Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw

All the great fragrances from Valentines 2013 should be filed here. This includes the Couples scents and Henry VIII and His six Wives, too.

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Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw

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"Heather of the moors and the lavender of English nobility, a drop of wildness in a perfect oude reminiscent of Gypsy heritage and Catherine and Heathcliff come alive again. Their passion could never be quenched and destroyed both of them in the end, but what a light it shown on English literature. The most romantic of novels Wuthering Heights will always be a classic and so will Catherine and Heathcliff. Dry and yet insatiable."

anyway - this is my first valentine posset of the year! so far, fresh out of a cold mailbox and still drying down (so i reserve the right to revise the review), it's very herbal - could be something found in nature, and not a perfume at all. very clean - lavender-like but with a tart or sharp floral/almost honey sweetness underneath. from the lavender/heather thing happening, it feels in the black prince family to me (which is a plus) but more fem, less bad@$$ without all that black musk. i had a heather perfume i bought at a highland games one year like 30 years ago? as a tween. i got this one because i was curious to see what resemblance there might be. i do think i can smell a similar note. but of course, being a posset, it's all complex and awesomer and stuff.

editing because i did not actually use the word pretty. this is pretty!! windswept moor pretty, not bed of roses pretty. ya know.
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you know what it is? it's the OUDE that makes this so good once it's dry. today, wearing more than a test drop, i am getting a waft of something like the way chanel no. 5 smells on other people (but not on me, which is why i've never bought any). ohhhh yeah.
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Uh oh, this is starting to sound really wonderful.
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:wink: yup.
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I'm so sad, on me this is purely glade air freshener, something like fresh mountain spring or one of those "fresh" scents :violin:

I had a huge scent association from the past when I smelled this one, a bathroom air fresher my Mother used to buy, ugh.

I'll be adding something to my bottle to make it more wearable for me, maybe some lavender essential oil I bought from Hood River.
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This always makes me think of going to the spa. It reminds me of the way spa towels smell at this place I've been with my sister, clean, like a fresh breeze (and probably very expensive laundry detergent). I can actually understand the glade reference but for me this is so much more sophisticated and "real" than any air freshener has ever smelled that I can't compare them. It starts herbal with a fresh breeze off the ocean, then as it develops there is just a touch of lavender and some other fresh florals and of course that lovely oude supporting it. On me, this goes a bit powdery as it dries down and even though I'm not usually a fan of powdery scents, with this one it really works. I could see this being a really nice summer fragrance, but I would use it anytime if fits the mood.

I have to add that it really lasts and lasts too. I've had this on all day and it still is as strong as it was this morning. Not a huge throw.
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Wore this one today. I get the lavender but not so much the heather -- and I did live in Scotland two years, I know what heather smells like. But I do like this.
Some have mentioned getting the smell of the sea from this, but I think it is more about mist on the moor than sea.
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So glad I got a FB of this one, I almost blew it off thinking it might be too herbal, possibly too aquatic for me. It's not.
Simonetta said something about the oude making it so great and I am totally understanding that now. As I said in another thread, this has been helping me with an enroaching headache. I should sleep well tonight -- I hope! The lavender in this is so nice!
(I don't think Yoda uses the word "so" so much? Lol! Somewhere,sometime down the road, someone will read this and think "WTH?" Actually, it could happen tomorrow.)
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I love heather even more than I love lavender, so this one was instantly in my Retour cart.

Ah lordy, I definitely get heather and it's eyes-rolling-into-the-back-of-my-head wonderful. Lavender does back it up, but it's not as strong on me as the heather. Heather is a floral my skin loves to amp, and it's the one floral that has my absolute blessing to do so. So magical. The oude also packs a punch but doesn't overwhelm the herbal florals and green stems in this. Chypre-like, dry and stunning. This is pure heaven. I could bathe in this.
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This reminds me SO MUCH of the smell of Yardley English Lavender soap, the way I remember it from the 80's. It was many years before I smelled true lavender and I never put two and two together (until now) that English Lavender smells less like lavender, and more like an herbal concoction. And usually something this old-school feels grandmotherly and old-fashioned to me, but English Lavender is fresh and timeless. Fragrantica is giving me different notes, so it's probably more due to my simpleton nose--which thinks all BPALs smell alike--than this being a dead ringer for YEL.

This is a treat. It really does conjure the feeling of being out in the English countryside. There's a line in the 1995 version of "Pride and Prejudice" about "the wild and untamed beauty of the peaks" that keeps coming to mind. Very fresh, clean and herbal, and kind of like a "black dress" in that you could wear this just about anywhere, for any occasion.
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