Totem Eclipse (of the heart) is a fragrance in the limited edition North by Northwest Collection by Smell Bent. This collection is inspired by the wonderful and wild Pacific Northwest.
I hope you like cedar! Because Totem Eclipse opens as straight up lumberyard cedar. It’s planks and planks of astringent red cedar. And it wears as Lowes Home Improvement for a long time. It’s a mix of cedar planks and slightly damp beauty bark. After, seriously, like 2 hours, I get this fresh forest evergreen with a faint hint of white florals…with cedar. If somebody says they smell skunk cabbage in this, they are tripping. Let me tell you about skunk cabbage.
Skunk Cabbage grows all over the U.S. but a special type, the Western Skunk Cabbage, grows in the Pacific Northwest. It’s actually a very lovely plant that looks very tropical for here. When we first moved here, my husband had a job in a very tiny town. He drove me out to this tiny town because he had to “show me something”. It was summer, the windows of the car were down. BAM! I was hit with an aroma of perm. Yeah, perm. Beauty salon in the Middle of Nowhere, WA, U.S.A. – A mix of skunk trying to be masked by green florals. He pulls the car over to a salmon stream lined with these bright yellow “lilies”. This is what he wanted to show my nose. It was a disgusting but beautiful smell coming from a beautiful plant. Nobody would put this in perfume. And they shouldn’t. It’s a STRONG swampy-skunky-floral weed. It’s so vile and has no purpose. I take that back, post-hibernating bears use it as a laxative. So, it does have a purpose.
Notes listed include Western red cedar, champaca, skunk cabbage, evergreen and vegetal musk.
Give Totem Eclipse a try if you love (red) cedar. And if you love “simply cedar”. I can see this being a fond memory smell for some people, not me. Also use it to keep the moths away 😉 Try it if you want a stronger version of CdG Incense Series – Kyoto. I see Totem Eclipse as a better masculine because of the cedar and evergreens. It’s a woody fragrance and the perfume oil is very long-wearing.
I reviewed the oil which retails for $20. An EDT is also available. This Collection will be around until Jan. 1st at Smell Bent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION –Lumberyard red cedar. When you want to smell like cedar you can A. Wear Totem Eclipse perfume or B. Get a job building decks. I don’t like this at all. Why? Because, we’ve renovated a house from the 1930’s. I never want to smell anything that smells like “construction” again.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by Smell Bent. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Skunk Cabbage pic from Wikipedia.