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Nag Champa and Neroli

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Pungent incense, indeed. It's pungent and dries into something more pungent. I hope with some age the nag champa will come out more and the neroli will mellow out.

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Pungent orange blossom and whiffs of nag champa. This one is a hell of a thrower. There's almost a mentholic quality to the combination. Strange.

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I just love this!  It wasn't on my radar when it first appeared, for whatever reason.  I think I've been wary of neroli in the past because it can be unpredictable and doesn't always work for me.  And nag champa, and incense in general, can be tricky too.  For some reason I got on a neroli kick recently and found a bottle here on the forum, and took a chance.  I'm so glad I went for it!

 

There is a wonderful balance between the sweetness of the incense, and the raspy herbal neroli.  It starts with a juicy burst of neroli followed by a cloud of nag champa.  Much later I think the neroli comes back out.  I don't think the notes really blend together, I can pick them out individually (I could be wrong).

 

I know I'm weird about this but certain Bpal scents just say "summer" to me and I can't wait to wear this in hot weather!  Actually it kind of reminds me of a beautiful suntan lotion (are those things of the past now?).

 

I'll definitely be watching the menage a trois scents now because this one just sings on me and it came along at a time when I was starting to lose some enthusiasm about wearing scents in general.  I couldn't be happier with it!

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This only sort of works on me. On first application, the neroli takes on a sickening sort of sweetness and clashes horribly with the nag champa. After maybe an hour or so it dries down to something more incense-y and pleasant, but it never fully gets there. I hope aging calms it down a little. I usually like neroli. Not sure what it is about this in particular that makes it so aggressive.

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