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Sakura Tsukikage

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  1. Sakura Tsukikage

    Lilac!

    The Lilac Wood is one of my favorite BPAL scents, and I hope it comes back someday! I actually got a lot of lilac from the GC scents Veil (White sandalwood, lilac, gardenia, violet, orris, lavender and ylang ylang) and Nocturne (Deepest violet touched with lilac and tuberose), but again, judging from the reviews that's not true for everyone. Cave of Treasures I haven't tested on skin yet, since I've had a cold since practically the day after I got it and can't smell a thing, but it smelled really lilacy to me on first sniff! I also get a lot of lilac from Fairy Tales and Lies, so maybe it comes out on me. Penis Admiration (Lilac, ho wood, smoky vanilla, galbanum, and tonka) isn't my strongest lilac-dominant scent, but it is really lovely all the same, so I thought I'd mention it here. I've always wondered how similar it might be to Ashlultum, but I haven't tried the latter. They don't have similar notes, necessarily, but Penis Admiration comes out to a smoky, woody vanilla lilac on me, which does seem similar to descriptions of Ashlultum. Ville-Marie from Pretty Indulgent doesn't come out super strongly lilac to me, ironically enough, considering the notes (Madonna lily, crabapple blossom, Begonia Juliana, dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids, and five varieties of lilac), but it does have a lot of the soft, velvety sweetness I associate with BPAL's lilac note (I got that "feeling" of lilac from Ghost Revelry and The Unicorn Rushing etc., too, quite a bit). I get more lilac from the above perfumes, though.
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    Gift Certificates?

    I actually had this same issue. In the checkout screen, at the very top, there's a button that says "apply account balance" and should have the gift certificate amount. You have to click that button to get the gift card applied to your order, and after you do, it should show up on the screen as a credit to your order down near the checkout button. Hope that makes sense!
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    Leather

    Paladin!!! A thousand times. It's sweet, light, complex, and gorgeous. I can't wear masculine leaning blends, and I've always shied away from leather and metal, but Paladin is one of my must haves, I've gotten lots of complements on it. Paladin- Immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor. Definitely agree with the recommendation of Paladin. That's pretty much how it reads on me, too, and I'm also not into "masculine" leaning blends too often. I really love the vanilla in Paladin and how it plays with the other notes. I think the armor note is a bit more dominant than the leather, but it reads as a leather blend to me as well, and it's a favorite of mine.
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    Springtime scents

    Speaking of Pretty Indulgent, I find Peacocks, the Salon scent, to be a lovely dewy, wet floral, though it might be more later spring/summer. It works really well on me! Notes are: Asian pear, white musk, bamboo pulp, violet, ambergris, sugar cane, night-blooming jasmine, plum, freesia, and moss. It seems like a few other Salon scents might be nice florals that could work for this purpose, too, but I can't speak to those, not having tried them.
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    Fleurette’s Purple Snails

    I wasn't really on top of writing reviews last year, and I don't think I wrote any for the Lupercalia scents I ended up getting. However, maybe I can rectify that just a bit now! First of all, I definitely agree with the reviews above me--this is a sweet, candied violet scent that gives a sense of sugared woods underlying it and somehow manages to feel sophisticated as well as sugared and candied. I agree with the not too sweet candied violet scent description, and I also get the comparison to a candy heart. There's a definite sense of wood to this, even though the sugared violets are the dominant note. The sandalwood is recognizably sandalwood to me, if very soft, but it doesn't particularly strike me as white sandalwood, even though I can recognize the white sandalwood note BPAL uses elsewhere (and which I'm a big fan of) if I concentrate on picking it out. At first, as this goes on, I don't get violets, more of a caramelized, candied sandalwood with a hint of the orris root if I think about it--I think the orris is interplaying with the sandalwood at this point to create that sense with the sugar. This changes, though, as it dries down. The violets come out, and it becomes recognizably a sweet violet scent. I also definitely get a sugary sweet note that seems to be almost cooked/crystallized, though not to the stage of caramelizing, like the coating of sugar over the candied violets. I also still get that underlying sandalwood, and to me that also feels sweetened and sugared, as if that sugar crust is coating the sandalwood as well. This is not a light or airy or elusive violet scent to me, as many violet scents can be, and it isn't a green one--it is grounded, warm, and sweet, somehow rather substantial, with the sandalwood heart and base and the rest of the scents layering the violet. As it wears, I feel like the powdery, almost creamy, orris develops more presence. It's sweet but not too sweet, soft, and very very nice. I wore this scent today because I wanted a strong violet scent (I've been on a kick for violet scents lately), and it did not disappoint me in the least. It's one of my favorite violet scents from BPAL, actually. It reminds me a bit of the Sweet Violets scent I have from Haus of Gloi in some ways, but that has a weird note on me to start as the sugar resolves into something recognizable, and this doesn't, and Fleurette's Purple Snails has far more complexity and depth and becomes sweeter and creamier as it wears.
  6. Sakura Tsukikage

    Cherry blossom

    I love cherry blossom scents! (As might be guessed by my handle here, I suppose.) I have, and love most of the ones mentioned about, especially Voyeurs Among the Cherry Blossoms, Hanami, Jingu, The Fox-Woman Kuzunoha Leaving Her Child, and Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree, as well as Aizen-Myoo. More recent scents include Reflected Vulva (Sweet pea, cherry blossoms, and sugared cream), one of my very favorites, but unfortunately it's highly sought after and hard to find these days. It's deliciously sweet and almost frothy. Another Lupercalia scent from that year, There is a Garden in Her Face, is a soft floral that also includes cherry blossom, but to me it's clean, gentle, and the other florals are more dominant (Cherry blossoms, pink roses, and graceful white lilies under a sheen of pale honey). Poisson d'Avril 2012 is another soft, sugared, sweet floral scent that includes cherry blossom, but again, it doesn't strike me as dominant there (though it is a lovely scent, both years, though I think only 2012 includes cherry blossom). Another one of my favorites is Aphrogenês (Orris root, iris, white honey, white sandalwood, coconut, and cherry blossom), which is a soft, gently sexy scent that actually does strike me as showcasing the cherry blossom a bit. There's also The Phoenix in Spring (Dandelion florets, cherry blossom, spring wildflowers, and myrrh), which is a fresher, greener, and deeper cherry blossom scent. Cheshire Moon (2008 and 2013) is a very fresh, fruity scent with cherry blossom, but it doesn't stand out to my nose. And then there was The Elephant's Leash (Peach blossoms and cherry blossoms with red musk, Oaxacan amber, copal, lilac, and white sandalwood) which is a bit deeper and more resiny. Bakeneko (which is also a bit rare, I believe), also has cherry blossom, but it strikes me as more of a spice scent (Warm amber musk, Satsuma tangerine, black tea leaf, cardamom, cherry blossom, and cinnamon). I haven't tried this one, but Before the Snowy Window (Snow-dusted cherry blossom, passion flower, peach musk, and tuberose) also has cherry blossom. Pink Mood also has it (Vanilla, star anise, cherry blossom, peony, violet leaf, and neroli) alongside anise, a bit like the GC Kyoto. Those are all LEs, but there's also the new unimpable GC in the Kabuki line, Little Sister is Watching You, which is a very pure cherry blossom scent with a hint of electricity/aldehydic notes. I love that one!
  7. Sakura Tsukikage

    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    Tonka and benzoin can be very like vanilla, so you might want to try seeking those out, too?
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    Limited editions equivalents in the general catalog?

    I hope the Vicomte works out for you!
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    Limited editions equivalents in the general catalog?

    The mint/ambergris/floral combination might have something in common with Vicomte de Valmont? The notes are: ambergris, white musk, white sandalwood, Spanish Moss, orange blossom, three mints, jasmine, rose geranium and a spike of rosemary. There's also the discontinued Utrennyaya (Osmanthus, Damascus rose, violet, delphinium, white mint, palmarosa, and white sandalwood) for a mint/floral combo, but that's probably ever harder to find, unfortunately.
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    Pears - different BPAL pear scents

    I hope you can find some!
  11. Sakura Tsukikage

    Anise, Aniseed, Licorice, Liquorice, Fennel, Ouzo?

    I'm not sure how sweet you want, because it doesn't sound sweet at all, but there's also Pottaskefill out of the current Yules, with notes of: Salt licorice, birch tar, black pepper, and leather. If you're interested in atmosphere sprays, too, the recent Halloween LE Licorice Whip was black licorice and leather, I believe. In terms of scents in the GC, they're a lot less heavy on the anise/licorice impression than the ones listed above, but the anise is still noticeable in: Kyoto - A gentle, soothing blend of cherry blossom, white sandalwood, and star anise. The Robotic Scarab - Polished metallic notes, glossy leather, frankincense, star anise, and thin lubricating oils. I've tried both of them and like them, but they're definitely more floral and metallic respectively than licorice. But mentioning them anyway in the spirit of completion, and because they're GC!
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    Pears - different BPAL pear scents

    I haven't tried it myself, but the older LE Marotte might be what you're looking for! Notes are: Golden pear, amber, fig leaf, oakmoss, bronze musk, mahogany, patchouli, and a smattering of glittering pyrite.
  13. Sakura Tsukikage

    Stekkjarstaur

    This scent is wonderful, simple, and gorgeous. I love it. It's so, so marshmallowy, you can almost taste whatever makes marshmallows fluffy, sticky, and gooey on the inside when you smell it. It's fluffy and sugary and soft. As it wears, it gets more and more sweet on me, and gives me the impression of the melty inside of a marshmallow, with sugar. It's like a sugary marshmallow SN. It's not really complex, and it is vanillaed, for sure, but in the sweetest way possible, definitely more marshmallow than anything else. It's foody, but not intensely so, it's just very . . . marshmallow. It's sweet and simple, and I absolutely love it. I, too, am going to want more bottles. This actually did last a while on me--pretty much all day--but I don't tend to have trouble with scents lasting on my skin, either.
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    Père Noël

    This is such a lovely scent! I wasn't sure how this one would turn out, since I'm a bit dubious when it comes to anise/licorice notes in scent, but I absolutely love it. It smells very sweet to me in the bottle, and on skin I get an immediate hit of sweet orange wafting around me, sugary and almost creamsicley, but not necessarily anisey. Closer to my skin, I do get the lavender and it deepens the scent just a bit, melding with the anise to give it an herbal depth of a sort--herbal isn't quite the right word, because it's so sweet and candyish, but it's the only word that comes to mind, but if you're afraid of herbal scents, I wouldn't say you need to be worried about it, it's just deeper and not quite as candyish close to the skin. As it wears, the sweet orange dominates (and there's definitely a tangerine quality to it), but more anise moves into the waft--but I still love it! I agree with the sense of sugared vanilla candy with sweet, gentle anise and a hint of lavender described by other reviewers. It had great sillage on me, and it lasted much longer than I expected! I put it on around noon and I could still smell hints of it when I was heading to bed, though it was very light after about five hours. Still, I didn't expect it to last that long. This is such a sweet and lovely scent! It's unusual for a holiday scent, but it also seems to really capture the feeling of Christmas and the holidays for me. Still, I think you could certainly wear it year-round!
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    Rice flower scents!

    I guess it can be a bit hard to find, but I have seen it come up on the sales pages often enough!
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