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About clephan

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    A mystery of spooks
  • Birthday 03/16/1977


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    Blackberry jam and scones
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    Gluttony, Depraved, Tombstone, Noir, Rose Red, Samhain, Old Port-Au-Prince, Eidolon, Old New Orleans

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    Mmm, the usual. Music, art, literature. Perfume.
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  1. clephan


    Terrible of me, really. I've had the Arkham blends for a year now, and there are still several that I've sniffed in the bottle and though - 'ooh, nice, I'll try that one day'... and one day hasn't arrived. Still, I'm determined to address that! Azazoth has been following me around all day. Every time I answered the phone or pushed my hair back from my face, there he was, singing and screeching. Vetiver is definitely the most prominent note on me, and has been going strong for well over 8 hours now. I've been having a phase of wearing the floral and fruity scents recently, and this is a very nice contrast to that. Unlike several other reviewers, it doesn't smell too blokey on me to be comfortable. I'm wondering if the fact that it's been in storage for a long time has aged the cedar - I'm certainly not perceiving any of the sharpness that reviewers mentioned when it was new. Instead, it's a warm wood note, very much in the background and muted. Tangerine never comes out on me in the slightest, but the black amber is just now starting to come out as the top note fades a little. All my scents are keepers but this one may be moving a little closer to the front of the box
  2. clephan


    Mm, well this is all rather flash! It's certainly good to be back on the forum, and things seem to be speedier... or maybe I'm just still getting used to the Powerbook over the poor old Tecra Tortoise. Anyway, I should be at work by now, so I'm off
  3. clephan

    How to make a paypal order.

    Here you go.
  4. anyone? Give us a chance, your post's only been up there a day While I'd normally say that two weeks probably means your email might have gone astray, there have been a few festivities over the last two weeks. In this instance I'd give it until the end of the week, just to make sure it's well out of any holiday backlog. As for your icon - not sure. Was it one from the forum gallery or one hosted elsewhere?
  5. clephan

    Pink Phoenix

    A very short note - I never do reviews! This will probably only resonate with the Brit contingent, I'm not sure if you guys get these over the water but... Cherry Tunes!!!
  6. clephan

    Harry Potter Spoilage? No Way Jose!

    Me too
  7. clephan


    Tunes. You know, the throat sweets that you suck when you've got a cold. This is the lemon and honey syrup centre that floods out when you get bored of sucking and crack it open with your teeth.
  8. clephan

    What do bottles and labels look like?

    There was a big problem with getting hold of cobalt blue bottles a while back, and the Lab switched to using amber ones just to make sure that orders were filled. It could be an availability problem again, perhaps.
  9. clephan

    Wholesale inquiries

    On the BPAL website's contact page... I don't really feel this is an area we'd want a forum section on - wholesale negotiations are probably best kept private between the Lab and the (potential) vendor.
  10. AFAIK her last day is tomorrow so she's still on the case at the moment.
  11. clephan

    Pronouncing "BPAL" and scent names!

    Hmm. I'm probably completely wrong here! (but then, I still say 'samhain' as 'samhain'!) R'lyeh - 'ruh-lie-eh' (with a bit of a gap between the ruh and the lie) Nyarlathotep - 'nuh-yar-le-toe-tepp' (only kind of slur the nuh and the yar together) It probably doesn't help that most CoC games I've played have never once used the *names* of any of the beasties we meet... or where they live!
  12. clephan

    Where is this scent?

    That's because it's an up and coming scent: it's a new one that the Lab hasn't released for sale yet, so it isn't on the website. This forum has a really powerful search facility. If you type in 'kweku anansi' then it takes you to two results, the second one down is the three page review thread in the 'up and coming' section. Please note also that this thread is for questions *about the forum*, not general ones. I've asked for this to be moved to the BPAL chatter thread.
  13. clephan


    My boyfriend's first comment when I walked into the room wearing this was 'Samhain'! I think the only real similarity is the pine note - there's a certain earthiness that's present in them both. This makes a wonderful head-clearing scent. I was awake much too early today, and I have lots of routine, dull stuff to do, and this oil has done a fantastic job of brightening me up. I've been wearing it for about an hour, and the sharp pine scent has mellowed into a more gentle, sleepy musk-pine. I'm not getting any juniper at all, but I think that's because the sharp pine notes drowned it out when I first put it on. Quite lovely.
  14. clephan


    Decadence, on me you're apricot and almonds. Apricot first of all, loudly so and reminding me of the way I fell in love with Depraved.... but then it mellows to a strongly almond and Amaretto note. I'm thinking of cyanide! Maybe I'm just in a morbid frame of mind. It will make an amazing scent for Halloween, mysterious and darkly sleepy.
  15. clephan

    Chaos Theory

    I have bottle number X. (Or is that letter X, number ten? I can never remember how you reference Roman numerals. ) Anyway. The scent. In the bottle, this smells citrussy sweet, with an underscore of ... mm, something reminds me of Gluttony, is it hazlenut? For some reason I'm thinking of Christmas. On, wow and kaboom, coconut. For those of you who have tried Spooky, it's the nutty part of that without any of the rum or mint. Ah. That's why I was thinking of Christmas then! However, instead of the festive air of Spooky, this makes me think of summertime. It's coconut and lime. It's actually the photograph from an old cookery book I have, one by Delia Smith of all people, of coconut ice cream with lime zest sprinkled over, and thick sweet lime sauce poured over the top. The picture is lit in glorious liquid golden sunlight, and looks sublimely tropical. That's what my lovely Chaos Theory smells like to me.