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Pahoehoe

#26 User is offline   ih8perfume 

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:21 AM

Grenadine, banana, and coconut rum.


Got this as a frimp from the lab.

Based on the notes, I didn't expect to like this. Bananas are very iffy for me. I adore fresh ripe real bananas. Fake bananas (Laffy Taffy in particular) is literally nauseating.

I actually liked it and had fun wearing it. I don't do much drinking of actual fruity blended cocktails anymore, but getting random whiffs of this put me in that fun silly mood. I wore paper umbrellas in my hair. I would, however, advise against being pulled over for a traffic stop while wearing this. The rum, although unusually lovely and warm, was strong enough to make me smell drunk!

I'll keep my imp, and have great fun with it, but I can't see buying a bottle. Silly doesn't fit my mood often enough.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:30 PM

Pahoehoe

Note: I've been working my way through BPAL's banana scents in the hopes of finding a long-lasting banana scent.
On: Incredibly sweet banana and sticky grenadine with some light, white coconut.
1 hour in: A powdery banana scent, but with an odd, vegetable undertone. (That sometimes happens to me with sweeter scents.)
5 hours in: Still powdery banana with that vegetable undertone.
6.5 hours in: Just powdery.
Overall: My search will continue...
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:45 PM

I got this as a frimp with another order and was happy to get to try one of the tiki scents, finally (I'm ordinarily a bit wary of fruity scents as they can go very bad with my skin chemistry).

On me, Pahoehoe was a slightly smoky-sweet rum scent. I sort of smelled banana/grenadine behind it if I tried, but it was not obvious. I tend to amp rum so this was not surprising. Over time, the scent turned a little acrid (an artifact of my skin chemistry), then settled into a slightly sweet, powdery end stage.

I'm glad to have tried Pahoehoe but I don't think it's a good match for me. I do, however, want to try the rest of the tiki scents now!
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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:58 PM

Imp: Coconut rum. Deathly sweet coconut rum.

Wet: Even more coconut rum! I was especially confused because in my head this was the orange/ginger ale scent. It is sickly sweet and the banana is coming out. Just a little. There is no grenadine unless it's just adding to the overall sweetness. I need some pomegranate or something to cut this epic sweetness.

Dry: Ick. Ick, ick, ick. MY skin runs with the sweetness and it winds up smelling madly familiar and yet just a little untraceable. The pomegranate comes out from the grenadine a bit and adds a gross sharpness to the overall scent. It is manly coconut rum. The pomegranate is a little...vomity? Not good, overall. My skin chemistry made this pretty horrifying and it smells a little like waking up after getting girl drink drunk.

Throw: Good. Horrifying, but good.

Overall: I don't know if this smells like it should or if my skin is distorting it. It smells like rum and bananas and pomegranate sweetness. It might be someone else's bag, but it certainly isn't mine.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:02 AM

This smells like banana at first and then it turns into kind of a smoky coconut rum scent. Kind of like something's burnt. Roasted coconut? It's a little odd.
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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:55 AM

I'm surprised by how much I actually like this one! It's a cheerful, grilled banana scent (definitely fresh banana, not the candy kind) with toasted coconut and a boozy undertone. I would feel terribly self-conscious wearing this one at work or on the bus, but I can definitely see it being a fun silly perfume to wear to a beach party or a barbecue.

I would never wear this one enough to justify a bottle purchase and I'm not too sore about it being discontinued, but I am glad that I have a small amount available, and looking forward to inducing sudden and mysterious cravings for banana splits in my fellow men. Three out of five stars.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:52 PM

OMG PAHOEOE. :thud:
I don't really like bananas. I think they're weird, and I have texture issues, so I put off trying Pahoehoe even though I knew I'd want to try it eventually, 'cause grenadine and coconut rum? Yes, please! I finally picked up a bottle 'cause it was going away. In the bottle and wet on my skin, it's whoa banana! like banana-flavored Laffy Taffy. I think banana Laffy Taffy is the worst flavor, but still, there's something so cheerful about it. Pahoehoe has the same happy vibe. Over the next hour or so, the banana morphed into banana-coconut and then down to straight grenadine, and it's AMAZING. It's so, so good. I really wish I had stocked up on this.
(The grenadine is the same note I get from B-Horror, IIRC, but I like Pahoehoe much better.)
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:34 PM

BANANANANANANANANANANANA!

Pretty much sums this up. I do get slight boozy notes and maybe a twinge of the coconut though.

Good summery scent, I think.

I really like the dry down of this one..definitely smelling the grenadine now. And maybe a powdery coconut smell. But I like it.

About an hour later, and I'm in the middle of the road on this one. It's not complex enough for me to love, but it's decent.

This post has been edited by MiasmaResonance: 28 June 2011 - 09:27 PM

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:19 PM

ugh, grenadine = pomegranate, i forgot about that :cry2: so this does what pomegranate always does, takes over and is sickeningly sweet :( ah well, someone else will have to love it for me
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:29 PM

In the Imp: Very sweet banana rum.

Wet: Plastic, sweet, artificial bananas.

Dry: No change, it's just very "banana candy" and overwhelming.

Overall: Sad to say there aren't a lot of winners from the Luau Lounge. Like the rest I've tried, this is very fake fruit and unpleasant. Rum notes from BPAL are definitely better with darker notes.
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 04:20 PM

Holy smokes, this is a sweet one! Wet, I get a juicy red banana scent, kind of odd, a red banana, but that's what it smells like to me. Dry, the banana disappears, and it's more the grenadine with dry, dusty coconut. The banana is gone, but it's still very sweet. Coconut sometimes turns dusty on me, but the grenadine tempers it somewhat. However, this blend is much too sweet and fruity to me, it smells very 'young', somehow as a blend that a 13 year old girl would wear on her vacation to the tropics. Fun to try, but not for me.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 03:28 PM

First on, Bananas Foster - a caramelized banana scent that's not great, but makes me hungry. Later, I get a hint of the grenadine, and this becomes more interesting. Unfortunately, my skin seems to interpret coconut rum as plastic, which ruins the drydown.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:26 PM

In the imp: HOLY BANANAS BATMAN! That's literally what popped into my head. Strong, boozy - smells like rum extract being dumped into a banana cake batter. As a note, this imp and Aremata-Popoa, which I just tested on my other arm, were not very full... maybe a bit more than half.

On my skin, it's a tropical banana-coconut-vanillay spiced rum drink. It's delicious, and I want to DRINK IT. Drink all the things! XD I think it's a bit much as perfume, though, unfortunately...

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:23 PM

In Imp, fruity slightly banana-y booze. The banana may not be awful.

Wet, yucky banana, I hate bananas, and coconutty booze then grenadine.

Dry, softer banana and light coconut, spices. This would be nice if I didn't think bananas were the most evil fruit ever.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 12:32 AM

Bottle: Banana and that burnt sugar rummy smell.

Wet: OMG I love it! Spiced rum and banana with a hint of coconut. It smells like Bananas Foster, which is one of my very favorite desserts.

Dry: Definitely boozy and most of the banana has dissipated. Perfect for summer.
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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:33 AM

Whoa baby, this scent is strong! Ripe banana and rum, just a touch of sweet coconut, and tart grenadine (like pomegranates). The ultimate tropical perfume. I would love to taste the drink that inspired this! I don't see myself needing a whole bottle but I'd wear it on hot summer days.

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