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Scent Description: Black coffee and smoked vanilla bean with deep indigo opium petals.
Scent Review/How Inspired!: First on, this is a bit dry, and I remember handling the husk of a vanilla bean, scraping out tiny pods. This smells purple to me, or burgundy, and comfortably hallucinogenic. It’s a drowsy, dark smell; that is, it makes you drowsy for dark purposes. I think the perfume itself, on the other hand, has its wits about it. That’s what the opium gives: wit, counterintuitive as it seems. The petals are menacing for the sweetness they add. I also want to stress that this scent is not thick or smoky. The cloudiness I get is a mental one — a preoccupation with this drug of a smell. Dusky Shroud is not a huge favorite of mine, in my respectable collection, and yet when I do wear it I just can’t get enough in one breath.
As this dries it threatens to go metallic on my skin, but never quite teeters over the edge. It reminds me of blood, if one bled deep purple. Very dry, hours later, it’s like a very vanilla coffee, wafting incense instead of steam.
It has a raspiness to it even as it dries that is, far from being unbecoming, suggestive of a very sensuous man’s death rattle. I don’t ever get coffee front-and-center in this, but I do get a drink of some kind. It could be the drink that is purple. And is it being stirred with a black licorice stick? I smell anise in here, or perhaps the notes combine to suggest it.
Fiction: Come on — sensuous man, purple drink, dark and hazy? Write a poisoning.
Fiction: What sort of person stirs their coffee with black licorice? (It’s not a rhetorical question.)
Non-fiction: Bleed out those of your feelings which are deep purple.