Snake Oil
Snake Oil

Snake Oil

4.41 out of 5 based on 27 customer ratings
(27 customer reviews)

By far, our most popular scent! Magnetic, mysterious, and exceedingly sexual in nature. A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla.


$17.50 per 5ml bottle.
Presented in an amber apothecary vial.

27 reviews for Snake Oil

  1. 1 out of 5


    Snake Oil and I do not get along, and I think that it smells the same no matter how long it has been aged. It smells like dirty, sweaty hair, baby powder, and a really flat, ashy, headshop incense to me. Weirdly, I never think that it smells anything like vanilla, and I love almost anything vanilla-y.

  2. 5 out of 5


    This is what vanilla perfume is supposed to smell like, and it gets even better with age (the other reviews really aren’t kidding). Whenever I smell this scent, I imagine an old temple (or brothel, it’s that sensual!) filled with incense and vanilla. It’s a smokey, incense, vanilla smell that really stands out. It smells amazing and sultry, but in a classy enough way to wear it anywhere. It’s definitely vanilla based, but not the sickly sweet most are. It’s as if this is the adult version of the cupcake body spray everyone tried out in high school. I highly recommend!

  3. 4 out of 5


    After having Snake Oil for a few months, I decided it was finally time to give it a review.

    In the bottle, it smells… almost of folk medicine that was based heavily on spices. Not the most pleasant.
    On my skin, it’s less of a medicinal aroma and more of an exotic one. It might be what your sweater would smell like after coming out of an incense shop.
    After a while, it ceases to roar and starts to smell a bit more natural as it mixes with the skin’s inherent scent.

    Ultimately, Snake Oil was much too sharp for me. It contrasted the atmosphere of nearly everywhere I went, making it feel out of place. Mixing Snake Oil with Drink Me, however, increases its sweetness and transforms it into a softer scent. I recommend trying it out.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Snake Oil is definitely a body chemistry dependent smell. When I read all the reviews stating that it smelled like vanilla incense/or the like, I was definitely excited about purchasing an imp to try it out.
    I received the imp, and let it age for the last 3 weeks(I read that it became better with age).
    When I put it on, all I could smell was the overwhelming smell of baby powder. No lie, it was like I had been doused with an entire bottle of baby powder. (I do not like the smell of baby powder. The smell usually starts a migraine with me.)
    I took a shower, washed it off and thought, “I wonder…”

    I had read that this was a good unisex oil, and called my husband and asked him to put it on.
    OF COURSE he smelled all sorts of yummy, and that vanilla incense smell that people had left good reviews of this oil, were on point.

    It just depends on body chemistry. Thankfully, my husband loves it, and I love it on him!!!

  5. 5 out of 5


    Snake Oil was my first BPAL scent. And it’s standing the test of time as the leader of my pack. I haven’t tried any I don’t like yet, I will say that. But Snake Oil is absolutely sense-a-riffic! It’s my number 1, go-to scent on the planet. How’s that for fab?

  6. 5 out of 5


    I adore Snake Oil! The description is perfect, it’s like donning an air of mystery as soon as you apply it. I find it quite strong and intense, a little goes a very long way, so if subtlety is your thing then maybe give it a miss-but that said, I do think it’s a scent you grow to love regardless of initial reservations. It just has an effect on people, it seems!

  7. 4 out of 5


    I didn’t get it at first. I really didn’t. It wasn’t offensive but it wasn’t as magical as the forums and reviews made it seem like it would be. I let my bottle age for a while and reapplied. It had gotten decidedly better, but it still didn’t rock my socks off when I applied it. It smelled medicinal when I sniffed my wrist and the vanilla just didn’t stand out.

    Then I went out with it on. I had one man follow me in the grocery store until he finally approached to tell me I smelled incredible. I went to work and had to help a woman with a broken arm zip her jacket up — she gasped when I got close and told me I smelled like a dream. Throughout the day people complimented me. I hugged a friend and he didn’t let me go right away, inhaled deeply, stepped back, and told me I smelled beautiful and politely asked if he could sniff my neck again.

    Up close the medicinal note really kicks MY nose, but apparently the perfume also envelops me in an intoxicating smokey vanilla cloud that has proven to be a real crowd pleaser. The throw is strong and the longevity is incredible. Apply carefully — it can fill a room if you’re overzealous. Best when aged for few months to a year.

  8. 3 out of 5


    Musky and warm, somewhat overpowering and something you’d expect to smell in Arabian Nights. However it fades out nicely.

  9. 5 out of 5


    GIVE THIS OIL A LITTLE TIME TO AGE! Ok, with that established…SO was the first scent I tried from BPAL, and I felt a little let down when I first opened the bottle, and when I first put a dab on my skin. Hard to describe why, but it almost smelled too acrid at first. I put it away and went back to my usual Villainess for a week or so, then gave it another try. I couldn’t believe how much it improved in just that time! So trust me, I MEAN those five stars for this one. If you don’t like it at first, just put it away and forget about it for a week or two, and then give it another try. This oil ages so beautifully. On me it’s a kind of smokey, sultry vanilla, with just a hint of spice lurking around the edges. It’s seriously wonderful. It makes me feel so sensual and powerful every time I put it on, or catch a whiff of it during my day. I’m going to try the hair gloss in the same scent because I love it so much and consider it such a go-to. Also agree with the comments saying that while not all BPAL scents smell like this, if you’re new here, this is a great scent to try if you want to get a feel for the quality and sorta “vibe” of this company.

  10. 3 out of 5


    When I first read the description I decided I just wouldn’t like it in this lifetime. But smelling it in person when I got it as a freebie made me re-think my decision. Popping the imp open, a strong incense scent leaped out at me, but on my skin it quickly coiled back into this sweet, warm and tame creature. Its dry down smells exactly like crushed porcelain, not that I ever crush porcelains on the regular, but if Mr. Croup from Neverwhere were a nicer, cleaner gentleman with that craving for T’ang Dynasty pottery, then this is the scent he would wear.

  11. 4 out of 5


    I’m definitely in the camp of those who didn’t like snake oil when they first tried it. That said, I gave it a second chance and I’m so glad I did. It’s spicy/vanilla/comfort. For me it’s in that cozy sweater day category. There’s something sexy about it too, and smells a little different on everyone. I’m getting a soft patchouli/musk base note hiding under the vanilla that’s very pretty and subtle. I can kind of picture Stevie Nicks liking this. I gave it four of five because I would love it if it had a little more throw!

  12. 5 out of 5


    I can’t wear this to work anymore because my male coworkers get their creep on when I do . It’s as versatile as it is sultry and seducing. I get a vanilla, smoky and almost baby powder scent.

  13. 5 out of 5


    First off, if it doesn’t smell good on you when you first try it on, don’t give up! This oil needs to age for some.

    This oil is sultry, spicy, smoky, vanilla. It lasts on my skin, but isn’t overpowering.

    I’m not exaggerating when I say that men will follow me around when I wear this. There is a very adult tone to it that I can’t put my finger on, but it smells amazing. A must have for any BPAL user.

  14. 2 out of 5


    I have tried this scent multiple times and I do not like it at all.
    I don’t like how it smells in the bottle and I don’t like how it smells on my skin.
    But to be fair, I will say that I let two guys I know try it. Somehow it smelled amazing on both of them (one ended up buying a full bottle).

    Verdict – Personally, I will forever think of this as a masculine scent. I’m sure it smells great on women as well, but if you try this scent and don’t enjoy it – maybe pass it on to a guy.

  15. 4 out of 5


    On me, this is a lovely vanilla spice that is slightly tropical. Warm and compelling, it stays close to the skin but potent. Even after 12 hours on a hot day the scent still lingers. Though not complex it has depth, and is very comfortable to wear on any occasion.

  16. 4 out of 5


    Everyone needs to try Snake Oil. It is a delicious, deep, layered scent that is dynamic and irresistible. There’s some vanilla, there’s some spice, there’s something else. Also, Snake Oil tends to get better with age. You typically need a very small amount, and depending on your body chemistry it could go full-on sexy or just a little sultry. It is a truly unique scent, and since it is BPAL’s most-known oil, anyone who is new to the brand would do well to smell it. Not all of BPAL’s oils smell like Snake Oil, but Snake Oil definitely gives you a great feel for what the brand is all about.

  17. 5 out of 5


    Thank you for this fragrance! It’s a smokey, spicy vanilla. The imp is big enough for several uses, but I imagine I’ll go through it quickly. I’m looking forward to getting a full size Snake Oil next time.

  18. 5 out of 5


    Spicy, incense-y vanilla – gorgeous and lasts a long time.

  19. 4 out of 5


    I was not crazy about SO when I first got it. Of the 5 full sized bottles I got it was my least favorite and the last one I test ran. I did not respond well to the scent in the bottle but after I had it on and it warmed up on my skin it was a sexy, earthy, and hard to pin point scent that felt like slipping on a warm, comfortable, sexy sweater. Its still not the first of my BPALs I reach for but it is in regular rotation.

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