Scents of the Week: 05/30 – 06/02 (2017)

MOAR BPALS!

Tuesday, 05/30: BPAL A Mirror of Spring Pleasures on Kites (Lupercalia 2016): Pink strawberry, gardenia, blackberry wine, vanilla frankincense, and champaca absolute.  Vanilla frankincense, sweet but lemony, pairs well with the juicy dark berry notes. At the very back end of the scent, there’s a light hint of creamy floral. It’s a nice sultry incense scent for a little but then it morphs in a not-so-great way for me; it lightens up as it dries, bringing out a bit of strawberry, then turns powdery after drydown. All other notes gradually fade until it’s a baby powder fragrance.
Verdict: TOSSING IT!


Wednesday, 05/31: BPAL Faun (Lupercalia 2017): Scattered leaves, fir needle, and thick honey musk. I don’t wear green scents very often but this one works so well! It smells like lush greenery, all sweet fir and leaves. The honey musk is not syrupy or heavy, nor is the fir too bitter.
Verdict: KEEPING IT!


Thursday, 06/01: BPAL Les Incubes et des Succubes (Lupercalia 2017): Blackberry pulp, Bordeaux wine, grape leaves, and wild patchouli. This is wine and dirt. I love the dark berry element. I’m not sure I like how it interacts with patchouli; my skin has amped it up to an intense level and the berry can’t compete.  I love how this smells in the bottle, so I’m super bummed that it doesn’t work on me!
Verdict: TOSSING IT!

Bonus BPAL reviews because I needed distractions:

BPAL Dawn: Maiden (Dawn): Tea roses, honeysuckle, heliotrope, olive blossom, milk, and honey.  I remember loving this perfume but something has gone very wrong since it’s aged.  I get a slightly soapy, sweet honeysuckle with some syrupy honey. It’s quickly overwhelmed by a green, nutty scent. It settles into a powdery sour tartness, a little like olives. The milk and honey aren’t anywhere to be found.
Verdict: TOSSING IT!

BPAL Soirs D’Automne (Pretty Indulgent exclusive): Lily, tulip and rose shimmering in the moonlight, brushed by a quiet autumn breeze. Yes! Heady white florals and clean skin musk with autumn leaf notes. This is reminiscent of enjoying a bouquet of flowers on a brisk autumn day!
Verdict: KEEPING IT!

BPAL Peach XIV (Dragon-Con exclusive): Peach and Moroccan sandalwood with wild strawberry, vanilla pod, and caramelized benzoin. Ripe juicy peach with a touch of strawberry! Not a very fake strawberry but not quite as good as fresh.  Sandalwood adds a nice bit of light wood to the blend. If I sniff deeply enough, I get some of the bitter caramelized sugar smell. Peach fades a bit on drydown but doesn’t completely go away.
Verdict: KEEPING IT!

BPAL Humanite (Lupercalia 2017): Tuberose, white peach, orange blossom, lemon peel, and caramelized vanilla. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the notes sound perfect and right up your alley but the actual blend just doesn’t work?  This. This is Humanite. By all accounts, these are great notes and ones I enjoy but, on the skin, this has a weird plasticky note. I definitely smell the tuberose and orange blossom; there’s a tiny hint of citrus buried in there. It just all comes together as a very fake, synthetic smell.
Verdict: TOSSING IT!


Friday, 06/02: BPAL Josie (The District): The brooding, raucous, and hot-blooded proprietress of the Château Lobrano d’Arlington, the gaudiest bordello in the District. Miss Josie had a true talent for hype, and promoted her ladies in an effusively romanticized, over-the-top fashion. La Belle Stewart, who was in actuality a circus hoochie koochie girl from Chicago, was billed as “a bona-fide baroness, direct from the court of St. Petersburg. Heady magnolia and honeyed peaches. This is perfection. The notes are pretty simple and the perfume delivers as described. MAGNOLIA HEAVEN. When I first apply, I get a lot of the honeyed peach. As it dries down, the magnolia comes out more but the syrupy peaches complement from the background.
Verdict: KEEPING IT!

BPAL Alice (Mad Tea Party): Milk and honey with rose, carnation and bergamot.  Another simple perfume that packs a big punch.  All of the notes are present: milk and honey with rose and carnation and bergamot at the back end. This is very sweet, delicate, and comforting, well balanced so that it’s neither too sweet nor too sharp from the florals.
Verdict: KEEPING IT!