Ulalume Bewitching Brews, disc. 3/18/14
Posted 01 October 2005 - 08:19 PM
To me this is a really nostalgic smell, its exactly like standing in the forest in New Hampshire in late fall, when most of the leaves have turned brown and fallen right after a rainstorm. its wet and dead and beautiful. not one for everyday wear, but nice for when i'm feeling homesick :P
Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:37 AM
Posted 05 October 2005 - 10:11 AM
Skin: Nauseating dirt becomes bitter herbs once it hits skin. The dusty, organic 'greenness' suddenly becomes aquatic, but it's more 'algae' than water. Strike that - MILDEWY algae that gives the water note a sinister edge (Jenny Greenteeth, ahoy!). Fingers crossed that the stagnant odor will change because there's something lurking beneath the scent of decay...
Skin, Later: Jesus Christ, what a change! The sense of festering mold is gone and replaced with a sharp, natural sweetness (sour green apples?). There's even a hint of spice (possibly a reaction with Villainess's Pyromania smooch). Ooo, baby, it's gone all earthy musk (a wonderful, amazing blend of grubby velveteen moss with a refreshing, crisp 'green' edge)!
Verdict: Hated it, then loved it. Thank God I actually TRIED it before discarding it as swap fodder. It stayed on ALL day & ALL night, and by the time I woke up the complex scent had become delicate white flowers on virgin water. Gorgeous.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:38 AM
Reminds me of The Apothecary and Tempest. And Rosalind....?
I was hoping for something more Samhain-y (more woodsy, leafy, etc.), but instead I'm getting something a little too 'perfumey' for my taste.
Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:17 PM
Straight out of the imp, this has a bit of sharp greeness, but not harsh or strong. Immediatly on my skin it is the remainder of crushed green plants, fallen leaves, distrurbed earth, all tainted by a cool night time breeze carrying the lightest touch of lillies across a secluded forest pool. I am utterly amazed that a perfume can capture this so perfectly.
I just wish it would last longer. After 10 minutes of applying, it fades I can barely notice it. I wonder if slathering can save this? I will try and post my findings. If I could find a way to make it last, I will be wearing this a lot this fall.
Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:00 AM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 03:19 AM
Overall: will keep the imp and use it up.
Posted 25 October 2005 - 06:44 AM
After the dry-down, I smelled crumbling underfoot last-year's leaves, and dried grass in slanting afternoon sun, and just a (pleasant) touch of dirt. And faint flowers too. Fascinating. I'm in love with my wrist right now.
On repeated sniffs, the light has darkened and there is a witching wind with a taste of rain in the air. This is now the autumn scent for me. Definitely.
On a night shortly after the Equinox, it was windy here with spatters of rain, very gloomy and ghoul-haunted-woodland-of-Weir. Alone at the late hour, I felt the season beckoning -- opened the window and put my head out into the rushing darkness, breathing deeply. The air was pure autumn: wild and soft, smoky-sweet and damp-dead-leafy. I whispered in surprise, "It smells exactly like 'Ulalume' out here!"
Since then, I've been twice as impressed by this fragrance.
This post has been edited by midnightmuse: 28 October 2005 - 05:41 AM
Posted 09 November 2005 - 09:38 AM
Applied: Thereís something really unusual about this that is so appealing. It smells very, very green, like the insides of green leaves. Also kind of like celery leaves, which I love. This is so much a spring smellóit literally smells like green things poking out of the ground. Itís quite sharp, but I kind of like it anyway.
15 minutes later: Thereís a problem: as I live with this, I notice that the throw is only the sharpness, not the greenness. Almost smells sharp like pre-B.O. armpits. Or lack of personal hygiene in another bodily region.
Now that I have picked up on that, I am not going to be able to deal with this. It still smells green up close to the skin, but I canít wear this and count on people not confusing it with funk.
On a scale of 1 to 5: 2.
Posted 17 November 2005 - 09:07 AM
I'm not sure if it's the time of my cycle I'm testing these more "woody" scents in (since I'm told that can effect it) but sometimes.....the wood smells smile like a burning pencil in a dirty diaper on me.
Unfortunately...this was one of them. I'm so heart broken.
This post has been edited by ABrokenAngel: 17 November 2005 - 09:09 AM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 02:52 AM
I'm still glad I have a bottle though. Just have to reapply and slather like crazy!
Posted 23 November 2005 - 02:54 AM
Posted 04 December 2005 - 06:36 PM
Unfortunately, once I put it on, it morphed into hairspray. Cheap Rave hairspray that I used in the early 90s for my big bangs. Dunno what that's all about! This one's going into the swap pile...
Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:15 PM
This smells like standing in a swamp. Surrounded by wild lillies and irises. Warm, wet, slightly rotten wood... aquatic clean notes and slight florals...
Very pretty and fades quickly.
Posted 02 January 2006 - 07:57 PM
on: sweet and floral. fainty aquatic. very nice.
1 hours later: sweet, but more of a wood scent behind it. very pretty.
2 hours later: sweet and floral.
overall: this is just ok. i definitely have other lily-heavy BPALs that i like more.
Posted 06 January 2006 - 04:48 AM
This was the first of (my first) six imps that I tried. I generally like aquatic notes and greens, so I was a little disappointed that my skin didn't take to this.
In the imp: my initial reaction was cedar, but after re-reading the description, it must have been the oak or cypress that I was detecting. I could also smell the vetivier.
When I first put it on: Eeep! Cinnamon soap? I get overwhelming woodsy/soapy scents with cinnamon for some reason. After a few minutes I can detect something sweeter underneath, trying to get out (the aquatic note, I assume).
Dry: the woodsy smell fades out and the lilies take over. I think I've discovered that I'm not a fan of lilies. A couple hours later, the smell has become more subdued, and is quite nice--the lilies aren't so overpowering anymore, and the scents feel more balanced out. Overall, the lillies are still the main scent on my skin--not really for me.
Posted 04 February 2006 - 03:36 PM
Ok, composure. Donít know whatís causing that reaction, but Iím new to BPAL, so Iíll give it a chanceÖ
I donít like this at all right now. I wish I could distinguish the notes because I want to know what Iím reacting so strongly to. Could it be the cypress?
Yeccch, itís giving me a serious headache.
(Canít do it, am washing it off as we speak.)
No no no no NO! (Dear God, itís even soap-resistant!!)
I got this imp from a lovely Lushie who had some stuff on my wishlist. Too bad this didn't work out.
Posted 05 February 2006 - 03:20 AM
This dries through a somewhat camphorous stage into a wet wood sort of smell. Overall it is very very faint.
Odd, not unpleasant, rather unique but ultimately not to my taste.
Posted 05 February 2006 - 06:38 AM
Posted 05 February 2006 - 07:04 AM
Ultimately, although it's not something I'd wear, I find the scent very interesting.
Edit: Whoa, this suddenly morphed into a sweet swamp on me (but still no florals). I actually prefer the deep mossy swamp.
This post has been edited by sthenno: 05 February 2006 - 08:13 AM
Posted 05 February 2006 - 10:30 PM
On: I have no idea where wintergreen came from, but there it is. :P
Dry: minty and floral. I know mint is not listed, but that's what I get from this. It's actually almost unsettling. It does mellow after 30 minutes to a fresh, clean summery smell. No cypress or oak on me whatsoever.
Posted 11 February 2006 - 06:46 PM
A fresh, aquatic scent with a hint of woods behind.
Now the woodsy scent is stronger, although the freshness is still there.
Well, this is a first. Normally if there's any scent in a blend that could turn sweet on me, that's what comes to the fore. However, the lilies stayed totally in the background, barely noticeable.
Instead it was a powerfully woodsy scent, rather dusty and peppery, like wandering under big trees over a lake. The water was there too, fresh but a little stagnant. So maybe wandering around by a pond instead.
It reminded me strongly of Whipporwill, which I ended up swapping. I think I prefer more floral scents to more woody ones.
Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:57 PM
First on me is a sharp floral - something with a large blossom, probably a flowering tree like magnolia, but no lilies.
In almost an instant, the woods come out full force (as usual) and dominate everything completely.
This ends up creating a mental image of when my Mom and I used to hunt for moss in the woods (for flower baskets) - damp, musty, earthy, green, deep in the woods - a nice scent memory, but not something I'm eager to smell like. Off to the swap pile!
Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:01 PM
In the vial: hmmm, smells like pine based cleanser.
Wet: eeep! The dirt smell! Also, fir and other foresty scents.
Dry: The dirt smell lasts only a short while. The leafy, fir and other forest scents faded slowly leaving a soft floral in their place.
This scent really morphed on me. I don't think I will order a big bottle, but I will enjoy the imp since this is such an interesting scent.
Posted 19 February 2006 - 02:00 AM
This starts out with a rush of soil and soft evergreen of some sort. Then the lillies come up and join in. The aquatic scent seems to come through later. Beautiful. I can still catch hints of the soil, which I love.
Something about this reminds me of Nocnitsa (a favorite) but it isn't as strong, and Zombi (another favorite) and Penny Dreadful (ditto). So, it's a winner for me.
I will say that the first time I smelled this a few months ago, I didn't like it. I think that my nose has become more educated and able to actually pick out the individual notes better. Thank goodness I tried it again!