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Surprise bonus BPAL reviews! 
15th-Feb-2010 07:49 pm
Gir - Yes! Wait - I Dunno...
I haven't been doing morning BPAL reviews, because the risk of getting stuck smelling all day of surprise!jasmine is too great. But hey, I'm home, and can scrub off anything I find objectionable. Awesome. And I've had some of these sitting around for ages... these four are from the Who Killed Amanda Palmer collection, and while I am ugh on Palmer, I can't pass up things that smell like blackberries, cupcakes, books, ink, and metal.

Blackberry Jam & Scones: Blackberry jam and… scones.
In bottle: Oh hai berry! And butter!
On me: More scone than jam - hm, but wait, a bit of blackberry on the aftersmell. Okay, it develops over a few minutes, and gets to be pleasantly jammy.

Conservatory Tableaux: Lacquered beech wood and old books.
In bottle: All lacquer, no wood.
On me: Yeah, still all lacquer. This is an antique table that's been in storage for a while and cleaned with something astringent. I get no books from it. Sad!

Cupcake Spatter Pattern Analysis: Frosted chocolate cupcakes and filth.
In bottle: Yep, touch of pastry, touch of dirtiness. Not the dirt note, something else.
On me: More weedy dirtiness than cupcakes, but then the cupcakes come out - icing smeared on the ground. Still pretty light. I was hoping for something more like Beaver Moon.

Manus Dei: Weeds, dirt, red clay, scattered groceries, inked fabric ribbon, machine oil, and cast steel.
In bottle: Yay machine shop smells!
On me: Hm. More weediness than machine shop. Okay, here it comes - like a machine shop in a garage with one of those roll-up doors, dirt and trampled grass outside. Not bad.
16th-Feb-2010 01:09 am (UTC)

Some of these [like the last one] I have to question why would someone want to smell like that?

I mean, I get that everyone's tastes vary, and what smells good to me might not to someone else, and vice versa, but it's a bit like EveryTaste beans. Who wants to eat something that tastes of earwax... and who'd want to smell of machine-shop and overgrown garden?
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16th-Feb-2010 02:22 am (UTC)
16th-Feb-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Some of the odder ones people often use in those oil warmers powered by a tealight to scent rooms instead of themselves.
16th-Feb-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
I was not aware you could do that (safely) with BPAL fragrances. This opens up whole new possibilities...
16th-Feb-2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Best to float a few drops in water or unscented wax from a tealight or dilute with a carrier oil, though. Too strong otherwise and some of the oils tend to scorch. The wax method is nice because the scent lasts for multiple uses that way, you're basically making your own wax tarts.

Edited at 2010-02-16 05:51 pm (UTC)
16th-Feb-2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've a fan of the water method - cracked a couple of diffusers before someone explained that to me! I don't like wax tarts myself, but homemade ones could solve my annual "what the hell to give people for Xmas" conundrum...
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