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Honey, Hay Absolute, and Amber

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This one is coming out different than the imagined.

 

On the wand, I get golden honey over a hay-and-greenery vibe. I wonder if this greenery impression is from the hay being an absolute.

 

On my skin, the greenery wins. It steps forward as green, a little sour, and a little tart. Somehow it smells like a mix of recently cut and dried grasses or shrub leaves. Yup, this is pretty much greenery and I don't know where the honey and amber went.

 

Ah, there's the honey amber, peeking out in early drydown. The tart greenery settles.

 

Later, this is just a super soft honey amber, with a scarce hay hint.

 

I'm going to chalk most of this up to my skin.

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Soft amber honey with a touch of hay. Dried grass and soft amber honey. Medium throw and wear length.

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This starts off as a beautiful wave of honey, very similar to the one in GC Honey Hair Gloss. (I am on my second bottle of that,  so a fan!) I cannot pick out the hay absolute, but suspect it might be what is keeping the honey from being too sweet. There is a soft grassy shadow,  but definitely not hay to my nose. Drydown is a gorgeous honeyed amber with very light nuances of green. I am delighted!

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In the decant: I get grassy hay first. It is sweet, but it doesn't have a distinct honey note, so I can't tell if the sweetness is the hay or the honey. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, it's hay and a touch of amber. I have slathered it on in hopes of convincing the honey to come out. On the initial drydown, I get some very significant whiffs of grassy hay -- sweet and not sharp, but distinct from any bit of honey-type sweet. A few minutes later, the resinous amber also emerges. It takes about twenty minutes for the honey to really emerge as a note; by this time, it's honey over amber, with hay absolute much in the background. Finally, it's very much a honeyed amber; it does have a touch of green to keep it light and fresh. 

 

The throw on this stays fairly low on me throughout.  

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I get low throw honey and a touch of amber with a slight suggestion of hay.   Less hay than I thought it would oomph, compared to past bpals.  I thought I'd be burning the amber torch in the barn on this one. Lovely blend though.

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In the imp: Mellow, bright, omnidirectional greenery; I keep going back and forth on whether it's fresh-cut or dried. If there's any honey or amber present at this stage, I think my nose is just picking them up as facets of the greenery.

 

Wet: The greenery resolves itself into hay, like shoving your face into a big pile of cut grass that's been left out to dry for a good long while. The amber just barely starts to peek out at the base, giving the hay a fascinatingly elegant, perfumey aspect. I'm still not getting a lot of honey - if it's here, it's cool and bright, mingling with the hay, rather than the usual golden syrupy sweetness. In fact, there's almost an aquatic element here, fresh and cool, that I really can't place. It's very "unicorn's enchanted forest"-smelling - could this be the amber???

 

Dry: It stays hay and amber for most of its 8-hour (or so) duration, with the honey only putting in an appearance towards the end. That fresh, aquatic element also proves surprisingly tenacious.

 

I came for hay, and hay I got! The greener, fresher notes were a delightful surprise, and the amber brought an elegant aspect that I loved. I hope some aging will bring out the honey as well - that's all I need for this to be my perfect "sunlight in fall" scent.

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