My imp is a decant from schackjj, The Goddess of Decanters (to borrow a quote from another participant in our decant circle.)
In the imp: Oil is clear and a somewhat dark, orangey, amber color. The first thing I smell is a beautiful magnolia with honey. Within seconds, the patchouli and musk come in and take over.
On me, wet: On me the musks and patchouli dominate, with a strong woody note that I am guessing comes from the kurundu (a type of cinnamon tree; also called the allspice tree.) I can just barely detect the ylang ylang; and as for the magnolia and honey that I smelled in the imp - not at all.
After 10 minutes: Mostly patchouli and wood, but the florals are there in the background, now including the magnolia.
After 20 minutes: From about an inch away, I get the beautiful magnolia-and-honey fragrance. Up close, I smell the patchouli and wood, along with a suggestion of cinnamon.
After 30 minutes: The wood-patchouli-spice notes have now overtaken the florals again, even from a few inches away. But the florals still have some presence as supporting players. I was a little concerned about the feral musk, but there hasn't been any skankiness at all.
After 1 hour: Wood, incense, cinnamon, musk, and patchouli: in that order of strength.
After 2 1/2 hours: The wood, incense, and spice notes have softened enough to let the honey and musk shine again, and with them, a hint of vanilla. The overall scent is now rather faint.
I want to try this in my perfume locket to see if the magnolia and honey will last longer.
(Later ETA): Yes, it does. In the locket-
At first: magnolia, honey, ylang ylang, a bit of patchouli and musk, and a tiny whiff of cinnamon; in that order of strength. After a few minutes, the ylang ylang takes over as the strongest note, but just barely. There's no wood note so far.
After 1 1/2 hours: Mostly ylang ylang and magnolia, with some honey.
After 3 hours: Still the same notes as above, plus now I'm starting to get a little patchouli and cinnamon; and maybe a bit of musk. But the ylang ylang/magnolia/honey still dominates.
After 17 1/2 hours: Same as above.
My rating: 4.5 stars
Edited by Ghost of a Rose, 07 November 2011 - 10:35 PM.