sweet almond & anise, and something slightly soapy.
Posted 05 April 2010 - 05:28 PM
sweet almond & anise, and something slightly soapy.
Posted 07 April 2010 - 02:20 AM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 04:40 PM
Wet: The sandalwood and soft cherry shine with a slight hint of licorice from the star anise peeking through.
Dry: It morphs back and forth between a strong licorice and a well balanced blend of sandalwood, sherry and the spice of the star anise. Not a ton of staying power but a decent throw.
Notes: Itís an interesting scent and I definitely plan on holding onto the imp but that should be more then enough for me.
Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:44 AM
Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:38 PM
Posted 26 September 2010 - 11:59 PM
Posted 17 October 2010 - 02:18 PM
So, Kyoto. It started off as a gentle pink (yes, it smelled pink) floral. Sweet in a sweet-little-girl way. As it dried it became licorice-y - sweet in a candy-store way. It was nice.
There's just something innocently playful about this scent. It's pleasant and not too heavy. I can imagine wearing this around my sweet Southern grandmother and not feeling like I'm overwhelming her.
Posted 08 December 2010 - 01:02 PM
Drydown: still very peppery from the star anise. The cherry blossom is kinda obscured by it. I can only make out an edge of the sandalwood.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:13 PM
On my skin - this is really light, I can't quite think of how to describe something I can hardly smell. It seems vaguely perfumy, there's something kind of giving me the feeling of perfume alcohol for some reason, I can hardly smell it but what I do get is kind of sharp. When it softens up a bit it seems like a barely there floral again. Probably the least present bpal I've ever sniffed.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:07 PM
On my skin: turns a bit soapy on my skin, which is less than desirable. I still smell the sandalwood and regrettably the anise doesn't stand out as much. still no cherry blossoms, so it's still not femme-y or floral. I think it's a little too strong frankly, which is a shame. the anise comes out more as it ages, but still not enough for my taste. it's largely sandalwood.
Last thoughts: I <3 anise and wish this blend were more anise, less sandalwood. alas, it's the other way around. I _know_ it can smell good on other people, but my skin just turns it into a soapy overly woodsy disappointing mess.
Posted 02 July 2011 - 05:24 PM
Posted 28 August 2011 - 04:00 PM
As it dries, my skin amps the star anise something fierce, which I don't enjoy. Many hours later it is the one note left, and it almost starts to smell like an overpowering myrrh.
This scent really doesn't work well with my skin, but I made it into a room spray, which is quite cheerful and fun.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 08:24 PM
Would be Delicious as candy - and I can see this working wonders on the right person - it doesn't work on me though; I smell like I spent the morning having a candy-binge (though the Anise is slightly more woodsy than normal candy liquorice, I guess on account of it being seeds, but still, the idea is the same)
Yummy, and I'd be happy to smell it on someone else, just not on me
Posted 17 December 2011 - 03:58 AM
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Posted 23 December 2011 - 06:55 PM
In the imp: This is one where I actually feel I can smell all the notes described pretty distinctly - I definitely smell the star anise, and I get the cherry blossom and the sandalwood as this fresh, light, clean scent with it.
Wet: Sandalwood is very prominent as soon as it hits my skin, along with the licorice-smelling star anise. I can smell the cerry blossom a little bit at this point but the sandalwood and star anise are dominating atm. I'm surprisingly ok with how it smells right now given that I generally really dislike the smell of star anise, or anything that smells like licorice, and also really strong sandalwood smells; maybe the two are balancing each other for me? I do hope the cherry blossom comes out more though, because I'm still not the hugest fan of the licorice/sandalwood smell it has right now.
Drying (~1 hour): As I was hoping, the cherry blossom comes out to play more as time goes on, but unless I put my wrist to my face still the most prominent scent wafting up to me is the star anise. I'm torn on this one - it intrigues me every time I sniff my wrist, yet when I pull it away and smell the anise wafting up, I'm not a big fan.
End of the day: I think I'll have to give this one 2 stars - I don't dislike it, and it's a very interesting scent, and I'm sure one could quite like it if they weren't put off by strong star anise smells like I am. For me though, I just don't think I'd probably ever wear it.
Posted 07 February 2012 - 02:36 AM
Edited by MadameFaye84, 07 February 2012 - 02:37 AM.
Posted 08 February 2012 - 12:31 PM
On skin, wet: Slightly sandalwoody anise.
On skin, dry: Sandalwoody anise.
After an hour: Stays true to the initial drydown. While the white sandalwood is less incensey on me than others it's still not a note I really care for, and it's just too dominant in this blend.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:47 AM
This is the second of the "oh lord, what am I doing" tests tonight. I already have Dorian and its three musks on one hand, so I might as well try Kyoto and its star anise on the other. I'll admit straight out, I'm pretty much only testing this because I'm a Japanese minor and I kind of feel an obligation to try it out even if it's not really my thing.
In the imp: Oh my god that's so beautiful. I'm getting a noseful of licorice, which I assume is the anise, but it just adds to the sort of delicate "old"ness I'm getting from the blend overall. If only the star anise wouldn't take over, I could actually see this being a definite 5ml contender.
On me, wet: I'm not getting a lot of cherry blossom, just sandalwood and star anise. ...Wow, I like this a LOT more than I did the first time I tested it. The star anise isn't bothering me nearly as much as it did the first time, and I'm kind of adoring this blend now! It's really stately and refined and delicate and kind of, I don't know, noble? The star anise is calming down and the sandalwood and cherry blossom are tempering it and being all soft and quiet and regal, and I really, really like it.
On me, dry: This has done a complete 180 from my original impression of it. The anise and what I'm guessing is the sandalwood are blending perfectly and the resulting scent is light but important, delicate and old. It's a beautiful, refined scent that at least for me is really evocative of Japan, and it's going on the "need a bottle" list despite my general dislike of the girlier perfumes.
Edited by karykeion, 10 February 2012 - 04:50 AM.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:02 PM
Wet: Ok, good. The oddness is diminished some when itís applied to my skin. I now can clearly get the anise and sandalwood (although it is an aged sandalwood), but the cherry blossom scent is still reading as ďoff.Ē
Dry: After about 10 hours, all the oddness, like the paper note, has vanished. I just get sandalwood and a little cherry blossom. I like this much better dried and faded.
Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:54 AM
Along with Whitechapel and Embalming Fluid, this may be one of my favorite "clean" scents from BPAL as it doesn't seem to be going stale or turning towards air freshener the way many florals and "fresh" scents do; it's just pure spicy cherry blossom soap. Very nice.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:15 AM
Wet: Sandalwood and cherry blossom, but still dominated by liorice.
Dry: Yeah. I'd read that the star anise in this is a bit like clove (which I adore) for some, but on me it's just LICORICE LICORICE LICORICE. Oh well.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:46 AM
Initial Thoughts: I'm fairly certain I tried this before, but I didn't leave a review at the time. The anise may have been too much for me. Since then I've found a few Oriental-themed scents that I love, so let's try again.
In the Vial: Sandalwood and liquorice. I don't get the cherry blossom at this point. The sandalwood is almost enough to keep it from going medicinal.
Wet: Hm. For once my sandalwood-amping handicap is working for me, because the anise is weak and the cherry blossom is starting to come out.
Drydown: Well, I think I can definitely pick out all three elements in the scent. But they're not quite meshing on me. It's a light, airy wood, but nothing here is really grabbing my attention. Plus my skin is not completely happy with the situation - there's a slight burning sensation going on.
Verdict: This one needs a better home than I can offer.
Edited by puck_nc, 22 September 2012 - 12:46 AM.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:04 PM
Wet on skin: Mostly anise, a little bit of cherry blossom, and yeah, thereís the sandalwood. Itís not really soothing, though. Itís frustratingly disjointed.
Drydown: The notes are starting to blend together better. I can tell it would be a nice, warm, comforting scent, but though my skin likes anise, my nose doesnít.
Dry on skin: Cherry blossom and sandalwood are quite nice together, and the anise is hovering in the background. But I still donít like anise. If someone had similar skin chemistry to me but liked that anise/licorice/absinthe smell, I would recommend this scent, but itís not to my taste.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:36 PM
That's just personal bias, of course. The scent itself is very light, clean, and sweet without being cloying. I think it would be great for spring or for a sunny day in the middle of winter. For someone else, of course.
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