According to Neil Morris:

I lived in Finland for a year in 1977 and I would take walks with my Finnish friends on cold, dry, shimmering nights. One evening while visiting my friend Merja's family in Lahti (60 miles north of Helsinki) we decided to bundle up and walk through the winter woods not far from her home. (The woods are ubiquitous in Finland!) The night was crystalline and the air cold and clear and as we walked and talked, the silence of the majestic forest and the softly falling snow combined to create an otherworldly dreamscape. But what I remember most were the stars! They hung like almost reachable frozen orbs that might shatter from our chilled breath. We stopped talking and just walked for half an hour more till the north wind told us we'd had enough. We then headed back to their house on Pohjanakanpolku (Yes, that's the name of the street they lived on. It means Path of the Northern Hag - I kid you not!!), and we could smell the warm fires and saunas coming from the homes on her street. Her mom had warm glöggi ready for us when we got in. I was almost in tears from the magic of that walk.

Dark Season fragrance notes

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

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Latest Reviews of Dark Season

I wish I could find a full bottle somewhere because I love this! Dark Season is all over the place, which (in most fragrances) is not always a good thing. In this, it is what keeps Dark Season so mysterious. It's definitely sweet but not sickening.

My description is going to sound very strange but it's what I smell. Dark Season takes me back to some pleasant memory in my childhood but I'm not exactly sure what. It does reminds me of outdoors in the Piney Woods of East Texas. I can smell the cold air blowing through the thick woods with a mix of all different types trees and lots of pine. I get a slight hint of mushrooms and gasoline fumes that is a good smell.
I use to get in trouble for smelling my dads zippo lighter but I loved the way the fumes smelled and would sneak a tiny quick sniff every so often. I can smell that too in the background of this fragrance. I smell the inside cellophane from a brand new unsmoked pack of my dads Kent 100 cigarettes. I get cinnamon, patchouli and vanilla that comes and goes the whole time from first spray to the dry down. I'm telling you Dark Season is all over the place...but in a good way.

I am so thankful for my sample and the opportunity to try this! I would have really missed out on something unique. I'm trying to savor every last drop since it can't be found!
30th September 2019
I don't like this scent at all. I do detect a piney, Christmas tree-like note in this, but it's buried under a choking, sweet cinnamon and vanilla accord. I like dry, transparent coniferous scents, not something heavy and syrupy like this. I was expecting something so much better, considering how excellent Neil Morris' Gandhara is.

Perhaps if this were named differently I wouldn't be as averse to it. With a name like "Dark Season", I thought this would smell like a walk through the forest. Instead, this is smells like I'm walking into a Yankee Candle store in a mall.

MY RATING: 3/10
2nd October 2011

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Dark Season is a lightly spiced spruce that quickly sinks into an ambery-oriental accord based around patchouli, labdanum, and a subtle vanilla. Spruce is tamed here, and the sharp, sinus-clearing qualities of essential oil are minimized in favor of an edgeless conifer note. The base is handled deftly, never becoming the thick, oriental swamp it could be with those notes. Dark Season sounds ominous in name, but it's warm, inviting fragrance, welcoming you in from the winter cold rather than sending you out into it.I'm surprised at the reviews that find this odd and conceptual. To my nose, it's one of the most approachable in the line, quite removed from olfactory oddities like Dark Earth, and a close cousin of many older mainstream masculines. If Polo could be mellowed out to a state of unrecongizability and given a bit of gourmand window-dressing, it would smell something like Dark Season.
8th May 2010
I found the drydown of this to be quite similar to "super cheapo" Cuba Orange, though they are not identical. I like Cuba Orange better overall, though, so you can probably guess that I won't be spending money on a bottle of Dark Season. If you feel yourself becoming ill at the thought of purchasing Cuba Orange, try Rochas Lui, which still should save you more than a few dollars. I'll give this a positive rating, though, because I don't take price into account. Sillage and longevity seemed good, if not better. I'll also suggest Etro's Messe de Minuit, which is not quite as similar as the other two but also worth considering if you like these kinds of fragrances (I do).
27th March 2010
Opens with a rich cinnamon tinged darkness of frankincense, patchouli, Fir, and Myrrh. The dark vanilla base removes some density from this dark oriental opening and there is light at the end of the tunnel. As it wears on the heavy opening dies down to reveal more green fir + myrrh for a conifer wood darkness layered over warmth of dark vanilla and labdanum base. Less amber prominent that Ambre Fetische but similar . . . and very similar to Neil Morris EARTH TONES #3 NORTH WOODS but w/o the oakmoss. A deep warm resinous wooded scent that is very masculine and is definitely a mid winter fragrance.
14th September 2009
I wanted to try this and I was hoping for a dark forest kind of smell, not fresh like a pine airfresher but dark, wet and a bit heavy. Sadly it was none of that and I found the opening to remind me of cherry couch syrup. Maybe the sample was old or there is something wrong with me, but this didn't smell green at all. The dry down was lovely though and I think the vanilla, labdanum and myrrh are responsible for it. The drydown makes this a thumb up fragrance and not a thumbs down.
3rd May 2009
An unsual mixture of Christmas tree and root beer and patchouli. Imagine daubing on some old Tabu with its rich root beer notes and its sexy patchouli and then festooning yourself with Christmas tree boughs and cinnamon sticks before heading out for a long walk in a Finnish forest.Interesting and fairly well blended, but not for everyone.
25th February 2009
Um, yeah, it smells a bit evergreeny...
12th August 2008
Very accurate fir tree sap, blended with mosses and and a general smell of being in a Finnish forest. (I'm from Finland and Neil's description of Dark Season was the clincher for my decision to order samples from him). I tried this on my husband's skin and it felt like a temporary tattoo of a forest scene, rather than a part of him. Very good piece of olfactory storytelling, but I'm not convinced of its wearability as a perfume.
10th August 2008
A very sexy fragrance redolent with the forest; cinnamon is distinctly noticeable. I love the base of this fragrance so much! Very dark, deep and long-lasting.
9th August 2008