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BPAL Updates! Long time no smell.

So as it turns out, I didn't do a great deal of reviewing for my last order. Many of the scents just didn't excite me that much despite being pleasant, and other things captured my fancy. The short story is, I will be looking to get rid of my imps of Gluttony, Umbra, and Alecto. And it's long past time to make another order. So today, I did just that.

Of course I got some full bottles of things which I've been desiring for a long, long time: Grandmother of Ghosts and Black Forest. These are head and shoulders above the rest, although I have a good long list of scents I love enough to get 5mls of, including:

Omen, Saint-Germain, Scheherezade, Lust, Cathedral, Spellbound, Vicomte de Valmont, Loup Garou, Oberon, Czernobog, Gaueko, Greed, and Dragon's Musk

That's quite a ridiculously long list. I found the common notes in them by making a (commence eyerolling) spreadsheet which I keep in my BPAL binder (continue eyerolling). Current frontrunners are juniper, musks, myrrh, cypress, mosses, and ambergris. Based on these and my own sense of whimsy I made a want list. Today I ordered the following imps from that want list:

Cathode, Midnight, Sea of Glass, Szepassony, Mad Hatter, Viola, Vinland, Coyote, Thanatos, Polyhymnia, Ouija, Jazz Funeral

Which leaves the following desired scents as yet untried, and hopefully not forever although it will seem like forever between this order and the next:

Bewitching Brews: Arachne, Dee, Black Tower, Lightning, Ulalume

Funereal Oils: Thanatopsis, Wings of Azrael, Danse Macabre

Sin & Salvation: Hymn, Penitence, Death on a Pale Horse

Love Potions: La Petite Mort, Lucy's Kiss

Diabolus: Malice, Masabakes, Phantom, Wicked, Medea, Nosferatu

Mad Tea Party: Mad Hatter, Mock Turtle, Caterpillar, The Unicorn

Illyria: The Apothecary

Wanderlust: Amsterdam, Crossroads

Rappacini's Garden: Sundew

Excolo: Anubis, Hades, Lilith, Odin, Nuit, Utrennyaya

Maelstrom: Berenice

Voodoo Blends: Vanvan

I'm not sure if I can handle hosting another scent fiesta due to time constraints, but if anyone sees anything in my order they want to try, let me know and we can get together, or if you have something on my want list that you are willing to let me try, please help me out! Or maybe by the time my order comes in, I will be done with the Summer Of Road Trips. We'll see!

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devolutionary
Jul. 19th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
I have an order in the mail right now, hopefully it will be delivered this week.

I've actually forgotten what Imps I got, but I did order 5ml bottles of Cathedral and Jazz Funeral. I will let you know what Imps I got, and what I think of them once they arrive.

As to future orders, I'm pretty much sure that I'm going to order a bottle of the Chaos Theory III.
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Maybe I should give up and have another smell party... I know I'll enjoy every minute of it.

After my experience ordering the stations of the sun, I am wary of getting things without notes to guide me. I am sure I will forget soon enough.
mountainwitch
Jul. 19th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
BPAL crack!
I can hook you up with Lucy's Kiss and Crossroads, possibly Wicked too. Let me ask around. I had an imp of my own, as well as Le Serpent Qui Danse and one other, but that particular little package has disappeared on me. I have nightmares where I crush them underfoot in the Chrysler, and the car is filled with a bizarre violet cloud.

I wish I'd known about Medea; I swapped for an imp of that and was so disappointed I gave it away. Then again, it may have just been exposed to too much heat after making an 8-day trek from California. :P

Other random comments . . . (BTW, I didn't see your last comment on my BPAL post, so I JUST responded last night!)

Illyria: The Apothecary

I love this one. I love this one way, way, way more than I should. It just makes me happy. So green, and warm, and happy . . . I could seriously consider a bottle of this one.

Excolo: Anubis, Hades, Lilith, Odin, Nuit, Utrennyaya

Lilith is SUCH a vampire scent! I actually wrote a review of that one for the forum. Just don't sleep in it--she's not a nightmare demon for nothin', and she WILL wake your ass up.

Odin really works for me. I've never tried the others, although after being knocked around by the jasmine of both Nyx and Twilight, I'm not about to give Nuit a go.
mountainwitch
Jul. 19th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: BPAL crack!
I'm such a flake--just saw your response! Yes, I would LOVE a decant of Grandmother; that's fabulous!
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: BPAL crack!
I've never tried the others, although after being knocked around by the jasmine of both Nyx and Twilight, I'm not about to give Nuit a go.

There's only one scent that has jasmine that I have established works well for me, and that is Vicomte de Valmont. And I suspect that works mainly because it's so complex it already has alot going on - I have a theory that the more complex scents are the ones that work better on me. Which ALSO makes me suspect that I should try blending.
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snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: it just sounds too good...
Sweet - I look forward to hearing reviews. :)
dreamingjune
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
For sniffing I have: Dee, Caterpillar and Mad Hatter. For swaping/selling I have: Lightning, Penitence, Nosferatu and Hades. I'm not sure how we'd go about meeting up, though I am somewhat in the neighborhood of Julie and Dayv's place a couple times a week. You should really check out the next DC Bpal forum meet and sniff. The last one was a ton of fun. It was weird being around a bunch of other women as dorky about perfume as myself.
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I did go to the forums today and noticed that the last DC area meetup was in April I think? I hope someone plans another one, I would do my best to attend.

As to meeting up with you, I would love to. I work in Annapolis, so it would probably have to be a weekend-type meetup... getting to VA on a weeknight is a very tenuous idea.
dreamingjune
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
The last one was at Teaism in Dupont on June 24 (I remember because I got a parking ticket that same day). I think another one is being planned sometime relatively soon. I would be up for a meetup as well. I'm junipercaliope on aim, and you can always ask Julie or Dayv for my number.
queervato
Jul. 20th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hey Hey HEY!!! I'm a dude and I like BPAL....don't stereotype yes i'm queer and no it doesn't make a difference
gorthx
Jul. 20th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
After your last post I went and made my first order. It just came like two weeks ago.

I don't have anything on your list (but that's ok because how far away am I, anyway?) My favorite of what I ordered is Hamadryad.

I got *3* extra imps, and none of them are things I would have chosen for myself based on the descriptions, but I really like them.
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome!! What is it you like about Hamadryad? I am always intrigued to hear about which notes people like and what interacts with people well.
tzel
Jul. 20th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Isn't the hamadryad something I reccomended for you? Or am I crazy?
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't remember... possibly! But now I will get to try it.
gorthx
Jul. 21st, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
I actually don't like Hamadryad in the bottle & on me for about the first minute - it has a really astringent top note that I don't like. Once that evaporates, it's a soothing earthy fragrance but without a heavy musky tone (if that makes sense).

I didn't notice either a minty or a cinnamony tone (like somebody else said) - I hope I didn't get a mislabeled imp, because I'd really like to order a 5ml of this one.

I tried O, and really like it, but may have to save that one for later. I am Not In The Mood right now. ;)
tzel
Jul. 20th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I can probably also host as that isn't something we'd have to run The Taciturn Ranger out of the house for. We could just use the dining room or something. The problem is A: Waiting for my imps to arrive and B: Finding the time when 16 other things aren't scheduled.
snidegrrl
Jul. 20th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yup. I hope things have sped up a little by the time my order is processed. :o
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