I absolutely adore Velvet! It is my favorite BPAL scent so far (that isn't saying a whole lot, I've only tried 7 or so). I like it so much that I actually have a hard time convincing myself not to wear it so that I can try out my other imps.
It doesn't last as long as I would like but the wet scent is so different from the dry scent that I don't mind reapplying just to get that few minutes of wet power. It dries to a light, soft scent that you have to get close to smell but that is how I prefer to wear my scents. IMHO if someone outside of my personal space can smell me I'm wearing way too much perfume.Wet
: Strongly cocoa, not chocolate--there is no milky smoothness that the cocoa butter brings to chocolate--just pure, high quality cocoa. The cocoa isn't bitter smelling though; it is smoothed out by the vanilla. You can't really smell the vanilla unless you concentrate but it is there, tempering and evening out the cocoa. The sandalwood and myrrh are strong as well, not quite as strong as the cocoa but well balanced.Drying
: The cocoa starts to fade and the sandalwood comes to the front with the cocoa and myrrh not too far behind. The vanilla is a bit stronger but still doesn't assert itself, just hangs out in the back smoothing over the rough edges.Dry
: There is a strong sandalwood top note with a cocoa midground and vanilla weaving its way through sweetening and mellowing everything. The scent takes on a spicy/peppery quality. I'm not sure where the myrrh went.
This is not an edible smell. It is very sexy and it doesn't read as a perfume. More like a combination of my normal scent and a day spent dishing up bulk cocoa, vanilla beans, and spices. I can't get enough of it.