O Daughter of Death and Priapus Lupercalia 2013: Our Lady of Pain (2/14/13-4/01/13)
Posted 09 March 2013 - 08:51 PM
Yay! I am the first!
This is straight out of the box, so I may come back and edit after this settles....
In the bottle this is straight up Opium and Orchid, very similar to Black Orchid v3 to my nose, strong and heady.
Wet on skin- still very strong opium and orchid, with something lurking underneath, I think its the cypress and plum..... mmmm.... I like this. No rose detectable yet, but as rose isn't always my friend just fine by me.
Dry- this softens up considerably. The rose does start coming out slightly, but its still behind the orchid and opium. Not much plum detected, which is slightly disappointing, but I am such an orchid fan I don't really care :)
I would definitely categorize this in the same vein as Black Orchid v3, or if your a fan of Great Vampire Bat. Smokey Orchid fans rejoice! This will be used quite a bit this summer on steamy evenings as I see this being a beautiful wafter.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:40 PM
A shame since otherwise this has nothing but win notes in it and theoretically should be awesome on my skin.
EDIT 6/06: Now that the blend has aged more the soapy pencil shavings are GONE. The cypress is now more of a green, slightly sharp backdrop to what is now a spicy-sweet orchid blend, an aquatic with a bite. Longevity was surprising for a floral, lasting all workday on my skin. Glad I have this as part of my orchid stash, and yet more proof that with BPAL you gotta give the scents time to settle before they truly bloom on the skin. http://www.bpal.org/public/style_emoticons/default/wub2.gif
This post has been edited by thatbrownelf: 07 June 2013 - 02:34 AM
Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:23 PM
Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:50 PM
I agree with an earlier reviewer that this _should_ be full of win for me, the notes list look like "something Tzi will really really love" but I just get a blast of opium (which would be fine if it were then tempered by some other note, I adore opium) and then nothing..... Happy I just got a decant!
Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:13 AM
Wet: Smoky floral, no hint of plum, just a touch of opium. I'm thrilled at the lack of plum here, and the opium mixing with the florals is absolutely stunning.
Dry down: A lot of opium, but the plum is surprisingly being held in check. The gorgeous smoky floral is gone, and this is pretty much a single note opium at this point.
Dry: After three hours, this is still just an uncomplicated (but lovely!) opium. At about 6 hours, the orchid starts to peek out just a tad and hints at beautiful things.
Final thoughts: I'm thrilled that the plum remains silent, but I wish that it was more than just all opium, all the time. I have a hunch that a few months of aging will do marvelous things for this one.
Verdict: Keeping for now, and will update this review in 6 months.
Skin test on September 19, 2013
Wet: Smoky opium and fabulous orchid. This smells like beautiful old-style classic perfume. Very expensive and fancy smelling.
Dry down: Hello orchid! Holy bananas this is great. When this was fresh, there was just a hint of this beautiful floral. It's a smoked out orchid, like sitting in a jungle filled with orchids and smoking a really nice cigarette. The opium is still hanging around and is beautiful. This definitely feels like Serious Perfume, but it's classy and beautiful.
Dry: Smoked out beautiful orchid with just a hint of tobacco. The opium is slightly more prominent here and lends a really languid sexy vibe to the whole perfume. Seriously this is amazing.
Final thoughts: I am so freaking glad I held onto this bottle. I was really disappointed after the first test in March when all I got was the opium but now it's phenomenal. The plum is still silent thank goodness and the orchid is just to die for. This also lasted for hours on my skin. Overall, this is a classy, sexy perfume that is to die for.
Verdict: Hoarding :wub:
This post has been edited by Alethia: 20 September 2013 - 01:44 AM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 04:05 AM
Wet: It's spicy, like a men's cologne; however, there is enough floral to make it feminine at the same time. I'm loving the olibanum and opium as the scent starts to dry.
Dry: Sweet tobacco opium tar, sensuous orchid, and wild plum drift together in a gorgeously feminine and sensuous scent.
Posted 19 March 2013 - 06:12 PM
I'm hoping the opium takes more of a back seat as this ages, too, because the middle part of the scent, with the florals mixing and wafting with these other notes is just amazing. It's a wildly feminine and intriguing scent; a fascinating mix.
Yet another win for Our Lady Of Pain!
ETA: This is aging magnificently. The opium has smoothed out beautifully and this is now one well-blended, sexy beast. :wub2:
This post has been edited by OctoberGwen: 05 August 2013 - 10:40 PM
Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:16 AM
I've had my decant for about a week, so it's had plenty of time to settle.
Imp: something ... green, with a little tart.
Applied & drydown: Oh Lord, floral, floral, and more floral. Most people get opium out of this, I'm getting the rose, and almost NOTHING else. Even after several hours, all I get is rose to the point it's aggravating my allergies.
Definitely NOT a keeper for me. I can't wash this off fast enough :(
Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:30 AM
Wet: Now a bit sweeter, probably the plum (it adds some sweetness in a general way, not as an obvious fruit note).
The dry-down: I would say that this is mainly an opium perfume, that is kept from being an SN because of all the other notes, the plum, cypress tar, rose, olibanum, orchid, and tobacco have all blended into an almost bouquet-like mix of notes wherein the opium just nestles.
I can see this being worn by a woman who is very sure of herself. She's wearing an elegant black dress, not showing a lot of skin. She wears stiletto heels and hose with a seam up the back, because she can. She checks her diamond studs, glances at her expensive but simple watch, and tucks her clutch under her arm, along with her chiffon stole that she flings around her shoulders on her way out the door. As a taxi pulls up in the early evening, she smiles to herself since she knows she's on-time to meet that certain someone at the best restaurant in the city, with cocktails in the posh bar next-door beforehand.
Alas, I am not that woman, and this perfume, as elegant as it is, is not for the likes of me.
This post has been edited by thekittenkat: 24 March 2013 - 05:31 AM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:03 PM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 02:05 PM
Fans of Parliament of Monsters or Blood Countess may also love this too.
This post has been edited by rawgirl75: 27 March 2013 - 04:47 PM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:23 PM
Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:38 AM
Wet: The opium goes a bit screaming soapy but the orchid and rose are melding into lovely dark wonderfulness, despite rose not often working on my skin.
Dry: Finally, an opium blend that likes me! Very slightly soapy opium, smoky dark florals. I may need a partial.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 01:23 PM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:03 PM
Wet on skin: Getting a bit of the cypress tar, it's all very smoky and dark. Opium is coming out more, as are some of the florals.
Dry: This is very complex, soft, smoky, dark, resinous. The florals sort of sit above everything, just wafting about in the darkness.
I'm glad I didn't pass this one up!
Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:02 PM
It's dark, heady, sophisticated. Dark of the moon, witch woman sort of blend.
I really enjoy opium, and I enjoy a good orchid note, and this seems to combine both. I just wonder if this is too dark for me to actually wear.
Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:07 AM
Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:56 PM
In the imp: dark, smoky floral with bite - I really, REALLY hope the rose doesn't go vile on me, like every single other one has. To my surprise, I don't seem to be bothered by the tobacco!
Wet: absolutely DELICIOUS light sweet rounded floral smoke.
Dry: Sweet, gentle smoke - complex, rather than cloying. The rose isn't turning to powder on me and it's also not being overpowering, which I'm a little surprised about; the plum and florals are there, but they add edge and depth rather than dominating. I am really surprised by how much I like this (vis, A Lot); I've also really adored the other scents I've tried containing opium, so I suspect I've found a new favourite note! It smells pale purple and lovely, lovely, lovely.
Bottle, maybe, perhaps, if the budget will allow it. ;)