El Amor y la Muerte The Salon: Traveling Exhibition
Posted 31 October 2007 - 03:38 PM
This was love at first sniff for me because, to my nose at least, this shares some notes in common with Voodoo Queen. The sandalwood, orris, benzoin and oppoponax are all definitely present and this would be in *perfect* if not for the rose. With my chemistry, rose hardly ever fades into the background and in this scent, it's constantly peeping through which is too bad since I don't like rose and it hates me right back. In spite of that, I bought a bottle of this, and I'm going to wear it because I think this scent is so unique and fab overall. :P On the drydown, it is very soft and pretty with wafts of that resiny, incense with rose. Really lovely!
Posted 09 November 2007 - 02:02 AM
For me, on initial application I sense the same feel as Voodoo Queen as mentioned above by GRR.
In the first portion of the drydown (after about 20-30 minutes) it seems the red sandalwood fights the clove and seemingly wins as I get wafts of clove but it never seems to surface, unfortunately. What a tease!
This is very perfumey in the drydown, which I can only attribute to the throw of sandalwood. Long lasting, INDEED!
My only wish was that it would have kept the original feel/smell of Voodoo Queen. Still, a gorgeous drydown and a perfume that sets it aside from others.
This post has been edited by The_Witching_Hour: 09 November 2007 - 03:52 PM
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:21 PM
once applied patchouli and rose...a little spicy kick...
note this is by no means a heavy blend...it stays very close to the skin...
i have to agree with the others reviews that i think this will age to such a beauty...
hence, let the aging begin :P
Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:39 PM
Immediately on skin: This scent has an herbal quality to it, now that I have it onÖ like dried herbs mixed with dirt. Itís not bitter, but itís dry and earthy. The patchouli is definitely there, but it gives the whole blend a freshly-turned-earth type of undertone. The clove and sandalwood are present, but the clove isnít as strong as I would have liked. Overall, this blend has a cola-like quality on me that Iím not really enjoying.
After a few minutes: The patchouli has gotten stronger, and the whole blend has warmed up considerably. It actually makes my nose feel a bit warm when I smell it (weird, huh?). Iím getting a little more spiciness now, but the cola feel is still bugging me.
Overall Impressions: I donít like patchouli, and have found very few blends (like one or two) with this note that I actually enjoy. This, unfortunately, isnít one of them. Itís a little spicy, very warm, and has a very herbal and earthy quality to it.
Posted 18 November 2007 - 01:13 AM
Wet: this reminds me of the scent of a funeral at an Orthodox church.
Dry: Wow, this scent totally morphed. The clove and patchouli are dominant and this scent has become very masculine. A very lovely dude-fume.
Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:49 PM
In Bottle: Clove and resin
On Skin: Very spicy, the clove jumps out at me. The resins are sweet and so velvety soft. I donít get the Voodoo Queen so much as some people have said.. I can see similar elements, but I LOVE Voodoo Queen, and this one doesnít do much for me. I think itís because the clove is so very dominant and clove tends to go metallic spice on me and I donít like it. I do love the perfumey side of this scent, and wish it could be more dominant. The patchouli is clean and actually works on me, horray! The orris, benzoin and opoponax are freaking gorgeous, theyíre notes that almost always are pure love on me. The red sandalwood, is tame and kept in check. The rose is slightly sour, but it helps give a perfumey edge. I do like the scent, I just wish the clove would hide a bit more. Moderate throw and average wearlength.
Posted 30 November 2007 - 10:18 AM
For the first 10 minutes or so I really loved this. Then after that I thought it was a bit on the sharp side, and the clove was trying to take over but never quite did. I agree with all those who said this will age well, and this is my most likely bottle candidate of these.
Posted 30 November 2007 - 11:27 AM
Posted 05 December 2007 - 01:59 AM
Even with the rose, this scent strikes me a very gender neutral... in fact, I think it would probably smell really good on the right guy... :P At times the clove-spice wants to get unruly, but the base notes seem to do a good job of wrestling it back into good behavior. I have a feeling that aging will round out any sharpness and amp up the smokey resinous qualities making this utterly fabulous. I'd say it's worth getting a back up bottle and putting it on a dark shelf somewhere for a year or so...
Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:07 AM
In the bottle:
Musky and a little syrupy.
It really smells like red musk, even though that's not one of the listed notes. After a few minutes, something sharp and sweet emerges, which I can't recognize at first but eventually makes itself known as rose.
This fades a LOT as it dries, and will warrant slathering next time. It dries down to a spicy, musky scent with only a hint of floral. Like several others, I think this will age well.
This post has been edited by n3m3sis42: 06 December 2007 - 11:07 AM
Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:46 PM
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:06 PM
Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:56 AM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 05:33 PM
When I wore this last night I could smell the clove giving a sweet spicy tingle over the other notes, and the rose softening the powdered smoke of patchouli and sandalwood. A lovely scent, and I'll be holding on to my half-decant.
Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:18 PM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 04:06 AM
On my skin, this is a very sharp, medicinal scent, and I can't pick out any of the listed notes that I know.
It ends up very odd, and very medicinal, on my skin. I'll pass this along.
Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:35 PM
WET ON SKIN: Holy Batsecks, sweet clove! I LOVE clove, so this is a blessing for me. The sandalwood is present as well. This is a warm, sweet-ish, resinous scent.
DRYING: GypsyRoseRed was spot-on when she said this reminded her of Voodoo Queen. The clove, red sandalwood and maybe the patchouli are all there, but Voodoo Queen has an earthiness that isn't present in El Amor Y La Muerte. The red sandalwood comes out more and more as this dries. I haven't the foggiest what orris smells like, but I'm getting more sexy resins and patchouli as time goes on. The rose is there -- it's the sweetness in this blend, and I can smell it if I look for it -- but it's not a stomp-all-over-everything ROSE scent.
LATER: The sandalwood comes out more and more. The clove softens within ten minutes to a sort of gentle spiciness. This is a very smooth blend, notes don't stick out sharply and they all mingle together beautifully. It's a sweet, dry, incensy blend wherein the incense doesn't EAT EVERYTHING (a rarity on my skin).
VERDICT: I really like this scent. Don't see myself reaching for it very often, as it doesn't have the earthy groundedness that I love about VQ and Doc Buzzard, but I'm definitely glad I have two imps. 5/5
This post has been edited by myoubi: 04 January 2008 - 12:45 PM
Posted 16 January 2008 - 01:44 AM
Yes....I love this.
Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:14 PM
On: opoponax, how I love thee and thy cola/resin smell! And SMOKE. And benzoin and patch. Yum.
Dry: Hmm, here comes the rose. It's a sharp and stanky rose, and it wants me to die. This has completely changed from first on, alas. Now it's a slightly acrid perfume scent, with rose. Like Lucifer, I need to give this ore time, to see if the rose backs the fuck off. Back the fuck off, rose.
After a while: Rose pot pourri. *Nice* rose pot pourri, but none the less...if this doesn't get a lot better fast, it's off to swaps.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:02 AM
In the imp: spicy clove and patchouli with a perfumey undertone which is sophisticated, mature, and almost masculine.
Wet on skin: dark dusty patchouli and sandalwood incense with clove.
Dry: mmm, this isnít bad, but Iím quite surprised at how much it reminds me slightly of Mama Ji! Thereís a dry sandalwood-rose-spice incense to it which reminds me of Indian incense, thereís something almost hippy like about it but itís more sophisticated. This one smells quite classy as well as smelling mysterious and exotic. Itís also a very dry scent, dusty and woodsy, but I like that. I can also smell hints of those gorgeous resins.
After a while: oh, this gets better. it gets richer, loses that slightly masculine-perfume scent it had before, the incense becomes less dry. The patchouli and clove are now rich, dark and sweet, the combination reminding me of the Smiling Spider. I can also smell the resins more now, which I love. Thereís still a hint of dusty wood, but now this smells rich and deep and gorgeous.
Itís beautiful but oddly for a scent full of patchouli and resin, itís a little bit faint after a couple of hours, closer to the skin than expected. I think aging will improve itís staying power. Now I smell something a little musky, or maybe like labdanum or ambergris, in here.
Verdict: this is a gorgeous and rich scent of oriental sandalwood incense, deep patchouli and velvety rose bound together with resinous notes and warmed with clove. Itís almost like Wanton, but more complex. Thereís a feel of something classic yet mysterious and also grown up about it. It feels old, like itís been aged, and I bet that aging this scent will make it even lovelier. The scent is more incense-like at the beginning, but the resins and clove (and what lovely clove!) come out more at the end. The only complaint is that I wish it lasted a bit longer on the skin.
Emoticon rating: :P
Is it a keeper? I may get a bottle one day.
If you like this, try: Wanton, Mama Ji, Goblin, Baghdad, Coiled Serpent, Smiling Spider, Malice
Posted 02 February 2008 - 02:36 AM
The rose does something for the resins, it makes it softer and the blend is so seamless. At first I am really worried it is going to amp and be vomity, but it never does thank heavens! I love this and am definitely going to want a bottle. I will need to wear it a bunch more to be sure, but it might be in my top five incense blends.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:18 AM
Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:41 AM