January 31st, 2008


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Tried "Whip." Roses and leather, theoretically, but it vanished almost completely on my skin--I got a floral whiff, made a mental note to sniff again later, and then poof! nada. It wasn't an obnoxious floral, suspicious as I am of them, it just...went away immediately.

I tend not to lather on the perfume, of course, so possibly this is one that just requires heavier application. Will try on a day when I'm not going out of the house, and am unlikely to gag random passers-by if I overcompensate.

Also tried "Hellfire." It's an oddly pleasant smell--tobacco and cologne kinda, hint of leather, but it's not coming across as insanely masculine on me. It's not ragingly sexual. (Named after the "Hellfire Club," beloved of Victorian writers.) Seems to go a bit powdery on me after awhile, though, a bit like the Snake Oil did. (Is powdery something that actually happens? Am I on crack thinking this?) So once it dries, I smell a bit like a grandmother who took up smoking and vice. While this image appeals to me, I'm not so sure about the evolution of the smell...

As a follow-up, a male friend of mine obligingly guinea-pigged the De Sade (It's nice to have friends who will also do things "for SCIENCE!") and I'd say it's definitely a scent that works better on men.*

I gotta remember to blog these as I do them--I tried Nyarlathotep over the weekend, and bugger if I can remember it. Something incensey, not unpleasant, but I gotta try it again to jog my memory.

*He then wanted more. The crack-like potential of this stuff is scary.

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Tried "Isles of Demons." Great name. Smells a little too perfume-y for me at first blush--definitely floral, definitely sweet. After a few minutes, the musk starts to come through, which is nice, but the topnote--crap, these terms are starting to make SENSE--is still too sweet for my tastes.

Hmm, all this smell-testing is definitely a learning experience--I've realized that I automatically don't like perfume that smells...perfume-y! Mind you, I'm not entirely sure what it is that is registering as "perfume-y" in the back of my brain, whether it's one particular ingredient or an inherently floral or sweet note, or what. Still looking for one that makes me go "OH GOD YES!" the way that, say, the pumpkin pie Whipped from Villainess does. *grin* But I'm sure I'll run across it eventually!

All of these reviews are tagged "bpal" by the way, so theoretically you oughta be able to get 'em all together...

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A huge pack of imps arrived today, courtesy of the lovely Reece, and god, I see what you people mean--opening these things is like Christmas! Eeee!

Tried "Baku." Intensely, powerfully anise. My wrists smelled like I was wearing black licorice handcuffs.

Within five minutes, it had vanished completely, leaving no trace behind. Huh.

Well, that made it easy to test the next one..."Poisoned Apple." Intensely tart apple to start, like getting smacked upside the nose with a Granny Smith. (The bottle smelled vile, actually, but I'm learning to say "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!") Then the apple calms down quite a lot, and there's something...else...thing...vaguely spiced, maybe a musk. (The description says opium, so maybe that's it, although in my day, when we smoked REAL opium, it smelled like flowers and diesel. Actually, I would probably wear that, it was a really interesting smell...)

Verdict--I quite like "Poisoned Apple." Light, after the first assault, but rather sexy.

ETA: Tried Loviatar. Pleasantly musky for a few minutes, then turned to powder. Angus was fascinated by it, though.

Tried "Hellcat." Cloyingly honey and fruit. Oddly familiar. Sniffed for a few minutes, and then went "My god! I smell like a Bed, Bath, and Beyond!" It's that EXACT smell. Oy.

Having a devil of a time washing it off.

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Decide to make scrambled eggs for dinner. Break eggs. Pour milk into eggs. Milk comes out chunky.



Well, my BPAL clogged senses are obviously still good enough to detect THAT.


Guess I'm having...um...cold pasta salad and toast for dinner.