Posted 24 September 2011 - 10:36 PM
This scent is very interesting!
On the skin: Hello, pomegranate! This is a lovely, slightly sweet pomegranate with a hint of mossiness and cologne. I want my guy to smell like this!
After a bit, the cologne and pomegranate back off a bit and I can definitely smell a lovely, spicy almost earthy greenness.
I feel this would be perfect on the right man, but isn't quite right for my girly self! It is blended amazingly though!
Posted 24 September 2011 - 11:36 PM
After patchouli and pomegranate, oakmoss is the strongest note for me. The accompanying coffin (which is lovely) is packed with some fragrant dried oakmoss, so Iíve gotten a much better idea of what itís like as an individual note. Itís sweetly earthy and musky and a little ominous. I think itís what really sets the ďcryptĒ mood for this scent. Thereís a bit of spice in there as well-- more pepper than anything else, but it's still very subtle. Thereís also something that reminds me a bit of cedar though I know thatís not a listed note.
I donít personally smell any dragonís blood (assuming dracaena is similar or the same as dragonís blood) or lilac. If anything, thereís just a tiny, almost imperceptible hint of floral cream in there. I donít even normally like lilac as a note, but if that is the lilac peeking out, itís unusually nice.
While Crypt King is very dry, dusky and serious (though I donít think itís set-in-stone masculine or remotely cologney), itís pretty unassuming. I applied about my normal amount of oil, but it doesnít have a strong throw. Itís a shy, gentle, almost bookish scent with a drop of sexiness and a slightly larger drop of death. Really masterfully blended.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:29 AM
Wet: Almost immediately the pomegranate and fruit/juice starts to fade and oak and baby powder start coming forward on me. I did test this on the fella, and while it was wet on him, it stayed very juicy and fruity, the cologne-y part just got a lot stronger.
Dry: Almost entirely baby powder on me, maybe a little oakyness to the baby powder, but that's pretty much it. On him, the juice started turning really sour smelling, no oak or other woodsy notes, just like bad cologne had turned or pomegranate juice got old and went sour.
Dry HOURS later: Several hours later it smells like a pomegranate version of Cykranoshian Catnip. It's got a very similar woodiness, hint of something "spicy" but not "spices" like cinnamon or clove or nutmeg, and a pomegranate edge. Took a long time for it to turn decent on me, but I still get too much baby powder to want to keep this one around, esp. since it goes wonky on the fella and it is definitely a more masculine scent to me.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 10:58 PM
In the bottle: OMFG. Brilliant. Mild patch, oakmoss, very vague pomegranate, and wood?
On skin in first few minutes: As usual, I amp cologne-type notes. However, while I often amp them to the point of having to wash them off, this one remained enjoyable.
On the drydown: Cologne note dissipated, and there's this sexy, very well-blended, slightly dry, slightly spicy NOM left behind. There's vague pom in the background, but only if I'm looking for it. I actually really, REALLY like this. I agree with Aldercy about this being unassuming yet deadly sexy.
*On a side note, this is the kind of scent that often morphs into CRAZYSEXYDOMENOW on Mr. EML298. He is eager to test it, and is a huge fan of it in the bottle but had already applied Schwarzer Mond (his signature) when I presented this to him to sniff.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:12 PM
I definitely prefer Crypt Queen. I'm going to let this age before I try it again.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:57 PM
I skin tested just a drop and it did what patchouli does on my skin - takes over. It also went cologney on me. It's not that those were bad things, but not enough to make me love this blend or make me feel justified in keeping it. I very happily rehomed the King to a lovely forum member who I know will covet it the way I could not.
I can only imagine that it must be gorgeous on the right skin!
Posted 26 September 2011 - 07:02 PM
As it dries the pomegranate fades and leaves behind a gorgeously blended mix of moss and spice over some of the best patchouli I've ever smelt. The moss and black pepper are the strongest notes at this point.
This is more of a skin scent on me, with only a light throw, but the staying power is decent which is nice.
Posted 29 September 2011 - 05:52 PM
Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:16 AM
Posted 30 September 2011 - 06:24 AM
I'm surprised at how light this is. It doesn't have a lot of throw and wears very close to my skin, but the oil is incredibly smooth and well blended. Wet, it's sweet pomegranate juice with a subtle hint of dirt-like oakmoss (yum) and a very green-smelling patchouli. I think I recognize coriander because I had coriander perfume from Kiehl's and it's the same note, and a teeny bit of pepper. I've tested this for 2 days straight, and you know what? The finished product reminds me a lot of the very late dry down stages of Mme Moriarty. The dry stage is not as sweet with red musk and plum, but there's that unmistakeable pomegranate-patchouli scent lingering on my skin. To my delight, I amp both of those notes so this makes me incredibly happy.
While I was expecting it to be darker and grittier, it's gorgeous and I can imagine it'll improve with age. I hope one day I can find a reasonably-priced (heh, arm + leg + kidney...) bottle.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 05:59 PM
Wet: Gorgeous wet pomegranate, patchouli, and barely there ginger.
Drydown: Lilac Fourege with the barest hints of pomagranate and it turns into generic men's perfume on me.
This would be amazing on the soon to be husband but alas it is rare and I don't feel like trying to sell my first born just for him to try it.
But thank you once again cfrancesca for letting me get a chance to try it!
Edited by Dark Alice, 30 September 2011 - 09:44 PM.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:18 PM
My oh-so-fabulous Switch Witch arranged to have a full decant sent to me, and it arrived today!
I really, really love the pomegranate note in this blend, but even more I love how this blend morphs: it starts out as really juicy pomegranate, then a slight woodiness begins to emerge plus maybe a slight floral hint, but then the scent descends into a dark incense-y patchouli with just a bit of the fruit still evident, but then the pomegranate comes back strong, and the patchouli and pomegranate finish in a very pleasing duet. I wasn't able to pick out lilac as an individual note, but there is definitely a floral sweetness (unidentifiable by me) in the middle of this blend. I think I got the spiciness of the pepper there at the end, but I'm not sure what dracaena smells like. If it's a form of Dragon's Blood, that has always reminded me of lilac and I just didn't smell lilac. To my nose and on my skin, this blend is a very wonderful combination of patchouli and pomegranate, which are two of my favorite notes. The Crypt King is a fabulous blend, and a perfect consort for Crypt Queen. Maybe some day I can hunt down a bottle.
ETA: Four out of 5 stars for Crypt King
Edited by stellans, 30 September 2011 - 08:24 PM.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 03:08 AM
In the vial: Fruity, fruity, fruity pomegranate! I can't really pick out anything else.
Wet on my skin: Pomegranate and pepper! The patchouli slinks in almost immediately - wow! I can tell the difference in this patchouli and in other scents with fresh patchouli that I've bought from the Lab. This is really smooth. The fougere starts to show itself after a few seconds, making this slightly more masculine. It is still sweeter than I was thinking it would be with so many masculine notes. The pomegranate is a little stronger than I would have liked it to be, but it isn't doing horrible things on my skin yet. I'm surprised.
Drydown: The pomegranate is still there, and still not nasty! I'm really surprised now. Every scent I've worn where the pomegranate is a major player has gone a bit rancid on my skin. Dragon's blood in all its incarnations also amps and goes rancid on my skin, but I was never able to detect that at all. Huh. What I do have is a very incensy blend with pomegranate. I am still getting the patchouli and perhaps a hint of ginger, but I can't pick out much else at the moment. I really like what I'm smelling. I think I'll keep my decant, at least for now, and do a re-test when my sense of smell is less impaired.
Now, I wish I had tried for a bottle on Etsy. I just refreshed the page and enjoyed watching the numbers go down...
Edited by calivianya, 04 October 2011 - 03:09 AM.
Posted 06 October 2011 - 08:23 PM
Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:46 PM
But here it is: In the bottle it's a very juicy pomegranate scent. When first applied to the skin it sparkles with a slight fizzyness to go along with the juicy fruits.After it dries it's a very soft powdery scent. Maybe a light floral accompanies the fruit.
Some have called it very masculine, I would call it more unisex. It would be wonderful on a guy or a gal. It's definitely not too manly.
I also find it pretty unique. I don't have anything else in my collection that is close to it.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:04 AM
Posted 18 October 2011 - 08:29 PM
Attractive, but not for me.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:21 AM
Fully dry, the pomegranate, black pepper, and patchouli notes are strongest in that exact order.
I love this scent! I'll have to try to make this one last.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:33 PM
Wet: Earthiness comes out a bit more, but it isnít overwhelming. This is the first pomegranate blend Iíve tried that isnít too sweet or plastic. This is really well balanced, a clean, light, playfully rugged cologne with hints of flowers and fruit. It reminds me of a sharp wind rushing through a harvest field.
Dry: Interesting, this has a tobacco-like flavor when dry, and I can detect a spicy note as well. Itís definitely more dusty when dry, though it still retains some sharpness mixed with a pleasant earthy base. Though this leans on the masculine side for me, itís a mellow inviting scent that I wouldnít mind wearing on a regular basis!
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:22 PM
When I first dabbed the oil on, the most prominent note for me was lilac. It smelled sort of like some kind of men's cologne/aftershave had just been sprayed in the air. Ten minutes in, and the pomegranate makes an appearance but it's oh-so-light - hardly there at all really. Where's the spices? Where's the patchouli? Hmph I say, Hmmmmph!
I waited thirty minutes before leaning in for another sniff, but by that point it was almost gone completely - all I can smell now is dry, dusty remnants of lilac.
So overall, this is really lovely in its own right.. but not for me at all. I was expecting a lot more depth and warmth from the patchouli and spices, something dark and menacing, and that's just not happening on my skin. Sadly, one me - this is no Crypt King... it's more like Crypt Boy
Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:27 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:02 PM
I liked the early phase better than I thought I would, but don't really love this scent.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:16 AM
Wet on wrist: Pepper emerges, along with dusty coriander. The oakmoss is indistinguishable from the patchouli, blending to deepen the scent.
Dry on wrist: The pomegranate has faded, leaving behind an earthy scent with a classic perfume feel to it. Something a wealthy gentleman centuries ago would have worn.
I have to admit, I was a little scared of Crypt King. It was a complete impulse buy, and soon after purchasing it I regretted it. It's actually quite a lovely scent, however it's just not me. Plus, it's kind of giving me a headache.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 03:43 PM
On: This smells amazing on me. Lots of something pink-like (the oakmoss, maybe?), darkly sweet pomegranate, and an assortment of other various delicious and beautiful things. I'm loving this one.
1 hour in: Sweeter now and, unfortunately, there seems to be an odd/vegetable note coming forward. It's mostly covered by the fougere and the bit of fruit, though, so that's something.
12 hours later: One of my partners said, "You smell like hippie," when I got to her place. It was a complement.
Overall: This is a definite keeper for me.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:16 PM
In the Bottle: Pomegranate juice, oakmoss, coriander, patchouli, and lilac cologne.... masculine and a little astringent. Pretty much what I had expected
On my Skin: Pomegranate juice and a soft, sweet lilac cologne with black ginger, black pepper, and a hint of patchouli. It's definitely less astringent/masculine than it was in the bottle. In about 5 minutes, this scent becomes pretty spicy. It's not a hot spice at all.... it's a softer, darker spice: black pepper, black ginger (most ginger notes turn to lemon on me, but there isn't even a hint of lemon in this... only spice), pomegranate juice, and a hint of patchouli. The lilac cologne is totally gone and the patchouli is, surprisingly, very soft. At this stage on my skin, I would call Crypt King a unisex scent
I don't care for it in the bottle (too masculine), but I do like it after a few moments on my skin. I wouldn't say I love it enough to keep it (I only keep bottles I absolutely love and as I mentioned above.... I'm a foody), but this was a surprisingly pleasant scent
Edited by SurrealReality, 06 February 2012 - 11:17 PM.
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