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A fable in scent: bone-white sandalwood aged with beeswax and balsam, crushed grass and juniper berries, ambrette seed, and lupine musk.

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This is one sexy wolf. I have a decant of Wolf Moon 2020 and the 2021 Wolf is a completely different scent. Last year's was very pine-forward. This year's is a warm sandalwood burnished by beeswax, which I thought was vanilla until I checked the notes. I get the grass and juniper when wet, but they quickly fade. The balsam and musk provide a soft cushion for the sandalwood to land. It is well-blended, smooth, masculine-leaning, nuzzle-worthy. OK, sorry for the cheez factor, but this is the scent Jacob from the Twilight Saga would have worn. 

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Agree with everyone saying how this year's blend is so different from last year's!  I am getting a much more green/wood-forward scent than last year.  In the bottle:  I am getting dry grass, crushed greenish grass, and the balsam.  On, wet:   Getting something of an elusive green musk note and resins; definitely the juniper talking.  Drydown:  After a few hours, this amazing sweet grass note remains, with maybe a hint of dry wood.  Wish this was a little more musk forward but then again this will be a great Spring/Summer scent--not too heavy on the skin, not to much throw.  I would layer this with a more sandalwood-forward scent perhaps to bring out the deeper notes; this one feels like all midrange/high notes.

 

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I don't think I've tried any of the previous Wolf Moons, but I decided to try this one because of the beeswax and balsam notes. But this is mostly about the crushed grass, so the wolf is more like a playful dog rolling around in the grass. The grass remains the dominant note for a while, backed by the musk, with a little juniper joining in, like there's a forest nearby. Over time, the scent becomes more resinous so that it is mostly sandalwood, musk, and some grass after a few hours. But the dry resins (which now have a bit of a bite to them) and musk (and perhaps what remains of the grass) are combining in a way to kind of smell like a I rubbed a pencil eraser on my arm, so it's not really for me. I didn't pick up on any beeswax, sadly.

 

If you're looking for a grassy resin scent, you might enjoy this Wolf Moon. I had to try this because I always feel the need to try the Lunacy blend when I order the matching shirt, but alas, this one doesn't have enough sweetness for me. I was really hoping for that beeswax.

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Freshly on: Sweet green grasses, dried grasses, and a light whiff of balsam. This balsam is reading as a bit honeyed to me. Oh, this lists beeswax. I'm not getting beeswax, per se, but just a touch of honey. 🙂

 

I tend to amp balsam, so I'm glad it's reading as light on me. 

 

Dried: Grasses, with a green and slightly bitter grassy edge and a bit of airy sweetness. A faint resinous and balsamic quality forms a backdrop.

 

 

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I haven't tried many of the moons, so I can't really make comparisons. But this reminded me of a greener Dead Leaves, Tunisian Amber, and Smoked Balsam. Tested from a decant that rested a few days.

 

A bit sweet, but also astringent. Vegetal like fresh-cut stems or a florist's shop. I like fresh, high sharp vegetal green. I don't love the Dead Leaves note and similarly didn't enjoy the bitter here. But I really liked where it ended - balsam spicy.

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Wolf Moon 2021 is gorgeous!  Lots of green grass on a structure of sandalwood and balsam with just a touch of sweetness from the beeswax.  After a little while the warm furry muskiness and the ambrette nuttiness move in.  I'm not getting much juniper, which is good because it's a troublesome note on me.  Green scents hardly ever work on me, but this one is a keeper. 

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This is very grass forward on me, reminiscent a bit of last year's  Wer Opfer Heut Zu Bringen Scheut which was very grassy with undertones of wood and nuts.  This one is a similar grass but the woody undertones here are smoother and less forest-y, thanks to the sandalwood and balsam. It swaps Wer Opfer's nuttiness for a slightly sweet pine-iness from the juniper berries. The beeswax and musk are present but very subtle, just kind of adding a bit of a feeling more than a recognizable scent. I agree that this is a playful frolicking springtime wolf more than a wintery predator.

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