Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:38 PM
Oh, this is wonderful! It's going to age magnificently, and I've already ordered a back-up bottle.
It's indeed warm and furry, rich and cozy.
The resins shine at first, reminding one a bit of Snake Oil, but as soon as that thought has formed, the other notes begin to appear. It's almost as if, as I inhale slowly, I find each note in turn. No one note, though, dominates: it's a comfortable blend, neither too sweet nor too resiny
For such a rich scent, the throw is light - of course, I haven't slathered as I intend to do when wearing it for-reals, and not just testing.
Posted 31 December 2010 - 05:36 AM
In bottle: I could smell Snake Oil plus peppermint. It smelled absolutely delicious.
Wet on skin: Wow, this has a lot going on! Once again, I got a Snake Oil sort of vibe from it, and the chocolate peppermint was the second most obvious on my skin. It actually smelled wonderful, not foody at all. The mint added an interesting contrast with its cold to the warmth of the musks/resins. It's very complex; I love it here.
Drydown: Oh no. For all its many notes, WILF dries down to pure red musk on me. I can't even express how disappointed I was with this. Snake Oil doesn't do this to me, other red musk blends don't do this to me... save one. I whipped out The Infernal Lover, and that's exactly what this smells like on me when dry. I don't think I particularly amp red musk, or I'd get it more obviously in other blends, so I'm a little bewildered here. I'm hoping that this was a fluke, and that if I give the oil time to sit and roll it around more before I use it next time I'll get more staying power on the other notes. If it stays as is, I'll probably either sell WILF or The Infernal Lover - I love red musk, but I don't really need two blends that are pure red musk on the drydown.
Edit: After letting it sit undisturbed a few days, I tried again. The wet stage is very similar, but the drydown changed. Red musk is still the dominant player by a long shot, but this is not single note red musk anymore. I may be keeping it after all.
Edited by calivianya, 02 January 2011 - 06:45 PM.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 05:21 AM
On skin: musky and sweet, yum!
Half-hour later: sweetened Snake Oil/Charmer musk
In conclusion: I love the dark musk blends, black & red musk sweetened with a touch of vanilla and sandalwood. This turns out great on me, but it seems almost duplicative of Snake Charmer/Mme. Moriarty. I'm sure it will age gloriously though.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:03 PM
Very nice, but I'm not sure I'll be keeping it, (I keep asking myself if I really need two scents so similar)...I'll have to age it a bit to see if other notes start to come out, since it is very fresh.
Edited by Vashtya, 01 January 2011 - 10:06 PM.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:23 PM
5mL from the Lab. I got the male label.
This is one of those blends that I can't wrap my mind around. I'm really not sure what this is going to smell like, but I'm willing to give it a shot because most of the notes are good ones for me. Some I haven't smelled before but sound good. The only ones I'm concerned about are the juniper (it can be too astringent for me) and the champaca flower (as far as flowers go, it's one of the better ones, but I'm not a floral fan).
This smells very similar to Helping Hand (TAL) in the bottle, only lighter. It took me forever to figure out what WILF was reminding me of, but eventually everything clicked into place. It smells like musky earth mixed with mint chocolate, just like Helping Hand, only WILF is lighter on the mint. I'm thinking that it reminds me of another scent, but I can't place that one yet. Earthy mint chocolate sounds unappealing, I imagine, but it honestly smells good. I've always liked the smell of Helping Hand, so WILF's working for me at this point.
Now that WILF has had a chance to settle, sniffing out of the bottle gives me a scent that's in the same family as Snake Oil and Snake Charmer (and the Snake Pit scents, too, of course). It's definitely a musky scent, but a sweet musky scent. I'm getting red musk, something akin to Ivanushka's furry musk, vanilla and a tiny bit of mint.
Wet on skin:
Mmm, I like this! It smells quite a bit like Snake Charmer if you took out the plum and added in mint chocolate and a little bit of juniper. This is clearly a musk blend now, and a lovely one at that. It's still not heavy or dark as I was originally expecting (although I think that will change somewhat with aging, since red musk always gets richer and more intense as it ages).
No more quick changes! WILF is staying stable now that it's settled and the drydown has completely lost its similarities to Spooky and Snow White. It's still a bit like Helping Hand, but Helping Hand mixed with Snake Oil (and with the earthiness tuned down). I wouldn't call this a foody scent in spite of the mint chocolate and vanilla. It doesn't really smell like cookies, unless you took Grasshoppers, crumbled them up and dropped them in a vat of red musk with just the tiniest pinch of wood thrown in for good measure. It sounds like a strange combination, but it's really working.
The bottom line:
I still think that WILF is going to be dependent on skin chemistry because of the sheer amount of notes here (which some people are undoubtedly going to amp or play down), but at least my experience is much closer to everyone else's at this point.
I'm really enjoying WILF now. Even more than I did before it had settled. I absolutely love red musk and I'm on a bit of a kick at the moment, so I'm appreciating the muskiness that WILF has to offer. I think this one is going to age beautifully. BPAL musk scents almost always do, especially Snake Oil-type red musk scents.
I'm going to guess that I'll be good with one bottle since I have so many bottles of Snake Oil, Snake Charmer and various Snake Pit blends, but I may end up getting a backup now that the musk has come out to play.
Edited by Penance, 01 January 2011 - 10:54 PM.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 02:23 PM
On: Patchouli! Sweet and warm and earthy. Lovely.
2 hours in: I'm getting a bit of the chocolate peppermint and vanilla, along with some musk, but it's mostly patchouli on me.
7 hours in: Still pretty strong, but mostly patchouli.
Overall: This smells really pretty on me, but I love patchouli, so that isn't a surprise.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:25 PM
I was SOOOOOO excited this came today! One whiff and I was in incensey heaven; the reviews that it smells very similar to Snake Oil are right on. Only...
It just didn't work for me. I love the way that it smells, and it IS like Snake Oil but somehow it is simultaneously creamier and sharper (and a touch smokey). There is something about it that is too rich or heady for lack of better words. It actually made me feel woosey. I love the scent, but I guess I just can't wear it. Good thing my dood loves Snake Oil because I am adding this to his growing collection.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 03:16 AM
I do get the comparisons to SnakeOil/Charmer, definitely. A little chocolate peppermint, a little juniper berry (but only a little), and a wallop of patchouli over a Snake Oil base is what I am getting.
On, it is very similar to my year old Snake Oil..... instant aging! It has that resiny/musky creaminess, but with a faint freshness too. I can't wait to see how this ages, if it is this good right away.
I will edit this if anything changes after it settles a bit..... but right now, I can see many, many backups in my next order.....
Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:21 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 01:51 AM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:31 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:33 PM
(I say 'she' because I got the lovely lady werewolf on the label, leading to my roommate and I improvising a chorus of "Flyyyyyy lesbian wereeeeeeewolllllllllllf!" before debating whether she was in fact a girl wolf, since my roomie said she just looked like a really bishounen werewolf. I said I didn't think it mattered. )
Anyway now that she's warmed up, I get the Snake Oil comparisons, but honestly this reminds me much more of Smut than it does anything Snake Oil. But a Smut that does not turn into lovely musk mixed with grape Kool Aid on my skin which leads me to give it to my kid sister on whom it smells Fabulous and its just not fair ...whine....but this is delish. Deeply warm and musky, and definitely backup worthy.
Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:00 PM
I agree with the Smut comparison. Wilf is sugary and sweet to my nose once the mint wore off (which was a few minutes) Like sugared plums, but it does have a bit of the vanilla that snake oil has. Plum scents actually give me a headache, and this one does not (it has no plum I realize this, it just smells like it to me)
This is really something that you know will age gloriously. I am delighted to have a bottle and this is something I would like to hoard. Go Lab!
Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:43 AM
Posted 09 January 2011 - 04:30 AM
Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong the second it hit my skin. I'm not sure which note(s) to blame, but I'm heartbroken that the skin scent was so vastly different from the scent in the bottle. Scent locket potential, but no more skin time for this one!
Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:50 AM
Edited by Ellebelle, 09 January 2011 - 05:50 AM.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:16 PM
Wet: The musk and the patch are very strong notes now, but there's something a bit dryish, perhaps the resin?
The dry-down: This seems to be like Snake Oil with some various things in it (the way I like Snake Oil). Right now those notes include the sandalwood and resin and bark, mostly. There's also hints of the florals, but the sharpness of the juniper berry seems to have run off somewhere to hide. It's interesting, but it might work best as a scent locket scent for me. I was hoping for something like Ivanuska, only with a whole lot more going on (and I love Ivanuska). In the end, this is a morpher, and come to think of it, so are werewolves!
Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:25 AM
I love Snake Oil and Vixen, and I already ordered 2 bottles of WILF. It's just going to get better with age -- 2 bottles can't possibly be too much.
Posted 13 January 2011 - 02:48 AM
In the bottle I smell Snake Oil and a hint of Peppermint... VERY nice!
On me I smell a nicer, aged Snake Oil (as someone else has already mentioned) and musk - not sure if I'm smelling red or black or both (I'm assuming they are perfectly blended so probably both) and a vaguely Werepuppy-ish vibe, which is nice and cuddly!
After about an hour, the Peppermint comes out on me and the cocoa gives the impression of a bit of Boomslang (which I love)...
This is an amazing perfume oil, and I think another bottle is in order...
Edited by Shollin, 25 February 2011 - 07:19 PM.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:16 PM
In the bottle, I smell mostly patchouli and chocolate peppermint. On my skin, though, it's like a resiny, slightly pepperminty Snake Oil. It's not as sweet as Snake Oil, though, and it's a little..I don't know if dusty is the right word. Fuzzy? Maybe that's it. I think I'm catching whiffs of both the sandalwood and the champaca, but everything is so well-blended that it's a bit difficult to pick apart.
ETA: After letting this sit for a few days, It's become much darker, and the woodsy notes have come out more. I actually much prefer it now. Before it was much too similar to Snake Oil, and now, on me, it's sort of like..Fledgling Raptor Moon had a baby with Snake Oil. With a little How Doth the Little Crocodile thrown in for good measure. I really like it!
Edited by plainjean, 16 January 2011 - 07:06 PM.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 05:34 AM
It's been an hour or so and I now have a Snake Oli/ Snake Charmer/ Boomslang vibe going on. Gorgeous!! If I had the money I would get a back up!
Edited by lefthandmade, 17 January 2011 - 05:36 AM.
Posted 18 January 2011 - 01:43 AM
Posted 18 January 2011 - 03:57 PM
Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:27 PM
So yes, sweet red musk. That's what I get.
Posted 18 January 2011 - 09:23 PM
Eta: I just ordered 3 bottles of this, most bottles ever ordered of one scent at 1 time in my 6 yrs of ordering BPAL. It's that good!!
Edited by violetblue, 23 January 2011 - 03:06 AM.
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