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... His scent is soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods.

 

Was originally unsure how I felt about this--it's got some good dimensions, but it seemed like I couldn't decide whether or not it was something I actually enjoyed smelling like. Then I realized: It's basically a fancy Old Spice. Which isn't necessarily bad! I think I'll reserve it for when I need a particularly pointed cologne. But I don't think I'll ever need much more than an imp.

 

I also just don't really get any parchment at all, nor rose; I think my skin amps the sandalwood too much and drowns them out. (Which, honestly, isn't all bad as I'm not a huge fan of smelling like paper...)

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I love this scent so much, I bought a full-size. My sample has aged so it's gotten even better. It's creamy, clean leather, the starchiness of paper, rounded out by some soft woods. Smells like an ideal version of a hot librarian. 10/10, would and will slather myself in it.

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First impressions: Sweet and clear without being overwhelming, just a touch spicy. Not sure I can detect the leather. The soft woods are entrancing and a little green. I can't pick out the woods individually, but they definitely belong in a well-loved library. I could spend hours in a space that smelled like this. 

 

On my skin: Warm and sweetly spiced, catching more of the incense when wet. A very comforting scent. The leather emerges with time. 

 

Edit: On wearing again, rosewood is much more prominent when wet but dries quickly to soft worn leather with only a bit of rosewood. I didn't get nearly as much tonka or incense. Different time of the month plus a medication change... fascinating how body chemistry influences things!  

Edited by niffler
Re-tested with different results

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Dee is gorgeous, and I would definitely classify it as unisex, even feminine leaning, not overwhelmingly masculine. The creamy tonka bean blends well with the rosy rosewood and leather. The scent is deepened in a mysterious way by the accompanying hints of parchment and incensey woods. Its beautiful and somehow comforting too in its richness. 

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OMG This. Is. My. Holy. Grail. BPAL (and Book!) scent! I've been on the hunt for the Perfect book fume for so long! Rosewood, paper, tonka and leather are my fav notes and of all the bpal fumes I've tried (honestly only about 10% work out on my skin) one of the ones I liked best was Perversion. Dee has the same sweet tonka base of Perversion but overlaid with rosewood and leather that's softened considerably by the vanillic parchment accord, this isn't your bpal strong saddle leather note but a v soft book leather. I want to bathe in this. Wish it came in EDP because the stronger I smell of Dee the better imo!

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this!!! is absolutely stunning! on skin instantly it reminded me of Lush's All Good Things perfume - which has the notes cade, rose, tonka, cedarwood. the tonka was a huge top note, sweet and slick.

on wet, it's very sweet tonka with a punchy spicy wood, very unisex. 

the drydown is subtly more classically cologney than the start, as the sweet tonka fades to the background and the rosewood, and.. leather?? comes to the fore. 

 

loved it for the start, the drydown was just a smidge too much of a familiar cologne to me. 

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I'm wearing it right now and it's so nice. 

It starts rather masculine on me. That most likely comes from the woods. However it mellows out and fully dried I get more of the sweetness from Tonka and sandalwood only a hint of the masculine scent I got from the wet stage. I'm not really a fan of rose but rosewood seems to work out for me. 

 

I think I'll put this on my "wear more often" list and see if I want a bottle. 

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Unsure of the age of my imp, but this is an incense and woodsy leather with a faint bit of parchment. I think this is the first blend I've tried with a bookish note, and I can see the appeal! The leather and patchouli notes mellow out over time and the parchment note come through more with the tonka. I'm not a big fan of super woodsy scents, but it works in this blend. I swear there might be a dust note in here as well, or that could just be the woods. 

 

A little bit different than what I usually wear, but I can see myself getting a bottle sometime. I don't think of John Dee when I wear this, I think of my friend who's nickname is Dee. Going to be gifting her an imp of this on her birthday 💜.

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