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16 October 2006 @ 09:18 pm
Oh the dilemna.  
I'm planning my next order, and among the imps I would like to order (mostly masculine scents) I want to try more of the Wanderlust oils. I have a thing for exotic/oriental scents, but I've had a pretty bad experience with Kathmandu and found Morocco nice though too light for my skin. Tried Machu Picchu as well but it was too candy-like for me. Now I'm thinking of ordering imps of Cairo, Athens, and maybe Silk Road, but even after reading the reviews on the forums I still have no real idea on what they're like gender-wise (I know, "most bpal oils are gender neutral!"), and regardless of gender I was interested in reading you guys about 'em. Anyone tried them out before? Any other suggestion from the Wanderlust oils, beside Whitechapel and Port-au-Prince?
 
 
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dizzydogdizzydog on October 16th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
I don't have the 3 you were interested in, but can comment on a few of the others.

Lyonesse: Starts off with a little musk, sandalwood, and amber on me at first, with very little throw. After about 20 minutes, it's turned into a florally powder with not much to redeem it. Another 20 minutes or so and my chemistry has gotten ahold of the vanilla and amped it up, along with the sandal wood. A few hours later the sandalwood has faded, and I smell like vanilla for about a day. Anything with vanilla goes this way with my chemistry though, so looking at just the rest of the notes this one works well not counting a period of drydown where it goes floral.

Manhattan: This one starts off with a very strong grapefruit, with some lemon and a touch of mint. Over time it fades down a little, and the teakwood and amber come out a little and blends well. Overall it stays very citrus on me, but gets a little spicier as time goes on.

Bengal: Yummy. Musk, with strong ginger, cloves, and cinnamon on me. Stays that way throughout.

Port Royal: I pick up almost every note in this one. It has a salt-aquatic scent to it, a solid old-wood note, a bit of sweet rum with some sort of musky smell that I can't tie in with any of the listed notes. Nothing that hints of perfume anywhere on me, this one is very masculine to me.

Tombstone: This one goes strong vanilla about 3.2 seconds after it hits my skin, then continues to amp up. At peak this has enough throw on me to use as a room scent, and if I don't wash it off lasts over 24 hours. This goes back to the chemistry previously mentioned.

Cockaigne: This one is a "Dark sweet" smell on me, kinda hard to describe. It's EXTREMELY foody on me, with definite note of honey mixed in with a cakey smell. I've had this one on about 5 minutes, using a fingertip to apply a little to the inside of my arm, and the throw is enough the wife is considering cracking the porch door to let some clear air in to tone it down. It smells good, but is very strong on me :)

I'll test Isle of Demons, Jezirat Al Tennyn, and Kumari Kandam later tonight, I'm out of test spots far enough apart to keep them seperate :D
aloiis on October 17th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for all the reviews, it's helpful. :) I'm curious about Kumari Kandam myself...
dizzydogdizzydog on October 17th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Trying Kumari Kandam this morning. When first put on it is a strong cool mint scent with a clean aquatic note mixed with it. I don't pick up much of anything I would associate with incense, stone, etc that's in the description. Over the first 20 minutes it's really faded though, with no throw and I have to know where to sniff to find it on my arm. Shame, cause I really like this one (two of my favorite scents right now are Nuclear Winter and Cloister Graveyard in the Snow).

The other two I'll try after work, as I have my reservations on how they'll smell as to-wear-in-public scents :)
aloiis on October 20th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)