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Inaugural Post: BPAL Reviews
by Jetbaby (jetbaby)
at September 22nd, 2006 (12:32 pm)

Hello, all - first time poster invited by the gracious ladykinbote. Odds are I'll be posting a lot of reviews of BPAL fragrances, but I hope the longer I'm here, the more comfortable I'll be about sharing my opinion on other things.

I've recently acquired a ton of 'imps' (aka .5 ml perfume samples) from BPAL. I'm not as articulate as others, nor do I think I have a refined enough nose to really fully explain the scents. But being inarticulate never stopped me from posting before - yeehaw!

Jolly Roger
Description: Sea spray with an undercurrent of leather, Bay Rum, and salty, dry woods.

In the Bottle: Wow, this smells absolutely nothing like the description at all! All I get when I sniff the bottle is damp tobacco.

On the Skin: ...and that's how it remains throughout - like some old salt tamped me into their clay pipe and smoked me. Ironically, this scent lingered on me through the better part of the day, as opposed to most of their fragrances. Phooey.

This is a really masculine fragrance, and might work better on some rakish sea dog or Johnny Depp wannabe.

Description: A refreshing scent! GET IT?! Aloe, white musk, lime peel, fresh mint, seaspray, verbena and green tea.


On the Skin: At first application, the lime and aloe really come to the fore, giving me an almost antiseptic smell. I was reminded of Edge shaving gel, truth be told. However, as the day wore on, the aloe mellowed out and the musk and verbena emerged. I didn't get any of the green tea scent, which was a bit disappointing. However, I'm going to invest in a 5ml bottle. It's a bright, green scent that's honestly refreshing; I've always been fond of citrus notes, besides.

The Candy Butcher - part of the Carnaval Diabolique line
Description: Dark chocolate with a heavy cream undertone (p.s. I'll spare you the lengthy character description of the Candy Butcher in question; all of the 'characters' in this line have a purple-prosey description and a portrait which, I've inferred, are portraits of the BPAL staff and associates - which I find endearingly dorky)

In the Bottle: Definitely chocolate in there, but I smell more hazelnut than chocolate for some odd reason.

On the Skin: Very warm and nutty - like I'm giving myself a Nutella facial. As the day wears on, the chocolate-nuttiness fades and an odd marshmallow fragrance takes its place. It evens out to be soft and subtle sweetness and is quite nice, but I wish the nutty scent endured. I love foodie fragrances with a passion.

More fragrances with increasingly laughable names to come!


Posted by: must be believed to be seen (ladykinbote)
Posted at: October 3rd, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)

Yay, you posted! BPAL reviews are always completely welcome here. Youuu should post more from the Carnival Diabolique line if you happen to have the time and inclination. Certainly not 'cause I'm using industrious BPAL-orderers like you to see what I wanna order from special edition categories. Nope, not at all.

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