Here is my completely self-indulgent BPAL
Want-To-Try page. I'm putting it up more for my own edification
than anything else, but I hope to post reviews of the different
scents as I get a chance to try them, so hopefully this
will eventually be a good resource. All descriptions are
taken from the BPAL
website and are copyright Black Phoenix
Organized by category. Scents that have
been reviewed are in bold italic.Grades are classified
A = I love this and
will definitely wear it often. Big Bottle Time!
B = I like this, and will probably
wear it occasionally. I'll probably use up an imp
or two but not buy a big bottle.
C = I am neutral toward this scent;
it is either nondescript or it has both elements
I like and elements I dislike. I may give it a second
chance to see if it grows on me but it will likely
go to swaps in the end.
D = I don't like this scent. I didn't
have to scrub it off or anything but I won't be picking
it up again. Swaps!
F = I strongly dislike this scent.
I will never wear it. Let us hope it finds a hope
Limited Editions | A
Picnic in Arkham | Bewitching Brews | Dark
Elements | Diabolus | Excolo | Funereal
Blends | Illyria | Love
Potions | Mad
Tea Party | Rappaccini's Garden | Sin
& Salvation | The
Salon | Voodoo Blends | Wanderlust
Carnival Noir (2005/2006)
Sensual, sibilant, sexual and hypnotic: Arabian musk
and exotic spices slinking through Egyptian amber,
enticing vanilla, and a serpentine blend of black plum,
labdanum, ambrette, benzoin and black coconut.
I didn't think I'd like this one, because usually
the resinous scents hate me, but I love it so much I
cannot speak coherently. Creamy and spicy and warm and
slightly sweet. I smell like -if people were food and
spice cake was a femme fatale, that is how I smell. YUM.
Too bad it's an LE... must look for a substitute.
Carnivale Diabolique (2006)
|Gennivre, L'Artiste du Diable
||Hyson tea leaf, pale mint, sugar cane, orange blossom,
lemongrass, and honey.
||Labdanum, cedar, teak and red rose.
Theodosius, the Legerdemain
Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf,
pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean.
I tested this on Test Guy, and it is absolutely delicious.
The tea and vanilla definitely come through, but it
doesn't smell too foody or feminine, but like a crisp,
creamy musk. A definite keeper.
|The Candy Butcher
||Dark chocolate with a heavy cream undertone.
||This season’s Ridiculous Scent! As creepy as
Spooky was spooky, this is the scent of butterscotch-kissed,
caramel-smothered red apples spiked with a blast of
The Order of the Dragon (2006)
|The Carpathian Mountains
||Mountain air and the scent of crisp snow blanketing
the mountain’s flora: Scottish fir, beech, cembra
and mugho pine, rhododendron, currant, honeysuckle,
raspberry leaf, dwarf juniper, sedge, meadow grass,
snowdrop, rose bay, lily of the valley, starwort, lichen
A cerebral scent, dry, and white. This is a perfume
of thought, not heart, and of unforeseen pain and
sudden obsession, touched with uncertain twilight
and ambiguous horror. Stargazer lily, white musk,
clear aloe, blonde amber and winding-cloth linen.
This reminds me very strongly of a commercial perfume
I've smelled, but I can't place the name of it. Regardless
of that, though, it is a very pleasant scent, soft,
warm florals (I guess the warmth must be the white
musk or the blonde amber?) with a hint of linen underneath.
"Dry and white" is an excellent description. Unlike
other blends with amber that I've tried, this one
isn't turning powdery on me; more research shall
have to be done.
Guy Test: This is not a passionate perfume on me
and it got a mild reaction: "That smells nice."
A Picnic in Arkham
||A shadowy, unapproachable forest of maple, birch,
dogwood, cypress and pine softened by a garland of
New England wildflowers: bergamot, columbine, rue anemone,
blue violet, creeping phlox, bloodroot, toadflax, and
A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with
seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters.
Tested on Test Guy. On first opening the imp I didn't
think I'd like it, because it came out a sharp blast
very reminiscent of men's drugstore cologne. But when
applied to Test Guy it changed; it's a really lovely,
complex, masculine aquatic. More testing shall be needed
to discover whether this one or Theodosius smells nicer...
||The scent of Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished
||An amorphous, radiant, incandescent scent. Ever changing,
protoplasmic and primordial: white amber, green coconut
meat, iris, palmarosa, Chinese peony, lime, water lily,
snowdrop, muguet, lemongrass, osmanthus, wisteria,
glassy musk, and hinoki.
||A great undersea metropolis located below Devil's
Reef. A swirling, lightless, effervescent scent: the
deepest marine notes with bergamot, eucalyptus and
||Inspired by the tragic, ill-fated love of Queen Elizabeth
I and the Earl of Leicester. This is our modernization
of a 17th-century perfume blend favored by British
aristocracy: rosemary, orange flower, grape spirit,
five rose variants, lemon peel, and mint.
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
Sadly, this was almost all herbs and nearly no berries
or tea. It smelled very antiseptic on me, like some sort
of cleaning solution. A pleasant smelling cleaning solution,
true, but a cleaning solution nonetheless.
||Evocative of the sea's unplumbed mysteries. Gentle
and lovely, but menacing and profound. Coconut, Florentine
iris, hazelnut and opalescent white musk.
||A negatively charged scent. Ambergris, Spanish Moss,
oakmoss and three electric mints.
||Non compos mentis, indeed! A contrary, conflicted
scent, bubbling with merry madness. Contains apple,
rose, and lemon.
||The scent of loss, love and the echo of time without
end: sorrowful violet and chamomile with muguet, white
geranium, calla lily and tea rose with a hint of autumn
||A brilliant, ethereal scent: white musk, bergamot,
heliotrope, peach and oakmoss.
||All flash and glam: white wine, heliotrope, d'Anjou
pear, and lotus.
||Stand and deliver! Vetiver with gardenia, blood red
rose, night-blooming jasmine, a dash of cinnamon and
a faint hint of leather.
|La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente
||Soft, lush myrtle and dry, sweet melilot with wild
rose, pomegranate juice and peach blossom against a
background of deep aquatic notes and a twirl of melancholy
||Lightning slashing the midnight skies over the endless
reaches of the ocean. The electric tang of ozone, marine
notes, and a drop of sharp rain.
||A renowned exotic dancer and courtesan, possessed
of aristocratic elegance, matchless charm, an iron
will and a streak of fearlessness. The actual events
of her life have met with much speculation, and to
this day it is unclear whether or not she was truly
a German spy. Despite shaky evidence of her guilt,
she was tried for espionage by a closed court-martial
and was executed by a French firing squad in 1917.
Her scent is striking and bold with a delicate yet
dark undertone: five roses with soft jasmine, warmed
by vanilla, fig, tonka bean and mahogany, spiced with
a drop of coffee bean.
||A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by
moonflower and midnight dew.
A Sanskrit blessing and word of greeting that bears a powerful
symbolism. It represents the Oneness of all of existence, the union
of matter and spirit, perfect wholeness. It is accompanied by a gesture:
Anjali -- hands pressed together, fingertips heavenward, pressed
together over the heart's chakra. This oil blend is a serene, soothing
Indian blend, created to bring calm and joy to the heart and peace
to the spirit. Sandalwood, jasmine, rose, patchouli, cedarwood and
On both me and Test Guy, this smelled exactly the same - like
lemon dish soap. It isn't
unpleasant, per se, but - I don't need perfume that makes
me smell like Lemon Joy. Oh well!
||This delicate, spectral perfume gives rise to an
eerie distortion of of the senses. It bestows an ephemeral,
ghostly, and truly haunting quality to your presence.
Green tea, lemon verbena, jasmine and neroli.
||A scent as sharp as glass shards, and as brittle
as a broken heart. The formula came to me - quite literally
- in a dream, and is named after, and created in memory
of, the last poem that I ever wrote… almost ten
years ago to the day. A blend of white champagne notes,
grapefruit, lotus, slivered mint and crystalline aquatic
||A crisp ozone-tinged breeze. The scent of the first
gentle rain before the storm.
||The Hesperides are the Nymphs of the Evening who
dwell in a verdant garden located in the Arcadian Mountains,
guarded by the terrible three-headed dragon, Ladon.
Within their garden lives the tree that bears Hera's
sacred Golden Apples. Their perfume is that of sturdy
oak bark, dew-kissed leaves, twilight mist and crisp
||A gentle white scent, breezes laced with the scent
of springtime blooms and citrus. Lemon, lemon verbena,
neroli, white musk, white florals, white sandalwood,
China musk, bergamot and a drop of vanilla.
||The Dark Side of Air: a high pitched, tangy, clear
scent -- light China rain deepened by murky vetivert.
||The Dark Side of Water: clean and purifying, yet
menacing -- lotus and juniper with a hint of mint.
A scent dragged up from the depths to the Stygian shore.
||The ghostly White Women of the Scottish highlands.
They seduce unwary travelers by night with their unearthly
beauty and mesmerizing dancing. They engage their victims
in a wild, hypnotic dance, and once they reach exhaustion,
the demonesses exsanguinate their partners with their
vampiric kiss. Talk about a quick courtship. Grapefruit,
white tea, apple blossom and ginger.
||Damp cave lichen and oak leaf with a hint of vetiver,
civet and anise.
||Named for the ambitious, vengeful poisoner Catherine
deMedici, who used perfumes to perform her dark deeds.
A sinful blend of orange blossom, rosemary and rose...
allegedly the exact perfume she utilzed in her work.
||Nine-tailed fox demon of Korean lore who transforms
into the visage of an irresistible beauty in order
to seduce men and lead them to their doom. A sharp,
biting blend of crisp white tea and ginger.
||A blend of sinuous violet and elegant tea rose: the
chosen scent of France's Demigoddess of Debauch: Marie
Marquise de Mertuil
Stately, bold, aristocratic and cruel. Opulent galbanum
and amber, glistening peach, and a bouquet of French
florals, with a merciless undertone of jonquil and
I didn't notice much change in this one over time,
except that my skin takes one of the notes (or a combination)
and turns it into powder. I am hazarding a guess that
it's the amber, because I had a similar reaction to
Black Lotus (except that this was floral powder and
that was powder in a headshop!) and that is the only
note they have in common.
I liked this in the bottle, though to me it
smelled very much like a perfume my mother used to
wear. I think it was from Estee Lauder. On my skin
it shifted, and turned into a powdery floral, but with
no strong single floral note. I didn't get much peach,
just a tantalizing glimpse hiding under the flowers;
it was in those moments that I liked this scent the
As time wore on, it got more powdery on me but also
more well-blended. It's still clinging to the skin
of my wrists many hours later, a pleasant scent, but
not one that I think works particularly well with my
Guy test: Sadly, the Test Guy has bad allergies
and was unable to weigh in on this one beyond a pitiful
"um, I smell something..." We may give
it another try later.
||The Fair Lady, Winter Witch, White Maiden of the
Storm. Szepasszony is a Hungarian demoness that appears
as a stunningly beautiful woman with long, silver-white
hair and a blinding white dress. She revels in storms,
particularly when hail rains down on her. Water dripping
down eaves into a puddle is an invitation for her to
cause mischief: she uses the puddle as a magickal tool
for casting her wicked spells. It is considered foolhardy
to step into a circle of short grass ringed by taller
grasses, as those mark the circles where the Fair Lady
dances. A chilly, tempestuous whirlwind of clear, airy
notes, slashing rain, and a thin undercurrent of white
||"Unceasing in Anger
Olive leaf, raspberry leaf, vetiver and cedarwood."
||The spirit of temptation, the essence of lost innocence.
Apple blossom, rose, ylang ylang and golden honey.
||The Tibetan goddess of love and wealth. Her scent
is a harmonious, sweet, enchanting blend of three lotus
blooms and three roses.
||Beautiful, radiant daighter of Demeter... her lovliness
was so exquisite that even Hell itself could not resist
her. Pomegranate and rose.
||A light, pure scent: white musk, green tea, aloe
||An enigmatic, otherworldly scent, brimming with power
and mystery. Lavender and jasmine, with a touch of
||The essence of faith, love and devotion: lilac, lemon,
green tea, wisteria, osmanthus, white cedar, and Chinese
||Dew-covered berries and fresh green grasses with
a faint breath of spring flowers.
||Tea leaf with three mosses, green grass, a medley
of herbal notes, and a drop of ginger and fig.
||A nocturnal bounty of fae dew-kissed petals and pale
fruits: white grape, white peach, iced pear, musk rose,
sweet pea, moonflower and snapdragon.
A decadent, deep perfume, lusty and luxuriant. The
scent evokes images of velvet-lined Old West cathouses,
tightly laced corsets, rustling petticoats and coquettish
snarls of pleasure. Bawdy plum with amaretto, burgundy
wine and black currant.
Wet, it smelled like a delicious raspberry cocktail,
and I wanted to drink it. Delicious. To my dismay, though,
once it dried down a bit it started to smell like very
artificial berry- in fact it smelled for all the world
like a Strawberry Shortcake doll. I could even smell
that soft plastic smell behind the fake berries. Sad-
I wish it could have stayed in the yummy adult beverage
Bold, bright mandarin paired with the sweet, sensual
earthiness of fig.
This starts out on me with a delicious rich fruityness.
After an hour or so it starts to get mellower and spicier;
after several hours it's a lovely, slightly sweet spice.
This one is very autumnal to me, warm and foody but not
TOO foody. I think I'll be wearing it a lot when the
weather turns crisp and the leaves start to turn.
Selune, the Moon Goddess, fell in love with a beautiful
shepherd named Endymion. She appealed to Zeus, asking
him to cast Endymion into everlasting slumber so that
she could be with him for all eternity. Her wish was
granted, and every night the Goddess visited her love
as he slept. A sweet, wistful blend of d'Anjou pear,
Lily of the Valley, bois du rose and white musk.
Well, I CAN smell the pear. But it's mixed with something
sour and kind of funky. It smells like some sort of
pear syrup that's gone off. Doesn't work on either me
or Test Guy, alas, but I do like what I can tell of the
pear note. I'll have to try some other pears in the future.
||Based on a Romany incense blend reputed to induce
sexual dreams: Somalian rose, Moroccan rose and Bulgar
rose with a sultry dribble of cinnamon.
Evokes sheer, unadulterated carnal lust. An undeniably
warm and sensual scent. Black narcissus, orange blossoms,
The black narcissus in this was utterly foul on me.
A sort of shrill, thin, sharp floral - a harridan of
a flower that completely overcame the vanilla and orangeblossom,
which I think could have been nice- after the narcissus
started to fade I liked the scent more, but the narcissus
sadly never really went away.
||The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian
||A gentle vision of purity, goodness and virtue: white
tea, carnation and Damask Rose.
A light, invigorating floral and citrus blend. Tuberose,
lotus and jasmine with a hint of lime.
I like this, but I want to like it more than I actually
do. One of the notes goes a little off on me, I think.
Still, I'll probably keep the imp. Perhaps I'll try
it a few more times and see if it grows on me.
||The scent of sexual obsession, slavery to sensual
pleasure, and the undercurrent of innocence defiled
utterly. Amber and honey with a touch of vanilla.
|The Lady of Shalott
||The scent of calm waters just before a raging storm,
limned with achingly-beautiful blooms, an icy scent,
but somehow warm, and mirror-bright: bold gardenia,
crystalline musk, muguet, water blossoms, clear, slightly
tart aquatic notes and a crush of white ginger.
|Vicomte de Valmont
||Based on an 18th century gentlemen's cologne: ambergris,
white musk, white sandalwood, Spanish Moss, orange
blossom, three mints, jasmine, rose geranium and a
spike of rosemary.
Agony and ecstasy: black leather and damp red rose.
Should I find it disturbing that I like this so much?
I like the dry antique tea rose of London but I think
I prefer the lush wet rose of Whip, at least in certain
moods. I don't think it smells all that much like leather
on me- there's more than just rose but it comes across
as a bit of a grounding of the floral more than its own
note. Funny because a friend told me it smells like a
leather coat on her! This is definitely going into the
rotation of rose scents.
Mad Tea Party
||Curiouser and curiouser. Milk and honey with rose,
carnation and bergamot.
||However, this bottle was not marked `poison,' so
Alice ventured to taste it, and finding it very nice,
(it had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry-tart,
custard, pine-apple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot
buttered toast,) she very soon finished it off.
||Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants.
|An earthy yet buoyant scent: pine, eucalyptus and
||A dizzying eddy of four teas brushed with light herbs
and a breath of peony.
|The King of Hearts
||Rosewood and black cherry with white musk, red rose,
red musk and a spark of lavender.
Ridiculous! Kumquat, white pepper, white tea and
When I first put this on, I really liked it. Then
I thought, hmmm, this smells familiar. Then I thought,
it smells like... food? Like.... cereal. Some kind
of cereal. Some kind of FRUITY cereal. What am I... OMG.
It smells like FROOT LOOPS.
So, no, not so much. Interestingly, Test Guy thought
it smelled like potpourri. Pity, that.
Two, Five, & Seven
A huge bouquet of squished rose petals: Bulgarian
rose, Somalian rose, Turkish rose, Damascus rose,
red and white rose, tea rose, wine rose, shrub roses,
rose, rose… …and just an itty bitty bit
of green grass.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Roses! A dimensional
rose scent, underscored by the grassy smell - it's like
going through a blooming close-grown rose garden while
the grass was just cut in the yard next door. Only lasts
a few hours on me, though. Very nice. Another rose for
||Strong black tea and milk with white pepper, ginger,
honey and vanilla, spilled over the crisp scent of
||This scent is a tribute to such a dark and magnificent
plant: a rich green and floral blend, earthy and haunting.
Also called Melampode. In witchcraft legend,
this is one of the components of the notorious “flying
ointment”, and is used in rituals that summon
the Devil. In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos
used hellebore to save the daughters of the king
from a Dionysian Maenad-like madness. In Christian
myth, hellebore was born from the tears a little
girl shed onto the snow because she had no gift to
to the Christ child. In low magick, it has been used
by farmers to protect their livestock from the evil
eye. Court magicians have used it in martial invisibility
spells, enabling spies and assassins to infiltrate
enemy camps. Hellebore resembles the wild rose, but
does not belong to their family. The scent is a pale
green herbal, darkly rooty, with a faint rose and
Really pleasant on me, a dry green floral with a little
warmth as it fades.
Born in the shadows of a Temple to Set, this corrupted
Egyptian scent evokes images of black pyramids, river
demons, and bleak, deadly desert sands. Black lotus
flower, amber, myrrh and sandalwood.
This one just didn't work for me at all. It didn't
smell bad, per se, but it smelled like incense,
and I have never liked the smell of incense (is that
the myrrh, I wonder, or the sandalwood?). Additionally,
as time went on, one of the notes increasingly went powdery
on me, so that I ended up smelling like a baby-changing
table in a headshop. Not my cup of tea.
Guy Test: Test Guy likes the way this one
smells, but not as much as Old London. I wonder how it
would do on him. I fear, however, that my hatred of incensey
smells would still overcome any nice thing his body chemistry
||Sensual, robust, and silken: voluptuous red rose
bursting with lascivious red wine and sultry dragon's
||A lethal poison bundled up in a dainty, innocent
little package that was oft times found in ancient
witches’ flying ointments and astral projection
balms. A warm, soft, ruddy scent, earthy and mild.
||A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by
moonflower and midnight dew.
||Rooty, woody, with deep green tones.
Piercingly sweet berries over evergreen boughs,
deepened by the tree’s sacred wood.
This is a wintry scent, though not really a Christmassy
one. The sweetness of the fruit does a good job balancing
the sharpness of the evergreen on me, making a nice
balanced scent that wears down into warm wood.
Sin & Salvation
A wonderful antidote to an all-nighter oozing with
drunken, addled perversion and debauchery. A fresh,
crisp white linen scent: perfectly clean, perfectly
This is beautiful. Primarily it smells fresh and clean,
with a teeny bit of sweet flowers and water. Linens
seem to be working well on me so far.
Guy Test: Test Guy likes this one a lot, too. A winner
||Green herbs slithering through mint, lime and lavender.
||A paean to true holiness, spiritual purity, and sacred
enlightenment. Based on an incense blend sacred to
the Virgin Mary: perfect rose absolute and Palestinian
Lily of the Valley with olibanum, labdanum, frankincense
||A stirring yet gentle perfume. The scent of love
and devotion mingled with an undercurrent of heart-rending
sorrow. A bouquet of white roses, labdanum, and wild
|Sea of Glass
||Upon the Sea of Glass, glowing with the perfection
of spiritual union and the radiance of true wisdom,
rests the throne of God. A scent of inimitable purity,
crystalline grace, and limitless light.
Voluptuous and indulgent! A deep chocolate scent,
with black cherry and orange blossom.
This one was cherry, cherry, cherry, cherry on me,
a sort of artificial-smelling cherry... until about an
hour and a half after I put it on, when it suddenly
did an about-face and turned into chocolate. The chocolate
stage is nice but I think there are better fruit scents
for me than the Cherry! stage.
Iris, black amber, sage, Kashmir wood, vanilla musk,
mandarin and violet.
Eh. It wasn't horrible on me but the floral was too
violetty. Old-lady perfume, kinda.
|The Fox-Woman Kuzunoha Leaving Her Child
||White tea, cherry blossom, wisteria, star jasmine,
||The Hummingbird of Love, the Rose Sucker. A potent,
benevolent, merciful love blend.
|Water of Notre Dame
||Brings peace to the spirit, a sense of calm and fulfillment,
and attracts the aid of beneficial spirits.
A commanding, dominant oil that increases sexual
magnetism, creates an intense and irresistible air
of attraction, and amplifies potency.
I smell... cinnamon? And stuff. Cinnamon and stuff.
Incensy, spicy sorts of smells, I think. It isn't terrible,
but it doesn't love my skin- far too strong and pungent
for my taste, though the lingering soft scent that remains
once it's worn off is actually quite pleasant.
|#20 Love Oil
||A potent, enticing love formula, favored among Louisiana
|All Night Long
||As if the name didn't spell it out for you. This
blend relieves all sexual inhibitions by simultaneously
relaxing and arousing.
|Aunt Caroline's Joy Mojo
||Bottled happiness. Helps reverse misfortune, brings
light and laughter to even the most troubled and discordant
place, and aids in alleviating the stress and discontent
that accompanies so many of life's daily trials.
||A very tricky kitty, indeed. Used most often as a
key to bringing back the joy one needs to have in life
in order for living to feel worthwhile. Brings back
a sense of delight in simple pleasures, and creates
a surge of childlike curiosity and a youthful sense
of fun. This blend can also be used to reverse troublesome
lesser crossings, create a playful air of catlike sexuality,
and, because cats will be cats, it can also be used
to throw minor, irritating or bothersome hexes, causing
small amounts of chaos and disruption to your foes.
||Used to open up options in your life, overcome obstacles,
and create opportunities. This blend increases your
potential for success, inspires creativity and quick
thinking, and helps you to be more flexible, adaptable
and open to change.
|Come To Me
||A phenomenally powerful attractant. Sexual and commanding
in the extreme.
|Has No Hanna
||Brings a rush of good luck, lifts the spirit, and
helps alleviate depression.
|Horn of Plenty
||Forces a change of fortune, helps overcome poverty
and want, and helps attract prosperity, prestige and
||A venerable voodoo blend, used for purification of
the spirit and to amplify positive personal power.
|Follow Me Boy
||A houdoun recipe dating back almost 150 years. This
blend is favored by prostitutes, exotic dancers and
others in the sex industry for its power to attract,
seduce, and enthrall. Ensures financial gain and increased
High John the Conqueror
A fast-acting, powerful scent used to overcome adversity
through positive means. Attracts wealth, prestige,
good health, and enhances others' opinions of you.
Grants courage and steadfastness.
In the imp, this has a sweet, slightly sharp scent-
some reviewers say grape and that could be it. The instant
I put it on, though, a softer scent came in- almost powdery
but not in a bad way. To me it smells like a bouquet
of white flowers and damp green leaves, laid on a freshly
laundered linen tablecloth. It's a clean, soft, calming
sort of scent, and I like it very much. I don't know
that it's enhancing anyone's opinion of me, unless
their opinion of how I smell, but it smells great.
I'll definitely use my imp... the jury is out on if I
like it enough for a big bottle, though.
Guy Test: still impossible due to Test Guy's
allergies, poor darling.
||Tulips, peony, fresh flowing water and crisp green
||A lazy, warm deep green scent with a thick aquatic
undertone: Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with
watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers
and swamp blooms.
||The scent of misty forests, damp alder leaf, and
the gentlest touch of white rose.
||The rich scent of wild blackberry breezing over gentle
|Venerable Victorian Tea Rose… twisted, blackened
and emboldened with wickedness.
In bottle: a powdery, slightly sharp rose
Wet: Rose with something sharp/spicy underneath
Dry: Stays rosy with an elusive hint of
the sharp/spicy note- I'm guessing this is the "wickedness"-
for a few hours, then becomes a powdery rose. Throws
fairly well for a while and then lingers close to the
skin; at the end of the day I can still catch whiffs
of this on
Verdict: I like this a lot, but I'm not sure it's
my One True Rose. I have a lot of other rose blends
to try first.
Guy Test: Very good! Without being asked
his opinion, Test Guy volunteered an "mmm, you smell
good" and actually came closer to smell again. Definitely
a winner on this front.
The Hanging Gardens
This perfume is an interpretation of the Hanging
Gardens by night, based on further accounts of its
fruit and flora: date palm, ebony, fir, pomegranate,
plum, two pears, quince, fig, and grapevine with plumeria,
three gardenias and dry rose.
I'm very impressed by this one- it really does smell
like a garden. You get little whiffs of fruit and flowers
and wood and green leaves, as though it was being carried
past your nose on a gentle spring wind. Yummy.
||A scent that captures a meeting of the serenity and
elegance of ancient Japan, the vibrant, shining, neon-lit
and ultra-modern splendor of today's Tokyo and the
fantastic electric fantasyland of post-modern manga
fantasy. Urban metallics and an ozone-tinged breath
of electric light mingled with reedy bamboo, crisp
mountain air, cherry blossoms, delicate orchid and
a splash of playful, wet fruits.
||Refined, austere and graceful. A recipe gleaned from
Classical Rome: cypress, juniper, chamomile and rose.
||The crisp, clean scent of green tea touched with
lemon verbena and honeysuckle.
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