30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 25 – Solstice Scents Gehenna EDP

For those that know me, it’s no surprise I’m a huge fan of Solstice Scents and especially their EDP’s.  It’s also no surprise I love red musk.  So of course Gehenna was an absolute need to have!

photo by smellallthethings

Unfortunately, I never smelled Gehenna prior to last years reformulation, so I cannot offer comparisons to any previous incarnations of this scent.

GehennaRed Musk, Dragon’s Blood Resin, Burning Wood, Somalian Myrrh, Egyptian Musk

On initial spray this is a healthy dose of a dry, almost fruity red musk.  It explodes and then almost immediately settles.  Like the way a flame is huge just as its lit, then settles into itself.  The dragon’s blood resin is only slightly spicy, but it has an amber-like quality to it – but instead of golden, it’s fiery red.

As this melds into my shirt I get a hint of burning wood.  But it’s not like an active fire, more of a soft smoldering off in the distance.  It’s not intrusive and not really smoky at all.  Just this lovely fragrant incense-type scent.  And around that is a beautiful myrrh – sweet but not in a vanilla or sugary type way – more of just a natural sweetness that some woods have.  And rounding it all out is a beautiful skin-close musk that is just barely detectable.

The wear time on this scent is amazing and every time I move I get a hint of it.  It’s not obtrusive and it sits in the background giving just this subtle hint of itself as you go about your day.

For me, it’s a very meditative scent.  It inspires introspection which is typically what gets my creative juices flowing.

I have the oil as well and there is very little difference between the two.  I think with the oil I get a little bit more of the red musk and dragon’s blood resin, but not enough to overwhelm.  As always, the EDP just seems to be so much more.  Though I love putting the oil and EDP on together.  They last throughout the day with no real need for reapplication.

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