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I got as far as reviewing my least favourite of the imps I bought from BPAL early in the year, and the frimps and never quite got to the good stuff.

The Antikythera Mechanism

I think the winner for me from my initial order was The Antikythera Mechanism which I ordered because I was curious about the tobacco note.

Initial notes

In imp: Strong "musky" smell. (I don't really don't have the right vocab for perfumes. What I am actually referring to is the teakwood and vanilla, I'm pretty sure.)
Wet: Strong, spicy.
Dry: I'm liking this, but don't have vocab to describe it. From the description, I'd be mostly getting vanilla and the woody scents. I think I like it! Vanilla going quicker than the wood.
Later: Wood strong, hints of vanilla. It doesn't smell of tobacco to me, but I'm much more used to the smell of the smoke (which I quite like, when fresh and not right next to me) than the plant or its flower.


I love smelling like this, apparently I want to smell of a sweet campfire or something. I'm having trouble not wearing this today because I want to re-review Bastet. I'm planning to order a bottle soon.


I bought Bastet for the cardamom note and because of [profile] synedochic's positive review.

Initial notes

In imp: Decent kick. A bit cough medicine/liquor.
Wet: Much sweeter.
Dry: Sweet with a touch of smoke? (My partner suggested: scotch)


I remembered this one as the keeper, but I think not so much, now. I like it, I just don't want to smell like it. I'm beginning to think that my preferences in scents tend way woodier/earthier than I would have guessed, starting this. I'm liking it more the more it dries today (I think it loses the sweetness), but I'm going to try some more imps before deciding if this is for me, I think.

Half an hour later: this is growing on me again! I don't know! Send help!


I bought Euphrosyne because I love the way gardenia flowers smell.

Initial notes

In imp: Rose. Honeysuckle after a few sniffs.
Wet: Jasmine and honeysuckle I think, maybe a hintof heavy gardenia.
Dry: Very heavy, rich scent, it makes me think of a dessert wine's taste. (Partner: "that scented mulch, what's it called?". He meant pot pourri.)


Yeah, I'm going to steer clear of strong florals for the time being. It's not terrible, but I don't want to smell like that.


I'm looking through Beloved Favorites to try and narrow it down since ALL OF BPAL is a bit intimidating. Given what I've learned here, I think The Cat, Snake Oil, Scherezade and (if it were in stock) Rogue.

I wish I'd paid attention and managed to get in on a Weenies decant circle, because I like the idea of the leaf scents too.
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