Zebra Heliconian Metamorphosis: 5/3-9/4/12
Posted 11 May 2012 - 05:25 PM
In the bottle, you can pick up the incense and the sharpness of the vetiver and lemongrass. The wood is there in the background, along with the sage. However straight from the lab, there is no hint of coffee nor coconut right now. Oddly enough, this smells like an incense I used as a teen and takes me right back there.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:50 PM
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:48 AM
Skin testing – at first there was a lemon blast (I amp lemon like crazy) but it quickly shifted into a pleasant airy coconut scent. It has a fruity twang to it from the plum and feels carefree, healthy, and tropical.
Although it's not at all what I was expecting, it is very pretty and seems like it would be lovely in warm weather.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:53 PM
I honestly can't pick out any of the notes. Dry I guess there might be a hint of coconut (which I usually dislike but not here) and frankincense (which I love) and maybe a hint of cedar.
It is warm and light at the same time and really just lovely. There will definitely be a bottle in my next order.
ETA- ZOMG! This has turned out amazing. It is warm and incense-y, but not bitter or dry. It is lush and full and I don't even know what but this is the first bottle that I am going to get two of these in my next order and skip some of the unsniffed salon blends. Top ten. Hell, top three.
This post has been edited by Caper: 20 July 2012 - 10:03 PM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:10 AM
Posted 01 July 2012 - 03:43 AM
Wet on skin: light and green floral, but slightly powdery, which is making me nervous about this. The tobacco flower is lovely, front and center.
Dry: slightly soapy, and rather powdery...which breaks my heart. Otherwise it's a light floral headed by the tobacco flower, with a touch of green, hints of a citrus brightness, and grounding woods.
Verdict: I had high hopes for this one, but my skin chemistry just doesn't want to cooperate. Oh well.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:32 PM
So of course - what happens? All I get here is lemon and cedar. There's a slight incensey-smokiness from the opium tar and vetiver, but no sign of the coffee or coconut or ambergris. Fully dry, this one ends up smelling like lemon with a hint of wood. That's not what I wanted :(
Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:07 PM
I'm actually enjoying this much more than I anticipated.
It might actually be bottle-worthy for me.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:33 PM
On my skin dry: Fragrant plum is still the foremost note. I'm not getting coconut, opium tar is present but not obnoxiously so. Vetiver...nope not getting any vetiver here, I guess my skin amps plum so that it just drowns out everything else. The notes in order of strength on my skin are: plum, tobacco, lemongrass, opium tar, sage. Either the rest of the notes just get drowned out or they are melding really well. Thank goodness that frankincense doesn't show up though.
Actually this is rather girly on me, like a plummy version of Ninon. I've been avoiding plum since Mme. Moriarty and Snake Charmer both gave me a headache, obviously I can do white plum. I'd love to see this note used in more scents.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:58 PM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:15 PM
It starts kind of herby (sage) and a little dark smelling, but the coconut and plum soon step up to the plate. After a while I just get a creamy, sweet, delicious scent that is still just a tad bit dark; half an hour later I can't identify any particular note over the others. It's feminine and pretty but firmly grounded. Perfectly balanced, perfectly blended and just beautiful. This is probably a new top 20 scent for me.
Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:42 PM
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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:09 AM
Wet: Cedar, frank, opium tar and coffee are the most obvious notes.
The dry-down: Now the dread lemongrass starts to rear its ugli head, alas. I like this better wet. I was afraid of the lemongrass and rightly so.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:13 AM
Wet: Kind of smells like flyspray :/ bu hao.
Dry: Why did I buy this? IT HAS AMBERGRIS. Accordingly, this is ambergirs, flowers and coconut on me. Groce.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:36 PM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 08:21 PM
Wet: It's somewhat pine-like (cedar note), with musky animal scent (ambergris), opium tar, and tobacco with sage. It's an interesting combination and I wouldn't have normally associated it with a butterfly.
Dry: After 14 hours, it's sweetly lemongrass centered with hits of wild plum and ambergris accord.