Happy birthday to kimeepower!
Just a little achy. Brain-drugs, I have not taken. I don't know if they want to start crashing me immediately. So.
The Inner Life of a Cell. A video. It's shiny!
Thankfully, Kindly Moon does not speak to me. Gardenia and ylang ylang are known evils. I love lotus root, but it may not be enough to redeem Kindly Moon. So.
Hearth 2004: Sweet pipe tobacco, cherry wood, the warm, worn leather of an easy chair and a pleasant, subtle waft of fireplace smoke.
In bottle: Total cherrywood. Wow. If Herr Drosselmeyer is my Grandpa Joe's tobacco pouch, this is his pipe.
On me: The cherrywood is still the predominant note, rich and full. The leather of that easy chair is red. The tobacco is just a hint. *ponders layering this with Herr Dross* There's something candylike about this. Oh, there's the tobacco! I'm in love with this. Thank you so much, ayalanya!
Et Lux Fuit: golden amber, heliotrope, vanilla musk, carnation, daisy and sunflower bouquet, neroli, lemon peel, ylang ylang and honeycomb
In bottle: Lemon peel.
On me: Lots and lots of flowers. And lemon peel. I'm going to let this sit a bit and see if the amber, musk, or honeycomb manage to struggle out from the burden of all of these flowers. Balance, damn you! *waits* Hm. Still swirly florals, but there's a tantalizing bit of honeycomb.
Red Phoenix: Red musk, tonka, Chinese cassia, mandarin, patchouli, benzoin, wild plum and tobacco.
In bottle: Hm! Something like this is like something in Blood Moon!
On me: Okay, setfiretolife, you can swap me more of this anytime. Nice. Yeah, I think maybe red musk is in Blood Moon. Thoughts, more experienced BPALers? I'm not getting plum or tobacco. On the bright side, I'm not getting mandarin or patchouli. And I don't know what benzoin is, so I might be getting that. *laugh* All I know is that this is warm and gently spicy... oh, there's the tobacco. Tobacco's's playing hide-and-seek on me today. I like this muchly. :) It's a lighter, less-nuanced Blood Moon. With plum.
Litha: Honey mead with honeysuckle, oak wood, ivy leaf, wild thyme, carnation, daisy, vervain, gum arabic, frankincense, yauhtli, and liquid copal.
In bottle: Hard to say, as it's a rollerball bottle. Thyme, yes. Bit of ivy leaf. Something golden - maybe the mead?
On me: Something not-good starts it off. I want to say it's the gum arabic. I have no idea what yauhtli is, though, so it could be that. I swear I'm getting something a bit lemony here, and it's nowhere near the Et Lux Fuit. The thyme comes out and balances it, though, and the honey mead - which is more muted than the usual BPAL honey. Hours later (I tested this last night), it's the honey mead that lingers and dominates. This is nice.
The Caterpillar: Heavy incense notes waft lazily through a mix of carnation, jasmine, bergamot, and neroli over a lush bed of dark mosses, iris blossom, deep patchouli and indolent vetiver.
In bottle: Florals and vetiver switching places.
On me: I'm not sure how this jumble of stuff works together. And I don't know how it does this. But damned if this isn't a caterpillar with a hookah in a garden. It starts off that way, anyway. Then my body chemistry amps something and it becomes sharp and bitter. Dude, that is *so sharp*. My goodness.
And we're off.
I'll post after I'm hooked up, if they have the promised internet access. I'd say wish me luck, but too many of you have commented already for me to keep up with! So you don't need to comment to wish me luck. Just spare a good thought for me and, for once, wish for seizures!