I adore this once it's dry on my skin; it's a warm and slightly resinous scent, and I agree with BoneBone24 that I get a sort of cocoa scent out of it. It's also perhaps the strongest throw I've ever gotten from a BPAL; I can get a whiff of it off my wrist without having it anywhere near my face.
In the imp: eh. Men's cologne sort of scent, albeit with a lot of layers I can find familiar and know I like. I can smell a surprisingly light whiff of woody patchouli, and the sort of dusty scent of myrrh, and an amber-ish smell that I can only presume to be the ambrette seed. I'm pretty sure that the bergamot (and possibly the thyme, since I've known thyme to be a bit citrusy) is a big part of why it's sorta cologne-y, as there's a smoky citrus quality that's definitely giving the vibe.
Wet on skin: again, it's men's cologne. Not quite as rough as Highwayman, which tends to be a scent I frequently equate to men's cologne, but it definitely smells like something I'd expect to catch walking through the men's section at Macy's. It's definitely softer already, though; the scents are very much improved with the application of body heat. The bergamot and thyme isn't nearly as citrusy, and there's much less of a bitter note to the bergamot. It's also more smoky, but in a pleasant way rather than smelling like actual smoke.
Dry-down: oh, yes. I like this now. Amber, something chocolatey, a pleasing base of patchouli, a bit of myrrh, and a sort of smoky note with the last of the bergamot citrus. I can even smell a bit more of the thyme, but like the herb when dried rather than the fresh, citrus-herbal smell of it. Nice, nice--I kinda wish there was a way to get a big bottle of it.
ETA: so, I wore this when visiting a friend I haven't seen in a few months the other day, and he hugged me, stepped back, hugged me again,
and proclaimed that I "smelled really
good!", so I think this is definitely a keeper!
Edited by Mokiefraggle, 22 February 2013 - 10:17 AM.