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Lady Macbeth
The essence of ambition, covetousness and manipulation: sweet Bordeaux wine, blood red currant, thyme and wild berries.

In the imp - The official description holds very true for how this smells in the imp. Berries, red wine, and even a hint of thyme. It's a little bit sweet, but only a little bit - no cloying sweetness with this one, which is nice. In the imp, it smells really good to me.
Wet - On my wrist, the sweet and the berry are gone. I'm getting a faint hint of wine and crushed fresh thyme, kind of sharp, and there's the tang of alcohol to it. It even smells, a tiny bit, flowery, and it's not a flowery smell that's working for me. I definitely liked it better before it touched my skin!
Dry - I think I might smell like I've been drinking. (I haven't, I swear!) There's this whole wafting thing going on, and the scent is a slightly fruity but dry wine. Not bad, but a bit strange.
Later - All the individual scents have sort of morphed together into something new. None of the original things like the wine or the berries are detectable except for in a vague and perfumey sort of way. It's a lot different than I imagined it would be. Not my favorite ever, but nice.
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Lick It One More Time (Yuletide 2007)
Every holiday season should be full of lewd suggestions and filthy double entendres, right? This is a new take on Lick It and Lick It Again -- a peppermint candy cane with a flash of vanilla and an extra jolt of sugar.

In the bottle - Smells strongly of peppermint, like mint mouthwash or peppermint extract. Sweet and very, very strong.
Wet - Wet, it's like MINT MINT MINT. The sweetness that I could smell in the bottle, that hinted of sugar candy, is no longer apparent. It's just like OMG HAVE SOME MINT. SHOVE IT RIGHT IN YOUR NOSE. THERE. MINT.
Dry - Much the same as it was wet. There might be a tiny hint of vanilla in the background, but mostly it's just MINT MINT MINT have you had enough MINT yet? Also, did I mention MINT? I feel like I had an accident with the peppermint extract while baking. A TERRIBLE accident.
Later - Some of the sweetness has come back, but I still feel like a tasty holiday treat instead of a person wearing a scent, LOL. It's not an unpleasant smell at ALL -- it smells nice -- but I'm not sure *I* want to smell like this. If that makes any sense.
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Midnight Kiss
Eternal desire, unquenchable passion: red musk, cocoa absolute, Nepalese amber, red sandalwood, aged patchouli, nicotiana, and blood wine.

In the bottle - Wow, this is so complicated. At first I got the amber and maybe a little patchouli, then the musk came forward, followed by a weird combo of amber/chocolate/grapes. None of the scents really stood out strongly on their own - they were all swirled together into something crazy, twisted around each other like stripes in a freaky hippy candy cane.
Wet - SANDALWOOD. Then, underneath that, amber (which I really like on its own). The two of them combine into a cheap incense sort of smell, overpowering any of the other scents.
Dry - Now it smells like amber that had a horrible accent and got scorched. Burned amber is not a good smell. I would not recommend it to a friend.
Later - Much later, the scent is a warm amber with an undertone of sweetness. I still don't love it, but I like it a lot better than I did before. It's the sort of scent that would go along with a hemp tank top and a patchwork skirt, with braided sandals and sun tea.
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Nocnitsa
Also known as Krisky, Plaksy and Gorska Makua, she is a nightmare spirit, the Night Hag of the Woods, who haunts Polish, Russian, Bulgarian and Slovak children during the darkest hours. The only protection against her torments is a circle drawn around a child’s cradle with a knife, or an axe or protective poppet hidden under the floorboards beneath where a child sleeps. Her scent is that of a lightless fir wood, nighttime air, wet forest mosses and upturned earth.

In the imp - Ack! Incredibly sharp and unpleasant, like super-cheap drug store perfume from the 70s. A little scary, to be perfectly honest.
Wet - Much more rounded and mellow now that it's not in the imp, thank goodness. It has a distinctly "green" scent, a bit like a wintertime-in-New-England shop that sells wreaths made from fresh cut pine boughs; all that's missing is some ornaments made with cinnamon sticks and the lingering sweetness of hot chocolate.
Dry - Now it's all FIR BALSAM PINE like a Christmas tree. It smells nice, but I'm not sure it's meant to be perfume.
Later - Eau de Christmas Tree went away completely. Now it's just warm and earthy and nice, without any particular scent in the forefront. It's funny how something that started out unpleasant-smelling to my nose became so relaxing, like aromatherapy, with nothing but the passage of time. I'd almost say it's a little bit masculine-smelling.
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Kuang Shi
Bust out the dzang dzi! This scent honors the zombies of Chinese lore. Mandarin orange, white musk, mango, and white sandalwood.

In the imp - The scent in the imp is strong musk, with a tiny hint of something citrus. I'm not sure I know what sandalwood smells like enough to tell if I can smell it or not. It reminds me of some kind of perfume my mother had when I was a little girl - sharp and kind of artificial-smelling.
Wet - Ew, now it smells even more like my mother's perfume circa 1980. It must be the musk or the sandalwood because I doubt she had anything like actual fruit essences in her drug store bought perfume. This is STRONG and it smells fakey-fake. My 9 year old son's opinion: "It smells like a wax candle. Like a candle made from wax. Not one of those electric candles. Because those don't smell." Um. Okay, then.
Dry - Musk and orange, and I'm torn about whether that's really such a good combination. I like it a LOT more now that it's dry than I liked it wet, at least.
Later - Still musk and orange, and milder than it was before, which is a good thing. Not one of my favorites so far, but fine.
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Bewitched
Deep, luscious green and berry scents that evoke images of woodland witchcraft and the raw power of nature: blackberry, sage, green tea, wild berries and dark musk.

In the imp - Sage, berries, and a definite hint of cherry cough syrup - if asked what color this smells like, I'd say a dark, sticky red.
Wet - Totally like cough syrup! I keep looking at my pulse points to see if they're stained red, and I'm tempted to lick my wrists just to check. A little bit like raspberries, maybe.
Dry - Dry, the scent has faded a lot. Now it's sort of a faint green smell, a whiff of musk, but that's it. I can barely smell it anymore.
Later - There's a little more to it again now that time has passed, but not a lot. It has a berry-musk sort of thing going on. I like that it's a faint smell and not a really strong one - so many perfumes and scents are overwhelmingly powerful, and this one is nicely subtle.
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Alecto
Unceasing In Anger
Olive leaf, raspberry leaf, vetiver and cedarwood.


In the imp - Smells mostly like grass or freshly cut weeds (like if you ran over the edge of the yard with a lawnmower) and maybe VERY faintly of cedar. Fresh and sharp, it makes my nose sting.
Wet - Like a slightly sweeter version of how it smelled in the imp, though now I can definitely smell the cedar more strongly.
Dry - Now it smells warm and woody, sort of rich and masculine. It doesn't smell anything like olives or raspberries, LOL.
Later - Now the sharp green leafy smell and the cedar wood smells have kind of merged into something that doesn't smell like any of those. It's a smell that sort of reminds me of a furniture store, but it doesn't smell like wooden furniture. Maybe it smells like furniture polish? I like it.

BPAL review

Oct. 2nd, 2009 04:05 pm
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Midnight Kiss
Eternal desire, unquenchable passion: red musk, cocoa absolute, Nepalese amber, red sandalwood, aged patchouli, nicotiana, and blood wine.

In the bottle - Okay, this smells kind of bizarre. I think I can smell the amber and the musk but I'm not sure I want to put this on.
HA HA HA! Tricked you! (LOL.)

So instead I put the Gingerbread Poppet on again, and it smells very good (I'm in the smelling-like-instant-oatmeal phase). The cat came over and smelled me, very interested. (But did not lick me, smart cat -- I doubt it would taste very good.)
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Kiyohime Changes From a Serpent, Yoshitoshi.
Salty ocean spray, red kelp, black plum, lychee, sea moss, green musk, hachiya, plum blossom, and matcha.

In the bottle - It seems like I have a tendency to say that things smell "sharp" and "sweet", which this definitely does. I can smell something fruit-like (the plum?) and pleasant in an organic sort of way.
Wet - The sweet-fruit has all gone away, and now it smells strongly of flowers and musk, like a late summer garden turning brown and going to seed. Not in a bad way, though.
Dry - The heady smell of ripe plums is starting to reappear, but there's still a lot of flower, too. Possibly more than I like, although I'm reserving an official opinion at this time.
Later - This has mellowed into what I'd call a slightly fruity but more flowery musk. It's nice. Not something I'd wear often, I don't think, because in general I'm not a fan of musk, but I like this one more than most others I've smelled.

Mr WG's comment: "Ooooh, I LIKE it."
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The lovely and awesome [livejournal.com profile] vylit was good enough to send me some of her unwanted bpal, and I intend to overdose on it over the next few days. (Vylit, you are the QUEEN of wrapping! And bubble wrap. I never saw such a meticulous job. I am very impressed.)

Gingerbread Poppet 2007 )
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The lovely [livejournal.com profile] harmonyfb sent me BPAL imps to try, and I have questions. (I do know about the BPAL forums, but either my questions are extra dumb or I can't find the answers there.)

1. Where to you put the stuff when you try it out? On your wrist? Should you only do one wrist, or is it better to do both?

2. How do you put it on? I haven't actually opened an imp yet because I'm afraid of spilling it everywhere, but there's a little plastic wand type thing sticking down from the cap and I wonder if you're supposed to dip that into the oil? It seems like if you put your finger over the opened top of the vial and then tipped the vial, you'd end up with the scent on your fingertip and then transferring it to everything you touched.

3. Reviews I've read seem to talk about how the oil smells 1) in the bottle 2) when first put on the skin 3) some time after that and 4) much later. What kind of time period are we talking about here (between-times?)

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