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In a Nutshell: BPAL (Maiden, Lyonesse)

This time around I tried out another one each of my ordered imps and the freebies they threw in:

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

Well, a vision of purity goodness and virtue, should suit me to a T, right? STOP SNICKERING. Ahem. Anyhow. In the bottle, the scent is a blend of the carnation and just a hint of the other notes, so that for some reason it hits my nose with the same... "feel" as rubbing alcohol, in some ways. Odd, I know, but it was the first thing that ran across my mind.

On wet (and also on drydown), the main note was carnation, sweetly floral, and the other stuff didn't come out much at all. Maybe just a touch, but "sweet floral" is the best descriptor, period. It's a pleasant scent, but a) not good enough really that I'd probably buy a vial, since there are other scents I like more, and b) it doesn't seem to last as long as most BPAL scents (food aside) on me, anyhow, and after just two or three hours had pretty much faded away.

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

In the bottle the vanilla really comes through, with some of the other notes again peeking through the main aroma, but the main description would again be "sweet," though not so much floral.

On wet, the vanilla shifted to a background note, and instead the musk and sandalwood (I assume, since honestly I don't know what ambergris or sea moss or some of the other things smell like) come through more, in a blend.

Drying down, the other notes drifted back more to the background, and just the sandalwood survived more or less on its own, a few tiny hints of the other notes occasionally coming out, waxing and waning, but never more than a hint.

This again didn't do too much for me - if I wanted to smell like sandalwood, I'd burn a bunch of incense in my room. ;) It's not unpleasant, but not something I'd go out of my way to get, either.



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Jul. 31st, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
I like Bliss for a foody scent, and Miskatonic U / Obatala for normal scents. Though I guess those are foody scents too.

Samhain 2007 should be coming available soon! Num.
Jul. 31st, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hrm, I'll have to jot those down to look at next time I'm ordering some imps, whenever that may be.

Samhain though... *shudder*... that just does NOT work with my body chemistry. I ordered some... two years ago I think, and even dabbing just as small an amount on as I can, it smells like I was attacked by a rabid can of Pine-Sol. You could hang me up on your rear-view mirror.
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