Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BPTP 'Weenie: Slaugh - The Muscle Rub Smell!

Inquisition: Trick or Treat 2010 (Limited Edition) 
Champaca, black tea, tonka bean, and sassafras.

It is no secret that I love the smell of muscle rubs, Vicks Vaporub, Deep Heat, Tiger Balm, Amruthanjan and such rubefacients. It is an addiction that started when I was in my crib aged 6 months, when I swallowed a little potful of homemade vaporub. To everyone's shock I didn't shed a tear and I was blissfully happy when they found me with the empty bottle. 30 years later, my nightly ritual includes applying a teeny amount of Vicks Vaporub to my nose and forehead before I drift to sleep, even without a cold. I don't know what exactly I like about it. I think it is all about the feeling of comfort that comes in the form of the counter-irritant effect of warmth and coolness. Pure hedonism!

When I first smelt Slaugh from the bottle, I thought I smelt something mentholic. Then it hit me, the Muscle Rub smell! Oh my, that was very unexpected and it made me smile. Slaugh, on deeper sniffing and on the skin, is all about Sassafras, the root beer smell. I am not crazy about the taste of root beer but I do find the smell interesting. Root beer has flavouring of Sassafras, safrole an extract of the plant's bark was traditionally used to flavour root beer. Safrole, after found to be carcinogenic, has been banned and is replaced by a commercial oil that is a by-product of Camphor production which has the same smell and taste of sassafras. Camphor has a mentholic smell to it that is imparted to the root beer. Methyl Salicylate (oil of wintergreen) is also sometimes used in the flavouring of root beer.

See what I am getting at? Root beer has the flavourings of camphor, menthol and oil of wintergreen, all of which are the components of any muscle rub! So yeah, Slaugh smells very much like muscle rub and I like it!

I have been cleverly and unexpectedly tricked by this BPTP 'weenie! Smelling like Deep Heat is probably the only exciting thing I am doing for Halloween, other than rewatch The Purge Scene from The Cabin In The Woods to look at all the hilariously depicted monsters and figuring out all the horror cult references. Merman is my favourite!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More Honey Scents: HoG, HAEE, Possets, Love Potion, Violette Market

Like I mentioned in my last post, I recently got my hands on a job lot of honey themed scents from eBay. I paid about $30 for 10 bottles (partial/full) which is a bargain. The beauty of this lot is that I have been introduced to so many great perfume oil companies. They are all honey scents, one of my favourite notes in perfumes. Having smelt so many avatars of honey, I am not bored and only want more! I feel exactly like this:
and this

Honey Tree: "Quite rich! Right from the bee hive - honey amplified by seductive essence of resinous vanilla, darkened by a passing waft of mild rare wood smoke."
This one is an old favourite. Well, I can't say this perfume is a typical honey scent. There is honey and it is sweet but the honey is complex. True to its name, it is a woody honey. Honey in milky vanilla, with a bit of bee waxy resins and a woody base. I don't get much of smoke but the woodyness is definitely there. It not that edible kind of honey but a nice and comforting honey scent.

Heaven And Earth Essentials
Pumpkin Honey Spirits: "Pumpkin pie meets fresh baked bread loaded with honey and spices and icing, and kissed by a glass of Southern Vanilla Bourbon."
I have to say, WOW! Pumpkin pie with a beautifully baked biscuity shortbread like pastry. Pumpkin is yummy and the freshly baked pastry smell is delightful! Just when I am thinking that I am in heaven, the perfume progresses into a whole new level. I get smoked pumpkin with sweet honey in the dry down. The smokiness is amazing, like wafts from a firewood oven. I don't know what I like more, the pumpkin pie/pastry smell or the smokiness!

Honey Pot: "Ooey, gooey, delightful sweetened Honey! If you like straight-up sweet honey, this one is for you!"
There is honey but I get a very 'perfumey' amber with it. It smells like a incense shop . It is a bit too overpowering for me.

"As I was reminded by one of the Possetiers, some take honey in their tea rather than sugars. So, I am adding Honey to the things you can put with your tea. Rich, golden, flowery, almost too much but then just right. I was thinking about Maltese honey when I made this one, the finest honey I have ever tasted and smelled. Yum! Yum!"
Limited Edition. Summer 2011

Say hello to the best honey scent ever made! OMG, this is the honey scent. This is truly the finest honey. What is even more beautiful is how well it works as a perfume. It smells sweet but totaly wearable. It has a very prominent floral element that makes it smell light and feminine keeping it away from being cloyingly sweet. It is pure joy. The scent was released as limited edition for the Tea series in 2011.
Come to think of it, this is my first ever full bottle from Possets! Comes as surprise because I have about 20 samples from Possets and I have loved so many of those.

Mara Fox Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie
Honey Ho: "Gotta have that thick delicious sexy golden alchemy? Here it is: dark honey and honeycomb melded with honeyed amber, gourmand musk and brown sugar, made juicy by a dash of Nashi Pear."
Interesting perfume, this is. It is honey with sugared musk. It is warm but still it is light. The lightness maybe due to that dash of pear in it. Dries down to a sweet fruity sugared/sweet musk.

Hot Honeyed Fig:
I could not find the description for it but I get honey and I get fig. Fig is not really that juicy ripe fig which in my opinion would not have worked with something that is as sweet as honey. Fig is green, bitter and very much like the fig wood. It smells like the sap from the twig of the fig fruit rather than the fruit itself. It smells like that raw fig sap with sweet honey. I think the smell is growing on me and I will appreciate it more, the more I smell it.

Violette Market
Vined Watermelon Honey
"Sweet local honey and ripe watermelon on the vine."
Limited Edition 2011 
State Fair: Sun Bear Local Honey Co
Oh yes, straight forward honey with very ripe and juicy watermelon. So juicy that it feels like a bite into the centre of the wedge of a fully ripe watermelon, I want to wipe the dripping juice off my chin! Melon is fresh and with the sweet honey it is a fruity juicy sweet but light scent that would be perfect for summer.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

BPAL Rappaccini's Apiary: The Honeys - Daphne, Hemlock, Oleander

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
General Catalogue
Rappaccini's Apiary
"Within the vast gardens of Rappaccini’s estate lies a peculiar apiary, populated with bees of questionable tastes. Inspired by the Maenomenon of Pontus, Xenophon’s Retreat of the Ten Thou-sand, tales of St. Olga, and the exploits of the Heptakometes, Dr. Rappaccini slowly adjusted the pheromone emissions of his colonies, thus modifying their behaviors. His bees developed a predilection for unsavory nectars, and Dr. Rappaccini’s experiment came to fruition."

Rappaccini's garden must have been a dangerous yet a mystical place full of all those beautiful poisonous plants! Creating these toxin infused honeys by making the bees feed on the poison nectars (and sometimes genetically modifying the bees, Paduan Killer Bees!) is a genius idea of Dr. Rappaccini and even more genius of the Lab to present us with perfumes based on the story (Rappaccini's Daughter)

BPAL's honey note is to die for! I love O which features honey with warm ambers and absolutely adore Womb Furie which is Snake Oil with loads of honey. One great thing about the Lab's honey note is that there is as much sexiness to it as it is warm and cozy. It is gently sweet and powdery. It doesn't have any harshness to it nor is it very 'perfume-y' unlike many other honey fragrance oils I have tried. The idea of Apiary scents excites me for all the delightful honey in them. The whole concept of a poisonous flower with the honey note in itself is intriguing. I have 3 perfume oils from the Apiary, 2 full bottles and an imp that I bought from eBay with a whole lot of other honey based perfumes.

Daphne Honey: I have no idea what Daphne flowers smell like. The perfume smells like a really nice floral. It is very floral at the beginning and by floral I mean it is like a mix of orchids and jasmine. Very creamy and heady. May be this is how Daphne flowers smell like in real life? The florals merge into honey. It is very gradual and once it does, it becomes a gorgeous floral honey, something like the dry down of Defututa. Honey is there but not really prominent. Really lovely honeyed floral.

Hemlock Honey: Another flower I don't know the smell of. But Hemlock Honey smells all honey with just a hint of something floral. This one is all about the honey. It reminds me very much of O, in fact it is O straight up! So sexy and so warm. It is not as sweet as O but the ambery vanilla is replaced by a barely there floral note which adds an extra bit of powderyness to the scent. I think it could be called O with baby powder!

Oleander Honey: I know the smell of Oleander. Nerium Oleander leaves have a fatal cardiotoxin. The flowers are poisonous too but they smell really good. The best way I can describe the smell of Oleander: lush floral something like a cross between white rose and jasmine with a sweet powdery base. I also feel it is a bit 'oily'. Oleander Honey smells of a fresh oleander flower in the bottle. Very floral and heady. Sweet and even more powdery now that it has honey with it. There is a bit of greenness, like a hint to its poisonous nature! Good balance between the flower and honey.

Gladly the Apiary scents are General Catalogue, which makes me happy because I can just include them in any order or buy them anytime. Other than these Apiary scents, I also have a bottle of Jerusalem Cherry Infused Honey from Paduan Killer Bees series deserves a fabulous review. Coming soon!

First Thoughts: By Kilian In The Garden Of Good And Evil

By Kilian is probably the only company I know that sends out new release fragrance samples which haven't even reached the market to everyone and anyone! An exclusive luxe brand with ultra luxe prices reaching out to people like you and me! The decision to buy a full bottle or even a refill relies completely on sampling because a mistake will be a super expensive one. It a privilege to even try By Kilian fragrances for many people, including myself (when I lived in Australia), because they are not readily available everywhere. It is hard to track down new releases and they aren't yet listed on the decant sites. Imagine my pleasure when I was sent these perfume samples to my door step! How awesome is that! I was one of probably hundreds of people who received the new releases (so new that that are not still updated on By Kilian website!). You can request the samples through By Kilian's Facebook page or by contacting the company directly via email.

In The Garden Of Good And Evil: The new line has 3 fragrances and it said to have been based on "The Myth Of The Original Sin". All I can say is that I am glad to see the word "Myth". What would Darwin say? Well, I take the interpretation for what it is, a purely artistic translation of a story into perfumes, some very well done perfumes indeed!

For fabulous reviews of the three perfumes, click here. I can't say it so well, but this is just how the perfumes play on my skin.

In The City Of Sin: Bergamot, pink peppercorn, cardamom, apricot, plum, rose absolute, incense, cedar wood, patchouli, white musk accord.
My favourite of the lot! First I get cardamom and mild spices. Then comes a beautiful incense which rests over a creamy cedar base. Incense is soft, luminous and a bit Amouage-esque. On my skin, I get no fruity notes or any patchouli. Rose is so light that there is just flash of it to merge seamlessly with the incense. Overall, it is a woody, mildly spiced incense scent that is gentle, light and very appealing. Probably the most unisex of the three fragrances. 

Good Girl Gone Bad: Jasmin Sambac, osmanthus, rose, tuberose, narcissus, violet accord, plum accord, cedar wood, amber, patchouli, vetiver, musk.
Wow, what a nice a floral perfume! Lush jasmine, a bit of orange blossom, faint but detectable tuberose, barely there rose, oh my! A heady but a delightful blend of florals, one of the floral blends that is easy to wear. Beneath this pretty exterior lurks something vintage. Something that gives the perfume an edge of badness, in a very classy way. That something is patchouli with musk (tinged with a teeny bit animalic quality). This is a statement-making perfume. It makes me feel like a pretty but a sophisticated woman with a 'bad' edge!

Forbidden Games: Apple, peach, plum, cinnamon, Bulgarian rose, geranium bourbon, jasmine, vanilla, honey, opoponax.
This should have been called Forbidden Fruit, no wait, may be just Fruit! Well, it is a fruity perfume but not so forbidden. Begins with fresh, ripe apple and peach, so fresh and ripe that they are dribbling with juice. Fruitiness merges florals (I want to say rose but I am not really sure). It is a fruity floral but a nice one. If you like fresh fruity perfumes with a realistic apple and peach, you'll love it. I like it too, as a fresh perfume for a summer day.

One thing I noticed about these perfumes is that they don't stay on my skin as long as other Kilians. The staying power is good but not as good as that of Back To Black or Love or Straight To Heaven. Back To Black has an awesome staying power which is why I dared to purchase a set. Love and Straight To Heaven are something I would consider buying. I wish my skin didn't eat away these new perfumes as much!

I base my perfume purchases on two very practical things, the staying power and how often I would wear a perfume, other than of course the fact that I should love the smell. Out of the three, I would buy In The City Of Sin not only because it is gorgeous but also because I can see myself wearing it on a daily basis and it has a nice-ish if not super staying power on me. I am sure I will be too tempted to get a refill of it when I see these perfumes at Harvey Nichols in real life. Would I get a big bottle with the oh-so-gorgeous clutch (which is actually the case for the bottle)? I would if I could! But sadly I can't afford to spend most part of ₤150 on a clutch that I wouldn't know what to do with but stare at with admiration all day! I bet the case for refills would be gorgeous in carved white stone. That, I might get!
The Clutch! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cuteness Alert! Estee Lauder Solid Perfume 'Kitten' Compact

Look what I just got! Kitten compact from Estee Lauder! This little fella is from the year 2000 and his belly has traces of Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume, which was originally filled in. He is made of solid metal with gold plating, has green rhinestone eyes with an enamel pink bow and yarn ball and just the cutest kitten ever! Gosh, I love him! Beyond adorable!

The world of Estee Lauder Solid Perfume is a fascinating one. Yes, it is a world in itself, a collector's world. It is not about the perfume in it, but it is about the really special containers they come in. Estee Lauder has been producing these gorgeous compacts to hold a tiny amount of Estee Lauder perfume in solid form since 1967 and the tradition has been going on till today. The limited number, limited edition designs and the fact that some are old and rare make the 'Solid Perfume' perfect to have collections of and it is indeed a well tapped market. There are serious collectors who invest time, dedication, interest and money to build their collections which could be worth a few thousand dollars.
Some Jay Strongwater Solids from 2010 Holiday collection
SolidPerfume.com is a fantastic resource for Estee Lauder Solid Perfumes. Check out this amazing database for solids, with pictures, year and other details. 

I bought mine from eBay for ₤28 (close to $45) and I think it is a fair price. Mint In Box (MIB) with perfume in it will be more expensive and collectors recommend buying MIB as it keeps the collections from devaluation. Something to think about for future buys, but I am pretty happy with mine even though it is not MIB. I only got it because I loved the Kitten and not bothered about the future value, neither am I buying it as an investment. Well, it is not like buying an Omega Seamaster 50th Anniversary watch without papers or box, though some solids (faux Ivory series) do go for thousands of dollars even without being MIB!

This is my first ever solid and I sense the start of something sinister! It is really fun and thrilling to hunt down, collect and preserve these solid perfume compacts. I think I am hooked! I want all the cats, the owls... well, I want all the animals! I also want this year's Harrod's Exclusive Bear! Disposable income, where are you?!