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[livejournal.com profile] meaghanchan, would you have seen this awfully cute comic of SVA-alumni-love?

I got my BPAL imps today, and they sent me a bonus Zombi, which is the first one I tried out... )
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Neo-Tokyo

BPAL says: This scent was created for a very dear friend in Kyoto, with love, admiration and continent-spanning affection. The name itself was inspired by Vladimir. A scent that captures a meeting of the serenity and elegance of ancient Japan, the vibrant, shining, neon-lit and ultra-modern splendor of today's Tokyo and the fantastic electric fantasyland of post-modern manga fantasy. Urban metallics and an ozone-tinged breath of electric light mingled with reedy bamboo, crisp mountain air, cherry blossoms, delicate orchid and a splash of playful, wet fruits.

In the bottle:
Fresh and bitter. A little bit of cherry blossom, but the most prominent notes are the ozone and mountain air--very soft, light, and cold.

Wet:
So subtle. The bamboo comes out a little, and the cherry blossom seems to fade, but most of all it's air, air, air. It's very interesting how it smells like air but doesn't smell like nothing. I'm still trying to decide whether this is a Tokyo smell--on balance, it is a little electric, but far more rural and mountainous.

Dry:
Gone. Ozone, bamboo, and mountain air don't actually smell like much of anything. Such a pleasant smell, still light and cold, but it vanishes fast.
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BPAL-- Kali

BPAL says: Kali, the Black One, is the fearless Goddess of Destruction, Creation, Energy [in her Shakti aspect] and Dissolution. Also named Kaliratri [Black Night] and Kalikamata [Black Earth-Mother], she is the fiercest aspect of Devi, the supreme mother goddess. Kali is a protector Goddess, the destroyer of evil spirits and guardian of the faithful. She, along with her consort Shiva, represent the unending cycle of death and birth, sexual union, creation and destruction. Kali annihilates ignorance, maintains the natural order of the world, and blesses those who strive for spiritual awareness and knowledge of true holiness with infinite tenderness and motherly love. The constant, unending Work of Creation is called the "The Play of Kali". This perfume is a blend of the sacred blooms of cassia, hibiscus, musk rose, Himalayan wild tulip, lotus and osmanthus swirled with offertory dark chocolate, red wine, tobacco, balsam and honey.

In the bottle:
Strong, intense, dark, and very floral. I could smell this in the envelope before I even opened it; that's how strong it is. Yummy and sensuous.

Wet: There's a bitter note of wine and tobacco as soon as it hits my skin, but the florals come on very strong as well. It's not an entirely pretty scent, but I love its aggressiveness--and surprisingly, I don't hate the tobacco, even though I can smell it. I don't get the chocolate and honey at all, alas.

Dry: This lasts a long time on me. This is the most obviously "perfumey" of the oils I've tried, with its really strong flowers, but the bitter notes balance that out quite well. A bit too strong for me to be entirely happy with on an everyday basis, but there is something about it that I like very much.
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