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A fastidiously clean scent, with a dash of pipe and cigarette tobacco. Faintly beneath, you catch the fragrance of a smear of greasepaint, a stray horsehair, and a whisper of Moroccan leather and rosin.

 

This is just straight up a men's scented soap but with something damp and moldering in the background.

The scent makes my face wrinkle up.

Definitely a no.

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I got a sniffle of this from azurephoenix along with my carbuncle imps and am super happy to finally get a chance to try it

 

In the imp, this is honestly kind of rancid and fresh on the skin doesn't change that. It's a lot of grease paint and honey sweet stale tobacco. I'm literally making faces at my hand for the first few minutes. However, once it gets a chance to warm on my skin a little, some redeeming things start happening. I get the rosin and leather, and the chemical tang that was so repugnant for the first few minutes and in the bottle backs off. I'm also getting something clean and almost like the fresh linen candle scent that's so common in cheap candles.

 

Thus really comes into its own as it dries. The notes settle and it develops a lot more sophistication. It's still hard to parse individual notes, but this feels like an expensive gentleman's coat, infused with soap and pipe smoke as well as the tooL's of his trade. It's stately and very masculine to my nose, and there is still something cloying and stick to the throat about it that I don't love, and I certainly would struggle to wear this regularly due to the spectacularly terrible first ten minutes or so. My tiny partial decant will probably be enough, though I'm glad to have tried it. Maybe a bit of aging will bring something out, who knows. It sure is a tremendous testament to perfume creation, even if it isn't my favorite.

 

Edit

I take it back this is awful on me. Now that it's continued to dry, something starts going horriday sticky sweet and rotten, like sour spoiled fruit covered in suntan lotion. I had to wash it off.

Edited by oakandloam

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Got a tester of this from my lovely decantress, Azzie. <3

 

Wet: Citrus!!! really creamy lime. Like a lime-sicle. Yum. I can detect the hints of rosin and greasepaint as well, which are surprisingly pleasant! Wow, this is so interesting. It's starting to smell like scented plastic though, which makes me sad.

 

 

Dry: Sadly, on me this dries down to a sort of fake, candyish, fruity plastic smell. Too bad! It had a lot of promise at first, so I think this is just my chemistry ruining it.

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wet on my skin: extremely powdery. I almost washed it off.

middle: it's drying down into something sweet and warm. I get creamy leather with a sweetened lime note and... sassafras? maybe it's the tobacco.

dry: I'm just starting the dry stage and it's still going well but starting to veer into the plasticy realm which makes me think there is some vanilla in the blend. sigh. this always happens.

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Tested on Mr. Elf.

 

Sherlock Holmes starts off as clean, safe scent but quickly gets down and dirty with the leather, tobacco, and rosin. It's spicy, but not Middle-Eastern bazaar type spicy, but more aftershave+outdoors+I've-been-up-to-something-nefarious.

 

This is the guy that seems safe and approachable at first but you later find he has a hell of a mean streak. My favorite type. :)

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I actually don't get anything sharp at all. It starts of slightly sweet and very clean, and on me, it stays that way. It's beautiful and light, with a hint of something that makes you keep smelling, trying to figure out what it is. I could see myself using this as one of my everyday scents.

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I glossed over the "fastidiously clean" part of the description when I first wore this, and was really confused by the fact that it smelled like laundry soap and baby powder. I can't pick out the tobacco or leather at all, not even in the drydown. It actually smells strangely sweet on my skin, and I keep thinking that I smell a hint of the juniper/gin note - slightly fizzy, sweet and clean.

 

Mostly this is straightup baby powder smell on me, with a hint of sweet floral scented laundry soap and a hint of gin...

Edited by Little Bird

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In the imp: clean men's cologne with a shot of bright lime.

 

Wet: similar to the imp. There's something a little sweet here too.

 

Dry: Soft leather and tobacco mix with a clean men's cologne for a unique and beautiful combination. There is just a spark of lime. I love this, a very interesting scent. There is something classic men's cologne about it, but it smells like something totally new and different at the same time.

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Imp: clean is right!
Wet on Me: Clean. faint traces of rosin and motor oil?
Drying Down: This is such a curious scent! yes it smells 'clean' not getting the tobacco just yet. But I think it's the Greasepaint and rosin I'm getting. Definitely masculine.
Dry: it's sweet now. But not fruity or sugar sweet. I think it's the sweet of the leather and rosin and tobacco. Reminds me of a gentleman's library almost!

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I'm such a fan of this. It never has that warm cozy library leather scent that I expect, but I always spend the day enjoying the whiff I catch of it whenever I've put it on (it's long-lasting). Surprisingly sweet (from the tobacco?), definitely clean, and appropriately masculine.

Edited by evil_laugher

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I like this one a lot. The notes listed make it sound like it's going to be super weird smelling (which I often like), and it is. Pleasing but surprising. Normal but weird. Confusing and adaptive. Kind of like Sherlock himself I guess. No grossness from the cigarettes or greasepaint (I like tobacco blends but I was worried about the grease - nothing to worry about after all!).

 

Where I'd wear this: Important presentations to look clean and clever

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I'm shook but I'm loving this. Clean, but not necessarily (or too) soapy, not the sort of soapy Watson has, and indeed grease paint or some sort of household cleaning stuff... how odd! And brilliant!
That odd note is certainly chemical and it reminds me of something(s) I can't puzzle together but it's not nasty either.
Definately reminds me of Brett's Holmes. There's dust, sweetness... a hint of wood and florals? It's a mess of notes and maybe it's just cause I'm exhausted right now and I can't pick too much apart from here, but this is a perfect homage to this beloved character (with apologies to sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

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It's a very clean scent indeed. It's a little sweet to be sure, but there is something holding it back from going to sweet tarts for me. I'm sure it's the tobacco and wood from the pipe keeping it steady, because they come out more as it dries. It's not a particularly bold scent, but I think it gives the wearer some gravitas. It might be the character association, but it does feel like a quiet powerhouse might wear this. I'm a fan.

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Resin, tobacco, clean cologne (Jareth or Dorian-like fougere with vanilla and lilac?) with a dark, tight, thrummy feeling. I'm reminded of tobacco scented wool over clean linen. This is good, but I'm not sure I need a bottle.

 

I do recommend this for anyone that wants a tobacco flavored masculine cologne.

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Wet: Okay, I know it says "clean" in the description.. but I didn't expect it to smell THIS clean! Clean, sweet, tobacco. A little ozone-y.

 

Dry: Everything in the wet stage, plus some leather.

 

I.. am surprised by how much I like this! Not typically a fan of leather. Not sure that it's bottle worthy, but I definitely want to hold onto my imp.

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In the bottle:  Sweet, rich Pipe Tobacco.  It makes me miss my Peterson Churchwarden.

On me:  If you've ever been around Violinists, you'll recognise the piney aroma of rosin, and it smells sweet and resinously clean.  The Leather is fainter than most blends they make with Leather, and this is a good thing.  It adds a subtle complexity that's purely Holmes.  If you've read A Study in Scarlet, it might make you think of the intro where Stamford explains Holmes to an incredulous Watson, or of the Leather chair he often sat in, fingers steepled in concentration.  There's a pungent, almost turpentine scent of old-world greasepaint.  Finally, there's the fragrant presence of the Tobacco he keeps in the toe-end of a Persian slipper.  This is glorious, as it captures him quite nicely.

On My Son:  I must preface this with the statement that my son plays the Violin, and has worn this scent to every performance, and wears it when he's struggling for the right atmosphere to practise in.  It has slowly become his confident signature scent when he wants to be taken seriously, and I despair of getting him more, as it's constantly(deservedly so in demand) out of stock.

 

On My Son: It smells like what he imagines 221B Baker Street to smell like, and everything within.  It is a well-made Violin(in Holmes time, his Stradivarius was a bonny shiny thing, as it was relatively new), the oils to keep it in proper order(when he can be bothered to clean it), the rosin dust from him energetically(I say maniacally, :p) attacking the strings with his bow.  It is his laboratory and the chemicals, it is the makeup from his disguises, which I was told had a distinct scent.  It is the leather of the furniture and...(the word he was looking for was timelessness) and just that feeling of being in the presence of greatness.

 

I usually post just his responses and whatever conversation we have about scents, but today I will also post my impression of this on him:

On him it transforms him into the great consulting detective.  It's the dust of his rosin as he readies his bow for play, the greasepaint of the consummate actor, exotic woods of the furniture, chemicals from his lab, leather from his favoured seat, and tobacco, such wonderful tobacco, from the fresh in the slipper, to curls of fragrant smoke, to the drying dottles on the edge of the fireplace(my DziaDzia used to do that, and I used to read Holmes to him as my Grandmother translated it into Polish for him).  Hold your head high my Tiny Human, this is how it should feel.


 

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