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Happy joy love...
1. My BPAL is here! Bliss totally smells like chocolate whee! (Actually what it kinda smells like is those chocolate-ice-cream-cone scented scratch-n-sniff stickers.)

Immediate lamoid impressions from someone whose command of scent recognition basically consists of 'citrus' 'individual fruit flavors' 'chocolate' and 'perfumey' : I was hoping I'd love Bon Vivant, which is supposed to smell like strawberries and champagne, but I'm getting an opening impression of strawberry-scented incense sticks, which was perhaps not quite the delicate blend they were going for. It's not bad, but I didn't immediately fall in love with it. Absinthe... um. Eau de Pine-Sol and Ben-Gay combined, with just a hint of really strong toothpaste? Probably not the scent for me, though on second sniffing it wasn't as immediately "OMGWTF" as the first. Crossroads... kind of perfumey? In a way that smells more like traditional perfume than the rest so far. Ditto Marquise De Mertuil. Blood Kiss... fruity and alcoholic. I think I like it. Vice is very sugary, but with a weird edge that puts me off when smelling it just out of the bottle. It seems to lose that on skin, though, and smells quite good. *sniffs right wrist again. OMGBliss.

2. Fandom love for su_herald and its editors, and metafandom likewise. It really hadn't occurred to me just how much work it is to put those together, until I saw a rundown of the various procedures used just to compile the metafandom links, let alone the Herald ones. I get much joy from both, and really appreciate the time and effort the editors put into them.

3. I am going to see my family tomorrow (cousin's birthday party), most of whom (bar my mother and uncle, and even they haven't seen me since May) last met me six dress sizes ago. This will either be fun, or really, really annoying. Or both.


2005-08-20 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Oy, family reunion! You are indeed brave and intrepid. Maybe noble.

If they don't like you, tell them to fuck off :) Cuz we all love you.

Or think of me, I'll be scrubbing floors and shampooing carpets, it's a big cleanup weekend for me. Surely you'll have more fun than that? xox


2005-08-20 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm more worried that there'll be auntie-clinging and cheek-pinching. *g* This isn't like extended family reunion, it's what amounts to my immediate family, first cousins and such who live only a few hours away. I just happen to be relatively antisocial, so they haven't seen me in a while.


2005-08-20 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Ooooh. I should have my own sample of Bliss in... uh, well, two months from today. :)


2005-08-20 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)

It is yummy! It smells like brownies, too, once it fades a bit.


2005-08-20 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

::weighs curiosity against feels-like-an-idiotness::

::curiosity wins:: Damn.

What's a BPAL?


2005-08-20 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)


Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Hand-mixed perfume oils.


2005-08-20 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

What scent categories are you looking to try? I can perhaps help you with some suggestions.


2005-08-20 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Well, that's the thing - my concept of 'scent categories' = sweet stuff, citrusy stuff, specific flavors of sweet and/or citrusy stuff, mint, spice, and Everything Else, Most Of Which I Don't Like. *notes that when analysed, this seems to boil down to 'I like things that smell like food'.

If I try really hard I can distinguish between musky, smoky, and flowery, but all three types tend to blur into 'perfumey, gives headache.'


2005-08-20 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Foody scents that I didn't like: Vice, Gluttony, Hellcat.

Foody / fruity scents you should definitely try: Chimera, Midway (which gets pulled Sept. 1st!), Shub Niggurath (an old LE, but you can hunt down decants), Jack, The Hanging Gardens, Eden, Kali, Xiuhtecuhtli, Algaea, Persephone, Hecate, Dragon's Milk, Tintagel, Hamadryad, O, The Star, Elegba, Blood Countess, Dorian. Bengal will likely fall in this category. You may also like Velvet, but I've yet to try it.

Other scents that should be on your must-try list: The Lion, Snake Oil, Sin, Sudha Segara, Alice, Iambe, Dublin, Bathsheba. None of these are overtly floral, since such things don't like me, either.


2005-08-20 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also, Dana O'Shee, Lampades, Morocco.


2005-08-22 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

♥! I will definitely be making use of this.

I really want to try Midway; I gather it smells like cotton candy?


2005-08-22 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Funnel cake, to me-- fried dough covered in confectioner's sugar.


2005-08-22 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mmmm. I've had funnel cake.

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2005-08-22 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

I loved pickle. And peppermint, and pizza. Anything that was strong enough for me to really smell it, because I had major sinus/allergy problems at that point.

BPAL: *points here*


2005-08-20 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

What is BPAL?