In the bottle, Oscura is all deep, cold woods. Lots of sandalwood, a little spicy, kind of medicinal. It’s pretty stark and bracing.
Wet on skin, it’s thick and deep. I get dark, syrupy vanilla and sandalwood the most here, slightly sweet, dark, woody, spicy, and resinous. A little sharp too.
As it dries, the sweetness fades a bit and it becomes even more bracing. All cold, spicy sandalwood and resins. It’s very deep, with almost a smoky quality to it. There’s still a hint of thick vanilla, but this is by no means a sweet scent. It has a sharp, medicinal quality to it, almost a little boozy, kind of herbal.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not really my kind of scent, but it’s well done for what it is. I have a sample of this too, so I may just keep that and destash the bottle.
Elevator Pitch: A deep, thick blend of cold, spicy woods and resins with a hint of syrupy vanilla and a sharp, medicinal edge.
Bonus Boy Review: When I stuck this under M’s nose, he said it “smells like a peated whiskey.”