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on 1/5/2010 11:20:00 AM
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Luckyscent describes Complex thusly: "The mood is Gothic; the scene, a dungeon; the scent, an unsettling dip into olfactory taboos. This is leather at its darkest, spiked with metallic studs of violet, lashed with the aromatic essences of basil and sage. Cistus labdanum straddles the boundary between the herbal and animal realms, before submitting to the whip of leather Ė tarry, bitter, almost licorice-like in its somber facets. An animal aroma of civet and musk suffuses the scene with the smell of hot, yielding flesh. Incense fumes bathe the ritual in their searing whorls. Heed the stern command of Complex and let the ceremony commence. Just donít say you havenít been warned." I wish I'd taken the warning seriously, but I was seduced by the list of notes: violet, labdanum, leather, musk, civet, basil, sage. With such an assortment of components, this 'fume could have gone anywhere; unfortunately it ends up heading down the road to quinoline overdose. If you love Bandit you might like Complex, but if you're sensitive to the singed-green-pepper scent of quinoline (which is, unconvincingly to me, supposed to smell like leather), then beware. The basil and sage make the quinoline smell that much more like blackened peppers adhered to burned pizza crust, or perhaps to that sizzly iron plate they use to serve your fajitas. (Oh, and if someone in the know corrects me to say that some compound other than quinoline was used to approximate leather in this scent, my response will be what it was to a student in my public speaking class 18 years ago who insisted that his grade not be docked because he was NOT chewing gum--which he knew was against the rules--he was chewing his TONGUE: "It's the impression that counts.")
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