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#401 LexieBlom

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 04:20 AM

Crowley is amazing and should be on everyone's to-try list! I think it's a unisex scent (I certainly wear it), but it has a smooth, smoldering, sexy-confident quality that is irresistible on a guy, in my opinion. The leather and musk are beautifully balanced with the vanilla and lilac, so it's neither too sweet or too aggressive, just rich and deep and gorgeous.

 

Infernal musk, red patchouli, lilac cologne, mahogany, lemon rind, oakmoss, leather, and vanilla husk.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 02:21 PM

I'm not quite sure where else to put this, but seeing as everyone here is discussing scents appropriate to men and I'm a guy, I thought I'd share my experiences with BPAL scents as a guy with everyone. I'm recently having this MASSIVE confusion because for some weird inexplicable reason I've somehow fallen under the spell of Languor. I know. It's not by any stretch a masculine scent by description, and yes, there have been reviewers saying that it reminds them of old lady perfumes, which isn't wrong because just the other day there was an old lady sat next to me on the Tube and I swear that I smelt a vague hint of what smelt like Languor. It was very confusing.

 

And I'm even more confused now because I hated Languor when I first received it. I loved the description when I first discovered BPAL so I thought I'd order it the first time I ever ordered from BPAL (it was a very exciting moment in my life). For some reason, the initial rush of the scent to me vaguely reminded me of medicine, and it was a touch too acrid for my liking. Instead I started alternating between Tzadikim Nistarim and Yggdrasil, though the former would often get just a touch too sickly for my liking. Eventually I started leaning towards Yggdrasil more because I'm a massive fan of woody scents (though my mum doesn't like them much because apparently they smell like old men to her, lol), but the one scent I really fell in love eventually was Adam, which I ordered the moment it came out. I'd watched the film, fell in love with it, and simply had to have the scent. There's this beautiful woody scent that's elegantly muted with what I can only best describe as the smell of old plastic cassette tapes (it's mentioned in the description, of course). On the skin it develops into this wonderful multi-layered incense-y smell. Puts practically any Tom Ford scent (which I do like, even though I don't personally own any because £££) to shame. It's a pity Adam's out of stock, but I reckon it's perfect especially for men with a slightly Romantic/rock Gothic edge to them (or at least that's how I like to think of myself sometimes) — just like the character. 

 

The past week, however, I started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, and for some absolutely frustrating reason, I started thinking of Languor. I don't know why I made the association (it could be the poppy), but it having been a while since I last tried on the scent (it's been sitting in my drawer for a long time), it was inexplicable why I was thinking of the scent. I decided to try it on again, and I don't know if my body chemistry's changed or if it's a weird psychological effect, but for some bizarre reason I actually liked it. I probably need some help from friends to shake me out of it and remind me that I don't want to smell like an old lady but at the risk of sounding like a sad nutter, there's some weird, possibly evil part of my brain simply going, "NO, IAN, IT'S PERFECT."

 

Does anyone have any advice for dealing with that? XD

 

Also, has anyone tried Palmyra yet? I really want to get it, but the price (it's great that the proceeds are going to charity though!) is a touch more expensive than the usual scents and I'd like to make sure that it's at least vaguely workable before committing to it.



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Posted 26 November 2015 - 03:09 PM

There's nothing wrong with that at all.  Those are my favorite scents, the ones that at first I don't like, but they grow on me and I end up loving them.  There have been quite a few.  A great example for me is Dzongkha by L'artisan, I didn't like it at all at first, but I kept thinking about it, and wore my sample over a stretch of time, and ended up falling in love with it and bought a bottle.  And have received compliments on it.

 

The thing about bpal - I think the majority of the scents could be worn by a man or woman (as has been said many times).  Just because something is flowery or powdery, doesn't mean a man can't wear it.  It's just because of traditions or mindsets or whatever - once upon a time all men smelled powdery, and women's scents were more mossy and thus could perhaps be considered masculine by our modern standards.  I wear what I want although sometimes I am a little more self-conscious if I'm wearing a very floral scent, but in the end it doesn't matter - most people passing you in your day-to-day life aren't going to think more than once about what scent you're wearing, and if they think you smell like a woman, maybe they think you just hugged a woman or something.  But really, forget about what other people think, especially if you love it, just wear it for yourself!  Langour is a great scent and you should wear it if it makes you happy.

 

And the weird thing about "powdery", is that different people are going to have different perceptions about what is powdery and what isn't.  I have one friend who, whenever I wear Snake Oil he says I smell like baby powder, and I'm like....hmmm, ok, I disagree, but in the end I don't care, because I'm wearing it more for me than for anyone else!  And I personally like scents that are a little "powdery", but that grew over time, I didn't always like that.

 

I ordered Palmyra but haven't received it yet.  Can't wait!  I love cinnamon and it always catches my interest.



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Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:47 AM

I'm not quite sure where else to put this, but seeing as everyone here is discussing scents appropriate to men and I'm a guy, I thought I'd share my experiences with BPAL scents as a guy with everyone. I'm recently having this MASSIVE confusion because for some weird inexplicable reason I've somehow fallen under the spell of Languor. I know. It's not by any stretch a masculine scent by description, and yes, there have been reviewers saying that it reminds them of old lady perfumes, which isn't wrong because just the other day there was an old lady sat next to me on the Tube and I swear that I smelt a vague hint of what smelt like Languor. It was very confusing.

 

And I'm even more confused now because I hated Languor when I first received it. I loved the description when I first discovered BPAL so I thought I'd order it the first time I ever ordered from BPAL (it was a very exciting moment in my life). For some reason, the initial rush of the scent to me vaguely reminded me of medicine, and it was a touch too acrid for my liking. Instead I started alternating between Tzadikim Nistarim and Yggdrasil, though the former would often get just a touch too sickly for my liking. Eventually I started leaning towards Yggdrasil more because I'm a massive fan of woody scents (though my mum doesn't like them much because apparently they smell like old men to her, lol), but the one scent I really fell in love eventually was Adam, which I ordered the moment it came out. I'd watched the film, fell in love with it, and simply had to have the scent. There's this beautiful woody scent that's elegantly muted with what I can only best describe as the smell of old plastic cassette tapes (it's mentioned in the description, of course). On the skin it develops into this wonderful multi-layered incense-y smell. Puts practically any Tom Ford scent (which I do like, even though I don't personally own any because £££) to shame. It's a pity Adam's out of stock, but I reckon it's perfect especially for men with a slightly Romantic/rock Gothic edge to them (or at least that's how I like to think of myself sometimes) — just like the character. 

 

The past week, however, I started reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, and for some absolutely frustrating reason, I started thinking of Languor. I don't know why I made the association (it could be the poppy), but it having been a while since I last tried on the scent (it's been sitting in my drawer for a long time), it was inexplicable why I was thinking of the scent. I decided to try it on again, and I don't know if my body chemistry's changed or if it's a weird psychological effect, but for some bizarre reason I actually liked it. I probably need some help from friends to shake me out of it and remind me that I don't want to smell like an old lady but at the risk of sounding like a sad nutter, there's some weird, possibly evil part of my brain simply going, "NO, IAN, IT'S PERFECT."

 

Does anyone have any advice for dealing with that? XD

 

Also, has anyone tried Palmyra yet? I really want to get it, but the price (it's great that the proceeds are going to charity though!) is a touch more expensive than the usual scents and I'd like to make sure that it's at least vaguely workable before committing to it.

1. You are not going cuckoo!! It's de BPAL that brings de cuckoo! :P One of the reasons I love it, is because it's so complex!

2. BPAL ages - classic example is Snake Oil, a many year old SO is coveted by many here on the forums... As it gets older, the oil blends/ages and can get deeper and richer over time.  Aging can also smooth out rough edges in scents.. like the acrid, mediciney feeling that you got from  Langour originally.. There is a section HERE that talks about it. :)

3. You skin chemistry could have changed and thus the scent is changing on you.It's a normal thing, something as small as starting to eat garlic all the time can change how you smell.. or in a woman's case, her period can change how her skin reacts or how her nose perceives scent. (I know you're a guy.)

4. Also, don't forget that your specific skin chemistry will affect the oil. For example - just because a bunch of reviews mention smelling strong lemon... and you try it and get no lemon...it's not necessarily that your nose is blind to the lemon, it could be that your skin just sucks it in, and the lemon note doesn't show up. Another example in the opposite direction - I amp Cedar, like a mad bunny.. a scent can have a faint barely noticeable trace of cedar in it, and I will turn that perfume into one note pencil shavings... >.<  So though some reviews say it smells like old lady - on you,it could just be sexay man scent!

5. That lady probably smelled like one of the notes in Languor... and because she was an old lady you automatically associated that scent with an old lady...if that makes sense? But don't forget that sometimes an unexpected scent on someone can actually be considered EDGY!  Kinda like when a guy wears pink. :)

 

WELCOME TO THE MADNESS!!! ;)


Edited by azurephoenix, 27 November 2015 - 04:51 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2016 - 10:21 PM

I just received another request for a list of scents that are suitable for a man to wear. Though I think it's a matter of taste, here's my list of our more masculine and gender-neutral blends for future reference.One of these days, I have to update the FAQ. :P TRADITIONALLY MASCULINE AntonyArkhamAzazelBaron SamediBluebeardCzernobogDe SadeFaustusFenris WolfGolden PriapusIagoJolly RogerLaudanumLearLoup GarouMad HatterMagusNeroOberonOthelloTitus AndronicusTombstoneTyphonVicomte de ValmontVillain WhitechapelGENDER-NEUTRALAll 7 SinsAll CelestialsAll Tarot BlendsAbsintheAnathemaThe ApothecaryAureusBacchanaliaBansheeBlack ForestBlack PhoenixBloodBloodlustBurialThe CaterpillarCathedralChimeraChypreDamnationDarknessDebaucheryDeimosDepravedEclipseEidolonEmbalming FluidEndymionEntropyHungerHurricaneImpInfernoJabberwockyLightningMaledictionNoirOmenOneiroiPenitencePhobosPulse PriapusRakshasaSaturnaliaSerpent’s KissShadowSnake OilThanatopsisTormentUmbraUndertowVoodooZombi


Can we update this list? A lot of these in the masculine section are great, but a number of the good ones have faded out of the GC at this point and are long gone.

Like for instance De Sade is long gone. Is there something new to replace it's scent nitche, or are we just SOL for the most part on the darker masculine scents?

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 04:32 PM

 

Can we update this list? A lot of these in the masculine section are great, but a number of the good ones have faded out of the GC at this point and are long gone.

Like for instance De Sade is long gone. Is there something new to replace it's scent nitche, or are we just SOL for the most part on the darker masculine scents?

 

 

 

An update from kebechet would be welcome, as a placeholder, but it will constantly change.    And as has been said so many times, your chemistry will be the final determinant.     For instance, Crowley is praised as a near-perfect "guy" scent, but on me, the lilac comes on too strong.

 

Once you try a number of "guy" scents you will get the sense of which elements work on you and which don't, and you will stop looking for "guy" scents and try to find scents that are anchored in things you like.

 

From there it's a short hop to scouring the Lupers, Weenies and Yules, looking for things that sound like "your kind of thing" and there goes your bank account.



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 04:35 AM

Dead Leaves, Raw Leather, Bourbon Vanilla, and Clove smells a bit masculine to me, not that a girl can't wear it.



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 09:22 AM

I tried all the Unicorn part 1 line and found Of the Unicorn and Orpheus Charming animals to be masculine. Mythological Scene, St. Claire, and a King Persued by a Unicorn were more neutral IMO and it would probably depend more on your chemistry. I actually tend to like wearing scents that lean towards masculine.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 07:57 PM

Orpheus Charming Animals was more unisex than masculine on me, but my perspective might be skewed by the fact that my skin can sometimes turn both teak and myrrh into soft amber-y powder.

 

The three aquatics from this year's Weenies, Water Ghost, Haunted Beach, and The Drowned Man's Ghost, all struck me as unisex when I tried them at NYCC, as did A Kneeling Child (anise, amber, and wood) and Outlaw (like Tombstone with extra rootbeer and less vanilla).  Przeczucie, on the other hand, is very masculine - it smells like pine needles and dirt, like a pine forest a very manly lumberjack might walk around in.



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Posted 18 April 2018 - 03:18 PM

Red Queen: On me, the cherry scent didn’t develop at all (I might age my imp and see if that changes), but what was left was a woodsy smell that reminded me of the platonic ideal of the Mountain Lodge candle from Yankee Candle. How to smell like a strong lumberjack.

 

Server Gremlins: Do I owe this one justification? It’s an oddball scent, but one of the coolest things about it is how neutral it sits on the skin, not leaning one way or the other, regarding gender.

 

 Jongleur: The blend of spices in this doesn’t go too sweet, and the result is something that left me feeling really confident and bold.



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:38 AM

Minna, from C2E2, is lovely and leans masculine to my nose. That won't stop me from wearing it though! White patchouli, sage, and benzoin gleaming with tea leaf, green tobacco, cognac, polished rosewood, and bourbon vanilla. Yummy!

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:07 PM

Omg, Brangwy! Do you want a scent that smells like a man has been bounding through the forest, then come home simply to please you? He must return to the forest later, as it is his abode but he might stay with you just for tonight.

It's that. In a bottle.


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