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Salvation found in darkness beyond darkness, the blessed sleep of nothingness. Dark musk, wood spice, labdanum, patchouli, dark African woods, and saffron.

 

Started off as a beautiful warm, musky, and spiced patchouli. It was very comforting. But as it settles on my skin, the spices do something that I just don't like. I'm having a hard time describing it, it's not bad but I just don't like it at all. If it had stayed in the wet stage forever it would have been a winner.

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This smells like the early 1980s. All of it somehow. I feel like there is something tickling at the edge of my consciousness, some specific sense memory, but I can't pin it down. A popular men's fragrance of the time? I don't know..... So it just smells, illogically but undeniably, like an entire time period to me.

Oblivion is a dark scent, with an almost mentholated quality to it. I get patchouli, woods, and a deep green musk (although the unusual color of this one is probably suggesting that association to me). It doesn't morph much. I find it both comforting and unsettling. It does have a vibe that fits in with being really stoned and completely checked out and listening to droney prog rock while lying on a cheap fuzzy carpet and staring up at the popcorn ceiling (aha! there's that sense memory!).

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I mean ... this scent. It's so. I don't know how to even begin.

 

It's like opening an old wardrobe. It's wooden and there are my grandpa's clothes in there, as well as lots of old fleeting memories. Warm and cold. About to be forgotten ...

 

I don't know if I like it or don't. I don't think it's a bottle scent for me, but the imp I may keep.

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Wet: This is such a perfectly sinister scent, to me. I somehow never reviewed it, but I remember many years ago mixing it with Zombi and burning it with unscented wax in a tart burner for that perfect spooky-get-relaxing atmosphere. It's not really something I want to wear personally, but I adore it. I think it would be amazing on the right guy as well. It certainly has that "bad boy" feel to it.

 

 

Dry: It really does smell very masculine to me - sexy bad boy! I like having an imp of it around, even if it's not something I will wear. I really enjoy the scent and like just smelling it once in a while.

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In the imp: The oil is a dark olive-y green! The notes that jump out to me the most are the dark musk, wood spice, and saffron. I'm not sure if it is the wood spice, resins, saffron, or all of those components, but smelling this makes me think of OLLA Eve (but not as complex).

 

Wet: The wood spice, saffron, and dark musk notes are the first to emerge, and it's really warm and comforting. But then the scent takes a darker turn. Maybe the labdanum is beginning to peek out?

 

Dry: Now, it's far muskier, with a lot less of the wood spice and saffron. The scent is actually rather soft now and is mostly just musk backed with light, powdery resins. I'm thinking it's dark musk and a soft myrrh, with just a little bit of spice and patchouli.

 

Verdict: I liked this one in the imp and during the wet phase, but the dry phase was just kind of meh on me. I may end up holding on to the imp and doing a retest, but it's not a scent a scent I feel the need to obtain more of.

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I had an imp of Oblivion last year and felt it didn't quite work on me, so I sent it to a friend in a batch of near-misses and she loved it and ordered a bottle. When I was frimped it recently, I decided to try again as my tastes are evolving.

 

Oblivion is a beautiful murky emerald color in the imp. Wet, it has a somewhat cologne feel on me, which may have been what put me off earlier. But I now find I really enjoy a lot of unisex scents, and this is no exception. It's musky and woody, not too sweet, a little musty dryness from the saffron. The patchouli is content to be a supporting player, which is good because I've been amping patch lately and was worried it was a trend.

 

Oblivion reminds me of my dad, and that is good. There's something solid and comforting about it. It's mainly a skin scent on me and stays pretty true all the way through. I'm definitely keeping this imp!

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2 & 1/2 yo Oblivion:

In the bottle: Mostly a fresh kind of spicy, like herbs that are meant to tickle the nose, but not in a way that they overpower it. Just dancing there and telling me 'hey, you might be interested in this!'
5 minutes: Warm - what I'm assuming is the wood spice and saffron seem to be dancing on a base that I think is the musk, patchouli, and wood - somewhat expensive incense that has finished, with the ashes still in the incense holder. That's more or less what I'm getting from this.
10 minutes: Sweeter now - I think this is the saffron and wood deciding they want more time in the sun.
20 minutes: Wood, musk, and spices, with a sweet undernote of what might be the saffron.
Half an hour: Spicy musk - Oblivion has pretty much kept to the same notes, but they're *dancing*. Fading in and out and back in again in rapid succession.
40 minutes: A woody base that now seems to glow softly with a mix that is spices / incense again. The patchouli again, I think.
50 minutes: Spicy patchouli. Compared to how it's been so far, when it all had a 'solid' base, the scents now seem to be swimming, as if the patchouli is a syrupy bath which the spices are just rolling around in.
An hour: Now the 'solid' base is entirely gone, and it's just the smell of incense wafting through the air - perhaps a tiny bit of musk in the background.
An hour and a half: Incense ashes on a well-worn incense burner. Not much more.
Two hours: The ashes and the smoke are gone, and what I'm smelling now is a small wooden incense burner infused with the smell of years' worth of incense. This is a lovely smell I smelled so often in my teens.
Two hours & twenty minutes: Spicy gingerbread? I imagine the saffron wants an encore.

Two hours and forty minutes: just the patchouli in the background now.

3 hours: Spicy patchouli, the scent of one of those shops where you went to go get incense and cool rings and dreamcatchers and stuff... and that maybe had some of those large water pipes in the front as well.

 

If I had to assign this scent a color, I'd definitely go with some dark, wooden, faded brown.

 

Final verdict: If you were really into incense and patchouli and all of that as a teen and want to relive that, except have it be a bit fancy as well and at the same time not be too hard, but just... warm and pleasant - this is the scent for you.

Edited by Pardona

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In the imp: Gingerbread???? The oil itself is a gorgeous mossy green, and reading the listed notes, I was expecting something along the lines of Hemlock - a dark, musky-green scent. Instead, I have straight-up gingerbread, fresh out of the oven and gently cooling beside a cup of chai with plenty of milk and honey. I guess this is the saffron and "wood spice" at work, but this is definitely a foodie blend right now.

 

Wet: Briefly balanced between foodie-spicy and woody-spicy, before the woodiness takes over and the musk comes out. Especially close to the skin, I definitely get the cologne comparison - it smells clean and woody-musky-fresh, almost austere but not unfriendly. From farther out, I get some of the warmer notes - patchouli, labdanum, maybe even an echo of gingerbread and chai.

 

Dry: The spices become woodier, and I can see the incense comparisons now. It's heavy on the patchouli, labdanum, and musk, more or less in that order. From afar, however, I still get the occasional whiff of gingerbread/foodie spices. Interesting, and comforting, in a weird sort of way.

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This is so much sweeter than I expected from the description - not to mention the color. It's seriously crayola green in the imp!

I immediately get cozy musk and saffron. A bit of resins, a bit of spice, a little woody. On me this is weirdly foody, like the same cake in Alice and Eat Me. No idea where that's coming from. 

I really like this! Snuggly and sweet.

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In the imp: Musk and something faintly spicy. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, I can pick out the labdanum. I still get musk. The spice has subsided, at least temporarily, in favor of the labdanum. As it dries, I can pick out the saffron and patchouli. The saffron is lovely and dry and exotic, but the patchouli gives it sort of a funky edge. As it develops, the patchouli mellows but also becomes more central to the scent profile along with the musk and saffron. The labdanum recedes into the background to join the wood spice. 

 

It's dark and dry and soft and musky and just a bit spicy on me. I like it and find it an appropriate yet wearable version of its namesake. I'm still deciding what I'm going to do with this imp since "I like it" and "I'll find a lot of use for it" are not synonymous. 

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Wet: Patchouli was the first thing I picked out. The spice and saffron definitely joined in after a while.

 

Dry: The patchouli faded to the background. I think the labdanum gives it a weird edge, but it's still mostly sweet wood and spices, with the musk giving it a slightly sexy vibe. It is comforting in an odd sort of way.

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