This review is for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's (BPAL) Yule scent, The Soldier, from their collection of Nutcracker-inspired scents.
They are trying to confuse me...
Red musk, vanilla cream, black tea, black pepper, leather and pie.
The first time I tried The Soldier, I was amazed and amused by a burst of rootbeer! It was followed fairly quickly by red musk and leather.
The second time I tried The Soldier, it went straight to red musk and leather. There was a momentary whiff of something like licorice, but it was gone so fast I may have imagined it. I was disappointed.
The third and fourth times I tried The Soldier were like the second. I was disappointed.
At no time did I pick-up vanilla cream, tea (black or otherwise), black pepper, or pie. I was disappointed.
Still, as musky leathers go, this is a great one. A little rough, bad, and dead sexy. I may try layering it under my beloved Bandit (Piguet) for extra oomph!
ps: love the label art!