Elizabeth of Bohemia Lupercalia 2012: Love Poems
Posted 30 January 2012 - 11:36 PM
Elizabeth of Bohemia is kind of what I was wanting out of The Rose -- it's a little dark, a little playful, and pure rose beauty. It stays close to the skin (at least on me) and smells so amazingly like both dried and fresh roses at the same time. Wet is where it's really a playful, dewy scent, and as it dries the more mature, slightly dark air emerges. Three hours and it's still just as gorgeous as when I first put it on. I really adore this and could see it being worn any time of the year. While I still like The Rose very much, this one makes me think of red and white roses all woven into Elizabeth's hair like a queen's crown.
If you're a rose lover, this one really delivers. :wub2:
Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:22 PM
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:27 PM
The resinous scent under this rose is very cloying, and in fact this smells exactly like the time I had a brilliant but short-lived idea to make my own rose-scented gel candles. Elizabeth smells exactly like that, very much an in-your-face I AM A FAKE THING BUT I SMELL LIKE ROSE! scent. So though the rose is deep and lush and lovely there is a sort of chemical undertone that just ruins it.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:58 AM
In The Bottle: I'm getting the dried rose scent that came up so strongly for me in Crypt Queen, but without the black under note of musk that ruined that scent for me. so already, I'm liking this.
Wet On Skin: I can see what was meant by this scent having the remarkable ability to smell like fresh and dried roses at the same time. It's seems to be traipsing back and forth between the two states of being every few second- I'm curious to see which side it lands on!
Dry Down: A deep, fresh red rose is the winner!
In All: Solid medium throw, this rose has the freshness of a Real Live Plant but with a depth to it. I can easily picture being in a stuff drawing room in the late 1890's, one where the lace curtains are never pulled back, let alone windows being opened- and the only thing to freshen the air is an enormous bouquet of freshly cut very deeply red roses. That's this scent.
Glad to have a bottle.
Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:52 PM
This is all dark deep "purple/black" rose...but I don't smell any oude and I was hoping to smell it. I'm glad to have a decant of this, but it isn't what I was hoping for. Oh well!
Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:43 PM
Since I take any small dabs of rose and turn myself into a giant, pirouetting, lush, petal emanating naked rose singularity, radiating beams of rose directly into the cribriform plates of all passerby, this has achieved its purpose.
It's frankly quite stunningly a pure, lush, rose, similar to Yvaine's rose but without the snappy sharp clove. I don't really detect oude, but oude is probably providing some kind of thrumming that my roseevent horizon has enveloped in its thorny embrace.
Please stay at least 16 feet away from me while I have this on, or you too may end up part of the petal collective.
ROSISTANCE IS FUTILE.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:54 AM
Note to Rose lovers : Buy this immediately. This is the best rose ever. Not lying.
This post has been edited by stellamaris: 28 February 2012 - 04:14 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:09 PM
Aaaaanyway- my decant arrived today. I was a little meh on the lupers, but gave some a try.
What a surprise! Liz of Bohemia is NOT the dark, resinous rose I was anticipating. The rose portion is light, almost lemony. It is very intensely rose, don't get me wrong. But it is more of the white/yellow/pink variety or a very innocent red. Not a deep burgandy/purple that looks like it could drip blood.
The oude gives it a slightly incense smoke background. I keep imagining the incense smoke twining to the heavens in wispy little tendrils rather than fogging up a closed room.
It doesn't seem possible that an intense rose with a sticky black resin could meld into a clean, light, uplifting, feminine fragrance, but they do.
Now before I remembered that my skin is quite sensitive to BPAL rose, I slathered this all over my wrists and neck. The next 24 hours will tell if I break out in itchy bumps. ETA: NO RASH!?!?!!!! Awesome, but why do i get rashy with the other rose scents I have?
If it stays nice through the dry-down, this is worth a full bottle purchase. I don't like to have lots of similar scents, so two or three versions of rose are what I am looking for. Considering how many beautiful rose themes Beth makes, it says a lot that I choose this to be among my purchases.
This post has been edited by ih8perfume: 24 February 2012 - 10:58 PM
Posted 24 February 2012 - 09:15 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:38 PM
I found that just after a few minutes, this turns into a very strong, hostile, pungent rose. Burnt rose actually. It has crossed the line, damnit.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:34 AM
I love it. It starts out a full voluminous red rose, heavy with dew then it develops a darker scent like a good oud should. Slightly dark and smokey, yet woody and almost lemony. That's the thing with ouds, depending on where the source oil is from, or what it is trying to mimic, it can smell smoky and dark or bright and uplifting. This is sort of in the middle of both of those feelings.
The rose is all-natural smelling on my skin too, a bit loud and brassy, but better that than a shy violet. I even smell some of the rose greenery, but maybe that is the uplifting oud.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 07:22 PM
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:48 PM
Wet: Mostly the agarwood, with whiffs of the pink rose.
The dry-down: The rose, and it's still a pink rose on me, is trying to break through the agarwood's resins, but not really succeeding. This is interesting, because I usually amp rose.
Later: Slowly, this has come together as a rose oude scent, but it's not a dark rich or red rose, but a lighter rose, like a pink rose (not a tea rose, though). It's nice now, but takes a while to get there. A decant is plenty.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:49 PM
On my skin it's still hair removal cream with lots of sour rose. Do not want.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:10 AM
It is such a lovely rose from bottle through dry-down and beyond. Not too strong or overbearing, not too light, just a nice, rich rose. The Obsidian Widow is rose and incense, and London is more like a tea rose--lighter and crisp. But this reminds me of a Mr. Lincoln rosebush (rich, blood red grandiflora, longer stem, with a lush fragrance with a hint of lemon to it) that I had 14 years ago. The second year I had it, it had a perfect, single bloom at Halloween. It was truely magical. And Elizabeth of Bohemia is what it smelled like.
Many thanks to Beth and the BPAL staff for another wonderful memory in a bottle! :wub2:
Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:58 AM
This may need to be one of those roses. It's a quieter rose on me, kept in check by the oud. By the second hour it's very woody with a hint of resin and a non-overwhelming amount of rose. Very well balanced, and I think it'll only get better with age as the oud note deepens.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:47 PM
This isn't quite what I would think of as a true to life rose. It is definitely more of a perfume rose since it is missing that slight hint of greenness that I associate with roses straight from the garden
Posted 21 March 2012 - 09:07 AM
In the imp: The oil is clear and a light yellow color. The fragrance is heavenly - a beautiful rose note with a hint of woodiness.
On me, wet: The same. The woodiness gives the rose a musty, almost mildewy aspect. That sounds bad, but it isn't. It's like finding your grandmother's dried wedding bouquet in a wooden chest in a basement. Beautiful, antique, full of memories.
After 10 minutes: Mostly rose. I'm not getting much of the oude at the moment.
After 20 minutes: Back to the woody/musty rose.
After 30 minutes: No change.
Just as we might expect from a blend that contains only two ingredients, the fragrance remains rather consistent. It is long-lasting and stays the same for many hours after the initial drydown.
After 11 hours, I can still smell the perfume on my wrist. The oude has evaporated first, and the scent is now a soft but clear single-note rose.
Verdict: A beautiful and long-lasting perfume for rose lovers. I don't like the old-rose fragrance quite as much as I do other, fresh-cut, rose blends, but only slightly less. I do love this and will purchase a full vial.
My rating: 5 stars
Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:27 PM
Well, really, does it matter what color it is? This is ROSE, and something that smells almost like a jasmine overlay.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:43 AM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:23 PM
Like 98% harsh, chemical-y rose and 2% something dark and smoky.
And it gets worse and worse the longer it sits on my skin, turning sharper and more harsh smelling. It starts to give me a headache and that weird nosebleed feeling after a while. And it has tons of throw and vicious staying power on me, unfortunately.
I find Peacock Queen to be softer, smoother and easier to wear for a simple rose perfume (and The Rose for more of a fresh rose scent). This might be my least favorite of bpal's roses, actually. Sharp, intensely sour, and harsh...
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:09 PM