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latest order...

This one's for my BPAL friends out there.

First I'll list the 5mls I ordered:

Uranus - Eccentricity - Adventure - Clairvoyance - Defiance - Humanitarianism - Lawlessness - Magnetism - Paradoxes - Astrology - Whimsy - Progress - Electricity - Invention - Satire

This smells so strongly of cinnamon that it almost makes me sneeze! I haven't tried it on yet, because I'm really not a big cinnamon fan. I will give it one shot and then it gets swapped, ebayed, or sold to a friend. I got this on a whim because the string of nouns seemed to fit right in with where I'm at, but sadly, this isn't for me. Note: I did try this the other day and as I suspected, I don't like it. I don't hate it like I thought I would, because under the cinnamon is something a little woodsy, but I don't like it. I had to end up layering it with Magus which was a nice effect.



Hail unto Thee who art Ra in Thy rising, even unto Thee who art Ra in Thy strength, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Uprising of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night!

Yeah, so ever since I first looked at the BPAL site I had an interest in the stations of the sun. Perhaps for extra-vague spiritual reasons, perhaps due to that song I linked to a week or so ago, maybe because we were just going into or coming out of the shorter days of winter when I thought about it. I just really wanted these.The very first thing I tried out of this order was Ra. I thought it smelled like a nice blend of woods, mostly sandalwood. Looking at the reviews, virtually no one else mentions this. But just from sniffing the scents in the bottle, I think this will be my favorite, and it sort of reflects my mood of late which is to say, proactive, up and at-em. It lasted about a half-day and I really found myself wanting more.

Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing, even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty, who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning!

Haven't tried this one yet. Kinda woodsy and pleasant, but fades very fast. Not excited about it but not turned off. I guess it seems very transitory, which is appropriate.

Hail unto Thee who art Tum in Thy setting, even unto Thee who art Tum in Thy joy, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Down-going of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day!

I haven't tried this one, and I'm wondering if I will bother because while no one agrees on the reviews of the other Stations of the Sun, *everyone* agrees that this smells like grape soda or dimetapp, and they're right. I was bowled over by it and really wanted to get it as far away from my nose as possible. Um, try this if you like grapes? I dunno.

Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding, even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence, who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening.

The other night I put this on right before bed hoping it would lull me into a peaceful sleep. It did. Case closed. A keeper!

And here are the ten gift imps I recieved, possibly for being obsequious when asking about shipping!

HIGHWAYMAN 4/19 gave this one a try. My first thought out of the bottle was "smoke!" and I also felt it had that ozoney tinge that I recall from Hurricane. But according to the description I have it all wrong! I suspect the "smoke" was actually the leather note or possibly the vetiver. It's what everyone would describe as a masculine scent but I wouldn't since that assumes a whole bunch of sexist stuff. I don't think this one's for me, possibly due to the cinnamon note. I'd go back and enjoy Hurricane instead.





MARCH HARE Tried this today. Description is apt, although when I first decanted and applied, I thought I smelled holly, which I think was just the clove making it smell like some kind of Christmas candle. It does smell a bit like something you'd eat, which explains why I hate it.

DRAGON'S MUSK Unless this dries down to be completely powdery (a strong possibility) this is shooting right up the charts into "to buy large bottle" territory. Out of the bottle it's strong and musky and happy. It's gotten sweeter - but I stil love love love it. If all traces of musky disappear it will be disappointing.

YEW TREES This one I tried yesterday. It smelled like coconut to me, which made me either want to sing "If you like pina colada..." or "Get on the boat, banana boat in the sun." Crazy how commercials stay with you like that. Anyways, it dried down to a generic powdery sweet scent, so definitely not for me. I think it smells like something other people might like though. I'm not seeing the yew trees connection but then, what the heck do I know about yew trees?

IAMBE This is one of those that manifests itself in the form of something approximating a commercial perfume. Out of the bottle, I think the flowery notes triumph, the gladiola and the rose dominating anything else. When I apply, that calms down a little, but really reminds me of many extremely "feminine" perfumes I've tried over time. As it dries down the patchouli emerges, but only hints. It's very nice. Not sure I'd buy it, since I already have so much commercial perfume that performs like this.

ALECTO I could have sworn this had something flowery in it that I didn't like, but maybe that was just the cedar interacting with everything else. Maybe it's just my bod. This can get swapped. Not exciting enough.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say about and sniffing your ALECTO, IAMBE, Harlot and Gluttony.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Of course you can try them. :) Are you getting any more imps? Just trying to see if another smell party will be warranted soon.
Apr. 18th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, of the imps only Umbra and Dragon's Musk are on my wishlist. The Stations of the Sun sound good thus far. I'll try Uranus. Maybe I'll want to take it off your hands.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Trying to gauge timing for another smell party - did you get more imps with your next order?
Apr. 20th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Nope, and I'm waiting until after my birthday to order more... then again... Maybe I could make an order of Imps not on the list I put on lj...
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
I've tried all of those, though none are ones I still own or particularly care for. I have weird tastes in scent, though. Umbra wasn't too bad, and Highwayman would have been awesome if it weren't for the gardenia from hell (my skin amps that one up too. Alecto I like, just not as something I'd wear. That seems to be the general opinion of that one. I think it's the thyme.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
I just tried Highwayman today - and I am sure it's not for me. Something about the leather & cinnamon. I look forward to trying Alecto, based on what you say! I feel like I have weird tastes in scent too.
Apr. 20th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Huh, that one sounds like I might like it too. Maybe a sniffing party *is* in order. I suppose I could put in an order...
Apr. 20th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
nooooo! that wasn't my intent :) i just wanted to know where everyone was with it. you can hold off. :) we don't have to have the party right away.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Back in the day . . .
I remember Eddy had an article back in the old Requiem years and years ago, consisting of ways to annoy a Settite.

This one seems applicable: follow said Settite around at Elysium while chanting,

RA! RA! RA!"

Heh. :)
Apr. 20th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Back in the day . . .
Oh man... I had forgotten that. Whoah.
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