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"Wanderer is Amanda's ode to the great god Odin, crafted of ingredients that she associates with him, some traditional, some a dedication of her own. A base of spicy dragon's blood resin and leaves of the mighty oak, a dash of blond woods, a splash of mead and dark civit honey, and pipe tobacco smoke. Deep and strong and mysterious, this is a scent that both sexes can wear." ~*~*~ This is a unisex PE, but I decided to put its review thread in the men's forum because I think it is genuinely unisex. Mara is the only one anywhere who can actually pull that off to my satisfaction! I've been wearing it since I got it yesterday afternoon and I'm just absolutely delighted with it. It's everything I hoped it would be. I still don't know by what sorcery I suggest four notes and end up getting perfection It all blends together so well that it's hard picking out individual notes. Despite the dragon's blood, it's not "INCENSE!11!!eleven1!" on my skin, though I do think it has a bit of a spicy incense feel. If you have ever burned incense outdoors, Wanderer captures that vibe for me perfectly. (It's really not like burning it in the house, where it's usually all you can smell.) Even the tobacco note manages to be a team player (something I was a little worried about when I asked for it!) The honey is perfect in this too, just the right amount. To my nose on drydown, it's almost like a lurking bit of raunchy in the background. Not having a bed of your own doesn't mean you won't find one I think this is one that will age incredibly well, though it's hard to imagine it getting better! I am absolutely thrilled with it. Thank you very much Mara!
Amanda's Raspberry 'Roon Mmmm...raspberry and a drop of rose over creamy coconut and sweet vanilla buttercream. This is my very first PE and I have to say, it's absolutely perfect! Exactly what I was hoping it would be! I couldn't resist opening it right away so I will come back and update later if my impression changes significantly post-travel shock, but I am finding it absolutely gorgeous. There is a fantastic hit of fruity raspberry first thing that mellows out after a bit and the rest of the notes come shining through. Rose and coconut are definitely supporting players, I mostly get a sweet raspberry buttercream that makes me want to purr! The rose is just a hint and keeps it from being "OMG foody!!" (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not usually my preference.) And the tartness of the raspberry keeps it from veering into that shrill level of sweetness that can trigger my migraines, just as I hoped. It reminds me of the raspberry note in Determination Potion, which I love. It is a very mood lifting potion for me (and not just because of my post office travails trying to get it into my grubby paws, haha!) Something about it just makes me smile every time I get a whiff. My evil master plan for Rasperry 'Roon is to wear it paired with a "half lollipop" of Beth's Blushing Milkmaid and I know it is going to be freaking perfect! Thank you so much Mara!