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    Peninsula Deliriorum

    i REALLY wanted to love this as bpal has opened my mind to both tobacco and orange blossom. however, on me this is the EXACT recipe for dove soap
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    this is a really interesting scent because it seems like it's one of those scents that seems to need a good shake. it's straight geranium in the bottle. geranium plus tobacco equals industrial hand soap. nervous making. for the initial test i was already wearing something in my elbows so i just wiped what was on the lid on the inside of my wrist. having experimented with both slathering and dabbing, it seems to me that a heavier application is needed to truly experience all the notes. however i tried it anyway and this was pure geranium on my wrist: screechy, headache-inducing, rosy, hospital grade soap. what's interesting is that i tried it again today (2 days later) on my elbows, my more traditional testing spot, with a more generous application. one elbow is staying very much rose geranium, however the other is this gorgeous complex powdery scent, with no one note especially distinguishable. there's like a brightness to this. it gives the scent an overall bronze amber glow, like polished wood, so i attribute it to the wenge. i'll need to try this again after a good shake and see what happens cause if the right arm is anything to go by this has serious potential. low throw skin scent but lasting.
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    Variety of Pleasing Amusements

    this is a gorgeous, complex, tobacco heavy scent. in the bottle it's strong sweet tobacco, and veers toward screechy-soapy in a way that tobacco sometimes can on me. On there's still the initial blast of cleanliness, with the honey and myrrh tumbling along after to make this a weird melange of soap-sweet-powder. It does settle though, and everything plays along nicely to dry into an elegant tobacco-esque perfume. i don't ever get much of the leather; it's almost like that's a bit of a tough underlayer giving everything else a place to stick after the initial cacophony. It has a slight powdery edge, making it more unisex than straight up masculine to my nose. as a tobacco lover, i'm pleased with this. it's perhaps only a few shades off from being tobacco single note on me but enough complexity to make it fun.
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    Embracing Komachi

    Goes on light and delicate. Fairly nondescript in the bottle, light sweet powdery floral when wet. Then all of a sudden i'm at work and i'm like holy hell do i smell licorice. At first i thought it was some remnants of something else on my sweatshirt, but NOPE. It's embracing. Idk if it's maybe the combo of coconut and leather, or maybe the angelica, but this is perfectly blended to mimic a licoricey throw. I LOVE IT. It's like a musky licorice. I know angelica is musky so that must be why, and a sliver is DEF more than enough. As it dries the coconut becomes the tiniest bit more prominent and turns this all nutty and buttery. Omg this is so delicious
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    Her Voice

    So this is strong rose in the bottle for me, but like a fresh cut rose not like a red rose. Definitely wild. Freshly on the rose settles down and seems content to share the stage with the greenery. There is a distinct greenness to this scent, above descriptions of reedy/stemmy are spot on. Then there's the rosiness, and then also the beeswax and resins are sort of present, keeping either floral from overtaking. Nothing really jumps out. It's funny cause this is really well blended and "perfumey" but also fresh and green, so not exactly what i think of for a classy, classic perfume but yet it is. As it dries the vanilla amber comes out. The rose burns off first and is replaced by carnation as the most distinguishable flower note. This becomes even moar powdery and elegant with a floral edge. The throw is medium low but i can't stop huffing my elbow. I could easily see wearing this to a formal event. Gorgeous
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    Honey and Beeswax scents

    Hey everybody, I need the hive mind to tell me about the perfect beeswax-resin scent. I was able to try some heretic recently and it is the PERFECT beeswax-resin scent, but i don't expect to track any more down any time soon. It's basically what i wanted from luperci but the honey in that is one of the few bpal honey scents that turns to plastic on me. Any close dupes? Or just looking for any beeswaxy resiny woody dark chewy types in general ETA bonus points if it has tobacco 🧐
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    Blood Twinkle

    Ahhhhh this is gorgeous. I get a little leery of white musk-white florals, although i love them in moderation in practice they often veer towards shampoo on me. This is strong honeysuckle in the bottle, that sparkly effervescence, but not too soapy. It comes out much stronger on the skin, with the dragon's blood a distinct layer underneath giving it some warmth. It's overall very perfumey in a sugary femme way. It's p equal parts fruity to floral to my nose, the honeysuckle is present without taking over but nothing else really pops. More sweet floral at first with the fruitiness coming out into the drydown and lingering. Great throw, lasted about 6+ hours on me
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    A Multitude of Dreams

    I love this and i am not normally a lavender person. Like i like the idea of it, but it can be too strong and astringent for me. But let me tell you, as other reviews have noted, the combo of lavender and licorice is 👌. The lavender is p strong in the bottle but when freshly applied the licorice comes out more strongly, and they work SO fabulously together. As soon as this starts to dry the vanillic benzoin is coming out, and this smells exactly like sweet sleep hg. Unfortunately just like that hg the herbally notes burns off first, quite fast, and then it's a powdery vanilla myrrh-benzoin. Both parts are lovely, but if i were to wear this out i would def bring some along for re-apps
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    Whispers of Monstrous Things

    Interesting in the bottle. Very sour and almost musty. Really evocative of papers left in a basement or the like. Freshly on the sourness peaks then burns off. It seems like the pepper might be the culprit. After that the blend settles into this warm, subtle musk. It's really well blended, almost sweet but in a more neutral way for sure. As it dries the sandalwood kind of pokes out a bit and smooths over everything really nicely. This has a medium throw and lasts a good long time, stuck with me through a 9 hour shift in a bakery. Throw had faded towards the end but still a nice close to the skin muskiness
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    Omg this is def a morpher. In the bottle i am afraid of giallo, smells like straight soap. Very light and effervescent with an almost aquatic-citrusy edge. Once on the delicious, deep dark side comes to life and this becomes a rich, inky, sweet but not cloying, well blended scent. The tobacco is def there in the beginning, but just a well tamed hint of it. The fruits are also prominent without this being a fruity scent, def the citrus and plums. There is a lot of powder turning components here that behave remarkably well; this has a powdery edge without overtaking the scent. This is in fact a master blend, with all the components peeking out without anything really taking over or establishing itself prominently. The sweet fruitiness lessens somewhat as it dries and i feel the patchouli kind of rises up under there, but never becomes a patchouli scent. I don't ever get much red musk as an identifiable note, sadly, or the vanilla, but i'm sure they are doing their part. I actually expected this to morph more, but it stayed pretty true to form for a long time (going on 12 hours after application now and i can still detect this on me, tho only in faint quantities). I was fearful of a switch back to the initial in the bottle soapiness but this doesn't happen for me. Maybe because it's aged? (Whoa this was released in '09!) The throw now is still somewhat dark, slightly fruity, like the dregs of a wine glass left out all night. Maybe that's my beloved red musk sticking around? This has a strong ass throw, and it's so elegant that i want to save it for special occasions. I don't have many midnight masquerades to go to these days, but that's okay cuz that means giallo will stick around longer
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    Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan

    This is super light, lighter than I expected somehow. In the bottle this is all about the blackcurrant. Light, sweet, fruity, not quite as fizzy as it can be in other scents. Freshly applied, the leather comes out slightly, but it's somehow a fruity leather. The blackcurrant vibes so well with leather. I don't get any khus (if that is in fact vetiver) at all, which usually i can detect cause it's p strong. The leather stays into the dry down, then gradually burns off and becomes this absolutely gorgeous well blended fruity femme scent. Definitely a spring scent here. It's very reminiscent of the initial in the bottle scent with a little more depth, like maybe the amber and/or pepper or khus are under there giving the blackcurrant something to stick to without making themselves too obvious. Black pepper i don't usually detect much of, but black amber usually goes very powdery on me. This doesn't happen here. Mirror stays very much the same on me several hours into the drydown, then gradually turns a bit powdier/soapy as it's fading. Not much of a morpher except for the loss of that lovely leather addition. Both phases are nice in their own way, tho i def would have to carry around a little stash of this for reapps to keep the leather going if i wore this out.
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    Kabe Ni Mimi Ga Aru, Shoki Ni Me Ga Aru

    this is sooo good. Like the perfect vanilla scent. The vanilla is strong and rich when it's freshly applied. A little of the patchouli comes out but i think the sandalwood smooths it over pretty quickly, and the vanilla stays a strong point even into the drydown, which kind of seems to tie everything together. I think i have read copal as like a fizzy bright note in the past, but i'm not getting so much of that in here. As it dries further the vanilla gets a little less sweet but still very present. This sort of reminds me of celeste. Or rather, it's what i wanted from celeste but a little more vanilla and more sheer in some ways. Still, despite that this isn't really like a casual every day scent to me. Saving for special occasions.
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    The Black Swan

    So i was terrified of this in the bottle. Coming out it smells very soapy. Strong lilies verging on a single note. It honestly smells like a bottle of hand soap. As a floral lover i have come to accept that multi-flower blends sometimes turn to soap, but i took a chance and tested this today. On wet this is still strongly lily and STRONG throw. Then happily as it dries the lilies fade and let the beautiful green vegetalness described in so many reviews shine through. It's hard to pin down but there's like a syrupy sweetness to it. I think it must be the moss giving it like almost a resinous feel. The sweetness maybe comes from the lotus, it's def a bubble gum vibe without being too effervescent or cloying. There's a little powderiness but never verging on baby powder. I was a little afraid of the marine accord cause that sometimes goes cologne on me, but that def doesn't turn this way on me. Throw decreases a bit as the lilies fade but that's okay, i love sniffing myself (lol sentences i never thought i'd write before bpal). If i really huff i still smell their soapiness underneath everything else but it's v understated. Good wear length.
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    I have been intrigued by anubis but never pursued it, so i was pleased when i got a frimp of this in a package. In the vial it's a sweetish incense. The myrrh is def jumping out. On the skin the myrrh is still like whoa, and then there's like a subtle shift as everything settles and suddenly i smell... bananas!!! This reminds me of al-azif! I'll have to death match them, it's not exact. Azif is def a little darker, whereas anubis is like a lighter, sweeter, vanillic bananas. Dries to powdery resinous myrrh. V lovely 😍
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    Dark and Weary

    Can't say much about this except that it's a beautifully blended scent, regal and a touch somber. In the bottle it's a little dusty and woody, but it really blossoms on the skin. It becomes sweet and almost floral. Normally with tobacco i get like a chewy almost masculine vibe. Not so here. It's like a light non soapy white floral. Like a really elegant old fashioned perfume. The vanilla and benzoin combine forces to give this a very vanilla-centric but non-foodie vibe. I think that must be responsible for some of the sweetness as well. I don't get much of the oudh except as like an undercurremt of fizziness, which def lightens this up a bit. Not really dark and weary, more like a misty grey 🖤. Or maybe sepia toned is a better word for it. Like grey toned but underneath is like a warm goldeness. The throw on this is strong af. That's partly why i'm writing this review, cuz i'm walking around work huffing my arms. One of those weird scents where it's a strong throw but light on the skin, but if i get a good huff up close i can like taste it. It's also soaking into my clothes which is awesome. Def gorgeous on its own but i would love to see what this would do as a base layer, with all these strong notes. ETA my skin eats this like candy, and after like 3 hours the vanillic sweetness has burned off and the throw has dropped down considerably. The tobacco does get a little of that cologney mustiness, and there is a thread of oudh now, but oudh doesn't usually do that fecal thing on me so it's just a stronger, slightly bitter, woody fizziness. Really reminscent of capella dos ossos now, which must have oudh in it. Not unpleasant but def less perfumey and a bit drier and darker. Now i really want to try layering it EETA the vanilla does circle back around and peek back out, then after like 7 hours of wear on me it fades to a sweetish muskiness.
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    The Dreadful Silence of That Old House

    So i just purchased this second hand. I was very intrigued by the notes so this has only had a few hours out of the mailbox. In the bottle there is def a cologney fizzy vibe that i would call unisex over straight up masculine. I sometimes get a fizziness from oudh and labdanum. So i'm wondering if either of them are in this mysterious mahogany note. On the skin it's much the same as it's drying. Fizzy and def still unisex. It's almost ozonic in a way, not like a straight up ozone blend or rain of anything but just very light and airy. As it dries the fizziness settles down and the throw steps back a notch. The myrrh is not heavily noticeable yet except for a faint powdery sweetness. As it continues to dry this overtakes the fizziness completely and becomes a soft and close to the skin. Kind of clean smelling in a non soapy way, like a skin musk. This would probably make a great base layer if it stays as low amping and neutral as it is now. I'll have to do a retest in a few days to see if that changes.
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    Lady Death: Savage

    I was super excited to try lady death cause i am interested in perfumey blends, and she did not disappoint! Freshly on, lady death is sweet, floral, and well blended. It kind of reminds me of kanishta where it's sweet flower candy with a woody background at first then softly transforms into a powdery, still sweet but now muted, close to the skin muskiness. This is super well blended, though when fresh a hint of the sweet clean greeness of the muguet shines pretty strongly, though not as an in your face bouquet of them. This is def perfumey, and it reminds me strongly of the cheap ass, strong af girl axes sold at walmart n such. Sounds maybe like a weird description but totally in a good way. Sweet and pink and a bit bubbly, but also kinda sleazy and over the top glitzy. I am transported back to high school pre-dances, partying with my friends, practicing our dance moves and putting on way too much eye shadow, then spending the entire dance sorting out the dramas in the hallway. Good throw and pretty lasting
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    Sometimes i get a little wistful when i think about the many years bpal existed that i didn't know about them, and then other times when i hold a 10+ year old bottle i get this feeling of excitement. Kanishta is one of those times. Although i'm sure it would have been fabulous sniffing her fresh and vibrant and young, she has truly aged with grace. In the bottle there is just a sweet floral menage coming out. This isn't soapy green florals or heady white florals, rather sweet and pink. Flower musk is a good call. Nothing stands out. Freshly applied it is much the same. No overwhelming patchouli or vetiver, which would have been equally nice i'm sure. I feel like they're giving the flowers something dark to stand on. When first applied i thought i detected a whiff of patchouli on direct sniff but that melded beautifully back in as she dried. As she dries, the floral blend is almost tooth achingly sweet. I'm reminded somewhat of maenad. Not an exact dupe but similar. Poppy is a common note in both so that might account for it. This is so super well blended. I don't get the powderiness that jasminr can do. Sort of get the creaminess from magnolia but it's like it's blurring everything else together. About two hours in the super sweetness has burned off. I guess i would classify the more subdued and closer to the skin scent as "woodier" although more in the sense that it's not as much a flower bouquet as before, though i am still not getting any noticeable patch or vetiver. Overall, i love this. Very elegant and perfumey. Tbh i could have even stood a little MORE woodiness but i love it as is. Moderate throw at first, then pulls back into a more snuggly skin scent. Gorgeous. This also is very lasting, most oils on me last maybe 4-5 hours at the most, especially when i wear them to work and sweat them off, and rn seven and a half hours after application my inner arms still have a faint floral sweetness. Def becomes more powdery the longer it sits.
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    Al Azif

    So al azif gave me quite the scare. ***head's up, this review could be totally off base!*** First, full long backstory time. I just found a bottle of al azif that never made it into the folds of my collection and since this is one i've been intrigued by i decided to try it on right then. I opened it up and gave it a sniff and was crushed to smell straight carrier oil. Sort of light, def like jojoba and or almond, which makes sense cause i know the lab uses jojoba oil as a base. So my immediate thought was that the bottle was compromised from not being put away, but i decided to try it on anyway. It takes a minute, but on the skin this did start to come out to play. First there was like a foodie sweetness. Not exact but i am strongly reminded of bananas. I could be way off base here but as it dried there was a chewiness that makes me think more of fig. But still lots of banana. A little bit dark, like a banana dipped in resin. There's a hint of powdery woodiness that seems very well blended to me. I see some mention of vetiver in reviews, to me this is not coming out strongly. I wouldn't have guessed that based on what i'm smelling, tho of course that doesn't mean it's not there, but def none of the dry, herbally, bitterness i associate with vetiver. I almost feel like the sweetness is partly coming from myrrh, which goes sweet and powdery on me, but it's hard to pick out. Overall this is not exactly what i was expecting and i certainly wouldn't call it sinister. It's actually kind of comforting, and almost beachy, like a hint of suntan lotion. Not like lotion in the bottle tho, more like the remnants of it on the skin after a long day of being out in the sun. The sweetness tones down somewhat and it becomes a little warmer as it dries. It's really wild cause i'm sniffing the bottle and then sniffing my arm and in the bottle it still totally smells like carrier oil. i am honestly not sure if this is compromised or not, tho i did end up finding an imp of al azif and giving a quick sniff in the vial i did get the same generic carrier oil scent. So this review could be totally off base. But that's what i got Eta: i was wearing time's infliction of eternity the other day and it struck me that it smelled familiar, it smelled like the banana-y vibe from al azif! And today i have on ill mannered dragon and same thing at first, though it quickly blended in with everything else. So i am now certain that dragon's blood is a component of al azif
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    The Court of Honor

    This note list reads like a dream scent for me so i was def expecting to love court of honor. In the bottle i was pretty surprised to smell like a generic soapiness. This stayed the same when freshly applied, like i melted a dove bar over myself. Not unpleasant but i'm not really about that, and like i said it seemed very generic, nothing special, not even a fancy soap. I am a fan of morphers so i stuck it out hoping for an imorovement, and it took about 15 minutes but it did lose a little of the harshness. It sort of turned more mellow and golden. The description in some reviews of "creamy but not foodie" is p accurate. Unfortunately there was still a soapy aspect to this, now mixed with straight baby powder, that keeps this from being a scent i love personally. The tobacco is probably the most prominent (i'm not good at id'ing that), with the orris a close second. My mom was reminded of the guest bathroom of an elderly woman living in the south/by the seaside and i think that's p accurate. ETA the word i was searching for here is aquatic. This is an almost aquatic soap with a cologney edge, a trifecta of Things I Do Not Like Overall it's hard to give an impression of this. I definitely did not like the beginning wet phase, and this is def something that needs to be applied while getting ready to give it some time to settle. The drydown was a little more baby powder than elegant powder for me, though not bad. I'd say this is a scent i like but don't love and i'm happy with an imp's worth. I could see myself reaching for this before some kind of professional event or as an office scent. Light throw but seems to have good staying power.
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    Red Oud & Balsam

    This is one of those don't judge in the bottle moments. I am an oud convert thanks to bpal, i usually find it to be almost fizzy and don't get the indolic fecal interpretation some people talk about. Not so with this. When this bottle, which i was p excited about, arrived it smelled like straight ass in the bottle. Like whoa and not pretty and very strong. Hard to describe, not exactly fecal but kind of sweatyish maybe? So i was v intimidated to put this on, until tonight when i was like okay now or never. And to be clear i am normally excited about strange in the bottle blends cause i'm a fan of morphers. On this retains the sweaty, assy kind of throw for a few minutes, and i held myself in check to give it some time before trying again. Luckily it mellows out pretty quickly. Kind of strange but it's almost like fabric that was bunched up and on the skin it's all smoothed out and milder. There's a woodiness, and underneath that is an almost but not quite leathery muskiness. To be clear, not leather. Like a workshop maybe, with raw wood and oils and gloves laying around. Kind of reminds me of capella dos ossos with that dusty wood-stone vibe, tho capella is more sweet-vanillic and this is decidedly more masculine. The woodiness is not exactly piney to me but like the leathery muskiness there is like a resinous pininess lurking in there. Ugh i just love this. The longer it's on me the more it really seems to warm up and blossom. Doesn't sweeten or morph much further past the initial drydown but it seems so much more warmer. I got this with the intention to use it as a layering scent but honestly i would wear this as is. Good throw on this too
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    Lines Written in the Early Spring

    as a rose amper, i was very happy with this scent. the rose is very tame on me. it's very sweet and heady, with the tuberose coming to the forefront. there is def a sort of golden creaminess underneath that keep it from turning into a tuberose single note. the cloves and honey lend a slight sweetness without making themselves overly known. this is def one of my faves from the collection, a very late spring floral scent that could easily go from a daytime scent to a luxe evening scent.
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    This is hard to pin down, but freshly applied i get lemon verbena with a weirdly familiar, chewy type of incense that i think is labdanum. Okay after reading some other reviewers i hear people saying vetiver, and that's def the rooty chewiness but i think there is something else in there cause as it dries it mixes with the verbena to create a tolerable lemony haze distinct from the vetiveriness. I still think labdanum. A strange blend but interesting, i would wear this for those times when i want to wear a more discreet scent that is not overtly perfumey but still distinct. Pretty good throw on the two imp swipes i used
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    Mabon 2010

    Picked this up randomly this morning and for whatever reason it seemed like a good day for a harvest feast. In the bottle this is boozy blackberries. Freshly on the blackberry stays strongly present, but everything else is somehow present underneath. There's a bit of a warm herbally nuttiness to this that enhances the berries while remaining a well blended base. However, i cannot shake my association of this scent with a candle. It smells like a blackberry candle. On me maybe. Like a really nice candle, but all the same there is something in here that is almost- waxy? Not in a beeswax type way really, just in a candle way. I feel like an autumn harvest berry themed candle. I do love it, but this was totally out of season for this scent. This dried much the same as wet and it has some serious throw. It also lingers. 5 plus hours after applying it before my shift i could still smell traces of it on my elbows and other test patches. Def excited to be wearing this in the upcoming fall season
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    Sandalwood Scents

    Thanks for the breakdowns and the science@VetchVesper and @niffler! Also looking forward to those reviews, all the menages looked so pretty this month! Sandalwood doesn't really seem to jump out at me in blends, it seems somewhat subtle but maybe that's just my chemistry