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To a Wreath of Snow

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Morning rising in mourning grey: tobacco flower, white oud, lavender bud, and ambergris accord.

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This is gorgeous. It smells like Hag Grey Hair Gloss and The Air and the Ether had a baby. It features the same sophisticated white tobacco note from scents like A Vision of the Courtesan, Fake News, Hag Grey, Pediophobia, and Zorya P, which remains the star of the show on me throughout wear. I love the combination of this tobacco with the lavender. The white oudh in this isn't problematic at all (I never got an indolic quality from it), and the ambergris, while understated, becomes a little more noticeable later in the day.

 

I'm so glad I blind bottled this. This is one of my favorite scents from the Yule update for sure. :heart: 

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In the decant: tobacco, lavender, and ambergris. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, it's predominantly tobacco flower and lavender. As it dries, there is a phase where the ambergris becomes more prominent, but it doesn't last long and fades back again within several minutes. Eventually, however, it creeps back out to be a skin-close note in the scent, whose throw is still dominated by tobacco flower and lavender. I never do get detectable oud, which is somewhat unusual for me, but I also tend to amp tobacco in all its forms, so it could well be that I'm missing the oud for that. 

 

If the notes of this call to you, I think this is likely to be a winner in its delivery. 

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So, this white tobacco flower....

 

I am covered in Pediophobia, Zorya P, Vision of a Courtesan, Hag Grey HG and To a Wreath of Snow.

 

All have the white tobacco. All throw like no bodies business, so not slather! Slatherer, no Slathering! Thoughts:

 

When I smell Zorya P then transition To a Wreath, I smell only a minty like scent that I attribute to the lavender and white oud. It is pretty, but, if I am not thinking of the fragrance and turn my head, I smell camphor. I actually went and googled this and I guess alot of lavender essential oils do contain camphor. It presents as a chilly note. 

 

When I contrast A Vision with To a Wreath, I pick up all that rice milk from Vision. For Wreath soft lavender becomes dominant. A vision is so pretty, borderlining on gourmand, but never veering into foodie. Wreath may share the white tobacco, but is very distinct from this one in blend. You could definitely have both in your collection. 

 

When I contrast Pediophobia with To a Wreath, I feel like I am smelling the contrast between a warmer white tobacco blend with a colder one. Interesting since both are yules. Pediophobia reminds me the most of Zorya P. The vanillas and white tobacco, wow! To a Wreath of Snow is the chillier “cousin”. Definitely could have both in your collection. One presents as more year round. I wonder though.... that camphor I pick up in Wreath might make it a lovely Autumn fragrance for when Hotlanta is sweltering! 

 

Hag Grey, how I love thee. The ambergris, Nom. So beautiful. The bleached woods immediately surface to distinguish the fragrance as distinct from To a Wreath. These would pair so well together! I mean, wow. The bleached woods is melding with the Lavender and white oud in the prettiest way possible. If you have Hag Grey you need Wreath!

 

OK, so my point was to decide if someone needed every white tobacco flower blend. :) While Hag Grey presents as a unique blend with lovely layering possibilities To a Wreath of Snow, and A Vision as a slightly gourmand atmospheric,  finding that Pediophobia as a more autumnal weather contrast, I think Zorya P is not dissimilar. If Zorya P nails it for you, you might not need To a Wreath of Snow. If, however you have been curious about Zorya P and want to try a yule like slant, Wreath is perfect. If You have Hag Grey you desperately need To A Wreath of Snow. 

 

Also, keep in mind I never found this to be a herbal lavender. Its a soft pillowy lavender which on my skin had a slight camphor leaning which I felt added a cooling wintery chill to the blend. 

 

 

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This definitely is that same gorgeous tobacco of A Vision of the Courtesan and Zorya P (with this reminding me the most of A Vision). On my skin, the white tobacco is the dominant note, sweet, creamy, and somehow smelling lightly spiced. The lavender gives it a chilly edge but is otherwise more sweet than herbal, and takes second stage to the tobacco. The ambergris comes out more over time and gives the overall scent more texture, if that makes sense (I always think of ambergris as being sort of fuzzy?). I don't detect the oud at all, although I know it must be doing something, maybe adding to the strength of the tobacco note. 

 

If you love or missed out on A Vision of the Courtesan and other white tobacco/tobacco flower blends, I hope you get to try this! It's absolutely gorgeous and the stand out of this year's Yules for me so far. 

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This. Is. So. Lovely.

My favorite of the Winter scents.  Now the reviews will have me looking for Hag Grey hair gloss.

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Echoing the love this one's getting. Tobacco flower stays the dominant note on me throughout -- white floral with a bit of pipe tobacco undertone. It's backed beautifully by the lavender and ambergris, which give it a chilly and fuzzy quality that take it into extra-wintry territory. The oud's hard to detect. The only thing holding me back from a full bottle is that my skin eats up the lavender, leaving me with primarily tobacco flower when the interplay between the lavender and tobacco flower is what really takes this scent over the top. Still, it's such a good tobacco flower scent that I might get a full bottle anyway.

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Beautiful! This comes off as a lovely tobacco that has already aged nicely!

 

Starts off with an instant of gorgeous cold minty wood. Like peppermint that makes your breath so cold you can see it. But right off the bat that sweet tobacco starts pulling it down. Refreshing + gravity at the same time. Gradually the balance shifted to pretty much 100% tangy, chewy, sweet vanilla & fruity tobacco with just a hint of that chill, probably from the lavender. Really good throw. Husband even commented how nice it smelled!

 

We've got a winner. Going big with this one.

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This is beautiful.

 

I wasn't impressed with it in the vial (I smelled lavender and not much else), but putting it on my skin seems to "activate" it.  Once it's warmed up on my skin, it reminds me of a professor I used to occasionally pass by when I was in college.  I never took any of his classes, but he would stand around outside smoking a pipe with really good smelling tobacco in it.  It has a sweet, vanilla-like quality.

 

Overall this is a lot sweeter than I had anticipated.  This is a good thing.  It keeps the tobacco flower from going off the rails as it so often does.  In fact, it strikes me as surprisingly edible-smelling - were it not for the tobacco, I might wonder if I accidentally got a decant of lavender and white chocolate madelines.

 

I want to wallow in a bathtub full of it.

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