Saturday, March 9, 2019

Quick Comparison: NA's SL Tibetan Crystalline vs. BIC Tibetan Crystalline

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. I decided to go ahead and do a separate short post, comparing the Studio Limited Tibetan Crystalline with the LC Bastet's Ice Cream: Tibetan Crystalline. The goal (hahaha, y'all know me, I go on too long!) is to just do an abbreviated compare/contrast, so I won't be delving too deeply into either one of these beauties. 
Let's start with descriptions! SL Tibetan Crystalline: Deep incense of Indian Nag Champa Studio Blend (Champa, Indian Sandalwood, Benzoin and Henna), Mesua Ferrea Absolute, Aged Crystalline Absolute, Tibetan Musk undertones and soft spirals of pure Bergamot leaf essential oil. And BIC: Tibetan Crystalline: Santalum Absolute, Crystalline Absolute, Nag Champa Accord (Halmardi Resin, Incense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Plumeria essence), Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Japanese Vanille Incense accord, Crystalline Absolute and Vanilla Sugar *different NG accord for this blend than the Studio Limited Original.
Other than the obvious difference of the beloved ice cream accord, the composition of the nag champa is different, as well, as we can see looking at the notes. I find that the SL Tibetan Crystalline is drier, more woody in feel, a deeper, stronger nag champa. The BIC Tibetan Crystalline is far more soft, obviously the ice cream accord really reigns in the nag champa. I find the BIC version to be a lot more rich, and if you're nervous of incense, this one might be more wearable, as the nag champa incense is the star of the show in the SL version. The BIC version (sorry, I've shortened Bastet's Ice Cream for typing ease) is definitely a balance of cream and incense, and the plumeria really is a lovely touch, I love their plumeria. I have a little bit of their now retired Plumeria Sapphire, and in that, the plumeria starts off almost as a slightly candied floral note, and dries into the most luscious, delightful exotic floral. I definitely see the difference between that in the Ice Cream versus the bergamot in the SL, which is a little more bright and crisp feeling. The drydown of the BIC is absolutely intoxicating, I find myself huffing at my wrist, I can't get enough of the smell. And I really like the original SL as well, it's complex, rich, and beautiful - I'm very glad I have them both, but I absolutely love nag champa, it's a comfort note for me, it makes me feel very grounded. 
They are quite different, in my opinion. If you adore nag champa, I would encourage you to grab this, even if you have the SL - if you're like me and can never get enough of them. Hah! I think both of them are great warm weather scents. If you don't have the original, and are curious about dipping your toes into trying a nag champa scent for the first time, again I think this would be a good way to try it out. For me, they're different enough to warrent owning them both! 
I hope this might be helpful if you're trying to make a decision! I have previously reviewed the Studio Limited Tibetan Crystalline, if you'd like to read a more in depth look: HERE. Have a wonderful day, y'all!


  1. I totally agree that it is a good way to test drive Nag Champa, because that BIC note keeps it soft and accountable (so the Nag can not go the headshop way or wants to, :) ). It is a great way to test drive more earthly and robust notes from NAVA. I think this one will be coveted.

    1. Yes! It's a good balance, and I love the contrast of the nag champa against the ice cream. I thought I would though, Pumpkin number 29 from the 31 Pumpkin Library has a pumpkin smoothie note with nag champa, and it's really good.

    2. The BIC TC reminded me of Nag Champa Seahorse. Ugh I'm in love.


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