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About Lill

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    BPAL: Ava, Daybreak, Snake Oil, Mouse's Long Sad Tale, Temple Viper, King Cobra, Boomslang, Red Lace, Black Lace, Womb Furie, Pele, Snow White, Pink Snowballs, Hope and Fear Set Free, Celeste. Other: Coco, Theorema, Eau de Shalimar, Black Cashmere, SL Fleurs de Citronnier and Datura Noir, NAVA Plesiosaurus, Spooktacular, Lavender Honey Creme, Wiggle Apricot Vanilla, Buxom, Possets Gingerbread Whorehouse, Scent of Angels. Love vanilla and incense blends. I am generally a fan of florals, but so far the only BPAL florals that work for me are Pele and MLST.

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  1. For some reason the forum says you cannot receive messages! Eep!! 
    Anywho, super interested in your Koala Blue pretty please!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 

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    Flickering Lights, Fluttering Curtains

    I just received this in the mail, and I plan to write a longer review later, but I think RoseThornAndOak is right: this reminds me very much of Tattered Lace. Perhaps a little warmer in feel. I'll do a side-by-side comparison in a few days and report back.
  3. I went crazy for orange blossom this summer and got a lot of different orange blossom scents from a variety of companies. I think this might be my favorite. I do get the Froot Loops reference in the beginning, but then on me it fades to a slightly sweetened orange blossom and stays that way for awhile. Good lasting power on me, and the orange blossom isn’t too sweet or diluted with other notes. Very nice.
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    Party Tricks Hair Gloss

    I agree with Nepthys: sweet, pink and feminine but also airy and light. Not too sweet. It doesn't last long in my hair, either, but I am still tempted to get a back-up. It's wonderful.
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    Rope Pulley

    Delicious creamy, sweet, strawberry-marshmallow. I slathered it and it lasted most of the day. Very nice!
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    Perfumey scents

    Haven't tried either one of those; thanks for the recs! I am especially interested in Media now since it sounds like we have a similar relationship with Ava.
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    Perfumey scents

    Thank you so much for the recommendations! I'll keep these in mind-- they both look good to me.
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    Perfumey scents

    Any new "perfumey" (whatever that means) recs? I am deeply in love with Ava (although it is a very assertive scent, so I don't wear it as often as I might otherwise), and I also love Zorya P, Beautiful Death, and Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending so curious to hear if there are any new discoveries out there?
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    It has been a looong time since I have worn Contradiction, but if I remember correctly Morocco has a similar feel: "The intoxicating perfume of exotic incenses wafting on warm desert breezes. Arabian spices wind through a blend of warm musk, carnation, red sandalwood and cassia." It's worth a try!
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    Wear it when you want to feel like Saundra Dee! It smells slightly sweet, clean, and wholesome. It doesn't smell strictly feminine to me though; you could also wear it to feel like Rocky Horror. (He always seemed rather innocent and wholesome to me, in spite of the debaucheries surrounding him. At least in the film version.)
  11. Lately I have preferred the heavier oils that bloom in the heat: Snake Oil, Banshee Beat, etc. One thing I love about BPALs is that they tend to stay closer to the skin than alcohol based perfume, so even the heavier ones are rarely overwhelming to me. The only ones I don't like in sweltering heat are the heavy incenses like Midnight Mass and All Soul's-- something about them smell best (to me) swirling around in cool or cold air. Of course, I am not a fan in general of lighter scents (they often smell high pitched to me) so take my preferences with a grain of salt!
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    I really, really like this. It is VERY reminiscent of Snake Oil; earlier in this thread someone commented that perhaps those that get play-doh from Snake Oil should try this and I think that is a good call. Wet: Really strong, dense, surprisingly perfume-y. I wasn't sure I liked it at this stage. I agree with the reviewers who said it smells "vintage." It is also vaguely reminiscent of Shalimar (maybe older Shalimar, prior to the last few reformulations?). I smell lemons, and amber. I also smell whatever component is also in Snake Oil that sometimes smells musty. I always thought it was the patchouli that did that but it must be something else. Dry: The mustiness only lasted a few seconds. I still smell everything else but the scent immediately starts lightening, softening up, and smoothing out. Now I smell vanilla! I have heard that other people get a caramel-vanilla scent from amber sometimes so maybe that is what is doing it. It's getting more and more delicious. Not foody, but definitely yummy. I put it on my wrists and rubbed it on the inside of my forearms-- to me the throw is not huge, but I get whiffs of it as I move. I will check with my husband when he gets home. One hour: More of the same. No noticeable fading yet; although I did reapply a smudge of it. To me, this is definitely an oil whose dry down is much better than the initial application. I will update if it morphs again, or if it lasts an inordinate amount of time. Good stuff! I am going to try it a few more times, but I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes one of my favorites. Unsniffed bottle purchase FTW!
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    To my nose, Pele smells almost exactly like Secrete Datura by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. I love them both, but Pele might be a bit nicer because it is softer and smoother.
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    I have made 2 mistakes in my BPAL buying career: I got my first bunch of imps approx. a year ago and, although I remember being interested in Snake Oil and Pele, ended up ordering 6 others, none of which blew my socks off. I finally tried Snake Oil for the first time in December, and I fell in (almost) instantaneous love. I have since gone through a few bottles-- I add it to lotion, oils, and bath gel. I ADORE it. Today, I received a frimp of Pele and as soon as I sniffed it I fell in complete, utter LOVE. Why didn't I follow my instincts and order Pele (and Snake Oil) a year ago?!? ANYWAY, onto the review: In the imp: Delicious! Softly floral, it smells familiar. What does this remind me of? Wet: A very well-behaved floral, soft and warm. Maybe it reminds me a bit of Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi shampoo? Must be the ginger. Dry: About the same as in the bottle and wet. I know what it reminds me of-- Diorissimo! It's not exactly the same, just reminiscent; must be the muguet. Lasting power doesn't seem too bad. It's a soft scent, and although it fades fairly quickly I keep getting phantom whiffs of it a few hours later. Definitely won't mind reapplying this. Summary: This is the first BPAL floral that I absolutely, completely adore. Other florals such as New Orleans, Zephyr, Suspiro, and Euphrosyne just didn't agree with me and made me think that BPAL florals in general just wouldn't work on my skin. I am happy that Pele has proved me wrong!
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    Wow, Boomslang is kinda great! And I generally don't care for chocolate scents. I just got some of this because of all the love it has been getting on the forum! Wet, it smells a little like chocolate candy to me too-- maybe a tootsie roll? After it dries down I can smell a hint of the snake oil underneath all the cocoa, but the cocoa takes off the medicinal smell of fresh snake oil so it's a softer, smoother snake oil. This reminds me a little bit of the (discontinued) commercial perfume Lea Extreme by Lea St. Barth. I think it's the cocoa/vanilla/musk combo. Also, Boomslang lasts a good long time on me. I put it on in the afternoon and could smell it the next day when I woke up. I did, however, apply it multiple times so maybe the layering helped the lasting power? I don't think this has replaced my love for plain old snake oil, but it is definitely good stuff. Highly recommended!