Antonino, The Carny Talker Act II: Fiat Nox
Posted 31 August 2006 - 07:24 PM
In the bottle: This is another very complex scent. It's got a hint of verbena and lavender which gives it a sharpness but the coconut, vetiver and plum balance it out.
On my skin: Oh wow. This is so great! Coconut and plum with a hint of verbena. However, it doesn't last. It becomes something that doesn't work on my skin. It becomes too lemony sugar on my skin. I wish the plum and coconut stuck around longer. The first part of the scent works so well, but after it morphs it just doesn't work at all.
Final verdict: If I could figure out how to make the first half stick around, I'd be thrilled to death. Again, another lovely scent that just doesn't work on my skin sadly.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 10:39 PM
Makes me think of someone who has traveled much and travelled well and has a suitcase of clothes that picked up scents from all of his or her ports of call, scents that have now aged and blended into one wonderful aroma that's both interesting/unusual but totally comfortable. Nothing screams "notice me" in this blend (odd given that a carny barker would be the center of attention!), but its far from a standard perfume. It's mysterious but mellow. Could work well on a man or a woman, I suspect.
I'll be stocking up on this one.
Posted 02 September 2006 - 02:00 AM
Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:04 AM
Initially, when wet, it hits me like men's aftershave... a -nice- men's aftershave, yes, but still aftershavey, the vetiver being very predominant. I don't get much, if any, fruit whatsoever in it... it's vetiver, lavender, and a bit of musk with just a FAINT whisper of coconut. It dries down to a very faint sweetish vetiver... I think I'm going to have to try this by itself, without competing with Melisande and Candy Butcher, both of which have so much throw they rather dominate poor Tony, but overall... it's a surprisingly pleasant, rather masculine scent.
Posted 02 September 2006 - 02:53 PM
You can't win them all. :P
Posted 03 September 2006 - 04:58 AM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:58 PM
Wet: Verbena is the strongest & most easily detectable note; sweet lemon, slightly powdery. There's a tiny bit of dark, rich fig notes in there too, but it's mostly lemon verbena right now.
Drydown: The verbena has lessened in intensity, and the fig is more prominent. The fig-lemon connection reminds me a bit of Cerberus, but this is a lot lighter. The coconut finally starts to come out, but oddly enough not the vetiver (??!!!!) and just barely the musk.
This smells a hell of a lot like Carnaval Diabolique; mostly coconut & lemon with a touch of musk. =/
ETA: a few hours later: this has FINALLY begun to smell different than CD! Now it's a nice musk, almost a fougere smell (probably the lavender). Still no vetiver, which is odd, because I usually amp it like all get out. Now I'm happy. :P
This post has been edited by Diana: 03 September 2006 - 04:37 PM
Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:09 PM
wet: verbena. lemony.
dry: bright, crystaline, clean, lemony.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:35 PM
Because I can still smell the small amounts of spiky sourness that vetiver imparts whenever I wear it, this might not be for me. But I'll definitely be trying it again, as I love the way the plum and fig come out after a while and give this a rich purpley feel.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:37 PM
Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:15 AM
On: Musk and vetiver. A wee tiny bit of fig! Coconut never seems to show up on me unless it's one of the primary notes.
Drydown: This dries down to a light creamy musk with vetiver. Occasionally I get a whiff of lavender.
Pretty nice. I find it more gender-neutral than the other masculine scents so far.
Posted 06 September 2006 - 01:04 AM
Am so glad I can't smell the lavender - or that it doen't go weird on me - this is a new favorite blend for me. :P
Posted 06 September 2006 - 07:59 PM
Initial sniff and wear: Lavender and the herbal lemon of Verbena. I actually really like both of these notes, but I'm shocked to find I'm not getting much else! It's a tad bracing at this point, but not in a bad way.
After about 20 minutes: The same two notes, but the white musk develops and softens and smooths everything over. (I love the way the labs white musk does this!)
Late drydown: I get a teeny whiff of plum now and again.
Final thoughts: This a much lighter blend than I would have imagined. And far less masculine than I would have thought as well - very gender neutral as others have said.
It's actually very nice! (But I have another BPAL in the collection that is very similar on me, so I will try to trade for other CD)
Posted 10 September 2006 - 06:10 PM
Wet: VETIVER getting over its control issues a bit.
Dry: The sharpness fades, then holds steady at a moderate level. The musk gently cradles the black coconut, that's the predominant scent on me. The plum is only an occasional whiff, and the lavender/verbena add an old-fashioned sweetness to it. Very complex and satisfying...not too spicy, not too sweet, with a lot of fullness to it.
This post has been edited by savage_rose: 10 September 2006 - 06:12 PM
Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:03 PM
In the bottle and wet on the skin this strongly verbena with vetiver backing it up. No plum or coconut yet at this stage, but it seems to be morphing.
As it dries it does sweeten up - perhaps the plum/fix might make an appearance yet. I know the lavender is in there but it's not scaring me like it sometimes can.
Further drying - everything is blending and balancing beautifully. As others have noticed, this is gender-neutral - I can see it working on anyone.
Posted 11 September 2006 - 07:26 PM
It stops smelling like a super-sour lemon fizzy candy and starts smelling OMG deliciously semi-sweet and musky and mysterious. I can smell the fig and the coconut very faintly in the background, which may very well be what makes this scent so fantastic. Antonino delivers far more than he first promised and dries down to sweet musky gorgeousness!
This is a total grower on my skin, and I reckon that this will be bottleworthy. Absolutely lovely, and totally unexpectedly good on me. This is a serious contender for second best CD after Mme Moriarty.
Posted 12 September 2006 - 03:30 AM
This reminded my of a lighter version of Haunted... There's no dark musk to be had here. Sadly I do prefer Haunted to Antonino... This was too much of a happy lemon scent for me.
The drydown was very nice.. mellow, not heavy lemon, I think the musk and plum come out. Since I wear a scent locket I don't get to really enjoy the drydowns; too bad, it was nice!
Posted 13 September 2006 - 04:38 AM
Wait until the lemon dies back, then apply again, and wait some more, and OMG, it's gorgeous. I can't pick out any of the specific notes (past verbena I mean), but I suspect some of it is fig as that works well for me. It is luscious, sexy, exotic and rich.
I wore some on my wrist to an accounting class tonight, and kept myself entertained all evening. The throw isn't huge, so it can work in situations like that.
Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:38 PM
Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:46 PM
In the imp: lemon verbena with a hint of coconut and lavender.
Wet on skin: lemon verbena and lavender with something sweet at the base. It's very similar to Carnaval Diabolique.
Dry on skin: this is a more masculine version of CD, I think, and without the candy sweetness. It has a greener lemon note to it, with the darkness of vetiver smouldering underneath. I get a tiny, tiny amount of plum and a hint of white musk, and that same toasted coconut note I got in CD. This is very nice so far but lemon verbena does go oily or soapy at times-let's hope it doesn't in here.
After a while: the verbena does develop a slightly odd oily scent but it's not too bad here-underneath I get a lot more plum now, sweet and almost creamy-fruity, with the musk and coconut. I get a very slight nod to King of Spades but thanks to the verbena and the lack of green and berries the scent is quite different. The coconut adds a sweet, toasted feel to it all, the vetiver is delightfully subtle but it's definitely there, it's slightly lemony aspect working in tandem with verbena.
Eventually the scent is a strange lemony vetiver verbena scent which is a little metallic on me-there are hints of sweet coconut and plum but they somehow seem to clash with the vetiver. The good thing with this vetiver is that it doesn't smell like the really strong, overpowering stuff.
At the end, this smells like very watered down lemony vetiver-it's ok, but it's not something I'm crazy about. But it does improve a tiny bit with the return of coconut just before it disappears.
Verdict: this started out very nicely, like a masculine Carnaval Diabolique, with a similar coconut-lemon thing going on, backed up by plum and musk and vetiver. I wasn't so keen on the drydown though-the notes that worked so well together before seemed to clash, and the vetiver, despite it being of the subtler variety, seems to take over, adding an almost metallic scent to it all, before it remains the only note of this scent that stands out. A shame really because this had a lot of potential to start with. I really prefer CD, which is very similar, but more complex. Not sure if I'll keep it-it's nice but I'm not sure if it's a real keeper. Having said that, this scent does 'round off' this series of CD thanks to it's resemblance to the namesake blend-it's like the series has gone full circle.
Emoticon rating: :P
If you like this, try: Carnaval Diabolique
This post has been edited by yeahbutnobut: 28 September 2006 - 02:18 PM
Posted 20 September 2006 - 01:33 AM
In the vial: lemon and lavender deliciousness. A burst of summer!
Wet: scrumptious verbena.
Dry: OMG, this gets better as it dries. The fig comes out (and maybe vetiver?) to give this blend depth. The musk grounded it after about half an hour. I think this is a lovely gender neutral scent. A big bottle purchase for me :P
Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:33 AM
Summarised in a word or two: Evil Lemon.
In the imp: Verbena, vetiver, and lavender. None of these notes are ones I'm particularly fond of, so I'm not exactly chewing at the bit to continue...
On skin, wet: Lemony! But darkly so. This ain't so sunshine-y, happy lemon. Very... earthy.
On skin, dry: Once more, same as before! Antonino as a scent is as loud as I imagine the Carny Talker to be, and no less bold. You walk by, trying to politely ignore him, but no! — Antonino the perfume will not be ignored. Worse, right here you have three of my most loathed of notes, all clamouring for the spotlight. It's kind of like a darker, edgier, corrupted version of Carnaval Diabolique, except that CD's lemon mercifully backs off after a while. Antonino's verbena just gets stronger with time.
Conclusion/Notes: Me, like something with verbena, lavender, and vetiver? :P I had to try a drop anyway.
Posted 24 September 2006 - 11:16 PM
On me, this is a strange one. I can smell a beautifully sweet black coconut, fig, and plum trying to beat their way through the sharp lemon verbena. It's like an exotic and creamy fruit salad that's being smothered in lemons.
Catching whiffs of this from afar, it's really lovely. The woodsy fig mixed with a creamy toasted coconut and fruity sweet plum... it smells candied and edible. However, if I sniff my wrist up close, it's overpoweringly lemony.
This would be such an awesome blend if there wasn't any lemon verbena in here to muck it up :P As it is, the lemon is way too sharp and eats the other notes on my skin.
The Carny Talker is pretty much a fruity blend on my skin, dominated by sharp lemons. I can't pick out any vetiver at all.
Posted 25 September 2006 - 12:28 AM
Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:29 PM
Imp: This is a very unexpected blend, the notes are crazy together (but in a good way). In the imp, I smell lavender and verbena predominantly, but don't think for a moment that its a run-of-the-mill herbal, cuz under those herbs is a hint of dark fruity sweetness, proming curveballs in your near future (or mine, at least).
Wet: Lemon verbena is the primary note when this hits my skin. Its incredibly bright and cheerful. There is the barest hint of darker heavier fruits, but wet...almost all verbena.
Drying: Its still lemony, but its backing off so you can get more of the other notes. Plum comes out, as does the white musk. And...coconut! Now, usually, coconut turns playdoh-y on me, but I think black coconut is a sometimes-exception, and luckily that is the case here.
Dry (45 min-1 hr): the lemon is but a faint whisper to the dark fruits (which are almost winey/montressorish to me), and the musk/coconut combo. Its truly beautiful, and not at all what you'd expect from the way the scent starts out.
Verdict: A glorious cacophony of notes. So complex, and definitely a scent adventure, probably not unlike the adventure that antonino himself is selling. So far (but i've yet to try them all), this is my CD standout, and I'm seriously considering a bottle.
edited: I've worn this more since, and its come to remind me of LUSH's Jungle scented solid conditioner, which is one of my favorite smells ever. So yeah, that bottle I was considering? I ordered it. :P
This post has been edited by jewelbug: 10 November 2006 - 04:55 PM