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    Default What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    I am looking for something dark, vampiric, and haunting. The darker the better. I gravitate towards spicy, tobacco tinged scents and darker orientals. Not opposed to gourmands, either. Also, major silage and longevity is a must. What do you suggest?
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    You must check out Midnight Poison.
    It's both dark, vampiric and haunting.
    It has KILLER longevity and MONSTER
    sillage, too.
    It's an almost evil smelling rose/patch frag,
    which is too dark and masculine for some
    women - and a fave of many men!
    It could easily have been launched as
    Poison pour Homme.




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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    I think that is the one Poison I haven't smelled! Hypnotic Poison was on my list to get- do you think this one beats that?
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    Duc will probably want my head for disagreeing with him, but I don't find Midnight Poison very dark, or long-lasting. And "evil"? ...I suspect he's a bit of a sucker for the gorgeous gothy Cinderella marketing campaign!

    To my nose, MP (my favorite Poison, btw, which is why I feel okay about putting such a fine point on it, not just to pick on LGD) is all about the smooth patchouli and amber, with a touch of rose and vanilla. And it has a very fresh bergamot/mandarin opening which might also be keeping it from being very dark in my mind. It is, however, very sultry and beautiful, and I'll even agree with "haunting" but mostly because it doesn't last very long on me - with the lotion and edp I get about 4 hours out of it. And it has a nice, moderate sillage while it lasts.

    I think Montale's Black Aoud might be just what you're looking for - bold, dark, dense, almost austere but elegant rose and oud that lasts and lasts ...and lasts! It's what I imagine Dracula wearing.
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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    I elect Maison Kurkdjian's Pour le Soir Absolue

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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    I suggest Serge Noire. I bought a bottle specifically to wear to a Bauhaus or Cure concert, if I ever get to go to either of those. (also it was a good deal on ebay)
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    Ansynthe by Christian Lacroix
    notes: Absinthe, Freesia, Green anise, Orchid, Saffron, Narcissus, Ebony, Musk, Myrrh, Amber
    A BN friend sent me a sample...it is what I reach for when I want something "dark."
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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by My_pep_pep View Post
    I suggest Serge Noire. I bought a bottle specifically to wear to a Bauhaus or Cure concert, if I ever get to go to either of those. (also it was a good deal on ebay)
    Okay, the mention of the Cure and Bauhaus really make me want to try this one. I think someone has suggested that one to me before. Where can you find it? I am also dying to try Black Aoud and almost willing to blind buy based on what I have read. I will probably order a sample though from Scentbar. For $3 I may as well.

    I also want to try Habanita, anyone have experience with that? I love me some good tobacco. And would you suggest the female or male version?
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    Oh yeah- and I got me a sniff of Midnight Poison today. Quite lovely, though I am not sure if I would consider it overly dark. I couldn't get a sample though, so I think that is what I need first. I got a lot of coca cola from it, actually. I did pick up my Hypnotic Poison. Also not dark, but basically a gourmand (root beer cream soda syrupy goodness!) in my opinion and I have to get a fix of that now and again too. : )
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    Patchouli 24 by Le Labo
    parfum d'habit by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
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    I wouldn't shy away from Czech and Speake's No.88 just because its marketed to men... many female BNers wear this too.
    Dank and Gothic as you can get!

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    I like the suggestion of Montale's Black Oud; dark, vampiric and haunting, yes. What you describe has to have rose in it. No. 88 is also quite dark and lovely. Vintage Montana Parfum de Peau is also quite amazing, but you need the vintage version.

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    Citizen Queen by Juliette Has A Gun. This is a dark rose leather. Perfect for both men and women.
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    *clicks on imaginary 'like' button for this thread*

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    I've never heard of Juliette has a Gun. That would have made a great band name though. : ) Makes me want to investigate that fragrance; I am a sucker for packaging!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Duc will probably want my head for disagreeing with him, but I don't find Midnight Poison very dark, or long-lasting. And "evil"?
    Quote Originally Posted by Paper Moon View Post
    Oh yeah- and I got me a sniff of Midnight Poison today. Quite lovely, though I am not sure if I would consider it overly dark.
    OK! The you two lovely ladies are
    the first ones not to think it's dark.

    Midnight Poison is eeevil!

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    Random quotes from the directory:

    '... it smells like sex and smoke and death.'
    'I feel this scent a bit masculine but i like it a lot.'
    '... is a dark, seductive, sensual, creepy.'
    '... making it dark like "evil candy".'
    '... she tried it and did not like it saying "is to strong, dark and masculine".'

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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    Don't worry Duc, I promise haven't written off MP yet! I have every intention of revisiting it and when I find a dept store that has a bottle I will ask for a sample. They only had one, small lowly tester at Sephora today, so I didn't ask. I have never actually asked for a sample at Sephora, not sure if they give them? Either way, smoke and death is EXACTLY what I want to smell like!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paper Moon View Post
    Don't worry Duc, I promise haven't written off MP yet!
    Attagirl!

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    YES! Try Habanita...it's very long lasting even in the EDT version. Habanita is marketed to women but men wear it also. Have fun finding your dark fragrance
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    Great thread! I am all for dark, evil and unsubtle!
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    Donna Karan Black Cashmere and Comme des Garcons Parfum
    "I felt something so intense, I could only express it in a perfume." - Jacques Guerlain

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    Some people consider Dior's Dune a dark perfume. I'm wearing it today and, well, I don't know if I agree with that. I do wish I'd known about it when I was on my Great Aquatic Hunt last year.

    I think Guerlain's Nahema is a dark perfume. I picture black roses in a moonlit garden whenever I wear it. I also second the JHAG Citizen Queen rec, although I think their Midnight Oud is darker. I thought Odin's 04 Petrana was dark in a juicy sort of way - dark berries and violets. Ginestet's Botrytis is pretty dark (honey and wine), and Aqaba (incense and florals) is as well. Comme des Garcons Avignon is dark and austere - think abandoned church. And I think Estee Lauder's Youth Dew is quite dark, but that could be the colour influencing my perceptions.

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    I agree with many of the previous suggestions: Black Aoud, Lady Vengeance, Black Cashmere, Serge Noire, Avignon, etc. Youth Dew smells evil to me although in a completely different way (Cruella DeVille ?) than the rest. Midnight Poison...not really evil in my mind, but I do love it. Smells more like the innocent Gothic victim heroine than the evil aggressor. You could also try original Poison.

    Some new suggestions: Back to Black (not that dark or evil but really worth trying), Paestum Rose, Norma Kamali Incense, Andy Tauer L'Air du desert marocaine. When wearing the last two I was told several times that I smell like evil and death, and make people want to cry. NU edp might also be to your liking. I find it perfect for concerts. If you can find Ava Luxe's Midnight Violet, you will not regret it. And if you do, please sell it to me! And of course, Avignon is perfect. All the perfumes mentioned here are among my absolute favorite perfumes ever.

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    Lots of good suggestions here I particularly agree on #88, Avignon, Poison and Midnight Violet. I haven't actually tried Djedi (Guerlain),but it sounds like something you need to try.
    Currently wearing: L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain

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    Somebody said you smelled like evil and death when you were wearing L'Air du desert marocain?!?! I don't even know how to process that! But you're right to recommend it, it's a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkdreams View Post
    Midnight Poison ... Smells more like the innocent Gothic victim heroine than the evil aggressor
    The Transsylvanian Princess says it best
    ... I can live with that description.

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    Default Re: What is the most haunting, bewitching and DARK fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Random quotes from the directory:

    '... it smells like sex and smoke and death.'
    'I feel this scent a bit masculine but i like it a lot.'
    '... is a dark, seductive, sensual, creepy.'
    '... making it dark like "evil candy".'
    '... she tried it and did not like it saying "is to strong, dark and masculine".'
    Wow, I see you're not the only one to be taken in by seductive marketing!

    Like I said, I love Midnight Poison and I highly recommend it, but I'd bet few would find it very dark in a blind sniff. Seductive and sensual, absolutely. (What does "masculine" have to do with "dark"?)

    The suggestion of Dune is a puzzler for me too, mel lou - haunting and mysterious it is, but it's also one of the most radiant fragrances I know of - honestly, its just the polar opposite of dark, imo.

    Okay - I can agree with dd's quote, too! Lookit us, playing nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mel_lou View Post
    Somebody said you smelled like evil and death when you were wearing L'Air du desert marocain?!?! I don't even know how to process that! But you're right to recommend it, it's a good one.
    It definitely does not smell like that to me. I love it and I find it calming. In fairness, at least two complete strangers stopped me on the street to tell me I smelled wonderful. But two of my friends and my husband find it horrible, sad and depressing. "ugh, it smells like church and death" was about Laddm and "OMG, it smells like and old house, it reminds me of my dead grandfather, go away I feel like crying" was about Norma Kamali Incense. Different people. What can I say? I have outspoken friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    The Transsylvanian Princess says it best
    ... I can live with that description.
    Sorry, Ducky, I don't think you can be the evil character. I think you would start giggling.

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