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Date: 2011-03-17 22:32
Subject: Testing bpals continues...
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Tags:bpal, scent notes, test
 HEKAERGE... red patchouli, myrrh, lemongrass, gurgum balsam, lavender and honey.
I wasn't sure I'd like this, because of the lemongrass, but I can't pick it up at all; this opens with patchouli sweetened by honey and myrrh; the lavender adds a nice edge. The balsam is in there somewhere, added to the overall spice-woodiness of the scent and as it mellows it deepens into spicy resinous woody heaven. Definitely bottleworthy.

NYMPHIA... white rose, apple blossom, spun sugar, mango, cucumber, freesia, coconut and lavender. 
A sweet and fruity floral, as might be expected. The lavender is slim to non-existent as, sadly, is the coconut (except perhaps adding a slight creaminess to the blend). Mango and apple and rose, mostly. Pretty, but too fruity for me.

APATROPHIA... complex Eastern musk with orange blossom, peppermint, lime peel, spikenard, petitgrain and white cedar.
A lovely spicy musk, with a hint of citrus, underlain by dry woods. Sadly, it goes a little soapy on me in the drydown. 

APHROGENES... orris root, iris, white honey, white sandalwood, coconut and cherry blossom.
I love orris, but I'm not sure I get the distinction between orris and iris as notes - orris is iris root, and iris flowers are either practically scentless or stinky, ime, so I'm not sure what's up with that. Regardless, this is a lovely scent. The coconut and white sandalwood (sometimes problematic for me) balance each other perfectly - the sandalwood keeps the coconut from being too loud and the coconut adds enough cream to smooth out the SW's dryness. Orris is faintly sweet to being with and it gets a boost from either the cherry blossom or the honey (I don't find the coconut at all sweet in this blend), or possibly both. A sweet dreamy scent - I like it a lot, but I have a number of other orris blends I adore, so I don't know if I need this one too.

AREIA... dragon's blood resin, pimento berry, olive wood, rosemary, black cherry, persimmons, red musk and red rose.
So many lovely notes in this one, resulting in an unusual dark blend. I get cherry and red musk at first, with some spice from the dragonsblood and pimento. There's an odd herbal note from the rosemary, and the olive wood is present, but it seems at odd with the rest of the blend; perhaps my skin is amping it. The rose seems to come up only at the end, when the dragonsblood goes powdery (of all the resins, it's my least favourite, I think). I really quite like this wet, but it doesn't seem to agree with my skin once it dries - nothing horrible, just meh. Which is a pity, because the initial throw is fascinating.

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