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Today from the Box of Squee: Boo Bam

Eeeee! I got my first batch of Atomic Luau decants! So exciting! Well, if you're a perfume nut, it's exciting at any event. This batch included Boo Bam, Moai, Marae and Tupapau from the Flotsam collection. I decided to try Boo Bam first because I've read good reviews at bpal.org, and I liked the way it smelled in the imp. Described as

Bamboo reed, palm frond, and hibiscus

in the imp it smells sweet and tangy. I'm sitting here sniffing it trying to remember what it smells like, and I finally got it--it smells like Hawaiian Punch! I think that's the hibiscus, which is very prominent in the imp and on wet. As it dries down, the tang starts to fade, and a soft, mysterious green starts to form. This is just luscious, I love it and I want a bottle.

Marae is for tomorrow--it's got monoi and vanilla orchid in it, and I can't wait. Tupapau smells like it might be a boy scent and may go right to the boy box, and Moai is one of the weirdest scents I've ever smelled.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Beltane 2008

Part of the March 2008 Lunacy, Beltane is a fragrance Beth has returned to more than once. This year's version:

Mugwort, French rose, Lily of the Valley, broom, frankincense, myrrh, benzoin, foxglove, woodruff, rowan wood, ivy, sandalwood, spring mint, thyme, iris, copal, and night blooming jasmine.

In the bottle and wet: Baby Magic lotion! it's Baby Magic! As it happens, I love Baby Magic! I love it so much I sometimes still buy it! It reminds me of being a kid; it was the default lotion at my house growing up. This smells like really nice, pure Baby Magic, or whatever they scent that stuff with--very well-blended and hard to pick out individual notes, but springlike and innocent. On drydown of about an hour, I get the lily of the valley, thyme and mint. On drydown of several hours, all that's left is the rose and the iris. Mild throw, mild stay. I'm glad I have a bottle.
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Today from the Box of Squee: April Fool

EEEeee! My Lunacy order arrived! I got April Fool, Beltane 2008, and my last lonely Lupercalia, Passionate Shepherd. Oh, my beloved Passionate Shepherd. I should have ordered two bottles of it. And six imps! wow! generous frimpage, thanks, Lab! And I didn't have a single one of them. Not hard when there are hundreds of scents in the general catalog, but with 100+ imps in the bathroom you'd think there'd be one duplicate. nope!

Anyway! I decided to put on April Fool:

Huckleberry, white rose, tangerine, nicotiana, lemon blossom, and Fool's Parsley.

Right out of the bottle the hubby smelled berries and I smelled green. On, the huckleberry is the base, with a sharp, clean green overtone that is the parsley, I'm guessing. Dry, I get the huckleberry and lemon blossom, with tangerine, nicotiana and rose in that order, and the parsley is almost gone. Not a ton of throw, and not a lot of stay. The kids like it, the hubby likes it, I'm glad I have a bottle because this is a happy daytime warm weather scent.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Iambe

Iambe is from the Excolo line:
Sudanese amber, patchouli, rose, gardenia, gladiola and white tea
In the imp and first on, the gardenia is ovewhelming--very sweet, almost too sweet. I was worried this mightn't be for me. And then *bloom* out comes the rose and tea. In the background is the amber, and way way in the background the patchouli. A very sophisticated scent to me. For some reason I'm thinking of early 50s movie stars like Ava Gardner. I like. Dunno if I'll get a bottle, but I like.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Tintagel

Youngest Daughter picked this one out:
Spicy mulled wine flowing through the musky heat, warm leather and bright clash of armor, the damp branches of Cornish hawthorn, blackthorn, juniper, English elm and bayberry, and the magical tingle of dragon's blood resin.
I get spicy leather from this. While it could go unisex (and Oldest Daughter loves it and wants it for herself), I'm thinking it's not feminine enough on me. Wet, I smell the herbs and dragon's blood. As it dries, the leather comes to the fore. I can see this being absolutely swoony on the right guy, but then, dragon's blood and leather, pretty big swoonies for me. Into the boy box.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Queen Gertrude

Before the Finger: I got my box of goodies from Twilight Alchemy Lab! It contained my Hand of Hermes conjure bag, and bottles of Hymn to Pan and Hand of Hermes. yay! The conjure bag is orange and smells FABULOUS. I just want to hold it all the time. It's sitting right now on my altar.

Now, on to the Finger. Queen Gertrude is described as:
Imperial violet softened by wisteria and chrysanthemum, but edged with the regal iciness of delphinium
A lot of people have described this as an "old lady" scent. I think they're reacting to the violet. It's very violetty, especially wet. On initial dry down, it's a spicy violet.  Drying further, I get a kind of plastic smell. The violet fades quickly. Whoops, it's back. Odd scent.
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Today from the Box of Squee: El Dia de Reyes

Yesterday's Osun was still lingering this morning when I got up! And it smelled pretty good! The hubby agreed.

Today the Finger picked out El Dia de Reyes, a limited edition from Yule:

Hot cocoa with cinnamon, coffee, and brown sugar.

Wet: Bitter almond. ick.

Dry: Ooh! Coffee and cocoa and pastries! mmmmm....

I hope she does this again next year.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Osun

Usually I like the sweet BPALs. I love the honey notes. And so Osun sounded promising:

thick with honey and herbs of love, passion and desire.

Wet: Sadly, no. It's overwhelmingly, overwhelmingly sweet. oof, hypoglycemia...clouding...super perfume powers...

Dry: Much better. Still quite sweet but not sickeningly so. I don't think a bottle of this is in my future.  

Edit: on further drying, this is upgraded from "eh," to "ooh" on husband's orders. And I agree. Whatever the sickening sweet was in the wet phase, it wasn't honey, because I smell the honey now and it's the traditional wonderful BPAL honey note that works so well on me. It's low on the bottle list but it's on there.
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Today from the Box of Squee: Smut 2008

There was joy in BPAL Land, for the April Fools scents were revealed late last night along with this month's Lunacy. The moon scent is Worm Moon, and luckily, I'm not terribly interested (overripe fruit? decaying flowers? erm, I'm a bit goth, but on the hippie side of goth). But the two accompanying scents? Damn you, Beth and Ted! April Fool is

Huckleberry, white rose, tangerine, nicotiana, lemon blossom, and Fool's Parsley

and Beltane 2008 is

Mugwort, French rose, Lily of the Valley, broom, frankincense, myrrh, benzoin, foxglove, woodruff, rowan wood, ivy, sandalwood, spring mint, thyme, iris, copal, and night blooming jasmine

I sprung for both, with a bottle of Passionate Shepherd out of the Lupercalias. There are so many more Lupercalias and Shungas I wanted--To Helen, Flower Song, Men Ringing Bell, Longing--but funds are short and so is time. I'm hoping I can pick up bottles in trades. At least I got my beloved Shepherd.

The three Lunacies weren't it, though. BPAL released an entire Tiki line of tropical scents that, I swear to God, I want all of. Every last bottle. One set are cocktails, the other set are beach smells, and I--want--every--last--damn--one, plus the Tiki Queen and Tiki King. Monoi!!! Ginger! Rum! Vanilla! Tonic! Pineapple! Coconut! I'm dyin here! I have until late April to come up with the scratch for them, and I've put out an appeal for donations at MeiLinMiranda.com, but I'm not optimistic. Ah well.

So I'm finishing up my Lupercalia decant imps to see if there's anything else I absolutely must have, and I put on Smut 2008, which is promising from just the name, but look at the description:

Three swarthy, smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with dark booze notes.

Should be great, right? In the imp and wet on, it is massive do not want. Massive. Nothing but booze and sickening sweet sugar, not the good boozy sugar of Juke Joint, just ick. Once it's quite dry I get the musks, but it's not worth that first hour of sickly sweet booziness. Into the trades, and thank the gods because there's one more Lupercalia I don't absolutely have to have.