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The Izanagi Plate is no more. It slipped beneath the surface of the North American Plate, just off the coast of northwestern Japan, roughly 95 million years ago. Before its dive, it was a terrestrial plate with surface land masses and accumulated fossils of the Cretaceous period and earlier. That means a slow decline of icthyosaur populations, new species of nodosaurids, and a ridiculous array of coastal and near-coastal critters that boomed in the warm shallow seas of the time. It almost certainly took with it some of the best fossil records of the Fukuisaurus.

So where is it now? Fully subducted plates don't just dissolve and diffuse like magic; they sort of squish along in the mantle, acheiving ever more soft and groovy shapes. Take a look at what the Farallon Plate has been up to, for example (the Juan de Fuca plate, which we miss already, is a remnant of the Farallon).

As a subducted terrestrial plate, our scent for the Izanagi combines the surface and the depths: the earthy greenness of prehistoric forests with the soft, embracing warmth of the Earth's mantle. Conifers, hawthorn, mosses and vetiver root in toasted vanilla.

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  1. Forest Primeval 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Sep 2014

    I'm working my way through the 10-pack of squees I just got; this is #2. On first opening and application, this is the remnants of every Jurassic forest evar, sharp and piney with a hint of that ozony scent that indicates a thunderstorm just went by. As it ages and the vanilla takes over, it turns into an almost exact duplicate of the giant bayberry candle at my grandma's house, brought out every holiday season. If you are looking for something that will give you Christmas memories for days, seek no further.

  2. Pine and vanilla, gives way to a spiced vanilla 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Aug 2014

    Strong pine upon first application, made me cough. But it immediately turned into a pine blended with vanilla, then it turned into a spiced vanilla.

  3. Izanagi Plate 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Nov 2013

    I'm not sure what such an ancient forest might smell like--but I like the idea of it smelling like this. Very sharp and green in the bottle, and on first application, but it does mellow out fast. Then the vanilla scent comes in for the long haul. It isn't overpowering, however, and still has a bit of an herbal edge that keeps it interesting. Definitely a keeper!

  4. Fresh and Soft 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Aug 2013

    This is wonderful! I had some qualms about it in the bottle, it was a little more adult than I usually wear. On my skin though, it mellowed beautifully, first getting a little bit of citrusy freshness and then the vanilla started to come through. A lovely woodsiness stuck around as well. It's got some sweetness but it also feels very fresh and clean and efficient! Something to wear when I need to be awake and getting things done!

  5. Vanilla in the Wild 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2013

    Disclaimer: Everything goes sweet on me.

    Wow. To start with, I wasn't sure how this one would mellow, except for the vanilla -- which I didn't want to get too sweet on me, but there were enough hints of moss and trees to make me intrigued. I'm glad I tried it; on my skin, the greenery blended with the vanilla to change the latter entirely from a traditional sugar to something much more eerie.

    The best way I'd describe it would be to compare what you expect from a forest -- standard trees, mossy logs, the works -- and fill it with damp fog, to where everything becomes strange, primal, and mysterious. Like a Miyazaki film, misty and filled with spirits that don't care if humans understand them or not; that's what the vanilla becomes here, just familiar enough that you might recognize it through the haze, but that doesn't mean it's predictable.

    If there were any downsides, it's how the vanilla gradually got stronger and stronger as time went on, but it never lost its eerieness entirely. Surprisingly, I think I'm becoming addicted to this one; there's something really compelling about how the vanilla just doesn't give a fig about mortal expectations.

  6. Green, sweet, and earthy... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Apr 2013

    ...which is perfect for Spring! I first encountered this scent in soap surprise(which had my son grabbing it and running for the bath as fast as he could as soon as he smelled it).

    In the bottle, green green green, and a wee bit earthy...like when I was planting my heirloom lily bulbs into peaty soil. A hint of forest in the early morning, all fresh and clean. Sweet, clean air that makes you want to breathe deep and hold it forever.

    On me, a breath of fresh air..literally. I walked outside after trying it on, and inhaled huge lungfuls of sweet smelling(the Izanagi Plate), rain-kissed air(it's raining here).
    It starts out green, like a walk in an ancient forest, then sweet(I love ZOMG's Vanillas, because they are soft and sweet, not that headache inducing drugstore perfume Vanilla), a little kiss of fresh, sweet Vanilla bean, then a bit earthy, peaty, mossy, then starts again with the green scent. Like Four Seasons, it cycles through its catalogue of scents, very clean and pretty.

    I have found my perfect Spring time perfume.

  7. Well, it subducted all right! 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Sep 2012

    This is glorious in the squee. Just like every tectonic plate has its heyday of being a major component of the earth's crust, this is at its most complex right at the beginning. It's a wonderful mix of dusty woods with vanilla smoothing it over. At this stage, it's about as up my alley as a scent can get even /without/ the fact that I am a geophysicist and this is a plate tectonics scent.

    But then, as many plates do, this scent subducts. There needs to be some impetus for subduction to begin, whether it's a push from a far away mid-ocean ridge or the continuing pull under a continent from the last plate that subducted. In the case of the Izanagi, all the impetus it needed was putting the oil on my skin.

    I think vanilla is an apt scent description for the Earth's mantle. Just as the mantle is hot and under enough pressure that its rocks flow without being molten, vanilla is an inherently warm and sticky sort of scent. Also, just as the mantle surrounds and consumes subducted plates, the vanilla completely consumed the other notes in this oil once it was on my skin for more than fifteen minutes. It should be noted that subducted plates can be imaged in the mantle, but I did not have the tomographic data to determine whether the other notes were still stuck in the vanilla somewhere.

    If we were talking about scent in the squee, I'd probably give this an easy five stars. Similarly, it gets about a million stars for being true to the concept of subduction. But because I assume the average review reader - if they have made it through the geophysics similes - is interested in how the smell wears over time, I'm giving this three stars because it turns to straight-up vanilla. I like vanilla, but single-note vanilla is not the point or appeal of this scent to me. But your skin chemistry is likely different than mine, so perhaps you will not subduct the plate as quickly as I did.

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