True confession time – I specifically chose this blend it was not by chance. I had to share the love. Also I’m writing this purely via my WordPress app on my phone to see how it goes.
I adore Deconstructing Eden. Their scent Burnt Flowers Fallen is in my top 5 perfumes, and October Rust is going to weedle it’s way onto that short list.
October Rust – Cool rusting metal, the last of the maple leaves, black agarwood, crisp air, incense, bonfire smoke, blonde woods and dark amber.
At first this is strong iron, wet and cool, but it’s only prominent for the first 5 minutes before it floats to the background. What comes next is leaves and woods and a sweet incense.
To me this feels just like the beginning of winter, where the mornings and evenings are cool verging on cold and the days are warmer. But it’s a deceptive warmth. The sun is bright, but the wind comes in from the North and there’s that unmistakable bite of snow on the breeze.
There is also this incense. It’s sweet and familiar yet at the same time I can’t quite place it.
While the throw on this isn’t crazy, it just enough that you get tantalizing whiffs of it throughout the day.
At about 7 hours there is little left of the scent except that slightly smoky incense. It’s not as long lasting as some of their other scents but 7 hours is pretty good in my book. As someone who has scent commitment issues this is actually a good thing. It lasts long enough to get you through the day when you have more to worry about than needing to reapply, but it still allows you the freedom to apply something else when you get some you time without worrying if it will clash.
Yipee my Deconstructing Eden Spring scents are here! I just love the beautiful blue of Jardin Botanique and I’m so excited to try all the scents.
Sun in Splendor describes today perfectly! Beautiful and sunny. This has notes of dark amber, agarwood CO2, calendula blooms, a drop of honey, clover, rich wood and bergamot. Oh wow this is a beautiful and bright scent! The agarwood and amber are deep and fragrant giving the most golden of glows to the blend. Honey keeps it sweet nad the clover gives it a nice greenness. There’s a touch of floral in the blend that doesn’t overwhelm but gives it that lovely out door feeling. It’s crisp, clean, golden and gleaming – just a perfect blend for that perfect Spring day.
Dans Le Jardin has notes of freshly turned earth, hyacinths, tulips, lily of the valley, tender green leaves, ivy, unripe strawberries and the very first buds of lavender not yet bloomed. Oh nice – this is a fresh blast of beautiful moist earth with a lovely dew covered greenness surrounding it. The florals are new and soft, just starting to release their scent. This scent is the perfect scent for Spring and that week or two where you are planting your garden at the beginning of the season (which in Ohio is just after Mother’s Day) and you get the lovely scents of the earth and plants. You can really feel the sun and the earth and the life flowing around you.
June Jardin is next and it boasts notes of Gardenia, Orange blossoms, white wisteria, osmanthus, muguet and moonflower. This blend opens with a blast of muget and orange blossoms. There’s something almost spicy about this and the moonflower gives a beautiful sweet and dewy scent. After it’s sat for a while the florals float and shift in the breeze. It remains with a touch of spice and heady florals.
Le Verger has notes that include old growth trees, a field of clover, peaches, pears, nectarines, citrus blossoms, ripe apples, apple blossoms, unripe figs and fig leaves. Oh wow this is fruity and juicy! There’s just a hint of greenness to cut through the fruit so it isn’t too overwhelming. I love the way this makes me think of picnics with fruit salads! Also, there’s a touch of wood from those old growth trees. Very pretty, sweet, and uplifting!
Jardin Botanique is the one with the pretty blue liquid! It’s notes include Blue Cypress, blue yarrow, lavender maillette, juniper berries, petit grain, bergamot and clary sage, rosewood and just a bit of peppermint. This is peppermint! That fresh, sweet, and minty candy that is usually found during Christmas time! After that initial blast of peppermint I get that nice blue cypress and some juniper with a touch of sage. After the initial blast of peppermint it calms down and gives you the feeling of a deep conifer forest at the height of spring rains.
Legare has notes of mahogany, magnolias, spanish moss, gardenias, iced black tea, petit grain, and warm breezes from the ocean. Oooh more mahogany! I really enjoy it in Jaqueline. I immediately get a blast of sea salt from the ocean. The magnolia’s are heady and the spanish moss hangs from the trees like a soft and soothing blanket. Black tea waits for you on the porch while the breeze flows. This is deep and beautiful.
Here we are back for more wonderful Deconstructing Eden sample reviews! This is the batch that has some of the Valentine scents now discontinued for now. If you missed the previous review thread – here is Part 1.
Stung, from the Valentine release, boasted notes of three types of honey, beeswax absolute, sweet amber, green pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh wow. Amber is what presents itself first to me. With all the pepper and cinnamon you’d be thinking SPICE, but it’s not overpowering at all. The honey is sweet and the beeswax a little smoky. As this dries the spiciness does amplify, but it never crosses the too much mark. This is very well blended and I’m sorry I missed out on a bigger bottle of it. Maybe next year! I’d love to have a bottle of this!
Another from the Valentine release is Song of Solomon whose notes consist of Rich myrrh essential oil, tolu balsam, aged honey, incense, cedar wood, sandalwood, wine, vanilla, and coconut milk. I hate to say this … it starts out as a public bathroom scent. A clean one, but … yeah. It might be that I traveled recently and stopped in a lot of rest area’s along the highway and I just can’t shake that smell yet. Other than that, like I said, it smells clean. I can’t really pick one thing or another out unfortunately, so I may put this to the side and come back to it with a clearer nose. I get honey and wine. It’s a very beautiful scent, I just can’t shake the association I have with it.
Silver Moon is a general collection scent and its notes are listed as moonflower, white amber, musk, jasmine, white ginger, feral, silver moon. Her listing says it was a custom blend for a dear friend who allowed Toni to sell it. Huh, there’s almost a peach or apricot quality at first sniff. Oh … that’s the ginger. There is something animalic about this blend. Brings to mind the phrase “pale moon light”. It is soft and glittering white with a hint of a bite to it. That ginger is very prominent in the blend. Different and intriguing, I like it.
Little lost Alice in Wonderland whose notes are candied lemon peel that mellows into violet and rose with vanilla rounding out the entire blend will bring this scent adventure to a close … for now. Mmm … violet candies! The lemon isn’t strong at all, like I feared it would be. Instead it is soft and understated but gives a nice brightness to the blend. Vanilla, violet, and a touch of rose are the stars in this blend. So sweet it’s making my teeth ache though! This leans on the foodie side to me, oddly enough and unfortunately it makes my stomach queasy. Think this might be one for the lovers of all things gourmand. Annnnnd it’s making me sneeze so much. =( Can’t have ’em all I suppose.
I have been hording several Deconstructing Eden samples and I am finally able to do some testing! Opening them up, as they are wrapped in plastic, was wonderful as each new scent peeked its way out. A few are from the now gone Valentine’s Day release. I apologize for being late on those and will endeavor in the future to give reviews prior to the scents end date.
I adore Deconstructing Eden. Their silage and longevity is beyond what you normally expect from an EDP. The scents are wonderful and you get only a bare hint of any alcohol – it’s all about the beauty in the bottle. Their Type O Negative inspired scents are what drew me to them, and Burnt Flowers Fallen is what kept me coming back.
Besotted is first in the line up and its notes are spun pink candy floss, vanilla, pink grapefruit, sweet amber, black and red currants, honey drenched figs, a trace of tuberose, apricot, guava and apples. This note list just sounds like preteen puppy love! The pink grapefruit is in the forefront at first with figs and a touch of sweet amber backs it up. This is pink to the max but isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. The apricot and apples are soft as are the currants, but they lend some much needed non-pinkness to the blend. This is that heart flutter when you lock eyes with that cute boy in the hall who you swear doesn’t know your name and you feel like you could at once fly and melt into the floor. It’s your first stolen kiss at once too short and not short enough. It’s all the things that you love, even briefly. As this dries, it’s almost like growing up and that puppy love phase becomes a sweet memory.
Next up is Halo with its notes of moonlight, sea water, lilacs, wisteria, honeysuckle and moonflower. This opens with a touch of salty sea water and moonflower. I adore moonflower for its slightly watery and white scent. It’s soft, inviting, and alluring all at once. As this dries the honeysuckle comes out and the lilacs join the party. It’s a soft moonlit floral bouquet with soft white and purple flowers with just a hint of the golden honeysuckle. Very pretty, genteel, and glowing. This one ended up being a hit with my two daughters!
Éros, much like the god, is fiery in color with notes of deep, dark amber, gardenia, lily of the valley, velvet red roses, cinnamon and Egyptian jasmine. Normally I shy away from blends with cinnamon in them because other companies tend to burn my nose with it. However, Toni’s Cinnamon Girl (which I got to complete my Type O Negative scent set) showed me that her cinnamon is not to be feared and even being the center of a blend doesn’t mean it has to overwhelm.
However, Éros starts out as … dill pickle?! That’s … well … different. Oh good, that only lasted 30 seconds. Second sniff gives some dark amber, almost black with gardenia and cinnamon coming up right behind it. This is an exotic blend. The Egyptian jasmine is soft and fleeting and the roses seem to be clinging to the cinnamon. It’s not bakers cinnamon either – it’s … this is like walking into a greenhouse that specializes in exotic and hard to grow flowers. I’ve been in a greenhouse that smells exactly like this, but for the life of me I can’t remember where. In those situations every scent seems amplified yet it meshes so well together. To me this leans slightly masculine but not so much that I wouldn’t/couldn’t wear it and pull it off – though I tend to enjoy more masculine leaning scents. I can’t get over this scent association I have with it – it’s so evocative.
In keeping with the love fest going on, next I have a sample of Adore with notes of violets, citrus, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, magnolia, tuberose, lotus, iris, bourbon vanilla, white musk and rose. Hmm, this is super soft, almost too soft to detect. There is definitely some tuberose and bright citrus. Ooh there’s the jasmine and iris. The vanilla is almost non-existent – but bourbon vanilla is usually too soft for me to pick up. I’m getting something of a “soap” quality. Nice soap, mind you, but soap just the same. Overall this is a nice blend, but too soft for my tastes.
Jacqueline leaked a little into the cap but that allowed an early glimpse at her scent. The notes include base notes of a clean skin musk and mahogany, dry amber accord and heart and top notes of sambac jasmine and jasmine officianale. It isn’t often DE lists base, heart, and top notes for her blends. Not sure if this is a new thing or an old thing. I kind of like guessing myself. Oh man this was love at first sniff when opening and now that I’ve a spritz of it I love it even more. It’s soft and woody with lovely bursts of jasmine. Simple, sweet, and utterly perfect. Jacqueline will be a large bottle purchase for sure. I just want to wrap myself in it.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Deconstructing Eden reviews!