swifty's hq v2.2 > reviews > scent > katabatic
||ruby cypress, camphor, birch leaf, ravintsara, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bitter almond, red fir, cedarwood, sandalwood, orris root, dragon's blood resin, oakmoss.
||Nostalgic, unisex/masc leaning, sweet and musky, summer
||Outings with friends
this smell feels like a testament to my hometown, honestly. i got it as a free sample alongside my purchase of fanghorn ii, in addition to a sample for hayride, which i'd seen the notes of but wasn't that intrigued by. that said, this one seems much more up my alley just at a glance, and at a spray even more so!
the opening notes are very much like root beer, but a slightly more musky and mature take on it. no bitterness, though, it's very sweet. it isn't obnoxious, even if it feels like it would be somehow at a sniff, and it's very pleasant. feels like i'm visiting the local candy store as an adult.
it mellows out into a nice campfire smoky smell, and then near the end of its duration it smells a bit like a dusty bookstore or library.
after a little bit it gives way to a smoky smell. THAT'S the foresty smell i crave! smells like old wood and dirt a little, still with that sweet root-beer-esque tone. giving me the vibes of my childhood visits to any of the mountain rivers in my area.
in terms of how it matches with the notes listed.. i can definitely smell the cinnamon and cloves! and sandalwood! that must be what gives it its smokiness. i think the oakmoss is pretty present as well. the other stuff i haven't smelled quite before, except maybe for the camphor, which it also smells a bit like. it's very woodsy! like a summer woodsy smell...
i think, if you like musk, this is the smell for you! otherwise you may not like it so much. it's not a quiet scent, but not an overwhelming one, either. it feels like giving a hug to an older relative almost.
lightens as the scent ages to a smoky campfire smell. pleasant and doesn't stand out too much. i really enjoy it.