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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.
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