Schwarzer Mond Brian's Creation: 8/22/06; 7/28/08-8/18/08; 6/29/11-7/1/11
Posted 21 September 2006 - 04:11 PM
in the bottle: aptchouli and bay rum
wet: all patchouli
as it dries it softens, i detect some amber, but it doesn't go all powdery as ambers sometimes do. it is rather a sweet, somewhat woody, bayrum scent w/ a patchouli and musk kicker. the musk is a sexy, almost predator type musk. very sexy. while black moon is soft, fragile, feminine, schwarzer mond is it's opposite. verile, predatory in attitude, sexy, and alluring. this is a stand out, and watch out i am entering the arena. w/ patchouli so strong in this blend i am betting it ages in an amazing way. very well done brian!
after a while the spicy myrhh starts to shine thround, it becomes a myrhh, patchouli, resinous musky, sex in a bottle. i am in love...
Posted 21 September 2006 - 10:04 PM
Once it dries down a bit, Schwarzer Mond becomes gorgeous and resinous, a wicked and spicy amber with a hint of the sweetness that was missing at first.
This is beautiful and wearable now - and I am really looking forward to seeing how it ages!
Posted 22 September 2006 - 03:20 AM
Someone please tell me why I love this?
In the bottle: what the hell? It's herbal and kinda stinky?! But here goes.
Wet: A touch of smoke and something sweet, is that myrrh?
Drydown: This is teh SEX! Something in there shares a note with Spanked. It's soft resins and sweetness and a touch of booze in there, I swear. Yes, it's official, I have fallen in love with something that's got a lovely patchouli note.
I can't believe I just wrote that sentence. Beth, how do you do this? I probably shouldn't ask, it's a matter of NATIONAL SEKURITEE!
I'm now alternating sniffing wrists like a weirdo...
that was a short trip
Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:51 PM
On Skin: I exclaimed “Oh yum!” when I opened this bottle. I didn’t expect this at all!!! It is a super dark and sweet resinous blend. I get the opoponax right away, the sweet resin commands this scent. The terebinth and myrrh add to the resinous feel making this have a sticky feel. This scent is black for sure, with a slightly golden brown tone. The night musk gives it a very sexy edge… a black fur blanket. The patchouli is actually quite pretty, earthy but not dirty. YAY! Patchouli is my least favorite note but it’s my friend here. The amber gives a soft spicy feel as well and is slightly powdery but not enough to make my nose twitch. I am not familiar with Zdravetz but it’s supposed to be a geranium-like note. That might also add to the earthy feel I get. All in all, this is a resin blend without a doubt. Deep, dark, swet and sticky. More masculine I feel, but I will be wearing this too because I LOVE it. Not a typical scent for me, and not one for the lab either. I can’t say it reminds me of any of their other blends. Huge kudos to Brian!!!!! I love that these two scents are the polar opposites of each other. Two completely different feelings and I love them both. Strong throw and long wearlength.
Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:01 PM
It smells similar on me to a lot of the darker amber blends. I smell similarities to Snake Charmer and Snake Oil, espcially. Too dark and perfumy for me, but I know this will be a popular blend! Now, Black Moon.... Oh, yum!
Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:06 PM
On me, wet: Opoponax and a wonderful patchouli with a subtle spiciness and touch of booze.
As it dries, the spice, which is clove-like, comes out more.
When it's finally dry, I can pick out a dark, smooth musk.
I'm having problems describing this (I can't think of any other scent to compare it to--maybe a shallow similarity to Montale Patchouli Leaves), so I'll just say that it's a warm, resinous, sweet, nuanced patchouli blend. It strikes me as mysterious and sexy.
I can't wait to wear this in the winter. Excellent job, Brian!
This post has been edited by nineveh: 22 September 2006 - 08:07 PM
Posted 22 September 2006 - 08:12 PM
For a dark-and-smoky-loving gal like me, this is heaven. :P
Dammit! Only got 2 bottles. Crap.
Posted 22 September 2006 - 09:45 PM
This is some strong, resinous stuff. I get primarily amber (gorgeous amber note!) and patchouli, and it's a smokin' alpha-male patchouli too. I'm guessing the light powder and oriental sweeteness is from the opoponax, and spice from the myrrh, and I'm not picking out the musk per se, but that's because I think it informs the entire blend, hence the alpha-male vibe. This smells like incredibly expensive, regal men's cologne. I can only imagine how it will age. Wow.
Well done, Brian!
...and I just had to edit in order to report that on complete drydown this gets even more gorgeous and mellows into a rich, resinous wood. guh. guhguhguh.
This post has been edited by Inanna9: 22 September 2006 - 11:09 PM
Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:34 PM
Wet: Dark and brooding, and a little smoldering. This is a hot, wet blend...it smells earthy and damp, but spicy.
Dry: More incense-y...myrrh and musk, with the vaguest hint of patchouli. Really great patchouli, light and very understated. This blend is fabulous! Spicy, warm, and mysterious...it smells like a voodoo blend of some sort, like magic is being worked, and mysteries are being created. "Delicious" and "exciting" don't go far enough to describe this..."portentous", that's the word to describe this blend.
Complex and fabulous...bravo, Brian!
Posted 23 September 2006 - 03:52 AM
ETA - 11.19.06 I wanted to add on to this review since the oil has had a couple of months to age. This has become so smooth and mellow. The sharpness that was present in the beginning is gone and it has gotten a lot sweeter. This just gets better and better :D
This post has been edited by portalkat: 21 November 2006 - 06:59 AM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 04:12 AM
I wouldn't call this love at first sniff. 'Portentious' and 'regal', taken from previous reviews, really are good words for this. I know I want to wear it again, but it might be a blend for special occasions. Or special moods. A very challenging scent!
edit: Second try, today, it's not overwhelming like it nearly was yesterday. Maybe yesterday I was over-sensitive because of empty stomach, or maybe I put too much on. Still liking it!
final edit (sorry): I eventually decided that the final dry stage was too heavy with a bay rum type scent. My skin took it into cloying, cheap smelling men's cologne or after-shave territory. This may have improved with aging...but I decided to swap it away and give someone else a chance at it.
This post has been edited by Forspecial Plate: 17 October 2006 - 06:54 AM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 05:18 AM
On the Skin: Now there's the opoponax..sweet resinous & slightly bitter florals
Afterhours: Mellowed down to a very sexy black amber/night musk(?) haze..it feels great wearing this blend..I knew I was a fool not to order more than one bottle! :D
Oh, and Brian..here ya go :P Well done!
Posted 23 September 2006 - 05:26 AM
Wet: The amber comes out almost immediately, and something in this is reacting to my chemistry like a leather note. It’s heady, warm and spicy; I get a color association of rich sable and midnight blue.
Dry-down: There’s bit of a powdery note taking the edge off of the spice, but this is by no means a bad thing. Wet, Schwarzer Mond is unbelievably rich, going to my head almost like brandy on an empty stomach. A bit of moderation helps me to appreciate the notes. This is where the musk truly blooms and the zdravetz starts to emerge. The opoponax adds a rich, earthy note ...and I think that I either want this fragrance to artfully ravish me, or I want a specific someone to put it on and do so.
Mature: The scents have blended to the point where it’s almost impossible for me to pick one out from another. The musk is still there, with a little bit of patchouli spice; everything else is a glorious chorus of notes. This is a warm scent; one that I can describe only as large and enveloping. It’s not necessarily a man’s perfume, but there is something unabashedly masculine about the fragrance. It carries the impression of a male of strength and confidence without braggadocio. Throw is on the light side of moderate, and it has fantastic staying power.
The Bottom Line: The sub-description is “the keeper of secrets”, and it truly fits -- because I smell libraries in this scent. Schwarzer Mond captures the scent of book and wood and hard-won knowledge gathered night after night. I will be hoarding this one.
Posted 23 September 2006 - 06:41 AM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 07:35 PM
And any man who wore this scent would command my complete and undivided attention. Rrrrrawrrll!
Posted 23 September 2006 - 08:30 PM
But what really wins me over is that there's something in here that smells to me like books. Like stacks of books in the basement of my college library, like their bindings and that wonderful smell that the pages get after a few decades. It's one of my favorite smells in the world. I'm so happy to have it bottled up in Schwarzer Mond!
Posted 23 September 2006 - 10:34 PM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 11:54 PM
Wet: Strong--earthy in a take-no-prisoners kind of way.
Dry: Gorgeous, beautiful! Warm, dry, resiny, earthy, woody, and spicy. Did I say gorgeous and beautiful? It is. Not overpowering, all of the components blend seamlessly. I too, will wear this alot in the coming cooler weather.
Yet another bravo for Brian!!! Encore!!!
Posted 24 September 2006 - 02:23 AM
Wet: I can smell patchouli and what I initially took to be Dragon's Blood, but now see is Amber, and it's a lovely amber, too, for the Lab's ambers don't usually smell this good on me.
Drydown 20 min: Mm, much sweeter now, but still not a lot of throw. I swear I smell black pepper, and mebbe something lile honey?
Drydown 1hr: Oo, I like this! Still not a lot of throw, just deep spice with a hint of cream and honey. It's not like Bengal, though, this is...cold weather spice, not hot.
Drydown 3hrs: the finish is very reminiscent of how Snake Oil smells after about 8 hours - faint, a good 'up close and personal' scent. Hubba hubba.
Glad I got 2 bottles!
Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:06 PM
On: A masculine patchouli with a light feel - not sure what note is adding that! - and a gentle waft of pepper. Yeah, there's no pepper listed in the notes, but something sure is reminiscent of it! This is masculine in the sense that a fella wearing it would smell quite manly; however, on a woman - such as myself :P - it is sultry, not "masculine". After several hours, it's settled into a sweet patchouli-myrrh. Fairly strong throw, and lasts well.
Layering with Black Moon adds a whole new level of scentual assault. Actually, rather than true layering, I have one on one side and one on the other, so that the layering effect takes place in the throw, and changes subtly in the air. That was, of course, a by-product of testing both at once but I adore the effect and will do this again intentionally. Many times.
Posted 25 September 2006 - 11:16 AM
Still battling a cold, but here goes...
Bottle: Amber, patchouli and something else
Wet: Amber, the patchouli fades and myrrh
Dry: Amber, myrrh, musk and other things my nose is not quite sure of... but I like it a lot
*edited for spelling
This post has been edited by theblackcloud: 26 September 2006 - 03:59 PM
Posted 25 September 2006 - 03:08 PM
Wet, the myrhh comes out...
There is something a little sweeter in here, ... I will definitely have to pick up another bottle of this, for the sheer mystery.
Posted 25 September 2006 - 05:37 PM
To my untrained nose, no one note stands out on my skin. I agree with the reviewers who have noted pepper in the blend - maybe it's the way the antique patchouli reacts with my skin on first contact? This patchouli is a revelation to me, so sweet and subtle, not the kind you smell on unwashed people at music festivals. :P I don't detect amber as a distinct note so much as knowing it's keeping the resinous scents nice and sweet without going all powdery.
This scent is very gender-neutral. It would smell equally as good on the right man as it would on the right woman. It's dark and sexy, spicy and mysterious, and very subtle. Not a huge throw, which is good - this is one you want someone to have to get close to you to detect. :D I think it will also age beautifully, as do all the Lab's oils.
Wish I'd bought more than one bottle, but I will treasure this one. :D
Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:05 PM
In the Bottle
Sexy, incensey, dark, and twangy.
This reminds me of Noir, it has that slightly smokey oponomax, and slightly sweet incensel. A bit peppery because of the pimenta but it's lovely.
It turns even more smokey on me after 20 minutes or so.
Yep, a bit.
I love this, I think I used to much initially as this blend has quite a presence. I put just a dot on my other wrist when I wore it later later and it was just Heaven. Thank you Beth.
Yes! I'm glad I purchased more than one bottle.
1-5 rating (5 being best)
This post has been edited by UltraViolet: 25 September 2006 - 07:07 PM
Posted 25 September 2006 - 07:08 PM
On me it's definately resiny. Dark, resin, amber, herbal. This evokes thoughts of emptiness. Like I'm smelling a cup of smokey black tea, but the tea isn't actually there. Masculine, but in that sense, it reminds me of a Ken doll. This is how Ken would smell. Just a hint plasticy on me. I have no idea when or where I would wear this.
I'm not sure if this is a keeper for me, but I have a feeling it won't be. It's a nice scent, but just not for me. I'm really glad I tried it though. It ended up lasting for several hours with lots of throw, so wearing sparingly.
I actually feel a little bad writing this up cause I don't want to hurt Brian's feelings. :P for Brian.
(Note: It's already been swapped, so don't ask. :D )
This post has been edited by Teggy: 26 September 2006 - 11:10 PM