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Brown Jenkin

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A small, furry, sharp-toothed scent that will nuzzle you curiously in the black hours before dawn: dusty white sandalwood and orris root, dry coconut husk, creeping musk, and the residue of ceremonial incense.

 

In the imp - Peppery wood? Smells a bit like Visions of Autumn I.

 

Wet - Still kind of peppery, but maybe that’s supposed to be the “dusty” part of the white sandalwood. Something kinda playful in here too … coconut husk?

 

Drydown - This one has me at a loss. Furry is a good descriptor. The scent is definitely brown and very fuzzy. That’s about as helpful as I can probably be here.

 

Verdict - Not bad, but not my favorite by a long shot.

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In the bottle, this is spiced incense and sandalwood. Wet, it's much the same with some kind of underlying sweetness from the coconut. Dry, this becomes primarily sweet, juicy coconut--pretty and I am not a coconut fan--over a musky base. Very pretty and I can see why people like it, but not for me.

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In the imp: Faint, dusty coconut.

 

Wet on my skin: Dusty, slightly earthy coconut husk and sandalwood. A tinge of the coconut meat.

 

Dry: This is a very brown, dusty, woodsy scent on me. Hints of the spices start to come out as it wears, but that coconut husk and sandalwood remain the primary notes on my skin. It's an oddly snuggly and comforting scent, and it's fuzzy and brown. The notes really do translate into "fuzzy and brown." I can see this scent being a good one for a day in on a rainy day, when all you want to do is curl up in bed and read a book.

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In the imp: Coconut.

 

Dry: It starts off smelling a bit like sun screen but then moves on into a lovely coconutty/woody stage. Soon after that it goes into smelling like hair dye. I washed it off at that point!

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I think I kind of love this, but I'm not entirely sure.

 

Wet it's very much incense.

 

As it dries I do get some sweet coconut and lovely dry sandalwood as well. It's lovely. My skin kind of ate it though, and it was gone quickly. Need a full slather before I decide if I want a bottle or not.

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I put off testing Brown Jenkin for a long time, I think because I irrationally thought it would actually smell like rodents. Spoiler: it doesn't.

 

It starts out a surprisingly sweet nutty vanilla scent, on me, and then turns to incensey coconut. It kind of makes me want to eat my arm, and yet there's something a little unsettling in this stage, and I think it's the juxtaposition of the foody coconut with the very much not-food incense, like you're thinking "I want to eat this NO I can't eat this it's incense."

 

And then finally it settles down to a waxy vanilla blended with sandalwood and some smoky spices I can't identify. This smells a lot like...um...Not So Penitent Mini Magdalene. I'm not sure if the comparison makes sense. They do have sandalwood in common, and I think there's unlisted vanilla in Brown Jenkin, and I guess the rest of the sameness comes from something unlisted among the smoke and spice notes. I haven't worn Mini Mag in a while, so I need to wear it again soon to be sure, but if there's a GC substitute for Mini Mag, that could be quite handy when I run out. Anyway, I like it a lot.

Edited by lady_pandora

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Freshly applied: SANDALWOOD, I LIKE IT. This is what I was craving! Smooth, light, dry, sweet, balanced. This is the perfect summer and beach scent. For a second, I thought it was primarily musk, and was like WOW, I thought I hated musk but call me a musk fan! Nope, the sweet cool thing going on here is sandalwood. The coconut is contributing to this. Augh, this is beautiful. It's subtle, for sure, not a big loud scent, but what it has is very pure and very suited to skin.

 

THIS IS NOT the smell of rats, or dust, or dirt, or fur. THIS IS the smell of summer, tanning oil, woods, coconut, and skin. It is primarily bright, light, fresh, cool and clean (but not too bright, still dry).

 

I hope it stays like this smell forever. T_T

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Hmm. I'm a bit on the fence on this one, mainly because it's so strong; it has a huge amount of throw. The coconut is powdery, possibly thanks to the addition of orris, and the sandalwood is very dry and wood shavings-esque. The overall effect is very masculine, despite the notes list, and I think it would suit someone more masculine better than it does me.

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On the wand, super-dry sandalwood and coconut. A hint of orris when I think about it.

 

On my skin, dusty-dry coconut-sandalwood, but this takes on more of an overall woodiness on my skin than it had on the wand. The orris is lightly there, just adding a little pale powder impression. I also get vanilla mixed in with that, like a vanilla powder. Mostly, though, this is making me think “rugged coconut,” like an Indiana Jones coconut.

 

Yup. Pretty much archeological tomb-robber coconut, with dust on his hat, but without his leathers.

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Brown Jenkin was all wood on me, very masculine and overpowering, so I had to pass it on to my boyfriend, who smells intensely of cherry pipe tobacco (not listed, but still comes out) and suede arm patches---a very "history professor" (or archaeologist, from above? Indiana Jones, mayhaps?) scent for my political science professor partner. :) This was the first BPAL he was convinced was made with him in mind. <3

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This smells like a candle. It's the coconut husk I guess, which is more subtle than most coconut scents, and I actually don't get much sandalwood (which is a shame as I love woody scents). This is a very mellow skin scent, and I really like it.

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All of my current hair products have coconut in 'em, and Brown Jenkins has tgat same loverly scent. The sandalwood makes a wonderful combination with it!

 

The incensed make it so the coconut isn't a whole straight up exotic or food scent, if that makes sense? It's definitely snuggly. It's nice and creamy.

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Worried that I would not like this because of the orris, which usually goes dusty and weird on me, but it is not a problem with this one. I got whiffs of wonderful coconut during the dry down, but am left with a dry, woody incense scent. Nice but I was hoping for more coconut!

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In the imp: The white sandalwood and orris root are the first notes to jump out at me, followed by a bit of the coconut husk, and then the musk.

 

Wet: The musk and incense notes are actually the strongest notes on my skin at first. Then, the coconut husk and orris root emerge. The coconut husk is adding a bit of welcome sweetness to the scent, while the orris is flaunting its powdery self all over the place. The musk, incense, and orris are now the dominant notes.

 

Dry: Now the orris root reigns, backed by the musk and incense. The coconut husk is still present, adding a bit of sweetness, but it is fainter than it was before. After a while, the dry, white sandalwood emerges, making this an orris dominant scent, with the white sandalwood and musk in the background, and just a hint of coconut husk.

 

Verdict: Orris root and I are not friends, and this scent was no exception. Glad I got to try it, though!

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