The Lights of Men's Lives Godfather Death
Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:45 PM
As I said in my review of Godfather Death, the story upon which these scents are based is my favorite fairy tale. Thus, I ordered bottles of all three unsniffed knowing--or hoping--that they would all somehow work for me. Yes, I'm that obsessed with this story.
For those who have read it, the part of the tale that inspired this scent is the most arresting moment in the story. Given that I have had bad experiences with the beeswax the lab uses (ugh, Hanerot Halalu!) I must say I ordered this one more for completeness' sake than because the notes sounded great to me. I'm glad I did that.
Folks, Beth nailed this one. NAILED it. Knocked it out of the damn park. This smells exactly like living candles.
In the bottle: Something sugary sweet, and what smells to me like a hint of vanilla--the raw baker's kind, not the sweet kind. No wax.
On me, wet: A rush of that vanilla bean sweetness and the sweetness of bpal's beeswax note. Oh, oh, delicious! This is defnitely the smell of living candles--waxy and warm skin. I am sure there is some skin musk in this--another note I don't like so much, but which just works beautifully here.
Drying down: More of that sweet waxiness, and the skin musk comes out even stronger.
verdict: An absolutely beautiful blend, specifically for those who were disappointed in Hanerot Halalu last year. This is definitely a good late fall/winter scent, just as Godfather Death is a winter's tale.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 11:25 PM
It takes that essence of beeswax I love, gives it a kiss of Coyote's skin musk, and then... it blossoms.
I liked Hand of Glory and Hanerot, but for some reason, this is a great, richer, less mixed, more pure smoky candle scent.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 12:18 AM
(Oh, wait, at the right angle I get a bit of smoke in the throw! It's lovely and very candle-y, not like a bonfire; it's very faint, though, and I kinda hope it gets stronger as it ages...)
Yeah, I could go for a bottle of this...
Posted 20 October 2009 - 04:26 PM
I'm going to give this one some time to recover from being shipped and see how it does after that, since it's still really, really new. If it winds up settling and sticking around longer, it will be bottle time. What a great addition to the GC!
Posted 21 October 2009 - 04:22 PM
This lasted on my wrists at least 8 hours, but did not have a lot of throw.
Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:01 PM
I don't get any smoke, at ALL. Hanerot Halalu was smokier, and those bees were harvesting from a different flower.
I'll be in the minority and say I like Hanerot Halalu better, because I like smoke, and I also enjoy darker scents. This is light and bright, with no flickering shadows anywhere. However, this is a good substitute if you can't get that.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 02:40 AM
This is exactly what I wanted from Hanerot Halalu and didn't get-- except this is GC. We'll see how much play the imp gets, but I think it could be a bottle purchase.
Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:13 AM
Posted 24 October 2009 - 04:39 AM
After trying on a lot of complex (but beautiful) scents lately like the Lunacies, this is pretty and uncomplicated and cozy. It's like my favorite fuzzy socks, but for my nose.
Lovely on its own, but also rife with layering possibilities.
Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:51 PM
Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:19 PM
I expected to love this, because I love so many blends with beeswax in them, but this isn't the dark, serious, complex scent that I had hoped it would be. I was hoping for a dark, smoky scent with a little bit of sweetness. This is intense sweetness with a little bit of smokiness.
The Lights of Men's Lives is just too sweet and simple. It actually smells like a cheap candle, like I rolled around with and am covered in an unremarkable vanilla-honey scented candle.
I don't think that I'll be keeping my bottle of this...
Posted 28 October 2009 - 06:01 PM
Edit: Now that it's been on a while it's getting a lot sweeter, which means beeswax, baby! I think I might have to order a bigger version of this.....
This post has been edited by obsidienne: 28 October 2009 - 06:22 PM
Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:42 AM
Posted 04 November 2009 - 05:18 AM
Sweet beeswax and honey
The sweetness fades to be replaced by some smokiness.
Surpisingly light. I love the scents with beeswax in them and this is no exception. A bottle is on the cards.
Posted 04 November 2009 - 04:45 PM
Posted 04 November 2009 - 08:03 PM
Posted 05 November 2009 - 07:52 PM
I like the smoke note in this, and it holds out well against the beeswax, which usually turns to pure thick honey on me. The smoke stops the beeswax from turning too sweet or cloying, and gives it a nice dark edge.
It's a nice simple scent that'd be perfect for honey/beeswax lovers. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.
Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:52 PM
Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:33 AM
Posted 10 November 2009 - 05:02 PM
I think I have to wear it a little more to decide how much I love it, but I can def. see this having multiple layering possibilities...
Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:57 PM
Wet this is not nearly as sweet, but now smokey with a stronger hint of the wax.
As it dries this is still sweet like vanilla or honey, but creamy, waxy, and smokey in a rather wonderful sort of way.
Ultimately a little too vanilla for me to use much, but a gorgeous scent with a fantastic beeswax note.
Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:14 AM
This shares the blown-out candle note with Gypsy Queen, I think. It's pretty nice although I don't wear neither honey nor, to a lesser degree, beeswax well.
Posted 15 November 2009 - 03:32 PM
The smiley just about says it all. This is sweet, creamy, delicious beeswax. I get very little smoke on the skin, and really only a hint in the bottle. This is utterly yummy, without being foody, if that makes any sense whatsoever. It makes me want to nuzzle myself, and maybe take a nibble
Posted 22 November 2009 - 09:27 AM
Posted 28 November 2009 - 08:15 PM