Posted 10 March 2004 - 04:05 PM
First sniff: Mmmm… warm, soft and quietly sensual, like being wrapped in a longtime lover’s embrace just to enjoy each other's closeness with no fooling around. There’s a food scent in here too, a spicy/baked-goods sort that I can’t pin down.
Wearing: This scent absolutely screams afterglow to me… not the moment of the rapture in question, but later, when you cuddle up together and you’re all warm and breathless and sleepy in such a good way. I definitely smell rose, but what a rose… warm and velvety like the caress of petals across your skin, a big bold wide-open rose still warm from the sun in the garden, not the little buds from the florist. In that sense it reminds me of the feel of the flowers in Old Venice.
I’m wearing this to bed… we’ll see what sorts of dreams it brings. :P
Posted 18 March 2004 - 05:21 PM
the jasmine in this blend is a lust whore. it begs for attention, screams sex. the rose reins it in, makes it classy, alluring. i can smell a faint sweetness from the mandarins. i agree with shollin - this is afterglow. if there wasn't a rose note, the jasmine would fully dominate, and the scent would be more explicitly sexual, almost intolerably so. it's the rose that gives it the calming afterglowy feel. the scent is very similar to old venice, from which i make my favorite bath salts. but rapture is more wearable because it is a more simple floral combination.
Posted 24 March 2004 - 10:13 PM
dry, it's still a simple floral. lightly balance, so it's not in your face like silentium amoris is.
Posted 25 March 2004 - 12:12 AM
Very nice. Romantic and passionate scent, complex and impulsive. Like new love.
After Wearing It:
Gotta start off by saying that I majorly overapplied this scent. So I was enveloped by a strong cloud of this scent for several hours.
When I first put this on, I was so majorly disappointed. I loved it in the bottle, it was so gorgeous and complex but once on all I could smell was rose and musk. And I'm so not a fan of roses. It reminded me of Spellbound which so didn't work on me. But like always I persisted, hoping I would like it later.
It was the strangest thing as I was working later that night. I bent my head at one point and caught a whiff of this beautiful smell and wondered who the hell it was coming from and what were they wearing. But no one else was around. I was completely bewildered because all I could smell with my head up was that musk and rose scent I'd been smelling for hours. Testing, I bent my head again and there again was that gorgeous scent. Sniffed my wrist, it was there too. It was like all the other notes clung tight to my skin and only the rose and musk traveled farther out.
On my skin, Rapture smelled floral and rosey, but sweet, beautiful and warm too. The jasmine was beautiful and a bit powdery (though in a very good way). And I could have sworn there was some vanilla in there or something similar, but there's nothing on the note list to suggest that. I could smell the myrrh too and it was beautiful. Overall, when I smelled it close up, Rapture smelled much closer to the original smell I love the bottle. I just wish that's what the rest of the "cloud" smelled like.
I need to experiment to find a way to work because the "good" part of the scent is just so addicting. And nonffensive to anyone else like me who is not too fond of rose scents.
Posted 02 April 2004 - 03:55 AM
I was surprised, you see, because I don't care for jasmine, and I got a very strong hit of the musk when I sniffed out of the bottle.
The mandarin is a big part of why this works, I think, as is the myrhh. They're such opposites, with the sweet sparkle and the bitter incense working with each other to bind the rose, jasmine, and musk together in a workable fashion, much to my delight.
Jasmine is never going to be something I care for, but that aside, this is really lovely. It smells like a lightly powdery, lightly floral, and very feminine perfume mixed with a softer, mascuine musk scent; very definitely a two-bodies-rubbing-against-each-other combination kind of smell.
I may order a bottle in spite of the jasmine note, if that tells you anything about how good it is. :P
Posted 07 April 2004 - 01:36 PM
Posted 16 April 2004 - 03:03 AM
BUT THEN... Rapture does what all my favorite BPAL scents do: its settles in on my skin so well that it smells natural. Like I wake up smelling like that. This is so pretty and feminine - a warm, easy floral. Sigh. The jasmine still stands out a little more than everything else, but the rose, musk, myrrh & rest take the edge off the jas and create a little mystery.
As with all BPAL, don't judge this one straight out of the bottle.
Posted 16 April 2004 - 12:45 PM
It layers over O.N.E beautifully. The two jasmines seem to hold hands and dance together well, with the rose floating over the top. The background of honeysuckle in O.N.E seems mellowed by the rose notes and all together it's made for a very beautifully scented spring day :D
ADDED June 3:
I was expecting the rose to be lot more prominent in this: I love Pride and Old London so was looking forward to another rose-attack.
The rose definitely takes a back seat. The jasmine is a lot more noticeable on me than the rose is, and after a couple of hours this mellows to something that I'm sure is just odd on me: it smells of freshly baked bread!
It's a curious scent, but not a favourite. I have enjoyed wearing it though. Not just a perfume, an experience :P
This post has been edited by Shollin: 06 December 2004 - 08:13 PM
Posted 29 April 2004 - 02:18 PM
Second Impression: The jasmine is subtle, perfectly subtle and doesn't take over the whole scent. The rose is subtle as well, with the musk being the backbone.
Final Analysis: I loved this more the longer I wore it. I don't get huge, lush roses, more of petals blowing on a breeze. The musk keeps this warm floral from being flowery and innocent. Sexy, sexy, sexy.
Posted 29 April 2004 - 03:23 PM
Posted 05 May 2004 - 09:49 PM
I got Rapture in a swap together with Old Venice, and I agree with Shollin, these two oils have a lot in common. To me Rapture smells like a darker, bolder, nighttime version of Old Venice. I love it.
I will update after I wear it.
Posted 13 May 2004 - 04:25 AM
So it smelled poopy.
The mysterious alchemy that is BPAL started to happen. The longer I wore it, the more I liked it, until after about two hours, I have to say, this one knocks my socks off. To me, this is as fine a perfume as any French perfume house ever put out. Sophisticated, feminine, sexy but not in a flashy, flirty way, more in an experienced woman, understated, way.
I like it so much I'm not going to wear it around the boy. If he shrugged this one off, I really think I might get upset.
Gorgeous, and maybe just for my very own pleasure.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 05:34 PM
Hm, some slight honeysuckle-y notes are coming out as it dries, making it a bit crisper/juicier, which is what I thought it was lacking. I might like this after all!
eta: it dries down to a faint, powdery jasmine. I did enjoy this, it has better staying power on me than a lot of the oils, and it smells to me like very expensive traditional French perfume. A little too perfumey and not foody enough for my tastes, but lovely.
This post has been edited by Ms. MSGirl: 20 May 2004 - 10:01 PM
Posted 20 June 2004 - 08:40 PM
Posted 04 July 2004 - 05:15 PM
Oh dear, loads of jasmine. I hope it mellows out.
Thankfully the jasmine isn't so strong once it's on my skin. I hate to make so many comparisons but this reminds me of a less green version of The Caterpillar. I'm surprised the rose is so quiet. I keep thinking I do smell the bergamot but I am drinking Lady Grey at the moment so it may be that.
After a While
The scent is very quiet now all round. Orangey rose tea. Very nice. 6 hours on I can only smell it on my right wrist.
Another lovely blend. It's not a must have for me but I would consider a bigger bottle and certainly further imps. I will search out more jasmine blends now I think I'm OK with them once they have dried down.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 06:34 PM
In the bottle, this is lovely. Rich and gentle at the same time. I felt transported to a small outdoor café, sitting in a square surrounded by flowers, watching beautiful people walk past. It was wonderful.
On my skin, it remained gorgeous. The jasmine definitely overtakes the rose, but the scent is still complex enough to remain interesting. The dry down was nearly perfect, although a touch too sweet for my taste. To me, it is a very feminine scent without being over the top. It is perfect for warm weekend days when I feel like wearing pretty skirts and dresses instead of shorts or tank tops.
In the end, that extra sweetness will keep me from ordering a larger bottle, but I will likely use up my imp.
Posted 21 August 2004 - 12:20 AM
If I hadn't seen it listed in the notes, I'd never have guessed that there is rose in here. The jasmine and myrrh are by far the strongest notes on me. The first few hours, I'm in my own little cloud of jasmine, and finally the myrrh takes over, making me feel candylike.
I feel womanly, rather than feminine.
Posted 28 August 2004 - 03:59 AM
In the imp: I think this smells very good - floral, but warm and sort of...round. That's what comes to my mind for me anyway, that it's sort of a rounded scent and that's why it's not overwhelmingly floral to me. It seems to start in one place, and arch up and around, and come back to where it was in the first place - if that makes any sense. It's sort of a floral-spiceysweet-floral arch.
On me: the first few minutes are what I like best when I wear this scent. It's still floral, but very spicey, warm and also sweet in a calming way. It's not cloying or sharp. I think I'm probably smelling the jasmine at this point, and the bergamot underneath. It's delicious.
After a while: It's still very nice, but this is when I start to like it a bit less. It sharpens and takes a slight turn towards...something that makes me feel sneezy. It's still warm, and still not cloying, but it's a little too sharply floral and kind of soapy on me. I like it though, and I will definitely be using up this imp. It's not a dramatic change, but it's a bit of a shame anyway since I like the first few minutes so much!
Posted 24 September 2004 - 05:22 PM
Posted 18 October 2004 - 08:50 PM
Swiped across wrists and along collarbone.
Initial Wet (8-8:30am): Roses and jasmine, with an underlying thickness. Very sensual.
Initial Dry (8:30-10am): The jasmine takes a front seat while the roses and that thickness surround it. Indeed, this is still quite sensual. It is difficult to detect any specifics under the jasmine as they blend rather well, but I know they are there. The other notes are just this thick blanket surrounding the jasmine.
Throughout the Day (10am-on): This softens considerably. The underlying thickness is actually quite a lovely backdrop to the fading jasmine and mild rose.
Hmmm … no headache. I was very leery to try this scent due to the fact that I had thought that I was allergic to myrrh. After both Chimera and Nyx gave me awful headaches – and the only note that appeared in both was myrrh. *shrugs* Mayhaps there is something else present in those two scents … mayhaps I can start looking for scents with myrrh in them, as I am quite pleased that I am not getting a headache here. :P
It is a long-lasting scent, as it is still present as I leave work. Overall, a rather pleasant scent, but not one that stands out to me – so off to the swap pile.
Posted 31 October 2004 - 08:25 PM
I adore all the notes, except jasmine-- I'm not usually nuts about jasmine, and it is one of those "soapy" smells to me. So, of course, this, on me, smells like nothing but jasmine. I can't get the roses, the musk, or anything else.
Off to swaps...
Posted 02 November 2004 - 06:02 AM
Posted 22 November 2004 - 04:04 PM
This seems to smell a lot like Virgo, I'll really have to do a comparison between the two because they seem so similar. The only thing that Rapture seems to be missing is the patchouli note, which makes it lighter, yet still not "light."
When I run out of the two bottles of Virgo I have on order (eek!), I'll likely turn to Rapture. For now, though, I'll rock the imp well.
Posted 27 November 2004 - 04:28 AM
Posted 29 November 2004 - 08:36 PM
Wet: more jasmine
Dry: yet still more jasmine
Verdict: I really need to steer clear of jasmine in oils: my skin grabs on to it and amps it up, and it's really not my favourite scent to start with. This is not as overwhelming as Black Widow on me but it's ultimately disappointing - all the other notes sound lovely and they're completely drowned by the jasmine :P