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(Review based on a sample decanted from the original B Never 2 Busy 2 Be Beautiful version.)
Instantly smoky and smoldering (vetiver, I assume) in a non-sensual way. Rather it is very familiar and comforting. There is also a slightly sweet underlayment of literal tobacco, maybe, and a hint of leather? Neither note is named.
I am reminded immediately of an old field office my Grandfather worked from, basically a glorified old, wooden shed. I don’t think he smoked, but maybe his business partner did. So, these early stages are an old, slightly dusty sun-warmed shed in which someone has smoked a tobacco pipe daily for 20 years. Slight cedar undertones and amber slowly begin to emerge, with a bit more sandalwood incense, the notes swirling and shifting. It doesn’t change a lot from here on out, nor do I want it to. And throughout, I still want to class this as tobacco...
I sought this out based on my love for Gorilla’s Breath of God, in which, as everyone seems to know, Exhale supplies the smoky vetiver structure. My love for Breath of God is unshakable, but this surpasses it. To be honest, I can’t disentangle Exhale, as I am experiencing it, from Breath of God, beyond the smoky incense both share. “Incense” may appropriately describe aspects of both, but they are very different types of incense. Perhaps most surprising is that I don’t get amber or sandalwood notes in Breath of God at all. Also, Exhale is very warm, where I find Breath of God to be cool (but never cold).
There is no way I could rate this anything other than thumbs-up. The scent is a stunning, intoxicating, reverie inducing thing of wonder. Projection and silliage are decent-to-low. Longevity is average. Fortunately, reapplication shouldn’t be a problem as the Lush/Gorilla oil is so inexpensive (this, of course, assumes that it is ever restocked online).
Interestingly, while sniffing myself for this, I encountered a bit of Montale’s Dark Aoud, which I sampled yesterday (and which apparently persisted through many hours and a shower). They are not similar in the least, but are oddly complimentary. I might attempt to layer them one day. Hope that isn’t heretical...
01st March, 2013