19: arcana filthy viking


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABetween the sea voyages and the pillaging, it must have been difficult for Odin’s henchman to stay fresh. Too bad they didn’t have this ferocious blend of scents from the Viking world: bracing Norwegian juniper, frigid Icelandic mint and the hardy wood of a longship.

In the bottle, Filthy Viking smells cold and bracing – lots of juniper and mint. It smells a bit mentholated, and has that kind of feeling when you breathe it in.

Wet on skin, the juniper is a little stronger than the mint, and both are laid over a base of warm wood. It creates an interesting cool/warm contrast when you sniff at it.

As it dries, the juniper and mint calm down a little and the wood gets stronger. It gets less cough drop-y, in general.

I don’t dislike this one, but it’s not really something I see myself wearing. It’s a more masculine scent, to be sure, so I went downstairs and made my fiance guinea pig so I could see how it would smell on him. The answer is fantastic. It didn’t smell too much different than it smelled on me, really, but it just suits him better. And now I’m torn between destashing my bottle and secretly smearing Filthy Viking all over M while he’s not paying attention.

Decisions, decisions.

Elevator Pitch: Sharp juniper and cold mint over a warm, woody base. It creates an interesting hold/cold effect, like mentholated cough drops scattered across a rough wooden table. Gets less cough drop-y as it wears.

Also, I can’t see “Filthy Viking” without thinking about the show Vikings and all of its dirty-sexy seafaring characters. I’m sure that Vikings actually smelled horrendous, but goddamn:


Lagertha forever, seriously.


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