Thirteen (13): October 2006 Reformulation: 10/13/06 (Orange Label)
Posted 12 November 2006 - 11:16 PM
Yum, this reformulated 13 rocks my socks! It's like a complicated creamsicle on me, with the chocolate and sandalwood and lavender all coming through at various moments and wafting about me. This is much better with my chemistry than the original 13, and when I wore it at work the other day everyone loved it.
This 13 is sort of like Candy Butcher meets Kunstkammer meets Underpants on me, and I could not be happier. :P
Posted 13 November 2006 - 01:58 PM
Digression: I recently ate a piece of floral-flavored chocolate at work. Really. Thereís a company that makes gourmet chocolates, and they sent us samples for various reasons, and I consumed both a piece of lemon chocolate (not lemon cream, just lemon-infused) and a piece of alpine flower-flavored chocolate. This reminds me of the way those tasted. Chocolate... and yet... not chocolate.
This is a unisex scent (though, if the Lab told me it was designed for men, Iíd believe it faster than if they told me it was designed for women.) Itís warm and dark and appealing.
Chocolate was the dominant note for a while. Now itís tapered back, but itís still detectable. I can pick up some of the other notes if I close my eyes and concentrate, I think, but the truth is that I might be hallucinating them -- this has become softly blended instead of being layered, a soft, warm, dark brown blend that leaves me impressed and contented. Iím happy that I splurged for the bottle, since the next blend of 13 wonít show up until April of 2007.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 02:03 PM
This is fantastic, and I am glad that I ordered more than one bottle of this!
Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:01 PM
Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:24 PM
It's giving me some kind of very strong scent flashback that I can't quite pin down. This is a strangely fascinating, complicated blend.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 04:42 PM
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Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:08 PM
Unfortunately, as 13 dries down, it becomes quite sharp. It's a skin chemistry issue, not the oil's fault! But it's probably a deal-breaker for me.
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Posted 13 November 2006 - 05:59 PM
On me, it starts out as a lavender vanilla with a hint of citrus. As it dries, the citrus dissipates and the florals emerge, and I think I smell the rooibos too. After a few hours, a faintly sweet skin scent remains.
This has just skyrocketed into my top 5, and I am so sad I only bought one bottle. I shall now be off to stalk the swaps for a backup.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 09:11 PM
on: much more cocoa, but nicely balanced with the vanilla. this still has a nice fruitiness to it, too.
1.5 hours later: a pretty, soft scent, thanks to the sandalwood. it's still a bit sweet, but something (i think the fig leaf) is smelling sort of "off" on me.
3 hours later: generally fruity and sweet.
5.5 hours later: faintly and pleasingly sweet.
overall: i'm not sure about this one yet, but i think i'm going to keep it around for a while.
Posted 13 November 2006 - 11:57 PM
Beth better not change A DAMN THING before April 13, 2007!
Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:33 PM
In the bottle: Chocolate orange, reminiscent of my loved Vice.
On me: Predominately cocoa, orange and sandalwood. Love!! I was afraid of this one for the lavender, which I don't like. I wouldn't mind more vanilla, but I am not missing it. More complex than Vice, but still similar. Love how the sandalwood blends with the sweeter scents. I am sooo glad I purchased this!
Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:20 AM
in the bottle:sweet vanilla, cocoa, and a hint of lavander...not a huge fan of lavander, but it does sometimes work well in like tko...so here goes.
wet:chcolate, lavander (which is amped incredibly right now) and a hint of powder (most likely originating w/ the amber)
this scent is pretty green on me, fig leaf amps incredibly w/ my chemistry i also still get pretty much lavander but it is all dusted in a dry powdery chocolate. there is the gentlest breath of burbon but only occassionally. and i may be crazy, but i think this will smell divine on my dh...hmmmmm
Posted 16 November 2006 - 05:54 PM
The first 13, I wanted to love, but it was just too sweet and chocolate and something.
But this. This is the big grown up sophistocated older sister, 13. This is the bean, not the processed stuff, and the rooibos and the sandalwood and the florals and the fruit...my god. This knocks my socks off. Seriously.
Posted 16 November 2006 - 06:27 PM
On wet: Mmm...the same as above. The lavender is really singing, too - such an amazing melange of notes.
Drydown: A complex jumble of subdued deliciousness that is SO incredible. It's saved from the 'too foody' category thanks to the fresh zip of lavender and the rounder sweetness I'm attributing to the starfruit. As the day progresses, the scent smooths out like a river of warm, creamy goodness - less lavender, a more pronounced vanilla/sandalwood presence. And YES! This is definitely reminiscent of Underpants.
Overall: I was another who couldn't wear the previous 13, so this reformulation was such a welcome surprise! Not only do I LOVE this new interpretation, there wasn't a single aspect or stage of this scent that I didn't enjoy. A most certainly well-deserved 5/5. :D
And I agree whole-heartedy with shelldoo: this will likely smell amazing on the right guy. Not too sweet, not too feminine, that smidge of lavender that is so often found in cologne = 100% edible manflesh! :P
Posted 16 November 2006 - 07:02 PM
Wet: It's sweet and woody--I can't pick out all of the notes, mostly cocoa, a smidgen of orange, vanilla, and sandalwood.
Dry: Gorgeous, and it keeps getting better! It's sweet, woodsy, and creamy, with a tiny bit of floral. I can't believe how wonderful and complex this is. I'm ticking off the days until the next Friday the 13th (April 2007), in hopes that it will be up again!!
Posted 17 November 2006 - 01:32 AM
The end notes were delicious sandalwood and vanilla.
Alas, the middle part killed this for me. :P Between the chocolate wet stage and the final sandalwood drydown I got...COUGH SYRUP. A really nasty bitter medicinal smell. :D
Off to the swaps.
Posted 17 November 2006 - 09:02 PM
I have not ever smelled the prior version and had such high expectations for this blend and I am so happy to say that it was even more lovely than I imagined! :D
Wet in bottle: chocolate and orange with a hint of lavender
Dry on skin: I can no longer smell the orange, but can smell each of the notes and they blend together beautifully. This was not a foody, sweet candy chocolate, but a sexy, intreguing soft scent with a chocolate undertone. This is definately in my top 5.
It seems to have fairly good throw and I could still faintly smell in on my skin, up close when going to bed.
Love, love, love it! I think I might need another bottle!
Um...I mean I hate it, you should hate it and send me all of your bottles :D
Posted 18 November 2006 - 03:07 AM
chocolate orange shortbread cookies. This is not a bad thing.
creamier orange, more like orange vanilla with chocolate...
after 5 mins on skin:
still creamy orange vanilla with another note emerging I think the sandalwood and lavendar and some other scents behind it my nose is not sophisticated enough to detect
now it's creamy vanilla sandalwood with touches of orange, and a warm, musky smell that I can't exactly place behind it all...but it's absolutly LOVERLY. *grin*
I am SO very sorry I only got a decant of this. And for those who wonder, it is different (to me anyway) from last years 13.
Posted 19 November 2006 - 04:22 AM
In the bottle, I get sweet oranges...almost like an orange sponge cake. To my nose, this is a very foody blend.
On my skin, the orange is very much a bakery-type orange, rather than a tart citrusy orange. Definitely orange sponge cake. It's very warm. As it dries, the yummy vanilla comes out. I can't smell the cocoa distinctly, but I do think that it "darkens" the blend a good bit. It's very lovely, but it's a bit too orangey on me and doesn't feel very, well, me.
Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:22 PM
When it dries, it's more citrus than chocolate, but the sandalwood and star fruit and other notes really become more prominent. That's not to say they're individually detectable, though... this is really well blended.
It's warm and fruity and foody but slightly floral. It's just incredible. :D :P
Posted 20 November 2006 - 03:06 PM
In the imp: a dusty chocolatey scent, similar to Lush's Sonic Death Monkey.
Initial application: a hint of orange comes out, sweetening it a bit.
Drydown: the orange scent fades after a while, leaving the chocolate behind with that touch of dustiness I get from Misk U and Monsterbait: Underbed. I'm guessing that's due to the sandalwood and/or tobacco. I was hoping it'd be a bit more complex, but this is a warm, pleasant scent. The SO liked it too, which is always a plus.
Smiley rating: :P
Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:41 PM
Posted 22 November 2006 - 06:06 AM
On me: The chocolate has completely departed. What I'm left with is something that's surprisingly like a men's cologne. It's lightly fruity, lightly floral, and a touch spicy. Bit of vanilla warming it in the background, but it's fairly subdued. Not getting much sandalwood, and the orange has run away too. This is really pretty.
Posted 22 November 2006 - 10:31 PM
In the imp roller bottle, I can smell the lavender with a hint of chocolate. Hmm, not bad so far. On application, it is lavender and chocolate at first and it smells pleasant. On drydown, the other notes come out. Interestingly enough, it smells a little like the saffron found in Monsterbait: Underpants to me.
I have to hand it to the Labbies yet again for taking a combo of unlikely notes and creating a mouth drooling scent. :P
Posted 02 December 2006 - 08:14 AM
Wet, it's orange chocolate goodness, with fresh floral's cascading through it. It seem's odd mixing chocolate, fruit, and floral together, but, wow this REALLY works. It starts out in a sweet, bright way (not headachey) and BLOSSOMS into a warm skinscent. This lasts and lasts on me. I ordered two bottle's and have just gotten around to trying 13 last week. When I got this weeks ago, I opened the bottle, sniffed it, then dismissed it. When am I going to learn to NOT judge bpal on the initial sniff !? I was going to swap one of my bottle's out, (the horror) and now am going to hoard this precious yumminess all to myself. It really is just complex and beautiful! Entirely wearable all year round. :P