Milk Chocolate, Cassia, and Bacon Lupercalia 2011: Box of Chocolates (1/18/11-3/21/11)
Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:49 AM
OOOOO! I guess I was one of the few brave enough to give this one a try!
In the bottle: mostly I get the cassia with smokey goodness.
On me wet: at first it mostly cassia with the smokey bacon in the background.
Dry: Finally getting the chocolate now that the cassia has died down.
Overall I really like this one! However people with sensitive skin shouldn't use this on delicate areas. I used the back of my hand and the cassia burned my skin a little.
Posted 17 February 2011 - 11:15 PM
Wet on skin: Thick, rich milk chocolate (verging on dark chocolate really), with a sweet bacon/salty note and a little bit of cassia-cinnamon spiciness present as well. It's a mellow, very earthy sort of cinnamon note, unlike anything I sniffed from the lab before! There is a little bit of skin irritation going on with this one (enough to make me REALLY want to itch my wrist), but it's totally worth it for the smell!
After a while: This is really nice, and I'm saying this as a person on whom chocolate doesn't always work. Still getting a whole lot of the rich chocolate, a touch of salty/greasy bacon (sounds gross, but it's SO NOT), and that wonderful earthy cinnamon/cassia. Medium throw, I catch whiffs of it as I type. Unfortunately, this is continuing to irritate my skin, there's now a little red round circle around the application area. not a deal-breaker, but not terribly pleasant.
Important Note: The dark chocolate in the blend does stain the skin a little, and the cassia/cinnamon is a definite irritant, and those sensitive to it might do well to avoid this blend or use it in a scent locket.
Final Verdict: After about an hour and a half or so, all skin irritation fades! Hooray! Scent is staying about the same, an earthy cinnamon and chocolate blend with a little bit of a bacon/savory/saltyness present at the edge.
Rating: 3.75/5 :yum:
If you like this, try: Dark Chocolate and Pepper Smoked Caramel, Feast of the Greatly Revered Ones, Friday the 13th blends, Dark Chocolate Whiskey and Cognac Truffle, Candy Butcher
Using a slightly altered yeahbutnobut review formatting, because it is the epitome of awesome and helpful.
Posted 18 February 2011 - 02:44 AM
As I feared, it doesn't really work on me. The chocolate note barely smells like chocolate. I don't think that I smelled the bacon at all. And something has gone funky plastic on my skin - I suspect it's the cassia, since it seems to have the faintest, cinnamon-y edge to it.
It's a pity that this scent didn't work for me, since I like the bacon chocolate bars.
Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:13 PM
Wet On Skin: The cassia is in full force at this point. As others mentioned, this is an oil that needs to be thoroughly mixed before application. Even doing that, the cassia is still dominant. For the record, my skin is generally sensitive, but I'm relieved to say I am personally getting no reaction from any of the components- whew!
Dry Down: The cassia settles down- but just a bit. This is still a strong cassia/cinnamon-driven scent, and the chocolate is actually less milky than, say, Bliss, and more dark/rich, as in Candy Butcher. The bacon and subsequent smokiness is, alas, only an afterthought on my skin. I was hoping for a far stronger presence than what I'm getting.
In All: A fine chocolate scent, the cassia and chocolate play in a lovely rich way, and if you missed out on MB:Underbed or just really love that scent and wished you'd hoarded it, here's your chance. I lament the missing bacon note, but I'm hoping perhaps it'll show up more after the scent has had a chance to age. In any case, I'm thrilled to have a whole bottle of this and will love it for all it's worth.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:51 PM
Then on my skin, it was awful. Not only did it leave a red spot, it smelled awful. Whatever the bacon accord is, it's terrible on me :( Unlike other reviewers I amp the bacon to the point that it's like Gore Shock took over on me!
Posted 13 March 2011 - 01:18 AM
This post has been edited by GirlinDenial: 18 June 2011 - 11:33 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:06 AM
In bottle: Dry, amazing cassia note with subtle sweetness and a touch of smoke.
Wet: Almost like the cocoa note from Velvet with cassia. Definitely no bacon here, just a hint of smoke that goes surprisingly well with the cassia. For those expecting the cassia to smell like cinnamon it really does not, it is much more of a cuddly wood note as opposed to in your face, bitey, red hots.
Dry: A bit more sweetness popping out but I am not sure I would sniff this and think chocolate unless I was looking at the notes listed. As time goes by the cassia is a little less woody and a bit more reminiscent of cinnamon, only real cinnamon. Not at all like a synthetic cinnamon candy flavoring.
Overall: Still really blown away at how much I love this. I have wanted a nice cinnamon bpal blend for a while and I think I have found it, only with cassia instead. The best way I can describe this is: the scent of those cassia tooth pics from Whole Foods with a pinch of vanilla or cocoa. It does not have a ton of throw and seems to fade pretty quickly, but I am still in love. Very different from any other bpal I have sniffed.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:40 PM
This ends up being a very dry, spice scent on me, almost woody. Fairly masculine, actually.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:27 AM
Wet: Now it's like the bacon and the chocolate are fighting with each other.
The dry-down: It turns into salty goodness, with some chocolate, and then it starts fading away. And now there's a hint of the cassia. It's a skin scent now. Might be good for the scent locket, as I like it best in the bottle.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 06:00 PM
The chocolate here reminds me of Bella Lucce's Peruvian Chocolate Moisturizing Syrup, which is really decadent and lovely.
Cassia is one of those notes that can be overwhelming on my skin, but it's very well-behaved here. It lets the chocolate come out and be an equal partner instead of turning into an aggressive single note spice.
Milk Chocolate, Cassia, and Bacon is the only Lupercalia blend this year that I want a full bottle of. Delicious chocolate syrup and dark spice with that mysterious something underneath it all <3.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:03 AM
Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:53 PM
This post has been edited by Invidiana: 04 April 2011 - 10:54 PM
Posted 05 April 2011 - 09:10 AM
It took a while to mix it all together, but once it was, I tried it.
i like it and I normally don't like BPAL chocolate in blends, especially the milk chocolate note. It always goes nutty on me, which smells bad to me.
The bacon and cassia cut through the chocolate somewhat, much like the BPAL chocolate blend, How Doth the Little Crocodile's wood notes cut the chocolate down from its sugary cocoa fury into something I can manage having on my wrist. The bacon is only woody smoke on me though, no meat note to be had. The cassia does smell like cassia though!
I do like this, I just wouldn't want to mix it all the time. The separation in this blend is a little gross to me and I would worry getting a brown spot on my clothes if I wore a lot of it.
It is a skin burner, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to try it in a locket first.
This post has been edited by Madame Nyx: 05 April 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:38 PM
Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:12 PM
Because of the chocolate and what smells like a wood note, this reminds me a bit of How Doth the Little Crocodile. Except this is a spicier scent.
ETA: The longer this dries down, the more I like it. It has gone from "eh, maybe I'll keep this decant" to "wow, that's really nice." I'm going to wear it for a day and see how it goes.
This post has been edited by filigree_shadow: 22 May 2011 - 02:34 PM
Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:27 PM
Posted 14 May 2013 - 07:47 PM
Initial Wet Application: Holy cripes it actually smells like chocolate bacon! The smokiness is making this an almost over-cooked bacon, but itís still chocolate bacon nonetheless.
Beginning Dry Down (first 15 minutes) & Dry: As it began to dry down thereís a bit of a silky smell in this. However, thereís also something in this thatís...wonky and thus making my nose twitch. I think the cassia is causing the burnt smell and its reminding me of black pepper. Once it dried completely (about 15 minutes in) I was getting a strange, plasticy, lipstick smell underneath it all.
My Reaction: After reading some of the reviews I was concerned that the cassia would cause a rash on my sensitive skin. So far so good though (15 minutes in) and itís only burning my nose like capsaicin does. Thereís definitely a biting, salty quality to this, but Iím not enjoying the burning in my nose. Bonus points for originality, but burning is not cool. If only I could keep the initial wet application smell from all these imps, Iíd be set!
Posted 22 June 2013 - 04:31 PM
Wet on me - The smokiness from the bacon is really strong and oily with the chocolate in the background
Dry on me - The bacon scent does settle down eventually leaving a sort of smoked chocolate sort of scent
Overall - Apparently I amp bacon to high heaven (it lasts as well). There were times when the combination of smoke and grease was actually quite nauseating