A Thought from Propertius Lupercalia 2013 (1/24/13–4/1/13)
Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:13 PM
Thoughts before testing: This was an instant unsniffed bottle purchase. I absolutely adore each of the three notes listed, but I am slightly concerned that the "touch" of cayenne won't be enough to cut the super sweetness of honey and apricot.
Wet: Oh my god. This is fabulous. It's very much like March Hare, minus the sweet clove and plus the spiciness of cayenne. March Hare is one of my all-time top 10 blends, but at first sniff, I like this better. The cayenne pepper is more interesting than the sweet clove, and I think the addition of the honey is making this more unique. The honey and apricot aren't cloyingly sweet, and they're balanced nicely by the spice of the pepper.
Dry down: The sweetness has backed off considerably and now it's a nice spicy/sweet scent. It's harder to pick out each individual note, but this is really beautiful.
Dry: The beautiful spicy and sweet melding has stayed consistent from the dry down to several hours into the wear time.
Final thoughts: So. Much. LOVE. Seriously. This wore for about 5 hours before I needed to really try and smell it. The throw is decent, but definitely not overpowering. I just don't even have enough words for how much I love this blend. I love that it's not a typical "fruity" perfume; it smells much more sophisticated and interesting to my nose, and I can't recommend it highly enough!
Verdict: Hoarding :D
Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:43 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:02 PM
Maybe I'm losing it, who knows. But this is a foody scent to me, and it's good. I can sniff out the apricot, which gives it a nice fruity twist. But light fruity cheesecake. Hm.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:14 AM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:59 PM
I am disappoint.
eta further dry down: The cinnamon scent does settle down and it ends up smelling kind of like The Vine with cinnamon. 3 or so hours after application it mostly smells like pure honey.
This post has been edited by SadariEvenstar: 17 February 2013 - 12:07 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:27 PM
As it dries down, I get a stronger sweet apricot, but it stays delicate, and the cayenne becomes more prominent. It's wonderful -- the cayenne keeps this from becoming entirely sweet, fruity, and springlike.
After it's been on a while, the honey gets stronger and more dominant. It never get powdery or musky, but it smells more like honey, and the apricot and cayenne fade.
It's a very pretty scent, and lasts a lot longer than I'd thought it might. I think it will be good when I want something that celebrates spring, but with that touch of pepper it keeps it from being too pristine.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:02 PM
Dry: still sweet but a little apricot and cayenne are starting to come through.
I was excited to try this and purchased this unsniffed. All three ingredients are favorites for me and if apricot is in one of Beth' s creations, I will buy it. This really a very light, soft, blend and can be worn anytime or place. The longer I wore it, the more defined the different scents became but at the same time blending together beautifully. Personally, I would have liked it to be a touch more spicy, but that's just me. Lasts hours!
Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:30 AM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:36 AM
Wet: This is the Ronin-style honey, thick and strong. The apricot smells not like apricot, quite, but I can't pick out what it DOES smell like, and I don't get cayenne pepper at ALL. More of a nondescript potpourri smell, inoffensive and pleasant, but BPAL shouldn't remind me of 'inoffensive potpourri.'
I think I can almost see the 'cheesecake' comparison Balame made. The apricot note's got a tang to it, an almost dairy tang. The generic potpourriness recedes as it dries... pretty, simple. I'll keep this one for aging purposes. I often have a kitchen-sink effect with so many notes in one perfume, so this nice, simple apricot honey scent (as it is in the drydown) is refreshing.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:50 AM
Wet in the bottle, it's herbal honey, crisp, clean fruit, and a hint of spiciness I wouldn't call peppery as much as just spicy. It doesn't burn the nose at all, but it leaves a pleasant little tingle at the back of it.
When I first put it on my skin, I got that same hint of cinnamon another reviewer mentioned, the pepper blending with the other notes to give that impression. There was also some creaminess under the fruit and honey, much like with The Vine.
Dry down and beyond is where this really shines. The cayenne holds its own and develops more of its true identity. It's a spiciness that prevents the other notes from running away into cloying territory. It's fresh and summery, much more of a floral than a foody fruit. The honey stays sweet without becoming heavy or sexual like the honey in O. Throw is moderate, and it morphs very little during the several hours I could smell it on me without having to search for it. Unlike The Vine which fades very fast on my skin, this hangs around. It never loses the soft, creamy quality and yet somehow manages never to tread into the baked goods or waxy territory so many fruit notes tend to do on my skin.
I'm so very glad I bought this bottle unsniffed. I can only imagine what age is going to do for it and that it will be divine.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:55 PM
About fifteen minutes later and the spiciness has retreated a bit allowing the apricot to peek out a bit more. Still not as much as I was hoping however. I think I am glad that I ordered a decant. It's possible the apricot could become more prominent with aging but I think I shall content myself with the contents of my little imp.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:50 PM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:04 PM
This is nice. Sweet apricot honey, a gritty touch from the pepper. Aaannnddd..... that's it. It's 2 dimensional on me, kinda pretty. It'll be saved for summer.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:32 AM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 07:04 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:31 PM
This really is apricot honey. Very sweet and heady.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:30 AM
Surprise surprise - this is actually quite nice. Like, it really is nice. In the same way that fluffy kittens are nice - it's soft and pretty and cute and snuggly. The apricot is very clean - not overly foody, nor too sweet - it's just a nice true apricot fruit smell. And yes, the honey is sweet but not in that horrible cloying strangle-your-nostrils-with-powdery-honeyness way that it can sometimes be. Turns out honey + apricot work really nicely together for me. And the pepper? Hmm.. ok, so there's a hint of a soft spice at the very bottom of everything but it's hardly noticeable - just a nice balance against the sweetness of the honey.
Overall, I'd say this has a nice creamy soft feel - it's warm and comforting - everything is beautifully blended and clean and despite what sounds like a very basic blend of three notes it's actually fairly multi-layered due to the tactile vibe it has, but still pretty simple on the skin. Nice, but not a knock-yer-socks-off thing for me.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:04 AM
The apricot blends really nicely into the WHOA HONEY and rounds it out, so that it is a very fruity aromatic honey. The cayenne doesn't exactly marry well, but sits on the bottom as another reviewer stated. I'm hoping that age will help.
I do _like_ honey scents, so the WHOA factor on this one is not throwing me. Probably will keep because it is so distinctive and yummy.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:52 AM
Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:35 AM
In the vial: Fruity honey, but I definitely also get the pepper note.
Wet: Less fruity and a bit more spicy now, with the honey the foremost note. It's not thick or heavy on me, though.
One hour: A beautiful tangy fruit-honey scent, almost floral. Sometimes the red pepper note reads as floral to me; I wonder if that's what's happened here.
Two hours: Sharper than before, but not spicy; it's more like a wood has joined the scent. Right now, I could easily imagine cedar or some other wood that works well on me being in this scent. Fortunately, for me all that does is break the sweetness down into something more sustainable.
Three hours: This scent developed into something warm, tangy, and woody with just a touch of floralish fruit. It's piquant and intriguing, and happy-making.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:39 PM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:50 AM
Needless to say, this little one's being re-homed. :(
Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:57 AM
Needless to say, this little one's being re-homed. :(
I normally get the cinnamon rash, but I don't get it with this one so I'd guess maybe it's the pepper does it to you. However I will retest at home tonight, using the crook of my elbow, just to be sure before I spring for a whole bottle. *crosses fingers*
In the bottle it's all apricot and only a little honey, but once dry I get a beautiful honey, with a warm dusty spice kick in the background and a fruity roundness to it from the apricot.
ETA: this didn't give me cinnamon burn, just a tiny bit of heat on the inner elbow :joy:
This post has been edited by ReallyZeb: 14 April 2013 - 09:18 AM
Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:00 AM
On skin, wet: Same as in the decant. SO WEIRD.
On skin, dry: And now it just smells like cinnamon. This scent is really baffling for me.
After an hour: Red hots. Just red hots, like every cinnamon BPAL ever on me, except this isn't supposed to have cinnamon in it. WHY, whyyy?! I was so looking forward to this scent and it's not only not worked on me, but not worked in really, really weird ways.
Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:15 AM
Wet: Juicy apricot backed by syrupy honey. I don't get much of the cayenne but I believe it's cutting what could be overwhelming sweetness. I am lucky enough to own a bottle of March Hare and I actually prefer this so far. It smells very fresh.
Dry: This just gets better and better. The cayenne gives it a surprising depth. Bottle for sure!