Kali, the Black One, is the fearless Goddess of Destruction, Creation, Energy [in her Shakti aspect] and Dissolution. Also named Kaliratri [Black Night] and Kalikamata [Black Earth-Mother], she is the fiercest aspect of Devi, the supreme mother goddess. Kali is a protector Goddess, the destroyer of evil spirits and guardian of the faithful. She, along with her consort Shiva, represent the unending cycle of death and birth, sexual union, creation and destruction. Kali annihilates ignorance, maintains the natural order of the world, and blesses those who strive for spiritual awareness and knowledge of true holiness with infinite tenderness and motherly love. The constant, unending Work of Creation is called the "The Play of Kali". This perfume is a blend of the sacred blooms of cassia, hibiscus, musk rose, Himalayan wild tulip, lotus and osmanthus swirled with offertory dark chocolate, red wine, tobacco, balsam and honey.
Vial: Wine and balsam. Very strongly balsam, actually: the pine scent was the first note I picked out, and it linkered over faint undertones of other things. Maybe just a trace of the tobacco; there's something musky-pleasant there.
Wet: Complex and floral, and I'm picking up a bit of the honey and chocolate. The pine sort of flickers on and off as I test it.
Drydown: The scent's a little perfumey. Sweet. I can't pick out the distinct floral notes at all, except maybe the rose is emerging a little. It isn't woody/spicy at all after the first three minutes or so. It's a very girl perfume. I'm trying to think if I have any characters I would wear this for. Patty Valens, maybe. Hmm. I suspect that means my work could use a few more femme-presenting female characters. I like it all right, but it's not me once the balsam and wine and chocolate drop out.
Dry: This seems to be fading off my wrists somewhat quickly, or maybe I'm getting desensitized. I feel very floral-dress in this scent.