Octopus and Abalone Diver Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements III: 1/19/10-4/30/10
Posted 11 February 2010 - 01:55 PM
Octopus and Abalone Diver
Very light and fresh - almost foamy sea water, a fresh blue-green-white floral note that I assume is the water lily (it's almost aquatic, very clean and cool), and a little bit of fruity-fresh freesia. This has a much lighter and greener feel than I expected. It's cool, gentle, tranquil. I don't get wood, but this has a faint cologne aspect.
Still extremely light on my skin - it's just a very demure sort of scent - and what must be water lily really shines. It's a bit brighter and headier, 'whiter' in feel, but still cool and aquatic with an almost cucumbery, grassy aspect. This scent on the whole reminds me a bit of Anais Anais (which I love), but more delicate and innocent. It's only very barely oceanic - it's definitely aquatic, but it's only lightly salty - this isn't ocean water, it's ocean MIST. A bit of ambergris comes out on my skin, adding some musky depth, and a little more freesia, which is very lightly soapy-clean (in a good way) - still no driftwood.
Slow to dry, but becoming more floral and definitively feminine as it does so. I *know* this water lily note from somewhere...I think the Black Swan? The grassy note has amped; this is greener, stemmier, and almost a little spicy, while still being cucumbery-fresh. The freesia has gone a bit more soapy, but still within tolerable limits. While I'm not sure what seashell accord is meant to smell like, there IS a sort of chalky, crushed-stone note that reminds me of the note in Julia Stone, or in Sarah (both scents I love), a sort of smooth stony whiteness. And this still smells a little cologney.
This remains subdued, and while for a brief period there's a bit of turbulence as notes emerge and submerge, everything settles down quickly into a beautiful harmonious blend. The almost-troublesome soapiness dissipates as does the nearly-sharp greenness of the water lily, while the smooth white stony note amps, and the ambergris softens into a gentle but rather sexy musk. This is not a scary BAM ambergris note - it's a backup player, not a diva as it was in say, Lilith vs the Giant Crab. If there's wood here, it never emerges on my skin distinctly.
My only qualm with this scent - which is more beautiful than I'd hoped, so it's a very minor qualm - is that it's only so very faintly salty. I'd love a really BRISKLY salty scent without a lot of overpowering notes, and I've yet to find such a scent in BPAL. As I said earlier, this is sea mist, not ocean water. It's not a strongly aquatic scent by any means. I'd describe it more as clean, soft, green-white feminine floral and smooth polished stone with a bit of salty musk. Sutble and lovely, but with good throw and excellent longevity. Another winner!
Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:23 PM
Posted 18 February 2010 - 03:29 AM
Nice. I may have to stockpile a second bottle.
Posted 18 February 2010 - 03:57 AM
This is the best LE surprise I've had in a while.
Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:46 PM
This post has been edited by Venneh: 22 February 2010 - 11:40 PM
Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:56 PM
edit: apparently after a couple of weeks settling time, mr. octopus has decided that he hates me. this has turned into hairspray on me and is making me sneeze. sorry, buddy, i wanted to love you!
This post has been edited by starfish327: 19 March 2010 - 02:04 PM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 12:46 AM
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 04:21 PM
Posted 28 February 2010 - 05:20 PM
As it dries, the freesias are trying to take over, and there's some water note in here that isn't playing nice. Though I like the look of freesias, I have never been fond of their scent. I don't think this one is for me.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 09:23 AM
Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:53 AM
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:05 AM
It's a nice scent, and I'll definitely keep my decant, but I doubt I'll get a bottle.
Posted 03 March 2010 - 12:55 AM
At first it is SALT! with a bit of sweetish, maybe fruity? florals. Mostly it's very salty. I don't mind salty scents too much, so not immediately bad.
Dried, the salt has left with a somewhat metallic feeling to the very sultry florals. Like maybe the edges of tropical flowers have been dipped in sterling silver. The sweetness hasn't completely left, but lingers right on the edges of the olfactory experience... it's battling the metallic feel for second place after the florals. Way in back, there still seems to be something of a juicy fruit.
I'm just not too sure about this one overall. Definitely not one of those instant loves. *sigh*
Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:11 PM
Reminds me a little of Parenthope.
fresh and fruity, a bit salty
Posted 15 March 2010 - 08:58 PM
Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:54 PM
At the end, though, hours later, it's really interesting and kinda nice, seashell and loveliness. But am I willing to wait through all of that soap? Probably not.
Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:31 PM
Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:18 AM
As it warms up a note comes out that must be "seashell accord," it is warm and soft, like lightly vanillic powder.
It's much sexier than I would have expected from an aquatic floral blend.
The smell makes me imagine the colors aquamarine and gold. I love it!
Posted 08 April 2010 - 07:48 PM
wet: freesia and aquatic. i would never have guessed that i would like such a scnet but i find myself very taken with it.
dry: this dries to a silky soft freesia scent with a gentle watery note that is too ethereal to call "aquatic". much nicer than expected.
Posted 12 April 2010 - 01:54 PM
Off to find a partial bottle...
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