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This clears the backlog of reviews! I will now be reviewing perfume in real time. Whoooo!




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Autumn Overlooked My Knitting: A warm scent, as delicate as lace and as soft as cashmere, and as cozy as wool, punctuated with red currant for the blazing red of cochineal and surrounded a border of soft grey ambergris and a swirl of autumn leaves.

Emma thinks this smells like moldy dead leaves and instantly scrubs it off.

I think it does have a soft wool, lace scent. I guess I'm smelling the ambergris--soft, sweet, grey. It's subtle and close to the skin. I smell nothing berry like. Not offensive but not a keeper.

Delirium: Contains apple, rose, and lemon.

Josh doesn't like this; he thinks it smells too powdery on Emma and like cloying rose on me. Emma smells all three ingredients but the apples predominate. I smell no apple, just tea rose and lemon. I don't think it's cloying, but I wouldn't want to drown in it. I think someone who likes rose would really like this one.

Qandisa: Black musk, blackened saffron, lemon peel, and vetiver draped over thick honey.

I smell mildew (maybe that's the musk) plus honey. No lemon, no vetiver. Josh thinks it smells like Nag Champa (this is his go-to descriptor for anything remotely hippie-scented). A world of no on this one.

Bayou: A lazy, warm deep green scent with a thick aquatic undertone: Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.

My friend M picked out this one for us to try. She likes it. She thinks it smells a bit powdery but also fresh and aquatic.

Unfortunately, hothouse flowers in this one = ALL THE JASMINE FLOWERS IN THE WORLD so I could barely keep this one on long enough to properly smell it. I agree with M that there's a pleasant aquatic note, but the jasmine just drowns out everything else. *scrubbity scrubbity scrubbity*

Bvlgari Black: As its smokey, rubbery and woody notes implie, Black is created for a man living a metropolitan life. Black was composed without an olfactive pyramid. It starts with a smoky black tea, in this case lapsang souchong, urban and masculine, simulating rubber, car tires, cars, roads and motor noise while the notes of amber and woody notes remind that even the largest cities hide romantic moments at sunsets.

Emma hates this. She says, "It smells hot, like chemicals and bubblegum," which seems rather on point.

I almost like it. It plays very nicely with my skin chemistry. I have to breathe in very deeply to get the rubbery scent. There's an edge of gasoline, very demure gasoline, along with powder, plastic, and slight sweetness. I'm glad to have smelled this, but I don't want to wear it.

ETA: I also meant to mention that something about Black reminds me of Chanel Cuir de Russie.


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Nephilim: Holy frankincense and hyssop in union with earthy fig, defiled by black patchouli and vetiver, with a chaotic infusion of lavender, cardamom, tamarind, rosemary, oakmoss and cypress.

At this point, I am lamenting that I am out of practice at smelling things. The time lapse between testing the previous scents and the following consists of months. I am making it a habit to test something once a week so my sniffer doesn't atrophy.

Emma does not like this one; she says it tingles her nose and is bitter. Josh likes it alright; he smells incense, frankincense, patchouli, and some sort of wood, possibly sandalwood.

At first, I think this reminds me of The Bow and Crown of Conquest, but when I test them side by side, they're not very similar. I know I've tested another imp that reminds me of this one, though. Maybe it was Druid. IDK

At first, the scent is very strong--cypress, earthiness, a sweetness that gradually dissipates (that sweet, almost mildewy undertone that so many BPALs contain). I smell no gasoline, which is awesome. Lots of the BPALs with frankincense end up smelling of gasoline to me.

Athens: A reformulation and modernization of a true Classical Greek perfume, myrrhine: voluptuous myrrh, golden honey, red wine, and sweet flowers.

This was tested at Sunday night get-together, so lots of opinions. My friend M thinks it smells powdery (in fact, it smells very faint on her); her husband, also M, thinks it smells nutty and of musk. My friend L smells the honey and then she rubs her wrists together vigorously and bruises the scent and likes it much better. The sweetness fades a bit and the scent gets spicier. I smell myrrh, honey, and something green. Nobody smells anything floral. Nobody wants to wear this, but L suggests that Athens might make a good candle.

Pain: Wicked and vicious! A sharp, cruel blend of lavender and pennyroyal.

Yay! Another winner. Everybody likes this one. It only has two notes, both of them easily distinguished. The lavender is sharp and camphorous; unfortunately, it fades quickly like all lavenders do. The pennyroyal is a nice mint that softens the lavender just a bit and makes it a tiny bit sweet. Really, really nice. Since it has little longevity, I'll probably layer this with something or else put it on my pillow.

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4/8/16 14:59 (UTC)
sapote: The TARDIS sits near a tree in sunlight (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] sapote
Bvlgari Black is, to me, the fan-scent of the movie Hackers. Teenage bubblegum and bath-and-body-works vanilla, hot plastic like the inside of a CPU case, asphalty early-90s NYC. It's a shame that I'm not actually invested enough in that movie to want to smell it all the time.

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4/8/16 15:15 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Hah, I love comparing reactions here (just hope it doesn't get annoying). Also, you're inspiring me to try to write reviews again, I was doing it on the BPAL site but a lot of people moved to Facebook? idk. (I don't do Facebook.)

Delirium: anything VAGUELY lemon on me turns into GODZILLEMON. sigh. (I was also sad this was not based on my girl Del from Sandman, I think.)

Bayou: A lazy, warm deep green scent with a thick aquatic undertone: Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.

I LOVE JASMINE ALL THE JASMINE GIVE IT TO ME YES but oooh, the moss, evergreen, cypress, swamp AND blue-green notes would turn to nasty moldy mush on me. I might be overreacting to some of her notes, since occasionally I get death notes in an imp but can wear it anyway, but I got gonged on one too many blind bottle purchases.

defiled by black patchouli and vetiver

//wistful cartoon-character-like sigh

-- ATHENS! I LOVE ATHENS. IT'S ONE OF MY TOP FAVOURITES EVER. LOL, none of you like it. T doesn't like it either. I don't care. ALL THE ATHENS FOR ME. I think she discontinued it anyway....or no, that was Delphi.

Pain -- I think I tried this? Mint also gets wildly amped on me, but I love lavender, it's my favourite scent. I don't remember if I liked it or not. I'm pretty sure I have multiple imps of it.

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6/8/16 00:07 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Are those imps? I would like to try an imp of Bayou, I just wouldn't want the whole bottle if it went awful green on me. ATHENS YESSSSSSSSS. I can wait til Sept, sure! That's v sweet of you.

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6/8/16 00:36 (UTC)
kore: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Yes please then! Altho if someone else really truly wants Bayou, that'd be OK -- I just want to test it really.

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