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Seduction, sensuality, the Act, and the aftermath all in one. The scent of warm, damp skin flushed with the glow of passion, touched by the luxuriant potency of ylang ylang and myrrh.



Vaguely floral (I get jasmine - it's probably the ylang ylang), musk, a touch of honey, and MYRRH. Reminds me of a less incensey/herbal Gothic Horror.

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Reviewing an imp that is probably 2.5 years old. I ordered it because i adore O so was curious about the comparison. It's....nothing related to O on me. Where O doesn't go powdery, this goes all powder, and slightly floral. It's very sweet, goes faint quite quickly, and to me, doesn't suggest the description at all. I don't hate it at all, it's actually quite pleasant, but once the imp is gone I won't be needing more. Back to O...

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Frimp from the lab.

 

On me this was O with a twist. If I’d blindly applied this, then I would have sworn that’s what I was wearing. I could only slightly smell the ylang ylang which bummed me because I love that note. It went faint on my skin really fast, too. However, ten hours later a strong sniff of my wrist confirmed it was still faintly there. 

 

Not bad, just not for me. 

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Imp purchased from a forumite, date stamped February 16, 2014.

 

In the imp: Myrrh, ylang ylang, and some sweetness that I can't directly account for from either note. 

 

On my skin:

 

Wet, the powdery sweetness of myrrh steps up first. As it dries, it's mostly myrrh, with the faintest tinge of floral ylang ylang across the top. It also very much evokes the concept of flushed skin for me, though there aren't notes I can pick out that are contributing to this. 

 

For folks for whom O goes powdery, I can see the resemblance with La Petit Mort's myrrh note. On me, however, the myrrh is deeper and more resinous than the amber. Also, where O's honey can be a bit cloying, this is just soft sweetness. 

 

It's a close skin scent on me, but it's not fading. (My experience with myrrh is that it's fairly long-lived on me.) Definitely trying this again for some all-day wear.

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