Tuesday, October 25

Sweet Anthem

Here are the fragances I ordered from SA:

From the 'regular' line: Catherine, Tara and Marianne
From the Fall 2011 line-up: Nell, Maureen and Annabelle.

They were $4 each and Meredith even threw in an extra, Rebecca, so the price went down to $3.423. But since shipping was $9, I paid a total of $33 for 7 scents. Confused yet?

Here's what SA says about each scent:
Catherine (floral) - Amber, Bergamot, Red Tea, Wisteria
Regal sea air wafts through droves of blooming wisteria trees in the summer palace. The Empress mulls over a new space for her shoes while sipping red caravan tea in the Amber room.
Tara (floral) - A royal rose in the throes of war - surrounded by a corona of currants, thyme, saffron, cedarwood branches, and ancient spice trade tea blends. 
• Top Notes: Red Currant, Saffron, Thyme
• Heart Notes: Damascus Rose
• Base Notes: Black Tea, Rosewood, Tobacco

Marianne (floral) - Fig, Guava, Leather, Mahogany, Peony, Pink Pepper, Tuberose, White Patchouli 
Romantic spices, sugared peony blossoms, and tuberose flowers from a lover; they read together in whispers, from a dust-laden tome of Shakespearean sonnets.
Rebecca (musk) - Agarwood, Amber, Black Pepper, Bluebonnets, Ginger, Honey, Pear, Tobacco
The deepest black oud and smoke, mulled with a harvest blend of honey and amber, and livened with ginger and cranberry. Candied pears, Texas flowers, and late summer blooms are strewn throughout.

Nell (Spice) - Black Tea, Cardamom, Carnation, Creamy Milk, Rose, Peach
A tea fit for any such party: gilded roses, a bouquet of carnations, and a black tea sweetened with milk, spiked with a smattering of cardamom, and a peach slice swimming where a lemon should be.
Annabelle (Marine) - White Amber, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Sea Salt
Sweltering jasmine flowers cling to a cloud of osmanthus, and the spray of sea air and salty musk will surely keep you oceanside even though the summer respite has left us.
Maureen (Oriental) - Almond, Chai Tea, Fig, Moroccan Mint, Moroccan Rose, Myrrh
These thousand dreams could wake you; a complicated, seductive "floriental" for any girl child in the dark.

Rebecca doesnt smell musky to me at all. In the bottle, it is sweet, abit too sweet, slightly cough syrup-y and I can get a hint of spice.  On my skin though, I only smell the sweetness of the scent, mostly honey and flowers.  No hint of pepper nor tobacco after about 10 minutes.
More than 20minutes after, the scent smells more 'grounded', not so bright.  This is likely to be the tobacco coming through, but again, it is not bad or smoky. Just makes the scent less bright and sweet.
This is really a very nice scent to wear, easy on the nose, nothing too strong, and am intrigued by the slight smokiness.
The smokiness really comes out at the end, but I would not say that it is an overpowering smokiness.  For someone new to such scents, it is still quite bearable, probably due to the juxtaposition with the sweet scent of the rest of the perfume.

I got alot of the Currant from Tara when it was first applied, slightly tart smell with a bit of rose. After a few minutes though, the rose really comes through, with just a hint of the tartness at the back. I get a bit of a 'green' scent coming through as well, could be the thyme but I have not took a whiff of 'real' thyme before aside from knowing that it is a type of herb. Quite a demure, lady scent, something for days where I am going for the 'look', which is not very often.  10 minutes down, still a very green, rosy scent.

Maureen started out with very heavy almond, which made be cringe.  I can take the nuts but i dislike anything almond-flavoured.  After awhile, I start to get the Tea and slight sweetness from probably the fig.  After around an hour also, there doesnt seem to be alot of change.  The scent is very very sweet.  I dont get alot of the Chai, which would probably bring down the sweetness a notch.  And I can totally get the 'floreiental' girl child in the dark vibe.  Not for me.

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