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Lunasariel

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    Amber, lavender, night flowers (especially jasmine), citrus (especially bergamot), tobacco, musk (especially black and red musks), vanilla, old books, well-worn leather, ambergris, some boozy notes (whiskey, rum, bourbon). Also, unexpectedly, coconut and creamy notes, which I dislike the taste of, but my skin LOVES the smell of.Death notes: fougeres, aquatics, mosses (possibly the culprit in fougeres), any type of lily.

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  1. Lunasariel

    Gingerbread, Coffee Bean and Smoked Vanilla

    In the imp: If this is gingerbread, this is a fascinating nutty, smoky, maybe even chocolatey gingerbread. Now that Soupy has pointed it out, I do get the El Dia de los Reyes comparison - it's the same kind of smoky, gritty-smooth chocolate-coffee combo. I really, *really* hope this continues on the skin, because El Dia de los Reyes is one of my favorite BPALs of all time. Wet: A candied citrus note emerges, giving the impression of Mexican hot chocolate garnished with a twist of candied orange peel. I think I'm picking up the ginger from the gingerbread as cinnamon? Dry: The candied orange peel fades, leaving a pleasantly dry, smoky vanilla bean/coffee bean (not vanilla extract/brewed coffee). The cinnamon-but-probably-really-ginger is more noticeable at skin-level, but still present.
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    Jacob's Ladder

    2017 edition In the imp: As classic an amber as you could wish for - light, perfumey, and just a little powdery, with a lovely, subtle floral note as an accent. Wet: Soft and subtle amber and resins. This almost smells like one of the RPG scents meant for layering - it's so soft as to be elusive on its own, but I'm worried that actually layering it with anything would overpower it. This smells like something out of a cut-glass bottle on your glamorous grandmother's vanity. Dry: A little warmer and dryer, but pretty linear overall. It's amber all the way down, with some tonka and benzoin also notable, and less rockrose than ITI, but still present.
  3. Lunasariel

    The Musical Seances

    The second series commenced at 15, Southhampton Row, on Wednesday evening. Into the present course, the medium, Mr. Shepherd will introduce some of the more marked peculiarities of his singular performance. He sings at each concert in the soprano voice. A marked peculiarity: tonka bean and red sandalwood with orris, lemon peel, and leather. In the imp: A very light, almost powdery scent. I'm getting mainly the orris, with just a touch of leather and vague sweetness - maybe the tonka? There's a hint of a zing at the tail end, which I'm guessing is the lemon peel, although it's not identifiable as so at this stage. Wet: The orris is still dominant, although now the leather runs a close second. No zing, lemon-y or otherwise, though. No tonka or sandalwood that I can detect, alas. Dry: Tonka and sandalwood arrive to save the day! Now the orris/leather (mainly orris at this point, tbh) combo is elegant and subtle, not overwhelmingly powdery. This now smells like the dusting powder an elegant Victorian or Edwardian lady would use. Still no lemon peel that I can pick up, but perhaps that will improve with age.
  4. Lunasariel

    Oblivion

    In the imp: Gingerbread???? The oil itself is a gorgeous mossy green, and reading the listed notes, I was expecting something along the lines of Hemlock - a dark, musky-green scent. Instead, I have straight-up gingerbread, fresh out of the oven and gently cooling beside a cup of chai with plenty of milk and honey. I guess this is the saffron and "wood spice" at work, but this is definitely a foodie blend right now. Wet: Briefly balanced between foodie-spicy and woody-spicy, before the woodiness takes over and the musk comes out. Especially close to the skin, I definitely get the cologne comparison - it smells clean and woody-musky-fresh, almost austere but not unfriendly. From farther out, I get some of the warmer notes - patchouli, labdanum, maybe even an echo of gingerbread and chai. Dry: The spices become woodier, and I can see the incense comparisons now. It's heavy on the patchouli, labdanum, and musk, more or less in that order. From afar, however, I still get the occasional whiff of gingerbread/foodie spices. Interesting, and comforting, in a weird sort of way.
  5. For the Solstice, I wore O and The Lights of Men's Lives for the journey back towards the sun, but for Christmas, I wore my traditional El Dia de los Reyes 2015, my ultimate happy scent. Well, that and Paladin, which my wonderful boyfriend bought me a bottle of!!!

  6. Lunasariel

    Midnight Bonfire

    (Yes, I'm still reviewing Weenies. >.< I love my job, but only being able to test new perfumes on the weekends is one of my less-favorite aspects.) In the imp: My first impression was "fresh night breeze." I think this is the ti leaf and sage - BPAL's sage generally reads as softly, broadly outdoorsy to me, while ti leaf makes things fresh but not ozone-y or aquatic. I wouldn't immediately peg this as a floral, but there is some jasmine in there, twining around the sage. Maybe just a hint of woodsiness or smoke, but not an awful lot Wet: And there's that smoke! It wavers for a few moments before resolving into definitely pine smoke, but it's not at all sharp or astringent. The sage is most likely to thank for this - on my skin, sage generally provides a gorgeous green-tinted, soft-focus filter over everything, and this is no exception. I think the ti leaf is also still going strong, providing the feeling of elusive curls of smoke on a soft nighttime breeze, instead of the snootful of smoke that you get from standing right over a campfire. The jasmine becomes an unexpected addition here: at first it felt incongruously elegant and ladylike in what is otherwise a campfire-on-a-beautiful-summer-night scent. However, after a few minutes, it melds into the smoke and sage wonderfully, becoming a little wilder and earthier. Dry: As expected, the fresher, lighter elements burn off. This leaves the smoke more prominent, and the patchouli makes itself known. Overall, it's now a resinous, herbal scent, much darker and more appropriate for the witching hour.
  7. Lunasariel

    Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs

    In the imp: A cool, smooth, sophisticated, musky amber, very a la Haunted. And maybe with a hint of lemon, also as in Haunted? Wet: Musky, resinous, and maybe a little soapy? I'm definitely getting the ti leaf, which reminds me strongly of certain Shungas, White Rabbit, or maybe even Dorian. But Dorian goes *very* soapy on me, so that might be appropriate, too. Dry: After a few minutes, the soapiness fades and the musk comes forward, making it warmer, cuddlier, and, yes, fuzzier. It remains a musky amber throughout, with the ti leaf being a persistent accent. It's the ti leaf that takes this away from being a Haunted clone and into something softer and a little bit fresher.
  8. Lunasariel

    Lambs-Wool

    In the imp: A rich, fruity, spicy scent. Primarily apples, but these are warm, cooked apples, as in pie or cider, not fresh off the tree. It's a pretty sweet scent, but just the way fruit is sweet, not over-sugared. Wet: This scent showed up to the holiday party to have a good time, and boy is it going to. A boozy, festive cider scent, and whoever's making it was generous with the spices - whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, none of this wimpy powdered stuff. Dry: Sweeter and drier, but a honey-like or sugary sweetness, not just the fruit. The milky, creamy notes finally show up as the booze burns off, and the spices are now very mellow and blended-in, like the drink has been simmering for a good long time.
  9. Lunasariel

    The Goat and the Vine

    In the imp: A strongly green, sappy scent (if I didn't know better, I would say dandelion), overlaid by juicy apples. Wet: The vegetal green notes, now with woody overtones, clash with the almost floral and/or green apples for a few seconds before settling down into something smoother and richer. Now it's still a green scent, but a very "perfumey" green. It smells classic, like something my grandmother or great-grandmother would have worn. Dry: The green notes last longer than anticipated (usually they burn off within a few minutes on me), but after an hour or two they're mostly gone, leaving sophisticated rosewood/vanilla/benzoin - pretty, but a little soapy. Hints of beeswax still hang around, as does a certain woodsy greenness, but the latter in particular is very faint.
  10. Lunasariel

    An Encampment of Shepherds

    In the imp: A subtle, jammy rose and a dusty, vaguely organic scent that could be the clay, the tobacco, or both. Soft, elusive, and intriguing! Wet: Oh man, that rose tobacco! I don't think I've ever smelled this particular combo before, and I love it! It's rich and syrupy like rose jam, but drier, less sticky, with a wonderful smoky element. Further from my skin, I also get more of the oudh and tonka, rounding it out for a glorious oriental. This is a rose-dominant scent for people who hate rose. The clay note emerges after a few minutes, blending wonderfully with the dominant rose (rose tobacco?) instead of just drying it out. Dry: The tonka comes out a little more over time, as does the tobacco. The rose stays noticeable until the very end, though. It ends up with a sort of omnidirectional sweetness that's as much tonka as it is rose. I don't really get any clay at this point, unless it's whatever is reining in the rose and making it blend so well with everything else.
  11. Whenever I wear Hellfire, I am apparently compelled to hum the Disney song at least once.

  12. Lunasariel

    Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field

    In the imp: When I couldn't resist taking a whiff right out of the mailbox, it was a big ol' punch of vetiver. It's still a very vetiver-dominant scent: rough and vegetal, and maybe just a touch rubbery/synthetic? It's a little sweeter and more musky than vetiver SN, but vetiver is mainly what I'm getting. Wet: As George Takei would say: oohhhh, myyyyy. A non-foodie bourbon vanilla, but It's Complicated. The vanilla itself is gorgeous, but the vanilla roughens it up and smokes out the edges, while the wool wraps everything together wonderfully. It's a very unprocessed, natural-smelling wool at that, as though there's some lanolin in there. (Lanolin-sensitive people: don't worry! No lanolin listed, so I really think it's just the interplay between the three notes that makes me think of raw wool.) I can only hope it stays this wonderful for the duration! Dry: A rich, heady, smoky-vanilla-and-then-some scent. I'm really getting the bourbon in "bourbon vanilla." I agree with the above commenters: if you're on the fence about vetiver, or it isn't an absolute death note for you, you might want to give this one a try - it's vetiver at its best, smoky and rugged and mysterious. As for me, I'm trying to decide whether it's *too* rich and heady. If not, this is a definite bottle purchase!
  13. Lunasariel

    The Hare

    In the imp: A light, living, green scent. I'm definitely getting the dandelion and grasses, and I think the sage is making the whole thing aromatically instead of sharply green. Right now, there's only the barest hint of floral, and a pretty green floral at that. There might be a touch of warm fur, a la Coyote, warming things up, or that might just be me trying to smell the listed notes. Wet: A sappy, heady, green scent. The honeysuckle is more prominent, and the dandelion is now greener and milkier. I agree that this is a very springtime scent, but I would also reach for this one during the sticky dog days of summer or on a cold, drizzly, gray day in winter, to remind me of what spring is like. Dry: The sage and, to a lesser extent, the fur note, makes an appearance, but never edges out the dandelion/grasses. Ultimately, it settles down into a more aromatic/herbal, less sappy version of the wet stage. The honeysuckle, too, hangs around, albeit quieter and less heady than before. I agree with previous reviewers that this is a springtime scent, but one that doesn't have to be worn in springtime.
  14. Lunasariel

    This Wan White Humming Hive

    In the imp: A light, sweetly perfumey honey, reminiscent of Womb Furie or Iulia, L'Artiste du Diable, and more vaguely reminiscent of scents like O or White Rabbit. Maybe some ambergris is contributing to the light, airy feel? Wet: What I think of as a classic BPAL scent: a lightly resinous, sweet, incense. The honey has become definitely more beeswax-y, and is mingling with the ambergris to uplift and smooth the scent into something elegant and strange, beautiful and otherworldly. This is what I think one of Tolkien's Elves, particularly Galadriel, would smell like. Dry: Pretty linear. As expected, the airier, lighter elements fade away, leaving it pleasantly base note-y. Now I would call it a gently honeyed incense, or maybe some particularly aromatic resin. The honey/beeswax is occasionally more of the former, occasionally more of the latter, but generally a good balance between them. Holy crap, this is beautiful. It's simultaneously a scent for snuggling under the covers on a cold day, and for sweeping around majestically, aware of your own power and beauty. I love this.
  15. Lunasariel

    Samhain

    My first Samhain, woohoo! In the imp: Wow, there's a lot going on here. It's mainly a spicy-fruity scent, but I wouldn't exactly call this a gourmand. It's rounded out by hints of woodsiness - sometimes sharp and green, sometimes earthy and almost damp-smelling. Very much a cool-weather scent, like walking through the woods between rain showers, with a cup of something warm in your gloved hands. Wet: The apple evaporates 99% entirely, and the sweet mulled spices 85%. What I'm left with is a fascinating scent that I thiiiiiink is mostly pumpkin and patchouli. TBH, it reminds me most of apple rootstock, woody pumpkin stems, and firewood laid out but not yet lit. There's also a note in here that reminds me of... hay? Cedar? Alfalfa? It reminds me of the way the hutches of my pet mice and guinea pigs used to smell, but in a good way. I think that might be the mullein, which I have zero experience with, but google tells me is a healing herb. It's almost a dry, dusty smell, while still remaining very vegetal. Huh, interesting! Dry: A beautiful balance between ITI and wet. The spices and apples (and I do agree that these are red apples) make a comeback, but the woodsy, pumpkin-y notes also hold their own. This one lasts for a looooooooong time - still discernible after 14 hours, albeit as an unexpected but distinct honey note. Overall, I wouldn't entirely call this a foodie scent, although the apples, spices, pumpkin, etc. are prominent. I guess this a scent of harvest, of storing fruits and vegetables in dry root cellars against the winter.
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