Hey look, indie reviews have returned! I took an unintentional break from indie-ing over the holiday season because I was spending most of my extra cash on gifts—go figure. I've decided that in 2015 I'm going to just mix the indie reviews in with everything else as it suits me, because scheduling them all on Fridays turned out to not be so convenient—live and learn, I guess. Anyway, the first indie review of the year goes to Darling Clandestine's Tyto, a new-ish sent that I think is a must-have for lovers of woodsy smells.
Tyto features bright, tart pomegranate, blinks of green undergrowth and a tangled suite of woods, including a divinely excellent oud from Sumbawa, courtesy of an Indonesian friend.
I can definitely smell the pomegranate note right after I apply Tyto, but it disappears almost immediately on me. What's left behind is spicy woods upon woods upon woods (with maybe a hint of greenness in there too). How much would could an oud smell woods? (Deep thoughts.) This feels much more like a springtime scent to me than one that's suited for winter—imaging traipsing through a mysterious forest, one that's been mostly barren for a while, but shoots and leaves are just starting to appear. That's what Tyto smells like to me. If tree nymphs had body odor, maybe this would be it?
I think this is one of the least strange Darling Clandestine scents I've tried, in that it doesn't morph into something really crazy once it's been on my skin for a while. It also has mild throw compared to some of her others, and isn't the longest-lasting on me—the scent diminishes greatly after about an hour, and disappears almost entirely after about three hours. I think it's absolutely gorgeous though, and I'm really delighted that I picked it up—it isn't like anything else in my collection. If you're a lover of true woodsy scents, you NEED this.
At the time of publishing this post, there does seem to be some Tyto left in the Darling Clandestine shop—grab your "Itsy Bitsy" (half dram) vial for $6 while you still can! Her scents are largely seasonal (and some don't come back for a long time), so if you like the sound if it, seriously grab it while it's still available.
As a bonus, here's a shark:
(Evonne, the owner, usually stamps sassy sharks on the outside of your parcel. I appreciate this.)
What do you think of Tyto? Have you tried any fragrances recently that really blew you away?
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