Posted 19 March 2010 - 12:16 AM
in light of my affinity with pele, this was an oil i just had to try(!).
&oh, wow. this smells nothing like i really expected it to. i went in thinking i was going to get that very specific tropical scent - you know, the coconut sunscreen & lush florals combo (despite the fact that there is no coconut notes even in this!) - but what ended up greeting me was easily one of the most beautiful florals i have yet to come across via BPAL. just. gorgeous. i keep attempting to come up with ways in which to describe it, but either i just don't have the BPAL vocabulary or it really is just a thing you need to experience for yourself.
after some time, it warms into a very creamy, humid scent, and honest to god it is not a thing i would ever consider a me scent? (beautiful, but moreso a thing i would normally wish to smell around me, perhaps on somebody else for example, as opposed to on me) but something about it is so lovely & so comforting, and i find myself with my nose in the crook of my arm over & over again. i'd say that's a pretty telling sign that this is going to be a keeper, for me.
Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:14 AM
This actually smells very much like the old Avon scent, Hawaiian White Ginger. Thats not a bad thing by any means, and it had staying power and didn't morph too much, and I kept catching whiffs of a pleasant scent throughout the day...so I think this is a keeper, if not a bottle, at least the imp
Posted 06 April 2010 - 02:25 AM
I finally tried Snake Oil for the first time in December, and I fell in (almost) instantaneous love. I have since gone through a few bottles-- I add it to lotion, oils, and bath gel. I ADORE it.
Today, I received a frimp of Pele and as soon as I sniffed it I fell in complete, utter LOVE. Why didn't I follow my instincts and order Pele (and Snake Oil) a year ago?!?
ANYWAY, onto the review:
In the imp: Delicious! Softly floral, it smells familiar. What does this remind me of?
Wet: A very well-behaved floral, soft and warm. Maybe it reminds me a bit of Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi shampoo? Must be the ginger.
Dry: About the same as in the bottle and wet. I know what it reminds me of-- Diorissimo! It's not exactly the same, just reminiscent; must be the muguet.
Lasting power doesn't seem too bad. It's a soft scent, and although it fades fairly quickly I keep getting phantom whiffs of it a few hours later. Definitely won't mind reapplying this.
Summary: This is the first BPAL floral that I absolutely, completely adore. Other florals such as New Orleans, Zephyr, Suspiro, and Euphrosyne just didn't agree with me and made me think that BPAL florals in general just wouldn't work on my skin. I am happy that Pele has proved me wrong!
Posted 03 May 2010 - 07:45 PM
As the daughter of a born and raised Hawaiian, it would have been unforgivable of me not to try this scent.
In the imp, I get soft white florals with a vague soapy note. Nooooo! Damn it all! Wet, I get the same but with a soft hint of ginger lending a bite. During the drydown, the soapy note morphs into muguet (huzzah!) and the fragrance becomes a mix of gingery white florals and lily. Dry, the blooms take over, leaving the scent white floral - lily dominant, with the faintest bite of ginger adding some character.
This is soft, pretty, and feminine, with the ginger keeping it from turning too girly and frilly. It's sophisticated and perfect for summer and those hot humid days. Staying close to the skin, this is not an overwhelming floral that will cause headaches and aching noses (as so many do to me) but one that is subtle. If I jam my nose against my skin, this does smell like high soap heaven (that darn muguet misbehaving again) but the wafts around me are pure white floral ginger bliss.
Kudos to the lab for depicting the gentler, softer side of Pele. Definitely going to upgrade to a bottle!
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:39 AM
Unfortunately, it also reminds me of public bathroom hand soap. Darn it, I so did want to like this one.
Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:02 AM
It's warm, tropical and kind of sweet. It does remind me of the Calgon scent, but it takes the shared notes to a more mature, elegant and classy level! Truly a beautiful scent, I'm just sorry it didn't stick around very long. My skin ate it in 2 hours, tops.
Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:28 AM
Posted 07 March 2011 - 04:10 AM
On: Very soft immediately after it dries, goes faint within half an hour. Also a bit soapy.
Pleasant enough, but no staying power whatsoever and VERY close to the skin after half an hour at most. Sometimes good for after a bath, but otherwise...
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:10 AM
In the imp: Ooh, that's interesting, kind of soft and lush. I like it!
On me, wet: Well, endless improvement over the last time I tested it, when it smelled like burnt plastic. The muguet is really nice, it's one of my favorite smells, and it blends very nicely in Pele. I can't really smell the ginger. I do, however, definitely smell plumeria, which may turn out to be a problem since plumeria works fine on my skin but to me the flower itself just smells exactly like deodorant. Overall, it's extremely pretty in a soft tropical way that sort of evokes sunblock without actually smelling like it, but I don't know if I'd wear it more than once or twice during the summer.
On me dry: Eh. It's kind of just...soft flowers. I like it fine objectively but it doesn't do anything for me.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:41 PM
Drydown: Soft floral (lily and ???) and ginger. Clean and tropical.
Dry: Similar to the drydown, but warmer. Delicate with a sexy tropical slant. Light and soft.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:11 PM
Wet on skin: soft, creamy and gentle, the scent stays close to the skin in an almost sensual manner. It's amazing how these obviously tropical flower notes are so different in tone from what you'd expect from them. This is a PERFECT blend for lazy days on the beach with a slightly overcast sky. It's not "bright" or "cheery" or "vibrant" but it is very much a summer scent. Very, very lovely.
Dry: this doesn't morph on me until it hits about two hours onward. I'm not sure which note is bringing out this rather orris-y touch to this blend--orris on me turns into this sickly-sweet/oily/grandmother weirdness that this blend seems to have in abundance after that first two hours.
Verdict: honestly, I was so happy when I found how lovely this blend is, I've been feeling guilty that most GCs just doesn't stay keepers with me. But sadly, it's not meant to be--I was very sad when it turned into orris mess :(
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 04:13 PM
In the imp: A surprisingly mellow floral that's sweet and creamy without being cloying or overpowering.
On my skin: The tropical heat hits me right away, and I can almost feel the sun warming the blooms of tropical plants as I stand in the middle of a Hawaiian garden. This is the smell of tropical nectar, sweet but low-toned and not heady. The white ginger adds just a touch of spice in the background that's apparent only when I think of it and inhale deeply.
I like this scent, but the throw is minimal and it's just not "me"
Posted 23 July 2012 - 11:00 PM
Wow, I'd forgotten how beautiful this is, really cannot get my arm away from my nose! Let me see, words that this scent conjures up to me: soft, creamy and sophisticated. I'm pretty sure tuberose is in there somewhere although I'm not too good at distinguishing the other tropical blooms ... it has a bit of a Jennifer Lopez's Glow vibe about it actually, although a little more subtle.
I think this is going to be my new favourite work-friendly summer scent :wub2:
Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:52 PM
In Vitro A blind test. The first sniff was perfumey, maybe aquatic or citrus.
Wet Pure blossoms! Fresh, not too sweet. In fact it reminded me of my mother's cherished old bottle of pikake perfume. This had to be the imp of Pele I'd ordered. For me the smell of Hawai'ian flowers is in a category of its own; terms like "waxy" and "creamy" come to mind, but don't quite capture the essense, which is also penetrating.
Drying Oh no, this faded fast! It didn't morph at all but neither did it last more than an hour and a half at the most. I put some on my hair but it didn't last any longer. The scent was so pretty and evocative that I carried the imp around for the rest of the day and applied to my wrist at least twice more, but alas! She would dance only a little while before slowly receding into the air, still smiling, while I stood longing on the shore.
Pele is a beautiful and nostalgic scent but also a fast fader on me, so I'm not sure I'll get a bottle.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:53 PM
On wet...creamy and floral. Too floral for me, but interesting.
On dry...pretty much the same, the creaminess is intriguing, but too floral.
Swaps! I did learn that muguet is French for Lily of the Valley, which explains the 'different' floral I was smelling.