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A dramatic and doleful scent: black oud and vetiver with burgundy pitch, guiac wood, opoponax, velvet black cacao absolute, and incense smoke.

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Fresh-ish from the mailbox, but want to get a review in! May edit later!

 

In the bottle: Soft, leathery-woody oudh and incense. 

 

Wet on my skin: A perfect combination of every listed note, velvety and resinous and smooth. Oh man, this is nice. The burgundy pitch and incense smoke are probably the most forward notes at this stage, but not by much. 

 

Dry: This is *really* really nice. It's not super strong, but as it just came off the mail truck earlier today, it may strengthen later. As it is, this is a gentle but present scent that is a perfectly blended combination of all the listed notes. Everything is there and accounted for when you pick it apart, but as a whole, it's a dark, deep, velvety smoke and wood/resin forward scent. The vetiver and oud aren't super strong, for those concerned about those notes. The incense smoke, burgundy pitch, and wood are most forward, with the velvety cacao and opoponax under that, and then the oud and vetiver deepen and darken everything. This scent isn't that strong, as I said, but it's definitely dramatic and doleful, and very very nice on my skin. If you like darkly resinous/woody scents and your skin likes vetiver/oud, this is a must-try! I have a feeling this will enter into my common-wear rotation. 

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On sniffing: deep, a little spicy. i get swirls of incense, cacao and pine pitch.

 

Application: Pine comes out strong, a fog slowly creeps in, incense spirals up from a burner, Sixteen second intro from This Corrosion begins playing, lots of unspecified depth and sweetness from incense. This is both heady and deep on me, I can see how it represents pipe organ music. Also the incense almost smells cherry-like. Weird. Dark, smoky, sweet, smooth, deep,

 

EDIT: Bottle has settled, there's less of a whoomph! of incense on first applying. still settles down to be quite heavily cherry on my skin. Dragon's blood?

 

EDIT EDIT: Further aging, there's no longer a dragon's blood stage. Instead this starts off as cheap chocolate and wax plus incense and settles into a musty vetiver and incense smoke. Not bad.

Edited by patina

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I might have found a vetiver that doesn't work for me with this one. Tested from a decant that's been resting a few days.

 

Starts out spicy and herbaceous, almost like cinnamon but without the burn, sharper and greener. This one fits the haunted house vibe best of all those I've tried so far. Settled dust in a cluttered old mansion. The incense comes through later, smoky and high. I'm afraid I like my vetiver with a hit of something sweet, and this doesn't have it. I'm not getting any of that from the burgundy or cacao, and nothing velvety smooth. This precise combo is giving me all the bitter version of the notes. Doleful, yes. But more bitter incense plume coming though on me than I enjoy. Not for me, this one. 

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This one is a crazy fun time, and I swear there's a champagne note in it.  

 

At first, I get non-sweet cocoa from this, with a dark, rusty metal vibe and something that reads oddly fizzy to my nose.  (As the hours pass, this fizzy note becomes more prominent and blatantly champagnish to my nose.  And yes, "champagnish" is totally a word.) Then some incense starts swirling around in the mix along with hits of gear lubricant.  The vetiver is in there, but it's not prominent for me, and there's a lot going on.  The chocolate starts to back off and everything swirls chaotically, like notes from a crescendoing calliope.  I end up with a somewhat sweet, somewhat tart, somewhat fizzy, somewhat incensey blend of something-or-other that I find quite appealing.  :) 

 

I like dark, bitter chocolate, but I have quite a few perfumes with that note already.  This one's stands out as quite different.

 

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This is such an accurately odd scent. I grew up in churches with a pipe organ and this smells like it's a freshly oiled organ. It has a light metallic sweetness to it. And it is lovely. I would like a couple of more decants to fill my bottle, but I will reach for this one when I want something completely different.

 

 

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I couldn't imagine this one going wrong since there's nothing I don't like here.  And yet, I'm the bottle, it's nice but unremarkable.  Wet on me, though?  Bitter, acrid, burnt leaves/rubber mixed.  

 

This one is a wild ride on me, though.  I went from this smells good to "Of, God, get this off me and away from my house!" and then right back to yum! 

 

It ends up a dark, slightly deep cocoa-scented dark wood with a want of incense.  Sounds weird, but it's dark and lovely.

 

To be honest, I've got several scents that are more or less in the same vein and I'm not sure I need it, but I do like it in the end!

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Chocolate musky Cocacola? That's all I get!

This started out strong but something fizzy like labdanum took over and its way lower throw than I expected... It could be bc I'm cooking beef stew atm and its suppressing the oomph. Will retest later.

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Musky chocolate metal. There's some pitch and oudh, and this is dark. Good throw and wear length.

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