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This is especially funny--


Because, while I love smelly things, I have an extremely limited sense of smell (I grew up in a house with a chain smoker.). Oddly, my palate for spices is good, but I can't pick a note out of a perfume. Not can I smell people unless I'm right next to them, preferably with my arms around them. Nor can I pick out notes in wine or perfume.

Usually, while I surround myself with incense and scented oils, it's one-note stuff: sandalwood, rosewood, peppermint, ylang-ylang, lavender, cinnamon, dragon's blood.

Chanel #5 smells awful to me--actually repellent--and the only thing I get out of most commercial perfumes is alcohol and sticky sweetness. (I like Tresor, and Poison in the bottle, but don't wear them; too sweet. They smell like things to eat.) And roses smell like rot to me. (So does honeysuckle.)

So don't expect any in-depth BPAL analyses. However, I have been seduced by the whole pretty smelling things thing, and these were the ones that looked interesting to me--posted because cpolk wanted my list to compare to hers.




DRAGON'S BLOOD

Powerful, commanding, blazing with strength.

LUST
Uncontrollable passion and insatiable sexual desire: red musk, patchouli, ylang ylang and myrrh.


FALLEN
Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heav'n. This is our song to Lucifer, Lucis Ferre, Heosphoros, the Morning Star, the Brilliant One and the Son of the Morning. He is equated with Samhazai, the Heaven-Seizer, and Azazel, one of the 200 Fallen Angels of Enoch. The essence of overweening pride and unearthly angelic beauty. A regal scent, glowing darkly, elegant and patrician, but unfathomably desolate. Cherubic white sandalwood and golden musk with a dark halo of amber, a breath of imperial florals, unbending woods, and the shadow cast by vetiver and violet.


FAUSTUS
An infusion of incalculable power and irresistible temptation. Truly an exercise in megalomania and self-gratification: frankincense and cinnamon,
darkened by violet.

SIN
Thouroughly corrupted: amber, sandalwood, black patchouli and cinnamon.


ANNE BONNY
Named in honor of the most notorious female pirate to ever set sail. Wicked, cruel, beautiful, intelligent, resourceful and dangerous: a true role model. A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense. A million thanks to Juliana Williamson-Page for inspiration!


MAGUS
An ancient blend, swollen with arcane power: galangal, high john essence, frankincense, cedar, and sandalwood.


SHADOW
A subtly menacing blend of lemon verbena, white sandalwood and cedar, dimmed by droplets of the darkest patchouli.


VELVET
Envelop yourself in the soft, sensual embrace of gentle sandalwood warmed by cocoa vanilla and a veil of deep myrrh.


VOODOO
A midnight scent, evoking images of flickering golden firelight reflecting off the sheen of glistening skin and the jerking shadows of bodies suffused with spiritual ecstasy. A deep, powerful, resonant blend of myrrh, patchouli, vetiver, lime, vanilla, pine, almond and clove.


YGGDRASIL
The World Ash. Nine woods, nine leaves, and three herbs each for Ratatosk and Vidofnir, with three final herbs to placate Nidhogg.


ZEPHYR
A gentle white scent, breezes laced with the scent of springtime blooms and citrus. Lemon, lemon verbena, neroli, white musk, white florals, white sandalwood, China musk, bergamot and a drop of vanilla.


BLOODLUST
A fiery Martial blend that embodies primal rage, lust for conquest, and all-encompassing desire. Dragon's blood essence, heavy red musk, Indonesian patchouli and swarthy vetiver with a drop of cinnamon.


FENRIS WOLF
The raw, untamable power of chaos. Rosewood, amber, red musk and a dribble of red sandalwood.


MALICE
A profound, complex scent that encapsulates the joy one finds in another's pain. Ylang ylang, clove, Indonesian red patchouli, and dark myrrh.


MEDEA
Granddaughter of Helios, Hecate's chosen: Medea was one of the greatest sorceresses of the ancient world. She is the embodiment of ruthless power, indomitable will and furious vengeance. Night-blooming cereus, black orchid, black currant and myrtle leaf enshrouded in the incense of Hecate's cypress and myrrh, and the dark rage of magickal labdanum and intoxicating poppy.


VILLAIN
A classic Victorian men's cologne: a lavender fougere, with hints of lilac, lime, and citrus musk.


AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA
Was this His coming! I had hoped to see
A scene of wondrous glory, as was told
Of some great God who in a rain of gold
Broke open bars and fell on Danae:
Or a dread vision as when Semele
Sickening for love and unappeased desire
Prayed to see God's clear body, and the fire
Caught her brown limbs and slew her utterly:
With such glad dreams I sought this holy place,
And now with wondering eyes and heart I stand
Before this supreme mystery of Love:
Some kneeling girl with passionless pale face,
An angel with a lily in his hand,
And over both the white wings of a Dove.


A pale, delicate, truly angelic blend. A scent created to emulate Adonis' halo of beauty: fragile, distant, and radiant. Rosewood with Sicilian lemon peel, red Mysore sandalwood, pale musks, sweet mountain sage and a dusting of lily, night-blooming jasmine and orris.



BRISINGAMEN
The amber necklace of Freyja, Norse Goddess of Love, Sex, Attraction and Fruitfulness. Her magnificent necklace was bough from four Dwarves [Alfrik, Berling, Dvalin and Grer] at the price of four nights of her passion. When Brisingamen graces your throat, no man can resist your charms. A glittering mantle of rich golden notes: five ambers, soft myrtle and apple blossom, myrtle, and carnation.



LORALEI
A tragic heroine from German lore. In despair over a faithless lover, she threw herself into the Rhine. In death, she has become a siren that haunts that river to this day, luring sailors to their doom. Neroli, sandalwood, ylang ylang.



SUCCUBUS
Bat-winged, flame-eyed, and possessed of an unearthly, perfect beauty: the Daughters of Lilith, the Succubi, invade the dreams of men and lie with them in rapturous, unholy sexual union. The scent of their skin is bittersweet, dusky and terminally seductive. Mimosa, orange blossom, neroli and bergamot with a drop of sweet clove.


SUSPIRO
A Latin word that means to sigh or draw a deep breath, that also suggests longing, desire, yearning, and a passionate wish. Ylang ylang with white plum, white orchid, jasmine, calla lily and lily of the valley.


CHESHIRE CAT
Grapefruit, red currant, dark musk, Roman chamomile, delphinium, and lavender.


THE LION
The dry, glorious warmth of the Savannah. A golden, spiced amber, proud, regal and ferocious.


TITUS ANDRONICUS
Dark musk and black amber with frankincense, red sandalwood, neroli and bergamot.


BAYOU
A lazy, warm deep green scent with a thick aquatic undertone: Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.


CROSSROADS
The forks of the road: an in-between place, sacred and tangibly magickal in innumerable cultures and faiths. This scent is dark with mystery, taut with power. A chill twilit garden of blooms over dry earth and mosses, heavily laden with incense and offertory herbs.


MOSCOW
A rich, bold blend of imperial rose, carnation, lush jasmine, lily of the valley, dark musk, amber, bergamot and gilded tangerine.


WHITECHAPEL
A gentlemen's blend, possessed of dignity, charm and refinement, but in truth masking a corrupted, hideous, soulless core. White musk, lime, lilac and citron.


ANUBIS
He Who Counts the Hearts, Jackal Ruler of the Bows, He Who Is In the Place of Embalming. Jackal-headed guardian, protector and psychopomp of Egypt’s dead, he guides souls to the underworld and holds steady the scales upon which the deceased’s heart is weighed against Ma’at’s Feather of Truth. He is the creator and master of funereal rites, He Who Opens the Mouth of the Dead, and is the sentinel that watches over the sanctity of tombs and the virtue and privacy of his charges. His scent is a blend of holy myrrh, storax, balsam, and embalming herbs.

BASTET
Bast, Ubasti, Ailuros, Ba-en-Aset. Represented as both a domestic cat and a fierce lioness, she truly evidences traits of both. She is the Mother of All Cats, Goddess of Sensuality, Fertility, and a guardian and protector of women. She is also one of the Eyes of Ra, and in that aspect is an Avenging Goddess, seeking retribution and punishing enemies of her people. Luxuriant amber, warm Egyptian musk, fierce saffron and soft myrrh, almond, cardamom and golden lotus.


ERIS
Goddess of Strife and Discord, constant companion and sometime consort to Ares. She is a fickle, chaotic Goddess of Bedlam whose greatest passion is the sowing of dissention and turmoil. A suitably disjointed scent, bursting with gleeful mayhem: wet fruits and sharp mimosa with Martial spices and a deceptive flash of floral.


GAUEKO
The Basque God of Night and all the perils of the darkness. Though he is the God of the Danger that Lurks in the Gloom, he is kind to men and warns them against the nighttime hazards and sets rules of conduct for both the living and the dead as they travel through his domain. It is said that since the warm, vibrant daylight is for the living, the abodes of night are reserved for the dead. All who heed his counsel are protected, but woe be to any man that disobeys the laws of Gaueko: he is swift to punish those that would scorn his advice. Blackened sandalwood and misty lavender, with curling wisps of smoky tobacco, nag champa, and labdanum.


KALI
Kali, the Black One, is the fearless Goddess of Destruction, Creation, Energy [in her Shakti aspect] and Dissolution. Also named Kaliratri [Black Night] and Kalikamata [Black Earth-Mother], she is the fiercest aspect of Devi, the supreme mother goddess. Kali is a protector Goddess, the destroyer of evil spirits and guardian of the faithful. She, along with her consort Shiva, represent the unending cycle of death and birth, sexual union, creation and destruction. Kali annihilates ignorance, maintains the natural order of the world, and blesses those who strive for spiritual awareness and knowledge of true holiness with infinite tenderness and motherly love. The constant, unending Work of Creation is called the "The Play of Kali". This perfume is a blend of the sacred blooms of cassia, hibiscus, musk rose, Himalayan wild tulip, lotus and osmanthus swirled with offertory dark chocolate, red wine, tobacco, balsam and honey.



QUEEN MAB
Warrior, Trickster and Goddess of Magic and Poets, she is one of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Queen of the Faeries. A very complex scent, both shadowy and fierce: black orchid, sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and Chinese musk.


XIUHTECUHTLI
Patron of the Aztec pantheon, he is the personification of light within darkness, warmth in the cold, and life in, and after, death. He is a creative and destructive God of Fire and Light, and is appeased only by sacrifice, trial, and the slaughter of his people's enemies. Copal, plumeria and sweet orange and the smoke of South American incense and crushed jungle blooms.



THE NORNS
The Norse Sister-Goddesses of destiny, who measure the lives and fortunes of both Gods and Men and hold steady the ineffable laws of the cosmos. They are preservers and protectors of the Tree of Life and the Well of Fate, and give assistance during the birth of every mortal and divine creature.

SKULD
Being
Ylang ylang, honey, Egyptian and Arabian musks and labdanum.

URD
Fate
Muscadine, black and red patchouli, cereus and nag champa.

VERDANDI
Necessity
Deep herbs and apple with black amber.


Comments

I Am A BPAL Addict

dark_geisha enabled me last year. I have a few favorites from your list. Zephyr and Xiuhtecuhtli are fabulous. Xiuhtecuhtli reminds me of sunshine in a bottle.

Re: I Am A BPAL Addict

Thanks for the tips! Zephyr is actually last on my list--I don't much like florals--but I think I'm getting Xiuhtecuhtli on your rec.

When I get around to ordering. *g*
Dude, stop blaming me for this!
Like you haven't infected others on your friends list. *shakes finger at Vern*

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

Heee. Just don't expect any kind of in-depth sniffing from me. I'm serious when I say I have no delicacy of sense of smell.

Although I'm amused to see my tastes made so definitely manifest. Fuck the sweet stuff: give me woods and resins and herbs and citrus and musk.

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

Patchouli=dirt. Patchouli=/a shower, despite what some people on campurs seem to think.

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

Patchouli's okay mixed, but not straight.

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

Just the word patchouli gets me thinking of the scene with Tim Robbins in "High Fidelity."

The scent itself reminds me of downtown Berkeley, but not in a good way.

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

Heee. Yeah.

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

campurs!

Re: I dreamed that Jimi Page would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play

*loves*
Actually, that's one of the advantages of BPAL. They're perfume oils so they don't have the alcohol in term. A lot of the customers aren't able to wear commercial perfume due to allergies and a sensitivity to the alcohol (like most commercial perfumes do give me a headache), but are just fine with the BPAL. Barring other allergies, of course. The perfume oils are far more concentrated in scent.
I pretty much only use perfume oils or essential oils--my two favorites are the Body Shoppe's Woody Sandalwood and Leyden Essential Oils Ylang Ylang (it's so... greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen) (and they mix very nicely!) and I mostly use them on my hair, because I have v. oily skin (positively greasy, in fact) and scents vanish on it in a matter of hours.
Clearly I have missed some hot new trend. WTF is BPAL?
"Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs"

A gothy online perfume blender. *g*

http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/welcome.html
Thanks, I shall have to check it out!
"Clearly I have missed some hot new trend. WTF is BPAL?"

I'm glad I'm not the only one who had no freakin' clue what everybody was talking about... Sounds like something I'd like to check out, though.
I liked the name for Bayou, then sniffed it and thought I'd hate it, and then wore it and decided I liked it ok, but it's not something I crave. It's very floral on me.

Whitechapel smells good on me, but absolutely delicious on the two guys I've made wear it.

My current favorite of the very small number of scents I've been able to try is Vinland. But I have a whole list of Wanderlust scents that I want to try: Venice, Rome, Florence, Manila, Athens...I just don't have enough fundage to buy from the lab right now, and none of these scents are ones that get traded frequently.
I have incredibly oily skin, and any scent I put on vanishes in an hour or two.

So I do the medieval thing and brush it onto my hair. And that way I get to smell it whenever I want. *g* Since I wear the scent for me, after all, and not anybody else....