31 Scents of Octoberween, #27: BPAL, Caliban


CalibanBe not afeard; the isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not….

This is indeed a scent which is full of noises – albeit briefly. It begins very aquatically – astringent and sickly to me, and though not disgusting, there’s a memory here of lobster pots. And it is strong at the start – almost overwhelming, like being bowled into the sea by and swallowing a nose-and-mouthful of brine.

But within 20 minutes, it has become something completely other, a soft musk, a pleasant seaweed brackishness dusted in icing sugar. And it continues to change, heading from this gentleness into something with a much more acrid quality – I wonder if there is sandalwood here, for there is a definite wooden note. And a sense of burning; the bitterness of a wick in tallow.

Two hours into the wear, there is something even stranger going on. This scent has developed a herbal quality, and I am reminded of wormwood; a green and hardy herbal scent, such as one would find in a hedgewitch’s drying-house.

This is part of the Illyria line, which is based on the plays of Shakespeare (or Marlowe ;)), and in fact there are so many characters that I wish were here. I am glad of Iago, of Robin Goodfellow,but I would love for there to be a scent for Ariel, for Mercutio, who are perhaps my favourite characters. And Ophelia and Hamlet (a much better romantic duo than Romeo and Juliet, imho).

I wish this lasted longer on me, for Curiosity’s sake, because although it is not my favourite scent to wear, it is a volatile and protean scent; animalistic, then mineral, and never either of these things.

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

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