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Yule 2016 The Art of Winter

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#1 Minh Scent

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 01:34 AM

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Grey amber and elemi, white cypress, shadowed musk, guiac, labdanum, and black ti leaf.

First application on skin, I get the lovely labdanum with a light quality. However, the perfume darkens and I swear I get a licorice note (nope, not listed). From there, it morphs into a swirl of light musk. On me, a skin scent. A bit confusing, but pleasant.

#2 Myrrha


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 09:44 PM

Labdanum has always seemed like a darker scent to me but in this oil it is light and soft. I think the elemi is here to lighten things up because I can't really separate it out. I am not a fan of cypress but the "white cypress In this is soft and really beautiful. I can only detect it if I look for it, otherwise it blends into the scent. Emotionally L'hyver seems relaxing and a bit somber - not like an Ars Morendi oil but just in a grounding kind of way.

Overall, a very wearable soft musky laudanum scent. It does not have a lot of throw. I am very happy with this and will wear it often this winter and into the spring.

Edited by Myrrha, 29 December 2016 - 09:45 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:34 PM

This one is so interesting to me. Underneath the cold layer of elemi and amber, I get a mix of black tea and labdanum that smells almost like aniseed but isn't. It's a warm, gooey sort of resinous blend with herbal touches. It makes me think of winter in the same ways that "coal candy" is really licorice. Medium throw and wear length.


For those of you that enjoy licorice, give this a whirl. 

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:59 AM

I agree with the previous mentions of a licorice-like note, without it being licorice per se. The cypress is also fairly strong on me, and the tea is delightful and life-like. I am not sure what elemi smells like, so I can't comment on that, but the labdanum is surprisingly subdued on me, which is nice. Overall it makes me think of licorice tea, which I wasn't expecting at all, but quite enjoy.


The throw is medium on me.

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 05:48 AM

L’Hyver is really mysterious and different. Every time I test it, I get a slightly different experience. If I sniff it in the bottle and look at the note list, I think I can smell each individual element. But it's so well-blended that once I put it on, it's tough to tease them apart. This dries down to a grey amber and black tea scent. Two hours later, this is a soft, musky skin scent, like a swipe of pale grey.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:53 PM

L'Hyver is super atmospheric to me. I think it's the white cypress in this that gives it an almost menthol-like quality--like breathing in biting cold winter air. I do get that slight anise-like note others have mentioned mixed in with "grey" resinous smells. I'm not sure what labdanum smells like, but L'Hyver is both light and airy with substance. It's an enigmatic, cool-toned scent. I'd like to test it out in a diffuser some day.

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