When your favorite GC blends are discontinued Finding similar BPAL scents
Posted 28 October 2004 - 11:33 AM
Imp is a lighter version of Depraved, with peach instead of apricot and some amber and white musk. Fruity, yet spicy.
Ravenous isn't fruity in a sickly sweet way. It's patchouli and orange blossom. The orange blossom gives it a sweeter, fruitier quality, but it's more like a an orange peel with the pith kind of fruit.
Masquerade starts a bit smoky, stays pretty incensey, and then gets a touch of sweetness from the orange blossom (though it's more of an orange peel sweetness than outright fruitiness).
The Hesperides has a very woodsy (as in oak trees after a spring rain, not the smoky, bonfire kind of woodsy), apple orchardy feel that's not overtly sweet, but smells more like you just bit into a crisp Fuji apple.
Wanda isn't really fruity, but has a fruity, wine quality to it that it cut into by leather. There's also a touch of floral. I tend to layer this one with Loviatar if I want more leather. Not sure if this one would be good for you, but I had to mention it, particularly layered with Loviatar.
Posted 28 October 2004 - 07:33 PM
what did you all do
Posted 28 October 2004 - 08:26 PM
Aureus - it's very woody. I love this one, too.
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Posted 11 November 2004 - 04:54 AM
I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and order a 10 mL of it.
Posted 11 November 2004 - 04:37 PM
You don't think we'd suggest against getting more, do you? :P
the Star is popular enough that if you turn out, for some reason, not to like it, you'll have no trouble swapping. I haven't yet found anything that really smells similar to it, though.
Posted 11 November 2004 - 09:47 PM
Posted 12 November 2004 - 09:56 PM
Here is what's listed in Queen Mab: black orchid, sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and Chinese musk.
I've tried just about every orchid scent that BPAL has to offer, and Queen Mab is the only one I've really loved.
I'd like suggestions for a scent that captures the oriental florals of Queen Mab but doesn't tickle my nose with green. If you don't have a suggestion for a scent, maybe you could recommend something to layer with to enhance the florals and mask the green?
Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:06 PM
Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:23 PM
I'm trying to figure out what the green thing in Queen Mab is. Maybe osmanthus (common names: tea olive, sweet olive). I read that the blossoms are apricot scented, but it could be more of the plant smell than blossom smell that I'm getting.
Or it might be the Chinese musk. I had issues with Psyche which shares Chinese musk and orchid in common with Queen Mab.
Let's face it, I'm trying to pin the blame on which note messed up Queen Mab for me. :P
Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:30 PM
You know, it might not be any single note in Queen Mab, but a combination of notes. For example, I adore the smell of Queen Mab in the bottle...I think it's sweet and gorgeous. But on me it smells like curry, almost immediately. I know there's no curry in there, but it just happens. I think it's the combination of orchid and sandalwood that does it to me.
Posted 12 November 2004 - 11:36 PM
I started off with an imp of Queen Mab from quantum spice, and I liked it because it was really sweet and sexy on me. Then I got a 10ml with a reduer cap, and it lets out way too much. What seems to happen is that in small doses, Queen Mab retains its sweetness. From my new bottle however, Queen Mab is greener either because the blend is a bit different or because a larger quantity allows the green to come out stronger.
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Posted 16 November 2004 - 05:27 AM
I've got a big bottle on order too--I'm wondering if this is one of those that is best as the scent ages or blends?
The Queen Mab I have in imps is a rich, creamy, luscious floral. I don't generally do florals, but the Queen is *good*
Notice how I even describe florals in food terms?? *sigh*
Posted 16 November 2004 - 05:35 AM
Anyway, have you tried Phantom Queen? It reminds me a lot of Queen Mab. I don't pick out any "green" notes in it. At least, none come out on my skin. I have to admit, I do think I like Queen Mab better, though. Still, it's an option, if you haven't explored it already. :P
This post has been edited by riddel: 26 November 2004 - 09:08 PM
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Posted 17 November 2004 - 01:51 AM
Tart, maybe Medea? On me it dries to be quite wine-y, but... <shrug>
I'll let you know how Queen of Diamonds goes, too.
Posted 18 November 2004 - 12:53 PM