Dangerous Oil will open this group of scents with notes of 6 musks from blackest black up through a rare and gorgeous in itself purple/blue musk hybrid. A good jolt of labdenum and an edge of cognac. The heart note is an entire chypre made only for this project and used for no other. In the vial I get that purple/blue musk and it’s so different and wonderful – you can actually smell the colors. On my skin the chypre comes out and a touch of the cognac with that lovely floaty labdanum. I’ve just recently (within the last year) fallen in love with chypre’s. This blend is not dark, but definitely not light – it’s shadowy. This floats around and the musks blend so well and the chypre is gorgeous. I’d expected this to be almost in-your-face strong, but it’s not, it’s almost a skin scent that occasionally wafts up to you.
Next up we have lil-ole’ Betsy with notes of very deep bass notes of patchouli, labdenum, vetiver, and oud All the spices of Arabia, Africa, and the Orient blended together with a huge shot of the sweetest and most high keyed musk. Lots of labdanum! Not that I mind. In the vial it is all patchouli and vetiver – so much so as to be overwhelming when sniffing. On my skin those calm down a touch and the spices come out. This blend when wet morphs as it settles and I get hints and blasts of each note. The musk is giving a slight bit of sweetness which is tempering the vetiver and patchouli from screaming. This blend is dark and sultry – very seductive and not shy at all.
Queen of the Night is described by Fabienne as a deeply perfumy blend with a deeply foody core. It is dry and then again there is a dry sweetness to it. In the vial I get a bit of citrus and a flower that goes soapy – though there’s about three that do that to me, I don’t think it’s dragon’s blood but one of the others. On my skin that soapy scent stays. I don’t get food at all – not even a little bit. This is all floral sweetness, soft and gentle. As it dries the soapy scent floats away and I’m left with clean and gentle floral perfume with just a hint of sweetness. The citrus was only in the vial apparently. This is just a beautiful clean scent.
Finally a scent close to my own home in Ohio – Over-the-Rhine! It is described as spicy, warm, unisex, resinous, oriental. I’ve been meaning to get this blend since I saw it over a year ago on their website. However, I have this thing where I get distracted by shiny things. It happens, okay? Anyway, in the vial I get a beautiful spicy resinous scent – like spices and frankincense tears. On my skin there is a touch of wood, maybe oudh, it’s warm and comforting – there is something almost smoky in the quality of it, but not a burning smell. This feels very classic and high class – as though it would be worn by anyone. It almost smells … familiar. Not like it smells like something I know, just that the scent combination has that familiarity to it – just like “oh yeah, I totally know you” even if you don’t. I am not describing it very well. So wonderful! I, of course, must get this – because Ohio won’t be my home much longer.