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Gothic Horror
The blueblood of the horror genre. Gothic horror borrows heavily from Victorian Romanticism: a dark, passionate sojourn into emotionally-driven aesthetic experience – reaching through gloom towards a vision of the sublime. Using sprawling, decay-riddled visuals, and lyrical narrative rife with suspense, awe, and dread, these films tell tales of tortured souls, long-buried secrets, rapid descents into depravity and madness, and grasping supernatural beings.

Examples: Vampyr, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera

Morbidly romantic, thick with murky melodrama, untouched by the centuries, and dust-rimed: Byzantine incense, benzoin, myrrh, bitter clove, spikenard, oud, and ancient balsam.


In the bottle: The moment I sniffed this I was pretty sure it would be the beginning of a wonderful friendship. In the bottle it's incense-laden and spicy. It's hard to distinguish any single scent, but the mix is very mystical, somehow... special.

Wet: The scent is a lot less heavy. Benzoin, myrrh and probably the spinkenard which is a component I've never had before. and makes the scent a lot more floral than I was expecting from sniffing the bottle.

On drydown: The clove comes out quite strongly, it mingles with the floral and there's the hint of resiny sweetness and the warmth of balsam. I imagine and old building, a ruin. Flowers and greenery are growing between the cracks in stone that is so old it hasn't quite managed to keep its mustiness, letting the fresh air from outside sweep through the ruins.

Quite simply, I love it.
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Night-Raven
Indigo musk, wild plum, rose geranium, benzoin, night-blooming jasmine, and patchouli.

In the imp: I get a strong scent of patchouly and musk and the earthy-flowery scent of the geranium. It's a very sharp scent

Wet: The scent becomes less sharp. I still smell the musk and geranium, but now the jasmine and something slightly sweet-fruity comes through mixed with the slightly honey-ish scent of benzoin. The patchouli totally saves this one for me, because it makes it work on me despite the flowery scents.

On drydown: The musk and patchouly melt into the background, leaving the geranium, jasmine and benuzoin behind and now it does something really nice because I'm finally getting the wild plum and it's sweet and slightly fruity. It's a very calm... purple scent, if scents can be purple. lol

Ok, so when I first put this on this morning I really wasn't sure whether it was working on me and I was very much "not sure if like."

By tonight? Oh, I do like it very much, actually. It takes a while to go through all its transformations on me, but I really like the end result when it becomes a softer scents. It's soft, sweet and flowery, but still dark and earthy enough to work on me.

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