Love and Pain Exhibit III
Posted 22 May 2007 - 05:49 PM
in the bottle: smells like single not lavender.
wet: strong and i do mean STRONG lavender
this doesn't change on me, it is all lavender, those who love lavender herbal scents will most likely want this one.
Posted 23 May 2007 - 08:46 PM
Herbals don't ususally mean dark to me.
I don't know what to make of this. It's an odd scent. I'm anxious to see what others get.
Posted 26 May 2007 - 03:47 PM
Dry: I have vanilla, tobacco, black musk, and golden copaifera, in that order. I don't smell lavender at all, and it isn't particularly herbal on me. This is a sweet, musky, sensual scent. Really gorgeous, and it'd work on men or women.
Posted 27 May 2007 - 06:23 PM
When I first put this on the dominant note was lavender. Not a kick-you-in-the-head lavender, but a gentle herbal lavender. Lavender is a note I find really hard to pull off in perfumes - it generally either smells very masculine to me or very medicinal. It's hardly a subtle scent. But in this perfume, it just works beautifully. After a few minutes a few of the other notes start to come into play - notably the tobacco - and this turns into an insanely addictive and sensual scent. It's so soft and yet pungent, dark and juicy. The kind of scent that makes you want to keep burying your nose in your wrist. I also think it's a scent that could work equally well on a man or woman.
Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:11 PM
On skin: OMG :P This scent just jumped into my Top Ten, probably my Top Five. I think this scent would appeal to people who generally don't care for lavender, because the notes blend seemlessly together. This is a unique and beautiful scent. I must have a bottle!
Posted 27 May 2007 - 10:30 PM
At first touch on my skin this is very strong, very dark lavender with a heavy undertone of musk and dry, smokey tobacco. It seems like it would be perfect for either a man or a woman, as other have noted. But despite that, it never once made me feel less feminine. In fact, it made me feel more so.
This really hits its pinnacle when the sweeter vanilla note appears. The vanilla doesn't smell foody, syrupy, or overly sweet at all. It's a pure, dark vanilla. The kind that smells like it almost might be fermented and thus has a sort of boozy feeling. At this stage I think it is more of a feminine than a masculine fragrance. Very smooth too.
Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:46 AM
Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:25 PM
straight sniff from bottle this is the "most" beautiful lavender beth has created
to date... :D
once applied super, strong lavender takes a few moments to settle down with
my chemistry...the dark and deep musk and vanilla temper this to perfection
and i get the tiniest waft of the tobacco...Lordy be...my favorite salon scent
the lab has to offer, hands down :)
ETA: after 1 hour, this is still going strong and now has a somewhat smoky note...
This post has been edited by sookster: 03 June 2007 - 12:40 PM
Posted 05 June 2007 - 07:25 AM
I do not like lavender.
And of course, on me and in the imp, it entirely dominates this blend.
When I first smell it in the imp, and when I put it on, it seems like straight up lavender almost, though there is something making it a bit sweeter.
When it dries, I get a hint of tobacco, and possibly copal. but now it is just a clean soapy lavender with something else to make it sweeter. Imagine someone who had bathed in lavender soap, and then had smoked a pipe of sweet tobacco. that's what I get from this.
Which was, alas, not what I wanted.
Posted 07 June 2007 - 06:10 PM
Posted 11 June 2007 - 02:52 PM
On skin: blast of herbal lavender, burrowing into my sinuses. Phoo!
Half-hour later: still lots of lavender, but with a creamy base
In conclusion: while lavender isn't one of my favorite notes, the creamier base makes it tolerable. This is the nicest lavender blend I've tried.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 08:46 PM
There's a slightly spicy, slightly herby, slightly warm, slightly herbal quality to it -- as though every single note is perfectly balanced against the other so that nothing leaps forward. Very interesting.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 06:05 AM
Once on, it remains very strong -- lavender through an amplifier, wearing black leather and spikes. It's masculine in the only way that I tend not to like masculine scents, i.e. a bit like a strong cologne. That's odd, since these notes rarely do things like that on me. The black musk is working overtime, drowning out everything else but the lavender.
I love tobacco in perfume, but I don't get much in here, not a lot of that smoky lavender that I love in things like Agony of Loss or Gaueko. It's sharp lavender darkened and deepened and drenched in cologne. All that said, I still like it, mainly when it has dried down a bit and loses that metallic edge. And the vanilla? Not present at all to my nose.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:44 AM
Posted 20 June 2007 - 02:49 AM
It quiets down a bit in the few minutes while it’s been drying, melding with the amber is my guess, but it is still very much an herbal lavender which is much better than the lavender funk I usually get. This at least is a straight clear lavender plant on my skin with a tiny bit of underlying sweetness underneath from the amber, and perhaps the black musk, that also quiets it down to non-ampage on my skin.
This post has been edited by Lunaratu: 09 October 2007 - 04:56 AM
Posted 21 June 2007 - 12:56 PM
Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:29 PM
Posted 29 June 2007 - 08:49 AM
The extended drying stage of this totally reminded me of a classic, almost old fashioned men's after-shave. After reading the reviews I can't wait to try it again, and see if my opinion changes at all, and if I get any 'feminine' feeling from it. It's something I would enjoy wearing when in certain moods, but not all the time, and probably don't need a whole bottle of. But it is quite interesting and as usual, I love experiencing Beth's interperetations of the art.
Edit: You know....something about this scent reminds me of a used ashtray. I think it's the golden resin, because copal sometimes goes out of control when I wear it, and tobacco doesn't usually have this effect on me. I don't think I can wear this any more. : (
This post has been edited by Forspecial Plate: 03 September 2010 - 05:08 AM
Posted 10 July 2007 - 09:55 PM
In the imp: heavy, perfumey lavender cologne.
Wet on skin: dry, perfumey tobacco and lavender.
Dry on skin: this smells like a traditional gentlemanly perfume, it feels like the masculine counterpart to DPP Sitting Up With a Sick Friend. It has that same perfumey quality to the tobacco, with a touch of golden cologne, and heavy lavender replacing the rose note. After a minute I smell some copal here and the scent becomes more unusual, almost like heady incense, smoky and soporific. It smells like Gaueko, but more potent.
After a while: the lavender fades but the tobacco still retains it's cologne like scent, a manly scent which smells very sophisticated. I smell none of the vanilla but I smell the golden copal which adds it's distinctive crumbly dry resin fragrance (and gives the scent a hint of King Cobra), and the musk may be adding more of a perfumey aspect. But it's not the vanilla-lavender-musk scent I was expecting. This is a lot more like something upscale and expensive. The tobacco is really strong in here, taking over with it's smoky dry leaf scent, different to the softer tobacco notes of Bachelor's Dog and Pinched. There's something almost leathery to it. I normally like tobacco but this one is a little too much like posh perfume to me.
At one point there's a hint of burnt rubber to the scent which I really don't like. I have no idea where this comes from but it confirms that this scent just isn't me. The rubber scent doesn't last but the end drydown smells like something my mum wears, a faded and old fashioned perfume.
Verdict: I was expecting this to be the ultimate BPAL lavender-vanilla-musk, a wonderful sleepy scent, kind of like a BPAL equivalent to Possets Ultramarine Blue, with added tobacco. But this was nothing like that-it was pretty much all tobacco, and tobacco cologne at that. There are not many BPALs which are too masculine or mature for me to wear but I do feel I am the wrong gender-and the wrong age-for this scent. the lavender is even more of a knockout than TKO, and hot on it's heels is a very dominant and perfumed tobacco. It's not the gentle, crumbly, comforting tobacco from some of my favourite DPP scents, but something stuffier and much more 'gentleman's club', it smells like a very expensive department store aftershave. It's very sophisticated smelling, I must say, like something high-end, and there's an interesting copal angle to it, but it smells too much like a 'posh bloke' scent for me, which I can't really pull off. I was hoping for more of the vanilla and musk to show up at the end but it didn't. Not my thing, I'm afraid.
Emoticon rating: :P
Is it a keeper? Not really.
If you like this, try: Gaueko, Kalahantrika, Arcana, Hellfire, Isaac, Sitting Up With a Sick Friend, Clio, Somnus
Posted 16 July 2007 - 02:42 AM
Wet: Really sharp lavender with a strength to match the Somnium blends like Baku.
Drydown and wear: I'm quite fortunate in that this doesn't go to straight lavender on me. However, it takes an interesting detour through the realm of "citronella candle" in the early stages. I'm not entirely sure what combination of notes results in that smell, but it does smell like I've got some OFF Bug Spray on when this dries down. This is not something that black musk or vanilla has ever done on my skin before. As I read on copaifera, I see that it can be used in bug bites, so I guess that's what is creating the effect. My skin really amps that note up!
Posted 16 July 2007 - 06:20 PM
Love and Pain -- the scent -- definitely works with the picture. It's innocent at first but gradually darkens into a very dark, heavy, masculine scent.
The first few minutes after I put it on, I smell a green herbal blend, not light but not too dark either. Definitely lavender, but not the huge medicinal whiff I was expecting. As it dries, any lightness the blend had evaporates, leaving behind a dark, dark, musky vanilla laced with a bit of tobacco, I think. I'm not great at picking out tobacco, so I could be off, but I think that's what I'm smelling.
It has throw, too, which is rare with my chemistry. I would never be able to pull a scent this heavy off, but it is interesting, that's for sure.
Posted 20 July 2007 - 10:10 PM
Posted 25 July 2007 - 06:32 PM
Wet on me – Sweet soap and something that tickles my nose
Dry on me – Sweet creamy lavender, with just a hint of tobacco
Overall – I really expected to like this, but on me it was just bland
Posted 27 July 2007 - 07:07 PM
Posted 17 August 2007 - 11:23 PM
As it settles in a bit, it begins to take on that unmistakable "Hi! I'm a MEN'S scent!" aroma, although not the point where I feel completely freakish wearing it. It's a rich and interesting enough scent that it smells like a woman could get away with wearing it, even though it's pretty butch. The overall feel is a bit like a non-chocolatey Wulfric at this stage.
Unfortunately, the later stages, after it's been on for a few hours, seem a bit "off" on me, in a way I can't really identify. Something about whichever notes it is that last the longest in this makes them not really quite work on me. There's almost a bit of that mildewy graveyard dirt note that's in Zombi, though I have no idea what it would be coming from here. But whatever it is, it was unpleasant enough for me to eventually wash it off.