I've just tried this too. I've only got about 1/4 ml, so not much to go on. Not what I was expecting at all. Very harsh and medical. It has the musk quality with almost the harshest side of the 70's patchouli era mixed with the dank part of the sheepskin coats of that day, the curing part as opposed to the animal part. I'm totally with you on the dark peppermint. That is exactly what it smells like but woodsy, animal warmer. It almost smells like the pitch for painting on top of guinea pig cages.