Cheshire Moon 2013 1/24/13–1/31/13
Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:06 PM
This is a rather difficult scent for me to describe, but here it goes.
In the bottle: whoa, lemon! My sister said this smelled like fresh ginger and I can see that. It's different than an actual ginger note, which tends to smell fizzy to my nose. This is not fizzy.
On my skin: Definitely still get lemon and continue to get lemon for the first five minutes or so. Slowly, I get some of the cherry blossom floral-ness that I was hoping for, but I really have to take a slow and deep breath to really catch it. Eventually the lemon fades a bit and it becomes a lemon and soft pink floral combo. I was hoping for more of the guava or papaya, but I can very much see myself wearing this in the spring, which is something as I am not a lemon person.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:35 PM
In the bottle: I actually get mostly the lunar herbs in the bottle, which is not my preference (these are usually what make Lunacies not my favorite).
Wet: Hmm, I get a blast of something in the mint family right off. There's a jumble of scents all fighting for dominance, and at first it's really hard to pick anything other than the minty note out. The mint burns off eventually, and as it does the lemongrass, cherry blossom, and fruits begin to peek out. Close to the skin, the scent is all slightly sour fruits, but the throw is a lovely soft floral.
Dry: As this dries down, there's something almost... incensy?... about it! Actually, there's something about the combination of one of the base notes and the florals (could be the lemongrass/lemon balm) that strongly reminds me of Morgause.
Verdict: I was worried I was going to swap this one off immediately like I did the last Cheshire Moon, but the Morgause-like drydown makes me think twice about it. I'm going to hold onto it for a bit and hope the lunar component settles with a bit of age, because otherwise it is lovely.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:02 PM
In the imp: grapefruit, lemon…and SNOW? Yes, this appears to have the snow note-the one from Blue/Yellow Snowballs. It also reminds me a bit of fizzy lime.
Wet on skin: much tangier and less sweet than the original. It still smells snowy.
Dry on skin: this is very heavy on the citrus, with the zesty, juicy grapefruit taking the lead. It smells like fresh grapefruit juice, not too bitter but it is tart. Lemongrass is also more obvious but isn’t shrieking its head off like it can do-this is more like the gentle lemongrass from Skytyping with Chemtrails. The lemon balm also adds to the citrus feel. It feels very effervescent, a bit like lemonade or 7up. I can’t smell much cherry blossom or guava and I was hoping to smell papaya but I can’t detect that either. The most surprising thing about this scent is that it has a snow/ice/winter air note, a bit like Whirling Wind Moon, but with fruit instead of flowers. Something about that snowy backdrop seems to turn to ozone on me and it’s also a bit soapy. Maybe that’s the lunar herbs?
After a while: the snow/ozone/floral backdrop gets really soapy and perfume-y. The lemongrass is also sharper than before, and the grapefruit now has a bitter peel scent to it. I’m not so keen on this by this point. I much preferred the sweet pinkness of the original. I was hoping to get papaya and guava here but there’s nothing that reminds me of that in here.
Verdict: if the original CM is a scent reminiscent of spring, this is most definitely a winter scent-which I suppose would fit as this scent was released in January. Very different to the original, which was all about the cherry blossom and guava, a fluffy, fun pink scent with very slight accents of citrus. This is the other way round-it has a yellowish-white-silver feel, cold and airy with frosted citrus and only subtle hints of sweeter fruit and cherry blossoms. I was a bit surprised as to how ‘snowy’ this scent is, reminiscent of some of the Yule scents, and it’s the ozone-scented snow note that I’m not so keen on. The citrus notes are also a bit too overwhelming, turning to cologne at times. I loved the original so I’m a bit let down by this version-maybe if I got more of the papaya and guava I would have preferred it.
Is it a keeper? no, I’ll stick with the first release.
If you like this, try: Cheshire Moon (original), Aizen Myoo, Schrodinger’s Cat, Skytyping with Chemtrails, Yellow Snowballs, Whirling Wind Moon, Night Gaunt
This post has been edited by yeahbutnobut: 19 February 2013 - 07:04 PM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:48 AM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:34 PM
It is lightly fruity and floral, but not too sweet for me. The papaya and guava come out for me after the initial wet stage wears off. It isn't like a fake tropical fruit scent, but more like a real wet guava scent.
Very nice for spring, and I'm glad I got a bottle.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:44 PM
Wet: Citrusy and... incensey! I like the incensey. Surprisingly complex and less fruity than I had imagined. From farther away I get the cherry blossom but up close it's amazing incense and aquatic. I'm reminded of the ephemeral nature of the cat and I get a blue-green vibe that is reminiscent of the cat in the most recent movie (vs the tradional pink and purple).
Dry: It's gone soapy, though not in a bad way. Not sure if this will be going to swaps.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:32 PM
Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:46 PM
AUTOMATIC LOVE (for me).
I mean, light citrus and fruit notes warm up this chilly blend, and make it a very crisp, snowy Spring blend for me.
So, I differ greatly from all the other reviewers meaning: ALL YOUR CHESHIRE MOON 2013 IS BELONG TO US. (and by us, I mean me).
Posted 03 May 2013 - 07:11 PM
YES! Right on the money. I loved the original Cheshire Moon, and hoarded it like Precious. The past incarnation was like...well, it reminded me of eating vanilla cake laced with pink and citrus fruits while sitting on a tropical beach. No way to explain that really :P But it was a delectable blend of both creaminess, pink florals and tart fruit. It was just wonderful. Not only that, but it never once morphed on my skin.
This version, though, has gone to straight-up, overpowering "soap" on me :/ Even in the bottle it has a pungent quality. I was so disappointed.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:54 AM