Saturday, July 02, 2005

bpal stuff

i've tried a few scents over the past couple of days, so here are my comments on those:

la bella donna mia mente

Soft, lush myrtle and dry, sweet melilot with wild rose, pomegranate juice and peach blossom against a background of deep aquatic notes and a twirl of melancholy autumn breezes.

in the bottle, this has a sort of traditional perfumey smell--flowery and fruity. i definitely can smell the peach, which is nice.
on my skin, it gets a little sweeter, but it dries to a strong floral scent. where did the fruits go?
an hour later, it's all roses.
several hours later, i finally washed it off. ugh. i was really disappointed that this didn't work for me.

march hare
A twisted teatime tart: apricot and sweet clove

in the bottle, this smells sweet and fruity--i'm actually smelling orangey things, i think, maybe something a little more tropical.
wet on skin--it's even more orangey, almost an orange rind smell, but there's a nice hint of sugar.
dry--it comes close to smelling like a cleaning product but doesn't, thanks to the clove.
a few hours later--peachy and nice! i love this one!

follow me boy
A houdoun recipe dating back almost 150 years. This blend is favored by prostitutes, exotic dancers and others in the sex industry for its power to attract, seduce, and enthrall. Ensures financial gain and increased profits.

i think i thought this was supposed to smell honeyish and pretty, but in the bottle it smells like a hippie store--i don't think it's patchouli, so maybe jasmine?
wet on skin--ugh, baby powder.
dry--still baby powder.
hours later--nothing but baby powder. not for me, oh well.

A gentlemen's blend, possessed of dignity, charm and refinement, but in truth masking a corrupted, hideous, soulless core. White musk, lime, lilac and citron.

although this is supposed to be a masculine scent, i liked the description--in the bottle i can definitely smell the white musk (i vaguely recall buying a white musk perfume in spain when i was 16, and it smells a little like that).
wet on skin--oooh, citrusy! i can definitely smell the lime. it's just sharp enough not to smell like furniture polish or something.
dry--lime and musk together works pretty well.
a few hours later--it's mellowed a little, but is still very pleasant. i don't think i'd buy a bottle of this, but i'm definitely keeping the imp.


lisa said...

thanks for the review of whitechapel! i was tempted by it, but decided it might be too masculine for me. but now i think should try it.

it's too bad 'follow me boy' went to baby powder. ugh.

wordnerdy said...

yeah, i've been disappointed that a few of these don't seem to work on me (goneril, which i'm trying now, smells like soap).

apparently even my skin likes desserts best!

Sarah said...

I was interested in Whitechapel too! it seems like everyone has particular notes that don't work for them. Once you identify them, you can stay away from blends that include them.

wordnerdy said...

it's identifying them that's the hard part--i can't pick out the individual notes yet. :)

Anonymous said...

I was googling something else and found your blog. I love Follow Me Boy and Whitechapel, and was thrilled to see you review them on your own site. Whitechapel is a great risky fragrance--I never would have thought that lime and lilac would have been so good together.

As for Follow Me Boy, I adore that scent. What a morpher...jasmine on the skin and a little later, no jasmine at all.

So, since we are not on the Forum, if you don't like your Follow Me Boy and you want to sell it, I have PayPal. E-mail me if you like: