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 Alchemy Labs.

Organized by category. Scents that have been reviewed are in bold italic.Grades are classified as follows:

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 elsewhere. Swaps!


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


Limited Editions

Carnival Noir (2005/2006)

Scent BPAL Description

Snake Charmer

Grade: A

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)

Scent BPAL Description
Gennivre, L'Artiste du Diable
Hyson tea leaf, pale mint, sugar cane, orange blossom, lemongrass, and honey.
Pulcinella& Teresina
Labdanum, cedar, teak and red rose.

Theodosius, the Legerdemain

Grade: A+

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.

Halloweenie 2006

Scent BPAL Description
Creepy 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 coconut rum.

The Order of the Dragon (2006)

Scent BPAL Description
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 and mosses.

Maelström (2006)

Scent BPAL Description


Grade: B+

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."


General Catalog

A Picnic in Arkham

Scent BPAL Description
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 pixie moss.


Grade: A+

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...

Miskatonic University The scent of Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished oakwood halls.
Shoggoth 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.
Y'Ha-Nthlei A great undersea metropolis located below Devil's Reef. A swirling, lightless, effervescent scent: the deepest marine notes with bergamot, eucalyptus and foamy ambergris.

Bewitching Brews

Scent BPAL Description
Bess 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.


Grade: C

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.

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.

Black Pearl Evocative of the sea's unplumbed mysteries. Gentle and lovely, but menacing and profound. Coconut, Florentine iris, hazelnut and opalescent white musk.
Cathode A negatively charged scent. Ambergris, Spanish Moss, oakmoss and three electric mints.
Delirium Non compos mentis, indeed! A contrary, conflicted scent, bubbling with merry madness. Contains apple, rose, and lemon.
Ephemera 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 leaves.
Fae A brilliant, ethereal scent: white musk, bergamot, heliotrope, peach and oakmoss.
Glitter All flash and glam: white wine, heliotrope, d'Anjou pear, and lotus.
Highwayman 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 autumn breezes.
Lightning 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.
Mata Hari 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.
Moon Rose A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by moonflower and midnight dew.


Grade: C

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 lemongrass.

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!

Phantasm 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.
Shattered 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 blooms.
Tempest A crisp ozone-tinged breeze. The scent of the first gentle rain before the storm.
The Hespirides 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 apple.
Zephyr 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.


Dark Elements

Scent BPAL Description
Hurricane The Dark Side of Air: a high pitched, tangy, clear scent -- light China rain deepened by murky vetivert.
Undertow 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.



Scent BPAL Description
Boabhan Sith 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.
Black Annis Damp cave lichen and oak leaf with a hint of vetiver, civet and anise.
Catharine 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.
Kumiho 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.
Marie A blend of sinuous violet and elegant tea rose: the chosen scent of France's Demigoddess of Debauch: Marie Antoinette.

Marquise de Mertuil

Grade: C

Stately, bold, aristocratic and cruel. Opulent galbanum and amber, glistening peach, and a bouquet of French florals, with a merciless undertone of jonquil and heartless vetiver.

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 most.

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 body chemistry/tastes.

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 flowers.



Scent BPAL Description
Alecto "Unceasing in Anger
Olive leaf, raspberry leaf, vetiver and cedarwood."
Eve The spirit of temptation, the essence of lost innocence. Apple blossom, rose, ylang ylang and golden honey.
Kurukulla The Tibetan goddess of love and wealth. Her scent is a harmonious, sweet, enchanting blend of three lotus blooms and three roses.
Persephone Beautiful, radiant daighter of Demeter... her lovliness was so exquisite that even Hell itself could not resist her. Pomegranate and rose.


Funereal Blends

Scent BPAL Description
Enbalming Fluid A light, pure scent: white musk, green tea, aloe and lemon.
Twilight An enigmatic, otherworldly scent, brimming with power and mystery. Lavender and jasmine, with a touch of glowing honeysuckle.



Scent BPAL Description
Cordelia The essence of faith, love and devotion: lilac, lemon, green tea, wisteria, osmanthus, white cedar, and Chinese musk.
Rosalind Dew-covered berries and fresh green grasses with a faint breath of spring flowers.
The Apothecary Tea leaf with three mosses, green grass, a medley of herbal notes, and a drop of ginger and fig.
Titania A nocturnal bounty of fae dew-kissed petals and pale fruits: white grape, white peach, iced pear, musk rose, sweet pea, moonflower and snapdragon.

Love Potions

Scent BPAL Description


Grade: C-

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 stage forever!


Grade: A

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.


Grade: D

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.

Harlot Based on a Romany incense blend reputed to induce sexual dreams: Somalian rose, Moroccan rose and Bulgar rose with a sultry dribble of cinnamon.


Grade: D

Evokes sheer, unadulterated carnal lust. An undeniably warm and sensual scent. Black narcissus, orange blossoms, and vanilla.

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.

Lucy's Kiss The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices
Maiden A gentle vision of purity, goodness and virtue: white tea, carnation and Damask Rose.


Grade: B

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.

O 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.


Grade: A

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

Scent BPAL Description
Alice Curiouser and curiouser. Milk and honey with rose, carnation and bergamot.
Drink Me 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.
Eat Me Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants.


An earthy yet buoyant scent: pine, eucalyptus and orange.
The Dormouse 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.


Grade: C

Ridiculous! Kumquat, white pepper, white tea and orange blossom.

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

Grade: A

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, 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 my collection!

White Rabbit Strong black tea and milk with white pepper, ginger, honey and vanilla, spilled over the crisp scent of clean linen.

Rappaccini's Garden

Scent BPAL Description
Belladonna This scent is a tribute to such a dark and magnificent plant: a rich green and floral blend, earthy and haunting.

Black Hellebore

Grade: B+

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 of Argos 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 give 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 peony-like overtone.

Really pleasant on me, a dry green floral with a little warmth as it fades.

Black Lotus

Grade: D

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 might do.

Blood Rose Sensual, robust, and silken: voluptuous red rose bursting with lascivious red wine and sultry dragon's blood resin.
Death Cap 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.
Moon Rose A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by moonflower and midnight dew.
Strangler Fig Rooty, woody, with deep green tones.

Yew Trees

Grade: B+

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

Scent BPAL Description


Grade: A

A wonderful antidote to an all-nighter oozing with drunken, addled perversion and debauchery. A fresh, crisp white linen scent: perfectly clean, perfectly breezy.

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 all round.

Envy Green herbs slithering through mint, lime and lavender.
Hymn 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 and myrrh.
Magdalene 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 orchid.
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.


Grade: B

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.

The Salon

Scent BPAL Description


Grade: C

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, and teak.

Voodoo Blends

Scent BPAL Description
Chuparosa 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.

Love Me

Grade: C-

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 courtesans.
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.
Black Cat 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.
Block Buster 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 earthly bounty.
Van Van 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 profits.

High John the Conqueror

Grade: B++

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 it's 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.



Scent BPAL Description
Amsterdam Tulips, peony, fresh flowing water and crisp green grasses.
Bayou 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.
Dublin The scent of misty forests, damp alder leaf, and the gentlest touch of white rose.
Glasgow The rich scent of wild blackberry breezing over gentle rosy heather.


Grade: A

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 my wrists.

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

Grade: A+

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.

Neo-Tokyo 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.
Rome Refined, austere and graceful. A recipe gleaned from Classical Rome: cypress, juniper, chamomile and rose.
Shanghai The crisp, clean scent of green tea touched with lemon verbena and honeysuckle.







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