Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:31 PM
This is one that I would have ordered regardless of the notes because I am a water dragon. This is another happy fruity blend like the First Encounter. I find it to be mainly kumquat and quince with some peony and all of the other notes being supporting players. It's quite lovely and something that I will definitely wear in the warmer months. I like fruity blends when I reach outside of my usual woody,smoky, resiny dark scents, but I think that I enjoy the warm weather blends most.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:18 PM
On wet: Oh no, it's starting to make me feel sick. Heady! Blast these aquatics on my skin. Barely any citrus is getting though in this wet stage.
Starting to drydown: Salty seafaring aquatics. Thinking this may be a swapper.
Drydown after about an hour: Oh, I just smelled something that wasn't an aquatic for the first time. I think it's the peony. Still soapy and strong... Oh right, it has Dragon's Blood in it. I wish I'd get any of the fruit, lychee or mandarin especially. Doesn't seem to be happening; I'm just getting soapy perfumey aquatic with a resiny background. And I love my Water Dragon icon so much, too... But it's not a keeper on me. I think I feel a headache starting.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:24 PM
In the Bottle:
On My Skin, Wet:
VERY STRONG ORANGE - there's very little else going on, sadly.
On My Skin, Dry:
Still predominantly orange, but there is a touch of coconut and sandalwood.
It looses it's overall potency quickly, and the orange fades back somewhat, but yep - still a mostly orange scent on me.
I was looking forward to this being a peony with coconut & citrus scent, but it's almost exclusively citrus.
4 of 10 ranking
(though I absolutely love the label art)
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Edited by meaganola, 19 February 2012 - 09:14 PM.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:31 PM
On my skin: at first, it's just that nightmarish powdery candied orange peel. After a second though, it starts to calm down. Bamboo and kumquat-lychee, so somehow it's both woody and very very citrus-fruity. The bamboo sticks around, and saves it from being too sweet and powdery because without it, that's definitely what would happen. The more it dries, the less citrus comes through for me, though it stays distinctly powdery and woodsy. That powdery something is what makes me unable to make me <3 it. Aquatic notes and peony do come through the longer you wear it, but the interim stage just doesn't do it for me.
Last thoughts: this is an unusual one, no doubt about it. If you like woody-citrus, it's definitely for you, but given the name I was expecting far more aquatic notes. Never go by the name, only by the listed notes! heh Learned my lesson, thanks.
Edited by frecklestars, 24 February 2012 - 06:35 PM.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:38 PM
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 04:03 PM
Initially in the bottle and wet on my skin it smells terrible. There's something of an aftertaste in the back of my throat which is something almost medicinal and chemical in nature.
But once it dries, ooh, it's juicy fruits and exotic flowers on my skin.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:43 AM
Sadly, as time passes it seems like the flowery parts become more intrusive. I stuck my wrist under my boyfriend's nose and he physically recoiled. We don't always agree on scents, but we do this time.
Since I have an affinity for water (I'm a pisces) and dragons (chinese birth year) I'm going to keep this partial bottle for sentimental reasons, and the label is BEAUTIFUL, but at this point I'm not sure I'll ever wear it.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 01:59 AM
As it dries down, I get a note that reminds me of Fire Pig, and a floral blend takes precedence over the acquatic, though there's still a bit of polywog in the background. I don't sense any bamboo, it's all floral and citrus, blending.
Dry, it balances, and the citrus is stronger, with a floral backbone. No acquatic, now. Soft citrus with a strong floral, very sweet. There are notes that I recognise from Lady of Shalott, but more citrus-y. Quite nice, if one is in a floral mood.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:55 AM
Wet: Something sharp is coming out, probably the mum and narcissus.
The dry-down: The fruits are slowly coming back, but the mum and narcissus may be too strong.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:17 PM
In the imp, cool aquatic, floral and orange. Bright and clean.
Wet on my skin, Whoa citrus! Fresh and vibrant, with something floral (peony?) In the background. The cool tone of the aquatic is still there, but its an impression, rather then a salty note (which doesn't agree with me).
Dry- the citrus is toning down and everything is getting more balanced. The floral/citrus/aquatic combo is actually quite nice on me, and my cats are crazy for it on me. I wish I could be more specific on the floral notes, but as I usually avoid them like the plague, I simply don't recognize them. The only reason I recognized peony is because my mom loves that scent.
I admit, I like this, and I will probably re-use this on Easter. I don't know if I will ever buy a bottle, but a partial or another decant can home with me.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:32 PM
Sad, since I was very looking forward to Water Dragon.
Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:32 PM
In the imp: Oil is colorless and the color is a delicate pale beige with a tinge of pink. OK, here goes . . . I smell fruit, lots of it, especially orange and tangerine. With some unidentifiable florals in the background.
On me, wet: On me, it's a lot more complex. The citrus still dominates, but there is far more nuance. It's so complicated that it's hard to tell, but I think I can pick up lychee, kumquat, peach, and dragon's blood along with those florals. It's really quite nice, not as obnoxiously foody as it sounds.
After 10 minutes: It reminds me of some kind of delicate fruity candy . . . I know, Turkish Delight, the real kind with the floral waters.
After 30 minutes: The fruitiness has lightened up a bit, but so have the florals which were never that strong to begin with. It's difficult to describe now, and almost impossible to identify any specific note. There's still some fruit, now more generic. The fragrance is also a little incensey, and and a little powdery.
After 2 1/2 hours: Almost gone. A hint of incense and powder is all that remains.
Verdict: I'm not a fan of foody perfumes, so I won't need a bottle, but I have to admit this is really intriguing. The sense (scents? haha) of exotic Asian fruits does come across, even with the orange and tangerine dominating. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, and will hang on to my imp.
My rating: 4 stars
Posted 11 April 2012 - 01:27 AM
I definitely get the blossoms and chrysanthemum and LOVE that it isn't taken over by the dragons blood.
I was hesitating because of the coconut and I am so glad I got this, it is a good reminder for me that the reviews are often very different than what I experience. I suspect this will be a favorite during the summer.
ETA- I just bought my second bottle of this because out had become my summer go to scent. I love love love it! I normally hate florals, but this never goes too flowery for me. Citrus and juicy exotic fruits that lighten into a sweet spice. Amazing. A really good reminder to look for scent twins in the reviews section.
Edited by Caper, 29 July 2012 - 03:30 PM.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:10 PM
I knew I wouldn't be able to describe this one well, but I do like it and it smells much more uplifting and pretty than I made it sound. I've put it on a few times when I anticipated a stressful day in the hopes it'd take the edge off.
And the label is so beautiful!
Posted 27 April 2012 - 02:53 AM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:10 AM
Wet: Oh, gorgeous. A tangy and light citrus with hints of pine and resin.
Dry: A lovely mixture of pine and sweet fruity things. Alas! It is naught but a memory after a few hours.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 12:58 AM
Wet: Still gross. Quince dances on my skin like a dervish while the Buddha's Hand, which smells like lemon, tries to calm it down to no avail. I get some bamboo, chrysanthemum, and more citrus (mandarin and tangerine) with a touch of sesame, but I'm fighting the urge to wash it off immediately. It's taking all of my will power.
Dry: It's a bit better once dried - the quince is still there and still makes me cringe, but I can pick up more floral and more citrus, including the lychee and the plum. If there wasn't any quince in it, I'd like this much, much better.
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