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  1. Kytha

    Neko No Koi Hair Gloss

    This is my favorite of all the Luper hair glosses I've tried so far (enough that I'm seriously considering upgrading my bottle). If you love honey and tonka, or gently gourmand scents in general, I can't recommend this enough! It has that lightly spiced sweetness of clove honey, that gets rounded out by the toasted-nut/vanilla of the tonka. It's a simple scent that doesn't morph much, but it's extremely warm and comforting -- its a soft, summer day of scent that I just wanna snuggle up in.
  2. Kytha

    Why I Love Thee? Hair Gloss

    The white musk and the oud here interact in a way that I'm really not sure I'm a fan of ... I guess this is the dreaded 'baby diaper' effect I've heard here and there on the forums. The lavender and salt work really well together when I can catch them, but the oudh and the white musk just sort of keep wandering in and out offensively like a cat going in and out of a room, not letting this ever meld together or settle down. I might have to stick to using this as an atmo or a linen spray.
  3. Kytha

    Various Penises Hair Gloss

    On initial application, this really isn't anything special. The oud and burnt cocoa bean come to the fore, giving it a flat, chalky/bark-smelling quality not dissimilar to unsweetened baking chocolate. Not offensive, but nothing exciting either. Six hours (and a good sleep) later, this turns into ... a beautiful, mildly boozey vanilla. It's kind of what I hoped for out of La Coucher de la Marie, which is 90% smokey vanilla on me with a bit of citrus -- this is just a deeper, textured vanilla without being overwhelmingly smoke. My mind strongly associates this is a 'pink and brown' kind of smell. Not something I'd wear every day (and I don't feel the need for a full bottle) but lovely for sure.
  4. Kytha

    Bright Red Dildo Hair Gloss

    Having never smelled the original Bright Red Dildo as a perfume oil, here's my quick and dirty (heh heh) impressions. It's penetrating red musk, warm leather, and honey. It's quite strong on me, which is no surprise, since I amp both leather and honey notes. This has similarities to the honeyed patchouli in last Halloween's Devil's of the Pit hair gloss, but this is more intense and mercurial than that. Even an hour after application, the red leather dominates, but sometimes I'll turn my head and catch the warm, sticky smell of honey. Not sure it's worth upgrading to a full bottle, but there's just something about this that feels wonderfully ... raunchy. I'm into it!
  5. Kytha


    On me, this smells very much like a masculine aftershave, refreshing and clean. I believe that's the mint and the wood combining together to create that effect, with a 'dryness' I associate with sandalwood. Actually, giving it some thought (and a good sniff) I might even say it's like a cousin of Irish Spring. A slightly more traveled cousin, but still certainly in the same family. That's not in and of itself a bad thing; I just know I'll need to be in a particular mood to wear this and not have that association come up immediately.
  6. Kytha

    Only a Sip

    'Orange cough drops' is pretty dead on accurate for Only A Sip, at least for the first 30 minutes or so -- it has that sharp, faintly medicinal quality of a newly opened package of Tang, if you've ever smelled that. Once that fades away, a gently minty rosemary comes to the fore, the orange becoming more of a lingering spritz in the air. Clove is largely a supporting actor in this scent, lending some of the depth and vibrancy to the orange. I have a limited experience of the orange scents in BPAL's repertoire, but I can say this is perhaps one of the more unique (and certainly invigorating) scents I've tried. Summer in a bottle. It's a bit too strong for me to enjoy using it on myself, I think, BUT ... putting it into a scent atomizer really softens the intensity of that orange. This one is more of a scent locket/essential oil diffuser kind of scent for me.
  7. Kytha

    The Best Lies

    Wet and in the initial application stages, it has a bit of an old-lady powder smell, something almost waxy like lipstick. My best guess is that this is largely because of the honey note, which may be of the type that usually turns to powder on me. About 2 hours after it dries down, though, it becomes extremely pretty -- it's not 'sophisticated' per say, but it smells warm and affectionate, and it feels younger and sweeter and somehow fresh. 'Pink' is a good scent image for it. It's an odd transition, like watching the archetypical Mother reverse-age back into the Maiden. It also starts to have a bit more throw at this point, though it never really amps up. But I really, really like it.
  8. Kytha

    Lavender Lace

    I'm painfully working my way through the various laces, and received a bottle of this off a purchase in the forum. I'll preface this by saying lavender can be a kind of hit or miss on me -- I like it in Frostbitten TKO, Serpentine, and in Mysterious Warning, but don't particularly care for it in Lurid, The Mountebank, or Hypnotize Me. It seems to depend heavily on the other notes it's paired with, and for me Lavender Lace sadly falls into the latter category of scents for me. All that being said ... my 'BPAL of the Day' review/first impressions of Lavender Lace was: "this smells a bit like 'muddy' florals -- likely because of the 'smoke' that doesn't often work well with my skin, in combination with the lavender and cognac. None of the notes sing or harmonize, they just kind of come out in a dissonant chord all at once." Someone for whom lavender (or any of these other notes) works with greater consistency may enjoy this blend more, but I know for a fact that I amp anything 'smoke' or tobacco a LOT (and sometimes it's great -- huzzah Red Lantern -- and sometimes it's terrible) and that likely interfered with how the other parts of this blend came off.
  9. Kytha

    Kisses for Us All

    This one's really interesting -- on me, it very much comes out as a honey-drenched red rose in bloom, and I think the reason it succeeds in this is because the other notes lend it a depth that otherwise wouldn't be present. The clove and neroli spice and thicken the honey, while the red musk darkens the rose beyond just being a general floral. The overall effect is sensuous, faintly malevolent, and extremely forward. For comparison, The Best Lies is another 'honey and rose' scent that doesn't get as dark, aggressive, or seductive as this one, but they have similarities in how honey and rose unfold as the perfume dries down. This might be the 'dark twin' to TBL's 'light.'
  10. Kytha

    Lick It Discreetly

    Exactly as advertised: a cold, sugary peppermint. This didn't have any averse reactions on my skin from the peppermint, but I did distinctly feel 'cooling' upon application. The peppermint throws a big ol' party for itself for a good thirty minutes, then pops away.
  11. Kytha

    Poor Monkey

    Received a frimp of this that says it's from 2016(?) as part of a purchase from the FB sales group. Quick impressions... Normally I amp wood a lot, but there's something in this blend (the lotus? I've not tried scents with it before) that largely reads of 'bubblegum' to me, but not as sugar-forward. Mildly fruity, milky bubblegum ... actually, it reminds me of a yogurt-flavored Hi-Chew (or some other similar chewy fruity yogurt candy). After a bit, the bubblegumminess calms down and it just becomes a sweet, 'juicy' candy smell that I like a fair bit.
  12. Kytha

    Blood Squib Snake Oil

    I've never been as enchanted with vanilla Snake Oil as a lot of posters on the forums -- there's usually something about it that's too heavy for my skin, which means it struggles to properly unfold and stays closer to its out of the bottle smell more than anything else. That said, it hasn't stopped me from trying to sample new combinations of Snake Oil. I received this one in a blind bag buy, and I have to say ... I kind of love it! It starts out as maraschino cherries, as everyone else has described, with a hint of the dense vanillic/almond tang of Snake Oil underneath. As it dries down the simple syrup and cherry give the normally dense Snake Oil a 'fluffy' feeling (for lack of a better description). This really opens up the scent and lets me finally smell that gorgeous Snake Oil ... now I can finally see what the fuss is about. This is probably for people like me who 1. like cherries in sugar, 2. find regular Snake Oil or even honeyed Snake Oil blends to be generally stubborn about drying/having much throw, and who don't mind a sweeter, lighter blend of it. I can see the strong cherry beginning being offputting to people who aren't fans. I also find that this doesn't have a huge amount of lasting power before I have to reapply.
  13. Kytha

    Court Crows Hair Gloss

    This is a light, fruity scent that I think I'm going to need to test more to decide how I feel about this. Although it's initially 'juicy' on application, it does become more candy-like over time -- perhaps it's my own experience with mango that shapes this impression, but this doesn't smell very much like fresh mango to me at all, but a more generic 'fruit without being a berry' scent. It's possible that frankincense may be the culprit for that slightly dry impression of sugar I get in the background (this is sugar-dusted fruit) but truthfully I'm not familiar enough with frankincense to pick it out. Throw and wear is minimal -- I don't get any moments of sniffing myself and thinking 'oh my gosh, that's me' like I do with some other BPAL hair glosses. Overall, I'm glad to have tried it and know I don't need a larger bottle. This would be a lovely scent for a spring or summer day -- I get the strong impression it really wasn't meant for winter.
  14. Kytha

    Hypnotize Me

    Out of the imp, it’s shocking how medicinal this reads at first, but it quickly settles down into a minty-herbal lavender. I swear I catch a whiff of something like camphor or eucalyptus, and it retains a fair bit of that medical quality to it. Refreshing but with the lavender you’ll really catch yourself dozing off.
  15. Kytha

    Cabbage White Caterpillar Hair Gloss

    This amps on me a bit too much when I spray it on dry hair, but when it's sprayed on damp it dries down into a perfect, marshmallow lemon-mint confectionary sugar kind of scent that I love. It may be up to your own personal scent preferences, but this really went wonderfully with the Goat and the Vine -- I imagine any similarly 'bright,' or 'green' smells would complement it nicely.