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    Myrrh, Labdanum, Black Musk, Oak, Clove The Hell-Gate of Ireland, Gingerbread Zombi, Schwarzer Mond, Peacock Queen, Halloween in Los Vegas, German Expressionist Horror, Scorpio '07, The Twisted Oak, Oak Moon, Zombie Green Hair Gloss


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  1. patina

    All the Meaner Things

    Ozone and a brown musk that reminds me of mice, old rags, wainscotting, and dry oatmeal. It is not significantly salty to me but it does smell cold. This is almost a dead ringer for the Scrooge's Apartment Atmosphere Spray I tried once. I should mention that the musk is sweet on me in a weird and offputting kind of way.
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    Virgos Love Power Tools

    Lavender often goes sour on me but this hasn't yet. I think it may be because of the rounded resins (motor oil & Schwarzer Monde). This is a kind of snuggly cologne that does present in layers. Usually it's lavender cologne but there's an occasional dark whiff of patchouli/resin and workshop. The top notes remind me a lot of Quicksilver Phoenix, from the Anniversaries. This one makes me want to curl up and go to sleep.
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    The Blood is the Life

    In the decant this smells like the Zadok Allen Vineyard mixed with honey. (Except I checked my bottle of Zadok and that one's a far drier wine.) On it turns into a mulled spice wine with a bit of blood. It's not a subtle scent. The wine and blood are practically dancing a can-can to get noticed.
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    IN bottle: Hairspray? Machine oil? Leather and dust? Skin contact tames the overpowering hairspray note and it turns into a ferny fougure. I don't get green musk exactly, or I don't recognize it. This smells sepia somehow. I'm not sure how something can smell sepia but there you go. The sepia industrial leather dust mixes with a dark ferny green. Sophisticated enough but maybe a bit too perfumy/cologny
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    Songs of Autumn VI

    In the imp this was slightly alarming, strong on the dust and a kind of vetiver char, but on my skin it immediately turned into machine oil and loam, well-behaved with not a trace of the vetiver to be found.Oddly pleasant on the skin, but not very strong. Then again dirt scents are usually weak on me. There's something almost like anise in this.
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    Welp, this is what the color of red autumn leaves would smell like. Initially I get a strong hit of spice that my brain thinks is cassia. I also think I smell dragon's blood but that's probably the red musk. On, this is clearly several different things blended together very well. It's hot and spicy indeed but not single note spice and the patchouli and oude do a lot to keep things from getting out of hand. The clove and basil make it smell almost cold and hot at the same time. Red. red, red, spicy, and dry with depth. I feel like swaggering while wearing it. Edit; Bizarrely this doesn't last long on my skin, drying down to an unusually soft red musk. Or maybe I've gone noseblind
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    The Shadowed Veil

    My first thought smelling the decant was "pumpkin cookies?" Weirdly I got pumpkin cookies. I guess blackened pumpkin just tends to skew sweet and buttery. Then the pomegranate and incense came out and I had a sweet, faint pomegranate waft around me. This scent is not terribly strong probably because leather is weak on me and pomegranite tends to fade quickly. It does have a good throw though. I suspect the scent might have more staying power as the patchouli ages.
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    Songs of Autumn V

    This captures fall nights very well. There is a bit of an ivy leaf/ pickle note I assume is the byproduct of the leaves, patchouli, and booze. Evocative as this is, I really prefer Dead Leaves, Blackcurrant, and Tobacco. That is, unless the patchouli root deepens on my skin. Will have to report back later. Edit: on my skin the pickle note disappears and this turns out strongly fruity.
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    Flesh of My Flesh

    Notes unseen, my first thought was "red musk and sheet cake." Something here is strongly (and appropriately) reminding me of Eat Me. I know that there's labdanum and amber here and I can sort of smell them but mostly my brain is just going "sheet cake." Also lots of red musk. Did I mention red musk? This smells absolutely delicious, but potentially cloying. But also delicious. Edit: on the drydown I get champaca and orchid but this is still strongly sweet. I am getting the faint sourness I usually get from champaca but it's not a scent ruiner so far. Edit Edit: After some time reapplying I have no idea why I initially got cake, but this still reminds me of red currant
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    Songs of Autumn II

    This was a bright red musk with ashes. You know, I really don't know why I expected anything else. The ashes aren't vetiver-y or especially charred smelling, the red musk is more cheerful than you'd expect for a scent about large portions of the world being on fire. I can also detect some leaves, maybe. This really reminds me of the Yule Krampus' Shadow, except that one has patchouli that drags it down somewhat.
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    Come, Sister

    A bit like shampoo, but more delicate. I definitely get the orchid and gardenia. The ti leaf gives it a strong citrusy edge, like green tea but brighter. This is very perfumy but the occasional whiff of icy musk makes it more than the average perfume..
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    The Book

    For reference, this is a very old decant. I remember being unimpressed with the scent when it first came out. I get a very soft leather and the powdery vanilla scent of old books, but there's something sweet as well that almost smells like an incense. Someone mentioned rose but it seems more like sandalwood to me. If this doesn't fade away to nothing like Dee does this might be a go-to book scent.
  13. Snake Oil and green musk, black leather, black amber, ambergris accord, sandalwood incense, and oily black musk. Fresh from the mailbox, my first thought is "yep. It's Snake Oil." It's powerfully smooth vanilla with a softer version of the leather from Snake Skin. I can only pick out Snake Oil and leather right now, but I'm certain the ambergris, amber, and black musk are all doing their part to make this even smoother. No regrets. On settling, I'm only getting the barest trace of green musk, but I do get a little sandalwood. It makes the leather smell a little like suede. This is very clean, balanced leather snake oil, as another commenter said.
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    Gargoyle Junk

    Powerful incense when first applied, but has short wear life. A lot like Cathedral plus rose.
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    Snake Skin

    I have the 2017 version. Initially I wasn't thrilled because of the chemical/cherry/powdery leather. Also my skin tends to eat leather. However, this has aged into a soft black suede. As much as I love aged Snake Oil it can sometimes be a little too sticky-sweet and foody by itself. The leather works very well for it. Less staying power on me than the original Snake Oil, but that's fine. This might be a top 20? If not top ten.