Unnecessary TMI introduction:
I just wrote a story that quoted this verse at the beginning, so BPAL had my money the moment this scent went live. It's about a half-and-half mixture of "yum" and "blech" in terms of notes, so let's see how this goes.In the bottle:
Is it possible to pickle resin? This smells like what I would get if I burned incense in the kitchen while eating a plate full of pickles, which sounds awful but is oddly charming. I like pickles! I like incense! Time to try it on!On my skin:
Oh, hey, it's that much-missed brown leather note! It's the same raw leather from Loviatar, the one that smells like chewed-up cowboy boots. Alas, there are no pickles. But there is leather....and spice...and resin...Five minutes later, nose glued to hand:
The leather is combining with the spices and the resin, and now there's a delicious dry clove. Wow, this is smooth
...Ten minutes later, nose still glued to hand:
Dammit, fragrance! I have to work!
I need to get things done!
I cannot keep huffing my hand! But this is rich, opulent yet subtle, and there's...yes, there it is, some debauchery in there. Everything that everyone else wrote, about dangerous appeal and darkness, is absolutely true.Fifteen minutes later:
Attention, world: I will marry the person who smells like this, and we will never leave the bedroom.Half-hour later:
It's fading fast! Nooooo! It's BPAL doom: the perfect LE fragrance without staying power! Why did I not buy eighty thousand bottles of this whyyyyyy?!?!?!tl;dr review:
A dry, smoky clove with hints of sweet resin, comfortable leather, and musky sexy win. It's an intimate skin scent with almost no throw, and I think it would work for a wearer of any gender or sexual identity, provided one is prepared to wear it with a certain smoldering refinement. In fact, it's so magnificent that I was tempted to write a scathing review of it, so that I could buy it all up after convincing everyone else it sucked. In His Hands All Thy Cruelties Thrive
is perfect for the verse, my favourite of the Lady of Pain update, and probably the best new BPAL I've tried in years.
Edited by Reedsong, 12 April 2013 - 03:46 AM.