a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

Athens, Doc Seward, Pumpkin Queen, Freak Show, Geek, Whitechapel and Strangler Fig.

In the process of sorting through and purging some of my BPAL, I've gone on a testing extravaganza!

Athens -A reformulation and modernization of a true Classical Greek perfume, myrrhine: voluptuous myrrh, golden honey, red wine, and sweet flowers. - In the bottle, a sort of generic sweetness. On my skin --- OMGHONEY! Honey is what strikes me most about this scent; it feels like a honey-drizzled summer day: lazy & sweet. More honey scent than I get from Honey Moon, even. I get hints of florals, but nothing overwhelming (this is a good thing). The wine & the myrrh blur so completely into the honey for me that I can't discern them. It's like a lovely, honey haze. Seriously, when I sniff this stuff I have visions of dancing through a meadow high above the sea. It's luscious, and I want a bottle.

Doc Seward - Penetrating and gifted, vulnerable, with just a hint of opium-blurred delirium: poppy smoke, champaca flower, tonka, sandalwood, ginger, white pepper. - Penetrating, check! This stuff has a sort of sharpness that gets right up my nose, both in the bottle and on my skin. It fades (reluctantly) to a sort of too-sweet floral powder smell on me...but still with the up-my-noseness mentioned above. I'm gonna guess that's the champaca flower; it doesn't strike me as sandalwood, ginger or pepper. For sale/swap.

Pumpkin Queen - The Glorious Grand Dame of the Pumpkin Patch! Regal Egyptian Amber, red ginger, orange peel, mandarin, cardamom, fig leaf and warm pumpkin. - Love at first sniff, man. No great leap there, as I am a pumpkin fiend, apparently. On my skin, I first get the buttered-pumpkin smell that is common to the Pumpkin Patch set. Then a warm sort of citrusy mulled cider scent comes on. And it stays. For a long, long time. Little hints of the buttered pumpkin keep popping up periodically. Love, I tell you.

Freak Show - A strange, disconcerting embrace… to some, alarming, and to some, intimately familiar: fig, pomegranate and cocoa bean with lemon, bergamot, vanilla, mellow honey musk, calamus and tonka. - Smells like fruity candy in the bottle. On me it quickly morphs to add powdery florals. There's something intriguing underneath those, but I can't identify it. Maybe the honey musk? After awhile, I get bits of cocoa powder, but they're very, very subtle. Pleasant enough, but not a keeper.

Geek - A snarling, feral scent, ever-so-slightly slightly deranged: hot leather, opoponax, cedar, pine needle, mosses, dry grass, patchouli and cinnamon bark. - Woodsy, and something like the aftershave we used to always get my dad for xmas. I get only the faintest hint of the leather. Something like library dust, too. Feral? Not to me, thought I'd definitely peg this as a masculine scent. For the woods smell, which is the primary note I get from this, I prefer Anne Bonny.

Whitechapel - 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. - In the imp, this one smells citrusy to me, and I LOVE citrus, so I'm excited. Once it hits my skin, though...BAM! It turns into a strong soap smell(not necessarily a bad thing). I think this is what lilac does on my skin. No citrus at all. It stays that way for well over an hour, after which it starts smelling like ever-so-slightly musky soap. It's pleasant, but not something I'm overly excited about.

Strangler Fig - A glorious parasite! Once the seeds of the Strangler Fig find root in the bark of a tree, snakelike roots erupt and reach graspingly at the sky. The Strangler Fig then sprouts numerous epiphytic vines that strangles and surrounds its unwilling host, and finally snuffs the life from it. Rooty, woody, with deep green tones. - This smells like sweet candy in the imp. On, it's lovely. It takes on a sort of musty (in a good way) fig scent that I really enjoy. Earthy, for lack of a better term. It doesn't smell like greenery to me, or like dirt - but like cut roots. With a dash of honey. So, creamy, honey-sweetened figs with cut roots. Reminds me, ever-so-slightly, of Athens. I'm really liking it, and may end up having to get a bottle. I'll certainly hoard any imps of it that come my way.
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