31 Scents of October, #18: Psyche


PsycheThis is not a favourite of mine, though granted I am sure it would smell stunning on someone else. In the bottle, it’s really complex and pleasing – the rose doesn’t stand out too much amongst the musk and lavender, the frankincense adds a sweetness, and I can’t smell the orchid at all. (For me, this is a good thing. White florals are just not me).

Sadly, though, on my skin it seems to amp the rose, and the rose alone. It’s a very pleasant smell, actually – the kind of rose one finds in Turkish Delight (I really would kill for a perfume of Turkish Delight. It’s my favourite sweet, alongside licorice) – and not at all horrifically floral – it has a sugared edge which is pleasing.

But this is all it is. And even that doesn’t last long. Admittedly, this is an imp, and I’m a slatherer, so my imp-wearing is difficult because I have to redesign how I put on the scent, and it often ends up a messy sticky disaster, or a pointless absence.

It’s not unpleasant, but it’s also a bit meh. One for wearing on days when one doesn’t want to feel strange and peculiar. It’s discontinued, which is a pity, actually, as I’d like to get to know her better and see how she aged. I’d not be averse to owning a bottle, to see if all the complex scents came out in my typical wear pattern. But I prefer, it has to be said, more discordant oddities.

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

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