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Emma and I tested some perfume tonight. I haven't tested anything in quite awhile (despite having an enormous stash), and my nose has atrophied as a result. I had a hard time distinguishing individual notes in what we tested tonight. Oh, well. Only thing to do for it is to practice more often! :)

This is not what we tested tonight but another chip at the backlog of perfumes we tested ages ago.


Kumiho: A sharp, biting blend of crisp white tea and ginger.

Emma was not interested in this one; frankly, her initial passion for testing perfumes has steadily waned over the last year. I think she was more interested in the BPAL marketing than the actual scents. I'm hoping to get her interested again by regular testing; she has a really good nose when she's not being 13. LOL

I love Kumiho. It's in the same family as Bath and Body Works White Citrus and BPAL's Embalming Fluid, and Envy, Phobos, and Whitechapel. It wears nicely: a lovely, spicy ginger. It's not as fleeting as Embalming Fluid. It's perfect for layering with the perfumes I've listed here.

I like it enough to eventually get a big bottle.

Eden: fig leaf, fig fruit, honeyed almond milk, toasted coconut and sandalwood.

Emma thinks this smells only of coconut, which she despises (both to eat and smell).

I think it is very reminiscent of Bread and Butterfly but without the eau de plastic baby doll head. Back when we tested this, I did so before reading what notes it contains and was able to identify the following notes with no prompting: toasted coconut and almond. I was very proud and wrote yay in my notebook. LOL This is why I've got to start testing again; I had gotten rather good at picking out notes, and now I feel as if I'm starting over again to a certain extent.

Not a keeper.

Strangler Fig: Rooty, woody, with deep green tones.

Emma thinks it smells fresh and strangely of chocolate. She likes it okay but not enough to wear.

When I take a whiff, I also smell boozy chocolate which I do not like at all. Over time, I like it a bit more; a green leaf smell emerges along with some sort of wood, maybe cedar.

Josh thinks it smells like sandalwood and patchouli; he is not a fan. Not a keeper (the perfume, that is; I'm keeping Josh).

Rumpelstilzchen: Firewood and ash with an oddly otherworldly blend of patchouli, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, tonka, vetiver, and myrrh.

Emma: "Oh, yuck. This smells like Iago."
Me: "Oh, yuck. This smells like cedar and gasoline."

So, a noxious mixture of Iago and Antony.


Take away musings from tonight's testing session plus typing up these notes:

1. I can almost always tell how much I will like a BPAL by the color of the perfume in the vial. The darker the perfume, the more probable my distaste. I have almost universally liked the lighter colored perfumes we've tried because they are based on white musks, citruses, and teas.

2. I should not despair that my nose is entirely gone. When I went to an upscale shopping area in Atlanta with my friends a few weeks ago, one of the stores was burning a Diptyque candle. I instantly gagged and thought, "That is some jasmine, there," and I was totally right. LOL

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20/7/16 02:11 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
I think she was more interested in the BPAL marketing than the actual scents

HAH, I think that is the actual raison d'etre of BPAL -- I used to wonder sometimes if she might ever be tempted to relabel the same scents!

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20/7/16 20:50 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
....dude, I wound up buying so fucking many Dracula based BPALs back when I had actual money, it was kind of sad. I don't even LIKE what she did with Lucy Westenra. But Lucy Westenra is My Girl, so I had to have it! I console myself with the thought people have had worse habits, as long as I stick to the imps and use decanters for the big lure-the-sucker Limited Ed bottles.

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21/7/16 01:49 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Yeah, the whole reason I go for BPAL is I'm allergic to something in commercial perfume -- when I walk through the perfume dept in a store, it really affects me. I know there are commercial oil based things and even other oil e-tailers that are cheaper, but I don't actually want to buy from MORE perfume sellers, so I'm just sticking with BPAL, but no bottles unless it's a scent I know from multiple uses really works for me and is special. -- I have like 2-3 bottles of TKO, a headache blend, which is a really sweet lavender and works like magic for me when I'm getting a migraine. So I felt justified in stocking up on that. That kind of thing.

I liked BPAL more when the General Catalogue was bigger and there were just three or four 'events' a year and those were small enough you could get a majority of what was offered. Now it's like in her busy season there are events and limited events and events within the events and a lot of stuff where it's 'only 200 or 500 or 100 bottles' (and then later those are on her Etsy, or ebay) and it really puts me off. sigh. But the imps are still fun.

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21/7/16 04:26 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
TKO is really good, I haven't used Dorian in a while but I think I liked it -- White Rabbit was good, too, I think, for a kind of a tea smell. I tend to go for the fruity or juicy perfumes (which T doesn't like, heh). And not the super weird ones full of dirt or Cthullu candy or ash and smoke, etc.

I wish she would concentrate more on the catalog instead of coming up with new stuff so often.

I think a lot of people are feeling that way. Then again I saw people in the forums who were able to buy bottles of the ENTIRE LE run of Crimson Peak or Only Lovers Left Alive, and I just boggled. (And since those were super-limited, since I missed the original decant circles and didn't get bottles, I just sort of missed out. sigh. -- But then there are so many GC scents still I haven't even tried, feeling disappointed over missing very LEs is probably kind of silly. I guess it's that so-called Pokemon-get-em-all mindset.)

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21/7/16 05:08 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
HAH! ....yeah, I think the 'weirdest' I ever got was the laudanum bonbon one.

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22/7/16 00:47 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
It was pretty much spicy/minty with a hint of chocolate. I have to admit I wanted the decant because of the name! A BONBON INJECTED WITH LAUDANUM, DUDE

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21/7/16 05:08 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Forgot to say, I think I got the allergies from my mom -- she actually loved strong perfume (Giorgio, whew) but fresh paint and chemical fertilizer and pesticides and stuff like the paper mill a few towns over really set her off when I was growing up, and I'm the same way. We were both super-sensitive to smog, when my family lived in San Francisco. My dad also had all kinds of allergies and sinus issues. (Once as a kid my dad sprayed both of us with Off! -- remember Off! ? -- and we both broke out into hives in about a minute.) So BPAL is the one kind of girly/perfume thing I do.

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22/7/16 00:48 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Hives are kind of fucking scary. "WHOO my body is puffing up and turning red and my skin is getting tight and stripey what the FUCK." I had one friend whose face swelled up to three times its regular size after eating, of all things, Italian food. IIRC she later figured out there was something she was allergic to in the pasta sauce.

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20/7/16 22:00 (UTC)
wendelah1: a perfume bottle plus the word perfume (Perfume)
Posted by [personal profile] wendelah1
I've noticed that many of the scents smell pretty much the same: the citrusy white musk ones are almost interchangeable, the woody green ones are really similar and etc. I don't think it's that the same scents are being relabeled but I do think BPAL has few scents that really are unique and standalone. More like a handful of scent families.

I thought it was just me. I got sent around 30 BPAL imps and from the dozen or so I sampled, they all smelled the same: heavily musky and woodsy and just not like anything I'd ever wear. Gave me a headache after a few sniffs, too.

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21/7/16 01:50 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
The patchouli note she uses is like an INSTA-migraine trigger for me, I don't even know what it is, so that knocks out a lot of the catalogue for me right there. Sometimes the white florals or sharper scents give me a headache too, but man, her patchouli note is killer.

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21/7/16 04:22 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
It's so weird! I really liked I think an aged imp of Midnight Mass, and then got a bottle years later and it smelled SO DIFFERENT. WTF. I can understand some aging, but a totally different smell?

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