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zankoku_zen, October 2 in Halloweenie
Hahaha, I don’t even know where to start with this one. It smells fairly insane/unpleasant in the bottle, like caustic chemicals or rubber. Never deterred from the intensity of a BPAL bottle-sniff, I apply, and I still can’t quite grok what this scent IS or is trying to evoke 😆 To be fair, I’m not quite sure I even remember WHAT wax vampire teeth smelled like. I’m getting NO Snake Oil in this whatsoever, but as it starts to blend in my skin I’m getting a strong cedar or mulchy dirt scent. My boyfriend says it smells like Ivory Soap and incense. Hahaha, sorry everyone, for the bizarre description, but my skin doesn’t know what to do with this. I hope others post their takes, and maybe with some aging this one will become wearable on me!
Wax Vampire Teeth is a weirdo. It's the black leather, motor oil, deeply gothy weirdo Snake Oil. So yeah, notes of both black leather and motor oil, drizzled over Snake Oil, which just softens both the leather and motor oil, but not enough to hide how deeply rugged this blend is. Great throw and wear length, because thank you leather.
Source: Decant from zankoku_zen
Wet: Bright aquatic with leathery undertones.
Drydown: Wafts of a foody, almost cakey note. The bright aquatic persists, but as it dries further, a delicious black leather note begins to dominate.
Dry: Oil splattered old leather jacket, with that strange flirtation of a keening aquatic aftershave.
Overall: It isn't easy for me to identify Snake Oil in this blend, but it is still a pleasant leather experience.
In the decant: Black leather and... clove?
On my skin:
Wet, it's still lots of leather though the clove note has disappeared. Additionally, something vaguely sweet and slightly fruity has surfaced. As it dries, the sweetness subsides, and I'm back to experiencing (though maybe not directly smelling) clove. There's something very like Fortuna Restitutrix about this on me.
I'm another one who can't find the Snake Oil in this. Next steps: Allow to age and then retry.
Edit, 11/28, Slightly Awkward Update -- A day and a half later, and the bra I was wearing when I reviewed this scent smells absolutely fabulous. Based on what else I wore around that time, Wax Vampire Teeth Snake Oil is the most likely cause of this. I can make out blood musk, something deeper, and sexiness.
Wet: Sweet aquatic with leather and rubber? There's a lot going on here, and my nose is confused.
Dry: Super salty, slightly sweet, aquatic. Tiniest bit of leather. No Snake Oil here. What is going on here?
I actually don't mind the dry down at all! It's... nothing at all like I was expecting, but I don't think I'm alone with that opinion.
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