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  1. DiesMali


    East sat the crone, in Iárnvidir, Fenrir’s progeny: of all shall be one especially the moon’s devourer, in a troll’s semblance. Hati Hróðvitnisson, He Who Hates, the Enemy, He Who Swallows the Moon. The son of Fenris, he feasts on the flesh of the dead and on the final day, he will devour the moon and spatter the skies with blood. He is sated with the last breath of dying men; the gods’ seat he with red gore defiles: swart is the sunshine then for summers after; all weather turns to storm. Frost-limned fur, hackles hunched with insatiable, implacable rage, and death-white fangs crusted with clove-tinted blood. In the bottle: Faintly aquatic. Wet on my skin: Soft, fuzzy, gentle snowy-aquatic. Dry: Despite the rather ominous-sounding description, this ends up being a soft, fuzzy, comfortable scent on my skin. I can't really pick out specific notes, aside from a whiff of what I believe to be slightly spicy blood musk, because this is exceedingly well-blended. There's a slightly lavendery-ozonic snow, I think, atop...fur. It's fur. Clean fur, smelling slightly of high-end pupper shampoo. Having three cats and three dogs, it's an oddly familiar scent that took a bit to place, but which definitely smells like it smells, at least to my nose. Plus that bit of spicy blood musk and snow. It's a darker side of comfortable and snuggly, like a big ol' fluffy, smiling husky who looks uncomfortably like a wolfdog as he eyes your Shih-Tzu with an expression usually reserved for a raw steak.
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    Zoe and the Goat

    In the bottle: Sweet, honeyed patchouli. Wet on my skin: Patchouli sweetened with specifically rich, thick, almost sharply-sweet honey. After a minute or two, as it begins to dry, it smooths out a lot from the initial sweet-sharp bite. Dry: GORGEOUS. This is probably my favourite of the Weenies I ordered this year. It reminds me a bit of the earthy honey at the base of Blood Kiss, without all the extra ingredients. It's just wonderful, and if you're someone whose skin likes patchouli like mine does, best get on this one. It's a sweetened, golden-honeyed patchouli, and while the cream isn't really there as an obvious note itself, I can tell that it's there smoothing out and softening the patch and honey. This might be one for a second bottle. 💞
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    Blackcurrant Sufganiyot

    In the bottle: Doughy fruit. Wet on my skin: Unffff. Black currant jam with golden doughnut. Dry: This makes my mouth water and is giving me a hankerin' for a jelly doughnut. The pastry note, if you're not familiar with what a sufganiyot is, is like the delicious fried and sugar-dusted golden doughnuts you can get in many Chinese restaurants. Those are so delicious, and discovering that I can PUT IT ON MY SKIN??? was just fantastic. The blackcurrant note was a bit worrisome, as some berry/fruit notes smell rather fake/plasticky on me, but I need not have worried. This is very realistic and not at all Jolly Rancher, and it blends perfectly with the dough note. So good. So. Gooooood. Now I understand why there was so much hype over the ______ Sufganiyot scents!
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    Chocolate Stout Cupcake

    This is for the 2017 version. I haven't tried the 2014 release! In the bottle: Omg. You know how really rich chocolate (like Ghirardelli) brownies smell after you mix the batter but before you bake it? It's that, exactly. Wet on my skin: The same as in the bottle. With chocolate buttercream icing. Dry: I'd tried unsuccessfully to get my hands on a bottle of this before, but unsurprisingly, they're pricey and last for about 5 seconds when listed for sale. I CAN SEE WHY. OH. My. Dog. It is dark, slightly-boozy chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream icing, except it's on my skin. I smell edible. I want to gnaw on my own arm. It literally smells like the chocolate stout cupcakes/brownies I have made in the past. Like, I don't even know HOW Beth does this, cramming a freakin' cupcake in a bottle, but okay. This is amazing. As a foodie-lover, I'm in chocolate stout heaven.
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    Psychodynamic Discharge

    In the bottle: Hot, wet, black leather and asphalt. Wet on my skin: I swear to dog, this smells like a black leather-clad '80s punk rocker smoking a cigarette in an alley during a rainstorm. Extremely evocative of that exact kind of scene. Dry: Leather, vetiver, and coconut-sweetened musk with patchouli are the main players in this, at least on my skin, and while it's not at all what I was expecting, I REALLY like it. The vetiver is definitely burnt ash vetiver, the leather is black and worn, but well cared-for, and the musk and patchouli give a very 'organic' sense to the grit and ash. Rose and cinnamon aren't really obvious, but I can tell they're in there because of the cool tinge of spice they add to the dark, gritty, dirty leather and vetiver. I get no ginger at all, which is fine. YMMV, but on my skin, this is a darker, edgier cousin of Highwayman (if the gardenia in that one disappears on your skin, as it does on mine, you may get a similar feeling from Psychodynamic Discharge). It quiets down a little as it wears, allowing a hint more rose to come out and letting the sweetness of the coconut and red musk tame the gritty leather/vetiver...but only slightly. This scent starts as that black leather-clad '80s punk rocker smoking a cigarette in a rainy alley, ends with The Crow teaching you how to unfasten all those buckles on his pants. /fans self
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    In the imp - Mmm, realistic pine. Wet on my skin - Beautiful, realistic, herbal pine and cool night air. Dry - I really like this, and I think I'd buy a bottle of it if I could. I love realistic foresty scents, and this is one of the nicer ones I've tried so far. The pine is smooth and cool, like sticking your face in a snowy Christmas tree under a still, cold, starlit sky. The herbs brighten the pine a little after a bit, with the chamomile most prominent (like a mug of chamomile tea after you've come indoors to warm up, maybe), and the patchouli keeps the whole blend from verging into cleaning solution or air freshener territory. So pretty. Can we have this as a bottle someday? Please?
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    In the imp - A big, fat, fluffy gardenia with a lavender crown. Wet on my skin - Gardenia! With a wisp of lavender. Dry - I knew this probably wasn't going to work on me, due to the gardenia, but I wanted to try it anyway. IF I was a white-floral person, I would probably love this, as it's actually quite pretty. It's a big poofy gardenia, but a somewhat melancholy one with silvery-grey wisps of lavender and almost smoky cedar. Alas, even though I actually kinda like it, the gardenia is doing its thing and giving me a headache, so I will be passing this on to someone who will be able to appreciate it more, sans headache.
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    Beaver Moon 2017

    Traditionally, Beaver Moon is named thus for a very obvious reason: during this time of year, beavers are hard at work building their dams and preparing for the onset of winter. Not here at BPAL, though! Its our semi-annual opportunity for absurdity and campiness. This years cheesecake is a werebeavers indulgence: chocolate espresso bean cheesecake with a chipotle caramel cocoa drizzle. In the bottle: Rich, creamy espresso and chocolate. Wet on my skin: This goes on with a wave of rich, thick, warm espresso and gooey chocolate. The caramel comes out to join it after a few moments, and my mouth is actually watering because it already smells SO DELICIOUS. No cheesecake yet, but it might be part of the warm creaminess. Dry: Foodie heaven. Seriously. This smells exactly like the description, and right now, I'm REALLY regretting being on a mostly-liquid diet for the next few weeks. It's espresso and chocolate, primarily, but more of a darker baking cocoa than milk chocolate. There's a dry, bitter edge to the coffee/cocoa if you inhale deeply, and the caramel and what I think must be the cheesecake itself give it all a sweet (but not TOO sweet), gooey, warm, creamy feel of burnt-sugary caramelized goodness. I am not getting much, if any, of the chipotle on the backs of my hands, but there's definitely a bit of a spicy kick in the crooks of my arms, so I suspect this is one that will smell better on warmer/less-dry body parts. If it smells THIS good less than two hours out of the mailbox, I can only imagine how good it will be with a few months' aging.
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    Vampire Princess

    In the bottle: Plummy, musky, dark floral. Wet on my skin: Beautiful wildflowers over dark, smooth, lovely musky plum and patchouli. I REALLY like this from the moment it goes on. Dry: I think this has dethroned The Night-Raven and Black Moths as my favourite dark floral + plum/patchouli scent. It's a slightly lighter cousin to Black Moths, in particular. It could easily be placed in the Crimson Peak lineup, I think. There is an almost fabric-like, smooth, silky note that comes out as this dries, and it honestly smells like the exact kind of black silk/lace a vampire princess might wear. The plum oudh, blood musk, and patchouli are the main players closer to the skin, giving the whole perfume a deep, dark, lush "purple" quality, the vanilla I think helps to smooth it all out, and then over the top (particularly in the throw, not so much on the skin) are these beautiful, lightly-sweet wildflowers. I think there might be gypsy rose and cornflower in the floral notes, and not sure what else. Possibly crocus or tulip. It's all so well-blended that it is difficult to pick out any particular floral note. The lavender doesn't really show up at all as its own note, but rather joins the rest of the flowers in the wonderful cloud of purple now surrounding me at my desk. I love this. I really think it may be in my top BPAL florals ever.
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    In the bottle: Smells just like an apple pie, heavy on cinnamon. Wet on my skin: CINNAMON. With a little bit of baked tart green apple, and after a minute, sugary dough. Dry: Okay, so I don't normally react to cinnamon, but this one burns my skin if I put it in the crooks of my elbows or the base of my neck. Not badly enough to avoid wearing it, and it goes away within 10-15 minutes or so, but those with a cinnamon sensitivity will definitely want to avoid it. That out of the way...this is soooo nice now that it's had a week to settle! It's definitely cinnamon and apple-forward at first. The apple is tart cooking apple, maybe even Granny Smith or the like, but it's a very foody apple whatever colour it is. The funnel cake dough doesn't have much presence until it's been on my skin for 10-15 minutes, at which point the whiff of raw dough from the wet stage becomes something very like pie crust. It's now dough and apples, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and with just a bit of creamy strawberry on the top. The strawberry isn't really a note in and of itself, but I can tell there's a hint of fruity, creamy sweetness helping to restrain the cinnamon bully. This is a foodie scent through and through, and I hope the pastry/dough note comes out even more as it ages, because it's making my mouth water. Yum!
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    'Tis The Voice Of The Lobster

    In the imp: Eye-watering fruit. Wet on my skin: SWEET. Almost sickly-sweet fruit and gardenia at first. I fear I have made a grave mistake. I KNOW what gardenia does, and I know what anything in the orange family does about 3/4 of the time. Dry: This...dries into something that's actually rather nice, even if it's not quite to my personal scent tastes. The gardenia poofs, probably because of the musky-woody base, which also keeps the fruits from totally spiraling out of control. It ends up smelling like a delicious fruity dessert pie for about an hour, then fades to tart, juicy blackberry jam over spicy musk. I'm gonna keep the imp, because this is SO far out of my usual scent profile and yet somehow works anyway.
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    The Sun in Anger Swore

    In the bottle: RED. Spicy, red, bloody musk and amber. Wet on my skin: This goes on very similar to The Deluge of Blood. The musky, earthy, spicy blood has an almost cave-air like quality at first, and the dragon's blood is definitely not the sweet, floral sort. Dry: I bought this because of the previous review comparing it to The Deluge of Blood, and I am not at all disappointed. It's in the same scent family as that, Ketkrokur, and Ill Omen. Dark, spicy, resinous, earthy, and bloody-musky sweetness that is at once sensual and just a little bit disturbing, in the same sort of way that a vampire sucking on a freshly-bitten, utterly-willing neck is both sexy and taboo in polite society. If you like DARK resins and spice, this is a blend for you. The dragon's blood is neither overwhelming, nor of the floral sort, and it plays quite nicely with the other notes tempering it. It softens after some time (2-3 hours), with all the notes still present and in play, but now they're like like the fuzzy, waning red of a late sunset instead of THE WALLS ARE BLEEDING. I am so glad to have a bottle of this. It's SO good.
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    Hunting for the ultimate _____ blend

    Evil from the GC is more complicated than When Nothing Was, but at least on me, the opium note in Evil is the predominant note, and it's that same sweet, smooth, little bit smoky one from WNW.
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    Disastrous Twilight

    As when the Sun, new risen, Looks through the horizontal misty air, Shorn of his beams, or from behind the Moon, In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds On half the nations and with fear of change Perplexes monarchs. – John Milton, Paradise Lost Star-touched blue amber, gurjum balsam, pale orris, Somalian myrrh, benzoin, red sandalwood, and ylang ylang. In the bottle: Misty blue. I dunno, that's what it is. Wet on my skin: I have no idea what this is that I'm smelling. It's REALLY STRANGE but I also can't stop sniffing the crook of my elbow. It goes on smelling a bit like a nice herbal shampoo, but quickly loses that and settles into something I can honestly only describe as "misty blue" as it dries. Dry: This is a very, very unusual, atmospheric, and honestly just WEIRD scent. It's definitely in the Oriental family, with soft woods and resins lending a lightly golden backdrop to the rest of the notes. The blue amber, orris, and ylang ylang just do this THING, though, and I'm having a hard time describing it in terms of actual notes, because it's exceptionally well-blended and one of those scents that is more than the sum of its parts. It's the colour of the blue-grey mist that rolls over the Midwest in the early morning, as the sun just begins to rise. Cool, soft, a little bit powdery, and very, very smooth. I haven't ever smelled anything even remotely like this before, but I already know that I like it.
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    Behind the Veils

    In the bottle: Sweet, fruity red wine and a dab o' sweet, fruity red musk. Wet on my skin: Starts out a bit grapey, but then...it smells like The Top and Chinoiserie from Luper 2015 had a love child. WINNING. Dry: This is definitely a sibling scent to Chinoiserie, cousin to The Top, Obsidian Widow, and Lilith. I am absolutely ecstatic that it smells like the former in particular, because that is one of my top 5-ish scents and I was gutted that I missed getting a backup bottle! Now I can wear them both more often without being terrified of never finding another bottle! The prominent notes on my skin, as this dries, are the opium wine, myrrh, and musk (it's more like indigo musk than red, on my skin) then all the spices in the background. Again, it's very like Chinoiserie in top notes, with the sweetness coming from wine and honey instead of wine and roses. The spices give it an incensed quality, like temple incense, and oh that musk and myrrh just make the wine so velvety-burgundy-smooth and sexy. My skin tempers most spices a bit, so they remain supporting notes instead of running wild (sorry to all the cinnamon-ampers). I'm in a happy cloud of sexy wine, resiny-spicy incense, and velvety-smooth musk. I'll probably get a second bottle at some point, because it is SO GOOD.