31 Scents of Octoberween, #25: BPAL, Masquerade


MasqueradeThere’s something very smoky about this – and it wafts, like ashes. But there’s a sweetness behind it – like a dessert canapé. It is a beautiful scent, and on the initial application there is something very heady about it – the smoke has an almost tallow-like quality, as if you were burning lights made from animal grease. Behind it, there’s a candlelit ballroom – packed with sweetmeats and unknown, disguised guests.

A couple of hours after application, the orange blossom comes out really strongly, and it’s gorgeous. I have said before that I am not a florals or a citrus person, but the citrus hint here is beautiful, tempering and tempered by the underlying white bloom. Later, it fades to a gentle scent – the aroma of opening Gran’s toiletries box, the one where she keeps the talc. Not overly floral, sweet, gentle – powder and candy. It lasts, too – it’s still here, 13 hours and more after I applied it. And it’s having something of a Renaissance – stronger and muskier, as if the ball has danced itself out, the candles extinguished, and all that remains is to return home to a wine-sweetened slumber.

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

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