Posted 12 January 2010 - 11:41 PM
This is very heavy and grape-y; I think that's the blood and wine. I get more plum *fruit* than plum *blossom*, too, and that's generally a R/O note for me. This is tempered a bit by the florals, but overall is too heady for me to get away with wearing.
Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:25 PM
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:54 AM
Tis making me headachey, will have to wash off. Very sad about this one.
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:55 PM
In the bottle: Musk and sweet and something richer, more fruity *checks description* Ah, that would probably be the wine. Well, this is interesting. I admit I feel a little uncertain about wearing a scent inspired by the essence of a "gleefullly hellbound soul". Here we go!
Wet: Yum. Wine and honey, but not too sweet or strong.
Dry: This scent grows more complex as it dries, but from a short distance remains largely a dark, sweet scent. Up close, the tobacco and musk peek out and keep it well rounded. I'm glad I got this as a freebie--I never would have ordered it myself, but it's really rather fun. Thanks, Lab!
Posted 09 February 2010 - 05:43 AM
Wet: well it was a bit strong. A dark sweet wine
Dried: Now we are talking. The tobacco mellows it out. The throw is perfect for me (i tend to like scents that stick closer to the skin mind you) I just love how it all came together. A womanly scent...a raven haired woman in a dark purple dress drinking red wine, to be exact.
Posted 09 February 2010 - 07:07 PM
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 09:04 PM
Normally I'm not a fan of musks, but red musk is the exception. Is "blood musk" red musk or a different animal? Whatever it is, it's working in this one.
As it dries, the honey note strengthens. Yum. This is an unexpectedly good blend. It's honey and wine with the musk -- which softens as the blend dries -- quietly tying it down. My only issue is the wine: the Lab's wine scents are always waaaay too grapey on me, and Horreur Sympathique is proving that rule. That might be why I thought of strawberries, because the wine is reminding me of the champagne note in Bon Vivant. If the wine was just a hair less sweet, I'd be snapping up a bottle of this.
Posted 07 March 2010 - 09:42 PM
wet on skin: strong fruit and red wine.
dry on skin: smokey wine! the tobacco note is starting to come out. there are some florals too which i'm not to fond of, I can definitely see the potpuri comparison some have mentioned.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 10:46 AM
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 02:57 PM
Oh my. I got giddy when I smelled this one.
The honey note is SO REALISTIC! Mmm!!
The wine isn't boozy, but cushy and indulgent. I like!
This is bottled opulence.
This is what I imagine Hedonism Bot smells like!
Or maybe Winnie the Pooh...
4.8 out of 5
Posted 06 May 2010 - 03:35 AM
In the imp: Super fruity!
Wet: Still all fruit. There's a bit of artificiality to it, like bubblegum.
Dry: Smokey and incensey, with fruit notes. This is gorgeous dry!
This is going on my bottle list.
Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:18 AM
After about five minutes there was a pretty strong incense effect. It was difficult to pick out any specific note during this phase for me. I liked it, but it also reminded me of a couple of metaphysical book stores I used to frequent. I wasn't too sure I wanted to run around smelling like a bookstore. Within an hour, that was gone. The honey and wine started to amp up a little and stayed grounded with the musk.
Seven hours later, I'm left with a pleasant, sweet scent. The tobacco seems to have come back to say a little hello. The throw is still medium on me. I keep catching whiffs of this without bringing my wrist close to my nose. I was sparing in application to begin with, because this had a very strong scent on me. I liked the way it morphed over time. I'm not sure I'll go for a whole bottle, but I'm going to enjoy using up this imp.
ETA: After just a couple of months of aging in the imp, this has gotten even more lovely. It's one of the most sophisticated BPAL scents I've tried to date, complex, heady, and beautiful. Lots of resin, sweet-ish tobacco. I'm loving it more with a bit of age to it.
This post has been edited by DarkSinestra: 27 August 2010 - 10:13 PM
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 07:08 AM
Wine! And honey! And some grapeyness, though in a good way, not in a fake-grape-flavoring way. Wow, this is really nice! It's very sweet, but rich and dark at the same time. This is a possible bottle purchase.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 12:13 AM
When the oil settles and the base notes claim dominance, it becomes sweet and very sexy. I absolutely love this. I'm putting in a group order with my two best friends and another girl I work with next week and at first I was wondering what I should buy. I didn't think that I needed any back-ups until I re-tested this beauty and now I can see myself ordering at least a couple of bottles. Gorgeous, ripe and moreish. This is just sinful and lovely.
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:49 AM
I have so far only tried a few BPALS, but Horreur Sympathique was one of my first, and it was one of the most memerable scents I have ever sniffed! I recieved this imp as a gift, and the smell was so wonderfully crafted and intriguing it drew me to the website where I was able to find its accompanying description. I was blown away at how perfectly "the perfume of a hellbound soul, gleefully lost to iniquity" embodied its description.
Horreur Sympathique is ever so sweetly sinister - fizzy, frenzied and sugary on top, with a thick threatening base - i presume the blood musk. The sent itself is a bit deceptive, the sweetness makes you want to think simple, but there is some serious funk marbled in there.
There is something so electric about this scent... its like sort of frisky and and over excited. It conjures the image of a sexy girl who is really really bad news, and everyone who she comes in to contact with is screwed because she is supernaturally manipulative, has all the power, but still wants more, has no soul, but loves to play. This would be a great scent to wear to a naughty get together or while engaging in anything criminal.
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:04 AM
Actually reminds me a bit of Tum, a scent I am incredibly sad I never got to have a bottle of - but this may just replace it.
I won't bother trying to pick out the individual notes, really, there's just too many of them.
However, I will say this: this is a gently fruity, not overpoweringly sweet, incredibly complex and beautiful scent.
If this is a gleeful cloud of oblivion, let me in!
Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:37 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:47 AM
On skin, wet: Much the same as in the imp, with a touch of florals as well.
On skin, dry: This is weird. One sniff it'll be grape and tonka/benzoin, the next sniff it's floral and tonka/benzoin. The two are quite different, and never really MIX... it's one or the other. Really bizarre!
After an hour: Much the same as the initial drydown. Alas, I only really like the grape version, not the floral version, so it's only 50% a winner for me. That's not enough to warrant a bottle purchase.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 01:32 AM