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lunabee34 ([personal profile] lunabee34) wrote in [community profile] smellsgood2017-04-01 08:20 pm

Perfume Reviews!

Reviews of BPAL, Tocca, Ralph Lauren, Sex in the City, Estee Lauder, Chanel

It's been awhile since anyone posted in this comm, and I miss talking perfume with y'all. If you're not interested in any of the perfumes I've reviewed this time in my journal, talk to me here about perfume. What are you testing, wearing, coveting? :)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)

[personal profile] kore 2017-04-02 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
Aww, nice! I miss the comm too.

I'm always BPAL -- right now I'm wearing Alan McMichael from the Crimson Peak line, and REALLY wishing I had sprung for a bottle of Edith Cushing, which is just gorgeous.
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)

[personal profile] kore 2017-04-04 02:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Ordinarily I'm not a bay rum fan but it's not super loud on me -- it turns into something sweet-but-spicy, not floral at all but I don't get the vanilla Snow White feel some forumites did. It does go a bit baby powdery way way down into the drydown stage -- like right before it starts to wear off -- but I can live with that. It doesn't go masculine or shaving lotion on my skin, but it's a very comforting smell. People mentioned maybe vanilla in the sandalwood and cocoanut in the bay rum? I really love it.
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)

[personal profile] kore 2017-04-04 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I think it got popular as an aftershave? The recipe seems to have included bay oil (from the bay tree), cinnamon, cloves, spices, maybe some actual rum. People seem to have IMBIBED IT during Prohibition since it was like over 50% alcohol DD: It's a very spicy-sweet but not flowery-sweet smell, and the cloves surprised me because usually those go straight to green Ugh! on my skin. I think it's also kind of citrusy.

I think the smell for older aftershaves and cologne in the 30s and even 40s was a lot lighter -- men wore citrus, even light sharp floral or lavender stuff. Fougere is still popular now and it smells SUPER sharp and flowery to me. I was expecting bay rum to smell like, well, actual rum maybe, super heavy and sweet maybe cut with some tobacco or whatever, but no. Old Spice Original is supposed to have smelled like that too, fresh and sharp and maybe citrusy-spicy.

Hunh and then Teh Intranets told me about eau de cologne ( (I am a perfume know-nothing despite/because of devotion to BPAL) so I'm guessing if it was a 2%–5% concentration of citrusy smells you'd get a kind of subtle but sharp fresh smell? Not like a big parfum smell. I think in the Jean Rhys books I read in the 20s there was a distinction between "scent" (for women) and "cologne" (much less powerful).

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[personal profile] kore 2017-04-05 01:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Aha, so the dude splashes it on in the morning, and then again in the evening before going out! Which always confused me, reading about previous eras as a kid, because my dad used that virulently green Mennen Skin Bracer stuff you could smell down the block.
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)

[personal profile] kore 2017-04-04 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
tl;dr I think the BPAL bay rum note is typically cloves + bay + spices + rum and boy do cloves and rum typically not work on me, but this is a very nice not-sharp spicy-but-sweet kind of comforting scent. Light but kind of anchored by the sandalwood. I love sandalwood and other aromatic wood stuff, maybe that's it. -- They did a single note Bay Rum and Baron Samedi is "our spin on traditional Bay Rum," plus it's in Jolly Roger and the Marquis de Carabas, two scents which did not work AT ALL on me (I was heartbroken about the Marquis because he's one of my favourites in Neverwhere).
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[personal profile] kore 2017-04-05 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! and I think some people on the BPAL forums said Alan McMichael had a kind of vanilla-sandalwood scent. I really do like it.
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[personal profile] bookherd 2017-04-02 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Your review inspired me to wear Shattered today. My initial reaction to this one was that it smells like something I wouldn't like, and yet I do. I find it sharp and aggressive, two qualities I normally avoid in perfume. And I totally get what you mean about the "bathroom cleaner" connotations! Yet this one remains strangely appealing to me.

I had a sample vial of Chanel's 19 when I was in my late teens, and it never did suit me. I didn't know from notes back then, but I did know it seemed too fancy for someone whose wardrobe defaulted to flannel and hiking boots. (I think one of my favorite things about BPAL is that it offers so many options that don't carry high femme connotations.)

Last year I looked at my piles of unreviewed "imps" and realized I no longer have the time, space, money, or spare brain cycles to keep my BPAL obsession alive. I'm sad about it, but it's my own choices that have brought me here. On the bright side, I've got a ton of stuff to test and retest, should I find the time and energy. So I hope you'll keep posting! Having perfume show up in my DW feed helps me stay connected to the world of scent.
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[personal profile] theora 2017-04-03 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Copying this over here too

Yay, post! Pleasures Aqua sounds lovely, though I have a bit of a jasmine phobia (based only on BPAL jasmine, which could be a different beast). And the Chanel No. 19 too - green notes, yay! I haven't tried many aquatics, but the few I have tried have gone dryer sheets on me (I hate dryer sheets).

I've been doing a bit more wearing and testing lately, and even branching out from BPAL into some conventional pefumes. Have you tried any of the Nest perfumes? I sampled Nest Indigo at Sephora the other day and found I really liked it. Figgy woody tea-ey loveliness. But pricey. I'm used to BPAL prices; fancy store perfume can be $$$$.

And back to BPAL, I have a tiny order of Luper decants out for delivery at this very moment, should be here within the hour. *bounce*
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[personal profile] theora 2017-04-03 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Throwing in a link to Indigo. The bottle art for the whole series is so gorgeous.
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)

[personal profile] kore 2017-04-04 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, I am horribly allergic to something in conventional perfumes (I have to hold my breath in those "enter through the perfume counter" department stores) and BPAL is the only thing I've ever found that I can wear without horrible headaches or weird skin rashes. Altho I can't deal with her patchouli note, that is Insta-Migraine. People have told me about other indie perfume oil e-tailers that are cheaper but OMG, I can't justify getting more of those. A lot of BPAL is quirkily hit-or-miss, though, even blends that have good notes for me. Or even later versions of the same blends! hah.