He's so dreamy! The picture of Zhang Heng for this scent is taken from the Chinese stamp issued to honor him in 1955, but we added the rosy blush.
Here's his deal: he was good at everything. ZOMG HQ is in a seismically-active area, so we're especially keen on the fact that Mr. Zhang invented the seismometer in 132 AD. Hot stuff. Of course he was also a gifted mathematician, civil engineer, cartographer, sculptor, and poet--who isn't? Translations of some of his poems read a bit like the gentler, more cheerful bits of Walt Whitman. Dig:
Then comes young spring, in a fine month,
When the wind is mild and the air clear.
Plains and swamps are overgrown with verdure
And the hundred grasses become rank and thick.
The kingly osprey flaps its wings;
The orioles wail mournfully—
Their necks entwined, fluttering,
They call to each other in tender notes.
Thus happily I roam and play,
My feelings to cherish:
I am like a dragon chanting on the moor
Or a tiger roaring in the mountain.
We love this guy's style, and we're also seized with an odd nostalgia for his time. The total sum of human knowledge was considerably smaller than it is today, and he was out on the cutting edge of several parts of it at once. That's...a lot harder to do now. We're jealous, but we also know how awesome it is that people like him got there and took care of business ages before we even had the chance. We've made him up into a super high-class confection, based on the bones of an old Chinese recipe. Not as old as him, but close. Tangerine, pine, jasmine, star anise, patchouli, and black tea leaves.
Posted by WhiteWitch on 27th Dec 2014
I curiously ordered a 5ml bottle and was pleasantly surprised!
In bottle: Very tangeriney and piney with subtle black tea undertones
On skin: Citrus and pine most prominent, with anise and black tea making more of a statement the longer it dried. Patchouli steps in a bit on the dry down, but the citrus and pine step aside so the tea can take over, giving the scent an overall sweet black tea scent with a hint of tangerine.
I really want to like this scent, but it gets too sweet for me sometimes, and the sweetness over powers and gives me a bit of a headache :/ That aside, this is a very complex scent, but should be used sparingly.
Posted by Kerez on 15th Dec 2014
wet on my skin: citrus and pine, without being TOO piney, and a hint of anise. there's just a tiny bit of sweetness and i like it that way.
as it dries it gets REALLY STRONG... not in a totally bad way, but the combination of scents is pretty sharp on my skin, as it's mostly pine and tangerine and anise still--something that needs to be smelled at a distance for me. my skin never lets any of the tea or jasmine poke through, unfortunately. i still like it, but it's going to be a rare use just because i get headaches easily.
Posted by Julia on 25th Oct 2012
Oh man... I promised myself I wouldn't get too attached to any of the Limiteds. :( This one is SO GOOD though. I'm very sorely tempted to get a second bottle for when the first runs out (which might not take too long).
I got citrus, pine, jasmine, and just a touch of anise on first application. The patchouli steps in after a short bit, and then the warm black tea (not a single bit of sharpness on it!) takes over the reins for the majority of the drydown. It's only a little bit sweet, like a memory, and mostly it's rounded and warm and soft-tea-ish and completely amazing. I'm in love <3
Posted by Safyr Drathmir on 24th Oct 2012
In the bottle, I got a lovely sweet citrus spiced tea, perfect for a cool Winter Morning with frosty gentle breezes.
On me, it started out as Soap. Being unconcerned, as sometimes the scents need a bit to warm up, I waited a minute. I was rewarded with the scent of walking through a forest, with the crisp breezes bringing that lovely scent of the trees, green and alive. I was very glad that the Patchouli added a mossy undertone to the overall green start of this scent. After about 10 minutes, it started to change, and the bright citrus tea scent came out, like the sun sparkling on dewdrops and frost, then it faded again to that green smell. I think it will be very much like Four Seasons on me, in that it will cycle through it's catalog of scents. Very clean and pretty.