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A night-black cloak of wild plum and indigo musk twinkling with starry eucalyptus leaf and white amber. The petals of a faded rose, amber-touched. Wildflower honey drifting on butterfly wings.

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This is such a beautiful scent that evokes a certain sentimentality. Even without the name, it brings about a very elegant yet morose image. It is a very sheer scent, yet at the same time it is very inky. The delicacy of the musk contrasts beautifully with the sharpness of the eucalyptus. There is rose but it is a deep and dark rose rather than a romantic one. Butterfly wings is the perfect way I would describe the translucent feel of this fragrance, yet it definitely has a bite to it with the sharpness and depth. It is complex and not at all lacking in substance.

 

It's a very introspective scent overall. I would wear it on somber occasions, or when I want to take a quiet and contemplative walk at night. All in all, it is gorgeous. If you love the lab's indigo note, you can't miss this. It's incredibly moody, and it reminds me of a sheerer, sharper take on a fragrance like last year's A Moonlit Winter Landscape. It's less full bodied than the latter, and a lot sharper, but it evokes the same kind of feeling when you wear it. Beautiful.

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Beautiful opening on this one.

 

Indigo plum musk, reddened with rose, freshened with a whiff of eucalyptus. Before long, I also get an amber incense impression behind these, though incense is not listed. It's a golden scent, like a golden frankincense or champaca incense. The honey doesn't stand out on its own for me, but there is a light sweetness helping to link other notes together. 

 

There's a lot woven through this. It's like a cool, translucent fabric of softly colored layers that partially show through the top. The eucalyptus seems to shimmer and throw a gossamer effect over the whole, like a top layer, under which move shadows of soft plum, indigo, rose, gold.

 

After drying, the musk amps on me overly, as often happens with Lab indigo musk, so I think this won't be a bottle. But it remains intriguing and complex, and the early phases were a journey. This was a delight to try.

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I recognize the indigo musk, an inky version of white musk, but here it goes very, very soapy. This leans towards a masculine soap kind of situation, not unpleasantly so, but it is a very rugged bar-soap kind of scent to me. I don't get black plum at all - not the sour 2021 unripened plum, nor the beautiful rich purply plum of yesteryear - it's neither one and so I don't love it or hate it, it's just this vaguely plum-scented soap to me. For reference, I have Crack of Thunder Hair Gloss, and that one is a delicious plum shampoo, very lovely and clean, good for work. To A Dead Friend is so covered up with suds, I can barely smell the plum.

 

Not too much rose, no mentholy eucalyptus here either, and honey doesn't intrude. I'm trying to pick up on amber and it's just...buried in soap.

 

As a plum lover, this one is a disappointment, but I know that I have pre-2021 plums to go back to and love, so it's fine!

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