Lady Dreidel is “hiba, sandalwood, vanilla, chocolate gelt, orris and soft musk”. Totally went south on me. Wood, cocoa, then nada. Oh well. your mileage will vary..
Winter of Love is “vintage red patchouli with incense, tonka, blood cedar, vetiver and sandalwood”. It opens with a bit of old-fashioned headshop patch, which is at this point kind of a fond memory. The other ingredients come in to kind of set it in amber, in that the warm notes seem frozen by the vetiver and cedar. Fascinating.
Dead of Winter is anise liquor, vanilla, heliotrope, cedar and “zombie” musk. It’s shockingly true to the small of Pernod, then adds in the other ingredients. There’s nothing dead or wintery about it for me. it’s sweet and musky with a touch of boozy anise..
Bolshe Vixen is “hazelnuts roasted with vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy woods”. Great name, but while I like roasted hazelnuts, I don’t need to smell like them. Pass.
Ice Station Zebra lists “howling arctic winds, cracking ice, frozen earth, and crisp evergreen buried under a drift of snowy musk”. Easily my favorite, it’s brisk and chilly and musky and wholly wonderful. This might be my Holiday present to myself..
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