Utterly gorgeous. Very fresh and windy with the cool blue-green scent of salt air and a whisper of citrus on the breeze. It fades pretty fast, unfortunately.
This is my official "wear when I need to feel sexy" perfume. It starts out as orange liqueur, but the sharpness seems to be less on my skin – not softened, but swallowed up in something warm and velvet-soft. Slinky and gorgeous.
This one is gorgeous. There’s an evergreen sort of smell that I can’t pin down – it’s not pine or cedar, it might be juniper. Woodsy in a wild stormy way, a primal downpour... primal is definitely the word. Seems to be getting brighter, fresher and greener as it dries. Definitely a keeper. A clean scent – not sterile hospital clean, but mountain air clean, rain-washed clean. Very unisex - it's not so overtly masculine that I feel uncomfortable in it, but I bet it would be terrifically swoon-inducing on a boy.
Watery floral and ethereal in a bright way. Despite all my protestations that I’m not a floral girly-girl, this one is so pretty and delicate I might just have to keep it. There's a hint of melon floating among the flowers that gives it a wet white sweetness.
This one literally made me moan aloud. Dark, lush cocoa. Utterly delicious. Not too strong on my skin - just rich dense dark liquid chocolate, like swimming in Willy Wonka’s river.
Sweet and very citrus at first touch, somewhere between orange and lemon, a sharper lemon than the soft misty Phantasm. After a bit I can smell the florals winding around the fruits. Growing on me, but not a favourite.
Warm and elegant. I smell alcohol in this one, like an upscale cocktail in a room full of ladies in high high heels and black dresses. Definite sharpness. Wearing: It’s nice – I definitely smell the lime right away on my skin. Elegant but somehow ominous. Though pleasant, it’s not exactly pretty… it’s more of a haughty scent, like something an ice princess would wear. It’s a much cooler scent on my skin than it is in the bottle, and somewhat green – neon, not woodsy.
Another one on the buy again list. Bright, tart, crisp autumnal apples. Absolutely delicious and crunchy, if a scent can be crunchy. (The apple thing might just be my weird skin/nose, because it's described as huckleberry, red currant and neroli - but all I get is round hobbity apples.)
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Thanatopsis
hvirgin 2/27/2004 2:31:00 AM
I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It's very masculine, incensey and cologney with a sharp hint of citrus over cedarwood. Too sharp and dark to be me, but might make a good Halloweeny incense-burner scent.
Best. Scent. Ever. In the bottle it's peppermint with something warm and smooth underneath, like chocolate mint. On my skin the warm butter-rum cookies take over and make me smell completely delicious.
I adore this one. It's a warm, sweet, gingery bakery smell with definite vanilla. It really smells like the ginger root, not like gingersnaps or ginger in cooking, but ginger itself - which is too sharp to some folks' noses, but smells amazing on me. The scent has been reformulated to add apricot since I bought it, and I haven't tried the new variation.
One of my favourites - a fresh, clean spring scent. A definite lemon, but softened and misty around the edges so it smells like limoncello or lemon tea, not like Lysol.
When first applied it's soothing and lavender - not the herb, the colour. After a few hours there's a bright, sharp-edged citrusy scent - it’s a _little_ bit cleaning-product-ish at this stage. Faded into a floral baby-powder scent, and I can still smell it in the morning after applying it at night.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Belladonna
hvirgin 2/27/2004 2:19:00 AM
When first applied, it's a little sharp and a little incensey/churchy. The sharpness calms quickly though, and fades to a mysterious, slightly spicy dark-green scent. The woods at night, in midsummer – the feel of the scent is muggy rather than fresh.
First sniff: This one is very hard to pin down. A definite floral, with a high yellow note that has a bit of bite to it and almost makes my nose itch. I thought at first it was a very warm summer evening, but it cooled off a bit as I sniffed. September, maybe, just as the leaves are starting to turn. Wearing: Caressingly warm, softer and darker on me than in the bottle, which is a good thing. Warm soft purple. My kinda floral. Over the course of the evening it upgraded itself from “just trying it on” to “definite keeper” to “must have more!” About halfway through work, four or five hours in, it developed an intriguing wet green smell around the flowers, like a garden in the rain. That stage didn’t last long, but it was decidedly nice. After one wearing, Twilight has leaped onto my favourites list.