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BPAL review 18: Alice, Bess, Dragon's Tears

It's been awhile since I last put up a BPAL review for my review list. The Yule 2009 bottles I bought in ainead's group order haven't been reviewed yet - that's 12 months ago and I'm organising a Yule 2010 group order.

Nonetheless, ainead has kindly shared a couple of imps I was curious about to let me have a whiff. I best be careful - BPAL is a very slippery slope to slip down.

Name: Alice
Collection: Mad Tea Party
Description: Curiouser and curiouser. Milk and honey with rose, carnation and bergamot.
In the Imp (wet): Syrupy sweet milk and honey, with a hint of bergamot that brings to mind a child's tea party with over-sweetened Earl Grey tea.
On me: The rose and carnation are the predominant notes for me in the long push, but mellows out to make way for the honey after about 20 mins. Initially the scent is so girlishly sweet and artifical, but if you wait out that little bit, Alice turns out to be quite a pretty scent that is graceful.

Name: Bess
Collection: Bewitched Brews
Description: Inspired by the tragic, ill-fated love of Queen Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester. This is our modernization of a 17th-century perfume blend favored by British aristocracy: rosemary, orange flower, grape spirit, five rose variants, lemon peel, and mint.
In the Imp (wet): Heady, sharp herbs and more reminiscent of a stuffy old cupboard filled with Nanah's vintage clothes. Not impressed yet.
On me: Such sweetness is coming through, revealing a more regal yet mature Queen Elizabeth. This is a woman not to be trifled with, yet is gracious is every way. The citrusy orange flower and lemon peel are soft, and I'm actually digging Bess now.

Name: Dragon's Tears
Collection: Ars Draconis
Description: Bittersweet yet powerful: salty aquatic notes and bursting with dragon's blood.
In the Imp (wet): The first whiff is sticky sweetness. The aquatic note is not as sharp as Dirty or R'Lyeh
On me: The sweetness reminds me of thick bushes of jasmine in full bloom, a scent I've associated with church novenas and women would offer up thick rope garlands of the flower to the Madonna. The salty twang doesn't show up on me until after 15mins and reminds me of the open ocean on a cloudy day. I am actually relishing this one, for the memories it invokes of these childhood spiritual experiences. This is definitely I can see myself wearing on a daily basis.
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