Review: TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum

Availability: Sephora
Price: $36.00

Company’s Description

This dangerously intoxicating fragrance of sensual vanilla and a dash of sea salt creates a remarkably unique sensory experience. Exotic spices of cardamom and fennel offer an arresting complexity, while absinthe and deep woods round out the come-hither happening. The daring blend of unexpected essences will both hold you in suspense and satisfy your curiosity.

TokyoMilk is a perfume brand created by internationally-renowned perfumer and designer Margot Elena. The brand is best known for creating unusual scents. Sephora now carries TokyoMilk’s “Dark” line, which features edgy, provocative perfumes.

This review is for Arsenic, which is part of TokyoMilk’s “Dark” collection.

Notes: Sea Salt, Vanilla Bean, Cut Greens, Cardamom, Crushed Fennel, Woods, Tonka, Absinthe.
Style: Sultry. Curious. Captivating.


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TokyoMilk’s Dark perfumes come in rectangular spray bottles. The bottle is made of black material that feels like ceramic. It is accented with white writing and designs. Arsenic has a beetle image on one side, the number 17 on another side, and the company and perfume name on another side. The spray nozzle and cap are a gunmetal color. It releases a very fine mist. The box the perfume comes in has the same color scheme as the bottle and is made of medium-thick cardboard.

I love the packaging for all the perfumes in TokyoMilk’s Dark line. The bottles are masculine, beautifully simple, captivating and sophisticated. It’s something I would leave on my dresser as decoration even if I didn’t really use the perfume inside.

At first spray, you smell an earthy, musky scent with a whisper of vanilla. As the perfume sets into the skin, the vanilla scent becomes deeper without gaining any sweetness. Overall, the scent doesn’t change much over time and maintains a predominantly earthy smell balanced with an undercurrent of vanilla bean. It is the most unique perfume smell I’ve encountered.

I personally do not prefer sweet, flowery, or food-based scents. For someone like me who leans toward earthy and sometimes more masculine scents, this is a great perfume. It isn’t too cologne-y, but definitely has masculine notes and has almost no sweetness to it.

My one criticism is that the scent faded noticeably after 3 hours. I found myself wishing the smell stayed strong for a longer period of time.

I will mention that when I consulted my “partner in crime” about his thoughts on the scent, he said it smells like potpourri. I certainly see where he’s coming from–both potpourri and Arsenic contain scents like fennel and wood. But I don’t think Arsenic has the sweeter notes often found in potpourri (usually from rose petals) or the often stale quality that you get from long-standing bowls of potpourri.

TokyoMilk’s eau de parfums are nicely priced. For $36.00 you get 2 ounces of perfume. This is a much lower price-point for the amount of perfume compared to most of the other perfume companies you’ll find sold at Sephora.

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum Box Packaging

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum Box Packaging

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum Box Packaging

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum

TokyoMilk Arsenic No. 17 Eau de Parfum


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