This scent is based upon a 17th-century Korean recipe for a perfume worn by a lady of the Joseon court. The listed ingredients include “clove, anise, and nut-grass”. We've added jaggery and ginseng accord.
No doubt there were many different perfumes, and many different names for those perfumes. The name for this one, however, has not survived. We considered choosing a new one. And then we realized that we couldn't hope to match the romance of a scent whose name itself had wafted away: “hyang-su” is simply Korean for “perfume”, and the rest is lost to time. Ah, glamour.
This scent is dedicated to Jini and Minseo. Holly-teacher misses you and thinks of you a lot.
Posted by chibichibi on 1st Mar 2013
It's very spicy at first, but after a few minutes of being on my skin it mellows out and just smells fantastic. I can't describe it, but it's full and mellow and energizing all at the same time.
And my boyfriend loves to smell it on me. <3 I'll be buying a full bottle when I can, as there's just not enough in that squee.
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 14th Sep 2012
...this reminds me of a perfume my mother had made me when I was young. It was appropriate for a little girl dressed up to visit relatives on a Sunday, yet playful. As I got older, she thought the fancier perfumes(like L'air du Temps) was more appropriate for a young woman.
I'm going to visit her wearing this and show her how wrong she was. Thanks ladies for the trip down memory lane.
I fought with which scent to try first, the Girl Genius Pudding one or this one, and while GG won for first pick, this one didn't leave my brain alone. I put it on my forearm just now, and well, my review above says it all.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2012
Putting this on starts with a knock-you-over the head licorice smell from the anise, but that faded on me after a while and then it was the spicy clove that took over. It seemed to fade pretty fast though, I would have liked it to stick around a bit longer.