This is my very first BPAL review…

So! All four of the imps I got are from the Stardust line.

1. Tristan – rosewood, tonka bean, white sandalwood, lemon peel, patchouli, rosewood, coriander, crushed mint

When I first put this on, my response was WOAH PATCHOULI. Then after several minutes, I had another sniff and thought, this smells like boy. A nice boy, who holds doors open for you and spends a lot of time wandering around the heather-covered moors writing decent poetry. I didn’t think it was the sort of thing I’d actually want to smell like myself. But then it faded a bit, and smelled more like a roll in the heather with said poetry-writing boy. Not that I’d know anything about THAT.

2. Lady Una – honey musk, green tea leaf, blackberry leaf, vanilla bean, fae spices

My chemistry tends to bring out the berry smells really strong, for some reason. So when I first put this on, it was like taking a bath in blackberries. Which would be really messy, but has a certain allure… like crushing grapes! But I don’t really want to smell like I’ve been bathing in berries unless I actually have. So luckily, the berry faded into the background and the other scents emerged very faithfully, making this one my favourite of the batch! It’s sweet and foodie, but the tea keeps it light and the spices keep it from being too sickly sweet.

3. The East – The scent of the winds beyond the wall: bluebonnet, passion flower, freesia, jasmine tea, mint, thyme, and redcurrant

This was the most “typically perfume-y” of the batch… probably because of all the florals. It didn’t give me a strong impression straight off. But then it faded to a laundry detergent sigh. I think I should avoid the floral scents, as they all seem to make me think of laundry. I might as well just do some laundry….

4. The Fairy Market – otherworldly golden incense, blooming wind-flowers, everlasting lavender, bluebell, a faint whiff of exotic sugared candies, and fae mist upon wet green grass

This was my initial favourite, before the berries faded from Lady Una. In this case, the florals seem balanced by the candy and mist and incense. It smells the way I’d like to think a fairy market would smell, though it isn’t taking eye of newt or troll farts or any of the other less than delightful other-worldly smells into consideration. For which I am thankful, mind you. No one wants to smell like troll farts. Well, maybe trolls do. Anyway, this one fades to a subtle sweetness that I think I will be fond of.

3 thoughts on “BPAL REVIEW!

  1. Hehehe. I would really like to get me some BPAL, but it is not in the budget right now (maybe after I start work).
    But whenever I go to their site, I am overwhelmed by the HUGE number of choices . . . and picking perfume by description only is not my strong suit. I become a quivering mass of indecision. I will therefore follow your future adventures in BPAL with great interest.

    • I know exactly what you mean! I went with Stardust scents because it’s my favourite book, so that helped me narrow it down.
      I was the very fortunate receiver of some gifted imps last summer, which really got me going (thank you, Tithenai)! And she also pointed me towards a person who decants the bigger bottles into imps, so you can test the ones BPAL doesn’t offer as imps. And the imps realllllly aren’t THAT expensive, if you only order a couple…
      I sound like an addict, don’t I? 🙂 I just LOVE smelling lovely!

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    Nice work Brian you obviously put a lot of work into it. Lets hope 2010 is as fruitful for you.

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