There's at least one note for each of the four seasons in this blend: the idea was to develop something that would allow each wearer's skin chemistry to determine in what order the seasons changed. No two people seem to have the same seasons: Holly ends up in late summer and Ariel's a winter.
A fresh unisex blend of basil, carnation, mint, green tea, amber, and more.
(This item is a 5 ml bottle.)
Posted by Dawn on 1st Jul 2015
Four Seasons In Mighty Contention on Trivial Matters is a pretty cool name for a scent and the premise is also pretty cool. I got this as part of my first Squee Party and have worn it a dozen times since, and it seems to reliably settle in Early Spring for me - something geranium-ish and mint stick around all day. I adore it for days I want to smell bright and fresh.
First impressions: Almost medicinal. Half the notes hit all at once and top among them were the basil and mint, with a hint of carnation. It was like opening a nursery greenhouse door in late spring and getting hit full in the face with the scents of a million vibrant baby plants.
Five minutes in: The mint starts to settle, the basil fades and the carnation steps forward to lend a more delicate floral touch. This is a very green scent so far and I've moved from late spring to early spring.
Ten minutes in: The mint is fading (surprising, given its early strength) but it's still there in the background. I'm losing the green-ness of the scent. Now I'm smelling more of the carnation and something else floral, and maybe some amber in the background. The basil is still hovering very lightly, I get the tanginess of it but not the full-bodied smell. I can't place the season; the coolness of the mint says fall/winter but the florals are very much spring. I guess -very- early spring. March. My birthday month, when everything is melting and the breeze is still freezing cold but there are itty bitty baby plants coming up all over, if you know where to look. The time the crocuses start to wake up (at least around here).
Good longevity after several wearings and it always seems to react the same way with my skin although certain days I get more amber on the drydown.
Posted by lilbunnygirl on 4th Sep 2013
This was included as a bonus in my Squee Party and I didn't expect to like it, much less love it. But love it I do! It is spicy and sweet, vaguely floral without being cloying and fresh minty without being toothpastey. I really really can't get enough & will probably order a full sized bottle.
Posted by Katie on 23rd Aug 2013
When I first put this one on it seemed to smell like mid-fall on me. Sort of like pine and a walk in the woods. But then it sort of reverses through time to mid summer (my mother said it smelled like gardenias, she's better at this than I am). Then later in the day it fades even more to a light floral scent, sort of late spring.
It is interesting to smell the changes this perfume makes, but I'm not sure it's a flavor I'll be wearing constantly.
Posted by Olivia on 26th Jul 2013
I was looking forward to trying this scent, and it was very fun to keep smelling it to observe how the seasons changed. At first it was quite minty, perhaps with the green tea in the background. It faded to more of a basil, then to kind of a rosy smell. For a minute there was a hint of a cedar-like smell until it finalized on a light and sweet floral scent. I suppose you could say I landed on spring! It's very fun and I highly recommend it, if only to smell your very own cycle of seasons.
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 17th Sep 2012
I opted to try this interesting one, as well, the seasons are changing here. In the bottle, I smell basil, some flowery bit, spearmint, green tea, and amber, but on me? I got this interesting Peony scent, followed by the smell of wet leaves and pesto of all things, then Christmas trees, finally it rolled into this Mint Julep-y tea sort of smell. Then it seemed to start all over. It was rather fun. I'd get another bottle just for the fun factor. Because ladies, this one will definitely keep them guessing! Oh, and for a soundtrack while you let it work on your skin (and your senses), try Joshua Bell's Four Seasons at St. Martin in the Fields. It's a match made in heaven!
Posted by Lauren on 16th Aug 2012
I think this is my favorite out of all the scents I've bought so far! On my skin, I can detect the mint and carnation and basil and everything really well but the whole smell reminds me of winter.
Sadly, it doesn't seem to last very long on my skin but I think having to apply it a few times is worth it because it is a really great perfume.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Aug 2012
I really wanted to like this scent, I REALLY did, and I was hoping it might balance out on the herbal notes and make me smell like a veggie garden. But instead, after a few confused moments of muddled scent as the perfume dried, I got Wintergreen mint with just a hint of carnation. I played the Four Seasons lotto and lost. I hate, wintergreen, if it were peppermint I wouldn't have minded so much but wintergreen mint make me feel ill. And Carnation is just a neutral greenish addition, not unpleasant but not something I would ever wear again.
I do not however want to turn anyone off of trying this in squee form, like I did, since I suspect that with a scent this complex it will really depend on the chemistry of the individual.
And all was not lost on the day I tried this scent, I covered it over with the Melncholy Death of Nikola Tesla which evened it all out with delicious violet, sandalwood, and subtle motor oil.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jul 2012
In the bottle, to me this smells distinctly minty. Minty minty mint. When I first sniffed it, I thought "It smells like my mother-in-law's mojitos." On my skin, the mint flames out almost immediately, and I'm left with the warm scent of carnations and basil. Since I tend to associate the smell of carnations with valentine's day (my mother always gave them to me) I suppose I think this is a late winter on me. Very pleasant. I gravitate more towards spicy than herbal scents--thus four stars--but a very nice change of my usual pace.
Posted by Rebecca on 28th Jun 2012
This is the best perfume in the entire world, and there are a lot of perfumes that I like. On me it starts out smelling christmas-y, but almost immediately smells like Texas in summer, which, since I am an expatriate Texan, is delightful. It smells like hot grass and mud baking in the sun (which maybe is "warm herbal" or something?) and a bit of childhood summer camp. I sniff my wrists all day.
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2012
In the bottle, this is completely tea. Green tea, specifically. I'm not much of a tea person, so I never knew I could like the smell of tea this much, but this is very nice. Wearing it, there's suddenly mint, but not cold sharp mint-- a nice subtle, warm mint. The tea is less pronounced now but still present, and I *think* that's basil mixed in with it. There's a very nice balance between the three. On my skin this is the smell of the vagueness between fall and winter, when the weather can't decide if it's going to be sunny but brisk or start snowing. A bit of floral spice, too, like the one last carnation who refuses to give up just because the season's changing.
Overall completely gorgeous. Highly recommended.