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Gemini noir

Miskatonic University

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This really did not impress in the imp: the coffee is incredibly sugary and sweet, which just isn't what I want to smell like at all.

 

Well after the dry down, the library scent comes out to play, and that is intoxicating. I'm glad I didn't just write this one off: maybe an hour or two after application, the sweetness tones way down and I'm left with a (still somewhat sweet and coffee-like) cozy autumn library. Super evocative, super pleasant. 

 

By the end of the day, I'm left with the faint, dusty-book scent I was hoping for all along. 

 

I can put up with a couple hours of coffee first thing in the morning (does double duty as a wake-up scent!) in order for the rest of the day. Went ahead and got a full-size bottle.

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In the imp, I mostly get coffee and Irish cream, with a little bit of the wood notes. As it wears, the wood notes amp up more -- unfortunately, there also seems to be a skin chemistry fail on me, as it starts to go a little plasticky. Not sure what note is to blame. After drydown, that plasticky undertone starts to go away, leaving me with mostly the scent of Irish coffee -- I never fully get the old books note. Despite that, it's definitely evocative of old libraries and university buildings, and would make a great fall or winter scent. The skin chemistry stuff might keep me from getting a full bottle, but I'll hang onto my imp.

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Wet and in the imp: I must drink really astringent motor oil coffee! This smells like caramel to me.

 

Dry: Something I'm having trouble placing has come up... it almost smells like rice? Must be the book note! It's still mostly caramel, though.

 

Much later: Ooh! This is so interesting: it's giving off a throw of caramel, but when I stick my nose up to it it's really papery. Like caramel hot cocoa was wafting out of a mug on your desk but you have your nose in a book. Pretty neat, especially if you like foodie scents!

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Looking at the reviews, I'm mystified. I have no idea what my body chemistry did to this one, but it's not good.

 

In the imp, it's mainly that sweet Irish coffee note that I love. I wear Irish Coffee Buttercream all the time (although thinking about it, that one doesn't have much staying power on me either, probably relevant). Unfortunately, it doesn't stay like that on my skin for very long. In a very short time, it's almost all "dusty tomes" with just a hint of oak and coffee. But it's not a nice book smell on me, it's really like... wet dust and ash. The faint sweetness of the coffee and the oak kinda combines into something like a popsicle stick, and it's just suffering from there. The only thing that happens after that is that it tamps down a bit (thankfully).

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At first all I could smell was the sweet coffee, it was overpowering, but after a couple of hours on my skin it became warm and woody, it still smelt of coffee and there was a hint of stale, dusty smell, but it wasn't unpleasant

I liked it but the coffee was a bit much, I wouldn't want to smell it all day (I just don't like coffee that much). Looking at other reviews, it might improve if it's left for a few weeks.

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This was great when first applied, sweet creamy coffee! It was very strong and the throw was really good. A few hours later, and now I'm just getting the dusty books with coffee in the background. Not mad that I didn't get the polished wood note since I'm picky with woods. The coffee has a touch of chocolate to it, which is a little unusual but I don't hate it. 

 

A wonderful coffee scent, definitely a new GC favorite! I just wish the throw stayed as strong as it did when I first applied it, but that could be due to my imp's age.

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It's weird because I don't get much coffee from this. Probably a tiny drop of coffee mixed with a lot of milk and probably caramel syrup. 

 

The wood notes come out when it dries and I definitely get dust from this. These become more prominent the longer I wear it but it remains sweet. It IS evocative of dusty tomes and polished wood. 

 

Something I'd wear for bedtime or when I'm reading. 

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