I got home tonight to find my lovely package of samples. I decided to restrain myself to taking a few quick sniffs of a couple of single notes then doing a full-blown testing of Holy Water. So, for the single notes, I chose what I thought would be the easiest and the most difficult. For the latter, yes, I am referring to, none other than, the civet tincture.
Civet. Fecal. Malodorous. Difficult indeed. But it did settle down into an interesting animalic skin scent on me. I only used a tiny drop of it, so I don't know what would happen if I used more. I can't say that I liked it, but I will probably play around with layering it.
Next, I tried a drop of the Bergamot. Love. Deep citrus. Hmmm, as opposed to light citrus, I suppose. Uplifting and soothing at the same time.
Now for Holy Water, which I sprayed fairly generously on my arms. This is such a fascinating scent with a wonderful development. The first notes that I detected were light and woody, which came as a surprise. I thought that I would smell orange blossom on the opening, but I did not. It never asserted its presence obviously, but it softened the other notes as the fragrance developed. And what a development! Soft, uncomplicated incense. Neither dry and austere or sweet and ambery. Great scent!