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Oak leaf, bourbon vanilla, almond husk, and black leather accord darkened by a 13-year aged black patchouli.

 

All almond up front, but ends up smelling leathery and yummy after it dries down. I am going to try this again with one of my more patchouli forward scents to see what happens!

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Fresh out of the mailbox from the Haute Macabre restock! So excited.

 

In the bottle: lots of almond sweetness up front backed by worn-in leather and some patchouli. It's very heavy on the almond, which honestly I like. Slight hints of the bourbon vanilla as well. I think the oak leaf is mixing with the leather and making the leather old, rather than new. I really like how this smells in the bottle, but was hoping for more patchouli.

 

Wet: its super sweet right now with almond and bourbon vanilla. slight peeks of everything else. The almond starts to mellow about 5 minutes after application, and this 13-year aged black patchouli starts to come forward. On me, it's lighter than i would have imagined, and has almost a floral nature to it. Man, its super beautiful. Once it's dry, the almond has truly just become a top-note; what i can imagine is oak leaf and patchouli constitute the middle (the oak leaf makes this smell a bit like a cloudy damp fall day/evening. This isn't aquatic though- its more like wet leaves) and the leather/bourbon vanilla make this just downright sexy.

 

Some might consider this a bit masculine because of the leather and oak leaf, but i think this scent is a truly super-sexy unisex fragrance. I can't wait to wear this for a full day to get a feel for it- right now it's going in my favorites row.

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i thought i would hate this because i usually hate almond, but after the initial slap of marzipan, a rich black leather comes out, and on the dry down, i get the vanilla and patchouli. a lovely blend.

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Got samples of these

 

Imp : Almond & hints of fake leather.

Skin initial: Seriously black leather. Slick and almost wet.

Drydown: Dirty dark earthy leafy ~ all blooms up giving a glorious backbone to the leather and almond. Becomes seriously black leather. I can see it, I can touch it. It's definitely in the Dominatrix leather realm. The longer it sits the more the patchouli settles in. Longhaul this becomes patchouli, leather, and skin-close vanilla scent.

 

I really really irrationally love this.I just don't have a decent place to wear it. WAY too dominatrix on me to wear to work without cocked eyebrows. Going to be a Girls Weekend Out scent for me. Unisex truly. Powerful on anyone.

 

Verdict: Dee & Banshee Beat BDSM session

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I don't pick up almond and patchouli as much as everyone else. The leather immediately jumps out at me, with a sweet dirt/earth note. It's kinda like if you had an old leather jacket, and decided to jump into a pile of leaves and then make dirt angels. It's sweet-ish, but I can see a guy pulling this off. I'm guessing that's the oak.

 

It's really pretty. It's a must-have for leather lovers; however, I can get my leather needs from Perversion and other leather blends I have. I would think that earthy lovers and patch lovers who don't have a leather blend can enjoy this.

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A SUPER herbal on me, sticky and green wet - however that vanilla comes out real soon on application, and there's something almond-y, but not too bad that it causes a death-note reaction in me, it's quite delicious, actually! 

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Wet --- a punch of screechy sweet almond, marzipan. Chemical black leather trailing behind. I don't terribly love it at this stage. BDSM Marzipan. But I can tell it's going to downshift into something good.  

 

Dry -- Sure enough. The almond starts to calm down and the leather comes out to meet it. It still has a weird chemical bent to it. Black leather almost always does this on me. But it's being met by a creamy sweetness. 

 

Settled in at cruising altitude -- the chemical edge wears off and the notes start to melt together. It's sweeter than what I usually go for but this really came together nicely. There's a coolness to the scent. Vanilla almond milk ice cream, spiced with patchouli and finished with a hard slap of black leather. Sweet and soothing but dangerous. A black and white contrast. It takes some time to get there, but when it does it's worth the wait. Gorgeous. 

 

The mood is sophisticated, dark, and mysterious, like high-fashion power goth. 

 

Big throw and longevity on this one, noticeable even when resting quietly, not moving.

 

Leather lovers should try this at least once. I'm going to put this in the neighborhood of Antikythera Mechanism (for the creamy, sweet,  almost root beer float thing), Scholar's Tower (for its smoky-sweet-spicy masculine bookishness) and Spanked for the bitey leather. 

 

I'm impressed so far with the Haute Macabre collabs. They hit the tone they aim for, and this bat approves. 🦇

Edited by supreme_c0rt

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Wet:  vanilla!  Creamy almond vanilla.  I am a lover of marzipan, so this is right up my alley.  Then as it dries down, the leather emerges in a big way, and the almond starts to bow out quietly, so the leather marzipan stage doesn't last long on me.  What I end up with is vanilla, leather and maybe a hint of oak, but I never actually get much patchouli.  Supreme_c0rt likened this to Antikythera Mechanism and I agree, it's like AM with leather instead of tobacco.  Not much throw but that's typical of me; good wear length.  Kind of a femme leather blend, though perfectly approachable for either gender.  Haute Macabre is a beauty!

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