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BPAL lunacy & summer scents - Betwixt & Between

ethaisa
Date: 2009-06-06 18:53
Subject: BPAL lunacy & summer scents
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SMOKEY MOON  Soft sandalwood, nicotiana, and velvety orris drifting over lustrous pale musks, stephanotis, elemi, and cyclamen.  Torn about this one... I love smoky scents, but pale musks often go soapy on my skin and the floral notes aren't among my favs.

THE FEAST FOR THE GREATLY REVERED ONES (live until Aug 8) Cacao mixed with ground maize, agave wine, and octli, mixed with herbs and spices native to central Mexico.  I really can't imagine how this smells but I've loved every Mexican-themed scent she's done, so I'll do this one on faith.

LABORES SOLIS  (live until Aug 8)  On July 22, we will be experiencing a total solar eclipse. This is the Labores Solis: the sun’s rays expressed through frankincense, amber, heliotrope, saffron, and chamomile, crossed with Luna’s Artemisias, manifesting in darkness. YES. Definitely yes. Resins, saffron and artemisia? Can't miss that, even if there is chamomile, too. 

 
NONAE CAPROTINA (live until Aug 8)  The scent is of goat's milk, ripe fig and a hint of sweet myrrh. Creamy fig and resin? I'm there even without the Juno associations.


++ ITERU

SEASON OF THE INUNDATION (live until Aug 8)  Akhet: the advent of the rising of the Nile floods -- the heart of the fertility and prosperity of Egypt. As Sirius climbs the horizon, Hapi begins to collect the tears of Isis, causing the waters of the Nile to rise. As the flood ebbed, the waters left a rich, black silt that was integral to the fecundity of the land.

Sweet, black silt mingled with holy myrrh, melilot, hyssop, spikenard, balsam, cedar, and a hint of melting snow from the Abyssinian hills.  Tempting, fab concept. Prolly wait for reviews.

THE FESTIVAL OF ANUKET (live until Aug 8)  Anuket is the Embracer, a Goddess of Passion and of the waters of the Nile that caress the land and bring forth fruitfulness. She is the Nourisher of the Fields, the Giver of Life, and She Who Shoots Forth. A goddess of the hunt, archers, movement, and speed, she has the head of a gazelle, and sometimes wears a headdress of ostrich feathers. She is a protector of children at birth, and nursed many of the great pharaohs of Egypt. 

Shimmering offerings of gold scattered through life-giving, fertile waters. Not sure what this will smell like, but the imagery... wow. Gold metallic? Certainly bright, with maybe an aquatic note? Likely wait for reviews.

 

++ SUMMER GARDEN MINISERIES  (live until Sept 6)

LAWN GNOME  Benevolent groundskeepers, these carefree plaster and stone companions lighten the hearts of passers by. Red currant, molasses, vanilla cream, moss, and patchouli.  WANT!

PLASTIC PINK FLAMINGO  Vigilant day-glo guardians of lawn and patio, stalwart protectors of the home. Pink sugar-crusted marshmallow, dandelion, and sap. ROFL! Hard to resist marshmallow notes so presented. And I love dandelion.

SPINNING MULTICOLORED METALLIC PINWHEEL  Polycarbonate and metallic film monuments to domestic whimsy, whirling merrily in the summer breeze.  Raspberry, lime, blueberry, tangerine, lemon, juniper, and white grape.  Hmm... love raspberry, but the rest... too fruity? Too acidic? Likely wait for reviews,

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User: labrys6
Date: 2009-06-07 14:32 (UTC)
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Oh, mercy, some of those sound so wonderful...Laboris Solis, for instance!
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-06-07 15:16 (UTC)
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Yes that one in particular sounds like a must-have! I have such a weakness for the resin blends - I keep thinking I have so many, why do I need more? and then she comes out with a new twist. Did you ever track down those other scents you were looking at? We should talk swapping sometime!
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User: labrys6
Date: 2009-06-07 18:54 (UTC)
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You know, I have only gotten a few of the many I have coveted. My researches in olfactory delight were derailed by the fact that I have reacted allergically to about one third of the ones I got. I have used them in the twisty tapers....imp by imp, lol. That personal candle tin smells very good indeed! And in wax, they seem less problematical than on my skin.
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-06-07 22:04 (UTC)
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I like making wax tarts for burners with them, too. And I've made the occasional candle. Have you tried a scent locket rather than putting them directly on your skin - there's a few I don't react well with myself. Let me know what you're still looking for; I have some spare imps, and I can always decant :)
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User: labrys6
Date: 2009-06-07 22:18 (UTC)
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What, please, is a scent locket? ::::::::sits down at feet of master::::I am oh-so-uninitiated in the ways of scent and BPAL!

I don't seriously "look" any more. To be honest, out here in the hinderlands, I need a better excuse than just for myself. Tho' I AM considering introducing my fledgling "Stone Moon Circle" ladies to BPAL smell parties at some point! They have all been in the hinterlands too long, as well, lol!

Perhaps for the Samhain season group meeting. I could start collecting imps....

And I wonder....how would it do to make bath salts (seasalt, epsom salt and (what is the third? Gods...too long since I did it?!) and then an imp poured into it?
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-06-07 22:39 (UTC)
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A "scent locket" is basically any locket-style pendant that has holes or some sort of opening it in. (I know some people have used wire wraps, too.) You take a wee bit of cotton or flannel or other absorbent fabric, put some scent on it, and then put the cloth in the locket. Then you can wear a scent without it touching your skin (hence not changing with your body chem, or setting off any allergies.

There's a sister site (the trading post) that carries bath products, tees and other misc products, including sterling scent lockets (which are gorgeous, but $$$ - you can find less expensive ones about).

http://www.blackphoenixtradingpost.com/jewelry.html

I've added the oils the bath salt mixes - I usually add in some soda to the salts for a bit of fizz - and they work well; I've also added some to neutral soap and lotions bases, but be sure you check your sensitivities first. Personally I've not had any trouble - I think they are diluted enough so that its not an issue.
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User: labrys6
Date: 2009-06-07 22:51 (UTC)
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Soda! That was the third! It's been about ten years since we made bath salts last time. I think it would be great fun to have a BPAL party of smelling and lavishing ourselves in scent and then make imp enhanced candles and bath salts to have on hand for the coming Yule season of gifting!

I think I have seen the scent lockets, now that you mention it. I might look into that.

As I get older, I am being more old lady-ish than my normal nature....I like to find things I really like and stick stubbornly with them. My favorite scent over all I have tried is still Whip!
Roses are such a big favorite of mine...and well, yes ANYthing leather....
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Robert A Lyon
User: robertlyon
Date: 2009-07-16 01:39 (UTC)
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I came across your journal browsing members of a book community and wanted to know if you'd like to become friends.
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ethaisa
User: ethaisa
Date: 2009-07-18 04:31 (UTC)
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I'm pretty boring, but sure! :) I always like talking books!
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Robert A Lyon
User: robertlyon
Date: 2009-07-18 14:01 (UTC)
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Cool, I added you back. My name's Rob by the way, nice to meet you
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