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Named in honor of the most notorious female pirate to ever set sail. Wicked, cruel, beautiful, intelligent, resourceful and dangerous: a true role model. A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense. A million thanks to Juliana Williamson-Page for inspiration!

 

In the imp it's nice and spicy. Oooh goodie!!!

 

On the skin it very woody....well on me at least. I'm getting a lot of "cedar" and I don't know why. Maybe the Frank and Sand mingle and have a cedar baby. I'm not complaining because I dig that.

 

Not a BIG throw but more than some in the beginning.

 

It gets eaten up on my skin but unfortunately most do. After 2 hours the scent is all but gone on my wrist. I can still get the scent of woody spice but it's very faint.

 

All in all I really like this scent. Eventually, I may need to purchase a bottle!

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This smells soft and beautiful on a dear friend of mine, but...I do not like it at all on myself. In fact, I hate it. The woodiness is overwhelming and almost bitter - or maybe that is the frankincense. I washed it off.

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I can't believe it has taken me until NOW to test this imp!

 

Imp: Cedar? why am I getting cedar
Wet On Me: sharp, almost medicinal cedar
Drying Down: finally getting some of the patchouli notes...but it smells like it's been wrapped in cedar....could that be the sandalwood and frankincense tag teaming?
Dry: resin, incense, patchouli and the inside of a cedar chest. Not a bad thing, a comforting thing.

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I'm also getting cedar out of this, at least after it settles. Wet on the skin it's obviously patch, and a bright, spicy, borderline-fruity patch at that (similar to the patch in Fake News, although probably not identical). Once it dries the sandalwood, patch, and frankincense blend together into a cedar scent very similar to Aureus on me. This is definitely a spicy, deep red-brown scent, and I can totally see a lady pirate wearing it. There's a brashness and commanding presence to it.

 

ETA: I spoke too soon. After the Aureus phase it separates again into super-spicy sandalwood and fruity red patch. The richness of the wood really comes out as it warms to the skin. The throw is great. Full bottle for me, for sure!

Edited by lizabelle

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This patch seems similar to the one found in Fake News and Badgers. I definitely get a more woodsy dry scent thanks to the sandalwood and Frank. Not my thing, but it definitely does evoke a very pirate-y feel. Maybe I should wear this on Pirates at Disney!

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It's a nice, dry scent. It's mostly patchouli on me with a pleasant woodiness. It doesn't change over time for me, It pretty consistently stays a slightly spicy patch with some depth added by the sandalwood. I don't get much outright frankincense, but I'd bet it helps round out the edges. It's a pretty simple scent that does have a slight edge of "I'm dangerous." I'll be happy to hold on to my imp, but it's not something I'd reach for often.

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Herbal, confusing, and self-assured. I like this a lot, but maybe it smells too similar to another blend I have. I want to say Tombstone, weirdly.

 

Where I'd wear this: To keep cool (and cool-headed) in Arizona

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Patchouli and sandalwood. And this is definitely a red sandalwood. Dry and a little spicy. Smells brave, self assured and a little bit reckless. It's almost aspirational. I want to BE the person who wears this scent (so Anne Bonny, apparently).

 

I like it very much, but not sure how often I would reach for it.

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i love all three of these notes, and i love this blend. the sandalwood lends a warm blanket to the patch and the frankincense keeps it from crossing into the too perfumey category. love it.

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In the imp: A lot more pleasant than I was expecting! I thought this would be really strong, with the patchouli and resins, but the red patchouli in this is soft, and the frankincense isn't sharp. In the imp, I get the frankincense the most, followed by the red sandalwood, and then the patchouli. I swear there's an unlisted salt water note, but perhaps that's just my imagination.

 

Wet: The red patchouli is far more prominent on my skin, but it is a chewy patch that really complements the resins. I'm also getting more of the red sandalwood from the scent on my skin. The frankincense in this is very present, but isn't sharp by any means. I'm still getting something that reminds me of sea salt or sea air, or maybe ship wood strewn with salt water. But it isn't an aquatic scent!

 

Dry: I'm still getting that salty sea air or salt-tinged wood impression! The red patchouli is the dominant note now, which now reads as a dry, red patch, backed by the soft resins. It definitely reads as red to my nose, and it has a bit of a spicy kick to it.

 

Verdict: This one was a lot more pleasant than I thought it would be! It's not something I need a bottle of, but it's evocative of its name. I think I'll keep my imp.

Edited by dementia_divine

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I wish this was more red patchouli forward on me. Traditional resins, like my dear friend Frank tend to come off..slightly sour? Very sharp. After a bit of time, this is more sandalwood than Frankincense which suits my nose just fine. Its nice, but I probably wont need to get a bottle right away.

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In the imp this was a rich, sweet patchouli the kind I love but unfortunately generally doesn't work on my skin anymore. With the sandalwood this definitely went to the drier, more woody side of patchouli when wet. Eventually the frankincense takes over a bit, making it a bright, gritty scent. It retains the earthy woodiness from the patch and sandalwood making it almost rugged on me. It glows in a grounded, earthy way. The word sun-baked comes to mind.

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Imp of indeterminate age. I don't love the wet phase of Anne Bonny on my skin. It's sharp, dry frankincense, sharp dry patchouli, sandalwood threatening to turn into pencil shavings. Not a scrubber, but not making my heart sing. Then it dries and the magic happens. It's still dry but no longer sharp and has become something beautiful, more than the sum of its wet parts. Roseus captured it perfectly: sun-baked. I think I'm going to want to smell like this in the dead of winter, dry and warm and fierce. Applied before leaving the house, Anne Bonny will be perfect by the time I get to work.

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Wet: Salt and cedar. ... neither which seem to be listed as notes!

 

Dry: Still some salty cedar, not really any change from the wet stage. Cedar(or anything that smells similar to cedar) is not my jam.

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In bottle: Salt and strong, fresh cedar. (Even though neither of those are notes, it’s so specifically what this perfume smells like!) It really has a seaside vibe, like the smell of being on an old wooden ship.

Wet: Lovely warm salt and sharp resiny wood, probably the patchouli, though it still comes off as mostly cedar.

Dry: The same; it’s not a blend that changes much from stage to stage. 

 

Anne Bonny has wonderful lasting power; I can often still smell it the next day. This is one of my very favorite BPAL scents; it really has a professional vibe to me, and is usually what I choose to wear to interviews. It’s not loud or overwhelming, but does make itself present; it’s not particularly feminine but it’s also not overtly masculine. It makes me feel confident and mature and like the extremely competent boss everyone secretly wants to be. I don't get a wicked or cruel vibe from this at all, or much of a pirate feel, but "beautiful, intelligent, resourceful" – yes, exactly!

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I did not expect to like this---patchouli and frankincense are iffy on me---but I really do! I adore the smell of cedar and this smells like salty cedar goodness. The frankincense is a bit strong on me at first but it quickly fades to a gentle, warm red cedar. I will definitely be holding on to this one.

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