Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:50 PM
Oh, Avenger. Just look at your list of ingredients: vanilla, cloves, amber, patchouli, tuberose, woods--it sounds as though we were made to be together. How could things have turned so wrong, so quickly?
In the bottle, I smelled jasmine (thanks, pikaki). I realize that jasmine is something of a death note for many; perhaps that should have warned me, but I'd actually never had jasmine turn evil on my skin before so, stupidly, I forged ahead.
On my skin, the jasmine stayed prominent, but instead of being tempered by the other notes, they began to appear but added up to a really unappealing combination; my husband termed it "rotting cloves." It stayed that was as it dried, too, with the jasmine never calming down, and I actually gave up after a while on the idea that it was going to dry into something lovely and went and washed it off. I'm sure Avenger is a really nice scent, all of those hidden, gorgeous notes prominent and harmonious with the right skin chemistry. Unfortunately, that skin chemistry is very demonstrably not mine.
Posted 04 September 2011 - 03:04 PM
Wet: And in the early stages it's not much better. Avenger is pissed. A once beautiful woman that's let go of her humanity and all that might have been sweet and good is now twisted. You just want to get out of her damn way. "Fiery" is right. This is spicy yet a little cloying, a crazy mix-up that seems chaotic.
Dry: Then something amazing happens. The rage is spent, and what's left is an absolutely gorgeous blend of gentle rum, delicately present fruity tuberose, and soft rosewood (jacarandá da bahia is Bahia rosewood). Note that it's rosewood, not rose. Very softly boozy sweet (not at all candy) fruit against a solid woodsy backdrop. Also left with just a hint of the spice from earlier.
Overall: Once Avenger lets go of its initial frustration and relaxes, you can start to see and appreciate its true beauty - which is really quite stunning. An unusual blend that makes me think of someone who lives in a tropical mansion. Values their privacy, is a little harsh to those they don't know, but once they warm up they match their surroundings: vibrant, exotic, and lovely.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:40 PM
Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:54 PM
However I forgot to wash it off, and after testing, sniffing, and reviewing other blends I realized there was an interesting spicy vanilla coming from somewhere on my arm--Avenger. Once the initial wet dog phase is gone Avenger has bloomed into a fiery ball of vanilla, rum, cloves, and pepper. Patchouli keeps this conflagration from getting out of control, and the jacaranda/Brazilian rosewood and tuberose add a discordant sweetness to an otherwise blazing blend. I'll have to grab a bottle of this sometime.
Of course, anime nerd I am, I can't help but think of a tsundere--someone violent (tsuntsun) with a sweet side (deredere), or the reverse, someone sweet with a berserk button provoking them to violence.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:30 PM
The low key vanilla is perplexing - I usually amp the hell out of it.
Posted 09 September 2011 - 04:26 AM
Edit : Have my big bottle, and this has turned out to be one of my top ten. Amazing. Spicy, warm, lively, wonderful.
Edited by stellamaris, 06 October 2011 - 05:18 AM.
Posted 11 September 2011 - 03:13 AM
Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:50 PM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:42 PM
eta: I must say that a couple of hours in, this is much better. Not so sour any more, very little floral and now a muted patch. I like this, but not enough to suffer through two hours of the first bit.
Edited by milo, 18 September 2011 - 02:55 PM.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:22 PM
After a couple of hours it finally turned into what I had hoped - gently spiced vanilla with a sharp kick. Then it promptly faded. Harumph.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:20 AM
I almost didn't bother trying this one, because I was worried about the floral notes (the tuberose and pikaki, especially) - but I'm happy to report that I don't really notice the florals in here at all. What I do get is a lovely soft vanilla (not sweet) with a rum tinge, a gorgeous earthiness from the patchouli, and a slight spicy kick from the pepper, clove and caraway.. but it's not SPICY as such, it just has a hint of brown spices. Golden amber is fast becoming a favourite note for me - it doesn't go as uber-powdery as some other ambers on me - and in Avenger it lends just a hint of golden softness that's really lovely.
So although I was expecting this to be a bit more kick-ass with that pepper/patchouli/clove combo, I'm not at all disappointed.. this is working really nicely on me! If you enjoy dusky, semi-spicy blends then I would definitely recommend giving this one a try
Posted 19 September 2011 - 04:35 PM
On my skin, it's the same, but with a bit of baby powder from the amber. I thought that it would be okay for the first few minutes, and then it goes intensely sharp and perfumey-floral on me in the drydown. The tuberose amps up like mad and the whole thing starts to smell like chemical hair spray on me. Blech. Vanilla, patchouli, and clove are nowhere to be found
Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:39 PM
Wet on my skin, it was also pretty nice, with the vanilla and amber coming out a little and the florals starting to fade.
However, after about 10 minutes, clove takes over, beats the crap out of all the other notes, and leaves merely a vague musty clovey-ness on my skin. Kind of disappointing, but I've long realized that clove is a troublesome note for my skin, and this blend is unfortunately no exception.
I really liked the wet scent, however, so someone with different skin chemistry who is looking for the spicy-heady floral kind of scent would likely be pleased with this one.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:37 PM
Dark, womanly, deadly. I actually quite like it.
Edited by zankoku_zen, 26 September 2011 - 03:38 PM.
Posted 29 September 2011 - 07:21 PM
Wet--strong sour jasmine. This pikake is going all wrong on me, as is the tuberose.
Dry--the sour flowers combine with too-strong clove and rum. No vanilla. It's all just very strong and bitingly harsh and sour. Frownie.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:12 AM
Wet: Oof. Dirty patchouli. That's all I get from this.
Dry down: Still dirty patchouli.
Dry: Dirty patchouli.
Thoughts: Argh! Not only is the patchouli here the dirty kind, but it lasted for HOURS on my skin. Even three scrubbing sessions couldn't entirely get the scent off my skin.
Verdict: To the sales box with thee!
Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:06 PM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:36 PM
Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:58 PM
Wet: Ah, it's it pikaki that I'm not responding well too, which is a top note on my skin. I remember it from the sampaguita single note that came out a couple of months ago. Under that, I can pick up the pink pepper, some tuberose, and the bourbon. Overall, it's a bit too strongly white floral for me.
Dry: It's pikaki (jasmine) and faint amber,but the jasmine completely overpowers anything else. Sadly, in the swap pile this one goes.
Posted 20 September 2014 - 09:46 PM
I'm glad I read the reviews of this before trying Avenger out, because they're all dead on.
In the bottle, Avenger smells interesting and beautiful. It's almost like a ploy to lure you into a false sense of security, because the instant you apply her; watch out. The florals were all I could smell at first; angry, piercing notes that have that sour/stinky sweet smell I associate with bad jasmine. But if you can outlast her temper tantrum, Avenger is eventually subdued back into a semblance of that beautiful smell from the bottle; warm, spicy, woodsy vanilla. Given how many good perfumes there are (from start to finish) I didn't previously believe that anyone should put up with a horrible wet stage for the sake of a gorgeous drydown. Well, Avenger has converted me because she is so worth the wait.
Posted 13 November 2014 - 03:38 AM
On Wet the pepper, the pikaki and tuberose come out and kick you in the nose.
Dry down, this is a spicy floral with something warm and sweet (amber? Vanilla?)tying the whole scent together.This is like exotic flowers in a garden next to a spice bazaar under a warm tropical sun.
Not something I'd usually wear but glad i got the bottle for when i feel like being exotic, feminine and dangerous.
Posted 15 November 2015 - 10:22 PM
Wow, this is pretty. Not what I expected. A very sweet floral. It's my understanding that pikaki is a type of jasmine, and while I do get hints of Jasmine, it's not instant horror on my skin like it usually is.
This is so interesting. It's a bit spicy as well, and almost fruity. I love the hints of pink pepper I'm getting. I do wish I could pick out the vanilla more though.
It reminds me a bit of Mi-Go Brain Canister. I really like it, but I'm not sure I need a bottle. I can't see actually wearing it very often. I'm very glad to have tried it though.
Posted 01 March 2018 - 01:22 AM
In the bottle: I think something about the rum is making me think of cocoa.
Wet: heady florals, rum, and spices all clamoring for attention. Still getting a cocoa vibe.
Dry: this settles down considerably. It's hard to discern individual notes but there is certainly a smooth warm base of plush vanilla and amber, with rum. The spices meld with this really well and just give the scent a 'heated' feel, which is fantastic. I worried the clove and rum combo if too strong would give me holiday associations. This reminds me of sultry summer heat. The florals are gorgeuos here, and I definitely pick up waxy tuberose and the pikaki. Gives it a subtle summer tropics vibe.
Posted 09 May 2018 - 03:23 AM
When I first put this on I get an odd melange of notes - something that smells like agarwood, I'm guessing the jacarandá-da-bahia, and a dark jasmine. It's discordant, but still sort of intriguing. Musky wood against floral. Then Avenger changes dramatically, becoming an almost sugary fruity floral on my skin. Tuberose and pikaki mixed with a boozy sweetness. If I smell the scent directly, I can still smell a bit of the musky wood, but mostly it's tropical floral. I really like this, and it's very different from the other lab florals I've smelled. It makes me think of a decadent pineapple drink. I wonder how it compares to the labs tiki scents, which I never got to sample.
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