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About Miyabi

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    Rose, marine, lilac, possibly apple and honey

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  1. Miyabi

    Pink Peach Blossoms and White Plum Flowers Hair Gloss

    Very fruity floral white peach tea is what I get upon first sniff, and that impression doesn't go away when it's been on my hair. It teeters between fresh and sometimes sickly-sweet. I've already got Peach Tea, Lychee, and White Musk, so I think I'll keep my decant, but I won't look for a bottle.
  2. Miyabi

    Plum Blossom Twig Hair Gloss

    Sniffing it from the bottle, I get labdanum and honey in that order: sweet perfume, almost reminiscent of some hair product I used back in the early 2000s. Sprayed on, the plum comes out to balance things with fruity tartness, making this unique and refreshing. If there's any lemon amber, I assume it's just amplifying the tartness. Overall, my impression is basically a honeyed plum candy perfume, which is not what I was expecting, but delightful nonetheless. I'll need to compare this to Pink Peach Blossoms and White Plum Flowers, but I may want a bottle.
  3. Miyabi

    The Peacock Queen

    I'm trying the 2021 version, and this is so much better than 2018. No funky old lady potpourri, but fresh, sweet, and more shy and reserved than haughty. I love it.
  4. Miyabi

    Snow White

    2021 version. Alas, I think I am part of the contingent that gets Play-Doh, from out of the imp to drydown. It has a bit of a vanilla-almond tinge to it, but I already have Dana O'Shee for delicious almond, and Dana also doesn't give me Play-Doh vibes, to boot.
  5. Miyabi

    Her Eyes Have Feasted on the Dead

    Clean floral soap. It wears close to the skin, but it doesn't fade. It's clean and inoffensive, not quite for me, but it's a very pretty and quiet perfume given the name! I'll definitely keep the decant.
  6. Miyabi

    Floral Sheet Ghost

    On my skin this is basically ALLCAPS PINEAPPLE. I don't know if that's the florals that soften it just a bit as it dries down, but I'm getting no rose or peony, which is what I was hoping for! Pineapple lovers, this is for you.
  7. Miyabi

    All While Dreaming, Shakes Her Head

    I seem to be one of the odd ones out, as I did get dried rose, but only for a few fleeting moments. I smelled something lemony at first (the redcurrants?) but it eventually dried down to patchouli on my skin, and patchouli is a death note. I think something similar is in Bleeding Walls, because I get that on the drydown after the initial cherry goodness. Really was hoping this one might have had me come around on patchouli, too. This confirms that I need to avoid it at all costs.
  8. Miyabi

    Nymphae Avernales

    Oh, this one surprised me in such a good way! It's all sweet cherry candy on the skin wet, but later on, that steel note comes in and grounds it instead of clashing. I don't know if a bottle's in my future, but I do like it. It's kind of what I was hoping Bleeding Walls would be for me.
  9. Miyabi

    Urban Undine

    Somehow, I'm amping the ambergris (which I don't mind, but I was hoping more for the lavender and ocean spray, which appear briefly before vanishing). It's pretty, and it's a good "clean but not soapy" scent, but now my skin's eaten a lot of it except for a bit of the ambergris, so I don't quite think it's for me.
  10. Miyabi

    The Lady of Shalott

    I had high hopes for this, but from application to drydown all I got was GARDENIA. No aquatics, no ginger, just GARDENIA blasting me in the face. Guess Sea of Glass remains my number 1 BPAL aquatic...
  11. Miyabi


    Tried out an aged imp this morning. Wet on skin I get a salty edge, but mainly indolic florals. It does thankfully dry down into what I think is a very strong tuberose. Lovely! But not for me, and I'm missing the aquatic notes in here.
  12. Miyabi

    Thalassa, the Galapagos Mermaid

    So I love aquatics (Sea of Glass is one of my BPAL favorites), but I gotta agree with the folks who say they're getting men's cologne from Thalassa. It has been Benzoin City ever since I put her on and I'm getting Dangerous, Suave, and Charming Pirate Captain instead of Dangerous and Beautiful Mermaid. Benzoin is lovely, but this was ultimately not what I was looking for.
  13. Miyabi

    The Lilac Wood 2021

    This was everything I hoped for and more. It's like a lilac version of Chaste Moon 2010, with Chaste Moon's crystalline iridescence of blues and pinks, and while the lilac's definitely there, it doesn't punch you in the face like Salt Phoenix does (which is also lovely, but also stronger), and it's also not WOW FLORALS like Hotaru no Yu. This version of The Lilac Wood is a quiet shimmery iridescent purple. It does dry down to powder on my skin, but I don't mind that. If you like lilac, I think it's worth trying!
  14. Miyabi


    Bumping this up! So far the only aquatic I have of BPAL is Sea of Glass, because it's a great feminine marine white floral. It smells more of salt than dryer sheets, and there's enough of a floral undertone to not have it go into men's cologne. There's a definite clean, crystal blue-green quality to it. How does Thalassa compare? For those of you who have and love Sea of Glass, is Thalassa something you'd recommend trying? The frankincense kind of scares me, in all honesty.
  15. Miyabi

    Flowering Peonies

    So I really wanted to love this because peonies! lychee! green tea! It was going to be the fruity floral of my dreams. But on my skin and to my nose, the peony and lychee is nowhere to be found (and there seems to be no bergamot, for that matter). It is tuberose dryer sheets; lovely and would probably layer great with other florals, but also not why I ordered the decant to begin with. The throw is not very strong, as in I have to sniff harder to get an idea of it on my skin--it's more a whisper than anything else.