Art of Hapshetsut's early reign shows her in traditional female garb and with a female shape, but wearing the pharaonic crown and beard and in a typically male stance. Later artists, either uncomfortable with the ambiguity or because the Great Builder herself told them to, simply depicted her as male. All hail the Queen!
A stately, classic, androgynous chypre. Two sandalwoods and embalming resins touched with lemongrass and myrrhine rose.
Posted by Basil-kun on 15th Aug 2014
Lovely unisex scent. It reminds me of masculine citrus scents, but is softened with rose.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Jan 2014
I really like a bunch of elements of this smell! I'm very aware of the resin and the rose and some...patchouli? It's very nice for night. I like dabbing a little bit on my wrists before bed for a sweet, light sleeping scent.
Posted by A.O. on 22nd Jul 2013
I read the description and the reviews, hoping for a woodsy rose, as the rose seems to come forth on the other reviewers. I was highly dissapointed. I know that patchouli isn't listed as a note in this scent, but that's all that this smells like, both in the vial and on my skin. (I also can't stand patchouli.)
Wet on my skin, the roses come forth immediately, but within a minute or two, completely fade. I love sandalwood and lemongrass, and have been looking for a rose scent (so all the complaints of the rose note being overpowering were what drew me to this scent!), but I got none of those notes at all.
Instead, as soon as the perfume started to dry, it went into patchouli, more patchouli, and then stale patchouli. It made the outsides of all the other vials that I ordered smell like patchouli. It made my entire house smell like patchouli. To be fair, my skin tends to downplay florals or make them smell like anything but floral, but I was still expecting some of the other notes to come through, and not be assaulted with an overpowering note that wasn't even listed. This is the first and only scent I have ever had to seal inside of a plastic bag and throw away in an outdoor trash can because it was so smelly. Needless to say, I'm glad I only got a squee of this instead of a full bottle, and won't be ordering it again.
Posted by GenkiFox on 22nd Mar 2013
Sandalwood is one of my favorite scents. With not one, but two sandalwoods, how could I pass this up?
But it was a beard indeed, a cover for a heavy, cloying floral that overwhelmed all else.
Not a lick of sandalwood, no hint of resin, and not a touch of lemongrass, just pure rose. A syrupy, decaying rose.
Sorry ladies, this one was pure yuck.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2012
I'd say that this is befitting of a pharaoh, and the different scents were all there progressing over time. When I first put it on, it had a very clean, baby-powdery scent (the embalming resin?) that deepened into the light smell of the lemongrass and rose, masked by a touch of earthy scent that I'm pretty sure was the sandalwood. It's flowery and clean, not obscenely girly and obtrusive, and just a touch lasted on me all day - just what I was hoping for from a scent with this title.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Nov 2012
I got the little squee of this, and I splished some drops everywhere when I opened the teensy bottle. It was like I was at the Ren Fair, at the booth that has the incense wafting from under the tent, maybe the little Egyptian stand that has the papyrus scraps, or maybe the apothecary with the rose soap...
Granted, I hadn't planned on wearing it so soon, but it was a fun way to liven up an afternoon XD
I also commend its long lasting scent (considering it's my first oil-like perfume, I was expecting something more like a body splash that lasts an hour or two) as I write this six hours and a scooter ride later with the very faintest whiff of something spicy still on my clothes ^^
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2012
This smells is much more floral than the description makes it sound, but it isn't a powdery, old-lady kind of floral. The sandalwood keeps it from being a generic flowery smell, like flowers dusted in really good-smelling spicy sawdust. Overall very nice.