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The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 8:40 am
by gypsyjolie
Everyone has heard of The Great Whore of Babylon, famous of the Book of Revelation and wondered at by an army of artists. Well, prostitution wasn't the only profession in Babylon of old, they were also noted for their actuaries, people who worked tirelessly with statistics compiling them into vast tables able to scry the future or to cast out a mighty ancient credit default swap on command! Yes!

And just because a chick was a Great Actuary, that didn't mean she wasn't sexy. Oh no. She was even MORE sexy thanks to her knowledge of stochastic processes! And it didn't mean she didn't know her was around black eyeliner, tight bodices and silken veils. Why some of the most depraved and rapacious dames in all of old Babylonian history were actuaries! I bet you didn't know that. Well, they were discreet, but their signature scent sure wasn't.

Thick dark black black black musk writhes along with a deep and serious incense of the copal persuasion and they all seem to melt into a black cherry background, a hint of cherry blossom, a full swathe of dark wood resin. This stuff is really potent and really good. And you don't have to be a statistical genius to wear it, but it helps.

wet: WOAH HARSH CHERRY FLAVOR. strong and off-putting. :shocked:

drying: ah, here comes the sexy black musk, twining about the cherry and taming her a bit. There is something warm happening underneath too, maybe some kind of wood? It's almost a black cherry cola scent now ... with a touch of cherry blossom (please don't go soapy!!). I'm liking where this is going...

full drydown: Sex-ay. Black musk, incense-y resin, and sweet cherry cola. Nicely deep and thick and exotic. :Smitten_emoticon:

This scent calls for lots of eyeliner. very come-hither!

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:04 pm
by simonetta.vespucci
"this scent calls for lots of eyeliner" is a great thing to put in a review!

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:08 pm
by lulu
Woah! I adore this!
Wet- strong cherry but not medicinal at all
Dry- the cherry pulls right back but still adds just the right amount of sweetness. Sexy musk and incense but not heavy or dark or oriental or trashy. Makes me feel mysterious! Beautiful and worthy of a big bottle :Smitten_emoticon:

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:50 pm
by goherd
It's okay...it reminds me of cherry tobacco! :NEW_Idea_emoticon___animated:

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:31 am
by critterfriend
Well...I wish I got the strong cherry that everyone else seems to be getting. :sad: On my skin pretty much all I get is a powdery (& sadly, headache-inducing) floral. I'm thinking I must be amping the cherry blossom. There may be a hint of musk in there, too, but I can't get past the floral scent enough to be sure. I really hate my skin chemistry at times like this. :Argh:

ETA: This has decent throw, & very good stay. I tried to wash it off several times (due to the headache issue), but I could still smell it many hours later.

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:33 pm
by tarayvonne
I bought this and at first thought I liked it. At the time I was smelling so many different perfumes that I must have smelled another too close to it on my arm. This does not agree with me at ALL. Honestly, I hate to say it because it sounds so unkind but this reminds me of a dirty hippy girl, lol. One that perhaps has been drinking and rolling in the hay with whomever she comes across at Woodstock without a shower for three days and trying to hide it with some type of cherry perfume oil. If Woodstock had a smell (other than pot smoke) I'm sure it would smell something like this lol. Sorry to Fabienne if this offends but I can't help it! This is my honest and true impression of this one :( Peace to those who like it!
(No pun intended) :)

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:47 pm
by orata
This morphs like crazy! Super-strong, tart, fruity CHERRRRRY to start off with, like cough syrup almost, but it fades fairly quickly into a sort of creamy light musk scent, almost waxy like beeswax (maybe this is the copal or resins?) mixed with light cherry blossom. Not as dark as I would have thought from reading the description. It does have a slight headshop vibe to me after it dries down, but nothing too extreme.

The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:15 pm
by Maya
I have been waffling about this one for a while and finally decided to snag it. (That endangered list always breaks my heart and I feel like I have to save every one lol.) I'll update once she comes in about whether or not she plays nice with me. (My grandmother was a statistical genius, so I have *some* hope. Although, my "genius" tends to lean more toward the getting into trouble kind.) :-D

Re: The Great Actuary of Babylon (Spring 2011)

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:40 pm
by lulu
This just gets better with age......I forgot what the notes were and when I put it on this morning, the first thing I thought was red musk, so I think the cherry has smoothed out and melded with the black musk. Still has that glorious musky-incense dry-down. :hrt:: :hrt:: :hrt::