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Akuma: Devilish temptation, as sweet as sin: blood orange, neroli, and raspberry. Diabolus
Wet: Very sweet and fruity, like raspberry candy rather than real raspberries.
Dry: Faded to a very faint, almost nonexistent sweetness next to my wrist.
Verdict: swap

Annubis His scent is a blend of holy myrrh, storax, balsam, and embalming herbs. Excolo
Wet: Strong, dry, warm smell. Not very herbal, sort of incesnsey, not overwhelming on me for once. A very formal yet comforting smell.
Dry: Very faint hint of amber and vanilla when dry several hours later. Pleasant and sweet, with just enough hint of dry incense to keep it from being cloying.
Verdict: Love

Dee: His scent is soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods Bewitching Brews
Wet: complex, woodsy and slightly astringent. The incense barely comes through.
Dry: I'm still not getting leather, but the woodsy, spicy scent is nice. Kind of a warm, dry rosemary sort of smell.
Verdict: like

Desire: The overwhelming agony of passion crystallized into a singularly dark and magnetic blend: bittersweet neroli, black patchouli and black musk, gilded by apple, bergamot, blood red rose, teak, and vanilla. Ars Amatoria
Wet: This has a very strong aroma of incense when wet, I'm presuming it's the patchouli. That takes a bit to fade.
Dry: Once it has had an hour or so to dry down, it has a rich, complex smell in which the rose and vanilla meld.
Verdict: Try one more time.

Dragon's Blood: Powerful, commanding, blazing with strength. Ars Draconis
Wet: Syrupy, cloying sweet and floral. Very, very floral. Not perfumey floral, but still floral. Like flower syrup.
Dry: It doesn't morph much, it's just less intensely floral and syrupy.
Verdict: swap

Lilith: Mother of Demons, Vengeful Fury, Darkest Seductress, Queen of the Djinn, Goddess of the Gate. Red wine, myrrh, black musk, and attar of rose. Excolo
Wet: This one is really hard to describe. It's dry and incensey with a hint of seductive umph. Much more like a complex incense, somewhat spicey, somewhat sweet and floral.
Dry: Still a very confident perfume, yet much more self contained. It doesn't demand attention anymore.
Verdict: like

Nefertiti: “The Beautiful One Is Come”. One of the greatest beauties to grace this Earth. Egyptian iris and olibanum with red and white sandalwood, soft myrrh and a breath of North African herbs. Ars Amatoria
Wet: It starts of with wet greenery smell, with an astringent tang and incensey undertones.
Dry: It initially fades to incense, with the sandalwood and myrrh coming to the fore. It is a dry, warm smell that manages to be sharp and clean. It fades to warm and almost vanilla tones. It fades to nothing by mid-day.
Verdict: like

O: The scent of sexual obsession, slavery to sensual pleasure, and the undercurrent of innocence defiled utterly. Amber and honey with a touch of vanilla. Ars Amatoria
Wet: It is lovely when wet. The amber and vanilla and strong and sensual, and the honey adds a layer of sweetness.
Dry: It mellowed and faded quickly. However I still like it.

Shattered: A scent as sharp as glass shards, and as brittle as a broken heart. The formula came to me - quite literally - in a dream, and is named after, and created in memory of, the last poem that I ever wrote… almost ten years ago to the day. A blend of white champagne notes, grapefruit, lotus, slivered mint and crystalline aquatic blooms. Bewitching Brew
Wet: A lovely smell of grapefruit, mint and flowers when wet. Citrussy, floral and mint, yum!
Dry: Alas, it fades to almost nothing in 2 hours. The second application leaves a faint floral scent that hovers above my wrist.
Verdict: keep, it's too lovely when wet.

I am having fun, though it's a masachistic sort of fun, as between headaches and rashes I react to at least half the perfumes I try. Headaches outnumber rashes, thankfully, and go away if I wash the scent off. Rashes require immediate scrubbing and an antihistamine to treat. And I just had another one this morning. Cinnamon, clove and something else seem to be the occasional culprit but not all the time. I can't really identify what's setting them off, as there isn't an ingredient listed that is common to all rash inducing perfumes that is not listed in non-rash causing perfumes.
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I get bored easily. I usually turn to food, as much for a comfortable and enjoyable sensory experience as for anything else. It alleviates my boredom. This is completely separate from cooking, which fulfills my need for efficacy and producing something tangible and pleasing. I like taste, and smell. I enjoy the outside of the routine unblandness of the experience. For the longest time I avoided anything scented because they either a) gave me a headache, b) gave me an allergy attack (sniffles or skin rash varieties), or c)smelled horrid to me. And this included a number of essential oils. So I avoided the whole smell stuff thing as a Lost Cause.

Until I got really intrigued by BPAL's descriptions of their perfumes, and by [livejournal.com profile] ursualv's reviews of BPAL scents. I enjoy the novelty of the sensory experience. I like the differences between the way a perfume smells in the bottle, on my wrist and several hours later. I enjoy that my experience of a perfume is different from someone else's. Wearing perfume becomes an (and then I was interrupted by a naked baby making happy grunts while she ran around the apartment) . . . what was I saying, oh yes, wearing perfume becomes delightful alchemic experiment. What will the interaction be between these chemicals and my chemicals at this moment in time? Rather like a human encounter, which a seminar leader of mine summed up as: What does a person like me do in a situation like this with a person like you?

What does a scent like this do with a person like me in this exact moment? And it changes. As the perfume ages, depending on my diet, and hormonal cycle, and what contaminants my skin adds to the perfume. I love the uncertainty of it. That every experience will be unique, if not always enjoyable, and that I have a part in creating the experience.

BPAL # 4

Feb. 18th, 2008 03:59 pm
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Here are several days worth of experimentation:

Dee: His scent is soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods Bewitching Brews Collection
Wet:complex, woodsy and slightly astringent. The incense barely comes through.
Dry: I'm still not getting leather, but the woodsy, spicy scent is nice. Kind of a warm, dry rosemary sort of smell. none noticed
Verdict: I like it so far. I'll try it again in a bit to see if I still like it.

Seance: A mysterious, enigmatic blend of dry, mellow rosewood, crushed rose leaf and the slightest touch of warm hazel. Bewithching Brews Collection
Wet: a very strong, wet flowers sort of smell. It was not terribly pleasant for the first ten or fifteen minutes. I suppose the rose leaf was strongest on me.
Dry: It dried down to a nice, light woodsy, foral smell. The rosewood and hazel, I suppose are uppermost. It is pleasant and light without being overly foral, feminine, or perfumey. A nice perfume to wear to work actually. It's a pleasantly neutral sort of smell.
I like, though don't love it, and I'll keep the imp.

Nocturne: An olfactory serenede. A somber, contemplative scent -- dreamy and subdued. Deepest violet touched with lilac and tuberose. Ars Moriendi Collection
Wet:Lilac with lots of throw.
Dry:It pretty much just stays lilac.
Verdict: Try again in a week, to see if it stays the same. A likely trade.

Wings of Azrael : Azrael is the Angel of Death, marked as the last being to die in the Apocalypse. Though a harbinger of doom, his duties are an act of mercy: he curtails human life before world-weariness and despair destroys our spirits. Warm myrrh swirled with a bittersweet blend of violet, Lily of the Valley, juniper, cypess and cajeput. Ars Moriendi Collection.
Wet: the lily of the valley predominated.
Dry: it faded clean away in an hour.
Verdict: trade

Gluttony: Thick, sugared and bloated with sweetness. Dark chocolate, vanilla, buttercream, and hops with pralines, hazelnut, toffee and caramel. Sin & Salvation Collection
Wet: Juicy fruit bubble gum fading to caramel and vanilla.
Dry: It faded to a vanilla that lingered even after I washed my wrists and did the dishes. Verdict: trade. It was too sweet, and I itched.

Port Au Prince: Dark, decadent and incomparably exotic: the rich scent of buttered rum flavored with almond, bay, clove and sassafras. Wanderlust Collection
Wet: I had such high hopes. Alas this one smelled cloying on application and rapidly faded to incense. T
Dry: the sweetness faded and the incense predominated.
Verdict: swap

Nanshe: The Babylonian Goddess of Dreams, who bestows the power of Oneiromancy onto her priests. This blend opens up psychic sensitivity during sleep and aids in the understanding and correct interpretation of portents and symbols. Somnium Collection
Wet: Citrus and herbs.
Dry: The dreaded lemon pledge.
Verdict: swap
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The Lion The dry, glorious warmth of the Savannah. A golden, spiced amber, proud, regal and ferocious. Mad Tea Party Collection.
Warm amber that is not cloying or sweet. Spice and musk notes start to appear and the whole scent is warm, and dry; definitely a confidently lazy scent.
Verdict: My favorite to date. I want a big bottle.

Vixen Lascivious, flirtatious, and vampy as hell. A true heartbreaker's perfume. The innocence of orange blossom tainted by the beguiling scents of ginger and patchouli Ars Amatoria Collection
A sweet, strong smell that takes a while to fade. The orange is topmost, mostly as a sweetness, with patchouli playing a supporting role. The ginger starts to come out as it dries, and it becomes spicier, though the sweetness of the orange blossom continues to be topmost. Patchouli is only noticeable as a robustness to the scent that wouldn't be there otherwise; I can't really pick it out on its own.
Physical reaction: headache?
Verdict: I like it. I'll keep it to try again later and see if I have a headache on a less stressful day.
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Fenris Wolf The raw, untamable power of chaos. Rosewood, amber, red musk and a dribble of red sandalwood. Diabolus collection.
Incense, like a new age/ pagan/ crunchy granola hippie shop. Incense for the next hour at least. Eventually it dies down to cedar and a warm smell I presume is amber. No noticeable physical reaction.
Verdict: It's not really my cup of tea until it fades down to a soft cedar and amber smell the hovers just above my wrist. I'd have to put it on when my husband wasn't going to be around to let it fade. He vehemently dislikes the generic incense smell.

All Night Long As if the name didn't spell it out for you. This blend relieves all sexual inhibitions by simultaneously relaxing and arousing.
Cinnamon and warm honey tones Red hots candy scent fading to cinnamon and perfume, after an hour or so, the honey tones play peekabo again. I had a slight itch despite having Benadryl on board when I tried it. The itch persisted.

Verdict: I'll have to swap it. The itch would likely be another rash if I hadn't had Benadryl in my system when I tried it. Probably the damn cinnamon. I'm not allergic to the actual stuff, but I still seem to be allergic to cinnamon oil.
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Bad:
Tintagel:Spicy mulled wine flowing through the musky heat, warm leather and bright clash of armor, the damp branches of Cornish hawthorn, blackthorn, juniper, English elm and bayberry, and the magical tingle of dragon's blood resin
Ithas a nice, complex smell in the bottle and caused an instantatneous allergic reaction on my skin, including half dollar sized red mark and raised weals.

Blood: Essence of dragon's blood resin, thickened with myrrh and cherry, with a trickle of clove
It had a complex, surgary, musky smell in the bottle and gave me a raging headache within five minutes of putting it on.

Note to self: Common ingredient in these two is dragon's bloos resin. Perhaps this is the culprit?

Good:
Temple of Dreams: For use when working with the many Gods of Sleep, Dreams, and Nightmares.
Talk about morphing. It had an astringent, herbal smell in the bottle and wet on the wrist. For the next hour or so, it smelled like cinnamon, it lingered several more hours with a dried flower smell that hung close to the wrist. It wasn't OMG wow, but it was intriguing and pleasant and I will at least keep the imp around until it runs out.

Eat Me: Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants.
In the bottle and for the first 30 minutes or so, it was cloyingly sweet and smelled powerfully of cotton candy and caramel corn. It dried down to vanilla cupcakes, and is lingering as faint vanilla. I like the lingering vanilla best. All in all this is a pleasant perfume, in a very innocent little girl way. Good for getting in touch with my inner girly girl, but not something I'd wear every day.

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