Unlisted Brand • TokyoMilk Dark Bulletproof • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I got this as a gift for a friend, but if I didn't already have things in this line, I might have considered it for myself. The Tokyomilks are made with fragrance oils, and thus can have some of the metallic off-notes endemic to frag oils. But there are also some better quality ingrediants as well, and the choices here are interesting; Bulletproof is well made. The previous reviewer may be missing some of the intent with "black tea" notes. In that I would love fragrances that work more with straight up black tea, she's right. Elizabeth W's Sweet Black Tea, and Scent-works fragrance oil "Black Keemun Tea" are beautiful fragrances that use black, non-smoky tea notes.
But the smoky black tea used in Bulgari Black, L'Artisan's Tea for Two, and I Speziali's Te Nero (among others) is Lapsang Souchong, or as it's also called, Russian Caravan Tea, and I can see the attraction. The combination of herbal, aromatic,woodiness, salty, sweet, and smokiness is lovely, it's a very grounding and distinct note, and there's magic in the combo of of sweet notes with smoky Lapsang Souchong notes.
This magic is worked to great advantage in Bulletproof. The sweetness of the coconut milk note is really subtle, and there's just enough tonka to add heft and cut the beachy thing. I got smoke, but no rubber. The spice is barely there, but adds one more facet to the aromatic waft. One site mentions jasmine, and when I parse for it, I can find the smoky indoles of jasmine as well. Overall, I got much more of a wood vibe with this than I do with BB, and while there's a big-frame similarity, I wouldn't say this is a variation on the BB theme. Rather, I'd put this in the smoky/musky oud/wood family, closer to many male frags like Gucci Pour Homme 2 or L'Artisans L'eau de Navigateur or MPG's L'Eau des Iles. I do get a few metallic notes in mid-drydown, and some skins might really bring those out so this is a Try Before Buying frag. But it's well done.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I like what the last reviewer said "black in a bikini" --sounds about right.. I do smell the tea though, and think this is a lovely little daily unisex thing for spring. That said, I tend toward the heavy leather and oriental end in my preferences, so this may not say "spring' to everyone.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Silver, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I really liked this. It's $42. I found the whole Dark line at Thunder Valley Casino Boutique, east of Sacramento
This is a dark, heavy scent. I pick up a lot of vanilla and amber. Great for a night out, and a really cute black bottle.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
A disappointing and expensive sample for me. There is currently no place to sample the Dark line IRL so I ordered the one that sounded the most intriguing to me. Bulletproof EDP, described as having notes of smoked tea, coconut milk, crushed cedar, ebony woods. Sounds great right? Upon application I get a strong boozy alcohol scent. At first I smell something green and slightly bitter, then a hint of the coconut milk. I never pick up actual tea but what I do get is rubber tire accord a la Bulgari Black. I am not sure why so many perfumers think black tea=rubber tire. They're drinking the wrong kind of tea, lemme tell ya. This fragrance is basically Bulgari Black in a Bikini or Bulgari Black Goes To The Beach. I don't find this to be a particularly well constructed fragrance. I've been sucked in by the marketing..the packaging is at least pretty fab. Too bad the juice inside is such a stinker.