Godfather Death Godfather Death
Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:36 PM
I literally screamed with joy when I learned that BPAL had released three scents inspired by Godfather Death. it is my favorite all-time fairy tale, and one that has inspired not only a long poem, but an in-progress novel. I ordered a bottle of each scent untried and am overjoyed that I'm the first to review each.
Let's start with the Godfather himself.
Whenever I think of Godfather Death, I think of earth, woods, stone and perhaps the lightest hint of a dry, hearty flower such as moss rose. I was therefore surprised and intrigued to see that Beth had chosen Olibanum, elemi, Bulgarian rose and oppoponax for her interpretation. Given yew's meaning in Celtic tree lore, I was surprised to see this ingredient for entirely different reasons, but let that be .
In bottle: Godfather Death smells dark as the tomb. I definitely smell the oppoponax and rose and possibly the yew.
Applied wet: The rose and oppoponax sharpen into something that smells a bit like pickles at an Indian restaurant. Given that I love pickles, this is not entirely unpleasant -- just unexpected. When I think of Godfather Death I think of the sharpness, perhaps, but certainly not food!
Drying: The rose comes out and battles with the pickle smell. It's no briney exactly but it's certainly sharp.
Dry: Still astringent, but softening a little. I can detect the rose.
Overall: I like this, though it isn't what I thought it would be. I'll try him again later and see what he's like.
Posted 08 November 2009 - 04:44 PM
I got it because I love oppoponax and I wanted to find out what it smells like with rose. I wasn't sure if the olibanum would be too overpowering, and I didn't know what elemi is so I sort of ignored it, and yew is usually a wood that's usually okay on me.
I smell oppoponax, yes, but no rose. It's a sweet, sticky, dry wood scent. After about 30 minutes if I really sniff at the spot where I put the oil, it seems like maybe I can smell a little bit of rose, but it's not really there at all for me.
This seems mostly like opoponax and yew, with some sweet smoke.
Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:12 AM
I think I mostly smell the opoponax.
Sorry for short review, am at work, just wanted to point out, that I think this smells gritty.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 12:45 AM
Initial Thoughts: Sheer curiosity. I needed to round out an imp pack and threw it in on impulse.
In the Vial: Rather herby and masculine.
Wet: Dusty wood. I'm not getting any rose yet at all. Just dry and dusty and woodsy.
Drydown: The edge and the dust soften, but it's still overwhelmingly woodsy on me.
Verdict: Definitely not for me. Might be for my husband. Anyone who loves wood notes ought to try it.
Posted 24 January 2010 - 02:48 PM
Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:26 AM
Dry, dusty, extremely woodsy and very herbal. Slightly masculine, it takes a long while for the Bulgarian rose to poke through, and when it does, it is barely there. I smell orris, yet it is not listed. Mostly this Olibanum and oppoponax. As a woods lover, this is a great scent, but I really wanted the rose to come out and soften the hard lines of this blend.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 03:58 PM
Posted 09 March 2010 - 03:08 AM
In bottle: Whoa. Smelling this right out of the bottle was like getting slapped in the face with a homeless mans dick. I veeery reluctantly put some on.
Wet on skin: Ok, so this changed. Now I smell like a slightly older sweaty man rubbed up on me. It's got an Old Spice thing going on? Reminds me of my dad's cologne in the 70's.
Dry on skin: It's settled down and softened but I still don't like it.
Verdict: Not for me.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:49 PM
What a rip-roaring, riveting, radical redolence!
Initially, the impressions of Godfather Death were that it was sharp and almost automotive; mechanical.
Something in this was like bitter Almond/DrPepper, but with an edge that was super-heated metal, hard at work... Neat!
Godfather Death also has bits of wood and herb in here somewhere... Wood-varnish meets Cinnamon.
Ok, the Notes...
Well, the only 2 familiar things in this one are the Rose and the Yew, but that doesn't really help with the cementation of descriptors, so, back to free-association it is!
Godfather Death comes at you, preying on unease with the unknown.
This eff's with your equilibrium a bit... Like driving 75 MPH along an overpass when a large section of it simply disappears...
Walking, glassy-eyed, wearing a 3-piece suit into a room with this fragrance could very well incite mass-eneuresis!
Godfather Death gives the wearer an insectile, predatory aura.
Posted 07 April 2010 - 11:14 AM
Godfather Death is a really light scent with not much throw on me. I have to press my nose up to my wrist to smell it at all, and then it's like a mix of sour rose, dry wood, and sweet incense smoke. It's not bad, but it's not something that I'll keep and wear again either. It reminds me of a weak version of Pulcinella and Teresina.
Posted 21 June 2010 - 06:51 PM
Posted 07 July 2010 - 06:16 PM
Luckily, I do enjoy the scent. My shirt is stained deep yellow though, and I'm at work...haha.
On my shirt, the scent is earthy and woodsy, but on my body, it softens a bit. I wouldn't get rose out of this at all if I didn't know the notes. Opoponax is most prevalent. It smells a little herbal to me, and I'd assume it'd be FANTASTIC on a man. I likely won't wear it over and over, but the smell is nice.
This is a very heavy scent on me, and the throw is extremely strong. I get the feeling I'll be smelling this all night
Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:14 AM
NicoleJoy- starting to suspect these imps are booby trapped... I did the same thing. Wearing it all over my shorts..
Posted 21 July 2010 - 02:33 PM
I am getting a slightly sweet, dusty woods scent with just barely a bit of rose.
I think I might keep this imp and see how it ages.
Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:38 PM
Posted 31 October 2010 - 03:42 PM
Wet on me - Warm, smokey and more resinous, but still green
Dry on me - Dark green and smokey
Overall - Not really my cup of tea
Posted 30 December 2010 - 06:44 PM
wet: that's better, very dry smoky woods. an almost brittle scent, very jagged and sharp while feeling worn away with age.
dry: this stays pretty woodsy for hours, fading only a little on my skin.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:32 AM
I can see where the curry / Indian food comparisons are coming from, yet I don't find this unpleasant at all. During drydown, Godfather Death turns dustier and thinner, almost brittle like hkhm said above. After a while, I am left with an unusual medley of herbs and twigs, reminiscent of some Chinese herbal remedies.
This could have great layering potential, to cut through the sweetness of some fruity/spicy blends - must experiment!
Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:07 PM
Posted 09 September 2011 - 05:34 PM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 12:31 AM
Imp: sharp, peppery, and spicy! Before reading what others had posted I immediately though of some spicy curry dish.
wet: woodsy and even spicier! becomes very smoky on my skin. closing my eyes i can picture a crumbling ancient book on an obsidian table in the high tower of some mage.... definitely getting a big whiff of resin too. i am loving this so far. further sniffing unearths some sort of herbal concoction. it is not a specific herb, more like a bag of herbs with magical qualities. maybe a little lavender and dill in there too...
dry down: warmer and smokier, as if it is the charred remnants of the aforementioned book and bag of herbs. Slightly dusty.
I adore this scent, and will someday end up buying a big bottle. :wub2:
Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:28 AM
Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:10 AM
Wet: Hmm, on my skin, the scent has turned to pitch and not in a pleasant way. There is a little bit of lemon from the elemi.
Dry: Both times I have had the time to test the scent dry, my cat has licked it off. On my third test, it's pitchy resin, although it almost smells a little like cat pee.
Other Impressions: My husband also concurs that it smells like cat pee. That could be why my cat was so interested in licking it off. This is going in the trade pile, sadly.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:54 PM
Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:06 AM
This is sort of a more serious Urd to me. So very nice, but strong!! And thankfully I smell no wood, just wonderful resiny almost fruity, dusty goodness, very dark and a bit stinky, deep and rich...