Posted 16 December 2010 - 11:09 PM
I just got this in the mail today, so it hasn't fully had 24 hours yet to recover from the mailing. If anything changes, I will definitely come back and write an update! ;)
On the skin: So far the dark musk hasn't taken over. Yay! It usually turns to instant sweet powder on my skin and makes all blends with it smell the same to me. I can smell the dark musk though. The rest is just a blend. I think I am mostly smelling apple blossom, the amber, and a muskiness. Not sure what rhubarb smells like, so I don't know if I can smell it. At the beginning there was a slight edge to this scent that smelled slightly... sharp/sour, but it has faded already. Now it is a sweet muskiness. No hint of leather or patchouli that I can smell.
Just a lovely, sweet muskiness. Not candy sweet, though.
I am definitely going to have to try this again!
Posted 21 December 2010 - 02:34 AM
Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:28 PM
Sniff: sour, pungent, slightly peppery. I have no idea what rhubarb smells like, so not sure I can pick it out. thereís definitely something musky, and a little earthy patchouli. Iím actually turned off by the initial whiff, but letís see how this plays on the skinÖ
Wet: More earthy and musky. A bit spicy too.
Dry: Ah, now weíre talking! The earth and musk settle down, maybe due to the amber? There's a pleasant slight tart. When I sniff my arm, I feel like a villainess, which kind of contradicts the name, but this is too dark of a scent to not feel a bit evil. A shadowy figure behind a window pane, belted leather trenchcoat, plotting her next moveÖ
Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:22 PM
Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:54 PM
Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:01 AM
Ten minutes in, and Heroine is mostly apple blossom (sweet, bright, with a slight tartness) and the skin musk which is also slightly sweet. Twenty minutes in, and I can detect just a hint of the rhubarb - the leather is also peeking in just a teensy bit.
For me, Heroine strikes its best point after about half an hour - that's when the darker notes come out and balance the brightness of the apple blossom. Now I can smell the patchouli and the leather much better, and the skin musk has pretty much disappeared.. the dark musk has taken its place. The amber has also made an appearance, again cutting down the sweetness of the apple blossom and adding a dusky feel to the fragrance. The aged leather is particularly nice - it's not bitter or sharp, it's very smooth and soft. Sadly, the rhubarb really isn't present.. and also I'm not picking up any petitgrain here at all.
This really is a beautiful blend, I don't recall any BPAL quite like it and the combination of notes here is really interesting with the sweet/dark balance. I think it will be interesting to see what it's like in a few months' time - I think that some aging might tone down the apple blossom a little - to me, that's what Heroine needs.. I'd like the darker notes to come out a bit more but overall this is quite lovely.
Posted 03 January 2011 - 12:32 AM
I don't get any amber, patchouli, leather, or dark musk.
What I get instead is a tart sweetness with what is probably white musk and/or a sugar note. It reminds me most of my memory of Zephyr, though with slightly more oomph, a tinge of spice that is probably coming from the hint of petitgrain, plus a tinge of tartness from the rhubarb & sweetness which might be from the apple blossom.
It is really pretty, and I wonder if aging it will give it even more oomph.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:30 PM
Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:58 PM
A lot lighter than expected and more wearable. Hmmm. Do I need to hunt down a partial now?
ETA: I find that my bottle of Heroine did not smell like the imp. I get apple blossom, hints of rhubarb, leather, and amber. Its fairly 'cologney' on wet, and then dries to a warmer amber/leather blend. On the other hand, on those days that I *need* to kick butt, Heroine is an invigorating blend. To me, its like the perfume equivalent of a leather jacket. You put it on, and you're ready to take on the day.
This post has been edited by zankoku_zen: 14 September 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:01 PM
Like everyone else, I figured that something with patchouli, dark musk, and leather would be pretty dark, but this totally isn't. It smells mostly like fruit with a soft musk behind it. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:39 AM
SOOOO relieved this is going to be around for a bit, so I can see my way clear to the $26 for it.
This post has been edited by LadyMedb: 11 January 2011 - 12:42 AM
Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:21 PM
In the bottle it's bright, though there is a bit of darkness way in the background. I'm mostly getting the rhubarb and the petitgrain, though. On, it's almost all rhubarb for the first 10-15 minutes. It actually is a little lemon verbena-y. Anyway, it starts to get less tart as time goes on, and I'm guessing that's due to the patchouli and musk. I'm definitely getting a hint of leather waaaay in the back, too. It's dry now, and it's very soft and sweet, but that darkness is still sticking around in the background. Not quite what I was expecting, but I do really like it! It's definitely very wearable.
ETA: I'm doing a full wear today, and I'm finding that the rhubarb, mixed with one of the other notes (not quite sure which one. Maybe petitgrain?), is creating an almost herbal feel. I actually really like it, as it cuts back on the tartness of the rhubarb. I stand my my previous statement: really wearable, really pretty.
This post has been edited by plainjean: 15 January 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:25 AM
Dry: Rhubarb pie. I smell delicious but I don't need a bottle of this one thankfully.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:10 AM
I'll have to try this one again, to see if it morphs the same way. I like a little intrigue with my scents, as long as every stage still smells good!
Posted 07 February 2011 - 06:45 PM
Here's what I get: tart, astringent rhubarb (it's hard to describe that smell if you've never eaten rhubarb -- it's very bracing, sort of sharply red fruity-vegetal), with slight citrus-y overtones, followed up by a soft, faint, pale musk. I smell no amber, patchouli, or dark musk whatsoever; there's mayyyybe poooossssibly just a tiny hint of leather if I talk my brain into interpreting it that way.
I *slathered* this oil, and still didn't get any of the alleged heavier notes... and after an hour or two, it was like I'd never put anything on. Even my sweater didn't carry any scent, which is unprecedented for me with BPAL!
I'm working with a decant, so it's possible I'm not getting the scent as intended -- but it's pretty striking that so many of these reviews are saying the same thing! I really am almost convinced that something funky happened with the mixing, because I just can't believe there's actually patchouli and amber (two of my all-time favorite BPAL notes) here. Bizarre.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:29 AM
OMG :thud: , wet, is what I expected: Light amber and petit grain, yaii!! It's wonderful. Aroma clean and full of light.
I think this will be a new favorite for me. :wub2: :wub2: :wub2:
Eta: :huh?: smell does not last more than two hours :cry2:
This post has been edited by Melenass: 16 March 2011 - 05:12 PM
Posted 20 March 2011 - 06:48 AM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:35 PM
On: Very pretty. Light, sweet, and a bit floral.
1 hour in: Powdery, tart blossoms. A cute scent.
3 hours in: I don't know if it's the rhubarb, the apple blossom, or a combination of the two, but this is just bright and cheery and fruity and powdery and fun.
6.5 hours in: Powdery and cheery. I really like this.
Overall: This might be bottle-worthy.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:56 AM
On skin: Oooh, this is fascinating! This top note of Heroine is light, seems a bit fruity or vegetal but not in any familiar way -- so it must be rhubarb coloured with apple blossom and maybe petitgrain. A bright top note clearly darkened by deeper notes: smoothed by leather, warmed and fuzzed by amber and skin musk, and slightly glowing from patchouli. A full-bodied scent that's simultaneously bright and dark; it smells darker on my skin than in the decant. Heroine would score higher points with me if it did not gradually develop a thin sourness that spoils whatever complexity and depth it had at first. Thankfully this sourness morphs in and out over time and never completely dominates, but this morphing is just ruining the blend for me. Boooo.
Verdict: Sigh, Heroine started off so promisingly but ended up being spoiled by this mysterious sourness. This has happened before with certain other blends, and I haven't been able to pinpoint which note(s) are causing this. Alas, I wish this beautiful scent wasn't so sullied!
Posted 23 June 2011 - 11:01 PM
Posted 17 July 2011 - 06:02 PM
In the imp: sharp, cologne-soaked rhubarb and a hint of leather.
Wet on skin: sharp green-red rhubarb and maybe some apple.
Dry on skin: this one is interesting. This is a sharp, piercing scent, with the rhubarb and petitgrain leading the way, giving this scent a cologne like top note, but because this is rhubarb, this is a much more intriguing cologne than usual. The skin musk is probably the sharp, slightly lemony variety thatís in Velvet Nudie, I think thatís enhancing the tangy rhubarb. I think I also smell some apple blossom, but thereís also a deep green scent to all of this. I canít smell the dark notes or the amber yet.
After a while: whoa, this has changedÖjust look at (or smell?) that Nepalese amber go, go, go! Itís all about the amber now, and this is the same incredible amber from LíEstate. In fact, the whole thing smells like LíEstate to me, the same slightly lemony, musky, gloriously warm, spicy and reddened amber, with a hint of Liberty (the apple blossom). I canít really smell leather, patchouli or dark musk though, just amber and fruity rhubarb. Actually the more I smell it, the more I smell dark musk-itís gentle and not as heavy as usual, this is the dark musk that isnít very sweet, but it is very sexy.
Verdict: in the same vein as Boadicea and Liz, this is feminine yet feisty and smells absolutely fantastic. At first it has a sharp, attention grabbing tangy perfumed scent thanks to petitgrain and rhubarb, but then it softens and transforms into glorious amber stained red with rhubarb juice. The musk and leather add a nice deep undertone without getting in the way, the apple blossom adding a very subtle hint of floral. I love this; it makes me feel confident when I wear it. Excuse the cheesy pun but I have to admit Iím a Heroine addict now!
Is it a keeper? definitely. I may use up my bottle very fastÖ
If you like this, try: Boadicea, Liz, LíEstate, Liberty, Motley, The Shadowy and the Sublime, Amaterasu v3 (warning: rare!)
Posted 08 August 2011 - 09:37 PM
Reading the notes, I really, really want this one to work. It sounds divine, and I love the name, too!
On, I'm surprised by how light this is... I was really expecting something darker, though now that I look at the other reviews my surprise is clearly not unusual. My initial on-the-skin reaction was to literally say, "Oh, wow..." It's so sweet and light and a little foody (in the fruity sense, not the bakery sense). Not something I'd usually go for, but lovely anyway.
A few minutes later I am less impressed. Lemon Zinger tea, is that you? Whyyyy? But wait! Apple blossom, you say? But where are my musks and leather and amber and my beloved BPAL patchouli?
Drying down, Heroine is fading away. I think the skin musk is amping a little bit, because this doesn't smell the same as when a blend is just disappearing. Fingers crossed for a little magic morphing.
Hmmm. I want to like her. I really do-- but I don't, at least not now. I actually predict that she will really come into her own as she ages... I think she'll deepen and the rhubarb and apple blossom will fade a bit. However, I'm not convinced enough to buy a bottle to age (would rather get some favorites to age instead).
I'm going to keep the imp and try again in a month or two; give her another chance to show me her tough side. I do think if she's threatened with discontinuation I would bit the bullet and nab a bottle. I really believe she could blend into something marvelous someday.
It's like she is a budding wannabe adventurer right now, all fresh-faced and determined to spread good in the world without knowing the cost that can have. She's all mama's apple and rhubarb pie and with a touch of the dust of the road in her hair. After a while she'll gain more experience, kill some monsters, live the tough life of a heroine on the road. Only then might she become a true, bad-ass heroine smelling of leather and patchouli and musk--all the while keeping the essence of that innocent, wrong-righting girl she started out as!
Posted 23 October 2011 - 06:26 PM
Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:31 PM
wet on my skin: lemon pledge. whew. i smell super shiny and clean!
dry on my skin: 15 minutes in, it is still VERY lemony to me, but it's becoming more distinctly rhubarb now. 30 minutes in...still lemony, but i'm finding some petitgrain now. and inhaling deeply, i'm catching some musk. no patchouli, amber or leather yet...keeping my fingers crossed that they'll show. those notes were why i picked up a bottle. 45 minutes in...still super light and citrusy. i'm trying not to sweat it too much...this just arrived today, so i'll think i'll give it a few days/weeks and try it again. as arrow mentioned, it feels like it has great potential, so i'm not going to give up on it entirely.
Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:20 PM