First thought (based only on the description): They have a scent called Darkness! I have to try it!
After reading reviews, but before getting it: Oh, it sounds like it really *is* Darkness. I'm really glad I ordered it, especially since I think some of the other oils I ordered might be too light. And I love opium and myrrh - not too sure about narcissus, but that sounds nice, too.
In the vial: At first, I notice a really sharp, strong scent that I can't place, until I realize it's soap. I've never thought of soap as being this strong, which is why I couldn't place it. There is a lot of smoky darkness around it, too, though unlike the darkness in Mystery, this isn't a 'swirling' darkness, but a dry and dusty darkness, like the inside of a cave. Mystery smells better to me.
First impressions: I'm having mixed reactions that change very abruptly. First, there's a sweetness that enters, and softens the soapiness, but then *that* gets much louder and more persistent and definitely floral (aha! so it must be the narcissus... I don't think I care much for narcissus). At this point, I literally pointed at my wrist with my other hand and said, "Myrrh! Where are you! I need your spice!" and poof! Spicy myrrh... Oh, it was so nice right then, but immediately went back to the soapy sweetness. All of this took less than 5 minutes, and then settled into the loud soapy smell.
After an hour: Huh? What? All I smell is baby powder. I'm not even getting the soap. I think I don't like my body chemistry :(.
Final impressions: Out of all the oils I ordered, I really thought (based on the notes and reviews) that I would like this one the most, and that it would be my Dark scent. It ended up being mostly soap and baby powder on me, and I like Mystery a lot more. I'm going to try it again, with some patchouli, since I think that might be able to darken it. If I remember to do so, I'll add my comments about that when I do.
Edited: I teach Russian 101 to pay for my graduate studies. I wore Darkness yesterday, and all day, I kept noticing that I smelled chalk - I thought it was from using too much chalk in my teaching, so tried to wash my hands. This didn't work. Finally it clicked: it was the Darkness that was creating the chalk smell! This was a big relief as I like chalk much better than either soap or baby powder. It's also somewhat empowering, as it reminds me that I'm in charge of my classroom. So, I'm glad I kept it, and I'll probably wear it again. I still like Mystery and Hecate a lot more, but this is ironically light, soothing, and relaxing for me.
Edited by Witch's Dagger, 02 September 2004 - 05:16 AM.