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Their scent of their slick, rubbery hides is bittersweet, ticklish, and skin-creeping: something akin to yuzu, white grapefruit, and kumquat mixed with the snow-dusted flowers of Mount Ngranek.


In this imp: this was very bright, tart and strong. I picked it because I thought it would have a ton of throw and I was in the mood for something "throwy". :D

On skin, wet: Bright citrus. I don't want to say "grapefruit", because it doesn't have the bitterness I associate with grapefruit. It's more like...something between orange and grapefruit. I guess than must be the yuzu.

On skin, dry: Still citrus, with an undertone of a non-citrus fruit. My husband said it reminded him of kiwifruit, but when I said "kumquat" he said "Oh, yeah!"

Half an hour later: Gone, gone, gone. :P My prime desires in a great blend (other than it smelling good) are throw and staying power, and this has neither. It smelled wonderful while it lasted, though, Edited by Shollin

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Imp: Grapefruit and something sweeter, maybe kumquat?

 

Wet: All grapefruit, baby.

 

Drydown: wow, this morphs into something much softer. Sort of flowery sweet, with a bit of tartness still left over from the grapefruit. I like this, but it faded quickly.

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I received this as a frimp with my last order and was a bit skeptical about it. I looked it up on the sight before even opening the imp and made a face of disgust (anything lime is YUCK so I assumed citrus eww). I'd tried nothing in the Arkham list and really wasn't too terribly interested. I opened up the imp anyway.

 

A lesson to me to not be closed minded about the names of perfumes and holding citrus against them. When I opened the imp I winced, it was slightly astringent and fruity (Citrus). About ten years ago, something bad happened to my sense of smell and since then fruity anything just is bad for me. I put this on anyway knowing in the imp and out of the imp are two different things.

 

Confession, I love oranges and the rind of the orange has been the only thing exempt from the weird fruity hell and sometimes I'll rub orange rind on me cause I love the smell...

 

On my skin the weird fruity ood smell morphed into something incredibly delicious, wonderful and lovely. I wish I could describe, it's candied citrus and floral. It would be a great summer scent, it's just clean and happy. My skin really, really amps florals so the citrus floral is just perfect for me and has a wonderful throw. I feel like I have an orange rind perfume, only better!

 

I see by reviews that this hasn't been lasting on people. Wow! This lasts! I put some on Sunday today is Tuesday (I missed my shower yesterday please don't hold it against me) and Night-Gaunt is still going strong and beautiful.

 

This is my favorite scent period. If I was only allowed one BPAL scent for the rest of my life, this would be it..until death us do part.

Edited by Elvena

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In the bottle: Pink grapefruit.

 

Wet: Still sweetly grapefruity, but something floral hiding.

 

Dry: Mostly floral (a nice, classic, white sort of floral) with a hint of lingering fruity-sweetness.

 

Summary: Sadly it doesn't hold all that well, and the citrus fades too much, but I still really like this.

 

For some reason, white grapefruit smells like pink grapefruit and vice versa, with all the lab's grapefruit notes. This is oil is one I need to retest to see if it's bottle-worthy.

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In the Imp

Sweet, light, and fruity. Reminds me a bit of what Eris eventually smelt like on my skin.

 

On Me

Very VERY subtle. Pretty much fades down the moment I put it on, though a few hours afterwards, I lose the fruitiness and there's a slightly dusty intense floral blend happening with a sharp woody note coming through.

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In the imp, it smells mostly like grapefruit, with some kumquat. A sharp, almost biting, but somewhat sweet scent.

 

On my skin, the grapefruit mellows a bit to allow more of the kumquat to be smelled, as well as the yuzu. The floral, whatever it is, actually works on me -- which is somewhat amazing. It adds just a hint of sweetness to the scent, and balances out some of the sharpness of the citrus. I might have to buy a bottle of this once the imp runs out.

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In the imp, I can definitely smell the fruit - especially the grapefruit and the kumquat.

 

It's very hard to smell on my skin - the kumquat is definitely dominant, its juiciness, highlighted by the tartness of the grapefruit.

 

When it dries, it's a fruity scent, but there's an almost spiciness to it that's really interesting.

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In vial:Bitter grapefruit

 

Wet: I can smell the yuzu and oh I am in love.

 

Dry: This has become very complex, deeper, richer and darker. I preferred the lighter scent from when it was wet.

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In the bottle: sharp and fruity.

Wet: same. Delicious!

Drydown - 1.5 hours: an interesting smell. Very sharp and sour... to be honest the real scent memory I get is of the sour apple BubbleYum gum. It's deliciously sour and fruity.

1.5 hours on: a little more mellow. But still delicious!

 

Throw: you know, after all the scents I've tried, I think that my skin just EATS them. I haven't tried anything that has a real good throw, so that might just be me.

 

Result: Totally bottleworthy. I love it. :P

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In the imp: Grapefruit!

 

It stays a tart grapefruit on my skin; wow, this is really true to the fruit. Unfortunately, grapefruit smells akin to B.O. on me. *sigh* To the "DO NOT WANT" bag with thee!

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Wow! This is definitely white grapefruit, not pink. It has that sharper citrus air to it that reminds me of zesting the rind of citrus fruits. Beyond that there is a touch of floral and a touch of fruitiness, but they remain subtle nuances that enhance the white grapefruit. Since I love grapefruit, I am going to have to keep this one. It's very invigorating.

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The initial fruit notes are strong and sweet, but then I get something dusty and bitter that grows and grows, until the overall effect is melon and grapefruit plus sawdust and dry rot.

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In The Bottle

Kumquat with a touch of grapefruit. I am suprised as i thought the yuzu and grapefruit would leap out of theimp.

 

On Application

Glorious yuzu! :P Slightly sweetened by the kumquat

 

Dry Down

The flowers add an interesting backing to this scent as it dries down - almost honey-like (honeysuckle?). I've got Baobhan Sith on one arm and this on another. Interesting to compare. Night Gaunt is warmer and fruitier. So far I have loved the yuzu and the grapefruit blends from the lab and this is no exception. :D

 

Rating (0-5)

5

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I'm so darned happy. I loved Aizen-Myoo, but it turned awful on my skin. Whatever was present in Aizen-Myoo that took such a wretched turn must be absent in Night-Gaunt. And the result is bright, refreshing, and beautiful. I think I've finally found a strong citrus BPAL that works on my skin. Yea!!! :P

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For the first time, I sniffed and hit the main ingredient on the head without having to do my usual "this is familiar, what is it." This is grapefruit. Wait. I am wrong. This is GRAPEFRUIT!!!!!1!!! Screamingly grapefruit. Freshly squeezed juice with bits of pulp and a seed on the bottom of the glass. Were I to try and sip, my face would implode. It would be that sharp and biting. However, on my skin it is DIVINE!!! It is fresh and invigorating. After drying, I can detect a floral in the background. I adore this. Definitely a good one when silent Reveille is needed. This is better than an old bugle any day.

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in imp: citrus. grapefruit mostly. i don't really like grapefruit and yuzu is just more grapefruit. yuzu makes good chu-hai's but thats about it. i think this needs a new home.

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The kumquat in this is sharp and bitter. Aizen-Myoo starts off this way on me but it fades into something softer...Night-Gaunt doesn't. Too strong.

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i saved this to test when i thought i was up to grapefruit. thats all i smelled when i opened the frimp. on wet its sugared grapefruit (maybe combo with the kumquat, never smelled a kumquat). Dry the grapefruit softens and theres some floral notes. this is interesting and very different from the scents i normally wear. i think i like it.

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Wet, this is almost all grapefruit.

 

Drying, the citrus comes out the support the grapefruit. There is also a note that's like the bitter white underlayer of the peel. The citrus is very sharp at this point.

 

Dry, it's grapefruit/citrus, and something sweetish underneath that might be a floral. The citrus/grapefruit notes have mellowed out and are not so sweet, and makes it wearable. Otherwise, it could be far too overwhelming! It makes a nice substitute for Ebisu Making Love while Two Octopus Look On, though it has a lot more citrus than that one.

 

This is definitely a good one! I notice that my favorites in the general catalog tend to all come from the Picnic In Arkam line. Interesting about that.

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In the imp: soft grapefruit.

 

Wet: It starts out pretty sharp, distinctly citrus. It's not hurt your nose sharp, but it's not exactly pleasant to me either.

 

Drydown: This softens out into something a little more floral, almost has a crisp aquatic feel to it. The grapefruit fades away almost altogether, which is good because that's certainly not my favorite note. It's like a clean powdery floral to me.

 

Overall: Not really for me. It's not bad, but it's not something I feel the need to wear again. I prefer spicier, sexier scents, and this is more of a clean, fresh floral.

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I love grapefruit/citrus-y scents, so I am hopeful about this one.

 

In the imp, this is strong, fresh grapefruit and yuzu. Ooo yum! This reminds me of the Body Shop's pink grapefruit soap! A gorgeous perfect grapefruit scent! I am going to let this sit for a bit to check the staying power (darn citrus scents and their fading!), and if this lasts a decent amount of time, I can definitely see this being a keeper.

 

Hmm, darn, this does fade REALLY fast. It's completely gone within an hour. My skin just swallowed it up. So I'm not sure I would purchase this blend. I do think it is a nice grapefruit blend though, especially if you are looking for a true fresh grapefruit scent that isn't super sweet or sugary.

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In the imp: Definite citrus rind, mostly kumquat and white grapefruit.

 

Wet: The flowers come out. Slight sweetness. I don't know what yuzu smells like, but if it's slightly sweet, then it's this.

 

Dry: Sweet grapefruit candy. Smells yummy. After a long while, the snow covered flowers really come out, and it smells like Snow Bunny with grapefruit. Pretty.

 

Overall: I was expecting something really dark, and nasty. But this is pretty, and it fits a night-gaunt perfectly.

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Smell alike: a long lost and bitter relative of *Aizen-Myoo* ?

 

Color impression: Dusty yellow

 

On me: It's pleasant and fresh, all grapefruit and citrus on my skin. The blend is only a tiny bit sweetened by a tamed kumquat. The all thing tends to get a bit too peppery on the edge

 

Wearing: I like it. Deeply. Just don't know when and how I could use this one ^^;

 

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