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Dark Season is a popular perfume by Neil Morris Fragrances for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production. Pronunciation

Perfumer

Neil Morris

Fragrance Notes

Vanilla, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Fir, Cinnamon

Ratings

Scent

7.7 | 13 Ratings

Longevity

7.4 | 12 Ratings

Sillage

6.7 | 10 Ratings

Bottle

5.8 | 5 Ratings
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 31.07.2020.
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10
Scent
6
Longevity
8
Sillage
5
Bottle
Carboytony

114 Reviews
Carboytony
Carboytony
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Reliving Neils Finnish memories
Dark Season, inspired by a starlight walk in the Finnish woods with good friends. Neil lived in Finland for a year in 1977, and he speaks Finnish, this perfume is a stunner which truly brings this experience alive in scent.

This is a dark winter scent, yet, it doesn't weigh you down. It's surprisingly light and agile. It's not solemn, but rather enchanting and inviting.

It's the scent of warm spicy cinnamon, piquant and soothing. It's the scent of stoic fir trees, their bracing crisp scent awakening your senses. It's Patchouli and Labdanum dark and seductive, earthy and real, the forest floor. It's Oakmoss pungent and earthy marrying with a spiced dirty vanilla, sweet and creamy.

I can picture myself in the forest, stars twinkling in the heavens, the air cold with winter's majesty, twigs and leaves cracking underfoot, the closeness and warmth of good friends next to you, holding gloved hands, the forest creatures aslumber, an owl hoots in the distance.
7.5
Scent
5
Longevity
8
Sillage
5
Bottle
Katad

58 Reviews
Katad
Katad
   0  
Loveliest forest scent
This scent starts brilliantly with a big blast of potent spice. Cinnamon, molasses, rich fruit cake and tar, backed by evergreen resin and earthy patchouli. Soon the massiveness ebbs and I am left with a sweeter forest scent. I can't keep my nose away from my skin. The big sillage drops rather quickly, but still I have put this on my wish list.
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
Tessa

80 Reviews
Tessa
Tessa
Helpful Review    4  
Deep dark
And so extremely dense that you cannot distinguish anything around you. You strech your arms and rely on your olphactive sense and continue to step forward overwhelmed by a resinous scent that never goes away. Yet you are never affaraid because it is a recognizable smell of fir trees or pines, a forest scent.
This is a very dark brown colour scent.
After a couple of houres you can get some tinges of warmth, from the cinnamon, I guess, or a hint of vanillas and it is like giving you some hope that the darkness will be over.
The title of this creation is so appropriate!
I would say that this is a masculine fragrance with a great longevity but a short sillage as if the forest scent penetrates your skin and stays there.
7
Scent
Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Helpful Review    5  
Fille en aiguilles twin sister
As I’ve been trying Neil Morris’s earthy eau de parfum fragrances I’ve found that they have a roundness, warmth and soft focus that puts me in the mind of an idealized, 19th century landscape painting. All the elements of the scene are recognizable but capturing the realism of every last detail is not the intent. Rather, it is to place the viewer in a narrative moment or the atmosphere of the landscape. That sense of narrative seems to be the inspiration behind much of the Neil Morris Fragrance line. Nearly every fragrance on his website has a very specific autobiographical narrative and Dark Season is the most detailed of them all. My family heritage is Scandinavian so the website description spoke to me in a very personal way. I just had to have a sample:
“I lived in Finland for a year in 1977 and... one evening wile visiting my friend... we decided to bundle up and walk through the winter woods not far from her home. ...the silences of the majestic forest and the softly falling snow combined to create an otherworldly dreamscape. We stopped talking and just walked... till the wind told us we’d had enough. We then headed back to their house and we could smell the warm fires and saunas coming from the homes on her street. Her mom had warm glögi ready for us when we got in...”

In Dark Season Neil Morris recreates the narrative by opening the fragrance with a heady, resinous pine accord reminiscent of Serge Lutens Fille en aiguilles. I’ll return to that comparison later. There’s a slight smokiness to the scent -I would like more please!- and then as the overall fragrance develops it begins to sweeten and soften as the fragrance takes you from the pine forest into a warm house with the scent of cinnamon laced glögi (Scandinavian mulled wine). At this point the eau de parfum concentration of the fragrance begins to take on a powdery quality that finally settles on an aromatic woody note that, for a Scandinavian, is definitely the smell of a cedar lined sauna.

As I said earlier, Dark Season and Serge Lutens Fille en aiguilles are very similar in many ways. The similarities begin with the juice itself. Both consist of a dark amber brown liquid that looks like sap tapped from pines and decanted directly into the bottles without any distillation process. Both open as big, pine based fragrances with an element of smokiness, though the smokiness of Dark Season is very mild. But this is where the similarities end. Whereas I spoke of Dark Season as a soft focus landscape painting, Fille en aiguilles is an artist’s detail study of rough pine bark oozing sweet, resinous yet tarry sap.

As much as I like Dark Season -and Neil Morris’s independent, very individual creations generally- I actually prefer Fille en aiguilles. The opening of Dark Season is incredible, every bit the equal of Fille en aiguille. But there is something about the lingering powdery quality (oak moss?) in the development of Dark Season that overwhelms me after a time. With its eau de parfum concentration Dark Season also lingers on my skin for well over a day, even after bathing, becoming stale smelling. Fille en aiguille, on the other hand, is fairly linear and I don't mind that at all. I want to live in the natural detail of its opening and all the memories it evokes of northern forests. And even though I wrote of Fille en aiguille as having a big opening its presence calms after a few minutes and is not so pervasive, whereas I have felt somewhat self conscious about the powdery aura and sillage of Dark Season.

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