purchased and reviewed by ThoraSTooth
In the bottle, St. John's Eve smells like bay rum that's been filtered through something that took off all its sharp edges. Sniffing deeply, I get just a hint of soft white rose.
On my skin, it's all tangy smoke over bay rum. As it dries down, though, the resins come up. The tangy smoke subsides to a tickle of spicy smoke in the background, while the rose just contributes a light, bright smoothness. The bay rum is a warm, prickly, cinnamon-herb note that plays very well with the frankincense while the myrrh lies under everything like a net, catching and keeping it in mid-air rather than having it sink into darkness.
Every year I ask myself why I don't wear this one more often, because it really is sumptuous, like burning ritual incense over a hickory fire. It's light, with not a lot of sillage, but it lasts for many hours on my skin.