“Mandrake starts very moist, damp and green. In just a few seconds after application the scent gets really high-pitched, intensely shrill, bright green, juicy and tart. I detect the crisp green apple note and the sour leafy rhubarb. A gorgeous, cool-toned spiciness from cardamom appears and rounds out the sharp edges of this toxic green opening.
The entire opening of this scent reminds me of the scene from Harry Potter where they lift the shrieking mandrake "babies" from one pot and replant them in another.
The cardamom leads the way for a deep, velvety floral feeling. I can't really put my finger on what type of flower it is (it says mandrake flower accord in the notes, so it is obviously supposed to smell like the flower of the mandrake plant), but I can't detect what type of notes they've used to create this accord. It smells floral in a violet-rosy-exotic, blushing, velvety kind of way, and the smell has depth, a bit of darkness and weight - it feels heavy, but not suffocating. The green fruity and slightly sour smell from the opening is still present, and lifts the more heavy feeling of this floral accord. This floral phase feels very sensual, attractive and enveloping.
The base makes its presence known with a smooth leather and creamy, semi sweet vanilla-tonka combo. There is still traces of the rhubarb left in the scent, and together with the vanilla it creates a dessert like feeling. It smells a bit like a less sweet panna cotta with rhubarb jam. Almost edible, but not quite. You feel like taking a bite, but you know you really shouldn't.
There is also something in the base that reminds me of a soft, smooth, buttery caramel.
Again a really gorgeous and unique creation. I'm impressed!"
“Mandrake is some wicked stuff. First off, you get the apple and rhubarb, then slowly finishes to a nice clean leather smell. Never smelled “deadly addiction accord” before, but after smelling this, I am hooked! Full bottle worthy."
"Mandrake has the same fun appeal for me as watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or Alice and Wonderland: A colorful, kaleidoscopic adventure ending in a deep, exhausted sleep in the dreamy comfort of a gigantic down bed from which you may not want to wake up."
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