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Opium Poppy

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Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real. A bitter, soft, fragile flower.

 

Very powdery, white floral.

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I also get a bandaid concept with this. But, it also has a dark feel, almost a plum colored image under it all. I'm also getting a little of the screeching scent which I normally associate with violet. But, it is mainly being beaten back by the dark and bandaid fight. It never seems to morph to anything better as it dries.

I keep trying the imp, but really need to admit defeat with it.

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In the imp this smells like a spicy, smoky floral. I always wonder what poppies are supposed to smell like in perfume, since to me, real poppies smell like dirt. Wet, this is pure opium - very narcotic. Absolutely NO florals make it to my skin. When it dries, it's sweet, spicy smoke. Nothing more. While I like the smell, it's pretty one dimensional. I always layer this with Slippery Poppy Tincture to give it interest. Together, they're magical.

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Wet: This has a bubblegummy sort of feel at first, in the throw at least, sort of like lotus, which I don't really care for. Nose to skin though, it's smoky and peppery, more like what I expected. It's weird though, how incongruent the throw is to the scent next to my skin.

 

 

Dry: Smoky, slightly peppery floral. In the same vein as tobacco flower on me. I think I like poppy better in blends where there is some sweetness.

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Freshly applied: Curious. Mostly, I think I smell the opium note from Caterpillar and Forest Reverie. But there's something red and flowery and a little spicy behind it. I think that's our lurking poppy.

I'm not into the opium note, but at first I like what I think is the poppy. Then, over time, the blend turns powdery. I'm not sure if it's the poppy, opium, or something else.

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I decided that I finally had to try this since opium poppy accord is listed as a note in Emerald Lace.

 

In the imp: Very poppy. Much opium. Wow.

 

Wet: I'm hit with a blast of opium, backed by the sweet poppy note. The poppy note is so sweet that it almost has a bubblegum-y quality to it, although not as much as lotus, and the opium note is helping to tame the sweetness.

 

Dry: I am getting less opium during this phase of the scent. Now, the sweet poppy note reigns, with opium-brushed petals. On my skin, the sweet poppy just seems to be getting stronger over time.

 

Verdict: This one is okay. It isn't a scent that I would reach for on its own, but I could see it playing well with the Lab's Lace base. I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but I don't think I need to hold onto this imp.

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