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Moi ([personal profile] kore) wrote in [community profile] smellsgood2017-10-02 03:51 pm

BPAL Halloweenies

It's the most wonderful time of the year! What are you planning on getting, if anything? Notes behind the cut.

All Souls 2017 – An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.

Apple Butter Rum – Spiced rum with cinnamon, apple butter, nutmeg, and thick vanilla cream.

Cardamom Cream Pumpkin Cake – Thick lumps of pumpkin cake with cardamom-cream frosting and a dusting of cinnamon.

Chocolate Blood – A sideways ode to Hitchcock’s Psycho, by way of Bosco Chocolate Syrup.

Cinnamon Chai Cupcake – A cozy accompaniment on chilly autumn nights.

Day of Skulls – White sandalwood, beeswax, and frankincense crowned by hydrangea, rose, and kantuta blossoms, dressed with tobacco, cocoa leaves and flowers from the sacred Cactus of the Four Winds.

Dead Leaves, Hemp, Mossy Soil, Frankincense, and Oudh

Dead Leaves, Pineapple, Patchouli, and Vetiver

Dead Leaves, Tuscan Leather, White Amber, and Mimosa Blossom

Dirge – Yew berries and cypress boughs, ropes of kelp and sea spray.

Feeding the Dead – A barrel of beer, a pyramid of cakes, and three sticks of incense.

Hallow-e’en, 1914 – A welcome for the home-coming dead: an incense of dried ivy and maple leaf with honeyed fig, black cypress, and grave dirt.

Haunted Seas – Seaspray and flecks of foam welling with opoponax and labdanum’s sepulchral moans.

In a Whispering Gallery – Marbled white iris, white tobacco flower, Italian bergamot, white leather, and Mysore sandalwood.

La Calavera Catrina – The Lady of the Graveyard! Autumn leaves, wild roses, bourbon vanilla, dry chamomile, and a bouquet of bright chrysanthemums and Mexican marigolds.

October – Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.

Pumpkin Brownies – Swirled with caramel and topped with sour cream frosting.

Pumpkin Chypre – A gleaming auburn chypre shot through with streaks of pumpkin.

Pumpkin Sugar 2017 – Crystallized glittering shards of lightly spiced pumpkin sugar.

Samhain 2017 – Truly the scent of autumn itself — damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

September Midnight 2017 – A myrrh-darkened amber chypre sweetened by newly-ripened black pomegranate.

Sugar Skull 2017 – Vibrant with the joy and sweetness of life in death! A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

The Apparition – Quicksilver-cold and heartless: white sandalwood, immortelle, zdravetz, and oudh.

The Witch Bride 2017 – Pale and lovely, with eyes belladonna-wide: hemlock blossoms and ghostly nightshade veiled by wisteria, white frankincense, black amber, and narcissus resin.


++ HALLOWEEN 2017: PILE OF LEAVES
Dead Leaves and Squished Candy Corn
Dead Leaves, Black Plum, Bitter Clove, and Oudh
Dead Leaves, Bourbon, Black Cherry, and an Orange Twist
Dead Leaves, Coconut, and Champaca Blossom
Dead Leaves, Lemon Verbena, and Cedar
Dead Leaves, Tuscan Leather, White Amber, and Mimosa Blossom
Dead Leaves, Violet Candy, and Sugar Crystals


++ HALLOWEEN 2017: PUMPKIN SPICE WHATEVER
Pumpkin Spice Cathedral – Pumpkin spiced incense smoke!
Pumpkin Spice Embalming Fluid – Pumpkin spice that funeral home!
Pumpkin Spice Harlot – Pumpkin spice that brothel!
Pumpkin Spice Opium Poppy – Pumpkin spiced euphoria!
Pumpkin Spice Perversion – You dirty bird.
Pumpkin Spice Shoggoth – Bursting bubbles of self-luminous pumpkin spice!
Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil – Pumpkin spice them carnies!


++ HALLOWEEN 2017: SAMHAINOPHOBIA
Chiroptophobia (Fear of Bats) – A flutter of leather becomes a swarm of buffeting musks, tangled with a white flash of sandalwood and near-inaudible shrieks of eucalyptus and elemi.

Coimetrophobia (Fear of Cemeteries) – Upturned earth, moss-damp and thick with creeping things. A shard of mahogany from a broken casket. Creaking marble doors pushing open under moonlit skies.

Hemophobia (Fear of Blood) – Crimson splatter, pulsating with blackened vetiver.

Nebulaphobia (Fear of Fog) – Sinuous, suffocating tendrils of grey ambergris, white frankincense, and cade.

Samhainophobia (Fear of Halloween – Menacing vetiver, patchouli, and clove with a shock of bourbon geranium, grim oakmoss, and dread-inspiring balsams pierce the innocuous scent of autumn leaves.


++ HALLOWEEN 2017: SINGLE NOTES
Blood Squib
Bobbing for Apples
Graveyard Dirt
Papier-Mâché Ghost
Plastic Pumpkin Candy Tub
Pumpkin Spice Everything
Unsettling Clear Plastic Mask


++ Weenies 2017 - The Tell-Tale Heart
Groan of Mortal Terror – Opaque grey amber and opoponax swelling up like thick smoke, pressed under the weight of baleful tobacco.

I Heard Many Things in Hell – Hearken and observe: black iris, French lavender, Roman chamomile, and frankincense.

Over-Acuteness of the Senses – Hyper-aware, swirling with delusions: orange blossom, lemon balm, and clove.

Singularly At Ease – Rum cakes and black tea, blueberry scones and biscuits.

Stealthily, Stealthily – A dim ray upon the vulture eye: smoked violets and bulbous orris, threads of crumbling lavender, and wet iris butter.

Suspicion of Foul Play – Clean wood floors, a clean tub, clean, clean, clean, with no stain of any kind, no blood-spot whatsoever.

The Dead Hour of the Night – Mist-shrouded pine and moonflower creeping over flaccid opium poppies.

The Dreadful Silence of That Old House – Polished mahogany blanketed by myrrh.

The Eye of a Vulture – Milky white fluid obfuscating a pale, lilac-blue iris.

The Hellish Tattoo of The Heart – Blood musk and pulsating black pepper, a throb of bitter almond, and cracked pimento.

The Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow – Unutterable dread: thick black patchouli, shadow musk, myrrh, and threads of hot saffron mired in sweet, viscous labdanum.

The Wild Audacity of My Perfect Triumph – A jubilant and deranged lime absinthe.

Violent Gesticulations – An erratic pomegranate mint, high-pitched and flailing with eucalyptus, above a throbbing core of black musk.

You Fancy Me Mad – Percolating with derangement: flashing spikes of orange blossom, neroli, lemon, and bitter clove in a bubbling mass of opoponax, patchouli, and thick, black vetiver.
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[personal profile] tielan 2017-10-03 10:48 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't know you did BPAL!

Actually, the Halloweenies are a collection that is pretty much guaranteed not to work on me. My skin doesn't do earth, apples, pumpkins, leaves, or any of the thin, icy scents of this time of year.
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-03 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
These all sound so interesting!
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-04 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Several of these with white sandalwood sound interesting to me.

I'm completely over smelling like dirt and dead stuff. LOL I'm also not interested in foodie smelling perfumes.

I wonder if I'd like the dead leaves accord; if so, several of those sound good, but of course if you don't like that accord, then you won't like anything with it in there.
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[personal profile] full_metal_ox 2017-10-03 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm...not sure how much of this I'll be able to afford, but Haunted Seas, Groan of Mortal Terror, and You Fancy Me Mad sound intriguing.
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[personal profile] full_metal_ox 2017-10-03 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm hyposmic, so I tend to need to crank the volume up to 11 (being, of course, mindful of who'll be sharing my space on any given occasion.)

(A thought prompted by your nom de net: do you by any chance like pomegranate? Narcissus?)
Edited (to add an out-of-left-field question.) 2017-10-03 22:21 (UTC)
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[personal profile] full_metal_ox 2017-10-04 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
There's a BPAL I instantly associated with Steve Rogers--in 180° contradiction to the composer's intent and the catalog blurb:

IAGO: Malevolent, dark and shadowy: sinuous black musk, wet leather and vetiver.

From inside my skin, it emerged as a soft dry weathered leather, whose synaesthetic color was a muted clay-red--reserved, wistful, and gentlemanly. I paid for something more epitomizing Tom Hiddleston's Loki--only to be surprised by a reassuring Good Guy fragrance.
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-04 08:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Heeeeee. I think in MCU, Iago smells more like that troll that Thor disintegrates.

It's so funny how noses and skin chemistry differ. Here's a C&P of my review of Iago:

I am going this alone. Emma took one sniff of the vial, gagged, and retreated to the other side of the room. LOL In the imp, I smell overwhelming leather. On the skin, it starts to mellow and smell a little more like leather than the chemical approximation of leather. Maybe there’s a smidge of coffee as well. I can see how people might think this smells like a worn leather couch warmed in the sun, but I don’t like this at all. LOL So far with BPAL, I either don’t smell the leather at all (as in Ranger) or don’t like it at all. I am starting to suspect I don’t like leather fragrances. Bandit was waaaaaaay too aggressively leather for me. The only leather scent I’ve tried so far and liked is Chanel Cuir de Russie, and the leather in that one is extremely mild on me. In the middle of testing this, Josh came home, opened the door and immediately said, “What’s that smell?” while making a gaggy face. I convinced him to sniff more closely, whereupon he announced that Iago smells like the sharp and chemical stench of the tannery. I know plenty of people love this one. Pretty sure it was recced to me by several people; it just doesn’t work for me at all. :(
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-07 07:58 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL

That's definitely one to immediately swap.
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-08 12:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah.

Can you sell it?
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[personal profile] lunabee34 2017-10-09 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Don't release the kracken!
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2017-10-04 01:37 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not actually getting any, because I never actually wear scents and so my collection of imps is going to waste (but I love them so!), but the Weenies and Yules are my favorite updates and reading all the scent descriptions makes me so happy. *^^*