Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Melograno Selvatico
metaldog32 1/15/2006 9:38:00 AM
I bought this at the end of 2004 and just managed to start wearing Melograno Selvatico last week...I have THAT MANY fragrances. I remember when I first purchased it, it was a refreshing fragrance that did indeed capture the tart/sweet pomegranate in a way that wasn't overly in-your-face fruity. I love the pomegranate as a fruit..and I think this fragrance does a good job at expressing the beauty of the fruit..along with a slight/soft citrus whisper in the opening notes..to the soft breath of musk intereweaving through the middle and base. Staying power on me is not bad..but I do agree..I like to re-apply at the 4 hour mark. I actually find this a great winter fragrance..when you don't want anything too heavy...but something that can sparkle in winter without feeling like fruit punch. I wore this to work..extremely appropriate and different from my heavier winter fragrances. Nicely done.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Baobhan Sith
metaldog32 11/15/2005 8:01:00 PM
Baobhan Sith- *frimp* compliments of the Lab... Wasn't expecting too much from this..so my expectations were pretty low. Only thing that was exciting me was the ginger..and that's about it. Initial whiff from imp: Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit...most refreshing!!! Applied wet on skin: Grapefruit..with a soft ginger kick.Not so much on the tea and/or apple blossom notes..just all citrus and ginger. Couple of minutes on skin: Okay..heeeere we are with the floral..ie apple blossom...grapefruit/ginger has exited the building...and it's ALL apple blossom on me..which by the way..is freaking STUNNING. Dry on skin:Yes..this is a stunning white floral. What the HECKam I supposed to do now??? I only have one imp of this stuff... Throw is good on me...so is the staying power...about 5 hours or so... Yes...I wore this once before...so this is my 2nd time around wearing it. Bottom Line:I am SO kicking myself for not giving this a chance when it was available. I am not a floral person per se, but the apple blossom is dynamite in this fragrance. I see this definitely as a late spring early summer scent..really beautiful..and definitely a work acceptable fragrance. Darn for not snagging some sooner!!!
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Jolly Roger
metaldog32 11/15/2005 8:00:00 PM
This I received as a *frimp* from the always generous Lab...thank you!!! Not something I had on my list of scents to try..but intrigued with it anyway. I myself am actually attracted to more *masculine* scents..being one of the few chicks who actually like and bought L'Artisan's Navegar..which basically is supposed to be a masculine scent..but I had to have it anyway..so THERE. Okay..onto the reveiw: Inital sniff from imp: Okay..I am swooning...(knees buckle)...I get the dry woods..and sea salt tinged air...no dryer sheet here..just pure sea type scents wafting out of this imp. I know this is going to be good for me. Applied wet on skin: OHHHH..yes..the leather is here..and the dry wood and the sea air..and HECK YEAH...the bay rum...dear Lord..this is *meow* to me..on a guy or gal. Couple of minutes on skin: Definitely an aquatic...this to me is just so wonderful...the salt air has taken the backseat and its still a party with the bayrum and a bit of the leather still peeking...all in all for me very, very *MEOW*. Drying on skin: Same partygoers...more the bayrum and leather..with the salt air fading...but boy does this smell fabulous... Drydown: Salt air..with a bit of bayrum....aquatic feeling...sigh... Bottom Line: This is basically a scent that would make ME pounce on anyone...guy/girl. I don't care what season wears this..it definitely makes me mad!!! MEEEOOOWW!!! I am SO tempted to buy this outright.
I ordered Magdalene unsniffed because my middle/confirmation name just happens to be Magdalena..nuff said. Sniffed wet from bottle: I get a sharpness/woodiness that I assume must be the labdanum..following closely is some sort of floral..but all I get is the blast of the sharpness... Applied wet on skin: Again..it is the sharpness..along with the floral..which I can now discern is more rose-like. I don't know..but the sharpness reminds me of the pain of loss...and the rose/orchid reminds me of the love for a person one might lose.. Dry on skin: Basically the labdanum has softened a bit...somehow the sharp *woody-ness* sort of transitioned to a bit of a more herbal sharpness...with a really soft trickle/hint of mint..and the rose/orchid still blended. I can only smell the mint if I inhale deeply..it is like a faint tickle of it at the back of my throat. The times I have worn this, the throw has been pretty good along with the lasting power; I only re-applied at the 6 hour mark. Bottom line: This is a very evocative floral. Another reveiwer described this floral as not *girly*-I agree completely. It is a bit of a somber floral...beautiful in a bit of a sorrowful way..if that makes sense. I am very happy that I bought a 5ml of this. Funny...I wouldn't say Magdalene would be for everybody..but she is so compelling to me...I have to say I didn't want to stop wearing her.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Centzon Totochtin
metaldog32 11/15/2005 7:55:00 PM
Centzon Totochtin..compliment freebie from the Lab..thank you!!! Not something I was originally thinking of purchasing..but heck..it's here so I might as well just give it a whirl... Initial sniff from imp: Absolutely...it is dark unsweetened cocoa...bittersweet..and..wow....right behind it while I sniff is some sort of alcohol-like notes..red wine/rum..can't really tell. This isn't sweet chocoate..like other reviewers stated..this is grown-up chocolate..dark...swirling... Applied wet on skin: Still the dark chocolate but now the rum/red wine notes are fast on the bittersweet chocolate's tail. I don't get any blood tang...maybe that will be in the drydown??? Still smells fabulous...the dark bitterness of the chocolate..the touch of swetness I think I am getting from the rum...all of this a dark swirl... Couple of minutes on skin: Same players at the party..but the chocolate is now being a bit more courteous...giving the red wine/rum notes a BIT more room on the dance floor..still no sign of the "sacrificial blood "note..hmmm...not that I mind... Drydown: As stardreamer stated in her review...somehow the drydown reminds me very much of Kali. In fact...this is exactly like Kali..except without the florals, tobacco or honey. I don't mind this one bit..actually..I am loving Centzon Totochtin. What I am left on my wrist is wisps of the chocolate...somehow this is now sort of nutty sweetness..it's the best way I can describe it.. Lasting power..very good...already 5+ hour mark..and still going fairly strong. Bottom Line: Definitely a fall scent..and one that I think I am now slating for a 5ml purchase. My sister has Kali..and I loved that scent..it's nice to know that I can claim Centzon Totochtin as my own...a dark swirling scent...rich and definitely addictive. Well done!!
It's tough...tough to almost ALWAYS fall in love with a L'Artisan fragrance. Trust me..I wish I didn't..it's not that easy for me to be bowled over by a fragrance..but along with Serge Lutens and Frederic Malle, L'Artisan, IMHO, seems to really hit the nail on the head for coming up with fragrances that stray off the beaten path..without veering COMPLETELY off the map. Case in point for me...D'Zing What makes this fragrance so absolutely appealing to me from the getgo was actually the "sawdust" opening note as many have stated. I love the woody blast..yes..it sort of reminds me of pencil sharpner shavings..but give it some time to warm up on your skin..it SO blossoms and develops. To me...the opening dry woods is a bit bracing..but after a couple of minutes..things start settling down and I get the notes of the leather, ginger and the touch of sweetness interspersed with the woods...all of this dry and warm and a touch smoky...kinda like what others reveiwers imagine what a big clean circus cat would smell like. Drydown is all warmth..the tonka, balsam and leather...and it is glorious..at least to me. The staying power and sillage is impressive...6+ hours...and it just keeps getting better. I am like some other reviewers..I couldn't stop sniffing myself. I wore this to work, I have worn on the weekend..and I have received compliments...not that outside feedback is necessary..but when your best friend inquires what perfume you are wearing..I KNEW I had struck gold!!! Coming from someone who only wears one fragrance year-round..it was quite a compliment. This is a different fragrance..but one worth considering if you are a bit adventerous..it doens't disappoint if you have an open mind. This is a quintessential fall/winter fragrance..and ALMOST bumped my beloved Passage D'Enfer off as my number one L'Artisan fragrance...absolutely stunning.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - All Saints
metaldog32 11/12/2005 11:55:00 AM
All Saints-2004 version I got this late last year..or maybe it was early THIS year..from a wonderful forumite...this was one of the very first fragrance oils I ever got from BPAL..and I waited for the right time of year to wear it. November 1st has come and gone..and I have been wearing All Saintsoff and on since then..trying to figure out if what I "thought" I was smelling..well..was accurate..at least to my nose. Well..enough stalling..I have SO many more wonderful smellies to try!!! ________________________________________________________________ Initial sniff:Notice..I said sniff..not sniff from bottle opened..no..I just mean sniffing the bottle. Yeahbutnobut put it aptly..All Saints sort of reminds me of Rose Cross...something about the frankincense and myrhh obviously..and this is what had me stumped for so long..I THOUGHT they smelled similar..but I wasn't sure if it was actually true..or just me and my wonky imagination. Glad to know..some other people made the same association. Sniffed from open bottle:Okay..so it smells very resinous..yep..the frankincense and myrhh...interestingly enough I also get a floral..but not so much rose..more lily..and the buttery/foody note some people register clearly with the 2004 version..I don't really get that much at all...just barely. But I do remember when I smelled this the first time I got it..I registered the buttery/foody note immediately..hmm..maybe my nose is broken??? Applied wet on skin:Incense/resins are forceful..yet beautiful..and interwoven in that is the rose/lily..and here at this stage..at the tail end I do register indeed that buttery/foody note!! Most dominant here are the resins and that buttery note..not so much floral. Couple of minutes drying on skin:Incense still here..but now the floral is warming up into the mix a bit more prominently..again..I get more lily than rose..if I inhale deeply the buttery note is gone and it is replaced by a bit of smoky sweetness..I don't know if this can be attributed to the lily or rose...it is beautiful though... Drydown:Incense with a touch of smoky sweetness..and the lily/rose wafting in and out softly... I did a comparison of All Saints and Rose Cross. On me All Saints had more of the lily making it's presence known..so although they did share a similar feel..they are two definitely distinctive fragrances. Funny..on me Rose Cross is the more diminutive of fragrances..while on my sister..she just radiates that fragrance beautifully. Lasting power is very good...7+hours..and throw on me is impressive. Bottom Line:All Saints 2004 is a beautiful incensy blend perfect for fall and winter. Think I might have found my scent that encapsulates autumn to a "T" for me..a definitel keeper.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Black Pearl
metaldog32 11/12/2005 11:53:00 AM
I received a surprise imp of this from a wonderful EBAY seller when I scored June Gloom. So here it goes: Sniffed from imp: I do get coconut/hazlenut from this..along with a very faint floral...but basically my first whiff is all nut driven. Applied wet : Like another reveiwer stated, I too did get the violet/iris note mingled with the coconut/hazlenut...WOW..does this smell really good...but not in a *whomp in your face* way... Dry on skin: I still am getting the melange of the iris/hazlenut/coconut..and it smells wonderful. Somehow though..I still can't stop thinking I smell a note of violet through all of this..hmmm...maybe it's just me... Interestingly enough, this is the second time I am trying Black Pearl...the first sniff and swipe on my wrist a week ago was all coconut...this time around I am definitely smelling the floral and the peeking musk...hmmmm Bottom Line: I really like this...I see it as a definite summer evening fragrance..but one could wear this during the day to feel *sexy*...I know that this particular fragrance reminds me of one who is sexy and sophisticated and sure of oneself...one who doesn't have to look like she's trying to hard to get what she wants...a woman of quiet confidence and sex appeal...two thumbs up.
I have had Carnal for several months now...bought a 5ml bottle straight out because I happen to love fig and orange. Now..I know mandarin is not orange..but it's close enough and I thought the combo would be fantastic. So..now I have the chance to try how good it really is..at least on me. Intital sniff from bottle: Definitely citrus-like is the most prevalent note I get...of course this is the mandarin..and a touch of sweetness..which could be the mandarin again..or maybe the fig. Don't know yet. Applied wet on skin: First off I get the mandarin...but it doesn't LEAP at me per se..fast behind is a touch of sweetness..gotta be the fig. I don't know..but right now Carnal reminds me of Siren's softer cousin. Instead of apricot and vanilla..I have mandarin and fig...without the ginger..and it smells really good. Couple of minutes on skin: The mandarin note is fading to the background and now the fig is doing it's thing. Sweet..with a touch of the citrus..but not cloying sweet..no,no, no..this is really very nicely done..at least on my skin. Funny..this doesn't have enormous throw on me..the fragrance settles close on my skin. Dry: Mandarin note a very faint memory..with the fig leaving me enveloped in wispy cloud of sweetness..almost smells like vanilla..but not so sweet. I know that fig is sweet..but the fig-sweetness is different than vanilla-sweet. Lasting power..pretty darned good. I had it on for about 6+hours yesterday before re-application. Bottom Line: I like this fragrance. I am happy I have a 5ml. Carnal for me can go from late/Indian summer to fall. It is a nicely blended fragrance combining warm fruity sweetness. I don't know if I will reach for this often..simply because I do have Tamora.. and for me she is my epitome so far for warm, fruity scents..but I am happy to have Carnal when I want a touch more fig and less vanilla and amber.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - March Hare
metaldog32 11/12/2005 11:48:00 AM
Received an imp of this compliments of the Lab..thank you very much!!! Apricot and sweet clove..this sounds right up my alley..since I do love cloves..so here I go!!! Initial sniff from imp: It's all syrupy fruit..the apricot is loud and clear..with the clove in the background. Interesting..since usually the clove note is much stronger..at least to my nose..but this is a nice enough change up..I do like apricot. Funny..even though I closed the imp..I can still smell that apricot...a minscule drop mus have touched the tip of my forefinger..amazing that such a little goes a very long way in the form of throw... Applied wet on skin:Still all apricot...even when breathe deeply it's all fruity apricot on me. Not a bad thing... Couple of minutes on skin: Still the same...apricot loud and clear on my skin...but now the clove makes itself a bit more assertive..but it's more like the notes are blending on my skin...where the apricot starts to fade..the clove seamlessly comes in and just finishes the fruity tones with it's own spicy/sweetness..just a touch..but it's there. March Hare is similar to the other fruity/warm scents such as Tamoraand Carnal. Instead of the fruit being either mandarin or peach it's apricot..instead of the sweetness coming from either vanilla or fig..it comes from the clove..I am enjoying this very much. Two notes..simple enough..but it is amazing how Beth can blend these two in just the right amounts to produce this wonderful blend. Throw is pretty good on me...no complaints here. Drydown:Apricot..softened significantly with the clove. All fruity sweetness softened with just the right mix of the clove. Staying power is good on me...6+ hours. Bottom Line: All in all..a very nice blend. March Hare is the deeper cousin of Carnal and Tamora. Both I have a 5 ml of..so I am not too sure if I need to add March Hare, but I will indeed keep my imp. I think this fragrance does well in Indian summer through fall and possibly early winter. As much as I am not so much a fruity scent gal..the apricot and clove really pack a deeply fruity/warm punch. Me likey!!
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Debauchery
metaldog32 11/12/2005 11:41:00 AM
[b}Just to be clear: I am giving this 4 lippies because of the whole "concept" of this fragrance..it truly is, in my opinion, mind blowing. Kudos to Beth and the Lab for being able to create such a provocative fragrance. It certainly is the type of scent to generate TONS of discussion. So..without further ado.. _______________________________________________________________________________ I received an imp of this as a *freebie* from an Ebay forumite when I acquired another BPAL oil...so although not on my official list of oils to try, I figured I might as well be open minded and try something different. Different is putting it mildly. And with that...here I go with my review. Let me preface this by saying I have tried it 3 times...and tonight will be the 4th..so without further ado: From the vial/imp: I totally get the opium...and I guess the musk..and that's all I get. Not exactly what I usually gravitate towards..but it is very sexy smelling..very heady and dark. Applied wet on sking: First whiff again is of opium and red musk...and almost immediately following this heady/sexy combo...coming up strong from behind is the civet. I have to say..the very first time I tried this on my wrist..the civet seemed overwhelming..I guess I never smelled this note so strongly in a fragrance before..and yeah...it IS carnal...a bit feral/feline-like...definitely animalistic. I don't know if because this is the 4th time around my nose has acclimated to the civet or not..but it doesn't seem so aggressive and angry... Dry on skin (3 min)-The headiness is still quite strong...all the notes on me are definitely pulling their weight. No fading going on here...this is some SERIOUS fragrance...heavy on the sex.... 30 minutes later: The civet has softened a BIT...but I still smell it with the other notes...and I have to say..it isn't a bad formula... Bottom line: The first time I tried this.. I didn't even have the guts to wear it out..I actually wore it to bed....and when I did I was CONVINCED this was just a fragrance that was so NOT ME...and I still stick with that statement. HOWEVER:that being said...I wore this 3 times previously...and today is the 4th...there is SOMETHING about this oil...cuervosueno aptly described to some extent how I feel about Debauchery-meaning the following: In my opinion, this fragrance is the type of fragrance I would envision me wearing when I wanted to repel certain type of people...the type of people who are mainstream, the type of people who I can *read* easily. I would wear this fragrance if I wanted to go somewhere edgey and uncomfortable..if I wanted to meet or attract a person whose fancies and preferences ran along the lines *exotic*...I wouldn't wear this on a date...but more so if I wanted something more..shall we say....fast and physical??? To me, this fragrance can help one step outside of what feels normal and safe and slip into a more adventurous side of oneself...where there are no supposed rules Since I have worn this to bed, I have had the most interesting dreams...dreams of things that I normally don't think about...extremely vivid..and a bit graphic..in a very carnal manner. So...I have to admit this is indeed a very sexual scent...but for me it isn't a very intimate scent...but more animal/carnal. I can't say I would buy...but I will admit the imp is indeed very provocative...it hints of dark pleasures...anybody who isn't afraid of *pushing the envelope* might very well find this particular oil right up their alley.
Okey doke: Bastet.... The description alone made me swoon...I absolutely LOVE cardamom and almond....and am now beginning to respect amber..so I have been pleased as punch to have the opportunity to try. Now mind you..I have tried this several times already...just needed to find the RIGHT time to reflect and analyze without feeling stressed or rushed...the weekend for me is perfect for this type of thing... Okay..enough babbling..let's do it!!! Sniffed from decant: Straight up almond..with the cherry vibe thrown in..I like it... Applied wet on skin: Am still smelling the strong almond/cherry note..but I think I smell intermingled in this the amber...wow..this smells really good. To me this really does smell *luxuriant*...like a slow, sure, well-bred fragrance..it gives off to me the lazy/sexy confidence...funny how I am NOT registering the lotus..which in my past experience has always been amped to the point of overwhelming sweetness... Couple of minutes drying on skin: The party consists of golden amber, musk, and almond..with a hint of the cardamom...everyone is having a good time on my skin...including my nose..hee hee Can I tell you how much I am enjoying this???? The throw is good on me...as I have stated before I have tried this several times and this particular BPAL oil has impressive lasting power... Dry on skin: Same notes partying..but a bit softer..warmer...hmmm..lovely!!! Bottom Line: I absolutely love this. For me this scent can go late summer through early winter..it's that versatile. I love the warmth of the amber coupled with the almond and cardamom..all the notes melded beautifully on my skin..another winner from Beth.
Now..I have always been a fan of peach since I was younger..and do like white musk and bergamot..so I was really excited to try this little guy. Here we go!!! Sniffed from imp: Juicy, juicy, juicy peach..and I think a touch of the bergamot as well??? I think I also smell a touch of the heliotrope but basically this all fruit driven from the imp...smells like summer to me. Applied wet on skin: Still incredibly fruit driven...with the bergamot giving it a bit more *bite*. At least I think it is the bergamot..since it smells more citrus like with almost a touch of bitter??? I admit..I am not an expert on fragrance composition...overall the vibe I get is fruit driven but not syrupy...something in here is keeping it *grounded* if that makes any sense... Couple of minutes dry on skin: Maybe it's the oakmoss or the heliotrope that made me think *grounded*...but overall this is still fruit driven..am not sure if I am registering the white musk per se...but I do find Fae very interesting..she is different than Tamora...instead of amber she mixes it up with musk and oakmoss..and so far Fae is very nice indeed. The throw is good but the staying power on me is a little short. I get from Fae about 3-4 hours until I need to re-apply sparingly. I have to say though Fae does indeed *bloom* nicely in the warmer weather as well...come to think of it..doesn't most fragrances *bloom*..hee hee Drydown: Smell the fruit but it has softened and it plays side by side to what I think is now the oakmoss/musk... Bottom Line: I like Fae but I don't love her. Something in this doesn't quite fit me...but I still think it is definitely a wonderful fragrance. So far as peach scents go, Tamora still is my number one pick so far...but I will keep my imp of Fae when I feel like being somebody else...
I actually purchased a bottle of Siren..but that went to my sis. Fortunately..a generous forumite/E-bay seller included an imp of Siren for me to try..so I get to do a review. The imp is actually pretty old..it has the hand written tag on it and the oil is caramel colored. Now..I happen to LOVE ginger...and I do enjoy apricot..so I am excited to just dive in. Initial sniff from imp: Interestingly enough..it is the ginger that is in the lead..with a faintness of apricot. I would have thought it would be the other way around..me like this!! Applied wet on skin: Trying to find space on my arms not tainted with either Aeval or Blood Kiss is proving to be challenging..but I am managing. Back to Siren: HELLO APRICOT!!! There you are...and with you I see you brought your friend vanilla...ginger is sort of there..but the melange right now is very similar to a sweet fruit laden confection..as other reviewers stated..there is something of a whiff of coconut I get as well if I inhale deeply...almost like toasted cocount. Couple of minutes on skin: It's all sweetness..with a faint whiff of bite-which I am assuming is the ginger. Apricot is somewhere in the background..but basically all I am registering right now is vanilla..I am not getting the jasmine per se.. Dry on skin: It's all come down to the vanilla with a touch of the jasmine. I like it well enough..but it is a bit sweet for me. Bottom Line: For me Siren can work in late summer/fall and maybe even winter..the vanilla adds a richness with the apricot and a ginger. I won't get a full bottle because sis and I don't share scents, but I will enjoy my imp...the ginger,vanilla apricot combo is too good to pass up!!
Loviatar-freebie compliments of Lab... This is something I would have never picked as a scent for me..but of course..I had to try anyway...expand my boundaries... Don't know anything about the Finnish goddess of agony..but my curiosity is/was piqued..and I was a bit intrigued about what hot leather would smell like...so why the heck not??? So..this is my 3rd round with Loviatar...I wanted to make sure that my feelings and impressions were solid. Initial sniff from imp: I get the slap of the leather..and right behind it the black amber/red musk...and boy does it slap me. The impression I get from smelling this right out of the imp isn't warm or inviting at all..but startling...almost stinging..as if I actually did get hit..don't know how else to put it. Applied wet on skin: There is that slap of leather..and yes...the warmth of it reminds me of the warmth that you feel when being hit multiple times...yes..it stings..but there is a type of warmth that starts spreading..from all the blood coming up to the surface..making your skin rosy. Trust me people..I am NOT into any type of S/M..but there WAS a time..waaayyyy back when I had a relationship with someone whose bedroom antics flirted with the exotic. Not that there is anything wrong with S/M..mind you!!!! LOL I also am getting again that black amber/red musk..not so much myrrh...I think the amber warms up the scent even more...but as I said..not in a friendly way..no,no, no...this is definitely a "push the envelope" kind of scent. Couple of minutes drying on skin:Same players..the leather has receded a bit..with the amber/musk and now myrrh doing their thing on my skin. Drydown: No leather to speak of...just faint whiffs of it..with the amber and myrrh closing up the party... Lasting power is impressive...both times I have worn this, it lasted 6+ hours. Throw was good..not too much, not too little. Bottom Line:Truth be told..the first time I wore this..I felt extremely uncomfortable..something about Loviatarmakes me uneasy. The second time I wore it..I still felt the same way. This third time..not so bad..but maye it's because I have worn it and am getting used to it..but all in all it is a very evocative fragrance. Definitely the type of scent if you want to go on the prowl. I kind of liken my experience with it similar to Debauchery-I know lots of people run screaming from that scent..but in my humble opinion, both of these fragrances definitely play along the exotic fringes..if you know what I mean. I think this is a "nighttime" fragrance...very sexual..very dark..and is seasonless.. It's not me..but I am glad I got the chance to try it. Good for everyone who can pull it off!!