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About zankoku_zen

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    The MacGyver of BPAL
  • Birthday 12/20/1979


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    Arlington, VA
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    United States

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  • BPAL of the Day
    Prototypes are my Jam
  • Favorite Scents
    favorite scents: dorian, PALLAS ATHENE, VOODOO QUEEN, star promenade, RED MYSORE SANDALWOOD, sugar phoenix, pip, hellhound on my trail, the magician's tools, IRENE ADLER

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    bpal, reading, anime, making friends, coffee, tea, music, never surrendering, tripping on the light fantastic, the nightside, lewis caroll, philosophy, surrealism, impressionism, takeshi kaneshiro, kung fu, mi5 (also known as spooks), bulgari, cinema, RENT, tarot, the crow, U2, frou frou, the postal service, peru, webcomics, mash-ups, nintedo DS, final fantasy, borderlands 2
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    BPAL Beast Mode


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  1. zankoku_zen

    Infernal Creatures

    A viscous splash of red musk, opium smoke, calla lilies, black orchids, clove husk, and brimstone. This one has a heavy brimstone note on wet, but it's mainly a red musk, smoky orchid, and a whiff of clove husk. Honestly, this is probably what actual succubuses from hell smell like in Catholic imagery. Brimstone, musk, and heady florals. Driving men and women to sin. Heavily. Great throw and wear length.
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    Bourbon-Soaked Apples Hair Gloss

    Brown sugar apples and a whiff of bourbon. But I mainly get brown sugar and apples.
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    Saw-Scaled Viper

    2016 version I am getting a hellacious amount of cassia. For me, this is almost like a cassia SN. With a tiny base of SO. Good throw and wear length.
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    Titania v1

    So I've tried this before, forgot to review it, traded my prototype decant, and then hand to hunt it down again. It's a heady juicy sweet pea floral, and there's tinges of blueberry, orchid, fresh greenery, and I swear this reminds me to one of the Bats. It's got that juicy floral feel.
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    Frostbitten Dandelions & Concrete

    [No additional description provided.] Frostbitten Dandelion and Concrete is very interesting. On wet, I get more of the snow, and it actually makes the dandelion note hold on for much longer. After about two hours though, the concrete takes over, and after four, it's a very cologne-like concrete and I would call it a fougere, and definitely in that gender neutral to masculine category. I'm going to give this to mr. zee_zee to try.
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    Ginger Cardamom Hair Gloss

    I definitely get the ginger beer type note, its fresh and gingery with a whiff of cardamom. Nice, fresh, light.
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    Egg Nog Cocoa Atmosphere Spray

    Fancy cocoa powder and a whiff of eggnog. Lovely.
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    Hekate's Garden

    A complex perfume inspired by Ritualcravt owner Missy Rhysing’s notable devotional garden filled with black flowering and black foliaged plants, rarities, and plants historically associated with the goddess Hekate. This oil is a nod to our first BPAL perfume Ritualcravt with a similar genderless, earthy, and addictive quality- but with a brighter, greener finish. Notes of plants sacred to Her include: honeyed patchouli root, tobacco absolute, saffron crocus, teakwood, and burnt cypress.  Again, this is a scent review from decanting. Honeyed patch, tobacco, but definitely more greenery in this one. It's mainly a dark green scent on me with a very clear patch base, with tobacco mixed in.
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    Ritualcravt House Blend

    Black patchouli, teakwood, white sandalwood, saffron crocus, tobacco leaf, aconite accord, ambrette seed, musk seed, Dittany of Crete, and yew.  I did not use this for its intended purpose. This is a scent review from decanting this out. I got mainly patchouli, tobacco, yew, and sandalwood. There is some dark green herbalness on the fringes, but it's mainly a dirty patchouli-tobacco-sandalwood blend on me.
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    Candy Canes, Powdered Sugar, Snickerdoodles, and Vanilla Cream

    Mint, sugar cookie, cinnamon and a whiff of vanilla cream. Not too foodie, but evocative of those times in the the kitchen with the baking is going on. Delicious.
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    Pine Smoke Hair Gloss

    Smoky pine and fir, with a touch of sweetness. It's a nice piney sort of blend. Very atmospheric.
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    Snow and White Musk Hair Gloss

    Sweet, soft snow - touch of vanilla and musk. This is severely underrated, I agree. This is quite accessible, versatile, vanilla that would go with everything. EVERYTHING.
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    St. Expedite’s Fast Luck

    This one is like a combination of Prayer's of St. Expedite and Golden Blessings - its got that deep red from Prayers, combined with the golden mica from Golden Blessings. It smells like vanilla and cinnamon to me. As a luck blend, this is definitely tied to St. Expedite. I am not sure that this is a blend that I resonate with, but I'm giving you decanting impressions of this one.
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    Golden Blessings of St. Expedite

    This is one hell of a golden oil - optically and as a scent. It's deep golden, with the little golden mica pieces floating about, and smells like amber, honey, and resin. To me this is definitely a 'money' blend. It has alot of the same feel as some of the other prosperity blends, but definitely catching some Jupiterian oomph from this. Out of the 3 St. Expedite blends, this one is the one that I felt the most comfortable with.
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    A Prayer to St. Expedite

    Very deeply watermelon red, fuchsia mica, and in general its the red color you associate with Catholic saints and their red candles. It smells like cake to me (mainly the vanilla and cinnamon). It's a very cozy and comforting scent. St. Expedite is not someone I have really done anything with, but it gives off a very clear impression.