mangofandango: (misc/mariarita/ red riding hood)
The Snow, Glass, Apples oil and chapbook went live on BPAL last night, a bit early, and I was lucky enough to be sitting in front of my computer when it happened. As a Neil Gaiman fangirl and a Beth fangirl, I am totally excited. The proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the oil and chapbook come to ME ME MEEE for reading and sniffing and loving, so what could be better? In Neil's words, 'It smells like green apples and like sex and vampires, all at the same time. (Actually, it smells like sexy vampire apples.)' Kids, I get to smell like sexy vampire apples. And I get the BPAL collector's item of the year, also. (Except those lucky ComiCon people, who got the autographed chapbook.Oooooh.) Assuming that they didn't sell out before my 10pm order. :)

Now I need to replenish my Paypal account. Perhaps some miscellaneous decants can be sold off, even though everyone probably blew their money on the update last night. :P

I have vanilla hazelnut coffee, coconut cake and vegetarian sausage for breakfast this morning. The cake is leftover from the fabulous picnic Ryan and I had last night in Waterfront Park, to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. (7th! We are old happy married people now. :)) Life is good. :)


Sep. 13th, 2006 09:29 pm
mangofandango: (lit_glitter - we are as gods)
So, a certain [Bad username or site: @] inspired me to post some BPAL imps (also known as samples). These are up for grabs, just pick one or two please. :)

Manila - A tropical, humid, lush scent, with a faint echo of Pacific breezes, jungle blossoms, and deep wet woods. Sampaguita blossoms, banana leaf, palm, and narra.

The Unicorn - A misty, almost luminous perfume: wispy linden blossoms, white flowers, and a touch of sweet herbs.

Shroud - Dry white sandalwood wrapped in thin woods, soft grasses and the lightest white flowers layered over cajeput and the warm, deep scent of embalming herbs.

Tweedledee - Ridiculous! Kumquat, white pepper, white tea and orange blossom.

The Isles of Demons - Twin islands near Newfoundland, now lost, that were believed to be gateways to Hell. The scent is of wet, dark greenery, carnivorous flowers, volcanic gas, and the hot black musk of the demons and wild beasts that populated the islands. (On me, this smelled green and cleanly floral, not all swamp gassy like I thought. ;))

Baku - Dream Formula II: Our Nightmarebane.
Named after the Baku, benevolent Japanese spirits that eat nightmares. In Japanese tradition, nightmares are gifts from malevolent spirits; when you wake up from one, you may call, "Baku, please eat my dreams!", and if you are virtuous and merciful in spirit, the Baku will devour the evil, transforming it into a blessing of good fortune. ( I have a bottle of this one, this is the partially used imp that I got originally.)

Somnus - Dream Formula V. Named after the Roman God of Sleep. This blend helps bring on deep, restful, natural sleep. (I have a bottle of this, too.)

Penny Dreadful - Also called Gallows Literature. A dime novel rife with melodrama, horror, madness and cruelty; a ten cent analogy of vice and virtue in conflict. Soft perfume evocative of noir heroines over rich red grave loam.

Malice - A profound, complex scent that encapsulates the joy one finds in another,s pain. Ylang ylang, clove, Indonesian red patchouli, and dark myrrh.

Blood - A vital, bold scent, throbbing with sensuality. Essence of dragon,s blood resin, thickened with myrrh and cherry, with a trickle of clove.

Leave a comment if'n you're interested. I can help you choose if you want, too.

Bedtime for me, now.
mangofandango: (mouthfullofdust - totoro)
Halloweenie BPAL update is live. I typed love the first time, which I guess it also is. :)

Halloween stuff is like the bottom third of the page. I've barely skimmed the Order of the Dragon stuff, because I have like 5 minutes before I have to get ready in earnest to go to school. :)
mangofandango: (jems - lost in transation)
"A century later, our olfactory sensibility has been marginalized and deadened by the chemicalization of our food and our environment, and the overwhelming proliferation of unnatural smells. The world of natural ordors has been co-opted by products; many people cannot smell a lemon without thinking of furniture cleaner. Oversaturation with chemical smells has compromised our ability to appreciate complex and subtle natural odors. Many of my clients have been astonished by a whiff from a vial of rose or jasmine absolute; they have forgotten - or never knew - what real flowers smell like. We are bombarded by department-store perfumes that shout their presence and linger monotonously and pervasively on the body and in the air, but the true magic of perfume eludes us. We have lost touch with what drew our kind to the smell of flowers and herbs in the first place, and with the rich and tangled history of our species and theirs." - Mandy Aftel, "Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume"

This is why I love my BPAL. It really has been a learning process, I think. Commercial perfume will never smell the same to me again.


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