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  1. Drae


    Mariposita confirms that BPAL's honey note does not play nice on me *sigh* I was hoping for a creamy strawberry and lavender dominant scent, but all I get is a sweet, plasticky honey mess. Shame
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    Mango-Infused Pumpkin Chai Latte

    How interesting. In the imp, MIPCL was straight up that familiar BPAL buttery pumpkin note and mango. 10 minutes later, it is a pleasant Allspice single note (maybe a little of that coconut sugar as well). No pumpkin, no mango, no chai, no milk. I am not a foody fan, and am thankful I don't actually smell drinkable
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    All Souls' Night 1917

    Hmm, not sure what to think of this one. I can get a faint whiff of woods, but for the most part this is slightly medicinal, and unfortunately band-aidish on my skin. There is a very soapy period 5-10 minutes after application, but it burns off. I would say this is a unisex, borderline masculine scent. Interesting, but not for me.
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    Ghost House

    After first applying Ghost House, my initial reaction was to scrub it off. Very green, very sharp, with no fruit or redeeming notes. After 10 minutes of settling in, the raspberry came into play and mellowed out the sharpness. I'm impressed that the fruit elements play nicely and don't go into 'Yankee Candle' territory like most of BPAL's berry notes do, and this is a very intriguing and skillfully blended scent, I don't know how often I'd reach for it.
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    Decant of October 2011 This smells exactly how I expected it to smell, which I think is a rarity in the land of BPAL. It is that recognizable dry leaves scent that I have found in most fall/leaf scented items (B&BW candles, other perfumes, etc), as well as the sap. A true-to-life, unisex scent, very evocative of a walk through the park amongst fallen leaves October is a very mood-specific scent for me and not an every day wear, and the throw is decent, so while I quite like it I'm not sure I need more than my decant
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    Frimp! In the imp: First sniff: Wow! Very strong, I smell the lilies instantly, along with an astringent cologne smell, and something almost along the lines of scotch tape. I physically threw my head back as the scent sort of smacked me in the face. I also got a passing whiff of lotus (which is for me) but this is very masculine and not all that pleasant so far Second sniff (in the imp): It's funny how quickly your olfactory senses get used to a scent. This was not at all as scary upon second sniffing. On skin: Dried flowers and leaves, and wood. This is a pretty straightforward scent. My skin likes to turn most things to sugar, so this being a non-sweet scent is mellowing out quite nicely Drying: Straight up powdery white floral, with a hint of saltiness to keep it unisex. A touch soapy. That hint of lotus is back, just a drop of it (I can sniff it out like a hound) and I'm starting to get a bit of a headache. 15 mins later: This is super pretty, and has changed into a completely different scent than what it was in the imp. The astringency, the woods, the scotch tape are all gone. I smell clean skin after a hot shower with a lovely soap. Another review mentioned tuberose, and I am starting to pick it up too, how lovely! What a super-morphing power ranger of a scent, I'm liking it more and more as time goes on. It's funny how this goes from a downright gross scent wet in the imp, to a lovely pleasant floral. It also had a sex change from quite masculine to soft and feminine, at least on my skin. Ulalume reminds me of one of my old non-BPAL loves, Ralph Lauren Blue, and I will definitely keep it around for when I'm in the mood for an aquatic-yet-powdery floral. BOTTLE PURCHASE
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    David's Tea "Stormy Night"

    I have no recs, but I love David's Tea! I think I had a tea-epiphany when I first tried Forever Nuts, I did not know apple nut pie could be turned into a tea so accurately There are a few of their teas I'd love to have as perfumes Thanks for reminding me to head over to their store to sniff their fall collection teas, it's about an hour drive way on the other side of the city, but totally worth it
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    In the decant: A soft, floral vanilla Wet on skin: pretty much the same as in the decant. This is a breezy, light-hearted scent, sun-warmed and creamy without having any cream or milk notes (which hate my skin). I am not really getting any type of ginger. Pleasant, but a little too simple, I would have liked this to be a little more tropical floral, which sounds like what Opuhi was when fresh. Opuhi sticks close to my skin, with almost no throw. I don't dislike it but I can't say it does too much for me.
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    Miskatonic University

    Strictly by notes on paper, Misk U is pretty much a death blend of creamy, boozy, foody, sticky coffee horror, but since it seems to be so popular, I got curious and requested an imp swap. Sometimes we just need actual confirmation of our suspicions. In the imp: while not as LOUD, there's that scary sweet boozy note that made me run away from Grog, mixed with an extra sweet Starbucks caramel macchiato, Oh dear... Wet on (shea butter moisturized) skin: BOOZE AND SUGAR. It's quite loud after all, at least while wet. Drydown: The scent softens up quite a bit, and the booziness has evaporated, and the coffee takes a quiet back seat to the sugar and cream. Absolutely no books or oak have shown up. Dry (about 20 minutes post-application): goes a little Glade plug-in on me, just a sweet, brown-colored muddled mess, I'm fairly certain it's the irish cream, or even just the cream note that does this. I don't even smell the coffee much anymore, just boring, slightly plastic creamy sweetness. Cloying sweetness, one-dimensional, and just not fitting to my scent personality at all: Drae, this is why you can't do Gourmands
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    Unlike Vanilla323, I am so glad that Alice isn't dark or foody at all Alice is everything I hoped for in a light, creamy floral. When I first dab her on, she is all freshly cut carnations with a rose or two thrown in for good measure, which I adore On the drydown, the scent sweetens up, goes slightly spicy and the rose kicks in. After about 45 mins all the florals are gone, and I'm reminded a bit of Dana O'Shee (which was a sugary plasticy mess for me), probably because of the milk note, which is what I'm guessing likes to turn to play-doh on my skin. Luckily, that phase is short lived, but unfortunately so is the scent overall. 1 hour post-application and Alice sinks into my skin and disappears, leaving behind the faintest hint of non-descript sweetness. I definitely prefer Alice in the initial wet and dry-down stages, and If I could figure out a way to make that last longer on my skin, I could see myself ordering a 5ml in the near future.
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    Lolita Lempicka = which bpal?

    Actually, I might have spoken too soon. I tried Uruk again another day, and didn't get LL at all. It must have just been my chemistry, or maybe I unknowingly put Uruk where I had put lotion or a different BPAL scent earlier, to give me that impression. How strange!
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I would love to find a BPAL equivalent to Ralph Lauren Blue for Women, It is the loveliest shower-fresh aquatic scent ever I think the key notes are the white flowers (especially LOTV), the rose de Mai, sandalwood, musk and oakmoss. I was surprised to learn it has lotus, as I usually have an unpleasant reaction to smelling lotus, but I adore this scent. Any suggestions?
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    A city of mystery, wonder and majesty, said to have been built by order of Gilgamesh. Thick bitter almond and heady night-blooming jasmine with saffron, cinnamon leaf, red patchouli, river lilies, bergamot, fig leaf and the sacred incense of Inanna. In the imp: Very straightforward - Sweet cinnamon. Wet on skin: Now it's gone TURBO sweet (I don't think I've smelled anything sweeter, holy cow!) and very much like almond extract. The jasmine and cinnamon combination is a really interesting mix. Drydown: I am getting some very serious "where do I know this smell from?!" thoughts, and realize Uruk smells VERY much like Lolita Lempicka, a pre-BPAL favourite perfume of mine, despite not having the signature anise/licorice note. 30 minutes later: The almond extract goes quieter as it muddles with the spices and florals. The incense offers just the right level of soft smokiness, and the red patchouli grounds the more robust notes with earthiness. Beautiful! Verdict: Uruk is quickly becoming one of my top favourite BPAL scents. It's spicy and creamy, but the florals add an intriguing and unexpected layer, and all the notes work together so beautifully. BOTTLE, NAO!
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    Lolita Lempicka = which bpal?

    I realize this thread is years old, but I just tested Uruk, and after the drydown I went crazy with *HUFF* 'What does this remind me of?!' *HUFF* and it hit me - Lolita Lempicka! It's not as licorice-y, and it doesn't share ANY of the same notes, but to my nose it is almost an exact match, amazing!
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    in the imp: Mmmm, Juicy juicy peaches! This is seriously the juiciest BPAL scent I've smelled to date Fresh On skin: I want to lick my arm! Unfortunately, the sugary sweetness of the peach wine, blood orange and tuberose is amping, and it's going into Candyland territory for me. Drydown: Violet and tuberose are trying to fight through the bold fruity notes, and the boozy 'wine' is becoming more apparent, but for the most part this is purely peach sugar. I'm a bit sad that I'm not getting any of the carnation either. Verdict: I love stone fruit scents, but too much of anything is a bad thing. I was hoping all the floral notes would temper the sweetness in this one and give some much-needed depth and sophistication, but I just feel like a giant Fuzzy Peach candy. I also tried layering this over Pontia (lavender and bergamot) and it is much more grown-up and what I was looking for