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BPAL: Magus

In honor of Matthew's Terrible Horrible Awful No Good Really Bad Day, today's BPAL selection is Magus:

BPAL Description:

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

My Notes:

Vial: Cedar! Warm, with a trace of bitterness. Woody, but I'm not picking up the sandalwood or frankincense yet. I don't know what galangal smells like, but it might be that bitterness, which is almost like myrrh, but...less musky.

ETA: Oh, duh, Galangal!. Yes, of course I know what that smells like. And it's the warmth, not the bitterness. I was looking in the wrong mental filebox, under "aromatic woods," not "spices and herbs." Silly Bear. Pattern matching error.

Wet: warmer, sweeter on the skin. Sandalwood and cedar, which is an *odd* combination, but not an unpleasant one. It has a little bit of an earthy smell, like patchouli.

Drydown: It sweetens as it dries, and the cedary note drops from whooaaaaa stuck my head in a cedar chest to something warm and simmery, while the frankincense and sandalwood are emerging. This is *totally* not my usual style, but I think I like it.

Dry: Oh, this goes sort of soft and woody, a little sweeter and richer than straight sandalwood, still with a cedary sharpness. And it seems to carry well; I can smell it, lightly, when I'm typing. I hope this one holds on... well two hours after application, it's faded a little, but to a nice level, not all-but-gone the way Moscow did.

Me like.

Boy and dogs are sleeping, so no minority opinion on this one.


So. As it's your fault that I've ordered things from BPAL (see me not really complain), how long did it take you to get your order? From the forums it looks like two months is average? Which is disappointing! But survivable.
About two months, yeah.
I like adding "awful"; the canonical, of course, is "terrible horrible no good very bad day."
He just tore his ACL and dislocated his knee. It deserves an "awful." *g*
I seem to recall you liked the smell of my cedar soap at Noreascon, as well, so maybe I will like this perfume, if it's similar.

This was it:
Oh, yes! And you might--it is similar, only with sandalwood.