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  1. I was so excited when my BPTP package came, and I felt very fangirly for a non-existent team, wearing the shirt and the perfume. :D


    This is definitely an ODD scent. I get woody catnip, and so far I haven't found any of the oranges in it yet, wearing it three times. I get the occasional hint of mint, and the slightest touch of smoke which I think may be the woods playing with my skin? In any case, it's so strange and I kinda love it. It reminds me of Sunbird, it's the same kind of herbaly niceness. Then again, I like catnip. ^_^


    It seems that my cats like it too. Mi-Go, my giant Maine Coon mix girl, was sniffing my hands and mauling my boy. :) The other cat, Gypsy, paid attention to it as well. Cool! n_n


    Oh! There's some moss! Cool!


    Yep, definitely glad I ordered it. <3 Very odd, but definitely an interesting, unusual scent.

  2. I had to order this based on the notes - I simply adore anything smoky and dark and while I wasn't expecting anything exceptionally MORE awesome than some of my other smokey scents (Chant d'Automne), I still wanted it.


    I am SO GLAD I got a bottle of this. WOW. Clove usually disappears on my skin, but Hell-Gate's clove is all smoky and dark and thinks we should play some sexy sexy games. WOW. I could not stop smelling myself when I tried it last night, and the two lovely ladies I was with couldn't stop smelling me either! It's just... utter perfection. I think I'd like a back-up bottle of this and that's pretty rare.


    Dark, clove smoke, a little musk, and a little *something* make Hell-Gate an *amazing* scent.

  3. Yeah, I had no idea what to expect, either. Half the reason I got it. ;) It's very nice, and pale and misty, and a bit of incense. Very faint and ghostly. It doesn't seem to change much, but oddly, I like it. It's a very close, personal, secretive scent.



  4. Okay wow, at first this is sticky sweet black cherry cough syrup, it almost reminds me of the codeine stuff I had last winter, how it wasn't horrible like other cough syrups. On my skin, all the oversweet is gone, and it really reminds me of a cherry sucker now. Oh god, I really want a cherry sucker. Not sure that I really like the drydown though.

  5. I'm sooo disappointed with Pomona. I'm totally in love with the Lab's apple notes, and this sounded like it would be amazing! I'm not sure if it was the azaroles or the nuts, but there was something very off, for me, something I really didn't like. Terribly sad! :(

  6. My friend eyeska actually lent me various Neil Gaiman compilations and I really, really enjoyed Sunbird, so when I found out it was becoming a BPAL scent, I was super excited :D I was lucky enough that Eyeska's friend went to Comic Con and picked us up our Sunbird sets :D :D SO yesterday I finally got around to snagging mine - and all I can say is WOW.


    Automatic love.


    Not only is the book just simply beautiful and I *love* the artwork, her style is just amazing and totally win...


    But the perfume? oh gods. So pretty. In the bottle it seems like a bunch of herbs over resinous coals, more like a ritual fire than a cooking fire. I can't really pick out any notes, but the familiarity of various herbs is there, reminding me of when I used to be much more into naturopathy and making poultices and such, reminding me of feeling better, spiritually and physically. There's.. I want to say spruce but I'm not sure if that's right, but some kind of fragrant pine-ish tree, and something the slightest bit foody, and a hint of mint but not spearmint or peppermint... It seems like everything is on the tip of my tongue, teasing me by being so close and familiar but just out of reach. I think that's rather fitting, to be honest. :)


    On my skin, the tree and mint are strongest at first, and remind me of those soothing essential oil mixes you can get for sickness and sore muscles, not quite eucalyptus but that *sort* of smell. Natural and healing. It's much deeper though and better, with hints of all the herbs I smell in the bottle. I get smoke at the very end of my inhalation, as if the fire isn't quite smoking but just hinting at it.


    I don't feel I'm doing it justice. It seems much more to evoke feelings and memories of being healthy and happy and working with herbs and natural medicines, than to specifically smell like anything in particular. It's very warm, though, definitely not a green scent.


    Honestly, I think it's perfect, an ideal representation of the cooking sunbird. I am not really a fan of the minty scents usually (other than in my tea!) but this is so... powerfully memorable to me, I guess, and not really minty, not really piney, not really.... I don't know. I don't know how to explain it. But it's warm, and healing, and wonderful, and I am so very very glad to have a bottle. :)



    Edit to add:

    Dry, I get more smokey resinous goodness. AWESOME. Glee.

  7. My friend Meg gave me this decant after flails that it smells like tomato plants. And oh, great gods, it does. It smells like a garden, a veggie garden, fresh soil and tomatoes and beans and PERFECTION. I don’t think I could wear it as a perfume, but by gods I adore, adore, adore the way this smells. It’s a fresh, healthy summer garden full of ripe veggies, you’re walking through and grabbing a bean here and a little cherry tomato there to snack on. Oh gods. Amazing.

  8. Vetiver is going to give me a complex. I swear I hate it - and then promptly find blend after blend that I love. I haven't quite figured the deal out, but either way.... Lucifer.


    I got the chance to sniff a bunch of Salons at the retail spot in Melbourne during the way-too-short-time I was there. I didn't know notes for any of them, just sniffing. (And wow, some are nice!) Lucifer was the one I had to get, no ifs, ands, or buts. It was love at first smell.


    In the bottle, there's something foody about it, probably the combination of patchouli and fig, or all of them. Hard for me to say, as I'm not much of a foody girl. There's a hint of the vetiver, similar to Chant d'Automne (which I also looove), but I think the combination of all of these notes is giving me a hint of chocolate, or cocoa - not foody or sweet, just.. nice.


    Wet, it's quite similar, maybe a bit more wood, and less of the foody quality. The vetiver quickly smokes up on my skin - and reminds me why I really do love vetiver in some blends. This is a deep, smoky, incensey blend for me - it's not overly any of those, but more like scented smoky remnants of... I don't know. A dark ritual perhaps. It definitely has depth, and I just sink into it.


    As it dries, it gets deeper and smokier. Just perfect. It's not the same kind of smoke as the other blends I've got, it's definitely in a class all its own, and I love it.


    I may have to get a backup of this one. I really, really love it. Gorgeous.

  9. I just got Midway: Ressurected in a swap, and I was really interested in seeing how I'd like it. I'm not usually a foodie person but I absolutely love carnival goodies and thought I'd give it a go.


    I don't smell any of the foods at all, but I get a light sugary sweet scent that's really very pretty and not foody at all. I quite like it and I'm curious to get it home and see how it adds to my CD Midway scents...


    I wish I smelled some cotton candy or candy apple or funnel cake, but I do like what I've got. :)

  10. LX??? (from SadTomato) - If Dorian and Khrysee had babies that were lemon blossom instead of orange blossom, this would be babies. It has that "feel" of Dorian's tea, and a more lemony scent that very much resembles Khrysee. Wooonderful.


    As Khrysee has quickly become my favorite scent, and Dorian is one of my top GC faves - this is an utterly perfect CT for me. :o I feel super lucky to have stolen it away from SadTomato into my own greedy hands.



  11. I haven't tried this on myself, as I'm a decidedly non-foody person, but had the chance to smell it on not one but two friends and it was lovely! First, very caramel, very sweet, but obviously pepper in there. On one friend the pepper really came out and then the caramel came back to chill with us for a while; on the other friend it was much more smoke than pepper, but equally lovely. Definitely nice!


    I think I agree that it seemed almost more coffee than chocolate. Maybe a coffee/chocolate mocha deal with caramel and smoke and pepper?

  12. I haven't tried this on myself, since I'm decidedly not a foodie person, but I got the chance to smell it on a friend and OH. MY. GOD. This is STRAWBERRY and chocolate, and blends into STRAWBERRY icecream as it dries. It's the Lab's pure fruit note yet again, a lush strawberry just bitten. I don't know how Beth and co do it, but the strawberry is utter perfection. It was a gorgeous blend on said friend, and I think I would just love it in scrub/lotion/etc form (where I seem to love foody, in my shower!). Wonderful. Amazing! :)

  13. Okaaay, so my two bottles of CTV: Dorian have arrived! I am so excited! However, I'm sad that the numbers rub off. I guess that's part of the chaos, though.



    I *think* these are the numbers, but smudging and such make it hard to tell for sure.


    edit:So, I've been told in nicer terms, that I am stupid. Haha. So I don't think my numbers are right. But I don't know what they are for real. Bah. lol. Any suggestions on how to read 'em?



    CCCLXIX (369) - At first in the bottle it has the softness that Dorian has, and maybe.. a bit of musk and fruit? On skin, there's some mint, I think, just a touch - more like... chocolate mint tea? The mint is hiding a lot, just peeking out. It definitely reminds me of the time I went to Vancouver for a week or two, and stayed with a friend; her mom brought in some chocolate mint from her garden and made me tea. I'm not doing the scent justice, though, I think there's definitely a touch of musk hiding in there. It's very nice, gentle and sweet. It seems like Dorian469 disappears quickly, though. :/ I think a little bit of Dorian and whispers of fruit remain.

    eta: Dorian369 seems to disappear almost completely. It's like a memory of it. Wafting, I think I get a hint of that chocolate mint tea, but it's faint.


    edit: I figured this one out! woo!

    CCCXLIV (344) - In the bottle this is very strongly perfumey. Maybe some aquatics or water flowers of some sort? Wet on skin I'm definitely picking up aquatics, which don't tend to work well on me. I don't really get any Dorian out of it at all. I think it's definitely watery and floral.. I'm thinking it won't stick around for me much... It's very fresh, almost in... I don't know.. a floral dryer cloth way? Floral x vaguely citrus x fresh? This might be nice while I'm in Australia if it sticks around on me.

    eta: Dorian344 dries really nicely. It's faint, and quite fresh - it's like a fresher Dorian, outdoors for a nice walk before it gets too hot. I still get vague traces of aquatics, just the lightest touches though. If I waft, I get much more Dorian than I do huffing, the gentle tea notes. mmm.


    Now I must run to the swaps page and demand swaps of Dorian! buahaha. I do also have two decants coming eventually. glee!

  14. Golden.
    Vanilla amber and orange blossom.

    I'm glad I waited a few days to post reviews. I've had time to come to realize how much I adore Khrysee.

    OMG. In the bottle she's nice, on me she's LOVE. Amber vanilla and orange blossoms sounded amazing, and THEY ARE. At first, I can see the kinda adulty, no sugar-shock creamcicle that people have mentioned, but then she seems to lay down to a smoky, vaguely orange-flower scent of AMAZING. I LOVE. So much.

    I can name the scents I've worn this often and count them on one hand. Khrysee is definitely one I'll need a backup bottle of. Or five. *flail* ADORE!!

  15. The notes in this one made me really, really excited for it, so I was pretty sad when it decided to be kinda generic perfume. I mean, it's nice enough, but it's like the 'nice enough' store ones - just not what I want out of my BPAL and not what I find pretty.


    The two buds who also tested quite liked it, though, and I must say it was very nice on their skin. Very glad others worked on me, but I'm really quite sad that this one didn't!

  16. Hey! I just got back into LARPing after a lengthy absence. I really like the idea of a scent that fits the character, so I come to you guys for advice!


    I'm playing a modern nights City Gangrel named Maggie May. She's got Protean, Obfuscate, Auspex, and Celerity (2 levels each so far), and is being trained for Sabbat hunting and general bad-assery by someone who will teach her Obtenebration in the future. She doesn't have much interest in Animalism. Her flight form is magpie, fight form is coyote. She's kinda a kleptomaniac (magpie!), she has a "Gangrel bag" that she collects a ton of stuff in, wallets, shiny things, jewelry, random things that catch her attention. She's perky and cute, but definitely has some bad ass in her.


    As for what I like and hate, dirt and vetiver are top of the No No list. I don't like things that are very perfume-y, I prefer deep scents with smoke, incense, etc. Some favorites are Blood Kiss, Famine, Brown Jenkins, Al Azif, Perversion, Chant d'Automne.. I love leather but tend to amp it a LOT, painfully so, but I'm still trying to find a good 'leather and...' scent that doesn't go pure OMGLEATHER! on me. I enjoy a lot of the very realistic flower scents, like a lot of Rappaccini's Garden, but don't tend to keep many cos I don't actually *wear* them. I do have Dog Days of Summer and it's an awesome wildflower perfume that I adore... but I'm not sure it's particularly magpie-Gangrel-ish.


    In any case, any suggestions are more than welcome. I personally wear Blood Kiss, Famine, Brown Jenkins, Perversion and Chant d'Automne a lot for me, so I want something that is just for Maggie, to help me get in character and stay there. Any help is greatly appreciated!! :)


  17. My MVJBA package arrived and I had a chance to try out Dog Days last night. It is just lovely, I can smell the heat and humidity of summer and the grass that's just beginning to turn. The flowers are just starting to wilt. I'm not sure, but I just love it and it makes me warm and wistful. And I get no coconut, either.


    I was quite happy with it on my little test... and then my boyfriend said, "What perfume is that? I like it." And, you need to understand, this is the first BPAL out of about 30 bottles and who knows how many imps that those words have come out of his mouth. So obviously Dog Days is a winner!!


    I'm glad I decided to go for the fan pack, and sad that it's only available that way, and now I need to poke around for a backup bottle.

  18. When I originally smelled this, it was lovely and perfect for harvest time. I was very happy I'd gotten a bottle! I tried it today, and at first it was a rather wine-grape-y forest-y kind of smell, I suppose because of all the fir, cedar, juniper, and grapes. It's sat for a while, and now I can smell the grapes and - something. I'm not sure if it's a specific note or the mix of them, but it's kind of musky, earthy - not dirt, but earthy like drying herbs maybe. And I still get hits of the wine grapes. It's quite nice. I'm glad I finally felt like trying it! People have said 'simmering potpourri" and I agree - not the fake kind, but like a real mix of dried fruits and such, simmering away. Much like apple cider on the stove, though sadly I get no apple from this at all. *cry*


    In all, it's a lovely warm fall scent, and it makes me very happy. :P

  19. My bud Eyeska sprung my birthday gift on me early - today, in my greedy little hands, a bottle of Chant D'Automne. She read after buying of the vetiver, and I'm sure everyone's heard me bemoaning the 'shrimp sauce' scent of evil vetiver, but like Blood Kiss, it's not at all apparent in Chant.


    I LOVE IT. In the bottle, it's kind of weird, and not all that appealing. On me? Oh, my god. It's a bonfire of dry autumn leaves, smokey and full of the smells of fall. Utterly gorgeous and perfect for autumn, I imagine I'll be wearing it a lot as I walk around playing in leaves and wrapped up in my wool coat and pashmina. It is PERFECT. I adore it.


    I love smoke scents, so I'm not surprised. I *am* surprised at how different it smells on from in the bottle. I think I get the same quality of vetiver as in Blood Kiss, the slightest tang that is almost more a feeling than a scent, and is very nice. I think the blood musk sexes it up a little for me, but it's mostly a perfect fall bonfire scent.


    I may need to stalk up for the coming years. :P