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The smell of literature, part two!

In my previous post, I reviewed some of Deconstructing Eden’s perfumes, based on the Kushiel’s Legacy series of books.  Today I’ll review more.  Last post, I focused on the scents inspired by a few of the Houses of the Night Blooming Flowers, aka the Night Court.  Prostitution is scared in Terre d’Ange, and the adepts of the Night Court are the epitome of grace and beauty, sacred and desired.  But Terre d’Ange was founded by Elua, and his seven companions.  Naamah, goddess of sexuality.  Kushiel, punisher for the One God.  Anael, who gave mankind husbandry. Azza, who taught navigation. Camael, the warrior and creator of the first armies of Terre d’Ange. Eisheth, teaching humankind the healing arts and midwifery, as well as song and story.  Shemhazai, who treasure knowlege and gifted the d’Angelines with the written word.  And the perfect companion, Cassiel, who never left Elua’s side and looked back to the One God in sorrow and believed himself to be eternally damned.

A bottle of Kushiel

Deconstructing Eden

The perfumes I bought were Anael, Shemhazai, Eisheth, Naamah and Kushiel.  Note- these are just my personal opinions.  Perfume is a very personal thing, and what smells good on me might smell differently on another person.

Kushiel' Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel’s Dart is the first of the series.

Anael-

No. Just no. Not my thing.  It smells of moss and something almost foul to me. Not quite sure…reminds me of something rotten. It got better as it mellowed, but still…I wouldn’t wear it again. I also find it to be really masculine. I was really hoping for something apple-ish. The scions of Anael smell of apples, particularly when their emotions are strong.  It is described as thus- “His blend is cool dark earth, oak, tender green leaves, tree moss, juniper berries, ivy, herbs and of course, a drop of green apple accord. This fragrance is evocative of a walk in a cool, dark forest.”  I can get this, it smells exactly as described but really, I expected more apple, and less…moss.  3 out of 10.

Eisheth-

My initial response was Oooooh, followed with “there’s something spicy about it.” My husband gave me a sniff and said he smelled minty.  Described as “sea water and medicinal herbs (rosemary, mint, clary sage, bergamot, hyssop, lemon grass and verbena rounded out with white tea. This blend is as soft and as gentle as the Lady herself.”  It is indeed soft. I’d say there’s no real muskiness to it, mostly just sweet and florals.  I give this one a 9 out of 10.

Kushiel's scion

Kushiel’s Scion is the first of the Imriel trilogy, the 4th book in the Kushiel’s series.

Kushiel-

This one is very similar to Valerian House, which would be as expected as Valerian, Mandrake and Kushiel are all related.  It seems to only lacks the spiciness of the cinnamon. It’s got that leather smell, with a touch of…I want to describe it as incense, bronze and something sweet. Just a hint.  The description is “a dark and complex blend as befits God’s Punisher.  Bronze tipped leather whips, a drop of pomegranate, smoky incense, black agar, black pepper and black myrrh.”  I really like this one (though I have a thing for Cinnamon so I like Valerian House more.) It’s really sweet in my opinion, which is sort of unexpected until you remember that Kushiel loved all his subjects, and punished them out of love.  I gave this one a 9 out of 10 (and really, I could say 10…I just love that cinnamon)  The urge to whip things may or may not be related.

Naamah-

This one makes me sad.  I’m not a fan, as I’m not into rose scented perfumes. It’s not bad, it’s just not my thing. Reminds me of little old ladies in church, wearing far too much perfume. Not that this smells like little old lady, it just reminds me of something they’d wear. It’s just not how I picture Naamah. It’s strong and overwhelming to me.  Deconstructing Eden describes it thus:  “Is there anyone quite like Naamah? Sensual and beautiful as befits the Goddess of sexuality and sacred prostitution. Rose attar and rose absolute, jasmine, ylang ylang, dove wings and amber.”  Unfortunately, all I smell is roses.  Which is why I can only give it 4 out of 10.

Naamah's Kiss

Naamah’s kiss is actually the first of Moirin’s tale, taking place a few centuries after the events of Phedre’s trilogy.

Shemhazai-

I didn’t think I’d like this, based on the bottle scent. It smelled strong. However, upon putting it on, I immediately like it. I’d describe it as incense yet earthy…soft, and sweet, and ancient if that makes sense. Hint of tree…”Shemhazai’s fragrance is frankincense, myrrh, French cypress, saffron, bergamot, teak wood, black pepper, sage, mahogany and oakmoss.”  It’s fabulous, and my second favorite of the 11 perfumes I samples.  Shemhazai’s scions are the scholars and this perfume is sexy, smart, sweet, and earthy. I gave it a 10 out of 10.

I’ll do a separate post for the last two perfumes- Phedre and Melisande.

tl;dr?  More good scents from Deconstructing Eden.  Buy them!

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