Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
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In a Nutshell: BPAL: Boomslang, Bow & Crown of Conquest, Dorian

For those playing along at home, this is the second of a series of posts that will round up my latest purchased batch of BPAL, reviewing the next three I've tested (and repeating the descriptions for each that I posted before):

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.")

To refresh your memory, I bought a vial of this because it's not available in the imps (sample vials), and because the description of cocoa and comments about how it was *soooo* chocolate from other posters made it seem divine. *sigh* I shoulda known better. My skin seems fated to downright repel foodish scents, even though those are some of my favorits. (My limited edition of "Gingerbread Poppet" that makes me smell like gingerbread, for instance, is absolutely delicious but so faint I might as well not even bother wearing it, even when I slather it on.)

Anyhow. In the bottle, I smell mostly the musks, which wasn't a great sign to start with, since musks aren't my favorite perfume scent, for on me at least (one reason I'm not a huge fan of Snake Oil, which many others totally swoon over).

On wet, and as it dries down, the scent starts fading down progressively into the teak a lot more, which is more to my taste. A slight hint of the cocoa came through as well, both of which circumstances made me like it more than how it smells in the bottle, but not enough (since the cocoa is very faint on my chemistry) to really make me happy I bought the whole bottle. Silly me. When will I ever learn? I suspect though that this is one scent that'll depend a *lot* on your own particular body chemistry, as well as your own tastes.

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

This was one of the set of six imps that I actually ordered, and in the bottle it smells like... well, it's what I honestly think of as a "cheap perfume" scent - the kind of thing you'd expect to smell if you walk into a generic department store and spray one of their perfume spritzers into the air. I don't know if it's the white musk or what, but that's what comes to mind.

Once on the skin though, it immediately goes from cheap, generic perfume to some of the key ingredients listed. Mostly, on wet, it was the cedar scent, with hints of the more floral scents behind it. Luckily it was a softened cedar, as opposed to the sharp scent you can get with the pure stuff, so it wasn't unpleasant.

As it dried down, different florals were vying for dominance. Honestly, it was like every time I smelled my wrist in the drying-down process, I was smelling a different key. Lavender struggled with the cedar and won out, then the sage peeped through above everything else, then a bit of a blend, and around, with maybe the vanilla adding a small hint of smoothness and sweetness to the background.

All in all, it's a pleasant enough scent and I imagine I'll wear some more applications from the imp, but I wasn't so enamored that I'll have to sweep out and buy a full bottle.

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.

This was one of the frimps (freebie imps) sent along with my order, interesting as I just read Wilde's actual book for the first time maybe a month back. For those playing along at home, a fougere is, according to wikipedia, "built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant's Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men's fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent." (end Hermione Granger recitation mode....)

So this would imply that it's a men's scent mainly, although BPAL oils do tend to lend themselves to both genders depending on how they react to personal body chemistry. At any rate, in the bottle I'm not even sure how to describe the scent - a blend of musk and floral, with neither coming to dominance.

On wet, to the best of my memory (this was the last of the three I tried, but for some reason I'm not even remembering it well... which I guess says something about the scent and how much I liked it...) this was the musk scent, with the lavender starting to come through more strongly.

Once dry, the sugar and tea took over more, with a bit of the herbaceous and woody scent (thank you Wikipedia Pete) also notably there, without as much of the muskiness. Which of course suited me. But although I like foody scents, and like the aroma of fresh lavender, and I didn't have too much of the "darker" smells come out on my skin, I wasn't a huge fan of this scent. Maybe because while it's not totally and completely masculine, it leaned toward that for me, moreso than I'd like. Or maybe just the particular blend didn't do much for me.

So, there we have it. And yes, I really do at some point need to get around to reviewing some books and games that I've been reading/playing. Eventually. Maybe tonight, maybe not. Figure not tomorrow, since I'll be... occupied.
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