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Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:35 pm
Possets' description: "Limbo, the land of the virtuous pagan; they cannot enter Heaven but they are to lead an eternity in comparative comfort. Here are many great men and women whose heroic deeds and exemplary lives gave them ease in an Elysian Field.
A surprisingly innocent start until you realize your nose is being seduced by 3 very active musk accords, a drop of hyssop, and something which is posing as floral but it is anything but! This is a very special suede note which can only be described as plush. There is no violet in this blend, but it reminds me somehow of the dark purple Parma violets."
Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:56 pm
Limbo is going to be tricky indeed to describe. I've given it two separate tests, and I still feel like I lack the vocabulary to do it justice!
In the bottle: Lovely! Sweeter than I expected, and I see why Fabienne described one note as being similar to floral. But there’s a kind of deeper note too, that gives it an interesting foundation.
Wet on skin: Maybe it’s the hyssop that gives it a soft light note, a kind of gentleness. At the same time that deeper underpinning is really inviting, even though I can’t figure it out.
Drying down: I'm guessing that underpinning note is what Fabienne lists as suede. I can see that. There's also an almost furry quality to it, but it's also kind of cool. It's an interesting contrast to the delicate hyssop, and very suave and sophisticated, even rich. Not in a heavy way, but quite the opposite: it doesn't have to shout to make itself felt.
Overall: Very smooth. Quiet but makes a statement. Very lasting. And really just about impossible to describe.
Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:19 pm
Mmmmm this has been on my list. I want so many from this release. Agggghhhh!
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:21 am
This was part of my decant order.
The last two sentences of the description here caught my eye. Suede? Violets? (Even if there are no violets.) Ok, I’ll give it a go.
In the vial, I would swear there are violets. There’s also something spicy.
On my skin, still violets/soft floral and is that clove? Must be the hyssop. I had some in my garden a few years ago, though I remember that as having a sort of menthol/camphor vibe in addition to the herbal spice but that vibe is not happening here, just herbal spice. It’s that sort of spice that makes one’s skin smell warm in a really good way. I’m not really getting musk alone, but I can see how the various musks are probably blending with the rest to create this hard to describe scent.
I keep smelling my wrists, and for just a second I had an idea of the kind of person who would wear this, then it was gone. It’s almost exotically old fashioned? I know “old fashioned” might come across as negative, but that’s not what I’m trying to say. “Classic” is not at all what I’m thinking, because I’m thinking something older than what I think of as classic. “Classical” is maybe a better word.
Is any of this helpful? Lol.
I like it, it’s very different. Totally niche.
Now it’s been on for over 1.5 hrs and there’s not really anything floral left though supposedly there never was to begin with! Still spicy, maybe more musky. Darker musks, maybe brown and red, golden brown? I’m not getting Fabienne’s trademark black musk and it’s definitely not like a white musk. Well, I don’t know if I can say definitely. I’m overanalyzing again which makes me question myself. Plus, I need to stop sniffing myself cuz my nose is getting fatigued and confused.
I really like this one.
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:28 pm
Had to add now that it's been several hours:
The final drydown is quite sweet. Soft and sweet. Sweet musk? On my wrist it's quite faint (probably rubbed off from my nose checking it out all day long). Further up my arm, it's stronger and yum! It's sweet but not foody and that spiciness that I was amping earlier is gone, and it's got the floral-yet-not-floral thing going on. I've got it in my scent locket too, and that herbal spice thing is still going strong there.
I've got it. It IS Limbo! Lol, aptly named! It's neither here nor there.
More testing is needed,obviously. But I'm thinking I may have to have a bottle of this.
Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:15 pm
This one is so... hard to grasp. My wrists & arms are still all Yum but the scent locket has pretty much lost the herbal spice but now the violet which is not-actually-floral is back. Yet it is not the same as the not-actually-a-floral that is on my arms/wrists.
Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:35 pm
This one is, indeed, difficult to describe. Early on I can definitely tell why this would remind someone of violets, although it isn't reading as floral to my nose. That lasts for the first 45 minutes or so....and then it morphs into a gorgeous sweet musky scent. The sweetness here almost reminds me of the brown sugar in Illusions. That isn't to say that I think there is a brown sugar note present, just something in the long drydown is reminding me of it. It is wonderfully warm and comforting.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:44 pm
Limbo is really growing on me. Now that it's had a little time to settle, it seems more unified, sweeter/more femme, and very elegant. A very poised, composed, unflappable type of woman is who I envision wearing this. That's definitely not me... but it will be fun to masquerade as her. I think I'll snap up a bottle before the Halloweens disappear.
ETA: It's also a little lighter (airier or softer, not less throwy) than I remember, not as deep and serious. It's still being elusive, lol, but in a very appealing way.
Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:41 pm
OK get ready for another one of my amazing reviews. I have no idea what this smells like!
seems quite serious though, I am going to need to revisit this when I am feeling more grim so for now