The Scent of Bliss – Attic

Attic by Solstice Scents

The Official Product Description Sez:
Vanilla Accord, Western Red Cedar Heartwood EO, Osmanthus Attar, Sandalwood EO

Shake gently before each use. An aged cedar chest filled with fine fabrics, exquisite lace-overlay dresses, heirloom linens and crocheted tops, forgotten in the attic of the manor house. The scent of this cedar chest and the soft mustiness of stored linens with the beautiful, yet faded, perfume of the owner still detectable upon the fabric is captured in the Attic Perfume. A fine vanilla accord is paired with the most gorgeous red cedar heartwood EO, aged sandalwood EO and osmanthus attar. Attic starts out strong, with a burst of the cedar EO and vanilla accord but mellows into a sweet, woody, slightly musty and dusty fragrance that is exquisitely atmospheric. It shares some character with the Manor perfume and fans of Manor may enjoy Attic, especially if they like really gorgeous and true cedar essential oil. This cedar smells just like an aged piece of dried cedarwood and pairs wonderfully with the other notes on the dry down.

This is the first time that I have pulled the OPD of a scent and had it so exactly and unequivocally mirror my own experience of the scent.

On opening the bottle it hit my nose as WOOD. CEDAR wood, with a faint hint of pine. There was an undeniable overlay of dust, but largely the smell was woods and brass. There was a teasing tang, a metallic edge to the scent in the bottle.

Then I put it on my skin. Wood wood wood wood! It smells of old chests, of the fragrance found only in aging, decaying cedar. Over that floated the scent of clothing in trunks, natural fibers laid long ago to rest, warm and forgotten. Wood and dust and wood, dank stale air. Threaded through the middle of it was an extremely faint dried fruit (dried cherries, I thought, but looking at the OPD and searching up the scent of Osmanthus (which is said to be apricotty) it must be that) note.

Ten minutes dried, it settled into a soft smell of things stored and forgotten and aging – of dusty cloth in decaying, perserving cedar.

Now, more than 12 hours later, the scent is faint at best. There is barely a hint of cedar on the skin with a sweetness that must be that vanilla accord.

The strong wood scent of this perfume turned out to be far more pleasant than I would have expected, and it balances nicely with the sweet and soothing notes of the vanilla and the osmanthus. I’m not head over heels for this one, but I do certainly like it. I could see this being very satisfying as a subtle daily wear scent for anyone regardless of sex.

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