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