Venusian Phoenix BPAL 10 year anniversary, 2012
Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:20 PM
This is a remarkable scent--if you like CB: I Love Perfumes, this will be right up your alley. You can literally smell each individual scent: the red rose is the strongest in the bottle and on first application, but little by little, each individual note comes out to take a bow--the lemon verbena, the tomato leaf, the apple blossom, oh, there's the rose mint...sweet cherry. They are like musicians warming up pre-symphony. It is a very complex and morphing and subtle perfume.
It is not for me, but as I said--there will be people who can't get enough.
My first first review.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:54 PM
It smells like my favorite Saison beer, IO which is all hibiscus and flowers. Perfectly tart and flowery. Girly with a slight edge to keep it from being all flowers.
It's very faint, but in a good way. It would be overpowering as a strong scent. A lovely blend for cool summer days.
This post has been edited by Mechanical Death: 06 December 2012 - 08:55 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:46 PM
Initially, the verbena came across strongest but on application the sweet roses come to the forefront. Pink and yellow roses, creamy and light. The mint and tomato leaf seem to provide some herbal grounding. Almost no throw, nose to wrist. But perfectly lovely and well-suited for occasions where you want to smell clean and pretty without overwhelming those around you.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:25 AM
This starts out with a bright red rose and very sweet cherry. The cherry is almost almondy at the beginning. After a while the cherry settles down and it stops smelling like almonds. The rose in this is a juicy kind of rose - it doesn't turn powdery on me like some roses can. This eventually dries down to be a sweet, fruity rose scent mixed with the lemon verbena. The lemon verbena does become quite strong after about 10-15 minutes, there are times when I think it almost dominates the rose. It's generally a 50/50 mix between the fruity rose and lemon verbena on me - I guess my skin must amp it. Overall, this is a nice, bright, sunny kind of scent.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:51 AM
In the bottle: Rose, cherry, mint, tonka or something else vanilla-ish. Very cheerful and pretty.
Wet: Strong sweet rose at first, then softening into cherry-almond fruitiness. There's something in it a little bitter and sticky-resinous, maybe the tomato leaf? No detectable vetiver and very little floral besides the rose. It started off with that questionable note I often get when lemon verbena is involved, like some kind of light musk gone wrong, but that went away pretty quickly.
One hour: A cheerful rose-cherry-sandalwood on me, made more complex by a dry floral and just a touch of something like vanilla. More rose than fruit, and a lively sandalwood/spice base.
Three and a half hours: This has become a soft rose scent with a touch of fruit and sandalwood. There is something so straightforward about its honest, perky, youthful appeal.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:55 PM
Oh, I see you brought some friends, and they seem like interesting people! Come in, there's plenty of cookies for everyone.
Why are you the only one coming in? Oh, you're THAT rose. The one from Ysabel. Ulterior motive, extreme rose. Like, REI-equipped, climb up the sheer face of the flatirons, overpowering red, red, big, giant blossomy rose. You are like the rose at the party who no one can get a word in edgewise.
Oh, wait! I am getting to know your friend, lemon verbena!
... and like most lemons/verbenas it's just you two, chattering away like the Real Perfume Notes of Beverly Hills Reunion with Andy Cohen, Yet Another Snarky Jerky Gay Host. Neither of you wants to give up on my skin, but both of you are vying for the top.
I can't smell much else. And I'm tired, like an inadvertent peripheral person in a Real Housewives show, picked up by the camera, awkwardly smiling while some kind of hot mess occurs next to them.
No... no. Not for me.
ETA: Yar, and apple blossom is there, but it's like the not-quite-as-tragic supporting Housewife, but still dramatic and not a good match.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:46 PM
I smell Spellbound roses here, very nice.
This post has been edited by stellamaris: 21 December 2012 - 03:47 PM
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:16 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:28 PM
Fresh on, I got this happy cherry hibiscus with rose undertones. Not bad, considering I can't do cherry or rose. But then demure rose started shouting and making a scene. It smelled... rosey. Sort of a cheap rose... no other notes to be found. It shouldn't disappoint me because it was a long shot. Oh well, I tried.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:36 PM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:59 PM
As the oil warms on my skin, it blooms. I get a soft rose, a very slight coolness from the rose mint, and I can smell the tomato leaf, normally a note I don't like at all but here it provides an earthiness to ground everything beautifully. If I concentrate, I think I detect cherry's stickiness, but only just. I do not pick out any other individual notes, they just continue to meld into a wonderfully complex close-to-the-skin scent. It's soft and fresh, masterfully blended, and I don't have anything else like it in my collection.
Venus is my ruling planet, and I think this is an exquisite representation of it. The label art is absolutely gorgeous, too.
This post has been edited by OctoberGwen: 05 January 2013 - 01:01 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:40 AM
Wet: First applied, the apple blossom is stronger than in the bottle. It mingles with the sweet cherry and hibiscus as the tomato leaf vetiver, and red rose settle as mid notes.
Dry: Verbena, vetiver, apple blossom, , rose, and cherry are left after 30 minutes. The throw is somewhat weak, but it's a pleasant scent.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:34 PM
sniffed from the bottle, it smells oddly almost like spearmint tea. almost. i'm thinkin' that's the lemon verbena, which seems to be the overwhelming scent i get out of this.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:52 PM
This is a pretty, complex 'pink' rose blend.
Pretty, pink, roses.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:14 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:37 PM
Wet: To my delight, the rose is a mere background hint and the lemon verbena is front and center. I also get something sweet and sugary and a hint of herbal... perhaps the tomato leaf?
Dry: Sugared rose petals and lemon verbena. It's quite pretty but not at all for me.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:43 PM
Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:40 AM