I must learn to stop purchasing fragrances unsniffed and buying for packaging alone. I bought this fragrance in the fall because I wanted a dark, moody fragrance. I wanted a leather or tobacco fragrance. So, I found this on beautyhabit.com (it’s at b-glowing.com too) and fell in love with the raven and of course it’s semi-goth name, Poe’s Tobacco. It is described as having tobac, tea leaves, amberwood, and autumn apple. I thought that I had hit the jackpot. That name and that description were exactly what I was craving and the price was amazing. It is $28 for 1 ounce. I thought of sweet dried tobacco, dried black tea, amberwood, and sickly rotting golden apples. I wanted a gothic, dark perfume.

I got this in the mail, quickly I may add from the lovely gals at Beautyhabit. The bottle is cute and simple. It’s kept beautiful by a cute and cheap and ultra trendy sticker. I am not complaining, it was under $30. The name sounded wonderful. I couldn’t wait to spray it on, wrap myself in a black cashmere and silk wrap, read Poe in my Eames chair with a cup of rose black tea. I sprayed this on and on this moody, rainy and foggy, typical Pacific Northwestern day, springtime happened! This fragrance isn’t bad but it isn’t what I expected at all. It was far from goth. It was super “green” and alive, femme, and full of flirtatious energy. This scent was not the Cleopatra eyelined beatnick but the fun and outgoing, outdoorsy girl next door! Talk about packaging and name gone to waste! It’s funny because the actual scent isn’t bad at all. I like it but it just doesn’t fit. It is like those couples you see together and go what? They don’t match. This is it. The name, the packaging, and the fragrance don’t work together. The fragrance is lovely and perfect for spring, It is heady but still manages to be green. I don’t smell the tobacco at all. I smell fresh green tea leaves. This is a fragrance for the green tea fragrance crowd. It isn’t very woodsy. It is very white floral, green tea, and fresh cut grass. It is vaguely fruity and appley but in a chamomile apple tea way. This is a spring day. It is flowers blooming in morning dew just when the grass was cut for the first time this season. It’s sunshine so bright and you don’t have your sunglasses with you.  Not goth! In fact, this reminds me of Avon’s mark Earth that I have wrote a review about. This stuff just smells “green”. It isn’t moody. I wanted dried roses, smoky incense, sweet and dried pipe tobacco and decaying logs. Nope, this is too friendly. It does wear for a long time which was a bummer the day I got it because I didn’t want to smell like fun spring days. It wears for hours. I haven’t worn it since I got it. It hasn’t fit the “mood”. I know this is something I will use up this spring. Because it is very green and pleasant without being Chanel #19. It is floral without being Chanel #22. It is nice. It will get compliments. It just doesn’t work with the name and packaging. So for now, it is in the Edwardian secretary waiting for springtime. Until then, I’ll be wearing the heavy leathery and patchouli scents. This can be purchased for $28 at b-glowing.com.