The Sanctus are considered by some pious vampires to be the saints of their kind, and from what we have gleaned, they are very likely the stuff of myth.
Diabolically otherworldly: golden osmanthus, lily of the valley, celestial musk, and frankincense.
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These vampires are paragons that possess impossible, phenomenal powers that defy known physics, including the ability to shift shape, turn into a gaseous form, and command other vampires through will alone. The mythological Sanctus are venerated by some, but we have no evidence whatsoever that they truly exist.
Immediate thoughts: Saintly vampires probably smell pretty damn great, wouldn't you think?
When wet: The best description I can think of would be "sweet floral". The initial wet scent is like a quiet burst, if you take my meaning. It announces itself clearly, but doesn't take over.
Later: My understanding of osmanthus, with which I am not familiar, is that it's a fruity-smelling flower. Makes sense, I suppose, when you smell Sanctus. There's a definite fruit tinge to this perfume, and a slight herbal edge.
Later still: Pretty much the same... the addition of the frankincense celestial musk (whatever that is) gives a bit of backbone to the florals, but subtly. It's not steering them around. It's more like a supportive hand at your back, steadying you. The scent wobbles sometimes on the verge of being powdery, but on me it never quite gets there (which is a good thing).
Reflections: This is another fairly linear scent, which means it is pretty similar in all stages. If you're the type of person who uses color to describe scents, I'd say the color to come to mind would be "golden". The white flowers and resinous bottom notes meld nicely, and stay very close to the skin as the scent dries. It's certainly a scent your lover will be able to smell when snuggling close. Sanctus is a sophisticated floral - clean, sweet, white and pretty, but not prim. My guess is if you do not like fruity perfumes, you will not like this one. I could see this almost being that overly-ripe-fruit-that's-about-to-get-fruitflies sort of smell on the wrong skin! That's not how it smells on me, mind you, but I just want to warn you how it could go wrong if your skin plays tricks with fruit notes. I'm not sure why, maybe it's the white flowers, but I feel like this would be super-appropriate to wear to a funeral.
Thanks, BPAL, for sending me these bottles to review.
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