So now that I've talked about my early love of dragon's blood, NAVA's Pandora, from the Resurgences Art of Love collection, seems like a natural must have for me. This is based off of a John Williams Waterhouse painting, captured here on the label! Notes include:
Aged Kashmir Incense, Aged Dragon's Blood Resin, Peru Balsam, Benzoin, Mandarin and Amber infused Lavender (hardly noticeable but necessary to bind spice and incense) blended with a drop of the richest black clove essential oil and a drop of Egyptian black pepper.Well. That sounds amazing. I don't know why I hesitated on it, but I think it might have been my deciding to get the ones I'd about kicked myself over for a year. Once I got those bottles, I started trying to decide what else I might need, and this came up on my radar. So, all of that sounds amazing, but I am worried a bit about the clove - will I amp it? I never know. I made a blind bottle purchase on this one.
In the bottle, I get the dragon's blood, all out in front. The Kashmir (juicy red musk) is definitely there also, right behind dragon's blood. Hmm, more sniffing detects a bit of spice - the pepper and clove, maybe? Alright, let's test this. Wet on my skin it's ooooh spicy? dragon's blood and Kashmir. There's something fresh in the back! Wait. What is that? It's a slight hit of fresh. Must be the amber with the lavender balancing this out. Oooh. I get a bit of balsam and benzoin. Okay, so this is even more glorious dry! The Kashmir and dragon's blood resin are playing peekaboo with each other, the clove and pepper are adding a small bit of interesting spice to the mix but I'm not amping them! Really, I'm getting all of the heavier notes, but that amber lavender in the back is keeping things fresh and not too dark. This is kind of a dark red blend, saved from being too dark with an interesting cool feel. I'm obsessing over this! Oh man. One of the most perfect dragon's blood blends I've ever smelled.
I want to add - forgot to say this, this is quite strong. A little goes a very long way. So even though I'm a slatherer, I just put a tiny bit on my wrists and it lasts ... into the next day!