31 Scents of…October? Halloween? Who knows!?, #21: Banded Sea Snake

Banded Sea Snake

Banded Sea SnakeIt is the sweetness that lasts the longest with this…an almost cakey loveliness (probably the vanilla) that feels very much like Eat Me, but less headachily saccharine. I’ve never tried Snake Oil (though I am happy to report it came as an Imp in my Weenies order that arrived today, so I’m stoked to compare them!), so I am not sure how different this is. I can’t smell a great deal of the moss, but perhaps that’s more a sort of negative space, a scent that mitigates the candied sugar of the base scent.

It’s sticky. I just sniffed my wrists, which I last redabbed about 9am, and my nose full on stuck to them. And the scent is still here – clingy, close, but still here. Reminiscent of marzipan – perhaps Battenburg. I get little, if any, sea, here. Unless it’s seaside icecreams, tempered by hidden salt and kelp. And perhaps…perhaps that’s OK.

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31 Scents of October, #20: BPAL, Jazz Funeral

Jazz Funeral

20161020_223440This is such a morpher. The strange things it does on my skin. I’ll have to grab a bottle – as I said, my imps tend to fade faster, and I wonder if it is because of how I apply them.

Jazz Funeral begins boozily – there’s sweetness and rum and notes of something smoky – incense or a pyre. It changes again in an hour or so to a dusky ash, the acrid ends of a flame, flickering at the ends of a woodburn. Then it becomes floral, and what a strange floral this is, all sugar and spice; it’s not super powdery, or sneezy, which most florals usually are on me. This has hints of marzipan and Parma Violets, a slight dusty looseness, but nothing unpleasant.

It’s been several hours since I applied this and the ghost of it lingers somewhere; even though I can’t smell it any more, not really, something of alcoholic frosting is clinging to my skin.

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31 Scents of October, #19: BPAL, Against Idleness and Mischief

Against Idleness and Mischief

Against Idleness and MichiefThis is a good smell. I mean, it smells…like niceness. If The Nutcracker was a smell, it would smell like this – praline and marzipan and sweet wine at Christmas.

It isn’t quite foodie, and not quite feminine either. It’s a transient beauty, dying quickly on my skin, and I wish, I so wish that so much more of the honey-cake, carby-flour happiness would last on my skin. But it doesn’t, and this makes me sad.

Instead, on me, it dies down to a sweet powder. It’s not at all unpleasant – it’s lovely, actually, like the memory of sweetened bread hanging in a kitchen. But it isn’t the actuality of the bread itself, and I would so love the cakey reality.

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31 Scents of October, #18: Psyche

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.

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31 Scents of October, #17: BPAL, The Dream

The Dream

The DreamYou’ll have to excuse me. I’m suffering from man-flu, and not terribly in a position to tease out all the nuances of this particular scent.

The Dream is from the same line as Two Old Men – Fleurette’s Purple Snails. Of all the Lupers I tried this year, the Fleurette scents are the ones I like the most. They’re the most interesting in terms of individual scents: each perfume is a complex and subtle mix, and The Dream is no exception.

It’s a feminine and sexy scent. The lavender is most dominant for me, and takes some time to fade. As a consequence, it’s soporific; not in a night-time sleepy way – almost more like the waking of an early morning in the summer, when you can once more cuddle into your sheets and spend two more hours in the company of Morpheus, with the light dripping, caramel, through your curtains.

Under the lavender, though, there’s something more complex which balances out this floral; is it the patchouli or the oudh, or both? I can’t tell. Either way, it makes the sleepiness of lavender into something much more sensuous and strange.

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31 Scents of October, #16: BPAL, Black Temple Burlesque Troupe

Black Temple Burlesque Troupe

Black Temple Burlesque TroupeThis is an appropriate scent to wear when drinking whisky. Pipe smoke dominates, initially, the sneezy, powdery memory of sticking my nose into my Dad’s tobacco jar (a naughty childhood habit that it’s just occurred to me might be responsible for my perma-sniffle). But when that dies down, there’s a luxury to this; chocolate and whisky kisses in a bordello. It’s heady but not stimulating – soporific and musky. Red silk pillows and a chaise lounge, and the sinking gutter of a candle, finally winking out.

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31 Scents of October, #15: BPAL, Absinthe Bonbon

Absinthe Bonbon

Absinthe BonbonThis is another Lupercalia scent, but from 2014. It’s a hard one to write about, because it doesn’t last long enough for all the complex notes elaborated in the listing to develop. I get the wormwood and anise, and it’s tempered by something sweet, but that’s about it. I suspect this scent might work wonderfully on someone. I can see it’s potential to have a strange, intoxicating character on skin with the right PH. Sadly, though, that skin is not mine. It does not last for me, just long enough to blast me with anise, but that’s it…a sneeze or two, and it’s gone.

I’d love it if the white chocolate was stronger, if it wasn’t just something to temper the powdery spice. If it rounded out this scent into something rich and peculiar. This feels like the beginning of something. I hope that perhaps, one day, there’ll be version which lets it find it’s full glory.

In the meantime, I’ll keep this a while. These perfumes often age in interesting ways; perhaps this will grow more complex with time.

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31 Scents of October, #14: BPAL, Fettered in the Shackles of the Drug

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Fettered in the Shackles of the Drug

Fettered, Indeed.This is a strange, very strange scent. Heady, headachy and intoxicating. I don’t have a sophisticated nose, and to me, there’s a kind of violet baby powder about this. But something more…something spiced. Something…drugged. More than a masking patchouli.

This is part of the Ligeia series, and is genuinely is a grower. Not in terms of its staying power; though it stays longer than some, at least as a skin clinger. What I mean is, as soon as I put it on, it gets under my skin and in my nose and in my head and I am gone. Here there is more than baby powder and sweets. Here there are opiates and diamonds, befuddlement and clarity. It starts out as properly sinister. I’m sad that it dissipates into something less…but at least it had that start, and the chance to sink into something other.

31 Scents of October, #13: BPAL, Milk Chocolate, Myrrh and Gunpowder

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Milk Chocolate, Myrrh and Gunpowder

Milk Chocolate, Myrrh and GunpowderI feel like I should have worn a 13. But I don’t own any, sadly, so…here we are with this one!

Having said yesterday that the Lupers hadn’t been all that memorable for me, I remembered the Bonbons. There’s something about BPAL’s chocolate scent – dark, milk or white – which is just SO DAMN SEXY. It’s so so good every time it appears in what I own, and I love it. In Black Temple Burlesque, Troupe, for instance, it’s boozy and gorgeous. Here, it’s a sweet carrier for the sneezable gunpowder.

It’s lovely, whilst it lasts. And that isn’t all that long on me, sadly. Maybe it was because I was using a decant and being more cautious than usual, or maybe this scent is just like this. But in any case, today it was a skin clinger, lying very close to the skin and not really doing a whole lot of ‘throw’. It’s a damn shame, too, because this chocolate note is to die for. Seriously. If you try no other BPAL, try a chocolate one, because…it kicks Cocoa Chanel into a cocked hat.

31 Scents of October, #12: BPAL, Dragon’s Bone(r)

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Dragon’s Bone(r)

The decant, in the cigarette case I carry my imps in.

The decant, in the cigarette case I carry my imps in.

It’s an…erm…provocative title. Comic, and rude. So I’m slightly disappointed by the scent.

Let’s be real here. It’s very pleasant. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a waver, and a developer. And it’s still here, almost 12 hours since I put in on from a scant decant, clinging close in a baby-powder rose. When it flares, to me there is a strong sense of deep violet. But I do smell violet in everything (I have a fixation on Parma Violets that just won’t go away) so I wouldn’t take me as a guide.

But the disappointing part of it is that…well. It’s pleasant. I want something…rude. Bolshy. In your face…as it were. And it isn’t. I’ve found that with the other Lupers I’ve tried this year. Although I like a number, none of them are memorable. This is much the same.

I want metal scales. I want musk. I want gold and smoke. And it isn’t there.