Jump to content
Post-Update: Forum Issues Read more... ×
BPAL Madness!


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About raisin

  • Rank
    evil enabler
  • Birthday 10/10/1984


  • Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Country
    United States

Contact Methods

  • Livejournal handle
  • ICQ
  • Website URL


  • BPAL of the Day
    Mysterious Warning
  • Favorite Scents
    Love: Lavender (all surrounded with hearts and stars), leather, linden, water, ozone, carnation, lilac and stargazer lily (the last two not so much in BPAL though, it seems). Mysterious Warning, Casanova, Envy, Aziraphale, Yvaine and Tristran, Cordelia, Jazz Funeral, Herr Drosselmeyer, Jolly Roger, Toad Hall, and Hunter are among my favorites that I've tried. I prefer the androgynous or more "masculine" scents to the girlier ones in general. The Dragon's Blood stuff is a total dealbreaker for me, but I also don't love wearing terribly obvious florals, and most rose tends to go that way on me. The "incense-y" type scents are also not often my cup of tea, but I'll occasionally find a use for them.

Profile Information

  • Pronouns
  • Interests
    books, movies, costuming, Disneyland


  • Chinese Zodiac Sign
  • Western Zodiac Sign

Recent Profile Visitors

3,324 profile views
  1. raisin


    Pale moss, white kelp, sea buckthorn berry, ambergris accord, Somalian frankincense, rose geranium, and salt. I mostly get the salt water fragrance, but it's a feminine kind of salt water. Wouldn't be able to pin down anything else in it, except that it's vaguely greeny-floral. Reading that there's some kind of berry in it, I could believe it, but it's nothing I pulled out on my own. Reminds me a LOT of Thalassa. It's close enough on me that I'm not sure I need a bottle of both, but this one is really nice. I'd recommend it to fans of the salt water scents.
  2. raisin

    Rapunzel in Ballpoint

    Glad to have snagged this. It does go on very green apple, but seems to soften after a little bit. It definitely reminds me of Snow, Glass, Apples in that next stage. Most bpal apple scents fade on me entirely, but this one kind of sticks around. It fades into a very nice, soft, fresh kind of musk, which I love. There isn't much throw, but it's there, and that suits me fine.
  3. raisin


    Holy cow I think this might be a rose I actually like. I was absolutely prepared to dislike this one, but gave this a test, because I love carnation and bergamot and the imp didn't smell too offensive. The result is very clean, slightly sweet, and more green than I would have expected. I can totally see where people are getting soap, but I don't mind that in a fragrance at all. Something is balancing the rose here really nicely, and I think I may end up going through my imp. Absolutely not what I would have expected.
  4. raisin

    Enlightenment of the Courtesan Jigokudayu

    Based on the reviews, I didn't expect to like this one, since "sweet", "fruity", "candy", and "floral" are all things I tend to avoid. I thought I was safe. I sampled this one at will-call, however, and adored it. It's soft and pleasant and I'll totally second the "skin-scent" description. Very faintly, I get the pear (the same one from Ginger Skulls, which is the only other pear scent I've sampled) but mostly it's kind of a nicely blended creamy-and-vaguely-smoky type thing. The coconut I get is more husk than fruit, the florals are only barely there (which is a little bit of a bummer, because I do actually really love carnation), and the incense is pleasantly mellow. It's really a perfectly unobtrusive oil and I'm so pleased I gave it a try.
  5. raisin

    When your favorite GC blends are discontinued

    I've not tried it, but in this thread it gets compared to a few others, like Zephyr, Regan, Megaera, and Kitsune-Tsuki. It was also compared to a couple LE's in this thread.
  6. raisin

    Ginger Skulls

    I was hoping to get more ginger out of this, but I'm not disappointed that the result turns out to be spicy pear instead. It starts off a bit sweet and artificial, but dries down to a really gorgeous blend. I need to order a bottle immediately.
  7. raisin


    A nice, dark amber with a lot of throw. I'd agree that the musk mainly just tones down the sweetness. Not a terribly complicated scent, but it ought to be pleasant enough for amber fans.
  8. raisin


    Straight up, exactly what my dryer sheets smell like. I can't even pick out individual notes, it's just too precise.
  9. raisin

    Down the Rabbit Hole Atmosphere Spray

    I got this as a freebie from an ebay purchase, and pretty quickly ran through the goblin squirt. I did not expect to like it, since my track record with the popular scents has been pretty bad, but man... I love this. It's definitely evocative of [what I remember of] spring, and the fresh, wet earth scent is fantastic. It's really what's lacking in most other "spring" scents. It doesn't make things smell dirty or dusty at all, but adds a relaxing earthy coolness I can't get enough of. My only problem with this scent is that it does go slightly stale after a couple days, and smells just a bit more perfumey than I would like. It's almost, almost enough to talk myself out of a bottle purchase. But then I just spray a little more, and fall in love with the fantastic fresh scent, and start wondering if I can order this by the gallon.
  10. raisin

    Boneshaking Antique Velocipede

    What a weird, weird blend. I had to try it. I definitely get cucumber and woods at first (definitely reminds me of Antikythera Mechanism in all the good ways), but then TONKA! It becomes the TONKA! show for a while, and is very, very, very strong. When that settles down (a few hours into wear) I really enjoy it. The cucumber doesn't seem to totally vanish, and there's a slight coldness from the sage (though if I didn't know there was sage in here, I'd never pick it out) and what I think must be the coconut. I had been expecting something a bit colder, but this might actually be a winter scent (go figure). The TONKA! phase is perfumey as hell and borderline nauseating, but the scent a few hours in might be worth toughing it out. It's certainly unique enough to warrant a lot of consideration.
  11. raisin


    My first reaction was "what it says on the label." But in retrying it, I am finding it much fresher and lighter than I expected. It doesn't have much throw, and I can definitely see where the "cologne-y" description is coming from. It's got some wonderful papery notes, some wax, but I'm thinking those candles must be ocean scented, because there is a definite freshness to it. Still, I had worried about the incense, and that's not something I'm getting out of this at all. May have to become a bottle purchase.
  12. raisin

    Agnes Nutter

    Not sure if it's the gunpowder or the rusty nails, but I definitely get a metallic vibe from this one. The woods and smoke make a great base for it, though. Once it dries, it's a lot more subtle than I would have imagined. Definitely more like bonfire smoke on the air rather than sticking your face in it, and any hint of barbecue (which is a bit prevalent when this one is wet) seems to fade away. Overall, it's a pretty straightforward, "what it says on the label" kind of scent, with a surprisingly soft drydown. Not positive when I'd wear it, but I'm enjoying it.
  13. I haven't smelled RSVP, but if he liked Dee and lavender, you might want to give Casanova a shot.
  14. raisin

    When your favorite GC blends are discontinued

    Misericordia from the Vampires Don't Sleep Alone line has the same lavender and magnolia as far as I could tell, and smelled really similar to Yvaine in the bottle. The lavender didn't last as long as I would have liked, and the other notes give it kind of a smokiness, but it was a similar enough scent that I decided I didn't need it as long as I had Yvaine. I'd give it a try!
  15. raisin


    This one is a lot less mellow than I would have imagined. If there was such a thing as spanish moss juice, it would smell just like this. I don't get any lilac, just something green/dark purple and syrupy. It's surprising. For the notes listed, it's just not mellow enough for me. Still, though, interesting!