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

Bakeneko, Pink Phoenix, Juke Joint, Gaueko and Wulric

I haven't been testing my BPALs lately, because I seem to have had a weird mental block about trying them when I'm wearing other scented items. Since I've been bathing with Lush's Heavenly Bodies soap (and various other Lush products), and using my Whipped Cocoa lotion daily...well. There you have it. I wasn't testing anything. Yesterday, it finally occurred to me that if I'm going to be doing that on a regular basis (and I am), that I should be testing my BPAL with them in place anyway. Duh.

If I don't pay close enough attention, sometimes idiocy takes over. :)

Bakeneko - Warm amber musk, Satsuma tangerine, black tea leaf, cardamom, cherry blossom and cinnamon. - For the first 10-20 minutes of this, I can smell cinnamon more than anything. Barely peeking around the edges is a bit of something floral - though it doesn't smell like what I associate with cherry blossom. Half an hour in, I get nothing but musk - and a rather mundane one at that. I was testing this one at bedtime and fell asleep after that, so I'll have to give it another try when I can observe it longer. There was nothing left when I woke up. I'll add to this notation after further testing...but at this point, it seems likely to go into the sale/swap pile.

Pink Phoenix - Vanilla bean, honeycomb, sugared pear, sweet pea and a dribble of strawberry. - Sugary sweet to start, like a bowl of candy that someone's grandma (not mine) kept in an ornate dish on the coffeetable for guests. Ribbon candy. After a couple of hours, it's like ribbon candy with someone making pudding in the background; a warmer, creamier scent starts coming through. Not a scent I'll be out looking for, though it's fairly enjoyable.

Juke Joint - Kentucky Bourbon, sugar and a sprig of mint. - I thought this was a gimme, and that I'd love it...but not so. After all, I like bourbon (and it's smell), I like sugar, and I adore mint. Boozy scents tend to work really well on me. Juke Joint, however, starts off smelling like some kind of crappy men's cologne, and fades to a sort of generic sort of vanilla, then cuts out altogether within a couple of hours. I'm deeply disappointed.

Gaueko - Blackened sandalwood and misty lavender, with curling wisps of smoky tobacco, nag champa, and labdanum. - On application, I get sandalwood and lavender, with nothing else. Then it starts to smell floral (which, as you may know, I'm not a great fan of). Eventually (after an hour or two) the floral settles down to a very pleasant and quite strong incense. I may actually use this one as a room scent.

Wulric the Wolfman - cocoa absolute, French vanilla, birch tar, lavender, bourbon vetiver, wild musk, clary sage, and cistus. - This one has the tendency to seperate into components in the vial. One must shake it up (for awhile) to get a good mix, it's kind of a pain. But it's SO nice! The cocoa absolute is amazing. First I get a sort of rich chocolate cologne (bourbon vetiver, I'm guessing, based on my Juke Joint experience). The chocolate fades a bit, and I'm left with a sort fo smoky, complex, warm vanilla scent - the best vanilla I've experienced yet. And every now & then, wisps of the cocoa reassert. It's really lovely.I may have to spring for a bottle of it.

Also, a note about Strawberry Moon: When I first got my tiny little stash of this, it was in a fit of Firefly-induced Kaylee-squee (because of COURSE I think of Kaylee when I think of Strawberry Moon). I liked it okay, but wasn't nuts about it. I didn't even review it here, I was that unimpressed. Several months later, I decided to send part of my stash of it out with a sale or swap, and as I was checking to see how much I had, got some on my skin and LOVED it. So now I've got a mere partial imp, and am nearly afraid to wear it again, because I don't want to love it too much. Too hard to find!

In other news, my favorite new layering combo is Strangler Fig with Quincy Morris. Now I may have to search out another bottle of QM. ::sigh::
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