French for “a glowing cloud”; Volcano for “I must have you right now, darling”. An incandescent current of superheated caustic gases and glittering shards of volcanic glass that rushes downhill ahead of an eruption's rocky components, the nuee ardente is a volcano's most potent distillation of its twin capacities for beauty and hot death.
The former cities of Pompeii and Saint-Pierre were blown a kiss, thus, by Mounts Vesuvius and Pelee respectively. And now....well, you know. Our take: rosewood and dark rose blooms, black tea, and flecks of cinnamon.
Posted by Basil-kun on 15th Aug 2014
I smell deep rose with musk. Over time, it smells like chai tea. It's lovely, but I'm on the fence if I want a full bottle.
Posted by lilbunnygirl on 18th Feb 2014
This smelled great in the bottle, and when I first put it on, I liked it. However, it soon started to make my skin feel itchy in spots (this cinnamon, I assume) and after it had been on a while, it took on a musty, dusty (perhaps ashy?) smell. No bueno.
Posted by Fel on 12th Feb 2013
I seriously love this smell. It's exactly as I hoped it would smell, though the cinnamon at first seemed a bit strong--not in a bad way, as I adore the smell, but it was quickly mellowed with the smell of roses and tea.
Seriously loved it, wish it stuck around longer!
Posted by Cat on 2nd Oct 2012
I love this scent very much, the spiciness is amazing and I love anything with rose in it. However I unfortunately can't wear it directly on my skin because it makes an allergic reaction.
I think it's a wonderful scent, just watch out, I didn't know I was allergic to cinnamon oil until I tried this!
Posted by Nachtwulf on 10th Jul 2012
Wow. I never knew there was a way to bottle 'that smell of white-hot burning things that makes you feel like your nose is charring'. This smells like 'hot'. Really, I can't neck it down much more than that. This isn't a smoky campfire or a toasty California wildfire, oh no. This is sheer 100% why-did-I-look-in-the-top-port-of-the-kiln heat.
The cinnamon is not 'spice' type cinnamon like say Elder Spicecake, it's sharp and a little harsh, and the roses don't blunt it down but rather hone it into a white-hot needle of burning. It doesn't actually burn my skin but it seems like it should somehow.
While it was -exceedingly- true to the concept of a pyroclastic flow, it was just too harsh and white-hot for me, and not sweet enough. (It's not sweet at -all- no matter what your mind may associate with the notes). I appreciated the ideal, but it really wasn't for me.
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2012
Starts off completely rosey, but soon the cinnamon comes in. At certain points it almost overtakes the floral aspects, so I wouldn't recommend it to someone who wasn't a cinnamon person. I am one, however, so I think it's rather marvelous ;) Unfortunately it fades rather quickly, but slathering is completely worth it.