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Perfectly enchanting! An irresistibly sexual, utterly rapturous blend of three roses, radiant amber, and sensual red musk.

 

This smelled deliciously of roses in the bottle, but oh! How I was deceived! It's nothing but a moldy wet musk when applied to my skin.

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I think Im realizing that Im not a fan of red musks. This is the second red musk fragrance Ive tried today and I haven't been a fan of either. I don't get the rose at all in this.

 

Wet it is strong red musk.

 

The dry down is the same. This really hasn't changed at all for me.

 

The throw of this is killer! Its super strong and shows no sign of wearing down. A little goes a long way I guess.

 

Overall, I had high hopes for this one but Im just not a fan.

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Oh my god, this is incredible.

In the imp: Roses and what may be the musk or amber. The roses are especially strong in this stage, but are mellowed out by the other notes.

Wet, on the skin: Very rich roses, a bit of spice, a bit of sweetness. It has an almost patchouli kind of quality here for a little bit, but it's faint.

After immediate drydown: My coworker said I smelled of roses and citrus, like lemon, and sweet. At this point, on me, it wasn't dissimilar from Lush's Rose Jam. While not exactly alike, that was my immediate thought. There's just something sharp and clean here with the rose, perhaps even the rose itself.

Dry, over time: As this dries, the roses linger, but don't get powedery at all on me! They blend exceptionally well with the amber and red musk, and it all comes together to create something sweet (but not cloying), warm, deep, and creamy. It's almost a strong vanilla, but with that touch of spice that elevates it, and it keeps the roses from smelling too elderly. The "lemon" scent disappeared. It's absolutely delicious, very inviting, and rather sensual. To me, it smells "expensive." The smell is still strong after 6 hours.

I love this one and my skin chemistry loves it, too. It completely warrants a full bottle.

Edited by artoria

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Red musk and red roses. It's mostly a floral scent as it's what's right up front. The red musk really just gives the roses some backbone to rest on. I don't think this one works for me as the roses smell as if they are starting to age and decay. I'm chalking it up to weird skin chemistry and sending it to swaps.

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Frimp in a recent lab order. This smells exactly like a rose incense I burned all the time in freshman year of college, and I mean exactly. As if I'm standing right next to the incense burner. It's not just rose plus incense, it's a smoky heady rose incense. Strong, strong throw. It's very pretty, but unfortunately not something I want to wear on my skin.

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This smells exactly like walking into a new age shop- pure incense. It's nice and I like the mental imagery it conjures, but I wouldn't wear this as I don't like to smell like incense.

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The description sounded lovely, and it smelled ok in the imp, so I slathered.

 

This was an error in judgment. A terrible error in judgment.

 

From the initial blast of musk came this sour smell that got stronger and stronger and STRONGER. It eventually identified itself as the roses. Sour, musky, horrible roses that choked me until I had to run and scrub it from my skin. It's still there.

 

So...huge throw, long-lasting, and utterly horrible on my skin.

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This one has been on my wishlist since at least 2014 - so glad to finally tick it off!

 

In the imp: deep rose (the deliciously soft, wet red petals kind) and a heart of amber

 

Wet: blushing pink roses - thankfully not yet powdery - lightly tinged with amber

 

Dry: heavy on the rose, which is no surprise as I amp it like crazy. I can discern two of the three - there's the powdery one, which I think of as pot pourri pink, which was the disaster note in so many Bewitching Brews releases. There's also a dewy, red rose, which was the one I fell in love with in the 2014 and 2015 Lupercalia releases. I'm not sure what the third one is, but thankfully those latter two stop the first from becoming unbearable; "pot pourri pink" is a hot mess of grandma talcum powder on me.

 

Life is pretty good, 6-8 hours in long sleeves, with a strong throw - I definitely wouldn't forget I was wearing this. It reminds me overall of Between Your Heart and Mine (original release), and would make a nice sub for anyone who missed that.

 

Stars: ★★★★

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