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March 2017



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BPAL: Voodoo

BPAL Description:

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.

My Notes:

Vial: I can't begin to describe how luscious this smells in the bottle. I am not an overwhelming fan of either myrrh or patchouli, but what I am picking up off the top of this is vanilla, almond, pine, and lime--and all of them keeping secrets. And it's incredible. It smells like sex in a bakery. (As opposed to Fallen, which smells like a bake sale in a cathedral.)

Wet:  Vanilla and almond off the top, with the vetiver--I think it's the vetiver, it's the same rich spicy note I love in "Fallen"--and then it fades a bit and the patchouli comes out, but in a fresh-turned loam kind of way, not a reeking mud kind of way, and all laced with sweet almond. Oh, oh, this is lovely. The lime and pine and clove are kind of an undercurrent, or an overlay, and there's just a hint of the myrrh bitterness underneath, keeping the vanilla from going all sweet, and the herbs and citrus and pine just swirl around it.

Drydown:  and now the pine comes out, but it's rich and smooth, not harsh like the cedar top note in Magus.Pine and vanilla and almond. Who would IMAGINE it would smell like this? Although, as the pine and patchouli strengthen, it grows a little unbalanced. I want more of the sweetness to linger... but, fading to pine.

The pine is nice. But it is not the lovely, rich, complex scent I wanted.

Dry: And then, in the end, it's pine and vanilla. which is oddly, more nice than not.


in the end, it's pine and vanilla. which is oddly, more nice than not.

Like eating white chocolate by a Christmas tree?
Huh. I dunno; I hate white chocolate. *g* but less like sex in a bakery.
So they need a slow-release formula to gradually release more of the other odors so that it doesn't fade to two notes instead of four, perhaps. I love reading your descriptions of these. Only they do make me feel a bit smell-handicapped, because if I went around sniffing this much, I'd be lying down with a hankie talking funny and breathing through my mouth. :)
Hee. The hard part is stopping sniffing youself in public....
It means there are undercurrents and layers of notes underneath that sort of later the top notes and make them seem deeper and more mysterious.