31 Scents of October, #11: BPAL, Faunalia

Disclaimer: I am not a perfume expert, nor am I sponsored by BPAL or, indeed, anyone.

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FaunaliaSometimes, with BPALs, I’m not sure if it’s the name and description as much as the actual scent which is evocative to me. With Streets of Detroit, I can almost see the car exhausts. Phantom Calliope feels intoxicated, musical and ghastly. And this…this smells of a warm forest floor on a hot summer day (odd, because this is a Yule scent celebrating a Yule festival). But it smells like a damp summer to me, lush and green and musky, like the deer park near where I live in rutting season. Tip-skitter, little cloven hooves.

This isn’t a stayer on me, sadly. I do have to reapply, but not until a couple of hours later, maybe four at a stretch. And it does re-surge with heat, which I’ve found with a lot of these. I tend to get a backwash of scent after washing my hands or sticking them under airdryers, or just running around at work. But it isn’t the strongest, or the most complex, though it is perfectly pleasant, and if I could get more, if what I had wasn’t a limited edition Yule from 2014, then I would quite happily use this as an everyday perfume. It’s unprovocative, inoffensive, but still understatedly powerful.