Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
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In a Nutshell: BPAL

Okay, I hadn't ordered any BPAL (that's Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, a site that sells essential oil blends, for those playing along at home who don't already know) for a looong time, but just did so again recently. So now I have a bunch of stuff to review. I'll go ahead and start reviewing it bit by bit here, then copy reviews into one or two or even three entries into the bitches_of_bpal community when I get a few done.

To go ahead and round up what I ordered and received, along with their website descriptions:

First, the ones that I ordered...

Vial (because they don't sell it in the sample "imp" sizes):

Boomslang - Snake Oil with cocoa, teakwood, and rice milk. (Snake Oil is " By far, our most popular scent! Magnetic, mysterious, and exceedingly sexual in nature. A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla.")

Imps (bought in a set of 6) (snipping some flavor text for some):

Black Rose - Exquisitely melancholy. The background scent to an ancient exequies. Heavy, dark and floral: a blend of roses, with a touch of amber and musk.

The Bow and Crown of Conquest - Nobility and haughtiness befitting the Antichrist: sage, carnation and cedar with lavender, vanilla, white musk and leather.

Dana O'Shee - [snipping some flavor text] Offerings of milk, honey and sweet grains were made to placate these creatures, and it is that the basis of the scent created in their name.

Endymion - A sweet, wistful blend of d'Anjou pear, Lily of the Valley, bois du rose and white musk.

Magdalene - A stirring yet gentle perfume. The scent of love and devotion mingled with an undercurrent of heart-rending sorrow. A bouquet of white roses, labdanum, and wild orchid.

Maiden - A gentle vision of purity, goodness and virtue: white tea, carnation and Damask Rose.

And as seems to be usual when I ordered an actual vial, I got a lot of frimps... freebie imps... along with the order. Six, actually... , a full set's worth:

Dorian - [snip some description about Dorian Grey] This blend is an artful deception: a sweet gilded blossom lying over a twisted and corrupted core. A Victorian fougere with three pale musks and dark, sugared vanilla tea.

Lyonesse - Golden vanilla and gilded musk, stargazer lily, white sandalwood, grey amber, elemi, orris root, ambergris and sea moss.

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. (As a note, it took me a while to find this one under "Love Potions" since the single-letter makes it impossible to search for)

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.

Sloth - Thick, dark, sluggish and heavy with indolence: vetiver over black myrrh.

Whip - Agony and ecstacy: black leather and damp red rose.

And for my only two reviews so far, trying to break them up into scent in the bottle, going on the skin wet, and dried on the skin. I won't bother to repeat the descriptions here, since they're just above, though I guess I will on later entries:

Black Rose: In the bottle, it smells more of the musk that's hinted at, but both on wet and dry, it was Rose Rose Rose. I'll have to try it once more to see how much I like it, but my first wearing left me with the impression that it was quite nice. Then again, I like the scent of roses.

O: One of the freebies, so I figured I'd give it a whirl next, to break up those I ordered with the ones I didn't. In the bottle, I could smell the sweetness of the honey. Once I put it on though, that faded away and the amber took over. At least, I assume it's amber - I don't really know the scent of it, but it certainly doesn't smell like honey or vanilla, at least going on wet, and it's a chalky sort of scent that I'd associate with amber. So. As it dries down, I'm starting to pick up the faintest hints of honey perhaps, but the scent is also getting stronger on my skin. It's not exactly unpleasant, but I'm not really thrilled with it, either, especially if it's going to be strong. If the scent changes dramatically as it dries even more, I'll edit it in later, or put an addendum in my next entry (whenever that is).

Okay, so... that does it for my first reviews that I'm trying to catch up on. And since it's getting late, I think I'll call it a night, and try to cover some books or games tomorrow.
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