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March 2017



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BPAL: Seraglio

BPAL Description:

In long-ago Arabia, harem girls rubbed an herbal poultice formed from a blend of sensual, luxuriant herbs and oils onto their bodies to prepare themselves for the Sultan's pleasure. This lush, indulgent perfume is based on that ancient formula. Sweet almond and Mysor sandalwood enveloped by a heady veil of Bulgarian Rose, neroli, nutmeg, clove and orange peel.

My Notes:

Vial:  allllmond.

Wet:  Almond, sandalwood, rose. Very distinct. Very pretty

Drydown:  Spices are emerging. Kind of musky sandalwood, with the almond fading off the top. Maybe a slight trace of citrus, but only when I move right.

Dry:  pleasant enough, but not a standout.



It's always interesting to see how differently a scent will work on other people. I loved Seraglio. It was one of my three favorites from my batch of imps.
It's settled down to mostly smelling like a sugary floral now, with occasional wisps of orange. The wisps of orange are nice, and if there was more of it, it would make the sugary floral just fine.
It's always interesting to see how differently a scent will work on other people.

On most people, patchouli smells like "dirty hippie trying to cover up pot" but on some people it smells smokey and mysterious and deep. My mom and are are the second camp. When either of us wears patchouli, people lean in and sniff and ask "what are you wearing?" and then get all disapointed that it's just garden variety patchouli.

Body chemisty is awesome.
Back in high school, I had a friend whose chemistry made any scent smell fantastic. Patchouli was wonderful on her, but all I got was "dirty hippie" (not even "trying to cover up pot," just "needs a shower"), but the one that blew me away was Noxema. She'd use it as moisturizer and instead of smelling medicinal, it would morph into something fresh and sweet. People were always asking her what perfume she was wearing.
Dude. Now *there* is a good character detail.