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Dried roses, rose leaf, Spanish moss, oakmoss and deep brown earth.

 

I don't know how to feel about this one.

 

I don't enjoy any dirt or earth not - feels very jarring and unnerving to me (unless it was mixed with like, tomato leaf or something that reminds me of digging in the garden). And rose is in my top 3 worst notes list because it just screeches over EVERYTHING.

 

But oakmoss is my jam. So I dunno - there's potential here but I think I'll just pass this on as frimp because it looks to be pretty popular and someone else will love it more (and appreciate the dirt).

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Earthy, loamy—and with dried roses—Zombi makes for an incredible scent *for the right person,* but that person is not me. I can see its appeal the instant it goes on, but for skin chemistry like mine, it smells like neosporin and bandaids as it begins to dry.

 

Since I do not want to smell like neosporin and bandaids, I'll be passing my bottle along.

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Soft roses and earth just like I imagined. It's not as strong as I was expecting it to be. It stays pretty close to the skin on me. The roses are dried or drying because they aren't particularly fresh, but they are pretty strong. The dirt is is more of an undercurrent rather than up in front. Not a bad rosy scent.

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(Frimp with a recent order)

 

I do like the smell of dirt. The opening of Zombi works well on my skin. Rich, loamy soil and a juicy (greenish?)

sweetness were calling to me while this one was wet. Initially, I was inclined to respond. Sure, nibble on my brain.

I only use a portion of it and not terribly efficiently at that!

 

I put the brakes on :eek: when the dusty rose emerged more as the scent began to dry down. That's a much less

compelling note for me.

So, only half-enamored with your earthy mossy delights, I think I'll keep my grey matter in my noggin. :skull:

For now.

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In the bottle: Wet earth and roses, things hinted at rather than being said straight up, an overall impression of damp ground and green flora.

 

5 to 10 minute dry down: On me, it stays wet roses and stems over damp earth, like the roses that used to grow by our door just after the rain. These are fairly soft, sad roses, not sultry or little girl, but wistful and funeral.

 

1 hour out: The earth says wet, but the roses seem to dry out. It's very soft and outdoors, and while the other notes aren't explicit, they add to that sort of 'out in the damp' feel to the whole scent.

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I swapped away Zombi some time ago, so this isn't a review with the scent right on my wrist, but it made a strong impression on me. Years ago I gave an after-dinner talk on Goya, and the hostess decorated the dinner table abundantly with dead red roses. Zombi reminded me of those dead roses, and of all the beauty and terror of Goya's etchings. I found it inexpressibly beautiful and inexpressibly melancholy, and I couldn't imagine wearing it anywhere but to a funeral. Die-hard goths who love dwelling on the morbid and enjoy roses and earth scents should adore this one.

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Dried roses when wet.

 

Roses and wet autumn leaves when dry.

 

This feels like a date on an autumn day. You are walking through the leaves in the park. The leaves have changed colors. Your date gave you the sweetest little bouquet of roses. Eventually, it's the leaves and dirt as you're crunching along your walk. I don't get anything grave like. Maybe I'm having a different experience because it's a little chilly today? I can imagine oakmoss getting a little overpowering in spring/summer heat.

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Freshly turned earth, dark and slightly damp—the kind of earth that smells alive, not just dirt, but soil. It gets sweeter and greener, like something living that’s been carefully dug out from the earth, with a little soil still clinging to its roots. Then the rosiness steps forward and takes over the whole scent, elegant and sweet, though the mossy, earthy notes are still definitely present. There’s an interesting contrast of dry and damp here: I don’t know how it was done, but the rose here is definitely a desiccated rose, while the earth keeps that damp, living quality to it.

 

Not an inherently creepy scent to me, but a little unsettling—it could just be the scent that lingers on someone who's spent the morning at work in their garden, but it could also be the elegant perfume lingering on someone who’s just clawed themselves out of their grave.

 

I originally shrugged it off as interesting!, but unlikely to see a lot of use. The more I try it, though, the more I really enjoy it. If you’d like to know what Lucy’s Kiss smells like when she’s heaving herself out of a shallow grave (or perhaps simply repotting a rose bush), give Zombi a try!

 

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When it's wet, my brain combines the 'earthy' with 'mildly sweet' (floral) and gives me 'beetroot'. Which is not terrible but it is a little confusing!

 

As it dries, my brain seems able to separate the scents into the lovely damp earth scent with the floral notes above it. Weirdly, the floral doesn't necessarily register as 'rose' to me. I mean, I like rose and I like this particular floral but they seem different.

 

Anyway, this is very much soil and earth (as you could have guessed from the notes). It's a grave with flowers after the rain. I don't always feel like wearing this one, but I do have my days. It lasts a decent amount of time.

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Because I buy a lot of rose scents I get Zombi occasionally as a Frimp in packages from fellow forumites plus the lab {tho I doubt they read my wishlist of roses please}.  I have never tried it because the earth note is so off-putting.  I just got another imp tonight in a package from a kind forumite and she specifically asked for my impressions.

 

Sadly I put this on just as I was starting to prepare dinner and the dirt, mud, freshly turned soil note was overwhelming.   At some point, say the half hour mark, I could smell rose but it was a poor uprooted rose bush with lots of dirt clinging to its roots.  Fresh and  damp and well... earthy

 

At about the hour mark I got rose with a green tinge.  The mosses I suspect which she had told me she got from the scent.  And here I am 3 hours later with rose water or dried roses however you want to think of that faint rose scent.  

 

It is a pretty rose scent if the dirt, soil, earth notes don't amp to all get out on you and you don't particularly dislike smelling mucky.

 

Still I am super grateful to have been gifted an imp and asked my opinion because I finally tried Zombi.  Kudos to the lab for such a creative scent that, on me, morphs through all the notes.

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From the soil we came and from the soil we will remain. 

 

Wet, dense soil that has been freshly turned. There’s a looming sense to this of something dreadful coming. The roses have long since withered and have become soggy and decayed. A sweet and pungent rot oder mingles with the soil. 

 

I expected the rose like scent to go powdery but I remains indulging and consistently enjoyable. I believe it is the mosses that help tame the rose notes and manages to prevent the soil from being so overwhelming. 

 

The throw is moderate and manages to last a full work day on me. I would consider this to be a worthwhile unisex scent. I may get a full bottle of this in the future. 

 

Simplistic beauty.

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