a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

Aizen-Myoo, Red Lantern & Nanshe

Aizen-Myoo - Yuzu, kaki, and mikan with cherry blossom and black tea - Mmmm...grapefruit & incense. Mostly I smell the yuzu in this, which sometimes reminds me of Squirt soda, and others of Morimoto's yuzu wasabi sorbet (to seriously, seriously drool over HERE'S A RECIPE FOR SIMILAR). I recognize the cherry blossom from some Shoyeido incense that I bought at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and have hoarded ever since. It adds a certain luxury to the scent. The black tea escapes me, and I don't know what the other notes are, so I don't recognize them as seperate from the yuzu & cherry blossom. Not much in the way of morphing, except perhaps that the balance shifts from stronger yuzu to stronger cherry blossom as time goes by. I'll be buying a bottle of this, it's incredibly refreshing.

Red Lantern - Golden amber, blonde tobacco, Sudanese black coconut, rich caramel, black currant, white opium and delphinium laced with a sensual blend of Asian spice. - This is one of those blends that is so well blended that it's very difficult for me to pick out individual notes. I get vanilla and carmel, but after that I just can't describe it, except to say that it is warm and sweet, sensual and foody. I LOVE this blend. I've got it in a spray bottle mixed with Centzon Totochtin, and I spritz it on after showering or bathing most days. I originally bought 3 bottles, and now have 5. Heh.

Nanshe - no scent description - got this in a swap with ayelienne, and I'm so glad I did! It's one of the Somnium blends, and it's my favorite so far (I've tried, but not reviewed here, Somnus & Temple of Dreams). I smell a lovely sharp lemony scent (lemongrass? lemon peel? not lemon pulp), and juniper, and then, as the skin warms it a bit, NUTMEG. It's incredibly comforting, relaxing and refreshing. I dab it on my pillow and shoulders at bedtime, or when lying in bed meditating. I've become dependent on it. Often, if I don't apply it before sleeping, I have nightmares. Yeah. I've got a 10 ml bottle on order, just waiting for my CnS, and hoping the imp I have holds out till then.
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