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    Rose, marine, lilac, possibly apple and honey

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  1. 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...
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    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Miyabi

    It’s All I Have to Bring Today

    This was much heavier than I expected it to be. Nothing breezy, and the wildflowers seem to have gone out. It's what I would call very strong honeyed amber dryer sheets on my skin. The description sounded so pretty, but this is definitely why I go for decants vs. bottles most of the time.
  8. Miyabi

    Cherry Blossom Vulva

    I get the cherry blossoms when it's wet on my skin, but it does have a commercial perfume feel to it. I think that might be the cream and the gardenia, which is what wins out. It's lovely, to be sure, but I also feel like that what it becomes on me is not my type. Whatever fruitiness there is disappears with the cherry blossoms. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it, but it's not for me.
  9. Miyabi

    Women Copulating

    In the bottle, it's definitely JASMINE, and even more so on my skin, with a bit of a plasticky note. Once I compare between the skin and bottle, I can detect the cognac in the latter, which gives it a slight commercial perfume scent. Anything else (honeyed cream, vanilla, sandalwood) are nowhere to be found. I was kind of hoping for the honey to sweeten things up, but I could layer this with Chaste Moon 2010 if need be for sweetness. It smells sharp, wet on the skin, but it seems to calm down as it dries.
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    Meigetsu Ya

    Oh, I wanted to like this. Citrus! Frost! They usually go so well together! But the mandarin on me is coming off as a blend of orange Starburst and possibly bathroom cleaner. It's not for me.
  11. Miyabi

    Marshmallow Snow

    I will never, ever, get sick of BPAL's slushy snow note: I fell in love with it with the imp of Skadi '04 and the rest is history. Marshmallow Snow does not disappoint when comes to slushy snow--it's the first thing that comes into my nose, and then there's the marshmallow to soften it, and this is gonna sound weird, but it smells...warm? Almost as if it's toasted. It's a sweet cuddly scent, and I'm glad I got it without trying decants first!
  12. Miyabi

    A Cozy Sweater and an Apple Cider

    I am getting a lot of laundry, but the soft woolly kind, with just a touch of skin. It's lovely and cozy, but I was also hoping for more apple cider! I might just layer it with a little of Lambs-Wool (the mulled apple scent that doesn't burn me) to see if that does anything... EDIT 9/1/21: after my bottle has aged some, there is definitely more apple in this!
  13. Miyabi

    Bleeding Walls

    Bleeding Walls has a scary name, but it's really a sweetheart once you get to know it! I get hit with cherry gummies when it's wet, then it fades for a short while, leaving a "commercial" type scent, and finally it settles into a clean fruity scent with a bit of old paper, as if someone dropped some cherry jam onto the pages of a paperback. My decant just came in today, but I ordered a bottle earlier, and I'm glad I did.
  14. Miyabi

    Peach Tea, White Musk & Lychee

    This is lovely. Very fruity, very clean, and a bit floral from the lychee. So glad I bought a bottle.
  15. Miyabi

    Hotaru No Yu Hair Gloss

    oh, this is definitely lilac. it's definitely sweeter and more floral than Salt Phoenix, and I sense a bit of creaminess from the amber, but overall it's a very pretty springtime floral that I need a bottle of, sooner rather than later.