Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:49 PM
First sniff: Very bright orange with a shadow of something more reserved backing it up.
Wearing: At first touch the orange is much lighter than I expected – it doesn’t leap out and bite you on the nose, it’s just floating generally around you. It’s a paler, more reserved orange than the aggressiveness of Ravenous... rather ironic from something named Carnal. :P But I like the warmth of this one a lot. I can definitely smell the fig, though if I didn’t know that’s what it was I would never have been able to define it. It’s making me hungry, and confirming that orange scents really do work well on me, though I’d never have thunk it. I should find more. :D
Posted 03 February 2004 - 06:12 PM
Posted 16 February 2004 - 01:50 AM
Carnal is sexy in a bright and twinkling way, with mandarin and fig creating quite a complimentary pair. Fruity, but not, which is quite an accomplishment for two fruit scents. Like all romance novels, these two are very much a happily ever after.
Posted 17 February 2004 - 08:36 AM
Posted 25 March 2004 - 12:33 AM
It is a very lovely scent. I didn't read the description until just now. I kept smelling plums with a hint of raspberry...go figure. The scent stayed true through the dry down. It didn't last long on me though. I reapplied just before I gave it away to get me through the day.
It is a delicious scent and I think it would make a great room scent for me...especially in the summer. Ripe juicy fruit wafting through the house, but my imp wouldn't be enough to do that. I might have to get a 5 or 10ml for that.
I just don't like to wear fruity scents...but the girl that sits one desk over from me loves fruity and foody scents. That is why I got the Haunted and she got the Carnal...We make a great BPAL pair ~grin~
Posted 25 March 2004 - 01:24 AM
I'm not one for food scents, but this is something that I wouldn't mind smelling like in the least.
I'm not sure if I'm going to want a large bottle or not, though I will be using up my imp.
It's been a very long time since I wrote that.
I've since used up the imp, started in on a second, and have ordered a 5ml.
Carnal is one of my favorites right now - it's perfect when it's too hot to wear Persephone, and will be extra yummy when it gets cooler. I'm finding that I really quite like the smell of figs, and while yes, I'm still iffy on foody scents, I don't mind smelling figgy in the least.
This one gets me complements from women.
This post has been edited by roisnoir: 11 October 2004 - 05:37 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 01:00 AM
Posted 15 April 2004 - 05:27 PM
I thought i was really going to like this but the sweetness of the fig got a bit much for me.
I kinda wish the orange had more of a bitter bite to tone done the sweetness.
By the end of the day I smelled like a little kids sugared cereal.
This one is derfinately getting traded.
Posted 25 April 2004 - 12:49 AM
I wore this with O yesterday, it was delicious! I ordered a big bottle, I think I will end up wearing this alone on sunny days, and layering it in the colder months.
Posted 25 April 2004 - 01:01 PM
Posted 01 May 2004 - 03:44 PM
Second Impression: On the dry down the orange starts to make it's presence know.
Final Analysis: A very simple, sweet scent. Not sure if this is for me.
Posted 06 May 2004 - 02:04 AM
I'm hating my skin chemistry. :P
Posted 12 May 2004 - 03:24 AM
I would say this is a candle-y scent, but many times have I sniffed a candle in the shop then surreptitiously rubbed it on my wrist...
EDIT - I took my oils out to visit my mom today. After ONE MEASLY WHIFF of this she promptly got misty, then burst right into tears!!! Apparently it brought back wonderful memories of another time, another place and she loved it.
This post has been edited by Mitzy: 12 May 2004 - 11:00 PM
Posted 13 May 2004 - 03:50 PM
Posted 20 May 2004 - 08:13 PM
I don't know if it is the fig or the orange that is doing this to me, as I don't think I have anything else with either in it.
I will, however, be turning this into a room spray, as it really does smell great in the bottle.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 04:22 PM
When wet, there's a bright, short flash of strawberry fruit roll-ups, which hit me like a brick the first time I wore it... I haven't had one in probably 15 years and I adore them.
Drying: It becomes more grown-up, like switching to cassis after a childhood of Berrilicious Juicy Juice. There's definitely a strawberry-quality to this on my skin, even though it doesn't have strawberries in it. I can't stop smelling myself. I get wafts of strawberries and blackberries and oranges and figs in a mixed fruity swirl and feel very happy to know that it is ME that smells so good. I feel like going up to strangers on the sidewalk and going "You know what? I'M the one who smells so good on this here sidewalk!"
After an hour: Since I only have an imp of this, I'm not being very generous with it on my skin, so it tends to fade... not as quickly as Old Shanghai or Kumiho, but it doesn't have the staying power of say, Dana O'Shee or Old Morocco. Layered with O, however, makes it stick around and be less strawberry and more something sweet and sticky and slippery and beautiful, and it stays for hours.
I just bought a 10 mL so I'll be dousing myself in this when it arrives.
This is divine.
This post has been edited by ladylatemar: 08 July 2004 - 09:41 PM
Posted 05 June 2004 - 03:05 AM
WEARING IT: i don't smell any mandarin at all, it must be way in the back. this is such a warm, earthy, comforting scent on me and has a great spicey kick to it. i do love it but find it fades quite fast.
FINAL VERDICT: i think i may love it on my boyfriend more, so i'm going to try that out. it's a beautiful scent but not for me everyday.
Posted 12 June 2004 - 06:32 PM
Posted 18 June 2004 - 06:22 AM
Posted 20 June 2004 - 08:39 PM
Posted 21 June 2004 - 01:39 AM
When wet, Carnal smells distinctly of mandarin orange. It smells juicy and ripe with no hint of citrus.
On dry down, it smells a bit sweeter. I imagine a tangerine lollipop with just enough natural flavors to keep it from tasting (or smelling) artificial. I don't perceive any hint of fig but it may be what keeps the scent from being overly sweet.
The down side is that it only stays strong for about an hour. After that point, I need to directly sniff my wrists if I want to catch the scent.
This post has been edited by darkling: 21 June 2004 - 01:44 AM
Posted 21 June 2004 - 06:37 AM
There is something about Carnal that is so appealing...but somehow it falls short of its full potential. I'm using it as a base for layering, trying to get that extra "something".
Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:51 PM
Mmm, mmm, mmm. I'm so glad my body chemistry didn't turn this one into old man's cologne on me (like Noir did). Ahhh... :P
Posted 23 June 2004 - 10:37 PM
In the Bottle
This smells great! Think orange, but not the sort of sour, tangy, citrus of tangerine; nor the sticky slight citrus of a regular orange; instead think of the sweetest (but not candy sweet -- this is pure fructose sweet) section of orange that you can imagine, without a hint of sourness. Then imagine this earthy scent underneath it all, something that's perfectly layered with the sweetness of the orange. And that's what it smells like from the vial. My boyfriend says that he doesn't like it much, but then, he's not a fan of figs. For me, this smells delicious; fruity in a way that defies the candied sweetness of most fruit scents, and brings this down to the earthy level of sin.
Sadly, this doesn't work very well on me at all. When I apply it, it immediately starts to change into a waxy scent, and starts to smell like a candle (this is the second time a new scent has done this to me this week, and I'm beginning to suspect that it's due to some weird body chemistry thing...I'll have to try this out in another week or so). I can still smell the delectable scent of orange and fig underneath, but it's all ruined by that waxy smell. Not nearly as bad as some of the other scent changes that I've experienced (like the rotten fruit smells, or the powder scents), but still not what I want to smell like. Pity.
I really was curious as to what this would smell like, and I have to admit I didn't anticipate it at all. The scent from the bottle is much better, and very different, from what I imagined it to be. I guess I was thinking that the orange would be lighter, more citrus, and that the fig would be more candy like. This is a very welcome difference from what I imagined, and I wish it had worked out better on my skin. But, I'm willing to give it another go. Here's hoping my skin chemistry works better next week.
This post has been edited by hypothermya: 23 June 2004 - 10:38 PM
Posted 29 June 2004 - 10:36 AM