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A profound symbol of an individuals personal initiatic process, spiritual refinement and evolution, synthesis, grace found as a result of trial and suffering, and the alchemical process by which we transform the raw essence of our souls through light in extension. This is a holy oil, a representation of the triumph of spirit over matter: purest rose with sacred frankincense.

I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this as it's the first BPAL I fell in love with.

This is all lush rose and deep frankincense on my skin. This rose is not light or delicate but rather rich and fragrant. Every once and a while my skin chemistry turns the rose sour, but mostly close to the skin. There's a good balance between the rose and the frank and they're both prominent.

The throw and longevity are both good (though I adminittedly slather this).

This blend is gorgeous on my skin, both simple and complex, and will always be a favorite for me.

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In the imp: Rose and frankincense. The rose isn’t a voluptuous red rose. It is either a pink rose or a tea rose.

 

Wet: The rose dominates. I still think it’s a pink or tea rose. I have a fresh imp and an aged one, and this is the case in both versions, although the frankincense is more prominent in the aged version and is very light in the fresh one.

 

Dry: The rose continues to reign, but it is softer now, and the frankincense now plays a greater role. This is the case in both the fresh and aged imps (although the frankincense is still stronger in the aged version).

 

After a few hours, the frankincense becomes more prominent and is more evenly balanced with the rose.

 

Verdict: This is nicer than I thought it would be for a rose + resin blend. I don’t think I would likely reach for this over other scents in my collection, but it was nice to get to try it!

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My favorite dusty musty frankincense smoke over a pool of the freshest, juiciest rose. I was hoping for a powdery rose, but this is a magnificent scent nonetheless. Best appreciated from a distance - this is a sneeze inducer.

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First on it's like a fresh, wet rose. Very powerful! I was miffed I couldn't smell frankincense at all, but when it dried, it became predominantly frankincense with a faint rosiness. Think this will become a new everyday scent for me! Sophisticated and mysterious. 

First on it's like a fresh, wet rose. Very powerful! I was miffed I couldn't smell frankincense at all, but when it dried, it became predominantly frankincense with a faint rosiness. Think this will become a new everyday scent for me! Sophisticated and mysterious. 

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