Theodosius, The Legerdemain Act II: Fiat Nox
Posted 31 August 2006 - 07:18 PM
In the bottle: I can't pick out any of the scents individually to be honest except for the lightest hint of vanilla bean. It's a very sophisticated masculine scent, the musk and tea leaves reminding me of my grandfather. Especially because of the hint of vanilla bean behind it. He always smoked vanilla pipe tobacco and constantly had just a hint of vanilla on him.
On my skin: This does not smell good on my skin, but I'm not surprised by that at all. It's a lot of scents that don't match with my skin and when combined become very masculine. However, it's very light and subtle with a wonderful combination of musk, tea leaves, and vanilla bean.
Final verdict: This is a scent for a man, at least to me. I'm pretty sure it won't smell good on the boy because scents that are too light don't work for him. However, I think this will work great on my dad. It's a beautiful scent that's blended wonderfully.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:48 AM
My husband wouldn't try Dorian because he likes more herbal "manly" smelling oils, but I think he'll be all over this! I'll update after he tries it tomorrow.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 09:51 PM
Theodosius is, to put it bluntly, the scent of a sexy boy dipped in citrus tea and rolled in sugar.
I'm going to wear this all the time, but if I smelled a guy wearing this, it would probably make me want to slam him up against a wall and make out with him.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 10:20 PM
God/dess, I adore the trading cards and admission tickets!!! :P
In the bottle: this smells good enough to drink. It's musky sweet, light, and perhaps it's the Earl Grey that gives the blend a hint of citrus. So clean and fresh to my nose!
Wet on my skin: true to the bottle at first application. After a few minutes my skin is amping vanilla, musk, and the citrus note. Oh jeez, this smells so good!! This reminds me so much of my CTIII blends - I guess they contain more "masculine" notes than floral, "feminine" ones, yet it doesn't smell like I'm wearing my husband's aftershave - it's more like I've put on a tuxedo with the white shirt open to my cleavage and a corset instead of a cummerbund, kept my hair long and tousled and have on dark pink, shiny lip gloss and fuck-me black patent leather pumps. lol! Or Eddie Izzard - I could smell this on him when he's wearing a satin Cheongsam and heels. It's close to the skin, but I can detect it from my wrists down on the keyboard.
The drydown is luscious, musky vanilla tea, sweet, clean and crisp but still sexy. It's kind of a combination of Dirty and Xiuhtecuhtli on me. I wasn't so sure about the white fougere as the pale flowers don't love me, but I think they're keeping this from becoming heavy.
Maybe this is supposed to be a "men's" blend, but I'm going to wear my bottle myself - and keep it away from my husband! He stole my first CTIII for himself. :D
Posted 02 September 2006 - 02:12 AM
However, it appears that BPAL favors the brave. This one is all Dorian, but with bergamont (the flavor used on Earl Grey tea leaves) dominating rather than full on vanilla.
I told him he could have the bottle after I get a chance to smell it on me too! :P
Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:28 PM
Then, as I sit here cruising the forum, I'm suddenly surrounded with a cloud of wonderful fragrance -- a light warm waft of musk with vanilla and just a touch of tea ... wait, is that just a bit of bergamot I smell? No idea. Whatever it is, it's delicious. And would be equally fine on a woman or a man, I think.
Theodosius isn't overpowering at all, but he's definitely present. But not always. Occasionally he disappears, leaving just a trace of vanilla behind, and then he returns in all his musky glory. Ah, a magician's scent that's playing tricks on me -- now I 'see' him, and now I don't.
This one is perfect for days when you want to feel magical but don't want to make a major statement with your fragrance. Like the best magic, its adaptable to any situation and enhances your enjoyment of whatever is going on around you.
Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:46 PM
Initial application: Dorian
Now, let me say that, if I haven't mentioned it enough times already, Dorian is my favorite BPAL scent. Theodosius is wonderful, a perfect unisex scent, however to me it's almost a duplicate of Dorian, just a bit more masculine. As I've just ordered a 5ml of Dorian, I've offered Theodosius up for trade. Again, though, this is not meant to be a negative review. It's a beautiful blend, the Earl Grey keeping the vanilla and other notes from becoming too sweet and cloying.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 03:33 AM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:57 PM
Wet: It does smell a bit like Dorian! But with more of a fougere base to it, so it's a bit more "leafy" smelling.
Drydown: The Dorian-ness is fading a bit; there's still that sweetened vanilla-tea thing going on, but the fougere & darker tea makes it a bit more masculine & deeper & more complex. After a bit the fougere becomes softer.
This is like Dorian x grr! I love it.
This post has been edited by Diana: 03 September 2006 - 02:57 PM
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Posted 03 September 2006 - 07:42 PM
This is pure earl grey tea on me, just lightly rounded out with the jasmine leaf and white musk. The vanilla bean is very slight, just enough to keep the tea from being bitter. I love it on myself but will also put some on the guy when we go out. I can wear Dorian and we can waft yummy sexy tea goodness.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:32 PM
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Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:53 PM
This was supposed to be a birthday present for my husband, but, um.... well, no. See, the thing is, Dorian is one of my all-time favorites. I love the scent of it, and I get a ridiculous number of compliments whenever I wear it. And I'm selfish. That's really the bottom line. I love Theodosius and it smells fabulous on me, so I'm keeping it. :P
ETA: Also, I should have mentioned this: Theo's throw is not as strong as Dorian. It's softer, and quite faint after a couple of hours.
This post has been edited by filigree_shadow: 08 September 2006 - 10:54 PM
Posted 09 September 2006 - 05:42 AM
I will say that I am quite pleased with the blend overall. Perhaps, I just over-applied this morning. Who knows? I can pick up similarities in the drydown to Cheshire Cat, surprisingly enough. The musk is soft and lingers all day. I love the way the vanilla and musk wrap around the edge from the Earl Gray's bergamot. It's quite fantastic.
Posted 09 September 2006 - 10:59 AM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 06:04 PM
Wet: Okay, lemon's not mentioned, but that's what it smells like! Sharp lemon over creamy vanilla musk, with a bit of rugged spice. Very well-balanced!
Dry: Where did it go? Everything's pretty much gone almost immediately, but I'm occasionally getting a whiff of vanilla musk. Nice, and I like it, but my skin just soaks it up. Sigh.
Posted 11 September 2006 - 03:34 AM
I prefer Dorian on my skin, but I am saving this bottle for my man. I think it would be dead sexy on him.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 01:32 PM
Unfortunately I prefer to drink my Earl Grey rather than wear it, and although it smells pleasant on me, it smells awful on Mr Bagfish, so this one is going into the swap pile.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 07:30 PM
this scent gives off the same feeling as one of my favorite commercial scents- versace dreamer. a men's scent, but very perfumy and more unisex to me. both are very crisp and a little bit sweet and warm at the same time.
overall, i like this very much, and i think i'll keep my imp and buy a bottle of this when i get the chance.
This post has been edited by theseagrows: 12 September 2006 - 07:34 PM
Posted 13 September 2006 - 06:42 PM
This is incredible. In the bottle I can pick out the vanilla bean and the jasmine leaf. And an almost "foody" kind of scent. It's rich but not overpowering. On my skin it's even better. Wow. Vanilla and jasmine and Earl Grey... the musk adds a nice subtle "sexy" tone. I have no idea what a fougere is so I can't say much about that. The vanilla is definitely the prominent note but it's a deep vanilla, not a sweet foody one. I can't even say enough about this. It is fabulous. Seriously. I am so in love with this blend. I can't stop sniffing my wrists.... :P
Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:31 PM
Posted 14 September 2006 - 09:31 PM
After five minutes: The lemon is fading, I smell Earl Grey tea, what I imagine is the fougere.
Further drydown: The lemon is very faint, it smells a little acrid, but underneath there is a clean smell, but I'm getting leather, kindof oiled leather.
This is a manly smell, a strong, silent type.
I'll edit if it changes any more!
This post has been edited by oceandreamer001: 14 September 2006 - 09:33 PM