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Earth sorceress and mother of Mordred, she is, in essence, the harbinger of King Arthur's doom and the downfall of Camelot. She is a sister, or sister-self, to Morgan Le Fay. A bouquet of five night-blooming flowers deepened by dusky violet, purple fruits and the barest breath of medieval incenses.

 

Violet goes off on me...a headache-y, shreiking, old-lady, sour powdered white floral.

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This is the second time I have tested this scent, and this time I noticed the purple fruits a lot more. The florals are still prominent, too, this is like beautiful and dramatic purple smoke - colors of aubergine - that kind of deep purple with hints of red.

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In the imp: The violet note is pretty intense, but I'm also smelling other florals, incense, and fruit as well.

 

Wet: Purple like whoa! The violet note is still the most prominent, followed by the fruit. The other florals and the incense are background players at the moment. After a bit, the incense note and night-blooming florals begin to emerge more.

 

Dry: The violet still reigns, but the incense and other floral notes are a lot stronger now.

 

Verdict: This one isn't for me, as I am not a fan of violet, and there's too much of it in this one for my liking.

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I like violet, but find it can dominate a scent in a way I don't like. This is not a fresh, candy violet, though. This is dark and deep violet, purple to the point of almost black, with similarly dark fruits, almost hidden by very dry black incense. This really evokes Arthurian legend and sorcery for me, though it's the wrong sister for that feel. I work really early in the morning and try my frimps at work sometimes. This is the first time I've ever worn something that felt literally wrong in the environment. I shouldn't be here, in retail, in plain clothes, I should be someplace very dark, a large castle, in velvets. It was powerful and weird. I can't see myself wearing this scent a whole lot just because when or where would i? But I'm so glad I've finally been able to try it. I really like this and the way it makes me feel.

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Initially, Morgause is dominated by ylang-ylang, but settles down to a scent that is violet-dominant with a bit of fruit (I think mostly plum, maybe a little grape) to round it out and a soft cloud of incense to deepen it. This is a purple velvet dress in scent form.

 

It's really a lot like Purple Phoenix but less grapey. This...is AWESOME. Because I'm almost out of Purple Phoenix and it's an LE from back when dinosaurs walked the earth and now I can get basically the same thing as a GC. :woohoo:

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Dark, heavy floral - which I usually don't like.

But I have never seen it done as well as this scent. It really is a beautiful, complex scent - the floral notes are so well blended, it is jut the right amount of heady, but not too overpowering. Even if you dont usually like heavy florals, this one may work out.

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This is definitely the same jasmine/honeysuckle blend as in New Orleans, with some ylang and possibly gardenia as well. And maybe moonflower? I have a couple of blends (Long Night Moon and one of the Cancers, I think) with moonflower and this is reminiscent of them. For once ylang and gardenia don't take over and choke out the others but remain firmly in the background. The overall effect is like the lovechild of New Orleans and Defututa--to my nose this is sweeter than New Orleans but darker than Defututa. The incense is present throughout but for whatever reason my skin amps the florals and hides the fruit. And the violet, for that matter. I keep waiting for it to appear but by now I'm pretty sure I amp honeysuckle and it's pretty much taken over. As a white floral this isn't bad, but it's not grabbing me the way others have.

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This has immediately become one of my new favourites. I'm guessing "purple fruits" means plums and grapes and I definitely get a lot of the former - but fresh ripe plums, not the over-ripe-turning-to-prune plum of Bordello - but don't think I can pick up anything I recognise as grape. Violet is the flower scent I'm getting, the incense is very much in the background for me.

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Frimp from the Lab, and an unexpected favorite. It goes on with a big white floral bang but settles down quickly to a two-layer scent. Right down near the skin is this deep purple fruit (a thick, jammy sweet with a little sourness -- I'm thinking fig and plum mostly) mixed in with the white flowers, and then there's a floating cloud of light violet and elegant, sensual incense. Whatever that incense is, man, I want more of it.

 

I don't think I saw this in any other review, but I'm pretty sure there's a good amount of fig in the purple fruit blend here because it reminds me of Eden.

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The florals are too heavy for me to wear this one in the daytime, but it is PERFECT to dab on the wrists into the evening hours. A bit of a heady complexity that really does something nice on my skin. I almost didn't try this one because it smelled a tad old lady floral out of the imp but I am so very glad I took the chance on this one because it's actually quite sexy in it's own way.

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Morgause is strong, and when it hits my skin it is simultaneously sour and sickly sweet. I don't think violet and night-blooming jasmine is a good combination on me. As it dries down it loses the sour patch kids vibe and I get hints of the incense (or is it the Penitence on my other wrist?). Deep, dark, heady floral that would be absolutely gorgeous on someone else.

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For me, this is a strong jasmine and violet mix with a touch of purple fruits. I think there's some plum and maybe a touch of cherry included under that umbrella. It's sweet and almost bubblegummy on me. Kind of like the small batch floral gum you might see sometimes in specialty stores. This isn't bad, but it doesn't do much for me either. I'm not a massive fan of jasmine, and I'm not a fan of the sweetness.

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Whoa! Dark floral, wet and boatloads of violet, which is never good on me. And really has a ...poop-y quality on me. I was gonna say bog-like, but nahh this describes it well. Gahh! Too bad.

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In the imp: Violet and dark fruit (probably including plum) as well as other notes I can't currently identify. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, it's fruit-forward, and a little tarter now. I wouldn't be surprised if the fruits included pomegranate or currant as well. As it dries, violet reasserts itself, and some of the other floral notes -- jasmine among them, I think -- start to peek out. Ultimately, the jasmine takes over the violet, so it's jasmine over dark fruits.

 

To be fair, it's a very wearable jasmine on me. 

 

On the other hand, my personal scent preferences run much more to violet than they do to jasmine. That I get violet and fruit in the imp but jasmine and fruit on my skin makes it too disappointing from what I hoped. 

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When I was smelling Morgause for the first time I was not very fond of her - mostly because I don't like jasmine very much. All i got was very strong violet and jasmine. Maybe there was some sweetness but far in the background. Lately I tried it again to look how it changed over time and I was very surprised. It's still heady florals and I have to be careful and use a light hand, but I like it. It's mysterious and sensual, but at the same time comforting. It proves that jasmine can work for me and sometimes you have to give a scent some time to like it.

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