More than a 'hint' of frozen earth for me - I smell a lot of soil at first, with some icy or frosty element. It's weird that earth would be a top note but that's what happens when I wear this, the soil backs off a lot after a few minute. What's left is....I don't know, something cold that is sort of mineral with something a tiny bit sweet, I wouldn't say floral like some other reviewers but I'm not sure. I also have some of his 'Snow' accord and I think I can pick that out here, plus soil and something I thought was a very clean, light mint. I could be wrong about the mint, that might just be an illusion.
I would enjoy having a big bottle of the water perfume to spritz liberally on a hot day, like someone else mentioned, I think this would be very refreshing. In fact I would rather wear this in hot weather than cold weather.
I ended up putting on quite a bit because my 2ml vial leaked on me. This is a subtle scent but on me it does last a long time, even though after a few hours it is basically a skin scent of something cold and earthy.
08th January, 2016 (last edited: 11th January, 2016)
On me, this is a fairly straightforward aquatic (but fresh water not salt) without the zest of citrus or the warmth of woods. It does have a synthetic sweetness, but it's really all about the water. CB must have spent winter of 72 in a temperate location or a bathtub. Again, a "non-scents" idea for a fragrance. This is getting to be a sad one-liner.
Water perfume version.
Very much bitter grass and fresh dirt in the opening – I like that smell very much although I must say winter is not the first thing that comes to mind.
Although quite strong at first, it soon starts to settle into something much milder. There is definitely something evergreen there, and if I try really hard I can imagine some kind of cool and frosty accord in there which slightly is able to imitate the subtle scent of snow.
The lasting power is not spectacular, and the final phase of this scent is quite boring yet fairly beautiful story of soft powdery flowers with hint of that green still lurking in the back round.
Although this doesn’t live up to its name and concept, just simply because its not wintry enough after all, I find its smell quite fascinating and compelling. It just should be a tad stronger with better lasting power. Maybe the oil would be better in this matter, but I wouldn’t count on it.
I get a very different impression of Winter 1972 compared with the previous 3 reviewers. Dirt, snow, wet leaves, cold air. It smells like a time I recall making snow angels as a child with my brother, and as we moved our arms and legs we dislodged enough snow to uncover the wet brown leaves underneath the snow. What a great memory! Love this scent. Not sure I want to WEAR it, but it sure is fun to sniff!
Fragrance elements: snow, woolen mittens, frozen forest.
Winter 1972. Fresh, entirely synthetic. Not attractive to me at all. Odd, frosty, no ‘warmth’. Like smelling blasts of air from a freezer. I understand this is a wintery scent... but sheesh. At times a whiff of something like coriander – the only interesting thing there but a bit too sweet. It has poor longevity, in this case a blessing. I’m sorry to be so negative, but I find this to be vacuous and irritating. It makes my nose sore.
Opens with the same earth (maroon compost or soil i call it) note that i have noticed in the "to see a flower". Then comes a fresh note that i cannot name; like fresh air after the rain, and a handful of candies, some stacked wet wood by the door, and some fainted white flowers. This is complicated and fresh. I liked it so much that i have had to show it to someone else. I run to my husband and put a drop on his wrist. To my surprise the wet gardeners soil smell disappeared in one second. And the nice complicated freshness i have tried to (but could not) describe above, flattened into a fresh green in one minute. The remaining note was surprisingly but clearly corn tassels. Yes still cute but my husband is not fascinated by the winter 1972 like me. Skin chemistry really changes it throughout. But i am lucky, it is good for me and i will have one.
11th July, 2008 (last edited: 13th July, 2008)