Derived from the same pseudo-scientific process as last year’s LAB RAT blend, but constrained to the Lab’s Carnaval Diabolique collection. Each bottle contains a slosh of every Carnaval scent currently in stock. The result? An inhalation of the miasma hovering over the midway after a busy, near-endless night of debauchery.
In the interest of peer review, here are our intern's notes from the blending process, tracking how the scent evolved as through the collection alphabetically.
A-C: “Chocolate truffles filled with blood-creme, rolled in sawdust.”
D-G. “Two… no, THREE corsaged puppeteers screwing in a hay bale.”
H-L. “Rusty barber’s shears sterilizing overnight in a jar full of rum and rosewater.”
M-P “This is eerily reminiscent of lightning striking a gondola full of off-duty showgirls.”
O-Z “Luminous, opalescent bat wings serving as the bellows for a lunatic calliope, whooshing gusts of wind through blossoms on dying trees, the bark sticky with blood that is, for some mysterious reason, flowing upward. The music! can you hear the music?”
[Sadly, we have been unable to elaborate on these findings as the intern in question abruptly left their post shortly thereafter.]
Eau de Carnaval Diabolique. The cumulative weight of dozens of scents — a cacophony of carnies, haunts, snakes, grindhouse dancers, and other attractions, all simultaneously clamoring for your attention.
Disclaimer: I have never in my life smelled any CD scents by themselves
In the bottle: A muddled mix of vaguely musky herbs, dry flowers, vanilla, and resiny fruits, and a stable base of chocolate probably from The Candy Butcher.
Wet: Starts with a strong blast of what I assume is Theodosius, because it reminds me strongly of Dorian, and Snake Oil. Calms down to herbs and flowers, with maybe 20 minutes of plum, then it turns to pure frankincense for another 20 minutes. Still chocolate in the background.
Dry: Half faint, powdery chocolate and half herbs, vanilla, and musk.
Conclusion: Definitely a morpher as it dries, but disappointingly flat when completely dry. Frustrated with the prominence of chocolate because I'm allergic and thus it is NOT a smell I enjoy. However, I loved the morphing phases, and I feel like this is a scent that will do wildly different things on different people.