Ü Mütter Museum The Mütter Museum
Posted 17 February 2010 - 02:27 AM
I have to say, I was a teeny bit unsure about this one when I heard about it, but I am very, very glad I took a chance on a bottle. In the bottle, it's very...green and balsamy with a touch of vanilla underneath. Dry, it's a wonderful, very slightly vanilla-y leather scent with a touch of mustiness. This smells *exactly* like old books to me. I adore this one. :heart:
Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:48 PM
On me: Oh, wow. This is faintly leather and faintly vanilla, but on me wet this is mostly amazing sap and tree and wood and resin and spice. This is what I keep hoping all those wood and earthy scents would smell like. This is like what I imagine breaking off a branch of a cinnamon tree would smell like -- the green woody sap combined with the spicy bark. The scent loses some of its juiciness as it dries, but it remains amazing.
This will only get better once the vanilla ages up a bit. I definitely need to track down a bottle!
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 09:32 AM
Half an hour later, the balsam has mellowed out a bit and now the leather's appeared - this is a strong, acrid kind of leather though - not sweet, and not soft - it's old leather that's been passed through many hands and taken on a variety of body odours and sweat through the years. I've met old books that do smell that way, so this is pretty spot on, but it's not a smell I'm particularly enjoying on my skin.
One hour down the track, and the vanilla is just peeking through.. this is a soft and natural-smelling vanilla - not the 'foody' type at all. But the dominant players here are the leather and balsam, the vanilla is fighting a losing battle.
I find that this smells nicer at a distance - when I lean in to my arm where the oil was applied and take a big whiff, it's just too strong on the balsam and leather. However if I wave my arm around about a foot away from me, it wafts a much softer smell through the air and I can smell the vanilla much more.
I'm not sure what to make of this, it's certainly an interesting one and not like any other leather blend I've tried so far in BPAL land. I'm reserving my judgement for now - I'm tempted to keep it and see how it ages, but I suspect that the balsam will only deepen over time.. however I'll keep fingers crossed that it softens instead and lets the vanilla come out more.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 09:39 AM
Sadly, I don't know whether the balsams just hate me or what, but it just smells pungent and I get none of the delicious leather and vanilla that I know must be in there somewhere. I like grass, but that isn't at all what I get out of this. This one broke my heart.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:04 AM
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 09:03 PM
And it dries down to a leather musky cologne. Very masculine with just a hint of vanilla. Sort of a really masculine version of Liz.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 07:01 PM
For those that are turned off by foody vanilla, there is no need to worry about this one.
Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:27 PM
I don’t know why this is so bad on me, since I'm normally all over anything that mentions balsams, leather, or vanilla :/. This doesn’t ever sweeten up on my skin (no vanilla that I can identify), but it lightens up a lot and fades away entirely after about an hour and a half.
All in all, I'm glad that I waited on a decant of this before springing for a full bottle, because this probably isn't something that I'd wear again. I might keep my decant and see how this oil ages, but I'm not too hopeful for it.
Posted 10 March 2010 - 02:01 AM
Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:05 AM
Once applied, I can immediately pick up the green balsam note. It's a little bit on the grassy side, and grass and I aren't the greatest of friends. Grass likes to give me headaches.
Behind the grass, I can smell all the yummy spices and vanilla, and the earthy dust motes flying around. It really is that grassy balsam note which is killing it for me!
Even as it dries down, and the balsam settles a little bit, I can still smell it. Even though it isn't powerful, it's a suggestive note. It conjures up the scent of grass, which then makes my nose wrinkle a little. I want to like it, and I even LOVE the background notes. The vanilla note is beautiful. Very wispy and fresh, almost like Antique Lace, Dorian, and Black Lace... but then the balsam kills me. I'm glad to have my decant, but I don't think that I will be needing a bottle I wanted to like this.
Posted 13 March 2010 - 12:04 AM
Jury is out - it could age well, but it may be for swap.
Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:41 PM
on me, it smells like a reaaaaaaaally, reaaaally old, kinda dusty cinnamon stick (like this box of cinnamon sticks my mom has had since the early 80's. we keep them because we've always had them. they're almost more the memory of cinnamon than anything else at this point) and a very woody vanilla. and an eensy bit of freshly-cut grass - the kind of grass that grows naturally around here. some sweet, some bitter, and some wild onions.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 05:42 PM
...not for me at all. And it makes my skin prickle! I guess Ü and I were not meant to be.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 06:16 PM
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:59 AM
As it dries, I get a little of the vanilla note, and it actually smells a bit spicy. I'm not sure if I'm smelling leather, because i've honestly never smelled a leather bpal note/blend before...
To sum it up, woodsy, vanilla & spicey! After drying its nowhere near the initial OMG GRASS scent, which is good.
Posted 05 May 2010 - 10:11 PM
Oh my goodness, it's amazing! It does have some aspects of old books, paper, and leather, especially in the bottle. On, it's divine! It has a very raw, woody leather scent, and the vanilla makes it sweet, but it's very well-blended, and spicy, as other reviewers noted. It smells beautiful on my skin, but I think that it would also be great on a guy. It has wonderful unisex possibilities. This is a keeper for sure. It's very sophisticated, and grown-up style of scent. This is LOVE.
Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:37 PM
Wet on my skin, the greenery just keeps amping to the point of no return, I think! I smell like freshly cut grass It is sophisticated greenery though, like the pristine lawn of a noble gentleman surrounding his country manor house.
Drying down this has a slight edge and a twitch to my nose. It's becoming headachey unfortunately. I smell absolutely no leather and no vanilla. I am gutted. I hoped beyond hope this would be a creamy vanilla leather on me as I tend to amp both notes. It looks like I amp balsam more than anything! I should steer clear of balsam blends in the future if I smell like a freakin field!
After a while, I finally pick up a sweet something or other... most likely the vanilla, but it's not the usual vanilla note for sure. The leather perks up a little too, but it's still smeared in balsam and both notes I hoped would be dominant are just not being allowed to shine!
This scent is just so strange. I don't think I could wear it, despite being intrigued by the sweet spicyness of it. I don't regard this as a perfume, more of a nostalgic trip down memory lane to when I used to spend my days and nights in library's, and how I adored the smell of the antique mahogany tables and old creamy leather chairs. I just wish U smelt like I remember the library! I keep longing for something more that just doesn't seem to happen on my skin
This post has been edited by TulaMontage: 11 May 2010 - 07:48 PM