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... Deep cocoa laced with patchouli, leather armor, ritual incense, and a touch of Xochiquetzal’s flowers.

 

The resins go all powdery, and all that's left is a bit of bitter cocoa and something burning. Not good on me.

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in the bottle: sooo chocolate.

 

wet: the leather and chocolate kind of mingle to become tootsie roll on me, or at least to my nose.

 

a few minutes later: whoa, where did that spice come from? suddenly very spicy, like incense and smoke. love this!

 

dry: spice retreats some, chocolate comes back a bit, and the floral emerges. kind of evens out and almost smells generically masculine on me.

 

 

overall: for me, it's kind of a roller coaster because i don't enjoy smelling like a tootsie roll but i love it when the spice comes out!

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Wet, I hate this. I can't even describe what it smells like, but it's bad.

 

I waited it out and let it dry, and I'm so glad I did. It's beautiful! The cocoa stays true (not powdery) and the other notes give it beautiful depth. I think I will wear this in the winter a lot.

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Wet, this is very floral/incense on me (well, by my standards of "very floral," which are probably most of other people's "moderately floral"), but after a few hours, it morphs into a lovely cocoa scent. I tried this once at the BPAL booth at NYC Comiccon and was unimpressed on first sniff, but a few hours later my left hand smelled *amazing* and I was wracking my brain to try and remember which oil I'd tested on it.

 

I usually layer this with a stronger but shorter-lived cocoa/chocolate perfume, in order to have some chocolate around to balance the incense/flowers during the first phase.

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Eeek, I don't do well with incense-y notes, but I'll give this frimp a try...

 

In the imp it's pretty much just dark cocoa. Just applied I get this kind of dry spiciness that tickles my throat. Maybe that's the incense? Then within a minute it virtually disappears...

 

After a few minutes (if I get right up in it) it gets more floral. Not too bad, actually! The cocoa is still there, and a spice that now seems separate from the incense.

 

I think I might be able to keep this one! YAY!

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What a pretty cocoa. This goes on my skin as a more layered cocoa than I thought it would. The cocoa is clearly dominant, but it's allowing for some complexity. I smell cocoa, incense, and a faint floral coloring the whole. I get a vague sense of spices after a minute or so. No leather or patchouli.

If I were to be picky, the cocoa is medium-powdery at first, but this went away in an hour or so on me.

 

Eventually, I find a lil dusting of patchouli under the other notes, but it's not too much for me to handle.

 

Damn. I really like this.

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I got this as a frimp today and it sounded so promising I had to try, the first sniff is very chocolatey, but also I think the incense. On and dry the cocoa starts to fade but is still barely there, along with a spiciness. It reminds me of my favorite shops on hot summer days, incense and leather, slightly melty chocolate. I really like it.

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This smells amazing. Dark chocolate and incense. I could detect something else under all that, but didn't know it was patchouli until I read the notes after smelling. Not sure I'm getting anything leather, is it that faint dustiness? Smells like a similar kind of dusty to Bordello, i.e. a good kind.

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This is actually awesome. I remember ordering it in my first ever imp pack and absolutely hating it. Trying it now, and understanding BPAL better, really makes me fall so hard in love with the lab. At first, no, it does not appear wearable, just totally evocative of it's Aztec inspiration. And then once it dries down it becomes a real perfume, a real expensive seeming perfume, not just art. It's completely unisex.

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Mm chocolate. Seems almost to have a bit of cedar in there, but maybe that's the flowers mixing with the leather. The incense is low, but I'm getting just a ping of bubblegum like I do with some incensey blends (can't figure out what type of incense, unfortunately). All in all, it's a pleasing scent, but not a bottle for me.


Where I'd wear this: Chocolate and camping

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I can tell this is a very old imp. The label is no longer white, it says 'perfume oil blend' next to the name of the scent as opposed to listing the Lab's website, and the back of the label possesses a witch on the back with the website instead of the phoenix with a large version of the Lab's logo.

 

In the imp: Cocoa, followed by the leather armor, patchouli, and some incense. I cannot smell the flowers in the imp.

 

Wet: Cocoa-dusted leather and patchouli, along with some incense. After a little bit, those notes calm down, save for the incense, and the flowers begin to emerge.

 

Dry: After a few hours, it's a much lighter scent. The cacao note is still present, along with the leather armor, patchouli, and incense, but they're all a lot smoother now, and the touch of flowers is stronger during this phase (but not extremely prominent by any means – this is not a floral scent).

 

Verdict: The combination of cocoa and these notes isn't really my cup of tea, but if you like the idea of a cocoa and patchouli scent, this will be right up your alley.

Edited by dementia_divine

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All I get from this one is burnt chocolate. I'm sure the patchouli and incense mixing with the cocoa is doing that. It softens to show a bit of the florals once it dries, but it's not worth that burnt chocolate period.

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This is quite nice. I used it as a bedtime scent last night -- I knew I liked it from some brief, positive but non-specific notes from first testing -- and am testing again now. Tezcatlipoca is a dry scent. Dry patch, dry cacao, not at all foodie or sweet. I find it pleasantly grounding. A hint of leather and incense emerge as it dries down, and some dry flowers (not dried, just dry. I consider marigolds and chrysanthemums dry, as opposed to lush moist flowers like tuberose). Gender neutral, work appropriate and would make a good confidence scent.

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Lab frimp aged about 4 years.  Oil is a clear, pale amber.

 

In the imp:  I first notice a very distinct and authentic cocoa.  Then flowers, equal in strength.  A very unusual and interesting pairing!  I don't normally like foody perfumes, but the realism of this cocoa note intrigues me, and who doesn't love chocolate?  Besides, all the florals prevent the overall fragrance from being foody.  I think I'm gonna like this.

 

On my skin, wet:  Plenty of cocoa, but not as strong as in the imp.  And it vanishes all too quickly - in less than a minute.  The new scent is pretty, though: leather and flowers.

 

At 5 minutes: Leather and flowers, with the leather dominating.  Which seems fitting, right?

 

At 10 minutes:  The flowers have seized control, but the leather is still making a statement.  I can pick up some patchouli if I look for it, but it is surprisingly discreet in this blend.

 

At 15 minutes:  The scent continues to evolve, with the florals taking a backseat to the patch and incense.  It verges on being cloying sweet (could there be some red musk hidden in this?), but isn't  quite.

 

At 30 minutes:  Decidedly incense and patchouli. I'm not liking that almost sickening sweetness, though.  But it may be lightening up.  The patchouli isn't dominant enough for this to be headshop - it's more just incensey.

 

At 45 minutes:  Now mostly incense, with that spiciness that other reviewers have noticed.  It's not a foody spice, though, it's an incensey one.  The sweetness backed off a little, but not enough.

 

At one hour:  Almost the same as above.  I like the spicy incense, but not the sweet note.  It did lighten up a bit more, though.  So hopefully it will go away.

 

At 2 hours:  Yay, the sweet note has disappeared almost completely.  The scent is now a lovely warm spicy incense.

 

At 3 hours:  Considerably faded.  The spiciness has mellowed into a more subtle and gentle incense.

 

At 4 hours:  Almost gone.  Just faint traces of incense, flowers, and cocoa (in that order) remain.  It is interesting how, as the incense faded away, echoes of the florals and cocoa returned to say goodbye.

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Predominant Notes: Leather, patchouli, incense

 

Character:. A real morpher.  Flowery for a short time, then incensey.  Sweet. Unisex.

 

3 out of 6 stars.  I love how perfectly it fits the Ancient Mexico theme.  But the slightly-cloying sweetness that it develops on my skin spoils it for me.  It smells like the unpleasant thing that my chemistry does to red musk, so hopefully that won't happen to other people.

Edited by Ghost of a Rose

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This smells really good. With that in mind, I'm not sure it's in my 'like a lot' category rather than my 'faves' category.

 

I get a big deep cocoa whiff backed up by the leather and patchouli. Deep, a little herbal and spicy. Not much sweetness, which is normally ideal for me. It dries down to the lovely spicy incense. There's also a vague floral sweet note. I also like being reminded of dark chocolate (one of my fave things) without it being a foody scent.

 

I think the reason this might not have made it to my absolute favourites is that I like the elements of it and have nothing in it that puts me off, but it also doesn't have anything that really wows me. I guess I've been spoiled by some really amazing BPAL scents.

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