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    Foodie scents, vanilla, and tobacco


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  1. follis

    Brusque Violet

    Let me just start by saying I am not a floral person so I am bias from the start! From the imp, this has that slightly rubbery smell, that some violets tend to have. Once on of course it transforms. I get violet/orris (more green than floral) with something dark lurking in the background-- possibly opopanax but I am just guessing. It's slightly resinous. The mint is well blended and not noticeable, thankfully. This is thankfully not medicinal at all on me. Osmanthus is also something I'm not familiar with, and from what I read it can be fruity? As this scent warms up, the florals do become slightly fruity. I actually quite like this for someone who does not like florals. As it dries, it is briefly powdery before turning quite creamy, sweet but still resinous-- possibly the opopanax coming to the foreground? I actually don't like powdery scents so I am so pleased this remains creamy on me. This scent has a brightness/coolness to it. This, is surprisingly nice and quite complex. I can see why people call opopanax sweet myrrh. Unfortunately it is a skin close scent, with low throw, but I can imagine someone slathering this on and wearing it with a knowing, secret smile, daring someone to get close enough to indulge in this cloud of sweet resin... Alright Brusque Violet, you've won me over. After 50 mins it's still there. It's still sweet with maybe a hint of violet still, slightly less creamy and becoming oh so slightly powdery, but thankfully not completely baby powder on me. This lightens considerably though, after an hour, and after 2 it is very just barely there/skin close. So unfortunate this is short lasting, because it's really quite lovely.
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    Jovial Embrace

    Initially this is very fruity, with a hint of oakmoss (kinda grassy to me). Quite strong but low throw. The oakmoss eventually blends itself in so it's predominantly fruity with a chypre feel. As it dries more I get some vanilla creaminess. It's such a shame it's low throw, because the dry down on this is lovely, and unfortunately short lived, disappearing on me after 2 hours.
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    Darn. I should have realised this would not go well on me but could not resist. I love the bottle art on this one and had to buy it, and it smells delicious in the bottle, but sadly I just cannot do almonds! It always smells fake and plasticity on me, and the buttercream just isn't able to hide it for me. Over time, I just get this toasted rice smell that for some reason I've been getting in some gourmand BPAL's /heartbreaking. It eventually settles into a cakey almond but not enough for me to wear it. *sob*
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    Red Amber & Oud

    I bought this because I recently got into ouds and ambers and wanted to give BPAL's ambers and ouds another try. Sadly, it was not love. The amber is heady and resinous, and although the oudh is nicely dark and earthy, it has a low throw and the amber seems to over-power the oud.
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    St. Clare

    Back story: I see why some people say this smells similar to Gluggagaegir. Gluggagaegir used to be one of my favourite scents but I got a got a full bottle of it, and surprisingly it smelt different to the decant (I had already passed on). I wasn't sure if it was being unlucky, but I hesitated from getting more for that reason. St Clare was kindly gifted to me, and I am glad because now I can compare. It's funny because I was interested in this bottle only recently, before I got into oudhs (very recent), which is a part of why I had passed on it initially. I also worry as tonka can sometimes go plastic on me. The Review: I get tobacco and mahogany to start, before it blends into a rum-tonka, almost wood-leather scent. The tobacco is short lived as it fades away. It's still there an hour and 40 minutes later! I can't pick the oudh specifically, but I think it is definitely helping this one last. Unfortunately it is not the original scent I lost with my Gluggagegir decant despite the similarities. I think I am just not a huge fan of the rum note that is in both.
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    Peach Chypre

    Wet: Some fresh peach but as soon as I apply I get bombarded with cherry notes and bergamot. I'm not too familiar with labdanum, but there is something resinous and musky in the background. On: This is a pretty realistic bergamot on me with a faint hint of peach. The other notes give this a certain earthiness but not overly present. It gives it a tea vibe which I am enjoying. Dry down: I'm left with a slightly fruity musk. I can't help but think this would go nicely blended with some oudh, which would help increase it's strength and wear length (it fades on me quite quickly, sadly). If I do end up trying some together, I will update this review.
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    When wet this is hard to place-- I was getting citrus, butter and flour! And a breath of gingerbread spices that wasn't quite there. But after testing it a few times I think it's a lemony green tea, with some powdery vanilla flowers in the background. It's also sweet-- too sweet. Like lemon cakes doused in lemon rind and icing sugar and a side of green tea (but overpowered by the citrus). I can definitely see where @doomsday_disco got glaze from!
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    Antique Lace

    ...This smells so familiar. Like... Nocturne Alchemy Moonstone! Yes, very much similar. Antique Lace is actually my first lace. It is so different to what I thought it would be based on the description and I can see why. It is sweet, creamy vanilla and fruity but very softly floral. I can't help but compare this to Moonstone though-- same creamy vanilla. I also found out other people have noticed they are similar so I got my Moonstone out to compare. Both are very similar, but Antique Lace is oh so slightly more floral in comparison, and gets more so as it dries down and less creamy/more powdery. I honestly feel so thankful that I tried Moonstone first as it is one of my all time favourite perfumes without the cost of trying to find discontinued bottles! (For now!) Medium throw, good wear length.
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    Mr. Young

    Soapy laundry detergent when wet. I can see the resemblance to starched white cotton when dry (10 minutes)-- a clean scent, a touch creamy and a bit floral... Is that ylang ylang? This is really lovely here. During dry down I get a soapy aftershave and maybe black tea. No tobacco noticeable. Good throw and wear length.
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    He'd Been an Angel Once

    So... if there is secret oudh in this that is unfortunate as it is definitely the p-oudh variety. Oudh works well on me but in this blend it gives off poop vibes (or the blend does). When dry, I can smell brimstone, dark leather, the barest hint of rose, but it is greatly over-powered by... poo. I find oudh takes a while to really emerge though so I'm going to wait for the dry down... Well, if it's not oudh, it's a very dark blend. I get whiffs of leather, brimstone and musk, and fortunately, it's not poo any more. 1 hour and a half later and the scent is almost gone, with maybe a tiny touch of "oudh" leftover. This is uncommon for proper oudh so I wonder if this blend was more of an accord.
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    Revenant Rhythm

    So, I finally decided to try this and see what all the fuss was about. I was around when Banshee Beat first came out but patchouli had never been my thing until I realised BPAL's patchouli is actually really nice. Wet: Definitely a blend. I'm not sure how I feel about the hemp yet as a perfume, but it does all smell quite nicely together. Unique in that it is earthy, slightly sweet and almost piney/resinous at the same time. On: On me, the hemp starts to read as mint. I'm really not a fan of minty scents, so I'm hesitating on whether I like this or not. The darker, earthy vanilla is really lovely, however. After a while the hemp morphs and seems smokier. There's also a sweetness from a creamy, ice-cream like vanilla on the edges which I really like. Dry down: Yeh ok it's nice! I am officially a fan of RR. I love the creamy vanilla and the slight darkness to it from the patchouli. The hemp is not minty at all any more, and perhaps is aiding in the good throw of this scent-- it brightens it whilst remaining a dark warm scent. 1 hour: After an hour it's still going strong. Wafts of hemp occasionally comes up briefly but the dark vanilla is forefront here and absolutely divine. 4+ hours later: It really does have a long wear, but the throw is now short. It reads mostly as earthy vanilla on me still. I am definitely happy to have a bottle, but fortunately I won't be needing more. I hope the hemp mellows as it ages, however... and if it does we might be in trouble
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    Alchemical Laboratory

    This initially smells mostly chemical blended into the other notes-- It almost reminds me of cleaner bleach (without the burning) and soft bright resins in the background. It is not floral, it's pleasant, and gives the impression of an alchemy lab. Unfortunately, it is also short lasting.
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    Test of Strength Hair Gloss

    I love this Hair Gloss. I bought a decant of it from a while ago and now it is the ONLY hair gloss I will wear. It's very French Tobacco smokey, with a hint of sweetness from a figgy vanilla. The cardamom gives this a very slightly spiced scent, and my hair feels amazing and tangle free afterwards. BPAL's tonka can turn plastic on me, but not when it's in my hair! The honey is also a complement with the hair gloss base rather than a strong note, which works for me as I don't normally love BPAL's honey (can give headaches). TLDR: Test of Strength is delicious. Please send me bottles if you are not wanting yours ❤️
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    Leo 2007

    Turns out I really like Egyptian amber! It has that resin tone to it without being overly heady. The florals in this are edgy without being girly and I love the hint of spice. That saffron is reminding me a lot of that dark/warm edge that Gingerbread and More Ginger gives me which I love. Slightly carnation dry down (peppery).
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    Patchouli & Tobacco

    Mmm this has that usual BPAL chewy tobacco note with a hint of patch. BPAL's patch actually works quite well on me despite not loving regular patchouli. This is an earthy cousin to French Tobacco, that gets sweeter on me as it dries down. It's still dirty tobacco but it's really nice.