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Darkwood Victorian parquet floorboards faded with age, cracked and splintered, stained with the memory of spilled black tea, a cigarette burn, and blood.

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Smells like clean polished woods.  More like fresh oiled new floorboards rather than dusty old splintered floorboards.  I can tell there's more going on in the background but none of the other notes stand out to me, it's all just blended together.  I'm finding it hard to describe what I'm smelling but something does remind me of another Bpal - but I can't place what it is.  This scent is pretty light and I had to apply a lot to get an impression of it.  I like it, I think it might be a good cozy scent for bleak gloomy overcast days.

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To me this smells a dentist office! I don’t picture any of the wonderful descriptive notes listed above, all I can see is dentist tools and their gloved hands about to reach into my mouth! 
 

Maybe I’m mistaking the floor polish for the chemicals that dentists use, I don’t know. Creaking Floorboards is certainly nightmare inducing! 

 

 

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In the bottle: Murphy's Wood Oil Soap and some freshly-oiled oak cabinets. 

 

Wet on my skin: Freshly oil-soaped and polished oak furniture and a hint of gleaming ...leather? Yep. Something about the tea + blood + cigarette tobacco combines to smell decidedly like gleaming black leather, perhaps as a trick of my nose or because my skin sometimes does that to certain note combinations. 

 

Dry: This is definitely not what I was expecting, but I don't dislike it at all. It remains mostly the same as it dries, and smells very much like rich, freshly oil-soaped and polished oak chairs with polished black leather cushioning/backing. Clean, rich, and very masculine. This smells Vincent Price and Peter Cushing as they sit across from each other, at their immaculately-polished dining table, and drink black tea while discussing their concerns and curiosities regarding their friend Dr. Frankenstein's reckless new experiment. This is something I'd probably need to wear either to set a specific atmospheric mood or if/when I eventually get the courage to try the vampy drag king thing, but something that will be very useful to have on hand when I do need something just so. I bet this would be great for scenting my car, too, with a drop or two in a cotton ball stuck in my heater vent. 

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I'm really digging the Haunted House collection this year.  Most of them, I don't need a full bottle of, but the scent experience has been great.  In general, they're very atmospheric.

 

I was expecting cedar from Creaking Floorboards (a troublesome note for me) but I'm not getting any here.  This is warm, dark woods at first, very smooth.  I don't get tea, but I'm getting a definite spice note that includes clove.  The cloves give the fragrance sort of a smoldering quality, like the cherry of a cigarette.  I really like this phase.  I'm not huge on woody fragrances, but this one strikes me as unusual.  It leans masculine and manages to be both comfortable and formal at the same time.  I could see this dude in jeans and a sweater or a tuxedo. 

 

The clove starts to lend a coolness to the warm wood, and then a bit of "blood" tang creeps in.  Finally, the wood turns from polished parquet to identifiable vetiver.  It's a nice vetiver, but I preferred the parquet.  It hasn't lasted as long as I'd expected (around 3 hours) but that may be do to my chemistry and/or might improve with age.  If you like woody perfumes or the smell of antiques and old houses, I'd try to get a sniff of this one.  

 

ETA:  Wanted to add, I think my nose was actually picking up the tea earlier, b/c I thought I got a faint tinge of anise, and then was like... naaah.  ;)  So yeah, the lab's black tea with the spiced quality (especially the clove) coming up strongest for me.  

Edited by VetchVesper

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Floorboards is sort of like a cross between Dorian and Hailstorm of Knitting Needles, but with an unsettling base note of dried-out cigarette tobacco and something I can only describe as ... musty air. The stale air inside a shuttered room in an abandoned house that is filled with old dusty lace and scattered paper. There's also an ink note that comes out more and more as it dries. It is quite spoopy, quite creppy, but also somehow wearable. If you like Dorian or Hailstorm but want, like, HAUNTED versions of those, this might be right up your alley. 

 

Fully dry, LICORICE appears in a jump scare!

 

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Creaking Floorboards doesn't exactly shine with my skin chemistry.  I was hoping for dark, spicy, smoky woods, which is what the imp smells like, and all I really get is dusty.  I would have loved to pick up an anise note or any of the listed clove, but my skin often obliterates the tea note, and the spices seem to have gone with it.  Sadly disappointing on me:  I wish it would smell on my arm like it does ITI. 

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I get something medicinal. I can see how some people would get something a bit like licorice. But on me it's medicinal in a pleasant way. I do get black tea and traces of tobacco staining wood. Wood often goes very faint on me so I'll have to return to this review later, but for now my impressions are that this is relaxing and would be perfect for a dark rainy day.

 

EDIT: I really love this one, actually. I suspect the woods are teak and oak. They work well with the tea and ashy tobacco. It doesn't have super wear length, but it's probably my favorite "creepy house" scent.

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I can smell the black tea and what I perceive as parquet floor lacquer? I see the dentists office association for sure. It smells very similar to that putty stuff used to make mouth impressions. Great. Now I can't undo that association. Ohhh Seymour...!

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I can't decide if I like this one or not.  In the imp it's all warm leather and wood.  Upon application YIKES it's like I walked into a Cavender's Boot City that just waxed their floors.  Once it dries a bit, the most prominent note for me is the slight tang I associate with Bpal's blood, very similar to the blood note in The Chilling Cellar from eons ago.  It's backed by a smoked dusty sweetness from the tea and overall very earthy on me.  My sister says I smell like dirt, but not in a bad way.  If I focus and sniff really hard I get the impression of wood waaaay in the background.

 

It wears really close to the skin.  The dry phase is better than the wet.  I need to ponder this one a bit more, I think.

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Polished wood and smoke are the main notes I get from this. Tea is there but it smells more like the leaves to me. Not getting any blood at all. The throw is very strong on this at first, but it does fade within a few hours. 

 

This is so unlike anything else in my collection so I'm glad I got to try it, however I am not a fan of this. It's too strong and I'm getting more of the polished wood than the smoke I was anticipating, plus the lack of the blood note on me was a bummer. No upgrade for me.

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I love this in the imp - my favorite of the Weenies - but my skin eats it up. :( No bottle for me.

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