Blue Snowballs Yule 2012–2013
Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:27 PM
Same snow note as Nuclear Winter, very high-pitched and cold/ozone. I also gets lots of lime and that is quite complementary to the snow note. I do get a bit of blueberry up front, but it fades quickly on me (which is fine, blueberry always smells just a tiny bit fake IMHO). There is a slight underlying sweetness and what I would call bitterness, more like blackberry leaf rather than sweet blackberry juice. The sweetness does balance out the cold note a litte but that slushy cold is what stays with you long-term.
What is funny to me is that the cold note has a strong throw and the juicy/sweet notes have a short throw so when i bring my wrist close to my nose i get a lot more juicy sweetness but from far away i get more snow. Fun scent B)
Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:50 AM
I had pretty much the same experience, with the blueberry leaving fairly quick, leaving a lovely sweet snowy thing behind, which lasted for a long time.
I love this, it's cheerful and pretty.
Edit : So, I loved the top note of this so much, it went into my scent locket, where it is amazing. This is going to need back ups...
This post has been edited by stellamaris: 09 December 2012 - 12:27 AM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:03 AM
On the skin: This reacts on my skin just as Selkie does, but with an underlying plastic blueberry note. (This will sound weird, but I had a My Little Pony that was scented blueberry and it smells just like she did.) As it begins to dry down, the lime creeps out for me; I'm not getting blackberry anything, but maybe the leafy smell is tied to the blackberry? It's not a strong wet leaves (probably more like wet fir needles), but it's also got a bit of spice in it (the ozone?) to my nose.
Verdict: I like this. It really does remind me of Selkie (which I liked) but it's a lot stronger and seems to last longer/throw more on me. I may try layering it with something.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:20 PM
Sadly this bottle is going to have to go into sales/swaps.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:54 PM
In the imp...ooh, yay, this has the same ozone/cold/snow note that I so loved with Monastery in the Mountains, with a slight sweet/tart note not present in that scent.
On wet...the snowy note stays chilly and quite nice, with the tart lime giving it a nice base. I very much get fruit, but can't pick out the type, just some sweetness.
On dry...still love it! The fruity sweetness is tempered by the lime and the whole is overlayed by that lovely cold now note whichbinds it together...almost like tart fruits in a cold glass covered in fresh snow on a high peak somewhere. The first time I worr it I felt that it didn't have much staying power, but this time its holding on strong.
Overall, totally adore it, and this confirms that I love the labs snowy notes. I think I may like this better than my previous chilly fave, Monastery, and I'm fine with that because I'm lucky enough to have half a bottle headed my way!
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:54 PM
I always try the Snowballs scents, and they're always amazing in the imp, but they don't stay balanced on my skin.
Within about 10 minutes of drydown, they tend to become mostly snow/slush notes. While I do like the lab's snow/slush notes, I prefer them when they're part of a blend. I loved the fruit in this one in the imp, and the lab's blueberry note is amazing, but it's gone so fast. I had the same heartbreak with Yellow Snowballs last year, where the imp scent was wonderful but it turned meh on my skin.
In this one, although the blueberry disappears super-fast, the blackberry and lime do hang around a bit, but they're kind of overwhelmed by slush. In the long drydown, after about an hour, the slush finally starts to fade and I'm left with a very pretty chilly blackberry lime beverage kind of scent, but it takes too long to get to this stage.
This post has been edited by astarinel: 29 December 2012 - 10:14 PM
Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:04 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:44 PM
Ultimately, it dries down to Monastery in the Mountains - meaning ALL snow, no fruit.
Cold, snowy, ozoney.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:49 AM
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:59 AM
Unfortunately... this is like... sour jolly ranchers. WAY WAY WAY too much lime. Lime lime lime sour lime (just a hint of berry) lime lime pucker up and ew.
There's something strangely plastic and artificial too; that same plastic note ruined Pink Snowballs for me too.
Sadly disappointing. Maybe it will mellow more if it sits. But right now, it is consistently 'sour lime plastic with a hint of berry' and not at all appealing.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:52 AM
Wet: The slush note comes to the forefront.
The dry-down: The notes all blend together very wonderfully. :) A lovely scent! So glad that this got made after the post in the Yule suggestions thread, although the touch of lime is a special note that keeps it from being too sweet. :wub2: Many thanks! I'm going to be wearing this year-round. :)
Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:44 PM
Wet on skin: Oh, glorious, exactly what I was hoping for, it's the blackberry note from Blackberry Scones and Jam! With friends! It's like blackberry jam and lime curd with blueberry preserves and... snow!
This is definitely the lab's snow note, and this version reminds me of Shivering Boy... I think because I always get that hint of frozen grapes/grape vines from Shivering Boy, and the fruitiness of this reminds me of that.
Drydown: the sharpness of the lime goes away and leaves a fruity cold smell that goes a wee bit powdery, but lovely.
Not a lot of lasting power, after a few hours, it left behind a faint haunting hint of sweet and was gone.
Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:39 AM
This post has been edited by BuxomM: 23 April 2013 - 06:42 AM
Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:58 AM
Wet: Slushy blueberries with a hint of blackberry jam. Gosh, this is heavenly.
Dry: The blackberry is a bit more distinct here, although the blueberry is still sweet. I'm also getting a lime and the snow note. It's a really delicious and fun scent.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:55 AM
Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:02 PM
Edited to add -- now this has settled some, since arriving in the post, I've come to realise just how much it smells like gummi bears! :wub2:
This post has been edited by cherrycherry: 16 December 2013 - 07:43 AM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:40 PM
I get blueberry on wet, and dries to a blackberry predominant slush. There's something that smells almost 'piney from the slush note' and its a very Christmassy blend.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:27 AM
Wet, this is BLUEBERRY. I agree that this smells sort of artificial, but in a nice way? It smells kind of like blue Skittles--not for everyone, but definitely something I want to smell like on occasion.
As it dries down, it does become incredibly Christmasy, which is weird to me, since nothing about the notes particularly screams "HOLIDAYS" to me. Is that a hint of baking spices in there? It's like sour blue snow--blackberry, blueberry, and lime all blending together so well that they really just smell blue--with baking spices in a way that is lovely and not nearly as weird as it sounds. It works really well, and I think I'll keep my decant around for a while, but I probably won't be going back for a bottle.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:04 PM
Over several hours, the fruit gradually fades, leaving a light, sweet, snowy skin scent, but it has pretty good staying power for such bright notes.
Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:55 AM
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Posted 31 January 2014 - 05:53 PM
Wet on me - Definitely very sweet blue berries, but there's a dryness behind it that I associate with Beth's gin note
Dry on me - As with Black Snowballs this just completely disappeared
Overall - Vanished on my skin