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Member Title:
Stinky Hippie
Age:
31 years old
Birthday:
October 9, 1982
Gender:
Female Female
Mood:
Doom, doom, doom

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BPAL

BPAL of the Day:
Dragon's Musk
Favorite Scents:
CURRENT BPAL LOVES (A SMALL SAMPLING):

Anne Bonny
Aureus
Badger
The Black Rider
Cathedral
CD023
The Coiled Serpent
Coyote
Dancing Koi
Dark Chocolate, Whiskey and Cognac Truffle
Eat Me
Elf v4
Fenris Wolf
51
Fighter
The Forbidding Foyer
Gothabilly
The Infernal Lover
Ivanushka
Tarot: Judgement
Lump of Coal
The Lurid Library
Lust v7
Mad Sweeney
March Hare
Mme. Moriarty
Mole
Monster Bait: Closet
Mr. Jacquel
Nonae Caprotina
Paladin
Panther Moon
Penitence
Quincy Morris
Raven Moon
Rivet.Goth
Rumpelstilzchen
Scherezade
Sin
Snake Charmer
Storyville
Troll
Typhon
Umbra
Western Diamondback
White Chocolate, Black Raspberry and Apricot Cordial Truffle

NOTES: patchouli (my favorite smell in the whole world, especially the black variety), red musk, sandalwood (especially red sandalwood), redwood, cedar, rum, bourbon/whiskey, cognac, tobacco, incense of all kinds...basically anything that falls into the categories of woodsy, incense, or boozy (with the exception of wine notes...wine generally doesn't like me too much).

If it smells like a headshop, a church, dirt or the forest (not pine), I'm all over it, basically.

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Dog
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  1. Hippie Ghost

    29 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

    A faded snapshot of patchouli-stained peasant blouses, soft suede boots, and smoke.


    Origin:

    5mL from the Lab.

    Preconceived notions:

    There were a handful of ParaNorman scents I wanted to try when they were released, but had to narrow it down to one for budget reasons. Hippie Ghost sounded right up my alley. I love patchouli, suede and smoke. The only thing concerning me here is the "peasant blouse" part. Linen (I assume it's probably a linen-type note) and I don't always get along so well. It can be too harsh to my nose, so I'm hoping it's a soft, background note and not a main one.

    First sniff:

    Lighter than I expected, but I guess I should have anticipated that from a "ghost" scent! :lol:

    I'm getting everything here. Soft, worn linen (not harsh at all and not super clean, either...sort of a musty linen, but not in a bad way), patchouli (not the super dirty kind, but definitely patchouli all the same), a bit of suede and a tiny touch of smoke. It's a nostgalic sort of scent. More antique store than headshop.

    Wet on skin:

    My skin loves linen (even when I don't) and it's staying true to form here, amping up the peasant blouse note immediately and making this all about the fabric as soon as it hits my skin. Usually, that tones down quickly, though, so I'm not too worried. I'm still getting hints of the other notes, but this is screamingly linen-like right now.

    Drydown:

    Mmm, better. The linen really dies down (and pretty quickly, too) and I'm left with a really evocative scent. It's soft, ethereal and smoky with an earthiness from the patchouli and a little bit of soft suede. It still makes me think antique store (although I suppose it should be a vintage clothing store, it has that antique store smell to me) and not headshop, but I'm really liking it. The smoke is just a tiny bit harsh at times, but it comes and goes and I really can't complain.

    The bottom line:

    Ideally, I would have loved something more headshop-ish and more intense (although I should have expected what I got since it is a "ghost" scent), but I really like Hippie Ghost anyway. It's subtle and should go over well with people who don't normally love patchouli scents. :hippie:
  2. Abedus Indentatus v5

    05 July 2011 - 05:55 PM

    Unreleased prototype, no notes or description given.

    Origin:

    5mL bought on Etsy.

    Preconceived notions:

    Since there aren't any other reviews, I'm not sure what to expect from this. I bought it completely blind, but realized after I did that there was a good chance it was going to be at least somewhat aquatic since the toe biter (how could you not love a scent named after a bug called a "toe biter"?) lives in water. Now, I don't normally do aquatics, so that's not a promising idea. The only aquatic I genuinely like is Water of Notre Dame, although I can tolerate some others.

    First sniff:

    Hard to pin down. It's definitely aquatic, but also green and slightly sweet with a touch of something herbal. It's a tiny bit cologney, maybe.

    Wet on skin:

    Not quite as aquatic as in the bottle. I'm almost completely at a loss here. I couldn't tell you what notes I'm getting, just a vague description of the scent families involved. It's still a clean, green aquatic, slightly sweet the way that Water of Notre Dame is, but there's something here that's ringing bells in my brain but that I can't place. It's almost like a spice of some sort. :think:

    Dry down:

    I wouldn't call this aquatic at all anymore, although I'm not sure what to call it. It reminds me a little bit of cologne or aftershave of some sort (although it's not classically cologney). It's kind of green, kind of sweet, kind of spicy and kind of herbal, all rolled into one. It's definitely not a bad scent, but it's very unique to my nose. It's still reminding me of something (some sort of green plant, I think plus a bit of something almost fennel-like), but not another BPAL scent, of that I'm certain. It smells like it would be at home in the Conjure Bag or maybe the TAL line.

    The bottom line:

    Definitely not my favorite prototype ever, but it's not bad once it dries down all the way. I'm almost definitely going to be keeping my bottle in spite of my attempts to force myself not to keep anything that I rarely wear and only keep for the name or bottle art.
  3. Mourning Cloak

    23 June 2011 - 06:00 PM

    MOURNING CLOAK
    Opoponax, kumaru, cocoa butter, Mysore sandalwood, verbena, almond milk, guiac wood, beeswax, and myrrh.


    Origin:

    5mL from the Lab. My bottle says "Mourning Shroud" rather than "Mourning Cloak." :think:

    Preconceived notions:

    I wanted this one for the name, but the notes sound wonderful. Except for the almond milk and possibly the verbena (if it smells lemony). Almond scents make me horrendously nauseous if I can smell the almond in them, but I can wear them if the almond is "hidden" and I'm not a fan of lemon (or citrus in general). I'm not quite sure what to expect here since the mix of notes is pretty complex, but I'm thinking a resinous scent with a touch of cocoa butter.

    First sniff:

    Wow, I wasn't expecting that. The first thing I smell here is the verbena. Really, really strong verbena. It's lemony and sharp. There are other things going on underneath the verbena, but it's hard to really pick them out. I get an impression of dark woodsiness.

    Wet on skin:

    Still mainly verbena (which I'm not enjoying), but there are also some nice dark woods here, too. No resins yet, unfortunately, but I'm hoping they'll rally on the drydown.

    Dry down:

    Early in the drydown: Verbena, woods and the resins have come out now. I don't get any cocoa butter, which is a little disappointing. I was anticipating something darker than this, although the notes really do fit with the butterfly's coloration.

    Later in the drydown: The verbena mostly disappears (hallelujah) and I'm left with just a touch of it, plus Schwarzer Mond-style resins and a touch of cocoa butter. It's dark and pretty, but it's not as nice as Atlas.

    The bottom line:

    I really wish the verbena wasn't in here or wasn't so strong, but it does mostly disappear on the later drydown. It's just a matter of whether I can wait it out since I despise lemon. This is going to be one of those scents that I like in the end, but don't wear very often because I can't stand the wet/early drydown stage. :(

    I'm hoping that aging will help tone down the lemoniness, but I'll keep my bottle no matter what (although I wish it was labeled Mourning Cloak instead of Mourning Shroud; both are great names, but I prefer Cloak).
  4. Atlas

    23 June 2011 - 05:50 PM

    ATLAS
    Mallow, oak bark, coffee bean, hinoki wood, and khus.


    Origin:

    5mL from the Lab.

    Preconceived notions:

    This one sounds really promising. Everything here has the potential to be awesome, especially now that I've learned to love coffee scents.

    First sniff:

    Soft and almost fluffy smelling somehow. It's a brown scent, but a soft, cuddly brown. You know how TKO smells fluffy and cuddly? That's what Atlas feels like, only instead of being innocently girlish, it's gender neutral.

    Wet on skin:

    Brown, coffee-dusted marshmallows with a very faint touch of khus. I get everything listed in the notes. There's a soft marshmallow-vibe from the mallow, a gentle woodiness from the hinoki and oak bark, a rich brown scent from the coffee and just the faintest touch of ashy green from the khus.

    Dry down:

    I love this. I really, really love this. It's snuggly and cuddly and warm and brown and... :thud:

    Atlas dries down to a scent that's similar to the smell in the bottle, only better. It's a soft, slightly spicy, slightly woody brown scent. It's hard to pick out individual notes at this point because everything just swirls together.

    The bottom line:

    This is the first of the 2011 Metamorphosis scents that I've tested, but I'm positive that it's going to be my favorite of the bunch. This is going to be a multi-bottle scent for sure. :heart:
  5. MUV3

    27 May 2011 - 06:27 PM

    Origin:

    5mL bought on Etsy.

    Preconceived notions:

    None whatsoever. I bought this one blind and haven't got a clue what to expect. The suspense! :thud:

    First sniff:

    Lavender. Strong lavender. Not as intensely herbal as some lavender notes can be, but lavender all the same. I can tell there are other things here, but I can't really get past the lavender to figure out what they are.

    Wet on skin:

    Lavender and fruit. Maybe some sort of citrus (grapefruit, maybe?) and berries (blackberry, possibly...it reminds me of Glasgow a little bit). It's pretty, but not really "me" at this point.

    Drydown:

    Non-descript. Sort of lavenderish, very softly fruity, maybe some very well-blended florals? It smells like expensive dusting powder on me at this point. I think my skin chemistry is playing havoc with this one.

    The bottom line:

    I so wanted this to work, but it evidently doesn't agree with my skin chemistry. This one has potential, but it just doesn't work all that well on me. :(

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