BPAL's Vice

May. 2nd, 2014 08:58 pm
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I've noticed 'net friends moving into… cosmetics? self-adornment? fandom of various types over the past few years and while I've been fascinated, I haven't been tempted. That is, until I started running into perfume fandom posts around. Here's the canonical intro post from [personal profile] rydra_wong, and [personal profile] recessional has scent work posts and then [profile] synedochic founded [community profile] smellsgood and then…

Here we are. I ordered four imps from BPAL. I probably won't review each of them in their own post, but I was excited.

Vice

Voluptuous and indulgent! A deep chocolate scent, with black cherry and orange blossom.

In the imp: Powerful. More sweet shop than chocolate shop.

My partner (who is quite hostile to strong scents) says: "vanilla and not in a good way."

Wet: Still very sweet. Nougat? Perfumed nougat? Something like that. I can see how it might be edging to chocolate, but it's not getting there.

Dry: pretty one-note cherry, I think? I smell like a soap shop. This is not unpleasant, it brings back nostalgia for long lost crafty shops where I couldn't afford a bar for Mother's Day.

10 minutes later: oooo… there's the orange blossom. That's quite nice.

20 minutes later: I think the cherry and the orange blossom are mostly in harmony, but I'm not getting chocolate. I'm glad the very very sweet edge to it has gone.

This does smell good, but I am bothered by the clash with the name. I smell like a slightly spicy flower, which is not really what I'd call Vice, as such. What would Vice smell like? Liqueur and tobacco and sweat maybe?

This makes me very tempted to try The Ankythera Mechanism tomorrow, for the tobacco note. Does anyone have any recommendations for a BPAL scent that really does smell of vice?

That said, I'll probably keep it. There are days when smelling like this would work for me.

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