it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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BPAL: Queen Mab

BPAL Description:

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.

My Notes:

Vial: A rich, pleasant scent. I'm picking out the base note of sandalwood, which is still my favorite scent, sweetened by the jasmine and rose and sort of complexified by the musk. I think tha tcomplexity to the jasmine sweetness is the orchid, because there's something in there that's more sultry and less cloying than jasmine. My only real experience with osmanthus is in tea, where it's a little bit bitter and pungent. I can't pick it out as a distinct note, but I think it's alloying the sweetness here as well.

Wet: The musk emerges as soon as it touches my skin, and the sweetness picks up a little. This is floral, but not in that perfumey way I didn't like in Kali. The sandalwood renders everything warm and substantial and gives it depth.

Drydown: It's got a kind of baked-goods spicyness that I like, a nutmeg or cinnamon and vanilla note. Of course, because there are no such things in the blend. *g* Maybe that's some sort of interaction of the rose and musk or something. I think there's enough sandalwood strongly enough in this to make me happy pretty much no matter what, but it's a light sandalwood and not one of the dark, bittering ones.

Dry: fading off to sandalwood with overtones of jasmine and rose.


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