In the vial: Very strong vanilla, sugary, and something I can't quite identify. I'm not a big fan of vanilla, so normally I only wear aged Snake Oil, or Snake Oil that's been blended with something else. But I expected a lot of vanilla to be obvious in fresh Snake Oil bath oil. No surprise so far.
Wet on skin: I use these in the shower as moisturizers. When this one hit my skin, it smelled much stronger than I expected. Most of the BPTP bath oils I've tried have been just a bit lighter than I wanted them to be. This one was stronger than any other I've ever tried (except for Xmvlzencab). Still mostly vanilla, although if I concentrated I could get past that to the other notes I love.
Dry on skin: When I came to bed after my shower, my husband had already noticed the scent in the air. Normally he doesn't even register these things, but he was waiting for me to come in so he could comment on it. He doesn't like it!
I asked him why, and he told me what it reminded him of. (Not the kind of thing I want him to be thinking about when I'm clean and freshly smelling of Snake Oil!) So I told him the vanilla would age out and not bother him after a few months; I don't think he believes me. But I did notice the vanilla calming down over the course of the evening. By the next morning I could barely smell it. What was left trended more toward the nutmeggy darkness that I so much adore about well-aged Snake Oil. It also had a more frankincense-like note than I usually get from Snake Oil. Since I like frankincense, that was a pleasant surprise.
So I think I will stash my bottle of this for a few months and see what happens with it. I expected that. I just hope my husband gives it a chance!
I also noticed the texture of this bath oil. It appears to be a different formulation than any of the other BPTP bath oils; I noticed mineral oil is farther down the list of ingredients than it is on other bath oils. I like this new formulation; it feels more slippery, nourishing, and moist on me, and it makes my skin stay moist longer. I also wonder if the new formulation has any bearing on the fact that these new LE bath oils all seem to be scented more strongly and lastingly than the earlier bath oils.