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At first I was convinced there was peach in this, but it is just my nose getting confused by the berries. This is a bright and summery, yet warm and cosy, blackcurrant with amber on me! Sort of in the same family as my signature scent Mouse's Long and Sad Tale, but fresher because of the fruit. Needless to say I love it.

The vanilla is not plasticky or cloying in any way - in fact, it stays solidly in the background for me, and I am only getting the faintest trace of something that could be the sandalwood. The blackcurrant is the main player.

 

The throw is medium, I would say.

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Wet: First sniff, this reminds me of sipping a mixed drink while sitting outside in the summer. The blackcurrant and bourbon vanilla(and make no mistake on the "bourbon" vanilla) are both pretty strong here, and the amber is giving an overall warmth to the blend. I like this.

 

Dry: Not much change on the dry down; the blackcurrant seems to have strengthened, but that's the only change to my nose.

 

I really like this! This will be a big bottle upgrade at some point.

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This perfume is bolder and foodier than I expected.  My skin broadcasts sweetened blackcurrant and bourbon vanilla for the first hour.  After that, sandalwood peeks through but stays very close while the sweetened blackcurrant and bourbon vanilla keep their throw.  

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I love bpal's black currant, and this is tons of delicious, sweet-yet-sour black currant.  It smells like dark, ripe, sweet berries, bursting with juiciness, and that musky, sour hint that currants have.  It's about 90% currant on my skin and 10% a dry sandalwood and warm amber.  I'm perfectly happy with it ^_^ 

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This smells like black currant and amber. It's a purple, jammy, sort of blend. With a whiff of vanilla to sweeten it. But yeah, purple currants. Juicy, fresh, delicious. Great throw and wear length.

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Anathema Device features a strong, juicy blackcurrant note that remains the star of the show on me after several hours of wear, with a little dusty sandalwood and warm amber lingering in the background. I get more white sandalwood than amber from this. The vanilla is not a main player on me.

This one is definitely one for the berry fans. I think it's pleasant, but I know it's something I wouldn't reach for, since berry-dominant scents aren't really my thing.

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I've had this for ages and have been avoiding it - every time I open the bottle I smell bubblegum! I hate bubblegum so I kept thinking, why on earth did I buy this?

 

Wet: OK so it only smells weirdly of bubblegum for like, 2 seconds, and then I get that amazing tart-sweet blackcurrant that I love so much, and the amber that I love so much, and hints of amber and sandalwood, all of which I love and which caused me to purchase this (duh!). The blackcurrant in this has this added perfumey edge that is to-die-for! It smells so real. The undercurrent of dry sandalwood-vanilla is lovely. The amber lends just the right sweetness, without taking away from the tartness of the fruit. Gorgeous.

 

Dry: Doesn't morph much, loses a bit of its tartness, but the currant note stays true. I quite like this, and am annoyed with myself for not testing it sooner.

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Like Aviatrix, I pick up some peach in this -- specifically white peach, such as in Lamia. Hidden ingredients are common and perhaps that's a thing here. I also get something bubblegummy, like Lizzie mentioned.

 

Otherwise, though, this is a potent, jammy black currant blend. On my skin, there's loads of plump dark berries, the white peach-bubblegum, and a dry, grainy sandalwood. Hints of vanilla and amber.

 

I wish this would not do the white peach-bubblegum thing on me. I'll keep looking for the right black currant blend.

 

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mmm, this smells just like the blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream from a certain roadside restaurant! Fresh bright berry cobbler that eventually fades into a berry jam, sticky with amber and sandalwood. Foodie but not overwhelmingly so.

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For me this is all about the black currant, which is interesting b/c it's definitely a juicy, berryish black currant, and that's usually not how the note smells on me.  I'm used to getting a dark huskiness that I enjoy but has never struck me as fruity.  Here, it's fruity.  I'm also getting some nice sandalwood and amber balancing and grounding things.  This is a sensible fruitiness, more fall than summer.  I get a bit of vanilla sweetening things up, but it remains in the background and is not the foody variety.  

 

Check this one out if you're a black currant fan, or like darker fruit blends with a hint of incense.

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Anathema Device

 

In the bottle: Sandalwood and blackcurrant!!!

 

Wet: Blackcurrant and amber with a little sandalwood. 

 

Dry down: Oh, the blackcurrant and sandalwood play beautifully together. Amber has wandered off, but I suspect she'll be back, holding hands with Lady Bourbon Vanilla. We'll see.

 

Dry: I was right! And the blackcurrant has an almost apricot aspect. Fascinating. The sandalwood is vaguely channeling a delicious, rich, mellow patchouli. Amber and bourbon vanilla flit around the edges.

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Anathema Device starts out ALL blackcurrant on me.  Fruit, fruit, fruit!!!  Sweet sweet black berry.  If you are a lover of the blackcurrant note, you've probably already tried this, but if not, what are you waiting for?  Eventually, an hour or so in, blackcurrant shares space with the bourbon vanilla, amber, and sandalwood.  It's really quite lovely, though the opening is too fruity on me.  I am very grateful to the generous forumite who gifted this to me!!!

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