep looking for the note causing that, thinking the almond blossom, rice, and moss are combining into that). I can smell the acorn and hay wafting over the whole scent
Edited by tativa, 12 July 2011 - 05:18 AM.
Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:08 PM
As it dries, the sweetness fades away and this becomes slightly more vegetal (I want to say grassy, but it's not green) and just a bit floral. There's also a bit of nuttiness, although it's the scent of actual nuts, and not sweet like a nut-flavored candy.
This doesn't have much throw at all and stays very close to the skin. This is scent is warm (I think that's the sweet amber and the rice milk) but it is light and airy enough to be perfect for summer or spring. It really evokes the scent of a field of hay or wheat or corn stalks on a hot summer day. Absolutely beautiful, and a bottle purchase for sure.
Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:17 AM
Wet: a wonderful dizzying blast of sweet humid heat. That's the best I can equate it to! The hay and tree sap are dominant with sweet almond and rice milk and a poof of hemp behind it. Very rich, strong, sweet, dry golden hay, greenery, and moist air. I have the sudden urge to go running through the woods howling and foaming at the mouth. Fortunately for the neighbors and local law enforcement department it stays at urge instead of uncontrollable impulse. Whew.
Drydown: I'm proud of myself that I can get this far without galloping out the door. *pats back* Ok the feral part finally subsides. The rice milk and hemp are hanging strong with sweet almond It's really bizarre because I don't particularly love Brood but I'm drawn to it and after it wears off, I'm searching for the smell on clothes, furniture, me... bizarre and a bit unnerving. Did they put pheromones in this?
Posted 13 July 2011 - 03:21 PM
In the vial: Hay, treesap, hemp, almond blossom, rice milk… this smells really good.
On skin: It smells like a summertime romp in the hay. It’s hay and rice milk, grainy and sweet.
Dry: I don’t find Brood XIX foody. Even so, a part of it does recall cereal, oatmeal, or creamy grains. I’m guessing that’s the acorn and rice milk. The rice milkyness is much nicer than regular milk/cream blends I’ve tried. It seems less artificial, less blatantly gourmand, and less prone to unpleasant (powdery/rancid) shifts. The creamy grain scent is prominent and delicious, but it’s reined in from edibility by other players. The hemp note, for one, is stunning. I don’t know how to describe it but I recognize it from BB and Rogue, its sort of grassy/woody/fibrous and it pulls the blend back from being edible so that instead it’s earthy and warm. There’s a green note detectable too, which must be corn stalks or tree sap. As a result there’s just enough plant matter, living and dried, to evoke a lazy day on a farm. And the amber gives it a hypnotically fuzzy haloe, which is conceptually apropos, given that Brood XIX was unyieldingly hypnotic to the point of ecstasy or distraction. There’s something idyllic and pleasure-promising about the blend that echoes the feel of surrendering to the intense sound and atmosphere of the cicada brood.
Verdict: It’s hazy and lazy with farm-sweet notes that are comforting and absorbing while being earthy and nature-y. This is a definite 5ml purchase for me, and backups are possibly in the works.. although I might want to respect the natural rarity of the cicada emergence by letting Brood XIX be a single beloved bottle.
ETA Revised Verdict: I've worn Brood XIX solo now a couple of times, and both times I'm sad to say I've found it less appealing than it was when I was just testing it. I can't say that it smells any different, but my reaction to it has been different I think, I've found it not comforting but weird, cloying, and slightly sickening. Maybe it's a scent that I enjoyed sniffing, but not one that I want to smell like. So I actually don't think I'll be getting a bottle. Which makes me sad, but it's okay because there are other bottles on my list...
Edited by invisible iris, 25 July 2011 - 02:40 PM.
Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:04 PM
I was worried that this might be too earthy or bitter, but it's more of a foodie scent on my skin. Gentle, creamy, and foodie with a suggestion of trees and dry autumn things.
The end result is a scent that smells like autumn to me, in the best way possible - autumn treats, autumn trees, and a whiff of autumn perfume. I find this to be very wearable and multiple bottle worthy...
Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:49 PM
There is a pleasant 'grainish' sort of scent that reminds me of porriage and cream. Lots and lots of creaminess. The hay is there, adding a dry element to it as well that is sort of like 'sticks and sunshine' I guess. There is something about this scent that unnerves me and makes me a bit quesy to the tummy. But yet, I want to keep sniffing it? Is this like picking at a scab?
I really think this is a weird mix of foody and non, for me at least.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 02:13 AM
5mL from the Lab.
I was so excited to see that the Lab had a cicada scent. I love cicacadas! The notes sound intriguing. I love the smell of tree sap, amber and moss) and I like hemp and rice milk, but hay is touch and go and I don't know how I'm going to feel about the acorn (that note in particular has me very curious), corn stalks (I love the smell of actual corn stalks, but I'm not sure how well it's going to translate into perfume for me) and almond blossoms (I despise almond; the scent of almond oil makes me nauseous, but I'm not sure about almond blossom).
But, the Will Call reviews have me worried. I don't want a foody scent and I don't want lots of almond. I want something plant-like and sappy. I have a feeling that I might regret buying this one, but I had to try it for myself since the notes sound so interesting and I love the idea of a cicada scent.
Uh-oh. Do not want. I sniffed this when I first got it in, recoiled and set it aside, thinking maybe it needed to settle. Opened it up to sniff it again today after giving it 10 days to rest and it's still the same. I'm not even entirely sure how to describe this. Nutty hay mixed with something weirdly cookie-like would be the best I can describe it, I think.
Wet on skin:
No better than in the bottle. In fact, I think I might like it even less at this point. There's something coming out that smells like hay only greener. I suppose it could be the corn stalks, but it doesn't smell like actual corn stalks to me. This is such a weird scent. Now, I don't have a problem with weird scents, but this one's weird in a way that makes my stomach turn a little.
I really should have listened to the Will Call reviews, but I've been known to turn scents that other people don't like into something pretty awesome, so I had to take the gamble. Plus, the whole cicadas thing. Can't forget that.
Brood XIX is actually pretty nice smelling once it dries down (it loses most of the weirdness along the way), but it's just not my kind of scent. In the end, it reminds me a bit of The Chicken-Legged Hut mixed with some of the porridge from Halfling (but without the berry note I get from Halfling). It smells kind of like cookies, kind of like nutty grains and kind of like hay. It's definitely on the foody side on me, but it's not entirely foody.
The bottom line:
I so wanted to love this and I'm tempted to keep it for the concept, but I'm trying to break myself of the habit of buying/keeping oils that don't work for me just because I like the name, concept or label art. I just don't like this sort of foody scent, so I guess it's going to find a new home.
Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:23 AM
Needless to say, it's very unique. Not sure if it's my cup of tea, but it's definitely a nice scent.
Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:56 PM
Wet: Milky nuttiness, corn stalks and dry acorns.
Dry: The almond blossoms and rice milk become prevalent, adding some depth to the rustling elements. Slightly bitter, tempered by the sweet hay. Amber's powderiness envelops everything softly.
Verdict: The wet/dry down stages actually remind me of barely sweetened cornflakes. Mushy ones, in a bowl of almond milk. Not so sure about the wearability of that, for me. The ultimate result of grainy amber is nice, definitely has potential- a little aging before I make my decision is in order.
Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:57 AM
Wet: I was a little scared of the "almond blossoms" in this, because generally any sort of almond is an instant death note for me. But, it really is pleasantly sweet without the usual overpowering dry/cherry scent. This kind of feels like having a cup of English tea with milk in it amidst a fresh stack of hay. Comforting and outdoorsy.
Dry: The nuttiness of the acorn and almonds, along with creamy rice milk, are the top players in this. Still very soothing. I get flashes of the tree sap every now and then, which gives this just the perfect hint of a "green" feeling.
Overall: It's a little too sweet and foody for me personally, but this is obviously a very well mixed and unique scent. If you want to smell like the most glamorous farm fields on the planet, this will be for you. It is definitely evocative of its given description.
Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:51 AM
In the bottle there's a nutty sweetness with the wet rope scent I always associate with hemp. There's a touch of bitterness, like tannin or actual almonds rather than their blossoms, and a sort of dusty whiff of hay.
Wet I seem to amp the hay, moss, and hemp the most. The nutty fragrance is almost but not quite hazelnut. It's a really comfortable smell, about as comfortable as a well broken in pair of jeans. This isn't a formal scent to dress up in and go out on a glamorous date. This is a perfume to wear to an outdoor party or for a day of shopping where you'll be walking a lot.
On the dry down, it was much harder to pick out any individual note. I was left with the overall impression of a bountiful, sun kissed field of hay with a corn patch not so very far away.
After several hours in some hot, humid weather, only the moss remained with me in the end. I've noticed with most BPAL, if that's a note, it has the most staying power on me. Very fortunate that I like it!
Posted 27 July 2011 - 01:42 PM
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:07 PM
Wet on skin: softly sweet; I'm getting the almond, rice milk, and hay. It's an almost foody blend, but not quite. Golden, definitely. As it dries i'm getting the same "vibe" I got from Halfling, in that it's a very comfortable lounging-around-the-house-in-sweatpants kind of smell, somewhat oatmeally but not overpowering at all (which is what got me with Halfling in the end--it got too oatmeally and sweet). Very promising, and very beautiful.
Dry: sweet, almost honey like almond and hay, with a dash of oatmeal and very faint greens mixed in the goldenness of this scent. The comfortable-ness of this blend hasn't decreased at all, and it's warm-feeling to boot. Much later though, I'm getting a nuttiness and definite oatmeallyness--well, the same thing that eventually turned me off of Halfling :/ And I tested this before I tested Atlas and against that richer blend, this one feels almost bland, but while that is a definite luxuriant brown, this one is a definite shimmery gold.
Verdict: I'll have to give this a pass; something in my skin chemistry must be amping/twisting oatmeally scents as they dry on me, which is a damn shame. I love the feel of this blend otherwise, and am sad this didn't work on me. (Putting it in a scent locket kind of defeats the purpose of a lounging-about-the-house blend, sadly.)
Posted 29 July 2011 - 06:18 PM
On my skin: for a moment when it's drying this is a beautiful warm porridge-like scent with some spices lingering on the background. Then it goes wonky and ends up as a nauseating mix of cookie and sour milk.
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