VILF Vampires Don't Sleep Alone: July 2010
Posted 14 July 2010 - 06:54 PM
In the bottle this is sweet, smoky and just a hint leathery. In my happy haze of recieving this, I semi-slathered it on my wrists and was met with MUSKY, SMOKEY, sexiness with the leather peeking through. I would have to say that the red musk, vanilla, clove and leather and the things that stand out to me the most in this oil. VILF is not for the faint of heart! I would say this is a Snake Oil- type scent with leather. I typically cannot wear anything that has leather in it ( they usually just make me nauseated) but I think I have found my diamond in the rough leather scent
BTW, the label art is super hot.
Posted 14 July 2010 - 08:14 PM
Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:24 PM
This post has been edited by Venneh: 15 July 2010 - 12:09 AM
Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:30 PM
It's dried down to a soft, faintly spicy vanilla leather. The vanilla emerged very late in the dry down. Very nice.
Posted 21 July 2010 - 04:04 PM
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:50 PM
Even though the scent in the bottle was dark and almost dirty, I immediately put some on.
There is nothing win about this scent for me. Almost immediately my nose started screaming to wash it off. But I braved it out to see what would happen.
And nothing good happened. It stayed the same dirt smell, which I can't even really classify as dirt (I think its the clove), with a touch of leather and something the very tiniest bit sweet. The sweet being more of an aftersmell, after I had taken a big whiff and then got the vanilla on the exhale.
I am extremely sad about it, as I had high hopes. So the plan is to shelve it a bit, and see what comes of it then. :(
Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:14 AM
Posted 30 July 2010 - 01:35 AM
In its wet stage, it's mostly sandalwood and ginger with a hint of clove and a fair slap of sharp leather. But not particularly rich or deep - it's all quite light. Once it starts to dry down, the leather softens up but keeps a slightly sharp edge, the honey and sandalwood come out - making it all go a little powdery. I can also start to smell the cedar and balsam at this stage.
When fully dry, it's reminding me of another BPAL but I can't make the connection.. which is extremely annoying! Maybe it's Raven Moon.. I dunno. Ultimately, this ends up being a rather soft and subdued scent that's mostly leather, sandalwood and musk. Sadly, the smoky vanilla never really makes an appearance and that's what I was most excited about getting from this. So overall, VILF is *nice*, but not the OMG I LOVE THIS blend that I thought it would be. I do, however, suspect it might develop some fangs once it's aged a bit. Vampires are in their prime after a couple of hundred years, right? :D
Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:23 PM
Very reminiscent of Snake Oil and Snake Charmer(minus coconut), and like those two, I think is going to be one that ages beautifully. I've only had it a few days and already it's only getting better and better.
Very glad I took a risk on this one and thrilled I've found not only a leather blend I can wear but one that I absolutely LOVE.
DH's reaction? "Mmmmmm"
Posted 05 August 2010 - 05:01 PM
In the bottle: LEATHER TOWN! Delicious, nutty, sweet leather. I get backing stuff here as well - just the tiniest bit of patchouli, definitely honey sweetening it up. I think I get the eastern florals, but almost nothing else - no ginger, really, except as a hint of spiciness.
Wet: Now I'm getting the florals, but interestingly enough only on the throw. When my wrist is up to my nose, it's leather. When I start typing, the florals waft along with the leather. Very interesting. The vanilla is there now, but I'm not getting any clove, really.
Dry: This is just as undead-sexy now as it was when I opened the bottle. Killer. Leather, vanilla, florals, but with a real masculine kick from what I assume is probably the balsam. Reminds me of The Illustrated Woman and Crowley, with some Liz thrown in there for good measure. A new favorite leather scent for me - lighter than Liz, so I can wear it in the summer, but with more leather punch than Crowley. Instant classic! 5/5
This post has been edited by Whisperstilled: 11 August 2010 - 11:35 PM
Posted 07 August 2010 - 05:15 AM
Posted 08 August 2010 - 08:38 PM
Drydown: The leather definitely calms down, and quickly. I can smell the red musk, sandalwood and clove.
An hour later: So far I've seen comparisons to Raven Moon, but what I get out of this is Romantigoth Litetm. Dark eastern florals? Maybe? Maybe VILF was in the same room that an incense burning romantigoth was in, and laughed and walked out but some of the incense crept into the leather jacket VILF was wearing? The honey/smokey vanilla combination is in the background, and it's nice, and I wish it would come forward a bit more.
Overall: It's nice. It's a good "dark" for warmer weather (what is that, anyway, it's been 59 degrees all summer here). This one reinforced the "don't be afraid to skin test!" rule I have for bpals that don't speak to me in the wet stage. It's unisex leaning toward masculine with a light throw.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:05 PM
On my skin, this instantly morphs into a sharper scent that I'm not as crazy about. It has a sharp, white, chemical-floral edge to it that makes me wonder if there's opium poppy in this blend. I'm getting a lot of that perfumey white floral sharpness :(. As it dries down, I still get that sharp floral feel most strongly, but I can pick up hints of the other notes as well. Every once in a while I'll smell red musk, perfumey honey, smoky leather, or spicy clove underneath the perfumey floral.
I love most of the listed notes in this, so I'm sad that it's so sharp and floral on my skin. I think that this is a blend that will improve with some age, though, and it's definitely complex underneath the strong floral. VILF is a little too sharp and dry/perfumey for me at the moment.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:34 PM
Posted 13 August 2010 - 02:40 PM
I think this will age very well, and I can tell you after wearing it to the gym that it LOVES it when your body heat goes up. I had it on one wrist for about six hours and thought it had disappeared, but 15 mins of the treadmill and suddenly I was getting gorgeous wafts of red musk and leather and sandalwood. It made me reconsider and pull this back out of my swap pile.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 04:49 PM
May have to let this one sit and age a bit.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 11:05 PM
Posted 14 August 2010 - 02:30 AM
Wet: Spiced honey and musk. Still only faint hints of leather, now more like your skin smells after you've been wearing leather for awhile.
Dry down: As it dries, I start to get smoky hints of florals over a sweet skin scent. Even beyond what I normally do while testing, I keep sniffing my wrist for just a little bit more, a little bit longer. After a while the leather note gets sharper, skin-warmed.
Dry: More of the same, although after about an hour it's very difficult to pull out individual notes (even more than it usually is for me). As a blend it's wonderful how it melds together.
Overall: This is definitely one sexy vampire. (and the lady VILF on the label isn't bad either ;) ) From the description there were a lot of notes in here I normally like, and VILF didn't disappoint.
Impressions: Fur-lined/trimmed leather. Dusty red. Spiral.
Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:53 PM
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:42 AM
In the decant: Patchouli and sandalwood and leather. Bitter.
Wet: This reminds me forcefully of Nanny Ashtoreth, a favorite blend of mine, and they do share some notes in common - leather, honey, eastern flowers, wood. I get less leather here with VILF, more patchouli, and for some reason the leather just doesn't feel as smoothly-blended as it is in Nanny Ashtoreth.
Dry: Leather and patchouli remain prominent. Not really getting the red musk at all, only a faintest edge of sandalwood. A nice scent - and it has to be to make me fond of something with patchouli that doesn't stay in the background - but not something I need a bottle of.