Touched Twice Super-Limited Edition: 8/6/11, 2p-6p PDT
Posted 12 August 2011 - 04:41 PM
In the bottle, I smell rose and some soft sweetness. Once I put it on, the rose absolute really blooms, if you can forgive the choice of word. While this is wet, all I get is ROSE ABSOLUTE! ALL ROSES HERE. Now that it's starting to dry, I can smell some coconut and frankincense starting to peek out. If you love rose scents, this is right up your alley. If you're not a big rose fan like me and you were hoping that it wasn't going to dominate, maybe you have different skin chemistry and will thus be luckier, but this is definitely a rosy one. I'm thinking of things I could blend this with to cut some of its rosiness, because it is really pretty, I just wish the other notes could compete with that rose absolute.
Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:12 AM
On: ROSE!!!!! with a bit of coconut. This is what I was fearing would happen :( As it dries, the ROSE still dominates, and a more high-pitched, slightly soapy floral with a lemony edge rises to the top. The coconut seems to lose its battle to the ROSE.
:cry2: WHY CAN'T YOU SMELL ON ME LIKE YOU DID IN THE :rantrave: bottle?!
Later: Maybe it's because I'm tired and it's been too long since my last dose of allergy medicine, but all I get is ROSE. "Touched Twice", we apparently were not meant to be. Might give this another test tomorrow when I'm more awake, and if my opinion changes, I'll edit this post, but right now, this is firmly in the swap/sale corner.
Posted 13 August 2011 - 07:01 AM
In the vial: A complex scent - it's hard to identify any particular scent at first. Then I do pick up a hint of vanilla, and then florals, maybe some coconut. It is a sweet fragrance.
On me, wet: My skin definitely brings out the coconut. Otherwise, nothing I can recognize other than flowers in general. I do like it!
On me, drydown: Still very coconutty, but the florals keep it from smelling like suntan lotion. It reminds me of Hawaii. That must be the frangipani (called plumeria in Hawaii) and cyclamen together with the coconut.
After 20 minutes: Already much weaker. I'm betting that this is going to be a short-lived scent on me, unless the musk and incense notes show up and linger on. So far the scent is still pretty consistent - now I can smell the hint of vanilla again. About this time, too, the rose makes an appearance but on me it stays in the background.
After 2 hours: Sure enough, the lower notes are now apparent. I smell mostly coconut and vanilla musk. My teenage son sniffed my wrist and (without knowing anything about what oils were in the perfume) picked up incense, rose, and coconut. So obviously the rose note is still there even though I don't notice it anymore myself.
Verdict: I'm not a big fan of fruity or foody scents as perfumes, but I really like this. It is complex enough that the overall scent doesn't come across as either of those, even though coconut is arguably the dominant note (on my skin it is, anyway.) Because of the coconut, I would choose this blend most often for casual times. The floral and incense notes tone down the coconut to make this fragrance wearable for a routine workday as well. I wouldn't wear it for a formal occasion, or for times when I need to present an impeccably professional image (such as a job interview or meeting an important client for the first time.) But for a regular day at the office it would be fine.
My rating: 4 stars
Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:01 PM
When first applied: ROSE. Like Rose Red or Peacock Queen or Katrina Van Tassel, that much rose. This is a pale rose, but very loudly rose. I'm not getting really any other notes; I can sort of tell they're there, trying to come out of the background, but the rose just completely dominates.
Dry, 30 minutes after application: This is still a rose scent. If I had no idea of the listed notes, I'd guess it to be some type of rose single note. It's a slightly different rose than most others I've tried, but I can't really put my finger on what's different about it. It smells like roses as living flowers, in a garden or vase, as opposed to perfumey or dried roses.
Two hours later: Now that it's calm and mellow, it's still a rose scent, but there's a little more complexity in the background. I still can't pick up any other specific notes, but I know they're there.
Verdict: I like this, but I don't really know what I'll end up doing with it. I really wanted some hint of coconut or resin or just the 'whiteness' that seemed to be indicated by the notes, but it's straight-up rose. I already have several other rose scents that I grab when I'm in a rosy mood. It's nice, just not quite what I expected. Anyone who really loves rose and is still looking for their perfect rose blend should definitely give Touched Twice a try!
Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:04 PM
*sigh* Not at all what I was hoping for. I think I am going to keep this one around though. The label art is too awesome for me to give up on liking this one! :lol:
Posted 14 August 2011 - 01:14 AM
Rose is an iffy note for me. It works beautifully with resins and dark musks, but becomes overwhelming in floral blends. I took a chance on 2 bottles of this because all of the other notes sounded beautiful.
In the bottle, this is a bright pink, sweet tropical floral. On my skin, it's really pretty, I love the tropical feel of this with frangipani and coconut. I can smell the rose, but it's nowhere near as strong as Rose Red or Peacock Queen. The sandalwood, frankincense and vanilla musk are reigning it in. This is still light tropical rose-floral on the dry down, but musk and sandalwood have taken over.
I can see myself wearing this sometimes, but I won't need 2 bottles. I might give my sister the other bottle, after the baby is born. She loves rose scents.
Posted 14 August 2011 - 01:57 AM
Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:39 PM
If you ramp up florals and aren't really looking for the rose/vanilla/coconut then give this a try.
Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:55 PM
I ... I ...
all I can smell is rose-dotted fresh kitty litter. Not catbox, not used kitty litter, but the smell of a new bag of kitty litter. :eek:
I have NO IDEA what makes my nose register this this way. My nose feels guilty, and submits that it may be malfunctioning.
Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:11 PM
Posted 15 August 2011 - 09:07 PM
did i mention ROSE?!?!?!?!?!?!??!
Posted 15 August 2011 - 09:12 PM
Edited to add: This perfume is strong, by the way. A little goes a long way.
This post has been edited by Amaranthus: 15 August 2011 - 09:22 PM
Posted 15 August 2011 - 11:29 PM
Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:34 PM
The minute it hits my skin, the rose note dominates, and it's not until maybe an hour in that I can really pick out anything else. I amp the lab's rose like crazy, but I like rose, so I thought this one would be an easy winner. Instead I find I'm disappointed that the rose overpowers so strongly that I'm missing out on the rest of the notes.
By the time I can smell anything else, the vanilla musk peeks out and makes it like a less candy-sweet Katrina Van Tassel.
I may give it some time to settle, though I've never known rose to get LESS rose-y, maybe some of the other notes will deepen and ground it.
Posted 16 August 2011 - 06:03 PM
Wet: Rose, frankincense and sandalwood, other non-rose florals. Floral, but very pretty.
Dry: Softly floral with a hint of coconut and other warmness I can't describe. Very pretty.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:11 PM
This post has been edited by Invidiana: 17 August 2011 - 10:16 PM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 02:30 AM
Posted 19 August 2011 - 03:59 AM
On me, Touched Twice is a very soft, ethereal floral. Right on application I get rose, but it's less smacked-in-the-face-with-a-bouquet-of-red-roses and more like the simple beauty of a single white rose being held by a first-time bride. The oud, frankincense, and sandalwood bolster and deepen the coconut and vanilla, but as of yet I can't really pick out the other florals. If this is what this blend is just on the first day, I can't wait to sniff this once it's aged.
Posted 19 August 2011 - 04:24 AM
I bought it even though I doubted it'd be for me because I'm a big time TLU fan but I feel very nicely surprised. My skin took to this in a great way.
Posted 20 August 2011 - 05:14 PM
Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:11 PM
Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:02 AM
Wet: The rose is definitely predominant, but not in a loud way. I sort of hate to say this, however, there is also something that makes me think "dirty" when I smell this. And not in a naughty way, I mean really literally dirty. It's like a rose got trampled and smashed around in some dirt in a forest. It's not a horrendous smell or anything, but more, "Oh, jeez. It could have been so nice." This really speaks to the end the the unicorn's journey, for sure, as it's a pale rose that just got whiplash from being dragged through the woods.
Dry: There's not quite as strong of a woods component now, but I still get hints of dryness and less pleasant florals now and then. I wasn't sure what mogra was, but after looking it up apparently it's a form of jasmine, which is not good for me. Unfortunately, jasmine tends to go dirty baby diaper, which is very much the other strong player here aside from the rose and sandalwood. Not getting any of the other notes.
Overall: I think this would have been much nicer if the jasmine/mogra wasn't present, or at least if it didn't amp so terribly on my skin. I was hoping the coconut, frangipani, and vanilla would pop out more, but no such luck. Floral lovers will definitely be into this, though.
*edit* to fix Smeagol talk ("I gets hints"). :lol:
This post has been edited by Balame: 21 August 2011 - 12:08 AM
Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:28 AM
On me, this beautiful fragile scent is almost totally vanilla. I might get the faintest touch of rose, and maybe a little teeny bit of frankincense and/or sandalwood, but the dominant scent in my nose is definitely vanilla. Sweet, sweet vanilla. Cloyingly sweet...vanilla. :( I'm not a big vanilla fan, especially when it's practically unadulterated vanilla, because it's just too sweet for me. Le sigh.
Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:47 PM
In the bottle: Weird sour rose. I'm a little disappointed, because I see a lot of people mentioning "sweet" and "coconut". None to be found here.
Wet on the Skin: First off, it kind of burns my skin! This has never happened with any other BPAL before, so I'm a little confused. It's not...painful, it's more...itchy? For all I know I could be allergic to some component, but it's not killing me so whatevs. All I get so far is strong sandalwood and a little rose. Red sandalwood doesn't smell like the toasted sandalwood that I love but it's not bad.
Drying Down: Baby Rose and Big Daddy sandalwood. Maybe the tiniest hint of fruity floral in the background but that may be just my nose WISHING it into existence.
Overall: I don't know. I like rose, but I don't know if I like it with the red sandalwood. The red sandalwood seems to be dominating and the rose peeks in trying to compete. It's a little weird. Maybe my skin amps sandalwood?
Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:11 PM
I can see the similarities between this and Katrina Von Tassel, but it's not as creamy. This is a very soft and beautiful scent though and I'm so glad I caught it in time.