DOLCE STIL NUOVO: Our interpretation of Dolce Stil Nuovo is a blend of rose otto, carnation, vanilla flower, lavender and jasmine with the clarity of crystalline white musk and the warmth of golden amber.
In bottle: Sweet and clear floral.
On me: The floral gets heady, then swoops away... most of it whisks off into my olfactory blind spot. What remains is musk with light florals.
CHINTAMANI-DHUPA: Pound well together sandal-wood, Kunku, costus, Krishnaguru, Suvasika-puspha, white vala and the bark of the Deodaru pine; and, after reducing them to fine powder, mix it with honey and thoroughly dry. It is now known as Chintamani-Dhupa, the "thought-mastering incense".
In bottle: Bark and light honey.
On me: This is it - the sole incense scent that works on me. Maybe it's thanks to the honey holding it together? Goodness knows I don't know what half of these ingredients are, but they mingle, leaving a faint aftersmell of ash. Happy 'song.
KANISHTA: The Other Woman. The scent of dark desire, heady with intrigue, shadowy with deception: black opium, Haitian patchouli, jasmine sambac, French magnolia and kush.
In bottle: Deep dark patchouli.
On me: The patchouli is grounded and veiled, but not by the florals. Hm. They lurk *way* back in the background. I'm surprised there's no vetiver in here.
KHAJURAHO 2007: This is a blissful, euphoric blend based on an ancient Indian love potion: honey, date palm, tuberose, davana blossom, amber, white sandalwood, vanilla bean, Damask rose, and champaca flower.
In bottle: Sandalwood, light honey, light florals...
On me: Date palm, mmm. The florals are hiding. Oh, wait, here they are... in force. *gag*