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Take tiger's balm and throw in some leather, and you sort of want to sleep with the assassin that was sent to kill you, but if you're gonna die anyway, better to go out with a bang? Anyhow, sexy AF, very much killer, very much Asian, and not what you expected at all. Medium throw and wear length.

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I was worried about the comparison to Tiger Balm. While I wouldn't say this doesn't smell medicinal at all, it smells more like berries, maybe those in the Nightshade GC. Sweet, poison berries over smooth non chemical leather. This actually has a good deal of throw, almost perfumy throw, and I'd have trouble sneaking up on someone while wearing it.

 

This reminds me strongly of Evil and I think it would compliment it well.

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Assassin is pretty great on me.  Sweet, sexy leather -- I would say that while still unisex, this is one of the more femme leather scents I have found in BPAL.  The pitch is low-key when wet and stays very much in the background.  Good wear length on me and a little throw, which is good on my skin.  Really nice. 

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This is a strange one. Wet, it's very sharp and medicinal (I get tea tree oil) with a hit of black leather and metal. As it dries the poison smell really opens up -- I read it as the same berry/poison note in Nimue the Blood Queen. But there's another smell underneath all of this that weirdly reads like exhaust; it's sort of brown and greasy. Fully dry, it's mostly dark dried berries but also a sort of mechanic smell like motor oil or engine grease mixed with tangy sweat. It's not something I'll reach for a lot (I'm not a fan of berries) but it is interesting.

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Wet:  Vaporub? Pine, eucalyptus, something.  My skin is warmer wherever I put it.  There's a berry/fruit sneaking out. 

 

Dry:  Leather.  That pine fruit thing...it's like Snow Bunny without sugar on top.  If not that one, it's one of the winter snow smells.

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In the vial, I can smell the pitch and something sweet and sensual. I don't get any leather from this at all, not in the vial, wet, or dry.

 

Wet the sweetness amps up. It reminds me of a few of the "poison" notes from some of the Rappaccini's Garden collection. No pitch now.

 

On my skin this is very feminine and perfumey. It's beautiful, and I love it, but it doesn't play as unisex on my skin at all. It's surprisingly sophisticated for something designed to layer. I'm not sure I would even try. It has low throw but long lasting power.

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In the imp: I'm getting the pitch, sharp daggers, a bit of leather.

 

On me: Pitch, tart berries accompanied by a metallic note, followed by a non-chemically black leather note. There's a touch of smokiness to this. It has been a while since I've worn it, but I think the berries in this may be the same belladonna berry note featured in Beautiful Death. It doesn't take long for the sharpness to fade away, and it eventually settles into a lightly spiced, berry-tinged leather with a much lighter metallic note.

 

Verdict: I wasn't sure how the metallic dagger note would play on me, and there was a phase when it was a little too perfume-y and sharp for my liking, but I do enjoy where the scent ended up after a few hours of wear. It's not something I feel the need to grab a bottle of, but I'll definitely be hanging on to my imp for RPG layering purposes. :) 

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