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BPAL - Amsterdam, Shanghai

Just real quick write-ups, because I seem to have like, no time lately ...

Amsterdam (9/10)
Tulips, peony, fresh flowing water and crisp green grasses.

  • in bottle: lightly floral
  • on skin: sweeter floral - but fresh; faint water
  • drydown: Gets faint very quickly - still pleasant, fresh floral.

But it seems to be giving me a tiny bit of a headache. Best so far, though.

Shanghai (8/10)
Green tea, lemon verbena, and honeysuckle

  • in bottle: fake lemon
  • on skin: lemon/herbal - honeysuckle starts coming through
  • drydown: lemon's gone almost entirely; smells nice, and vaguely familiar.

But ... I was coughing from this a bit. It seemed to irritate my throat.

Still haven't found anything that makes me go "Oh wow!" - and most of the nicer ones don't last very long.


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Jan. 29th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
I don't tend to wear them myself, but apparently citrus notes have a reputation for fading quickly -- it's not just BPAL, I see that coming up all the time in perfume discussions on NowSmellThis! and the like. If light-fresh-citrus is your thing, it seems you typically have to be resigned to reapplying throughout the day.

I'm glad Shanghai stayed nice on you, at least! It wasn't my usual sort of thing but it was so pretty for the minute or two until it went all soapy.
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)

Yeah, I guess that's where all the artistry comes in - getting the scents layered so that there's something nice left when the citrus goes bye bye. I guess the honeysuckle is the Shanghai base note - you wouldn't think that would do it. But then, I had trouble figuring out what the long-lasting components of Acqua di Gio and Calyx were too. Those certainly change rapidly, but there's still something nice-smelling there after an hour.

Jan. 30th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Yep -- I'm a little lucky it seems in that many of my favorite notes are classic basenotes, so the things that are the most to my tastes often last ridiculously well on my skin.
Jan. 30th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)

I'm wondering what the stuff that stick on my skin from the Thymes Green Tea is ... it smells rose-like, so maybe it's simply that. I think that's the scent Caroline means when she grabs me for a hug sometimes and says "You smell like Mommy!" (It's certainly the scent that tends to hang out on the clothes afterward.)

Jan. 30th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
P.S., before I forget again...
...if you're ever interested in test-driving non-BPAL stuff outside of the scents that are more readily found in the average mall, have you seen LuckyScent and The Perfumed Court? They've both got imp-sized sample decants that are often at prices similar to BPAL, which is nice when you hear about something that sounds wonderful but is impossible to find and too costly to gamble on a full bottle, sight unsniffed. They've got all sorts of goodies that you don't find in the average store -- obscure little niche perfume houses, vintage/discontinued fragrances, limited-release stuff like the Caron urn scents or boutique-only Hermes lines, non-export Serge Lutens and other goodies that aren't directly available in the US...
Jan. 30th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S., before I forget again...

So how do they do it? Buy bottles of stuff and decant it themselves? The manufacturers don't care?

I think BPAL is enough for now, but heaven knows I may get to this point eventually.

Jan. 30th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S., before I forget again...
Yep, decants -- the gals behind TPC are the driving forces behind another one of the perfume blogs I read, and used to offer decants on eBay before the rules got changed. I don't know so much on the background of whoever runs Lucky, but I see folks on NowSmellThis! and the like talk about buying from them so I'd presume they're equally reliable.
Jan. 31st, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S., before I forget again...


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