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A Short Guide to Common Recommendations, with direct links

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BPAL for Beginners:

Brand new to BPAL and don't know where to start:

BPAL scents that remind us of favorite commercial perfumes
The Forum Top Ten list is a good resource (most recently compiled November 2008).

Scents for men/gender neutral scents:Refer to this thread in the FAQ.

Advanced BPAL:

Everything you've always wanted to know about layering

GC Scents that are reminiscent of your favorite Limited Editions

GC Scent Staples for Newbies

Similarities Between General Catalog Scents

BPAL-Lush Similarities

Translating TALs to BPAL scents (for when you love the smell of a TAL oil but want to wear perfume without ritual)

Scents to Wear for a Job Interview

Bridal BPAL - scents for your wedding

Fond of particular notes? Look here to find recommendations for:

Almond (includes Amaretto)

Egyptian amber

Anise, Licorice and related scents


Bakery - baked goods scents


Bay Rum







Citrus, featuring Orange (see Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Grapefruit threads as well)


Clove and Clove Cigarettes



Dirt, Earth, Soil

Dragon's Blood

Evergreen notes, including Pine




Grass and Hay



Incense and Resins









Milk and cream




Musk - general discussion, see these separate threads for Red and White/light musks:
Animalistic Musks
Red Musk
White Musk and lighter musks

Nag Champa


Orange Blossom


Peach, Apricot and Nectarine





Smoke and Fire

Spicy Scents








**If a note doesn't appear on this list, it doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't a thread about it in Recommendations. Please do a search before starting a new thread and if you happen to see that a popular, widely discussed note hasn't been added here, feel free to PM the current Recs mod, ivyandpeony, to let her know. And of course you can PM her for search help, with suggestions and what have you.

BPAL by the season:

Spring:Springtime Scents
Summer: Scents to beat the heat, and Late Summer into Fall
Fall: Autumnal Scents
Winter: Here, including the perfect winter forest, Scents for a cold, crisp night & Holiday scents

Looking for a category, a mood, help with a problem? Look here to find recommendations:
Bakery Scents
[ Bonfires, campfires, burning leaves
Calming, Relaxing, Comforting
Dark, Scary, Ghostly, Foreboding...
Gourmand & Foody
Green scents, including green florals and green grass
Light, Gentle, Subtle, low throw
Longest-lasting BPALs
Old books, paper & libraries
Stimulating - for waking up and staying awake
Good for Bedtime, or Problems with Sleep
Sweet BPAL scents, including candylike scents]

BPAL to fit the weather!

(Edited to remove broken links, etc. by ivyandpeony 8/10/06)
(New links added 1/24/08 by ivyandpeony)

(Broken link fixed by LiberAmoris 11/28/17)

Edited by LiberAmoris
correcting broken links

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I have added some new links to Clover's original post here and will continue to do so periodically - hopefully this guide will serve as a helpful index for the Recommendations section.


Do keep in mind that this index is not comprehensive - so please don't assume that the absence of a link here indicates the absence of an existing topic! Continue to use the search engine to look for existing topics to build on before starting a new thread, and don't hesitate to PM me if you have any problems finding something or if you have any questions/suggestions for Recommendations.



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Just thought I'd mention, I have been adding new links and tidying the list. If you have any suggestions, feel free to PM me!

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What do I have for you here?


I have compiled a list of LE equivalents/substitutes/similarities based on member posts after reading through the entire LE equivalents thread. Yep, all 4+ years of discussion condensed here.


A couple of things to keep in mind. I only listed separate versions of an LE in the cases where the Lab has made clear that the later version is a reformulation. I didn't editorialize the comparisons as I made the list, so if something seems off the wall to you, remember the person who posted a suggestion may have a completely different body chemistry from you. Their post may have also included a caveat like "on drydown" or "not quite as much vanilla." I would not have had the stamina necessary to make a list that included that much detail - the same reason I did not include layering or mixing suggestions. But hopefully this will be helpful as a starting-off point, or you can think of it as "if you liked this blend, you should try these." You can still search the thread itself by opening the topic, putting your search term in the box at the bottom left and clicking "search topic," so if you want to explore exactly what was said, try that.


I will be updating as regularly as possible, based on our continued discussions in that thread and around the entire Recs forum. If you happen to spot an older thread or post with some good material for this thread, feel free to bring it to my attention via PM. I am going to try to set aside some time to go through the GCs and discontinueds thread as soon as possible and add what I can find to this post.


13 (April 2007): Cleopatra Testing Poisons On Those Condemned To Death


Ace of Hearts: Ophelia, London


The Agony of Heartache: Bewitched


Al-Aaraf: Tiger Lily


All Souls: Brown Jenkins


Anaconda: Trick or Treat


Anactoria: Nanny Ashtoreth


Angeronalia: Xiuhtecuhtli, Mad Kate


Annabel Lee: Desdemona, Titania, Lady of Shallott, Danube, Amsterdam, Aeval, The Darkling Thrush


Archangel Winter: Sea of Glass, Lightning, Tempest, Szepasszony


Asp Viper: Uruk


Baba Yaga (unreleased): Manila


Bakeneko: Dracul


Beaver Moon 2005: Hollywood Babylon, Sugar Cookie, Antique Lace, Eat Me, Dana O'Shee, Velvet


Beaver Moon 2007: Hermia


Beltane 2005: Tarot:Strength


Berenice: Olokun


Bezoar: Hay Moon, No. 9 Engine, Mag Mell


Black Lace: Antique Lace, Euterpe (dc), Dorian, Haloes, Black Opal, Zephyr, Desire, Anactoria, The Sailors’ Den, The Antikythera Mechanism, Galvanic Goggles


Black Moon: La Belle Au Bois Dormant


Blue Moon 2004: Empyreal Mist (dc), Danube, Unseelie (dc), Dissipation (dc)


Blood Moon 2005: Alone, Tezcatlipoca, Red Phoenix, Tanin'iver, Eclipse


Brides of Dracula: Nosferatu


Buck Moon: Yddgrasil, Coyote, Dorian, Juke Joint, Ochosi, Robin Goodfellow


Budding Moon: Kitsune Tsuki, The Dormouse


Butterflies and Plovers: Imp


Cancer 2007: La Belle Au Bois Dormant, Queen Mab


The Candy Butcher: Hellcat, Cockaigne, Bliss, Centzon Totochtin


Carfax Abbey: Death Cap, Cathedral, Eshe


The Castle: Wolf’s Heart, Fenris Wolf


Cerberus: Hearth 2004, Gomorrah, Tezcatlipoca, Intrigue, The Great Sword of War


The City In the Sea: Cthulu


The Chapel: Djinn


Chanukkiyah: Kill-Devil


Chaste Moon: Dana O’Shee, Leanan Sidhe, Tarot:Temperance


Cheshire Moon - The Unicorn


Chintamani-Dhupa: Carceri D'Invenzione


Chrysanthemum Moon: Mama-Ji, Faiza


Clémence: Port Royal, Dracul, Voodoo


The Clod and the Pebble: Seance


Corazon: Tamora, Kuang Shi, Lampades


Count Dracula: Port Royal, Dracul, The Smiling Spider, Calico Jack


The Cracked Bell: Tarot:Judgement


Crumpet Rebellion: The Knave of Hearts, Sugar Skull


Crypt Queen: Mme.Moriarty


The Darkling Thrush: Cloister in the Graveyard Snow


Decadence (unreleased): TAL Amor, Fruitcake


Devil’s Night: Smut, Jazz Funeral, Xiuhtecuhtli, Plunder


Dia de los Muertos: Kali, Bruja (dc), Centzon Totochtin, Block Buster


Diary of a Lovestruck Teenage Cannibal: Hermia, Jailbait, Pepper, Tweedledee


Doc Buzzard: Fascinum


Dr. John Seward: Blood Countess


The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife: Nostrum Remedium


Dragon Moon: Neo-Tokyo (dc)


Dublin (dc): Mistletoe


Dyan Moon: Juliet


Earth Rat: Yemaya


Ebisu Making Love: The Apothecary, Fae


Egg Nog: SN Vanilla Bean (dc), Golden Priapus, Grog


Et Lux Fuit: The Lion, Brisingamen, Black Phoenix


Fée: Fae, Yemaya, Titania, Fire Pig, Ogun


Flower Moon: Eos, Phantom Queen


Formula 54: Perversion, Wanda, Santo Domingo, Dracul, Lilith


Fortunato: Omen


Freak Show: Intrigue, Carnal, Velvet


Frost Moon: Cathode, Shattered, Neo-Tokyo (dc), Utrenyaya. Tarot:The Fool


Fruit Moon: Aglaea


Fruitcake: TAL Amor


Gamaliel - Eden


Gennivre: Queen Gertrude, The Unicorn, The Dormouse


Geek: Two Monsters, Doc Constantine


Gingerbread Poppet: Sudha Segara, Shub-Niggarath, Bengal, Port-au-Prince, Ra


Glowing Vulva: The Antikythera Mechanism, Haloes


Graveyard Dirt: The Premature Burial


Green Phoenix: Mock Turtle's Lessons


Gypsy Queen: Sybaris, Baghdad, Alice, The Masque, Desire, Sed Non Satiata, Magdalene, Mictecacihuatl


Haloa: Hymn to Proserpine


Harvest Moon 2004: Jack


Harvest Moon 2005: Mabon, Block Buster


Harvest Moon '06: Les Bijoux, Verdandi


The Haunted Palace: Versailles, Moscow, Three Brides, Tamora, Brisingamen, Tarot:The Sun


Havisham: Zombi


Hay Moon: Bezoar, No. 93 Engine, Mag Mell


Hearth 2004: Jack, Herr Drosselmeyer


Hellhound on My Trail: Kathmandu, Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener, Baron Samedi, Pickled Imp, Shub-Niggurath


Hellion: Khajuraho, Nahemoth, Malkuth, Chokmah, Blood Countess, Imp


Herr Drosselmeyer: The Black Tower


Hexennacht 2005: Hunter Moon 2004, Samhain, Black Forest, Nocnitsa, Thanatopsis, Greed, Samhain


Hod: Morocco, Pink Moon 2007


Honey Moon: La Petit Mort, Sudha Segara


Hony Mone: Love-Lies-Bleeding


Hunger Moon: Scales of Deprivation, Death of The Grave Digger


Hungry Ghost Moon: Fae, 51, Night Gaunt, Sudha Segara, Spirits of the Dead


Hunter Moon 2004: Lampades, Lady MacBeth, Hexennacht 2005, Gomorrah, Siren, Grand Guignol, Fortunato, Bewitched


Ice Queen: Blue Moon 2004, Frost Moon, Cathode, Lady of Shallott, Nuclear Winter, Talvikuu, Cloister Graveyard in the Snow


The Illustrated Woman: O


Inez: Lyonesse


Jacob’s Ladder: Tarot:The Heirophant, The Lion, Brisingamen


June Gloom: Nanshe, Arcana


Khajuraho: Hanging Gardens, Hellion, Himerus


Kindly Moon: Pele, 51


King of Clubs: Bastet, Viola


King of Diamonds: Chypre (dc), Villain


King of Spades: Yerevan


Kingsport: The Apothecary, Olokun


Kunstkammer: Tweedledee


La Fee Verte: Zorya, Oblivion


Lady Lilith: Kubla Khan, Hell's Belle, The Great Sword of War


Lemongrass SN: Phobos


Lenore: Serpent’s Kiss, Devil’s Claw


Leo 2007: Bastet, Anubis


Libra 2007: Persephone


Litha: Cairo, Gennivre


The Living Flame: Venom (dc), Tarot: The Lovers, Othello


Love's Philosophy: Tombstone


Love in the Asylum: Séance, Ouija


Lump of Coal: Bliss, Gluttony, Bastet


Lune Noire: Shadow Witch Orchid


Luperci: Greed


Mabon: Blood Countess, Verdandi


Mme. Moriarty: Vixen, Eat Me, Bathsheba


Marae: Euphrosyne


Marianne: Scherezade


Marshmallow Poof: Midway, Antique Lace


The Masque: Brisingamen, Magdalene, Masquerade


Mechanical Phoenix: Phoenix Steamworks, Robotic Scarab


Medicine Show: The Apothecary


Mi-Go Brain Canister: Jester, Shango, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Xanthe The Weeping Clown, Croquet


Midnight Kiss: Urd, Centzon Totochtin


Midnight Mass: Penitence, Heavenly Love


Midway: Grog, Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo, Cockaigne


Midwinter’s Eve: Bordello, Aunt Caroline’s Joy Mojo, Lady Macbeth, Jester


Milk Moon 2005: White Rabbit, Tarot:The Star, Obatala, Love’s Philosophy


Milk Moon 2007: Strangler Fig, Obatala


Minotaur: Heavenly Love and Earthly Love


Misk. U. Spring Training 2008: Cockaigne


Mistletoe: Loup Garou, Hemlock


Mitzvah: Trick or Treat, Kill-Devil


Moana: 51


MonsterBait:Bloody Mary: Vice


MonsterBait: BiggerCritters: Euphrosyne


MonsterBait: Closet: Eat Me, Bordello


MonsterBait: Tokyo Stomp: The Mad Hatter


MonsterBait: Underbed: Velvet, Black Pearl


MonsterBait:Underpants: Love’s Philosophy, Grog, Tushnamatay, Drink Me, Bastet, Dorian, Cockaigne, Lyonesse, Hymn to Proserpine, Opuhi, Antique Lace


MonsterBait: Ventriloquist Dummy: Tiresias the Androgyne, The Arrival at the Sabbath and Homage to the Devil


Nahemoth – Hellion, Blood Countess, Red Phoenix


Night's Pavilion: Utrenyaya


The Oblation: Lady Una, Envy


October: Samhainophobia


Old Moon: The Jersey Devil


One to Tie, Two to Win: Roadhouse, Garden Path With Chickens, Pontarlier


The Passionate Shepherd to his Love – Envy, Garden Path with Chickens


The Peacock Queen: Black Rose, Kali


Penumbra: Arachnina, the Spider-Girl


Peony Moon: Budding Moon, Amsterdam


Pickled Imp: Chimera


Pinched with Four Aces: El Dia Reyes, Cockaigne


Pink Moon 2005: Sugar Skull, Arkham (f/k/a Revisited), Maenad, Pink Phoenix


Pink Moon 2007: Hod, Alice, Hope, The Reaper and the Flowers, Morocco, Zarita the Doll Girl


Pink Phoenix: Aunt Caroline’s Joy Mojo, Hollywood Babylon, Bon Vivant, Strawberry Moon


Pirate Moon - Hellfire


The Pit and The Pendulum: Cathedral, Midnight Mass, Ra (dc), Anne Bonny, Penitence


Poisson d'Avril: Love-In-Idleness


Priala: Laudanum, Masabakes


Pruno: The Hamptons, Bon Vivant


The Pumpkin Queen: Jack, Leo 2007


Punkie Night: Coral Snake, Poison Apple, Jack


Purple Phoenix: Horreur Sympathique


Queen of Clubs: Arachne (dc), Crossroads, Penny Dreadful


Queen of Diamonds: Titania


Queen of Spades: Lampades, Megeara, Black Phoenix, Blood Countess, Medea, Bewitched, The Hanging Gardens


Quincy Morris: Dee, Death on a Pale Horse, Endymion


Red Lantern: Gluttony, Perversion, Tezcatlipoca, The Black Tower, Hellfire, Elegba, Wanda, Incubus


Red Moon 2004: Desire, Ra (dc), Dragon’s Tears, Blood Countess, Wildfire, French Love


Red Moon 2007: The Maltese Cross of Sanctus Germanus, The Ifrit


Red Phoenix: Blood Moon, Alone, Frumious Bandersnatch, Tanin'iver, Silk Road


Rose Moon: London, Tarot:The Empress, Hope, Victoria


Rose Red: The Apothecary, Persephone, Tarot:The Empress, Ophelia, Whip, Endymion, Eternal, Queen Mab, Two, Five & Seven,


Roux-Ga-Roux: Bayou, Robin Goodfellow


Sagittarius 2007: The Apothecary, Nemesis


Samhain: Hellfire, Hexennacht 2005, House of Night, Tanin'iver


Scorpio (Original 2004): La Petit Mort


Schwarzer Mond: Scherezade, Sin, Dragons Bone, The Music of Erich Zahn, Minotaur, Carceri d'Invenzione


Selkie: Titania, Y'ha-nthlei, Cancer 2007, Earth Rat


Shanghai Tunnel: Singing Moon


Singing Moon: Jezirat al Tennyn


Skadi: Alecto, Dublin, Hemlock, Golden Priapus, Snow Moon, Snow Bunny, Black Forest


Sleepy Moon: Juliet, Belle Epoque


Smut: Sed Non Satiata, Devil’s Night, Scherezade, Spellbound, Eat Me, Imp, Vixen


Snake Charmer: Snake Oil, Golden Priapus, Eat Me, Nahemoth, Mme. Moriarty, Boomslang, Temple Viper, Bathsheba


Snow Angel: Phantasm


Snow Bunny: Snow Moon


Snow-Flakes: The Torture Queen


Snow, Glass, Apples: Poisoned Apple, The Hesperides


Snow Moon: Tintagel, Snow Bunny, Thanatopsis, Nocnitsa


Snow White: Dana O’Shee, Szepassony, The Unicorn, Defututa


Spanked: Loviatar


Spirits of The Dead: Severin, Baobhan Sith, Sudha Segara, Embalming Fluid, Holiday Moon


Spooky: Tarot:The Star


Sol Invictus: Ra


Storm Moon: Lightning


Storyville: Smut, Spanked, Devil's Night, Wezwanie-Hold, Love Me


Sturgeon Moon – Danube, Bayou, Tempest


Sugar Cookie: Chimera, Mr. Nancy


Sugar Skull: Gluttony, Mr. Nancy, Cockaigne, Kill-Devil


Tarot: The Star: Eden, Shoggoth


Tamamo-No-Mae: The Lantern Ghost of Oiwa, Zarita the Doll Girl


Tiki King: Intrigue, Havana, Satan and Death with Sin Intervening


Tiki Queen: Vasakasajja


Thunder Moon: Slobbering Pine


To Helen: Versailles


Torture King: Voodoo, High John the Conqueror, Doc Constantine


Treat #2: Carnal, Eden


The Unheavenly City: Sacred Whore of Babylon


Upa Upa: Sed Non Satiata


Usher: Tarot:The Fool, Dorian, Ode on Melancholy


Vampire Tears: Baobhan Sith, Severin, Whitechapel, Dorian


Vasakasajja: Shadow Witch Orchid, Tiki Queen


Voodoo Queen: Perversion


Whippoorwill: Silk Road, Singing Moon


White Phoenix: Yvaine


Wildfire: Dragon’s Bone


Winter of our Discontent: Golden Priapus


Winter Stress Relief Elixir: Rome


Wolf Moon 2007: Black Forest


Yog-Sothoth: Niflheim


Yuletide: Jabberwocky


Xanthe, the Weeping Clown: Tweedledee

Edited by ivyandpeony
Told ya I'd update it ;-)

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This particular list is a work in progress and even though I am posting it in December 2009, in reality I am quoting a post of mine from sometime in 2008 that hasn't been updated for a while. But watch for that little "edited" line at the bottom, I will update it.


This is a list of the most commonly noticed BPAL-to-commercial perfume "smell alikes." if you happen to notice something that seems oft-discussed that I've left off, feel free to drop me a line. If you enjoy discussing this sort of thing, have some comparisons to share or some questions to ask, this thread is the one for you.


You'll find it very helpful to search for the perfume name and company within the Recs subforum - it may have its own thread. If it doesn't, and you want to start one, that is fine.


You may also find this thread helpful - if you can provide a list of the notes that are in the commercial perfume, people can more easily help you match BPALs that contain those notes and share their experiences about which are dominant in those blends.


I will periodically add links here to threads that have lots of discussion and suggestion - if there are only one or two replies to someone's request for a smell-alike or similar scent, I'm going to wait until it's a juicy enough topic to earn a link here. ;)


This first list is for specific scents that are very popular and will link you to threads about them if they exist - and when particular BPAL blends have been identified by members as similar, I've attempted to list them for your convenience.


Alien by Thierry Mugler: GC 51, UFO related coincidences completely unintentional according to the Lab :D


Angel by Thierry Mugler: GC Xiuhtecuhtli


Body Shop White Musk (find and discuss other Body Shop fragrances here, too)


Butterfly - Hanae Mori


Chanel No. 5: GCs Ozymandias, Dance of Death


Chanel No. 19


CK One: GC Vicomte de Valmont; LE House of Mirrors


Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf: GC Xiuhtecuhtli


Jo Malone Red Roses: LE The Peacock Queen


Old Spice: GCs Dracul, Omen; LE Count Dracula, Mr. Jacquel (Yes, lots of us LOVE Old Spice! :blush: )


Opium by YSL


People of The Labyrinths - Luctor et Emergo


Poison by Dior: Venom (sadly discontinued), GCs Spellbound, Shadow Witch Orchid; LE Dark Delicacies


Shalimar: GCs Vixen, Haunted, Snake Oil, Ravenous; LEs Jacob's Ladder 05, Stardust 05


YSL Yvresse (fka Champagne) - GC Bon Vivant



There are a few companies that members seem to really like, and you can find links to threads discussing their scents here:


BPAL blends that resemble Victoria's Secret fragrances


BPAL blends that resemble Bath & Body Works scents


BPAL blends that resemble Aveda scents


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