Hard to review.
Less of a fragrance you wear and more something you want to just experience. The smoke note in here is almost surprising, you don't expect it to smell as realistic as it does. There's a slightly sweet undertone. I somewhat feel that if you didn't know the name was "Burning Leaves" you would assume it smelled of campfire or barbecue. I guess what I'm saying is, there are a lot of things that smell smokey, I'm not sure if this completely captures that exact smell of burning fall leaves.
But! It comes really close. I have no idea how hard it is to replicate something so exact, but if you love the smell, this will do it for you.
For me though, it's not something I can wear. I wish it was a candle, in fact if I got extra time I'd love to try and make one out of some of the oil.
(Another slight annoyance, and this goes for the whole line, is the water base. On my skin it just never quite dries up and leaves the spot feeling cold. It's just unpleasant and will probably keep me away from any of the water perfumes.)
So faithful that I got the memory of a place I stayed before recognizing the smell as burning leaves - I didn't register at the time that that was what I was smelling there, this made me realise.
This smells a lot like burning leaves to me. Now I am just trying to figure out if I want to smell like burning leaves. Could possibly work as an autumn scent? Still, a thumbs up for the name matching the scent, and for something different and fun.
This smells like maple, and like burning, but not like burning leaves. It's more like artificial smoke flavor and maple syrup.
The perfume of maple leaves ablaze – sweetly toothsome, like the pan-stickings of caramelized root vegetables – and also bringing us one grateful step closer to a fantasy product originally envisaged by William Burroughs in his 'Naked Lunch':
"My dear, I'm working on the most marvellous invention... a boy who disappears as soon as you come, leaving a smell of burning leaves and a sound effect of distant train whistles."
When Burning Leaves is laid upon the damp forest floor of CB I Hate Perfume Black March, it evokes an Autumn evening the likes of which might make you swoon. It does me.