Andy Longwood (andy_longwood) wrote in bitches_of_bpal,
Andy Longwood
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Woo, first post! Hi guys.

Queen Mab

Warrior, Trickster and Goddess of Magic and Poets, she is one of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Queen of the Faeries. A very complex scent, both shadowy and fierce: black orchid, sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and Chinese musk.

I wish Queen Mab had turned out better on me. It’s flowery without having that acidic perfumy old lady smell that I hate in so many florals, and has a crisp, clean quality to the smell. The problem? No staying time. My skin ate this stuff right up. This lead to the purchase of a lot of florals with similar ingredients, none of which panned out well. I loved Queen Mab, I really did, but it was way too faint to be a keeper.

Kitsune-tsuki

Kitsune-Tsuki are malevolent Japanese spirits, akin to western werebeasts: women are possessed by the spirits of foxes, who compel them to perform acts of wickedness and mischief. Asian plum, orchid, daffodil, jasmine and white musk.

This was one of the post-Queen Mab purchases that I made in an attempt to find a similar smell that didn’t disappear on me. Kitsune-tsuki was pretty much the only one I liked. It’s one of the few flowery scents that doesn’t turn to little old lady perfume on me. I think it’s the plum. It’s not quite right for me, though, because the combined sweetness is just a little too heavy, and makes me a bit headachy. Other than being just overpoweringly sweet enough to make me go “. . . nah,” though, it’s not bad. I would part with it, but not with any bad feelings, because it’s a great scent, it’s just not a great scent for me. Up for trade.

Morocco

The intoxicating perfume of exotic incenses wafting on warm desert breezes. Arabian spices wind through a blend of warm musk, carnation, red sandalwood and cassia.

I don’t know exactly what it is that I love about this scent, but I love this scent. It makes me think of a really good pastry crust, which is a weird description, but that really is what I associate Morroco with. It’s warm and lightly sweet and spicy, like baklava, which is probably those Arabian spices in the description. Whatever it is, I like that it’s subtle without disappearing, and I like the way it nestles up next to my natural scent and just . . . spoons with it. This has top billing as the signature Andy scent right now, and I need to get a bottle soon, ‘cause I ran out of my imp faster than I’ve ever run out of any imp before.

Urd

Muscadine, black and red patchouli, cereus and nag champa.

Urd was a freebie, and at first I wasn’t too sure about it because of the strength of the smell. It was strong. Really strong. Really seriously smell-it-through-the-whole-room-as-soon-as-the-imp-is-open strong. When I wore it during tech week at my school’s ginormous theater, people on the opposite side of the stage from me would look up as soon as I entered the theater and say, “Is someone burning incense?” That said, the smell is fantastic. It’s like walking into a room that has had incense burning in it for so long that the smells have sunk into the walls. My roommate and I used to open the bottle when we wanted our entire room to smell nice. So what do I do with a scent this strong? Wear it to work. I work outside as a henna artist, and a perfume that smells like the good kind of old hippie is perfect for my job. Unlike the other smells I like, which are indoor smells, Urd sticks around even when I’m out in the open, and that’s a good thing.

Yemaya

The description said melons, and . . . that’s really all it is. Melons. Cantaloupe, honeydew, probably some watermelon, I dunno. And I like melons. I like them a lot. I just don’t particularly want to smell like them. Up for trade.

Hellcat

A soft, sensual, luxuriant blend with a wicked bite: hazelnut, buttercream, honey mead, rum and sweet almond.

Hellcat is my other outdoor scent, along with Urd. First application is all honey, and inside, it gets in everything and gives me a headache. Outside, with room to spread, it works. The reason I like Hellcat and am unwilling to part from it despite the initially overwhelming nature of the honey is the fact that reapplication brings out the other scents. If I reapply Hellcat after a few hours of work, I get a shot of buttercream. Next application, I get the vanilla. Fourth application, random spice. Hellcat may not quite be a big bottle scent, but I would definitely continue to order imps of it in case of future outdoor events.

Eclipse

All the glory, warmth and majesty of the sun -- darkened. A delicious blend of bitter almond, vanilla, frankincense and heliotrope, with a drop of cinnamon.

I ordered Eclipse for the nerdiest of reasons - Eclipse is my favorite caste in the Exalted tabletop game, and I wanted something I could wear to sessions to represent my caste. So I wanted this to work, I really, really did, and fortunately for me, it does. Eclipse is mainly almond, and I LOVE almond. The only thing I don’t like about the perfume is the occasional soapy smell that I get on initial application, which isn’t my favorite thing to smell in a perfume, but the almond has such an appeal to my senses that I can overlook it. It doesn’t slam my natural chemistry up against the wall and make sweet, sweet love to it the way Morocco does, but it’s still a very nice smell.

For the record, almond has always smelled, to me, like cherries, without the syrupy fruity note that actual cherry smell tends to have. So Eclipse is kind of like smelling a cherry scented flower. No way anyone else is getting my imp.

Malediction

This, like Urd, was a freebie, but unlike Urd, I wasn’t unsure of the scent when I got it. I was entirely certain that I hated it and I never wanted to smell it again as long as I lived. The catelogue description is “evil incarnate.” It does not lie. Not only does the smell offend my senses in every way possible, it does not go away. I had the misfortune of getting some on my sweater sleeve, and it lingered for days until I put the garment through the washer. I would put the imp up for trade, but I don’t actually have it. I received it in a joint order with my roommate, who also reviles it, and I’m not sure if she has it right now, but I certainly don’t.

Ironically, the third person who smelled Malediction after we got it in the mail was a male friend who he pronounced it “sexy.” I think we decided to give it to him, since neither of us wanted anything to do with it.
Tags: !bewitching brews, !diabolus, !excolo, !reviews, !sin & salvation, !sin and salvation, !wanderlust, hellcat
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