87: sixteen92 southern gothic

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southern_gothic“Men and women, they were beautiful and wild, all a little violent under their pleasant ways and only a little tamed.”

– Margaret Mitchell

Mandarin Orange, Apple, Coconut Pulp, Southern Magnolia, Jasmine Sambac, Balsam, White Sandalwood

In the vial, Southern Gothic is woody, with white flowers and coconut.

Wet on skin, it’s sharp and woody at first, a bit gasoliney? Or something like rubbing alcohol. Very astringent. The main things I get underneath are magnolia, jasmine, and coconut, with a very faint fruitiness, but honestly it’s all kind of fuzzed beneath a thick layer of that rubbing alcohol/gasoline smell.

The floral elements become more prominent as it dries, heady white florals with creamy coconut and slightly powdery sandalwood underneath. The awful alcohol/gas smell that plagued this scent upon first application does mercifully lessen, but it never entirely goes away. The balance shifts, but I can always smell it in there, and I really don’t like it.

I pretty much knew that I wasn’t going to like Southern Gothic, but I was lured in by the apple and coconut. Alas, my initial suspicion was correct: this one’s a scrubber. If you like white florals, it’s worth a shot. I’m assuming the rubbing alcohol thing is my skin chemistry being wacky, so your mileage will probably vary greatly on that.

Elevator Pitch: Heady jasmine and magnolia over creamy coconut and slightly powdery sandalwood. Starts off on my skin with a strong rubbing alcohol/gasoline vibe that does fade over time, but never entirely disappears.

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