Panther Moon 4/26/10-4/30/10
Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:50 PM
So am I the first to review this bad boy, who just arrived in my mailbox <20 minutes ago? I guess I am!
I'm amazed, first of all, this hasn't gone VoldeMyrrh on me. It's not overpowering myrrh resin. Nor is it sickly licoricey star anise. The musk and the ambergris (I think) and champaca are making this really work well on me. It's sweet and powdery and almost - masculine, in a foppish way, kwim? It's resiney/musky combined with the sweetness of the champaca flower and is really very, very nice. A tamed pussycat panther rather than a wild one with teeth and claws. Definitely a keeper, and a prospective layer-er as well.
Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:01 PM
Posted 10 May 2010 - 11:17 PM
Drydown: Where is my myrrh?....ah...there it is. Black musk with the barest hints of star anise. As long as the anise doesn't take over when this ages...this will definitely be in rotation this summer.
And my skin is eating this.
This post has been edited by Dark Alice: 10 May 2010 - 11:18 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 12:15 AM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 04:16 PM
On skin: lots of musk, mrowr!
Half-hour later: mellowed with some dusty champaca and myrrh
In conclusion: all the ingredients sounded great, except I was a bit squeamish of the ambergris and star anise. This ends up a sultry combo of dusky musk, like a barely lightened version of Smut.
Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:59 AM
Posted 12 May 2010 - 07:07 PM
A musky champaca with an undertone of wax... A little goes a loooooooooooooooooooong way, which is nice so I won't need a backup bottle. It lasts forever on me too.
It reminds me of something but I can't remember what, only I know I like it... odd.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 04:45 AM
Wet it's a little smoky and spicy. The champaca is there and I think I can pick out the ambergris doing that slightly salty, resinous thing. It's earthy too, must be the mandrake. As it dries the black musk emerges and sweetens it up. It does a good job of not having the black musk turn to baby powder, which black musk is prone to doing on me. It's very well-blended and seamless.
The star anise is a problem for me -- the more it dries down the more apparent that anise is, and I start having unwelcome associations with root beer. I know some people love the idea of smelling like root beer but I am not one of them. The champaca gets stronger too, and it's lovely, but that anise ...! Almost everything else in this blend is bound to age well, I wonder whether the anise will get quieter or louder with time.
This post has been edited by odalisque: 13 May 2010 - 04:46 AM
Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:27 AM
Posted 14 May 2010 - 01:53 AM
Posted 15 May 2010 - 10:21 AM
Tried it again off RMW, and it is deep, dark, and delicious. It's very close to my all-time fave, Minotaur. Sweet and dark and heavy, incense and resin, musk, YUM! There's still a tiny edge of metallic, but I'm wondering if that's the ginger. The throw is heavy, heady, and deep. Up close, there's all that, and that little slice of metal. It's a wonderful scent.
This post has been edited by penemuel: 28 May 2010 - 03:43 AM
Posted 15 May 2010 - 10:51 PM
Posted 15 May 2010 - 11:20 PM
In the imp: nag champa incense, with a swirling, mysterious black musk undertone.
Wet on skin: this is a dark skin stainer, but once on the skin, the musk unfurls.
Dry on skin: ohh, this is so good. The champaca in here is really nice-normally I dislike champaca but in here it smells like proper nag champa incense. Not a really thin, bland, tinny scent that I sometimes get from NC scents, but a rich, complex incense with spicy, woodsy, floral nuances, the way such incense scents should smell. The musk is the strongest note, and it’s not the sweet, almost vanilla scented and powdery black musk, but a more unisex type that smells so sexy! The ambergris here is definitely the salty type rather than the ambery type. The ginger adds a touch more spice, whilst myrrh darkens the musk in a way that reminds me of Minotaur. There is a tiny bit of anise but it is subtle and everything just works really well together.
After a while: this is actually quite subtle, but then again that’s fitting, as it evokes the image of a panther lurking in the shadows, silent and waiting to pounce. The musk then gives way to the champa which smells so good here, smoky and incense-y rather than like the cloying floral it usually turns into on me. Ginger and myrrh just add to the spice and incense I get here, whilst ambergris adds a sophisticated shimmering scent. It stays understated on my skin but gives off little spicy musky wafts every now and then, and at drydown it sweetens into a gorgeous black amber scent!
Verdict: mmrrrowww, this is awesome. Sensual and smoky and sleek, this is black and lithe like a shadowy cat stalking the jungle. Secretive, slightly threatening, dark and sultry, it evokes the panther perfectly (or should that be purrfectly?) with its smooth black musk and what could possibly be the best nag champa or champaca note ever-not just in BPAL but it the whole smelliverse. It’s understated yet incredibly sexy and exotic. I adore it and cannot wait to see how it ages!
Is it a keeper? yes!
If you like this, try: Velvet Panther, Gaueko, Temple Viper, Urd, Schwarzer Mond, Minotaur
Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:41 PM
Wet on skin.....wait....is that SCHEREZADE? That must be champaca. I do looove champaca. I do not mind smelling somewhat like an overpriced new age shop Underneath I can smell the black musk, which I also like alot. As it warms a really nice woodiness begins to come through. I'm not getting any anise, and I remember from when I ordered that anise was a listed note, because I was scared of it. The oil is very, very dark. Darker than Black Temple Burlesque Troupe even. I have a round spot that looks like jaundice on my wrist. So far this is quite unisex, maybe even leaning towards feminine thanks to the champaca. I don't recall which spices (if any) this is supposed to have in it, but i'm sensing a sort of warmth in my nose that makes me think "spicy". It is spicy in a very good way!
Now nearly dry....I'm smelling a bit of sweetness. A very warm, slightly smoky, almost woodsy sweetness. The champaca is still there, dancing amonst the other notes. And the black musk, this is a really amazing musk! Yowza.
Overall: I like this way more than I thought I would. More than Raven Moon, which is thus far my favorite lunacy. This is comforting in a warm, velvety, dare i say "furry" way. But sexy in a slinky, smooth, feline way. I don't often find a scent both comforting and sexy. Those are the sort of scents I really love. I think this could easily be worn by a man or a woman. Excellent job, Beth!
Posted 18 May 2010 - 03:38 PM
At first this is almost all champaca, labdanum, and myrrh. I'm not crazy about this stage as it's almost too resinous, but as it dries the dark musk and ambergris come out to help soften the resins. I would never have guessed there was anise in this.
It's still very much an incense/head shop type of blend, but I actually like it more than I expected. I have a feeling this will age beautifully and I could see wearing this alot this fall/winter, or on rainy days like today.
Also, it's quite strong at first, so don't slather right away. It does seem to calm down quickly though, but to be on the safe side, take it easy with this one.
Posted 18 May 2010 - 11:22 PM
It's black musk, champaca, ambergris and anise.. beautifully mixed-- smooth and deep, no sharp edges. I agree there is a Snake Charmer feel to it. As it fades down its mostly glorious black musk. YUMMMM nom nom nom
Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:47 AM
This is by far the best nag champa blend I've smelled so far from BPAL. I love how it blends so seamlessly with the musk and champaca, and how the star anise doesn't stand out but I know it's there. I'm a huge fan of resinous, incense-y blends, and Panther Moon is certainly one of those. As others have mentioned, the notes might put one in mind of Raven Moon, but it's really quite a different blend. This is what I really expected from Velvet Panther, but more. So much more. Rawr! Mr. Stellans was quite impressed with this scent as well, commenting on how good it smelled. It's not often a scent will elicit a comment from him, so when it happens I take notice!
It only took a drop on either wrist to last me all night; the deep, luscious scent accompanied me deep into sleep, and the dreams which came were wild and feral. There was still just enough left to remind me of a good night's sleep when I woke up this morning. I love this Lunacy, and so very happy to add it to my monthly Lunacy rotation. 5 of 5 stars!
This post has been edited by stellans: 06 July 2011 - 01:41 PM
Posted 19 May 2010 - 04:58 PM
This post has been edited by Venneh: 19 May 2010 - 05:27 PM
Posted 21 May 2010 - 07:19 PM
Posted 25 May 2010 - 02:44 AM
Wet, it is musk, incense, and a bit of sweetness. It's really well blended, and I won't pretend that I can pick out the nuances of each scent, but I know I got some musk, some laudanum, some myrrh, and a lot of incense. It's got a lot of strength, even as it dries. It's a thick, dark, smoky sweet scent. It's not something I would wear to the office! But I will totally wear this when I want something strong and sexy. It's definitely a nighttime scent!
Oh, and I didn't notice any star anise.
Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:05 AM
Posted 29 May 2010 - 01:45 AM
Posted 29 May 2010 - 04:12 AM
*sniff sniff* Is that Lust? or Sin without the cinnamon? or Lucy Kissed without rose or violet? I pulled them all out and Lust v7 Prototype was the closest to it (well according to MY nose)... Yes yes, all very similar to me.
Wet: mmm.. dark resins
Dry: Same, but better. Made me a little woozy when I slathered too much on later though.. (note to self: must apply lightly).
Verdict: 4 out of 5 (Love). Seeking a bottle. Am glad I have similar enough blends to not need hoarding. I'd probably have rated it a 5 if I could handle slathering.
(ps. I pulled out Minotaur for comparison too, but they don't smell as much alike to me as the above others do. Neither did Schwarzer Mond, but Panther Moon is definitely in the same dark smooth resin family.)
(pps. Thank gods this isn't even close to Snake Charmer on me - I HATE that blend.)
This post has been edited by rawgirl75: 29 May 2010 - 11:30 PM
Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:22 PM
With my skin chemistry this is Snake Charmer, but with civet and musk, and amber. So it's like a. . . it's like a panther charming a snake. Forbidden, cross-species love. And the amber in it works better on me than any other BPAL amber. I used to have good luck with them, but now my skin chemistry has changed, and they either disappear or turn to powder. But not this one! It's gorgeous, and I want to roll in it.
Love, love, love.
(I wish the lab could tell us in the announcements which ones are amazing. Like: "Pssst, order this!" It seems to happen sometimes that a Moon people pass up on is AMAZING, and it was Limited, so then there are only so many bottles around. I think this is one of them.)
Posted 30 May 2010 - 08:28 PM
No Snake Charmer in this for me. It's Smut with Nag Champa.
I this stuff and would love to be able to find another bottle because this is going to get some serious use.