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The Ghost of Clytemnestra Awakening the Furies

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#1 Jenjin


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 10:37 PM

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An incense to call the Erinyes: opoponax steeped in black wine, spindle tree sap, nightshade accord, yew needles, and a drop of blood.

Black wine with a touch of sticky sap just after application. This ghost is floating in velvety purple darkness. I can detect the darkest, woozy flowers just beyond the moss covered tomb in the midst of a forest. The Ghost of Clytemnestra is elegant and honestly, makes me feel like a raven while wearing it. I can see it being quite useful for ritual or other transformative ventures. Sleek black feathers and rumbling black clouds of fury. I am beautiful and perfect in this moonless night. 
(Clytemnestra): "I was slaughtered by the hands of a matricide. See these blows, see them with your heart! the mind asleep is given clear light by the eyes. You licked up many enough things from me, libations without wine, plain offerings of appeasement."

Edited by Jenjin, 08 November 2016 - 09:58 PM.

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 08:38 PM

Red wine, a drop of blood, and some herbal undertones. Good throw and wear length.


This one is a dark, dominant, assertive blend. For a strong woman that is not afraid to take what is hers. And what isn't hers.

#3 sprout


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Posted 24 December 2016 - 12:52 PM

In the imp, the opoponox is forward with more than a hint of the "black " wine.

Wet, opoponax is perfumey and almost like hairspray. The Black wine is dominating the scent, however, and strikes a chord between Black currant and blackberry. There's a herbal component beneath, like Baneberry but it's subtle.

Dry, the wine recedes a bit, the opoponox is more resiny and maybe there's something like Blood Musk. The herbal component is more evident, it reminds me of sleek, shiny, deep purple berries.

For shits and giggles, I goggled spindle tree sap. I've no idea what it smells like, but it is a plant associated with the Furies and is poisonous in excess, consumption of the berries is fatal to sheep, goats, and horses (and children!). In small doses, the berries are medicinal as a purgative.

So this blend really grew on me after 3 tests. The Black wine is like nothing else in my huge bottle collection. So I will seek out a full bottle, although I almost blind bought this just because of the mythology association with Furies and Clytemnestra. So I really wanted to like it. Opoponox can make or break a blend for me and I wanted to be sure that the drop of blood wasn't overpowering DBR, is the chief reason I tried a decant first. I really love the black wine aspect here. This reminds me of Insects from the Crimson Peak series, minus the citrus chypre.

Edited by sprout, 24 December 2016 - 12:56 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:20 PM

I'm still on the hunt for another wine blend that works as well as Halloween Las Vegas does for me. Wet, this is pretty much all wine--bright, bold, cascading. As it dries, the wine is still very much the up-front note, but I also begin to get the yew. An hour plus after application, it's still primarily wine, with a bit of a resinous undertone. I like it quite a bit, but it's still not close to HLV, so I'll just keep my decant. 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:31 AM

I had really high hopes for this one, as I love opoponax and wine. And I do indeed get wine and herbs in the bottle, but on me, it smells a lot like.... mustard. And I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I do get whiffs of sweet herbally wine from time to time, but when I sniff my wrist? Mustard. I may pass this one on to a friend, and see if she has better luck with it than I did!

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