Eau de Ghoul
Posted 18 November 2008 - 03:57 AM
I got a frimp of this scent with my purchase of Toad Hall at Bat's Day.
It was not something I ever planned on purchasing, because I was all 'Eww, dessicated skin and dirt', but I am so happy I got a frimp of it, because I love it!
In the imp, it smells of dirt. Dirt dirt dirt.
Once on, there is a warm sweet smell that reminds me of fear, or children. Or fearful children. It's like sweet, but not. It was bothering me that I couldn't place what the smell reminded me of, but I just finally figured it out. Candied ginger.
The candied ginger not seems to overtake the dirt smell the longer I wear it. I am really surprised at how much I enjoy it. Its completely evocative of its inspiration.
Posted 18 November 2008 - 06:43 AM
The ginger in this scent is soooo dry and crisp it's Death Valley scary and happily so!
It may be candied, but you'd break your teeth biting into it...unless you're a ghoul. Then maybe it would just freshen your breath.
Because it *is* very fresh, almost lemony at first, and I do understand the reference to a slightly sweat-like edge, similar to what I get sometimes with grapefruit actually.
The ginger sits at the forefront and throws its weight around for quite some time, which I'm rather grateful for as my skin tends to just eat things so it's always nice to get something that lasts and throws.
Then we're a bit musky sweat-ginger-like...maybe that's meant to be the dessicated skin. Perhaps if Shub had a younger, smart-ass second-cousin, an embarrassment to the family who stole the milk from the kiddies and knocked over mailboxes as a hobby..but don't go all Shub crazy on me now! Seriously. This scent has teeth.
ETA: On full dry down last night I noticed what I'm assuming to be the non-ginger spices coming out a lot, which was pretty nice. Long lasting for me so if you've got skin that sucks scent up this might be something to try.
This post has been edited by SueDonym: 18 November 2008 - 05:27 PM
Posted 18 November 2008 - 02:53 PM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:24 AM
and another scent i wouldn't have tried on my own, because i amp spices and figured this would just be another red hots of doom scent.
in the imp- boy this IS spicy! SPICE SPICE SPICE is all i get- no earth, no blood, no dessicated skin. just pure hot spice with a teeny bit of sweet and some lemony fresh...something.
on the skin- did i mention this was spicy? oh lordy hallelujah is it! the lemon fresh note is amped on my skin, but not in the throw, which is strong enough to clear my sinuses. yes, really. every time i've tried it. i should wear this every day during allergy season.
after dry down the lemon disappears, and i just get the most lovely warm sweet spice. it's like smelling all the spices in the cabinet at once. it doesn't go red hots like fascinum or phantom calliope, or cinnamon rolls like shub. it's just pure spice with no foodiness.
i absolutely love this on it's own, but just thinking of the scents i can layer it with fills me with SQUEE- snake oil? snake CHARMER? sugar skull? czernobog? Ivanushka? i want to slather my entire arm with this and experiment away!
BIG BOTTLE FOR SURE!
ETA: a couple months later the sinus blasting spices have mellowed and blended a bit more, making it even better. i think aging is going to do this scent some real good. i really need to get a bottle of this and hide it away for six or seven months. only, i need to decide if i want this, ghulheim, or knucklebones, because they all seem to have a similar "non-foody hot spice with citrus" flavor to them that i really like. some serious testing and experimentation is in order, i think. and i really want to try this layereed with huesos de santos as well.
This post has been edited by butcherbaby: 13 February 2009 - 09:35 AM
Posted 22 November 2008 - 07:48 PM
Whatever it is though it's wonderful. It's a perfect winter scent and I think it would be great for layering. I can't wait until Mr. Fatale gets home so I can slather it on him, too. It's a unisex scent and definitely bottle worthy. :P
ETA: As it's been a bit longer, I'm not so sure I like this one. Something smells a bit...off. I'll need to try this on hubby before deciding on a bottle.
ETA again: Ok, I think I figured it out. I think I'm picking up some black pepper in it that always makes me sick to my stomach. :D I think this is off to swaps.
This post has been edited by Femme_Fatale: 22 November 2008 - 08:11 PM
Posted 24 November 2008 - 10:02 PM
Dry, I can pick out the leather, cinnamon, dirt, and clove.
I'm not sure on this one either. I'll probably let the bottle sit like Banana Peel and see what happens as it ages.
Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:05 AM
I do get the heavier notes slinking beneath -- the dry, scorched skin and leather crawl out after the fizz dies down. Perhaps the ghoul has come along to lap up the remains. The leathery notes beneath help to hold this in place so it doesn't fly away on a fizzy cloud.
Fans of ginger and spices who might be backing away from the dessicated skin and blood, should take a step back toward it and consider this unusual scent! It might be a little too soda-poppy for me, but I am going to keep it around for a bit since I haven't come across anything quite like it in BPAL so far.
Posted 30 November 2008 - 11:59 PM
Wet on skin: Dirt and soil, lush green. Not a scent I typically enjoy. Really, truly earthy, and I mean EARTHY! Like wet soil all the way through.
Drydown: The spices come through a bit, so now it's wet soil with cinnamon and clove sweetening and spicing it ever so slightly. They are still way in the background behind the dirt note.
Overall: This is the scent of walking through a forest in the autumn after it has rained. Very green, very soil, very damp. It could also smell like a basement if your basement is full of mold. I'm sure there are a ton of people who will appreciate this scent more than I. I appreciate it's uniqueness, but do not appreciate it on my skin.
Posted 04 December 2008 - 02:44 PM
once applied black ginger and leather...and here comes that pepper!!
whoa~~slightly soily ... more spice and pepper and ginger with a wee bit o' cinnamon...
Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:23 PM
At first on my skin: "Oh! It smells like 7-up, but spicy!" It keeps that clean crisp scent throughout while adding just a dash of sweet soil & herbs - not enough to notice, but enough to ground the effervescence.
But mostly it's a clean crisp ginger beer. Pretty!
Posted 09 December 2008 - 02:23 AM
Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:01 PM
initial sniff: ginger beer (like ginger ale, but much stronger)
on skin: after about 15 minutes, the ginger beer scent has faded into a cumin-cinnamon-clove scent, like some sort of bizarre curry dessert (i don't eat spicy foods, what do i know of curry? i'm just blathering)
end verdict, after several hours: no dirt to be found, nor any leather. this is all spice, all the time. which makes me sad. so back off to swaps it goes.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:46 AM
Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:20 PM
Posted 01 February 2009 - 04:38 PM
Wet on skin: VERY spicy. I keep wanting to sneeze. Not just a teeny sneeze, one of those designed to clear ALL your sinuses and pop your ears.
Dry on skin: Still spicy, but the leather is coming out a little more.
10 minutes later: Oh I just got the dessicated flesh. And the blood. On me, it's not a good smell.
Verdict: Eeeeeh. The spices are a bit too heavy, and while the leather note was working this time (it's a hit or miss note on me), the flesh/blood notes are /not/ pleasant on me. And I didn't get any dirt, which was the note I was most hopeful for. It's going on the swap pile.
Posted 05 February 2009 - 06:29 PM
Wet: Fizzy cola and cinnamon. The earth is far back in the background.
Dry:Dry, sweet ginger. Effervescent, light, happy. This is one jolly ghoul. For some reason I have the image of ghouls playing cricket. A sweet resin is grounding this on me.
I was looking forward to dessicated flesh and blood but I can hardly pick out the blood note at all. As Withnail said: 'I want something's flesh'. Nonetheles, Eau de Ghoul ischarming and happy-making. I want to layer this with a honey scent or something to bring out the vanillic base. And the name is amazing.
When to wear?:Summer's eve with a Dandelion and Burdock by the Cam, watching a game of cricket.
Makes me feel?: Giddy and giggly. Like Charlie Bucket after stealing Fizzy Lifting Drink.
Posted 13 February 2009 - 01:58 PM
Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:50 PM
Wet on me – That’s a very good ginger; sweet and warm without being foody
Dry on me – A surprisingly light airy musk, warmed by the spices
Overall – Not at all what I expected, but very nice indeed
Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:00 AM
Going to give this to my man...then sniff the HELL outta him!!!
Posted 28 February 2009 - 02:54 PM
I think this is a very pleasant scent and I enjoy it a lot, but to me it smells like a man's cologne. Something familiar to me, but I don't know what it is. It just smells sort of generally manly. The leather isn't dominant but it's there, the spices aren't overwhelming but I can tell there are spices in it... it smells like a good scent for a guy. A little bit rugged and a little bit sweet at the same time.
I'll let my husband try this one and see how he likes it.
Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:37 PM
Alas, if only Eau de Ghoul stayed that peppery-hot spice fest... eventually, the dirt & leather dampens down the fire, and I end up smelling distinctly Yankee Candle I'll keep my decant for a few more tests, but I don't think this is a winner. Phooey.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:24 PM
Wet: Spicier, with hotter ginger and distinct cinnamon & clove. Still very much a soil note, but it's not obnoxiously strong. The leather is light, and to me smells like the nice suede/worn leather note.
Dry: Dries very quickly; my skin seems to soak it up. Still incredibly sparkling. Clove and cinnamon amping a bit, especially the former. There is a mild metallic tang that could be the dried blood. Quite clean and brisk.
Later: The cinnamon is really amping now, too - turning a bit red-hot. The soil note, as well, is holding a bit too much for my liking. I wish I got more leather. Still no cumin that I can detect.
Summary: Not a morpher. Fizzy ginger ale spiked with spicy cinnamon and clove over dirt and very faint worn leather. Great throw & longevity. Unisex. Surprisingly light and refreshing.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:49 PM
In the imp and even more so on my skin, I get fizzy, sweet, ginger ale!
I'm trying to sniff out the other notes, but I'm not getting anything reminiscent of the dirt or leather or cloves that I'd hoped for. But that's okay, because I'm also not getting any cumin or dried blood, and amazingly, the cinnamon is not amping on me. The ginger is what is loud and clear, with an effervescent quality that tickles my nose delightfully.
The longer I leave it on, the more I can smell just a hint of a clean-yet-slightly-plasticky note lurking underneath that suggests juniper and that brings to mind Twenty-One and Visiting the Temple of Auspicious Fortune Alone on the Winter Solstice. Thankfully it doesn't turn to full-on plastic the way Twenty-One does; it just stays clean and sparkling like Visiting the Temple of Auspicious Fortune.
It's not what I expected, but I love it!
ETA: Several hours into the dry-down, the spices emerge. I can see why some reviewers have described a somewhat masculine, cologne-type scent, although it doesn't quite cross over into that category for me. It's much warmer now, but still clean and zingy. Great lasting power, too.
This post has been edited by Apple: 19 May 2009 - 01:30 AM
Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:15 PM
Posted 15 June 2009 - 01:16 PM
Wet: First sniff on my skin I'm getting a heavy dose of cumin. Yowza! Mixed with the dirt note it almost smells like pencil shavings. I'm not so sure about this cumin note. When I inhale deeply, I smell/taste the cumin note in the back of my throat like I just burped up some Indian food.
Dry: As it dries the cumin note continues to stand it's ground and bothers me more and more. Underneath it I smell ginger mixed with a light cinnamon note. Usually, when dirt is involved, it stands out on me. With Eau de Ghoul, that isn't the case. The dirt note provides a nice background for the Ghoulies glide over.
Verdict: I think I would like this without the cumin note. To me, this smells like I put perfume on my skin with fingers dirty from cooking. A great interpretation from The Graveyard Book (which I love) but sadly, the scent just isn't for me.