MORE imps in the mail. Dear god.
Today we had better luck, though!
"Faustus" -- interesting, but went powdery, alas. Will make a note to try later.
"The Coiled Serpent" -- Holy patchouli, Batman! Not an obnoxious patchouli, though...kind of an odd, bitter undertone, like burning hay. This actually wasn't a bad smell. I don't know that I'd wear it, but it wasn't bad. Nice for a more complicated patchouli, but since patchouli doesn't say "sexy!" to me, probably not so much my thing.
"Bien Loin D'Ici" -- Mmmm. Okay, this one is definitely a perfume, but I like it anyway. This one I'll wear. Doesn't go powdery. (I wish I could figure out what the note is that makes me go "Perfume!" It's almost an alcoholic undertone, like it's the binder or the carrier rather than anything else. Not sure though.) This is one to use in moderation, I suspect, because of the perfume note, but it smells pretty good anyway. The description claims that it's "The Scarlet Woman, aglow with sensual indolence: red musk, benzoin, caramel accord, golden honey, and spiced Moroccan unguents." Mind you, I'm not sure that I've ever been aglow with sensual indolence in my life...sensual, sure, but too much indolence and my brain goes "Shouldn't you be working?!" but I can't blame the perfume for that. Despite the honey and caramel, didn't go too agonizingly sweet.
"Siren" -- Really fruity. Apparently it's apricot. Not bad once it dries, actually--I might wear this, assuming I remembered to apply it at least two hours before going out of the house.
"Malice" -- Oh, holy crap, I LOVE this one. It's not very strong--had to slather--but it's sort of balanced between sweet and bitter (appropriately to the name!) We have a serious winner here. "A profound, complex scent that encapsulates the joy one finds in another's pain. Ylang ylang, clove, Indonesian red patchouli, and dark myrrh." (Heh, and I just said I didn't think patchouli was sexy. Shows what I know. Still, I don't get the patchouli at all, it's more clove and myrrh and I guess the ylang ylang is the sweetness.) I'm really not that malicious a person--okay, okay, the occasional moment of schaedenfraude, but that's as far as I go...
"Eden" -- weirdly sweet, kind of...honeyed fruit. Something a little darker starts to emerge after awhile, though, but I still get...fruit. Fig and coconut milk, apparently. I don't actually care for those smells on me, but I have to say, they don't smell artificial--I don't get tutti fruiti or suntan lotion. I'm not likely to wear it, and damn, it's a powerful one--the whole ROOM reeks of fig now--but it's not a bad smell.
"Midnight Kiss" -- ...this is...this is...what's that...smells familiar...Grape Bubble Yum? (Interesting. But no.)
So we have a major winner so far, and a couple of "Will probably wear this," and a whole pile of "re-test." *grin*