puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
Casanova: Love Potions.
A rakish blend of leather, anise, lavender, bergamot and amber with tonka, lemon peel and lusty patchouli.

I tried [livejournal.com profile] hullfire's imp and loved it, so ordered one of my very own (and if only that worked with all the good things in life...).

Sadly, when not surrounded by Many Other Smelly Things, it doesn't smell of rich, smoky indulgence. Instead, it's pure shower gel. It definitely does have bergamot, lavender and lemon peel in; possibly a little leather and anise, but only enough to stop it being a fruit salad.

Poo. It was much nicer before.

BPAL: Sin

May. 27th, 2007 04:05 pm
puddingcat: (...and miles)
Sin (Sin & Salvation):
Thoroughly corrupted: amber, sandalwood, black patchouli and cinnamon.

Strike out "corrupted" and replace with "disappointing". The amber & cinnamon are nowhere to be seen (smelled) and instead I smell like joss sticks. Generic, incense-scented joss sticks. It's not horrible, but I'd hoped for more.

Onto the swaps pile it goes.

By the way - [livejournal.com profile] faerierhona - did you ever post out those imps? They never arrived, if you did.
puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
Today I smell like Blood )

Wrath!

May. 24th, 2007 07:18 pm
puddingcat: (Still The Prettiest)
That is, another BPAL review.

Wrath (Sin & Salvation).
A scent aflame with rage, swirling in the red haze of hatred: dragon's blood spiked with black pepper, clove, and cinnamon.

It's as orange as Schuldig's hair (points at userpic). In the vial, it's sharply fruity (though not sour) and slightly medicinal. If anyone's ever had Minadex, it smells like that.

On, it's odd. If I didn't know it had clove and cinnamon in, I'm not sure I'd have guessed. I like it, because it's one of the few fruity scents that doesn't turn sharp & acidic on me, but I don't know how the hell it's doing what it is given the contents. I certainly wouldn't associate it with wrath; it smells too *clean* & healthy for that. It's a nice daytime scent, not particularly powerful.
puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
She sent me a toilet roll tube! Stuffed with bubble wrap!

Read more... )
puddingcat: (Default)
Wanderlust: KATHMANDU
The scent of sacred incense swirling up the steep slopes to Swayambhunath Stupa. Saffron, blessed sandalwood, Himalayan cedar and the miraculous lotus of the Buddha with chiuri bark and Nepalese spices.

In the vial: saffron & cardamom kulfi.
On the wrist: Why is it that this cedar gives depth & warms up the sweetness, while Azathoth turned into cedar-scented mothballs? The sandalwood, cedar & bark smell like a wood in springtime, or a garden where bark chippings have been laid over the earth. It's still mainly a sweet scent, though, like the saffron truffles a friend handed out after their wedding. I think it'll work better in the fresh air than inside, or in the evening; it's a scent for a picnic, a long lunch at the pub, or a wander up Arthur's Seat more than for a barbecue or night out.
puddingcat: (Ballroom dancing)
A Picnic In Arkham: AZATHOTH
The Daemon Sultan, Seething Nuclear Chaos.

[waffly quote removed]

Azathoth is the blind, idiot god who sits on a black throne at the center of Chaos. His scent is high-pitched and screeching, both impenetrably dark and searingly bright with the clarity of madness: tangerine, saffron, vetiver, black amber and cedarwood.


In the vial: the goop in lemon meringue pies.

On the skin: Oooh, some smokiness warms it up a bit. Sadly, this turns into sour mothballs pretty quickly. Looks like vetiver either goes nice & engine oily, or tarry and sharp on my skin., and this is an example of the latter. I can just about make out the saffron & amber underneath, as a nice hint of incense, but only if I'm thinking about it.

Shame.

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The aural whee is Threshold, who are a sort of cross between Rush and (old-style) Metallica. "Slipstream" is cheesy enough to turn up on a Driving Anthems compilation some time soon, while "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams" is as overblown & keyboardy as it sounds:



It's ace :)

ETA: About 1% of cat macros make me laugh. This was one that did :)
puddingcat: (Glorious)
Saiyuki Reload Volume Seven: So good I squeaked. Ok; I might also have made a kind of "mnuh" noise at the pictures of Hakkai without his shirt on, but admitting such a thing would be frightfully emabarrassing.

Yes. Utter adoration and lack of coherency. "Mnuh" and "Eeee!" sum things up remarkably well, however.

Also! Until The Full Moon volume two! More half-werewolf, half-vampire, gender-swapping lunacy! But I haven't read that yet, so my entirely unhelpful review shall have to wait.

(Oh, Hakkai. Were this any other series, I'd be convinced that he's pretty much due to be killed off. *No* character lives long after I've realised I like them this much.)

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Oooh, and the BPAL from [livejournal.com profile] strangefrontier arrived :) Along with a teabag that is neither a condom nor a fortune cookie wrapper, an an Unexpected Impostor Imp!

So, Bewitching Brews: JUKE JOINT
A bawdy, gleefully wicked and unruly scent: Kentucky Bourbon, sugar and a sprig of mint.

Really? In the bottle and on my wrist, it's gingerbread soaked in enough booze for the bottom of a trifle. Definitely more rum than Bourbon; it's a Mojito made with dark rum & muscovado rather than clear ingredients. With cake. If there's mint there, it's wild growing crossbred stuff rather than a freeze-dried genteel sprig.

I like this; it has the nice bits of Hellcat without the sickliness.

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Amazon order also included much cheesy metal, thanks to adding an album a week during the Bruce Rockinson Dick Show. Warlock! Threshold! Within Temptation!

Mmmm, cheese :) Technically, I'm a Rod (Dad was a rocker; Mum was a mod; following the Liger / Tigon convention, that makes me a Rod rather than a Mocker), but the Rawk genes are clearly dominant ;)


Oh, Hakkai...
puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
[livejournal.com profile] nannyo gave me her broken imp of this, many months ago. It was the first BPAL scent I tried, and it's still my favourite (Laudanum being a "Bring me a Man!" scent, but this one being Just Lovely). I've forgotten to write about it until now.

Bewitching Brews: Voodoo
A midnight scent, evoking images of flickering golden firelight reflecting off the sheen of glistening skin and the jerking shadows of bodies suffused with spiritual ecstasy. A deep, powerful, resonant blend of myrrh, patchouli, vetiver, lime, vanilla, pine, almond and clove.

Proof that myrrh, patchouli and clove are Good Things on my skin. It's warm, slightly rusty (in scent and colour) and spicy without smelling like a fruitcake. The pine & lime liven it up enough not to be sickly, but aren't anywhere near strong enough to be toilet-cleaner-like. Almond & vanilla give a lovely delicately sweet blurring of the edges and stop it being too incense-and-hippies. Vetiver *is* there, but only enough to smell like a country lane on a hot day, when the tarmac's starting to go soft at the joins. Actually, yes; this is the closest scent I've found to a warm engine. That explains a lot.
puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
Before the next load arrive (and I swore I wasn't going to get hooked...). Read more... )
puddingcat: (Postcard perfect)
Read more... )
We love the Top Gear. Please could someone who knows America better than I do tell me they exaggerated & spun the Alabama bit?
puddingcat: (Default)
The last three )
puddingcat: (Bruce's pants are Epic)
Yes. In honour of [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe's and [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch's new community, [livejournal.com profile] 6musicrockshow, I have yet another new userpic. Mmmm, Epic Tight Pants...

Anyway, yesterday's BPAL tests: Read more... )
puddingcat: (Nosy cat)
The result of trying different ones before & after a shower. Read more... )
puddingcat: (Default)
Love Potions - QUEEN OF SHEBARead more... )
puddingcat: (Default)
You know what this feels most like? Not Another Bloody Fandom, that's what. I ordered 6 imps via [livejournal.com profile] nannyo and then accidentally bought some more from [livejournal.com profile] strangefrontier. So, the first few. )

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