The Elephantine Colossus
Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:36 PM
Fist off the bottle I thought it was nice but not impressive. Definitely on the foody side.
Then I skin tested it, and OMG I smell popcorn. No joke!
So today I gave it a full drive and wore it all day. This thing is a beauty.
Lovely sweet and salty mixed together. Its loads of carny foods playing with each other. A bit of funnel cake, popcorn, maybe some cotton candy as well.
Its a sweet blend without being in your face sweet. After the initial popcorn scent I get when I first put it on, it mellows into the sweetness and you get an awesome foody scent thats incredibly well blended. No note overpowers another.
Posted 10 October 2010 - 10:17 PM
Edited by Invidiana, 10 October 2010 - 10:17 PM.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 06:25 AM
edit: three months later, this has already aged fantastically. i smell like an idealized carnival (you know, food and treats and a ferris wheel, minus the occasional whiff of vomit and, um, "carny musk"), with red musk, root beer and a hint of foody goodness- like funnel cake being served up at a cute, colorful stand. i adore this!
Edited by porcelina, 29 January 2011 - 08:06 AM.
Posted 12 October 2010 - 08:30 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:13 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:17 PM
Wet: Smut-y, very Smut-y, but without the booziness.
Dried: Peanut Smut. I've heard of red musk going peanut-y on people before, but Smut doesn't go that way on me. Apparently, this one does.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 04:42 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:36 PM
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:09 PM
The red musk (which, to me, can have many different faces) is most like that of Kyoto (no cherry or anise, but it's a very thick, almost syrupy musk like that). It's whipped with an odd combination of vanillic candy (with a soft, taffy-like texture) and a general salty-sweetness. And a tiny hint of the cream cheesy note from Cake Smash. Hence my impression of red musk frosting. The root beer is there, but on my skin it's playing a supporting role. It's kind of dry, airy and woodsy compared to the gooey sweetness of the candied red musk, so it definitely helps to balance things out.
Very sexy, very playful, and I pretty much love it.
ETA: Sometimes I get pretzels from this. I think it's the hint of salt combined with the oddly dry, woodsy root beer.
Edited by Aldercy, 07 November 2010 - 11:21 PM.
Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:22 PM
Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:59 PM
Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:39 PM
But overall, foodie, sexy, warm.
Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:16 PM
Posted 15 October 2010 - 11:30 PM
Thank you NYCC angel.
Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:24 AM
It does remind me of midway: a much much worse midway.
Posted 16 October 2010 - 05:06 AM
In the Bottle
Smooth, buttery...popcorn? Almost something cake-y about it. It's like being on a carnival food strip.
On Skin: Wet
You know, I've never tried a BPAL red musk note until now. I'm unsure if I am a fan. It is a nice concept, though, with the spicy, yet fruity, musk... But fruity tends to do poorly on me.
There is a splash of root beer, but it vanishes rather quickly, and replaced with a somewhat herb-y scent that must be the pipeweed.
On Skin: Dry
And...there's candy floss? Yeah. Cotton candy. I like this part. It's starting to smell less like a strumpet and more like classic carnival foods (all it needs is some funnel cake).
Pretty much this...kinda annoying red musk (I have now determined I do not like this note), but the cotton candy note is lovely! There's a little bit of creamy root beer in the background again. Mm. Now I want a root beer.
On an American scholastic grading scale, I'd give this a C.
While the red musk is not my thing at all (it reminds me too much of red currant, which does not get along with me at all), but I really liked the root beer and cotton candy. And as the usual rule of thumb goes, if it's "Meh" or "Ick" on me, without going foul, then I am nearly positive my friend will like it.
Edited by Ashenrook, 16 October 2010 - 05:06 AM.
Posted 16 October 2010 - 02:59 PM
However, a quick experiment with it on cloth proved to work a lot better. While the heavy musk scent is still there, the sweetness pops up as does this great root beer scent at the end. Needs a scent locket!
Posted 16 October 2010 - 07:17 PM
When it's wet, it's like whoa musk and incense on my skin - it does remind me of the slight nuttiness of Snake Oil for a few minutes in this stage. This really didn't go foodie on me - after it has settled in, I get a touch of salty popcorn and rootbeer (the musk just disappears). It's a drier rootbeer than I expected - I was hoping it would be all creamy and foodie - maybe my skin is fighting it, so I will re-test!
I still get the root beer - it feels overall like a cola and foody blend with a layering of almost a ginger musk feel on my skin. It still doesn't scream red musk to me (except in the wet stage) - it must be the "pipeweed" that is fighting the musky part of the scent on my skin. If you go into trying the scent thinking interesting - a root beer scent with a sexy edge, you get much better results than if you go into wearing it hoping to get a scent in the "Snake Oil" family.
Edited by GirlinDenial, 16 April 2011 - 12:14 AM.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:00 PM
Smut mixed with a few carny treats. Salted Popcorn and a lil funnel cake.
I do not get any Snake Oil from this what-so-ever and I'm a huge Snake Oil fan.
Me likes a whole bunch! May try to track down another bottle.
Posted 18 October 2010 - 08:31 PM
ETA: Much love to my pick up angel for getting this for me!!
Edited by violetblue, 18 October 2010 - 08:33 PM.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 09:39 PM
It is just a lovely blend of red musk, root beer, and a hint of foody sweetness. It's a little sexy, a little youthful, and very fun.
I simply it and it makes me feel less like my mom-self and more like the girl at the shore I was when I met a certain hot lifeguard (who is now my hot computer guy hubby ).
I need gallons of this. And with the way it makes me feel, dh will surely support that.
Edited by Femme_Fatale, 20 October 2010 - 04:35 PM.
Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:23 PM
As it happens, red musk, like vanilla, can do no wrong. My skin loves it (and so do I).
I didn't read the scent notes or description when I first tried it, and what I thought was caramel/vanilla, with a sprinkling of seasalt (you know those yummy caramels with just a few grains of sea salt, coarse, on their shiny, sweet surface?). And then...whoa, so sexy.
It reminds me of Snake Charmer, but I only smelled a drop of that (and had a drop on my wrist, long, long ago)...so maybe this is a false memory. It doesn't really remind me of Snake Oil, but has some overtones of some of my other favorites (Snake Oil is not one of my favs, btw).
It is delicious and makes me feel wonderful. Lasts very very well, and seems to have a decent but not overwhelming throw. (even my partner, he of the "at least it doesn't smell like flowers" nose, likes this one)
Posted 20 October 2010 - 04:29 PM
I'm at the tail end of a rough cold, so my sense of smell is not the greatest, but my first impression screams Countess Willie at me. And a little Smut.
Wet it's pretty sharp red musk, a little sweetness rounds it out. After 20 minutes or so it goes through a salty phase. I could almost swear I smell bacon, but take that for what it's worth - not a whole lot, not with this cold.
I can't wait till my nose clears up and I can try this proper.
Posted 22 October 2010 - 10:46 PM
I'm in love with this scent! There is a prominant red musk component with this fantastic sweetness that is very noticable but not overwhelming. I can see how the sweet element could be root beer but it doesn't distinctively register as such to my nose. I don't get any particular sense of pipeweed. I wouldn't classify this as foody at all, it seems more like something that would be in the musky/woodsy family to me. I love how this is wafting up from my wrists, every time it catches my attention I feel delighted.
Two months later:
The longer this ages the quicker the sweetish candy notes blend into the musk. Now the sweetness comes in a hit upon first application but within minutes it has backed off and blended in. What remains is a red musk blend with a beautiful depth to it, very sensual. Since The Soldier has come out I would say that these two are for sure in a similar family, but where The Soldier has an obvious root beer component Elephantine Colossus has more of a suggestion of root beer as well as a sort of salty-musky element to it - which I think is what gives it the sexy flair. I'm still not getting any feeling of tobacco or smoke from the pipeweed, but I kind of wish I were.
Four months after last update:
I must have been kidding myself. This is totally a foody-sweet blend in the bottle and for the first half hour or so on my skin. After that the red musk becomes more apparent but it's combined with the popcorn and hint of rootbeer - so it's still pretty foody. I'm not a foody person, but I desperately wanted to like this blend. After six months and three tests, I guess I have to admit that this one probably isn't for me. Sad.
Edited by strahlend, 26 April 2011 - 03:28 PM.
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