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Frostbitten Knave of Hearts

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Starts out with slushy snow, which is somewhat disappointing. I was hoping it would be like previous years' "Frostbitten" where it smelled more like Snow White. You can smell *something* in the background, but it's not nearly as obvious as the regular Knave of Hearts. I think the tart aspect is slowly coming through. The snow note really overpowers anything recognizable from Knave of Hearts. So, if you were expecting something similar, this doesn't deliver. If Knave of Hearts is too powerful in the rose department, this really knocks that down, and makes it more approachable. Overall, though, there's not much that stands out from the blend.

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I had my bottle of KoH handy, so I applied that one to one wrist and this one to the other.

 

This year's Frostbitten scents (I got three) are definitely a cold, slightly minty frost note to my nose. As Torikitty commented, Knave, unfortunately completely gets overtaken by that note for most of the wear time. As it dries, I do get more of the base, a little cold rose and some fruitiness, plus a little bit of pastry. It dried down to a softer, almost dryer sheets-y version of the base scent. I like it, but I wouldn't consider it an essential unless you're absolutely obsessed with both parts.

 

If you haven't tried KoH, the notes are "crushed roses and blackcurrant tarts", and it's pretty delightful, imo. This one didn't do a whole lot for me as a separate scent, but if I couldn't find my bottle of OG KoH, I'd be reasonably happy with it.

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I personally LOVE this. For basically the reasons the other reviewers were iffy on it. 
On me, the snow (without any floral note) really plays well with the blackcurrant. It knocks down a lot of the buttery/heavy notes of the pastry as well. 
It also doesn't make the rose go soapy on me (which is what I was really worried about, KoH is one of the few rose scents I can wear without smelling like those tiny seashell powder room soaps.). 
I don't get any of the dryer sheet smells that Windbourne got, but I can easily see how it might go that way for some skin chemistries. 

KoH is one of my favorites, but there are times where it's a bit heavier than what I want. This is a perfect lighter/colder/sister scent. 

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Snow, blackcurrant, and a whiff of rose. Knave of Hearts is a very heavy buttery pastry not for me, and this knocks it out, so that it's a sweet snow-blackcurrant blend on me with whiffs of rose. Medium throw and wear length.

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