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Hey folks!

 

I’m new here, and super lost (but still excited!).

 

recently I purchased both Hex Breaker and Drakontomalloi from the BPAL/TAL collaboration with Sphere and Sundry. I love them both, but I particularly fell in love with Drakontomalloi. The fragrance feels really good on me, and that’s not something I’ve often found. I’d LOVE to wear it every day, however it’s powerful and has a profound impact on me (Mother Algol!!!). So I’d love to find something that’s more suitable for daily wear.
 

I have no clue what the dominant scent I’m drawn to within it is, so I don’t know how helpful I can be here. But are there any suggestions regarding similar fragrances within the BPAL catalogue?

 

Thanks for your help!!!

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@Your_Spooky_Cousin Welcome! I'm still relatively new here myself, but I'll try to help if I can! 

 

From the ingredients on Sphere and Sundry, I can see a few things that pop up in many BPAL fragrances. Even if you don't know exactly what it is about the scent you like, you can search BPAL for things like myrrh, patchouli, opoponax, or oak, or use their directory (it's very thorough). And if a fragrance is out of stock, someone here on the forums may have a bottle or decant they'd be willing to sell. 

 

You might try looking at reviews on the forums of scents with similar ingredients. See if you find an entry that describes something similar to both what you smell in the bottle and when you wear it. Is there a mismatch between the two, or does it stay the same on your skin? Is it sharper in one form, earthier in another? This might help you pinpoint what it is about the fragrance you like so much. 

 

Good hunting, cousin! 

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Is there anyone here who's tried Dee and John Locke side by side? I really like Dee and my nose automatically puts lavender into it because I strongly associate lavender with tonka, but I'm wondering how it compares to a real lavender-tonk-leather blend. I feel like it would be a bit silly to order bottles of both until I know if they're appreciably different. I'm especially curious about how the spice of John Locke compares to the woods of Dee. I've been wobbling on Dee for months because I know I don't like the way rosewood ages, but on the other hand my skin swallows all spice except cinnamon and I don't know if that's the spice of John Locke, and without the spice I feel it would smell almost exactly the same as Dee.

 

Help!

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So apparently I’m really late to the party on this, but I was devastated to find out that Glasgow is probably discontinued.  It was my all-time favorite, signature scent!   I’m on the hunt now for the next best thing - can anyone recommend something that smells similar to Glasgow?

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54 minutes ago, RedAnalysis said:

So apparently I’m really late to the party on this, but I was devastated to find out that Glasgow is probably discontinued.  It was my all-time favorite, signature scent!   I’m on the hunt now for the next best thing - can anyone recommend something that smells similar to Glasgow?

 

So I think I'm anosmic to something in Glasgow, because I could never smell much of anything when I wore it. Probably the heather, because I do like blackberry and can smell it in other things. So if what you're looking for is a blackberry scent, I can recommend Bewitched for a blackberry-and-herbs scent, or Exodus 22:21, which is more like blackberry dipped in incense. 

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Can anyone recommend scents similar to Theodosius?

 

I panicked a bit when it was sold out because I love it dearly and wasn't sure if it would be back. It is now, and I'm going to get an extra bottle or two when I have the $$, but I want to keep my options open, haha. It happens to be the only scent categorized under "white fougere," jasmine leaf, and one of two under earl grey (the other being a limited scent already sold out)... not even sure where to start.

 

Edit: I guess I mentioned this in the last post I made here, when it was sold out, and entirely forgot, lol. I didn't see any suggestions though, so still definitely seeking them.

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3 hours ago, Nightmare said:

Can anyone recommend scents similar to Theodosius?

 

I panicked a bit when it was sold out because I love it dearly and wasn't sure if it would be back. It is now, and I'm going to get an extra bottle or two when I have the $$, but I want to keep my options open, haha. It happens to be the only scent categorized under "white fougere," jasmine leaf, and one of two under earl grey (the other being a limited scent already sold out)... not even sure where to start.

 

Edit: I guess I mentioned this in the last post I made here, when it was sold out, and entirely forgot, lol. I didn't see any suggestions though, so still definitely seeking them.

This dosent help at all but I remember it being very similar to paper Phoenix on my skin, so much so at my 3 bottle collection at the time had me swap it away. It's probably not easier to get a hold of more of that either. I know Dorian is sort of a spiritual cousin to it as well.

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On 7/15/2020 at 2:48 AM, Nightmare said:

Can anyone recommend scents similar to Theodosius?

 

I panicked a bit when it was sold out because I love it dearly and wasn't sure if it would be back. It is now, and I'm going to get an extra bottle or two when I have the $$, but I want to keep my options open, haha. It happens to be the only scent categorized under "white fougere," jasmine leaf, and one of two under earl grey (the other being a limited scent already sold out)... not even sure where to start.

 

Edit: I guess I mentioned this in the last post I made here, when it was sold out, and entirely forgot, lol. I didn't see any suggestions though, so still definitely seeking them.

 

The notes for Theodosius are: Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean.Though Theo doesn't work on me personally, I do love these types of scents.

I think Lady Death Savage would be worth trying since it has the jasmine, bergamot (Earl Grey), white musk & vanilla combo (White musk, grey amber, Calabrian bergamot, vanilla absolute, French labdanum, styrax, wormwood, caraway, and bois de jasmin).

Perhaps Jareth? It has a bit of an edge to it (Ethereal lilac fougere and gleaming leather with ti leaf, tonka absolute, white musk, and oudh).

Knight In Shiny Armor seems to be in the same family (dapper lavender fougere with white carnation, sweet oakmoss, clary sage, crisp leather, bourbon vanilla & a hint of armor polish)

Also Silver Lace (bitter black vanilla husk, bourbon tobacco, white cognac, juniper berry, white musk, ti leaf, and Italian bergamot) though I think it's sweeter than Theo.

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On 7/15/2020 at 9:39 AM, clockworkcrypt said:

This dosent help at all but I remember it being very similar to paper Phoenix on my skin, so much so at my 3 bottle collection at the time had me swap it away. It's probably not easier to get a hold of more of that either. I know Dorian is sort of a spiritual cousin to it as well. 

 

Haha, Dorian is another one of my most used scents! I go through Dorian really fast because it has no throw on me for whatever reason, but it smells so good. :P

 

On 7/20/2020 at 5:13 AM, alterosen said:

 

The notes for Theodosius are: Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean.Though Theo doesn't work on me personally, I do love these types of scents.

I think Lady Death Savage would be worth trying since it has the jasmine, bergamot (Earl Grey), white musk & vanilla combo (White musk, grey amber, Calabrian bergamot, vanilla absolute, French labdanum, styrax, wormwood, caraway, and bois de jasmin).

Perhaps Jareth? It has a bit of an edge to it (Ethereal lilac fougere and gleaming leather with ti leaf, tonka absolute, white musk, and oudh).

Knight In Shiny Armor seems to be in the same family (dapper lavender fougere with white carnation, sweet oakmoss, clary sage, crisp leather, bourbon vanilla & a hint of armor polish)

Also Silver Lace (bitter black vanilla husk, bourbon tobacco, white cognac, juniper berry, white musk, ti leaf, and Italian bergamot) though I think it's sweeter than Theo.

 

Thank you so much! These all sound like good directions.

 

Not sure why I didn't think about Jareth before (it's already something I've been wanting to try for a while). I really like a lot of the other notes in the ones you've mentioned as well, so I must try them all. Also not sure why I didn't think about combing through bergamot scents instead of just looking sadly at the grand total of 2 earl greys. :v

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Hello! For anyone who's ever smelled Bright Goddess of the Skies (a Sphere+Sundry collab), do you have any suggestions of perfumes (BPAL or otherwise) that smell the same? It's my all-time favourite perfume, and even though I love the magical effects as well, I'll be very sad once I run out of my single bottle to never smell it again. I can't place what it is about it that smells so perfect - I've tried some BPALS with honey/vanilla/rose/jasmine notes but it's not quite the same.

 

Also looking for a smell-alike for Beloved Dead! It's still available on S+S but I would prefer to have that wonderful humid smell without the magical effects sometimes haha

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Y’all... my Pumpkin Pie Musk is about dead. What is the closest I can get to it? I already have Jack (who vanishes faster than a will o’wisp). 

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I love Green Tree Viper. Can anyone recommend any similar Bpals? I love its soft minty essence, sweet and candy like but not syrup sweet. I just wish it had more throw. But seriously, it is my favorite perfume. I would love to try other Bpal in a similar style, if anyone can recommend any

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22 hours ago, Maggi said:

I love Green Tree Viper. Can anyone recommend any similar Bpals? I love its soft minty essence, sweet and candy like but not syrup sweet. I just wish it had more throw. But seriously, it is my favorite perfume. I would love to try other Bpal in a similar style, if anyone can recommend any

Not sure if you would want to try to find Knockout Drops? I don't see it much on the secondary market though. 

 

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