Casting Shadows, created by Angela St. John, is the second fragrance in Solstice Scents’ Light & Shadows: Amber Series. It showcases a generous dose of golden amber along with a nag champa incense accord, a touch of dried sugar maple leaves and distant wood smoke to represent shadows. It is meant to represent the mystery and somber stillness in the hours after midnight. The swirl of amber, leaves and incense balance on the edge of an Autumn night, just on the cusp of Winter. The amber is rich and full bodied, with a pleasant sweetness, a little resin and no powdery notes. The nag champa accord is saturated with sustainably harvested sandalwood essential oil. The crunchy sugar maple leaves crumble in your hands and the woodsmoke is very soft and weaves seamlessly with the incense smoke to become almost indistinguishable. Casting Shadows is an eau de parfum, edp.
SOLSTICE SCENTS CASTING SHADOWS REVIEWS
Fragrantica: What I love about SS- for me- is the sweet notes of the unisex/atmospheric scents really seem to POP on me. Casting Shadows does repeat the incense/nag champa of several other scents, but the sugar maple POPS in this and once it was restocked Fall 2023- I got my EDP. It comes today. Only a few of the SS "Incense" smells made it to EDP for me- my faves are Conjure and this.
Fragrantica: I love this fragrance, it's the favorite out of the ones I've purchased. I get strong nag champa incense, maple, and amber notes with the wood notes softly in the background. Cozy.
Fragrantica: Casting Shadows is in the same vein as Wardrobe and Monastic. It’s a woody-spicy scent. The incense note is nice but light, the woods note is heavy, and spicy element does translate to dry leaves or old parchment. I would say this scent leans more masculine but I would encourage anyone to try it and wear it if these note groups make you happy.
Fragrantica: Although this starts kinda heavy incense it lands somewhere else for me - lightly floral, woody, spicy. Frankincense yes. Rich and warm... deep amber colored silk. I love the long wear. Long lasting and beautiful.
Fragrantica: This is the most realistic nag Champa accord I have yet to smell. Casting Shadows is like the way a room smells that just had nag Champa burning in it 10 minutes prior but has since gone out. It’s that sweet, woodsy, slightly smoked aroma that lingers on your clothes and hair after listening to Moonage Daydream laying on the floor of your room staring at the ceiling. Or maybe the smell of soft, honeyed sandalwood that you burn on your puja table at home before every Japa session. Casting shadows may seem dark but make no mistake about it, this fragrance is purely golden. It radiates elegance while being heady and far out. Like true nag Champa, casting shadows last forever. I get a solid 6 hours of projection with the first two hours being monstrous. It turns into a skin scent for about another 3-4 hours depending on how hydrated I am that day. It works best in cold weather because the subtle Smokeyness shines like an aura of incense wafting around you all day.
Fragrantica: Really wonderful! This is a lovely Nag Champa Incense with a spicy/smoky gourmand vibe. Very much a fall scent, cozy and warm, I love it :)