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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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Wow this is an interesting one. Normally it wouldn't be something I'd choose based on the notes since I'm not familiar with ambergris and lavender and oud are usually not something I look for. The reviews here got me interested in it and I wanted to try it yet I had no idea what to expect. 

 

From the bottle it smells mostly of fresh lavender with something soft and slightly sweet underneath. The lavender doesn't last long when I put it on my skin. While drying it becomes softer, sweeter and slightly vanillic yet not smelling like actual vanilla if that makes any sense. While I can not smell the lavender anymore I think it still adds a bit of freshness makes the blend a little bit colder. 

I tried one other scent with oud and I wasn't impressed by it. Here it is a non stanky one and I can not detect it at all. I have a few scents on my arms now and To a wreath is the strongest of them while still being delicate. 

 

It's a really pretty scent yet so unusual. 

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This is fruity sweet on me - I am not really sure why. If I move in closer (once dried) and sniff deeply, I get a well-blended floral-ish perfume. I don't pick up distinct notes (and I am pretty keen on BPAL's lavendar notes). I think this just may be a skin mismatch for me based on other reviews?

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This is so pretty! The husband loved it too, said it’s up there with the million I’ve had him sniff. I totally agree with the similarities drawn to Vision but I like this more but can’t put a finger on why! It’s exactly what I was looking for. I don’t think I can necessarily pick out certain notes besides the tobacco flower. It’s somewhat sweet, not gourmand though. It’s even more beautiful after a little time to warm on the skin. Yay! 

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A beautiful multi-faceted opening drying down to simple sweetness.

 

In the bottle and wet on the skin, a fresh and sharp lavender hovers above a creamy, chewy, nutty scent. As it begins to dry, I smell a rich, slightly spicy floral; I don't know what tobacco flower smells like but I think this is it, as it has that same golden syrup edge as good tobacco. The overall effect is a bit melancholy but bright.

 

As it dries down on my skin, the pieces that make it wonderfully complex fall away -- no more nuttiness, spiciness, or lavender. It becomes a sweet and creamy skin-close scent. As someone above said, it is like sweet vanilla without being exactly vanilla. In this phase, it sometimes smells like rubber or plastic to me. (I should note that, on my skin, many cold or "white" scents sometimes smell a bit like plastic and all fragrances sweeten much more than expected.)

 

I have tried this fragrance several times over the past month and half and I have yet to find it particularly evocative or interesting after the lavender fades away. However, as time has passed, it does seem the lavender is lasting longer, so I am curious to see how it changes.

 

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This is very pretty. I can understand what all the fuss is about. The lavender gives a shout out, bright and fruity, in the opening. The middle phase is a sophisticated fuzzy gourmand perfume, and the late dry down turns vanilla plastic doll’s head, in a good way. This will probably age beautifully. Full bottle contender.

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i get mostly tobacco flower, ambergris and lavender and do not sense any oud, though bpal's white oud is one i can wear, thankfully. i do love hag grey and there are definitely similarities here. in a nutshell, this smells like hag grey with lavender to me. while i like lavender, it's not an absolute favorite note and now i am wondering about the other notes combined with other florals and how that would be, hmm. anyway i digress...this is really pretty and i may have to get a bottle because this ambergris + tobacco combo is just lovely.

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Bought a full bottle of this after reading the reviews (thank you everyone who writes and posts!) and it is the classic I hoped it would be.  I like this so much more than Zorya P (probably because it is stronger on my skin).  The lavender is so comforting, but I would not call this a lavender-centric perfume.  I have been loving Beth's ambergris accord (which I believe is the same in Socrates).  The dry-down has a distinctive vanilla to my nose, which is not listed, so perhaps it is the "white" in oud?  I love indolic  oud, but this is not it, so if you were hesitant because of that note- no worries!  This goes perfectly with Hag Grey.

 

The name is perfect...because I get a snow vibe...hmm...Snow White, did you hang this wreath up yourself?

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Tobacco flower,  snow and a whiff of lavender. Unfortunately this doesn't have a ton of throw on me, which makes me super sad because this scent is gorgeous.

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