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  1. Apple

    Luke 10:25-37

    Hod lovers, rejoice - this one's for you! While not precisely the second coming of Hod (or third, if we're counting Hod: Resurrected), it's very, very close. But whereas Hod has a marshmallowy vanilla note underneath the initial blast of spicy, clove-y carnation, in Luke, sandalwood provides the backbone - giving it a slightly drier, less sweet, more cologne-y feel. The sandalwood note smells exactly like a Chinese fan carved from sandalwood: soapy and clean. It's spicy, delicious, and delightful. I think fans of Alice, Morocco, and French Creole would also dig this.
  2. Apple


    If you like the carnation note in Hod, get thee a bottle of Luke 10:25-37! The two are very similar, but Luke has sandalwood in place of the marshmallowy vanilla in Hod.
  3. I love BPAL's gunpowder note, but I've only found it in three blends: Agnes Nutter Mary Read The Phoenix Anyone know of any other blends that feature gunpowder? Or ones that smell like gunpowder even though it's not listed in the notes?
  4. I was given an envelope of Thymes "Olive Leaf" bath salts as a gift (link to product here), and I was wondering if there is a BPAL blend that smells similar. The scent is described as "the mild, healthful scent of Sardinian laurel leaf, balsamic lavender flowers, European patchouli and subtle wood notes". I don't notice the lavender so much (it smells more like the gentle scent of dried lavender blossoms than the astringent/herbal scent of lavender essential oil found in most BPAL blends containing lavender), and the patchouli is very subtle. I mostly smell natural, woody notes and something unfamiliar but delightful spicing it up (I assume that's either the laurel leaf or the olive leaf extract). When I searched the site for laurel leaf and olive leaf, this is all I found: Grandmother of Ghosts (Excolo) - Her scent swirls with a high-pitched tumult of laurel, stargazer lily, splintered woods, peony, mandarin and white musk, and is spiked with pale pepper. Delphi (Wanderlust) - The smoke of Sacred Incense of Apollo twined through laurel branches, bay, and honey wine. Banded Sea Snake (Carnaval Diabolique) - Snake Oil with oakmoss, sea moss, and olive leaf. Alecto (Excolo) - Olive leaf, raspberry leaf, vetiver and cedarwood. Tzadikim Nistarim (Sin & Salvation) - The scent is one of unadulterated spiritual purity, with a taste of the world's eternal pathos, and the joy of suffering with grace: frankincense, olive, spikenard, hyssop and galangal. I can say that Grandmother of Ghosts, Alecto, and Tzadikim Nistarim are definitely not what I'm looking for. I can't remember if I've tried Delphi or not, but honey and wine scents tend to be very sweet on me, and the fragrance I'm looking for is woody and dry - not at all sweet. I haven't tried Banded Sea Snake yet... how strong is the Snake Oil in that blend compared to the other notes? Any other recommendations?
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    I see I'm not alone in finding the scent of Glukuprikos to be very different than what I had expected based on the notes. On me, it's clean and light, reminiscent of Dove Soap. I would put it in the same category as Floater, Dian's Bud, and The Lady of Shalott - delicate, white, floral, and soapy-in-a-good-way. Normally I amp vanilla and caramel, but they're not coming through here except as a hint of sweetness and a fleeting resemblance to the opening stages of Incubus. I like it, just not at all what I was expecting!
  6. Thanks to the kindness of a certain tartchef, I was able to try Tabella. After the topnotes burn off, the dry-down has a similar feel to what I'm looking for. Gracias!
  7. Apple


    I have been "underemployed" for almost a year now, and just last week a job in my area finally opened up. Aside from being rather modest in terms of pay, it looks perfect, and I think I would be a great fit for the position. It's rare for me to feel so positive and so confident, but I feel like this job is mine... and now I just have to convince the personnel manager! I burned candles anointed with Steady Work and Road Opener while working on the cover letter and submitting my application last week. Today I had resolved to make a follow-up call, so I anointed my throat and heart chakras with Charisma and went about my day. I felt surprisingly buoyant and kept catching little wafts and thinking, "Mmmn... I smell gooood". Sexy but understated, I felt like I was wearing a classic perfume. The scent is hard for me to pin down, even after reading all the reviews. It's rich and warm and sensual, resins and woods rounded out with something vanillic. At a guess I'd say there's benzoin, clove, musk, and some kind of balsam - maybe some amber, maybe some citrus, maybe some patchouli. It reminds me ever so slightly of Estee Lauder Youth Dew, but it's lighter and I like it much more. I was in love with the way I smelled all day and was actually looking forward to making the call, which is totally out of character for me (I have social anxiety and hate talking on the phone). Disappointingly, I was routed to voicemail and left a rather stilted, awkward message. I'm not sure if Charisma works if they can't smell you, but I hope it somehow smooths over my less than smooth overture. I'll be continuing to wear Charisma over the next few days and will report back as soon as I have more news. ****************** UPDATE #1 I didn't receive a return call, so two days later I again anointed my heart and throat chakras with Charisma and rubbed a few drops of Steady Work into my palms and called again. I spoke with a very nice receptionist who informed me that yes, they did have my application materials and who then gave me a very polite "don't call us, we'll call you". *sigh* But something else interesting did happen that day. I've been trying to get a local pet store to carry a particular type of dog food for several months, and have placed two written requests for them to special-order a small quantity for me to purchase, with no luck. Well, when I stopped at the pet store to pick up some supplies that day, there was a man standing squarely in front of the shelves of dog food - right in my way. As I attempted to politely maneuver around him, he started asking me questions about my buying preferences and asked me if I had ever heard of X-type of dog food, which happened to be the exact kind I'd been requesting. I exclaimed that yes I was familiar with it and that I wanted the store to carry it. He introduced himself as the owner of the store and said, "Well then, that's that. I'll start stocking it." It might have been a coincidence, or it might have been Charisma. ****************** UPDATE #2 The job that I so desperately want called today to ask me some simple, yes/no follow-up questions. After I was done answering them, the gentleman I was speaking with informed me that he would pass along my answers and that someone would call me if I qualified for an in-person interview. I quickly slapped on some Charisma and some Steady Work and concentrated my energy and intentions on the job. I kept thinking, "Pick me! Pick me!" Not even an hour later, someone else called back to schedule an interview with me! I'll definitely be wearing Charisma to the interview, and I'll be sure to report the outcome. ****************** UPDATE #3 First interview went well. They called me back the next day to schedule a second interview with the district director. Fingers crossed... ****************** UPDATE #4 Second interview went well, too. Apparently they're having a tough time deciding, because they called back that same afternoon asking for two writing samples. I should hear back tomorrow, so I've still got fingers and toes crossed! ****************** UPDATE #5 I GOT THE JOB!!!
  8. Thanks for the replies, all! I would not have thought of Tabella or Succor on my own; they're going on my wish list now. I don't like Snake Oil (fresh or aged, it doesn't matter), but I've had good luck with a couple of Snake Pit blends, so I'll keep Banded Sea Snake in mind. Thanks again!
  9. Have you tried these? Blood Rose (Rappaccini's Garden) - Sensual, robust, and silken: voluptuous red rose bursting with lascivious red wine and sultry dragon's blood resin. The Rose ( Marchen) - The promise of a rose: red rose petals, fresh sap, and the sharp green scent of stem and leaf. Snooty Rose - (Mad Tea Party) - Red rose, oud, plum, bergamot, and red sandalwood. Spellbound - (Ars Amatoria) - Perfectly enchanting! An irresistibly sexual, utterly rapturous blend of three roses, radiant amber, and sensual red musk. Two, Five & Seven (Mad Tea Party) - A huge bouquet of squished rose petals: Bulgarian rose, Somalian rose, Turkish rose, Damascus rose, red and white rose, tea rose, wine rose, shrub roses, rose, rose, rose… …and just an itty bitty bit of green grass. Whip (Ars Amatoria) - Agony and ecstasy: black leather and damp red rose. They're all GC scents; you could buy an imp pack to try them out.
  10. I just really, really dig Lovers in a Ricefield and refuse to give up hope that there's a way to concoct something similar through layering. I'm sorry; I should have mentioned that I haven't tried any of the BPTP bath oils. I prefer not to apply petroleum products to my skin, so those are a no-go for me. Because of my maniacal vanilla amping abilities, I am afraid to even try Detestable Putrescence and Sachs, and between the jasmine and the ylang-ylang, The Girl would probably not work on my skin. Prunella is actually plenty vanilla/creamy on me, but it's missing the delicious nutmeg note and what I've become convinced is a hint of coconut milk. Still working on acquiring some Shadwell and Black Pearl to test this theory.
  11. Latest update on seeking a replacement for Lovers in a Ricefield: I've now tried or re-tried the following plum blends: Bathsheba, Bordello, Dionysia, Frumious Bandersnatch, Kitsune-Tsuki, Makhanitis, Oya, and Prunella. I also tried Alice's Evidence and Joulumuori, hoping the spiced prunes might be plummy (alas, they were not). Out of all of these, Bordello was by far the closest to the plum note I get from Lovers, but it lacks nutmeg and creaminess. Prunella and Kitsune-Tsuki are tied for second place in the plum race, and Prunella is probably closest to the overall feel of Lovers for me. The rest were either not very plummy, too spicy, or too-something-else for me. Attempting to layer these scents with vanilla-based blends proved disastrous on my skin. I amp the hell out of vanilla, and Lyonesse and Mouse's Long and Sad Tale both completely overwhelmed the delicate plum note. The final phase of this experiment will involve attempts at layering Bordello, Prunella, and Kitsune-Tsuki with Shadwell, Dana O'Shee, and Black Pearl. I will report back for the rest of you Lovers lovers! Now if only I could find a good nutmeg scent...
  12. Apple

    Yankee Candle to BPAL

    I haven't smelled the candle, but septima_pica's suggestions of Mr. Nancy and Shoggoth were the first things that came to my mind. Mr. Nancy isn't creamy, but it is super-foody with a very sweet lime. Shoggoth is a little creamy from the coconut but is more delicate and subtle. Schrodinger's Cat (Bewitching Brews), Croquet (Mad Tea Party), and Detox (Panacea - best lime ever) are all sweet lime/citrus blends; you could try layering them over some creamy vanilla blends. Tombstone smells like a vanilla candle on me and might be a good base, and a lot of people get a creamy vanilla from Dorian and Mouse's Long and Sad Tale.
  13. On me, black musk is pretty much all powder, all the time... which is heart-breaking, because it's in so many otherwise delicious-sounding blends, Black Temple Burlesque Troupe included. The black musk is the only thing preventing me from ordering a bottle unsniffed. I believe septima_pica has had some luck with aging blends that contain black musk to prevent the doom powder reaction.
  14. Apple

    Snake Oil

    I have now tried Snake Oil fresh from the Lab, and aged over two years. I tried it when I was new to BPAL and over two years (and hundreds of BPAL scents) later. I've tried it on its own and blended into the Snake Pit scents. I did not like it when I first tried it, and I don't like it now, but I do finally feel competent to review it. When fresh, all I can smell is the Lab's "red musk" note, which smells like grape-y nag champa incense to me. It is the heavy, sweet, cloying scent of a headshop-cum-New Age store. I get no vanilla or spices, just that sickening incense note. The throw is strong, and the scent is persistent. Blergh. Aged, the spices are much more prominent, and it reminds me a lot of Saw-Scaled Viper (which I do like). When aged, it's more like cinnamon-ginger nag champa. My partner takes a whiff and declares, "New Age shop". Indeed. Damn you, red musk. As it dries, though, the red musk miraculously takes a backseat to the spices and... there's the vanilla! At this stage it smells almost identical to Saw-Scaled Viper, but weaker. In its final stages, the vanilla develops a pleasant, almost Play Doh-like quality that reminds me of Hod. I like it, but I like Saw-Scaled Viper and Hod better. So, for those of you who like fresh Snake Oil, I'd recommend seeking out other red musk blends, particularly Czernobog, Scherezade, Sin, and Vixen. If you like Snake Oil aged, you might like Morocco, Hod, and especially Saw-Scaled Viper.
  15. Apple

    Three Witches

    I'm not sure if my decant is the original or the resurrected version, but I get cinnamon oil and vetiver... like Big Red chewing gum or Red Hots candies with a side of smoky bacon. I was hoping for clove, but no.
  16. Apple

    Snow White

    This smells almost identical to Dana O'Shee on me. I wasn't expecting that at all, but reading the past reviews, I see I'm not the only one. I get initial almond extract followed by vanilla and plastic, the scented plastic of children's toys. I get a hint of plastic in Dana O'Shee, but it's much more pronounced in Snow White. And there's an almost... peppery? note under the vanilla-almond-plastic. The almond burns off quickly (alas, I love almond), followed later in the dry-down by the peppery note. I'm left with plasticky vanilla. Not so good. No florals, no coconut, nothing crisp or chilly. On me, Snow White is sweet, vanilla, and a little fake. Note: This is a review of the 2007 version.
  17. Apple

    Tonka Recs wanted!

    There's this thread, but it's not tonka-specific: Vanilla, Tonka and Benzoin, So much love! I love Western Diamondback and Perversion; those are great ones to start with!
  18. Apple

    I want a "soapy" scent

    Floater from the "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" line sounds just like what you're describing! It reminds me of a cross between Dove soap and Oil of Olay face lotion, and I love it for that reason. Most of the BPAL "ozone" and "aquatic" scents just smell like dryer sheets or laundry detergent on me, but Floater is a lovely, gentle, feminine, soapy-in-a-good-way scent. ETA: From the GC, you might try The Lady of Shalott: The Lady of Shalott (Ars Amatoria) - The scent of calm waters just before a raging storm, limned with achingly-beautiful blooms, an icy scent, but somehow warm, and mirror-bright: bold gardenia, crystalline musk, muguet, water blossoms, clear, slightly tart aquatic notes and a crush of white ginger. I haven't tried it in a long time, but I remember it reminded me a bit of Dove soap on the dry-down.
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    And I think I read somewhere that it has a bit of patchouli too. Maybe Zephyr? Would love to hear your suggestions I haven't tried Eau de Rochas - so take this with a grain of salt - but the description brought to mind Croquet: Croquet (Mad Tea Party) - Pink lime, pink grapefruit, white nectarine, wild rose, sage, woody patchouli, bergamot, and ornery hedgehog musk.
  20. Apple

    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    From the general catalogue, I'd recommend: Black Opal (Bewitching Brews) - A play of geological darkness and jagged brilliance. Soft and luminescent with flashes of black fire. Mouse's Long and Sad Tale (Mad Tea Party) - Vanilla, two ambers, sweet pea and white sandalwood. Those are both very innocent, uncomplicated vanillas.
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    Oh dear god, no. It's that sickening, punch-to-the-nose-and-guts kind of vanilla. The cloying, mega-allergy-inducing, marshmallow-y kind, most recently featured in Plastic Pink Flamingo. Ugh. I suspected that might be the case after reading the reviews, and so I didn't spring for a bottle while it was available. But still, the idea of sugar and cotton and cream (all of which are notes I can usually wear) was so alluring that I acquired some through a swap. I don't know if I'm sad or grateful that my suspicions proved correct, but I do know this is definitely not for me. It smells a lot like the Magic Sizing brand of spray starch. I apologize if that reference is lost on most of you - I'm afraid I can't explain it any better because I don't know what Magic Sizing is supposed to smell like (other than a chemical version of "clean"). If you like Inez or Plastic Pink Flamingo (or the commercial fragrance Pink Sugar), I think you will really like Boo. But my bottle is off to swaps...
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    Well, it's official. My husband likes for me to smell like a hippie. Actually, that's not true - but he really does love patchouli-heavy fragrances on me. This took me awhile to figure out because he's always said he doesn't like patchouli. I don't like it as a single-note, but I do like it when it's adding a base or depth to other notes, which is what I feel it does in most BPAL blends that contain patchouli. There are a handful of blends, however, where the patchouli is far more prominent (e.g., Anne Bonny, Depraved) - so much so that I wasn't sure I liked them, and I was certain my husband wouldn't. Wrong. He has loved every one of those blends, Goblin included. And by "loved," I mean in a very non-Platonic way. Sniffing the imp, Goblin is sweet coconut and earthy patchouli (the woody kind that's in Depraved) - very straightforward. I swipe a little on my arm, and the coconut blooms first, grounded by the patchouli in the background. I give my husband a sniff, and just as I expected, a little light comes on in his eyes. A naughty little light. "Oh yes, that's very good. I could eat you up." He looks like he means it, too. But when I tell him smugly that it's another patchouli-dominant blend, he looks dumbfounded. "That doesn't smell anything like patchouli." He's normally very good at picking out individual notes, but he's got a real blind spot when it comes to the Lab's patchouli. But obviously, some subconscious part of his brain is registering and responding to its presence, and in a very positive way. As it dries, it reminds me of coconut incense sticks: sweet and almost sticky, but not quite edible, with a hint of woody-powdery-ness. Goblin is very similar to Depraved, but with coconut instead of apricot (if you can imagine that). It's not something I would wear just for myself, but I like it and it will definitely be added to my date-night rotation! ETA: Curses! The longer it's on, the more I am reminded that yes, I have a benzoin allergy. Phooey! Much like my vanilla and balsam of Peru allergies, I try to forget about it because I actually like the way benzoin smells (ditto vanilla and balsam of Peru). Ah well, it's not so bad that I can't occasionally wear it to ensnare me mate... I'll just have to reserve Goblin for special occasions and make sure I have some antihistamines on hand!
  23. Apple

    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    Not to be obvious, but have you tried Absinthe? Absinthe (Bewitching Brews) - Fall under the spell of our Green Fairy! An intoxicating blend containing wormwood essence, light mints, cardamom, anise, hyssop, and the barest hint of lemon. I've not tried the Lacroix fragrance, so I'm not sure if it actually smells like absinthe. I can assure you, however, that the BPAL version definitely does. To my nose, the strongest note in both the beverage and the BPAL is anise. You can find other anise-containing blends here. You might also take a peek in these threads to get layering ideas: Recommmendations for Green Scents Campfires, bonfires, fireplaces, burning wood and leaves...
  24. Apple


    In the Picnic in Arkham section, of course.
  25. From the GC, Loup Garou or Jabberwocky might work: Jabberwocky (Mad Tea Party) - An earthy yet buoyant scent: pine, eucalyptus and orange. Loup Garou (Diablous) - Juniper, cypress and galangal with the barest touch of eucalyptus. Or you could try layering one of these... Cloister Graveyard in the Snow (Salon) - Three white musks, ozone, frankincense, mint. Death of the Grave Digger (Salon) - Snow, soil, opoponax and myrrh. ...with one of these: Black Forest (Bewitching Brews) - Thick, viscous pine with ambergris, black musk, juniper and cypress. Nero (Sin & Salvation) - Rosemary, bay, pine and a touch of lemon. Nocnitsa (Diabolus) - Her scent is that of a lightless fir wood, nighttime air, wet forest mosses and upturned earth. Slobbering Pine (Rappaccini's Garden) - Dewy, wet, whiplike and sticky.