The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

The Decay of the Angel by Timothy Han Edition Perfumes

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WHAT I SMELL:   The Decay of the Angel opens on the skin with soft and creamy mandarin and neroli, that quickly becomes contained in a mentholated tent of a indolic jasmine.  The perfume’s florals are rich and thick and they feel like they’re full of syrup that coats the skin.  The perfume is incredibly unique, absolutely stunning and mind numbing when breathed in.  After a short while, the syrupy thickness begins to melt away, but the mentholated florals remain with a softened tone.  After a bit, a light suede settles in under the florals as they continue to thin and the perfume continues to radiate, but with a softer intensity.  After a short while longer, a light plastic ebbs in, like the smell of a fleshy band-aid.  It’s not a bad smell, but mixed with the florals it’s interestingly unique.  In the end, the labdanum is the star, giving the perfume a warmed and comforting musk that lingers with the remains of the ghost like florals.

From the Timothy Han Edition Perfumes website:

A rich and exotic burnt floral fragrance with a subtle headiness that comes from desire infused by flowers on the wane. Inspired by Yukio Mishima’s 1971 novel of the same name, these are the final longings of a descending angel.

Top:  Mandarin, Neroli, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense

Heart:  Sambac Jasmin, Acacia, Cade

Base:  Oudh, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Tonka, Labdanum

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A dilapidated French château.  Once full of life with beautiful gardens it’s now a reflection of it’s former self.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE THE DECAY OF THE ANGEL:  haunting, introspective, unique

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DECAY OF THE ANGEL:  None to be found.

BOTTOM LINE:  I love this perfume.  It’s achingly beautiful in a otherworldly way.  Sometimes perfumes speak to the soul.  In this case The Decay of the Angel does to mine.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Oriental
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  $180 for 60 ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

13 thoughts on “The Decay of the Angel by Timothy Han Edition Perfumes

  1. Very nice review.
    I very much enjoyed She Came to Stay from Tim Han’s

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  2. I’m so not into florals, but this one sounds intriguing. Looks like it’s sample time.

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  3. Hmmm, the notes sound a bit like a decaying gardenia petal. This one is intriguing, but I think I will pass. As always, love, love your review and the decaying chateau reference.

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  4. I’m almost sure that I won’t want to wear this perfume but your review tempts me to try it.
    I like several things about the brand: they offer a very reasonable sampling choices (individual samples or all 3 together, in which case they credit later a bottle purchase with that amount – because of shipping restrictions, most likely, it’ll work for the UK only but still), perfumes themselves are not extremely expensive, and there seems to be some ideas beyond just making A perfume because everyone else does.
    So, while I won’t pay for samples, if I come across this brand at a store, I’ll definitely try it.

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    • I love those sampling programs as well. As far as I know the only place to purchase in the US is at Twisted Lily and Luckyscent…of course like you said that doesn’t help with the sampling program.

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      • We cannot expect from a small brand to be able to overcome international delivery/distribution issues. The fact that they are available in the U.S., and those distributors have their own sampling programs, is already an important step.

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  5. Birds of a feather…decaying florals attract me as well. Thank you for the lovely review – I’ll seek this one out. xo

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