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The site says: A seductive, serpentine white scent, elusive, crystalline, and spellbinding: white amber, silver birch, immortelle, davana, pale musk, star jasmine, and ylang ylang.

In the bottle: This reminds me of the kind of perfume I used to find in Crabtree and Evelyn. It smells slightly of country cottages, and little glass bottles of perfume sitting on chintzy dressers. It's a scent that makes me think of floaty floral dresses and big straw hats.

On the wrist: Hmmm. This is an odd scent. At first it is really faint and delicate - I can barely smell it on my wrist, but I like it. I can pick up the jasmine and I think the silver birch. It's etherial, and quite lovely. Then, weirdly, it actually picks up in strength. An hour later, all the delicacy has been wiped away by a much stronger musk, and I'm really not so sure I like it anymore. The next morning it is still there, and it's bugging me slightly. It's not a bad scent, but it's surpisingly strong and it very much smells like my grandmother's perfume.

Overall: Interesting, but I think one for the swap pile. 7/10
annwfyn: (mood - competent/incompetent?)
Does anyone know

a) how much one of the Warrior Queen sets is from BPAL?

b) how one orders one? Is it just the same as normal?

I'm being confused and, I suspect, very very dense.

Help?
annwfyn: (mood - competent/incompetent?)
Does anyone know

a) how much one of the Warrior Queen sets is from BPAL?

b) how one orders one? Is it just the same as normal?

I'm being confused and, I suspect, very very dense.

Help?
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I've not done one of these for a while, but this just turned up in my life, and I felt the need to share...

The site says: A gentlemen's blend, possessed of dignity, charm and refinement, but in truth masking a corrupted, hideous, soulless core. White musk, lime, lilac and citron.

Sally says: This is really light and clean on me, but last well, unlike most of the other citrusy scents I've tried before. I can really pick up the lime in it, but on me the lilac softens and feminizes this scent. It reminds me of the (late lamented) 'Beyond The Pale' scents which I used to wear - it's an interesting, tart, bright scent, that makes me think of regency bucks and light muslim on a summer's day.

Overall: Definitely a winner, which is unusual for a random frimp. Bless unexpected imps. 9.10.
annwfyn: (mood - dandelion thoughts)
I appear to have become strangely fixated on BPAL again. It seems to go in phases for me. There are times I'm entirely uninterested and times when suddenly I require smells - many more smells.

Another of the new smells I ordered recently arrived yesterday - Aquarius 2007. According to the lab it should smell of 'Fixed air: the essence of idealism. Wisteria, myrrh, anise, galbanum, bryony, and pomegranate.' I'm not sure I got 'essence of idealism', but I did get a really nice scent - it was sort of floral, but a warmer, more fruity floral than I'm used to. It was lighter and more drifty than my normal collection of winter scents (and a long way from Bonfire Night, which I've been wearing a lot), but still warmer and brighter (does that make sense?) than your average floral bouquet. Maybe it's the pomegranate?

I wore it all of last night, and am wearing it again today, which is a good sign.

I'm really quite glad that BPAL got it quite so right with the scent for my own star sign.

In other (eviller) news, I'm being darkly amused at the fact that someone on [livejournal.com profile] perfumedwaters has been encouraged to do a small personal order and add people from the community on, due to missing the main group order, especially after [livejournal.com profile] la_colere was quite so arsey a while back about Steph adding community members on to her personal order. Inconsistent, non?
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STOP ME BEFORE I BUY AGAIN*

I've just added up the number of BPAL bottles I've bought over the last month.

It's not pretty.

You see, first of all, there was Ivanushka on e bay. It was only £5, you see, and it had such a pretty story to it (and a surprisingly nice smell on the dry down as well - this is the first scent I've had which smells awful for 15 minutes and then gets really nice). Then, a few weeks later, I found myself wandering around ebay again, and lo! There was Aquarius. And I had to buy that, because it is my star sign, and it was clearly destiny.

Then this morning I got a message through bpal.org from someone I messages ages ago, about a bottle of Jolasveinar that they had for sale as I had an imp last year and really like it, and they said it was still available and would I like it, and I paid for the bottle absent mindedly before going back to the main order I'm making...

...and I've somehow bought 5 damn bottles in a month, and it's the lead up to Christmas and I'm NOT MEANT TO BE SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY ON MYSELF.

So, stop me before I buy again!

And no one let me near the Wind in the Willows. There are so many little bottles there that I want, and I must control myself, damnit!


*This is a bit like 'stop me before I kill again', only in this case the main victim is my bank balance.
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First of all, a somewhat belated review of Hellhound on my Trail.

A review )

In other news, is anyone thinking about doing a group order on the Halloween/autumn/yule scents? They are up on the site, and quite a few look really nice. I could probably do an order by myself if needs be, but I would obviously prefer to not do this alone. I'm not sure I can afford more than one, but there are many many gorgeous perfumes.

Anyone?

These are the limited editions I'm pondering... )

I think I can only afford a maximum of 2, which right now are looking like Midnight Mass 2008 and maybe John Barleycorn, although the Sea Rat is also looking very tempting.

BPAL

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:18 pm
annwfyn: (Misc - BPAL)
So, exactly how does one place an order to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab?

I want to order some Hellhound today, before it goes down, and I'd quite like to get a few more bottles which I can then get sent to Mike in Vancouver, WA, for me to collect whilst I'm in the US.

I'm not quite sure what I do. I've never really put in an order on my own before. I just know I need to use paypal.

By the way, would anyone else like me to order something from them whilst I'm at it?

BPAL

Aug. 18th, 2008 08:18 pm
annwfyn: (Misc - BPAL)
So, exactly how does one place an order to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab?

I want to order some Hellhound today, before it goes down, and I'd quite like to get a few more bottles which I can then get sent to Mike in Vancouver, WA, for me to collect whilst I'm in the US.

I'm not quite sure what I do. I've never really put in an order on my own before. I just know I need to use paypal.

By the way, would anyone else like me to order something from them whilst I'm at it?

*squee*

Jul. 14th, 2008 12:16 pm
annwfyn: (Misc - BPAL)
I have BPAL!

I now have bottles of Stormhold (which smells fantastic), 13 (which smells incredibly sexy) and Yvaine which I'm wearing at the moment and is a lovely soft lavender scent that may be about to become my new Firinne perfume.

I also had a lovely weekend and got to see fabulous people I haven't seen in ages, which made me happy.

*pokes at own wrist*

Mmmm...Yvaine does smell lovely.

Happy Sally.

*squee*

Jul. 14th, 2008 12:16 pm
annwfyn: (Misc - BPAL)
I have BPAL!

I now have bottles of Stormhold (which smells fantastic), 13 (which smells incredibly sexy) and Yvaine which I'm wearing at the moment and is a lovely soft lavender scent that may be about to become my new Firinne perfume.

I also had a lovely weekend and got to see fabulous people I haven't seen in ages, which made me happy.

*pokes at own wrist*

Mmmm...Yvaine does smell lovely.

Happy Sally.

13

May. 17th, 2008 02:59 pm
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I now have three bottles of 13.

I have the original:

In our paean to all the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic number, there are thirteen lucky and unlucky components, including white chocolate, tangerine, currant, mandarin, white tea and iris.

I have the pink and green version, from July 2007:

A base of cocoa absolute and white chocolate with thirteen baneful and beneficial bits including vanilla bean, white ginger, orchid, golden peach, massoia bark, clove, honey, and starfruit.

I have the purple and orange label, from April 2007:

A base of cocoa absolute and white chocolate with thirteen baneful and beneficial bits: cardamom, fig meat, grains of paradise, rice flower, chamomile, sandalwood, catnip, clove, and a bundle of five blessed blossoms and herbs.

This makes me so very happy. The original is my favourite perfume ever, but I think I might be about to fall in love with the 2007 version. It's got a slightly deeper and more sensual undertones. Original 13 smells bright, and edible and makes me feel as if I'm running through a cornfield on a summer's day, towards a waiting picnic (possibly with an attractive individual waiting for me there). April 2007 13 is the same scent, but later at night. It's a little more grown up - 13, under a dark and star studded sky. Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] castorlion thinks it smells of mildew.

July 2007 13, however, has gained a rare compliment from Jeremiah, however, so I might wear that slightly more often.

And why is it that I love 13 so much, but none of the other chocolate scents work on me?
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The site says: Salt air, ocean mist, aged patchouli, sarsaparilla, watered-down rum, leather-tinged musk, and a spray of gunpowder.

In the bottle: Ew! That's a bit sharp. Now my nose is stinging. I begin to suspect that [livejournal.com profile] lanfykins gave this to me as an act of malice.

On the wrist: Oh that's a lot mellower. It's quite sweet, and a little incense-y. I can pick up the patchouli, and I think it would be quite sickly if it didn't have the ocean mist to lighten it a little bit. Jeremiah swears he can smell lavender, and I can see what he means. There is something quite floral to it.

After one hour: It definitely smells of lavender, despite allegedly not having any in. I find it very very comforting, and it dries down to a very light scent, that lingers gently on the skin. It smells a little of old goth shop, and a little of my bedroom at home, with my lavender cushions. I'm not 100% convinced by it as a pirate scent, I fear.

Final verdict: I like this. I don't think it's a pirate scent. Rather, it's a scent that makes me think of picnics by the sea, possibly whilst wearing white linen and a big straw hat. It's light, and summery, and I don't think would ever work in the winter, but right now I love it. 8/10.

On that note, is anyone doing a group order at any point in the near future? I would quite like a bottle of Mary Read, and I'm being tempted by a couple of the Stardust scents, although I can't quite decide between East, the Stormhold, and Yvaine. One of the three, but god knows which one. I'd like an imp of Shrodinger's Cat too, and I'm considering a bottle of Chimera.

Ahem.

This is why I stopped spending time on the BPAL site. I've been on detox for months, and then today I looked at it and just went mad.

So. Is there a group order happening any time soon? And if so, can anyone advise me on what they think I should buy?
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As some of you may have noticed, I've not been posting up quite so many BPAL reviews of late. This is because I discovered I was feeling overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of little glass tubes I had, felt that my failure rate with imps was higher than my success rate, and had suddenly become very very poor.

However, despite my poverty, I've taken a break from BPAL to discover a variety of other smellies which I thought I should share.

First of all, I've developed a love for Christian Dior - Poison - which I adore on my skin. It doesn't smell overwhelming, and it makes me feel terribly grown up and sexy. I intend to slowly start trying other conventional perfume to see if anything works on me. So far I know that Midnight Poison smells awful, but Tendre Poison is quite pleasant I think.

Secondly, I've also discovered that the Body Shop has a quite nice range of rather floral scents. They are all quite light and don't last very long, but come in bigger bottles than BPAL and are lovely for light summer daytime smells. I'm strangely fond of their Aqualily scent.

Finally, I've also been wearing quite a lot of Bedlam Bouquet, by Beyond the Pale. It's a very distinctive scent - the top note of lavender is very strong - and it's not quite as subtle as BPAL - but it's quite nice and tangy, and does have this very slightly odd scent that makes me feel like I'm back in the 18th century. I don't know how to describe it, but I wear it, close my eyes, and it feels as if I'm walking through another world.

Does anyone have another recommendations of their own for me?

Scents? Perfumes? Interesting bubble bath?
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As some of you may have noticed, I've not been posting up quite so many BPAL reviews of late. This is because I discovered I was feeling overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of little glass tubes I had, felt that my failure rate with imps was higher than my success rate, and had suddenly become very very poor.

However, despite my poverty, I've taken a break from BPAL to discover a variety of other smellies which I thought I should share.

First of all, I've developed a love for Christian Dior - Poison - which I adore on my skin. It doesn't smell overwhelming, and it makes me feel terribly grown up and sexy. I intend to slowly start trying other conventional perfume to see if anything works on me. So far I know that Midnight Poison smells awful, but Tendre Poison is quite pleasant I think.

Secondly, I've also discovered that the Body Shop has a quite nice range of rather floral scents. They are all quite light and don't last very long, but come in bigger bottles than BPAL and are lovely for light summer daytime smells. I'm strangely fond of their Aqualily scent.

Finally, I've also been wearing quite a lot of Bedlam Bouquet, by Beyond the Pale. It's a very distinctive scent - the top note of lavender is very strong - and it's not quite as subtle as BPAL - but it's quite nice and tangy, and does have this very slightly odd scent that makes me feel like I'm back in the 18th century. I don't know how to describe it, but I wear it, close my eyes, and it feels as if I'm walking through another world.

Does anyone have another recommendations of their own for me?

Scents? Perfumes? Interesting bubble bath?
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MECHANICAL PHOENIX
A mechanical construct: illustrating strong work ethic, determination, creativity, and innovation.
Copper gears, brass cogs, fused wiring, scorched iron, and motor oil.

I want! I want! I have no money right now, but I still want!

I may start peering at my budget hopefully.
annwfyn: (love - my monster)
Today, I am happy.

I've had an unusually quiet but very lovely week.

An assortment of social plans have been canceled this week. This should make me sad, but instead it has left me relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. I think maybe it's been a while since I've had some time to wind down and it seems I've needed it.

This week I've spent a couple of evenings cooking and experimenting with various forms of stir fry. I've gone to the cinema with my housemates and seen the inestimably wonderful Ratatouille. I've even had a lovely night in last night with only my pet [profile] pierot. We went out for dinner, then came home and snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa (due to the heating being slightly random in our house) and watched Zodiac, which is a very fine film. We then had a long lie in this morning, and I brought Jeremiah tea and carrot cake in bed.

I've had a good week at work, and at college, and I now feel enthused at the prospect of running around having more adventures this weekend. I've even had my very occasional yearning for dancing, which I think probably won't happen. It turns out that smokey enclosed places aren't normally good for men with chronic asthma and other respiratory problems. Instead I shall do cocktails, and then Stardust and that will make me happy.

In other news, I'm pondering going to a salsa class. Opinions?

Finally - I would review my latest BPAL scent. It's called 'the Lurid Library'. I have decided, however, that I dislike it enough that I don't wish to waste an entire LJ entry on it. I shall just say it smells like a perfume sample from a magazine and leave it at that...
annwfyn: (love - my monster)
Today, I am happy.

I've had an unusually quiet but very lovely week.

An assortment of social plans have been canceled this week. This should make me sad, but instead it has left me relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. I think maybe it's been a while since I've had some time to wind down and it seems I've needed it.

This week I've spent a couple of evenings cooking and experimenting with various forms of stir fry. I've gone to the cinema with my housemates and seen the inestimably wonderful Ratatouille. I've even had a lovely night in last night with only my pet [profile] pierot. We went out for dinner, then came home and snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa (due to the heating being slightly random in our house) and watched Zodiac, which is a very fine film. We then had a long lie in this morning, and I brought Jeremiah tea and carrot cake in bed.

I've had a good week at work, and at college, and I now feel enthused at the prospect of running around having more adventures this weekend. I've even had my very occasional yearning for dancing, which I think probably won't happen. It turns out that smokey enclosed places aren't normally good for men with chronic asthma and other respiratory problems. Instead I shall do cocktails, and then Stardust and that will make me happy.

In other news, I'm pondering going to a salsa class. Opinions?

Finally - I would review my latest BPAL scent. It's called 'the Lurid Library'. I have decided, however, that I dislike it enough that I don't wish to waste an entire LJ entry on it. I shall just say it smells like a perfume sample from a magazine and leave it at that...
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The site says: Beer, woodsmoke, tar, and treacle.

On the wrist: Scrummy loveliness! This is a lovely thick dark scent. I can definitely catch the woodsmoke and the treacle, and there's a slightly hint of apples to my nose as well, although it's not mentioned. It smells of autumn - of early nights and warm fires. I feel warm just wearing it.

Final verdict: 9/10. This is lovely. It's really really nice, and I need to see if I can afford a full bottle of this before the update goes down. It's a great autumn scent, and I would never have taken the risk on it if there hadn't been a decant circle going round.

In other random news, it turns out that right now it takes about 10 hours sleep for me to feel perky and bouncy in the morning. I went to bed at 11 pm last night, and woke up feeling quite cheery at 9 am, instead of the normal shattered remnants of a human being I tend to be. I blame it all on the increased hours of darkness. Thank god I don't live in Alaska. I'd have to hibernate through the winter.
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Aieeeda! Suddenly my spending plans are shot to pieces with a new and alarming discovery.

I've found a replacement for the gorgeousness that was BPAL Dublin. It's fresh, it's clean and it's lovely. It's also one of the Halloween scents that I ordered from a decant circle as a crazy experiment.

It is...

BPAL The Twisted Oak Tree )

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