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Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:12 pm
Possets' description: "Arabesques are not based on the strict geometric model, they are more an abstract of the vining plant kingdom and their beauty is fantastic. I think that they are more closely related to the beauty of written Arabic in a flowing curvy style.
A very perfumy Madagascar vanilla pairs up with and ultras smooth Arabian Amber, a hint of bamboo citrus (a very light but present accord). Very pretty and shows what vanilla can be beside the classic foody ingredient, even though its legendary allure survives intact. A very nice seduction blend, even if you are only trying to please yourself."
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:47 pm
This is just lovely! The bamboo creates a citrus vibe that doesn't fade as quickly as some other true citrus notes tend too. It add a sort of clean, classy feeling to the amber-vanilla. This is not an overly sweet vanilla and amber blend, I find it quite fresh and lovely. As Fabienne mentions, this shows a side of vanilla that isn't foodie, but is still really wonderful! This is a very sophisticated, but not at all uptight blend. My nose can divide the notes if I sniff really hard at my wrist, but the whole is so much greater than the sum of it's parts!
Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:26 pm
so, this one has vaulted into my top 5 perfume oils of all time. a true vanilla, but not particularly sweet. amber, but more lemony (and faintly smoky) than powdery or cloying. and oh! that bamboo citrus! i think that's what makes this more than the sum of its parts for me. the combination manages to be both energizing and calming at the same time, rich and yet light enough for warmer spring weather.... as well as so, so, so, so pretty and easy to wear.
i only bought two scents from the sacred geometry collection but they are both great! especially this baby right here.
Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 2:11 pm
I so want to try this one now. I should have added it to my decant order.
Posted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:10 pm
i hope you get to try some. and that may be the best smiley i've ever seen.
Posted: Fri May 03, 2013 9:47 pm
I'm wearing this one again today, and again I got an, "Your perfume smells amazing." I need to do an official review on this one so I can express my love. Mmmmm so good.
Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:50 am
Okay, I am wanting this one, I think. Any more reviews?
Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 1:02 am
Atropos wrote:Okay, I am wanting this one, I think. Any more reviews?
I keep telling myself I need to do an official review of this. I'll do so tomorrow.
Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 3:49 pm
Thanks Maya! I love your reviews, they are very helpful.
Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 6:12 pm
In the bottle: This smells a bit smoky (sweet smoky), with a citrus vibe, and a touch of vanilla.
On my skin: The smoke is a little bit like Gypsy Grave here--a tiny bit ashtray, but cleaner. The vanilla is sweet, but not pudding sweet or candied. The citrus vibe holds strong--but it's a soft citrus like the mingling of lime blossoms and the heart of a grapefruit and a touch of clementine flowers all mingled together--but it's also not quite citrus at the same time. I'm sure that's the bamboo coming in, mingling with the amber.
As it dries: The smoke backs off a lot and drops down to the bottom, giving this a lovely wispy feeling base. The citrus note is becoming a bit woody, and makes me think of bamboo floors--clean, pale, softer in concept than other woods. I'm also getting a touch of amber that reminds me of the amber in Naples Yellow--which is a lemony amber, and comes across as fresh and bright.
As it dries further: The vanilla comes forward a bit more. It's a creamy, perfumy, sweet vanilla, with just a hair of vanilla extract coming in to round it out a bit. The amber is stronger now, but hasn't gone to powder the way some ambers do, and it's helping to balance the sweetness of the vanilla. The soft citrus vibe has almost completely changed over to a citrus wood, but it's a pale soft wood that gleams in the sunlight.
Even though this is very perfumy, it also has a soft element to it. It's bright and tender. Sweet, but not sugary. The tartness of the bamboo and amber keep this from going overboard, although if someone is used to more masculine scents this might be too sweet.
Final dry down: This holds true to the amber/citrusy bamboo/vanilla for a long time, however there does come a point (hours out) when what remains is a sweet and cozy vanilla on the skin, with traces of amber and a faint suggestion of the bamboo. Every time I have worn this out in public, I have gotten compliments on it, and it's always one of those, "Oooooh, what are you wearing?! Do you mind if I sniff you?" moments.
The more I wear this one, the more I feel it would be a good replacement for Naples Yellow, without being Naples Yellow, and would be a great permanent--although I've been hesitating to say so because I haven't sniffed them ALL yet lol. I love how bright and happy it is, while also being calm and lovely at the same time.