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Unloving love: benzoin, Indian musk, massoia bark, myrrh, ambrette seed, galbanum, bergamot, and fir.

 

Wet: warm, spicy. Boozey. Interesting! I'm getting the Myrrh and benzoin, but also other notes I am not familiar with. Really different. I'm enjoying it.

 

Dry: Very incensey. Reminds me of something. Hard to describe though. Really interesting, but I don't think it's for me.

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This oil is a viscous ambery-yellow when first applied but soon fades into the skin. When I sniff it, It smells like... someone... bottled the Psychic Eye book shop?? Of course I've always loved how that place smelled, I've been in a couple of times. I think it's all the incense and stuff that is sold there mingling together. But I'm having a hard time picking out notes here cuz my brains like "there are no notes, it's the psychic store" lol. I find myself not having much to say about this perfume because it's so well-blended I can't find the notes individually. It's piney, but not in a fresh tree branch way, like in a tree-resin kind of way. It's actually very resinous and incensey. There are lots of notes I've never smelled before (benzoin, Indian musk, massoia bark, ambrette seed, galbanum) and I can't definitively pick out the ones I can usually recognize like bergamot. I get a hint of the myrrh and the fir, and perhaps a bit of the musk rounding out the background. I quite like this, it's perfectly resinous and incensey. The throw is great, and wear length is pretty good. This is definitely on the list of awesome resin/incense blends!

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Wet: It smells like Smarties and lemon juice and maybe some sort of baking spice. Kind of a powdery sweetness with just a hint of tart underneath.

Dry: I smell like wet wipes.

 

If this smelled the way it smells wet for the whole time I was wearing it, I would love it. Unfortunately, it only smells good for about two minutes before it turns all chemically on me.

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Fir is one of my death notes, but I'm surprised and pleased to say that although extremely present, it hasn't set off a migraine yet, and it doesn't seem too overwhelming in the overall feel of the fragrance. In the imp, it's very resinous, incensy, and spicy. Wet, it retains the same scent, but there's a woodsy undertone with a prominent fir. As it begins the dry, the myrrh and ambrette soften it, while the massoia bark (I imagine?) gives it a somewhat stiff feel. The bergamot gives it a slight citrus high note, but it's buried under the resins. It goes back and forth between soft-and-incensy and woody-and-stiff, until I think it settles into the happy medium, a spicy, woody fragrance through drydown. It's lovely but not for me. To the imp swap box!

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Oh this did not work on my skin at all, I think ambrette seed is my death note to end all death notes. I smell like I got sick in front of a tree. I needed to scrub to get it off. Not for me, sorry!

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Last night I tried Alecto and thought I smelled pine instead of vetiver, and tonight I'm testing a scent with fir and I thought it was vetiver. :laugh:

 

Anyway, starts out as a dark green blast and then becomes woodier, and at that point I like it, but then I start amping the musk way too much and it becomes overpowering. Alas.

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AE is deep and dark and orangy when wet -- I smelled a lot of bergamot, which is a favorite note of mine. But on drydown something cologne-y takes over. I'm guessing this is the benzoin because I had a similar experience with Nun and the Courtly Lady, and bergamot and benzoin are the shared notes. It becomes quite lovely when thoroughly dry but very faint on me, despite my having reapplied it. And since I don't like the drydown phase, I'll probably swap this one.

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I wasn't really expecting to like this one, but I really do. I get the musk, fir, and bergamot most. The biggest surprise for me is that the myrrh isn't completely changing to soap in this one. I'm so pleased! Myrrh has ruined so many otherwise lovely scents that I thought for sure this would be added to that list. The bergamot gets a bit stronger when it dries, and the overall scent is a touch sweeter. I'm counting this one as a win in my books.

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In the imp, it smells like a really authentic head shop - the kind thats on a a side street and sells herbs in glass jars and the owner is barefoot. is that the Indian Musk? the Myrrh? i don't know but i love/hate it. on my skin, it lightens up a bit, and has a tang that balances the headiness, which i am guessing is the bergamot and pine. i really like it. i am so going to wear this when i am in my hippie mood in the summer with bare feet and tye-dye dresses.

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I just love this one. It's hard for me to separate the notes clearly, none of them are bullying the others. It's deep, dark, musky, resinous, and incredibly sexy to me in a severe, domineering way. This lights up the same part of my brain that my beloved leathers do. We'll see how long my imp lasts me, this may have to be a bottle someday.

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In the imp: My first thought was 'This smells dark... almost callous! Like watching someone from afar and longing for them to acknowledge you.' The actual scents took another moment or two to register, with a generalized sensation of woods and muskiness. Harder to pick out specific notes though.

 

Worn: On the skin, the darkness goes soft and deep, it's not callous or cruel anymore, although it's still shadowed. I don't know the notes in this one as well as I'd like to be able to name them, but I can pick out the musk, a spice that my spreadsheet called 'bright-sharp' in feeling, and some sort of very sweet wood or resin. Overall, though, I'd consider this more of a blended scent, with the notes giving an overall impression, rather than being distinct.

 

Long dry down: This continues to mellow, and becomes a deep, shadowy, sweet woody incense. It's not something I'd wear daily, but contrary to how I felt sniffing it in the imp, with it on, I feel like I'm the person someone is longing for and I know I'm not interested! It's an interesting switch, and for me, something of a comforting feeling, as well, sometimes it's nice to feel beautiful and untouchable and distant. Definitely worth holding onto the imp for when I need to bring that emotion up, or when it's cold and I just want something deep and sweet. Definitely feels like a winter-wear scent to me, somehow, rather heavy and dark for summer or spring.

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Wet: Resinous woods. The fir and Indian musk are standing out the most.

 

Dry: More woods than resins now. Woodsy scents aren't really my thing, so this is a pass for me. However, I think a lot of people would probably enjoy this. It's like.. sexy resinous woods.

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My notes for this said only "Try again," so I am.  I think Indian musk must be similar to red musk, or at least that's how it's behaving on my skin.  In other words, this is all about the musk for the first hour or so.  After that, I begin to get resins and some dark woods, but it's still dominated by the musk.  I can't make out bergamot or ambrette.  My overall impression is of red musky woody resins, dark and unisex without a lot of sweetness. 

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