BPAL: Djinn, Egle, Golden Priapus, Great Sword of War, Hamptons, Hellfire, Hig Priest Not To Be…

Part 2 of the recent big order. Djinn, Egle, and The Hamptons were freebies; the others were ordered.

Djinn: An ancient, free-willed race created from the essence of Fire, much as man was created from Earth. They prowled the land at night, vanishing with the first rays of dawn. Myths surrounding the Djinn paint them as many things: benevolent champions of mankind and slaves to mad sorcerers, malicious incubi / succubi and energy vampires, or malevolent harbingers of madness and disease. The Djinn are ruled by Iblis, the Prince of Darkness, who bears unspeakable contempt for man. The scent of black smoke, of crackling flames, and smoldering ashes.
In bottle: Acrid but peculiarly floral — seems to be a bit of rose in there under a strong charcoal scent.
On skin, wet: Still most notably smoky, but with a light undercurrent of sandalwood and pine.
On skin, drying: Something, perhaps the sandalwood, warms and sweetens, but the undertones are still awfully harsh.
Later: It fades awfully fast. An hour and a half later, I don’t even smell it any more
Verdict: “The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small,” as Woody Allen (was it Woody Allen?) would have it. The burnt ragged-smokiness is a bit too harsh for my tastes, and how quickly it fades is perhaps a blessing.

Egle: Ocean water, hyacinth petals, star jasmine, and fir.
In bottle: An ozoney scent not unlike Tempest, layered over pine.
On skin, wet: Very ozoney. The pine disappeared almost immediately. I’m not sure I could distinguish this from Tempest immediately after application.
On skin, drying: Some floral notes — I think jasmine, mostly are coming forward. It’s still very ozoney, though.
Later: Stays pretty strong for several hours, never changing much
Verdict: Aquatics may not be my thing, but I can recognize this as a pretty good aquatic.

Golden Priapus: Insatiable lust, unending vigor! A truly carnal, energetic men’s blend: vanilla and amber with juniper, rosewood and white pine.
In bottle: Mostly resin, as far as I can tell. Something somewhat smoky under it.
On skin, wet: Still very resinous — I can get a vague hint of vanilla, but not much.
On skin, drying: Spoke too soon! Given time, as always, this blend sweetens, and the vanilla really comes out to play.
Later: It lasts a long time. The resin fades a great deal while the vanilla just seems to get stronger. THat’s actually a bit of a pity, since the resinous undercurrent lent it a bit of bite, and without that it’s just sweet.
Verdict: I’ll do a second application sometime, see if the balance is better later, but as it stands — well, I like vanilla, but there are other vanilla scents which have more interesting stuff going on under.

The Great Sword of War: Mandarin, tonka, saffron, black tea, cocoa, tobacco leaf, sanguine red musk and five classical herbs of conflict.
In bottle: Mint and cocoa, but not a sweet “mint chocolate”. There’s maybe some other herbs under there? Something sharp and very slightly grassy.
On skin, wet: Hmm, odd. It’s gone rather mint-soapy. That’s disappointing, but I’ll wait for drydown to pass judgment.
On skin, drying: Still pretty soapy. It’s a bit mitigated, but still feels more like a “fresh” scent than anything really aggressive. It’s keeping cocoa notes, and there’s some musk struggling to get out, but it’s still not impressing, I’m afraid.
Later: Eventually the soapiness fades as the musk grows. Eventually it becomes a fairly undistinguished musk. THere may be a point in between where there’s a magical balance, but I haven’t seen it.
Verdict: I might give it a retry, in case my chemistry’s jsut off, but I’m starting to think that too many herbs lead to soapiness on my skin.

The Hamptons: The scent of a Cosmopolitan cocktail.
In bottle: Fruity! Lime and something sweeter which has shades of raspberry. At some distance from the bottle, I detect juniper.
On skin, wet: Heavily citric-sweet. Teetering on sweet-tarts territory but not quite there.
On skin, drying: Much unchanged. It stays pretty steady.
Later: It fades a fair bit after two hours, as can be expected, but keeps its character for a good long time.
Verdict: This one is clearly a lot less complicated than Akuma with similar notes. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing — it mostly stays out of the candy-zone, to its credit. I might have to do a side-by-side comparison.

Hellfire: A scent celebrating Sir Francis Dashwood’s Order of the Knights of St. Francis of Wycombe, also known as the Hellfire Club. A swirl of pipe tobacco, hot leather, ambergris, dark musk and the lingering incense smoke from their Black Mass.
In bottle: Sweetly woodsy. There seems to be vanilla in there, and something very slightly neutrally fruity, almost like pear.
On skin, wet: It gets a lot smokier on my skin, with a sort of animal tang which I guess is supposed to be leathery. The sweetness feels less fruity and more frankincensey now.
On skin, drying: Ooh, it’s a smoky musk now. Not a harsh tobacco-laden smoke, but a mellow, cozy, drawing-room-fire smoke.
Later: The smoke gets a bit stale, but the musk keeps it pretty well buoyed out of unpleasantness.
Verdict: I like it a fair bit. It’s got nice balance, a cozy overall feel, and decent longevity.

The High Priest Not to Be Described: Monastic incense, blood musk, black leather, cypress, pimento, white pepper, and Roman chamomile.
In bottle: Pepper, juniper berry, and tree bark. The pepper is foremost, giving a sharp, spicy odor.
On skin, wet: Immediately upon application, it’s very peppery and that’s the dominant note. A sweet wood (cedar?) breaks through within about a minute, though.
On skin, drying: It seems to have vanished completely within ten minutes. There is a very light woodsy scent right at the application point, but otherwise, it’s gone.
Later: Nope, doesn’t seem to be resurging later either. Too bad.
Verdict: I might give it another try some time, see if it’s jsut some idiosyncrasy of my chemistry or my nose today, but I’m not optimistic.


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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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