SCENT NOTES: leather, sage, marble dust, oud, a cold cave
After the success of the COLD CAVE x BLACKBIRD incense collaborations, we grew obsessed with the idea of turning the DEATH incense into a black perfume. We are happy to announce that DEATH is here. Inspired by Wesley Eisold's vision, we created an original and evocative scent that is both romantic and emblematic of all things Death.
Black is the night is the death of the day. Leather is the skin we are imprisoned in. Marble is the stone in which we immortalize our souls. Sage is the ritual in which we cleanse, heal and begin again.
WARNING: This fragrance contains black dye and will stain clothing. Please wear all black to avoid this and most problems.
I purchased this scent last year and have been testing, wearing, and layering it for months, trying to understand it. In all that time I was kind of holding it at a distance, mainly because on its own it projected a bit of a rank odor on me. However, I have had friends who have worn it and it did not have the same projection. BUT, there was just something about it that was so unusual. It offered wet dark fertile earth and sour stone, cumin, oak moss, and blackberries. It got my head spinning so I was determined and I blended it with other scents like Montale's Vanilla Absolute or Intense Café. For me, that was the key. That blending created a fragrance that was beyond my human experience, so dark, deep and layered. So I've been slowly blending and smelling, observing and falling in love. It has forced me to engage and experience, in a way no other fragrance has ever been so forceful about. Its sillage is strong and it is undeniably unique causing someone to say hm?.... But blended, on me, it transforms into the most luxurious scent, the sexiest most daring aroma. It says, "watch me, because at any minute I might die and then come back to life, yes, I can do anything because I am a magician"
It smells very heavy of sage, but is cold and definitely cavey. I ordered the sample and have been impatiently waiting for my big bottle to show up It is my now go to scent, but I can definitely understand it may not be for everyone.
This is a sage-heavy punch, initially. I am such a big fan of the incense Lone, and I thought it was going to be mossy like that (I was basing this assumption on absolutely nothing). It's not. I love the wet mineral notes. Will certainly be buying again.
There are no words to describe my love for this scent. It smells like heaven on earth, but in a cave. I can’t tell you what notes I’m picking up on but it’s just so good. Great projection and longevity. Side note: I will say that I haven’t experienced any staining.
As others have mentioned, there is the industrial undertone that keeps me coming back, this time intertwined with a bit of witchcraft and knowledge of things beyond heaven and earth. Tinges of smoke and hygge. A clean slate to work from.