muccamukk: Dot and Phryne looking at each other and smiling, pretty hats. (MFMM: Companions)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I needed some floral perfumes for spring/early summer, since my core set is all amber and leather based. Fortunately, someone in my circle also runs Lilac & Moss, and Lilac & Moss has less appaling flatrate shipping to Canada than BPAL, so that worked out. I bought two bottles, and got a sample as well.

(Can I just say that I'm a big fan of roller-top bottles?)

Kythereia
Smooth earl grey and tonka bean mingle with fragrant roses, but smoke and a dash of pepper lie underneath to remind you of Aphrodite’s potential for wrath.
I'm not sure what a tonka bean is, but I suspect it's the majority of the wet scent here, with a little bit of something else sweet. Then it dries even sweeter, and I started thinking, I put way too much of this on!, but dry the rose comes out and it settles into a smokey earl grey background with rose in front. It's kind of a warm, mature floral. Found it wears off a little fast. Characters: Eight (Doctor Who), Maz (SW: TFA), Ana (Agent Carter).

Mossflower
Fresh lilac and rose lay on top of moss and dirt. Floral but earthy, reminiscent of true lilac bushes in full bloom during a visit to Cape Cod.
Wet it's pretty much damp greenhouse, which is nice, but sort of greenhousey. As it dries, more and more lilac comes out, until dry it's almost entirely lilac with a titch of rose, and a nice underlay of dirt to hold it down. It doesn't actually smell like dirt! The dirt just keeps it from getting that sort of tacky over-sweetness a lot of lilac stuff has. I've been looking for a solid straight lilac for a while now, and I think I've found it. It's sweet and floral, but isn't frilly. It also lasts for ages. Characters: Dot (Miss Fisher), Samwise (LotR), Kaylee (Firefly).

Sample: Sappho
Starts off strongly violet, but after a few moments, rose, lily, peony, and crisp air blossom through.
Nope. It's lovely and green wet, and then I put it on and it goes straight to rose soap. It's a nice rose soap, if a little heavy on the lye, but it's rose soap nonetheless. I thought maybe it was my skin, so I put some on Nenya, and periodically smelled her neck (which was very nice), and rose soap there too. Ah well.

Date: 2017-05-07 06:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Aww, I like you matching them with characters.

Date: 2017-05-07 10:49 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Oh nice! //goes to look

Date: 2017-05-07 06:49 pm (UTC)
nonniemous: (lotus)
From: [personal profile] nonniemous
They sound lovely, and I SO envy your ability to wear fragrances!

Date: 2017-05-07 07:43 pm (UTC)
nonniemous: (Out Cold)
From: [personal profile] nonniemous
They actually trigger massive asthma attacks and possibly migraines. A week or so ago I walked into a meeting room where a guy was wearing cologne and had to use both my inhalers to get things calmed down. That was morning, and I was still wheezing when I went to bed that night.

I really hate it, because I can't even enjoy flowers any more unless they are damn near unscented. And it's usually bath/personal care products that are the worst. People get perfume being a problem, but not their lotion/shampoo/mousse, whatever.

However, I DO greatly appreciate people like you who are aware that these allergies exist and try to accommodate the fragrance-challenged among us!
Edited Date: 2017-05-07 07:44 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-07 07:28 pm (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
These sound really interesting!

Tonka is vanilla-ish. It gives perfumes a round creamy note.

Date: 2017-05-08 12:27 am (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
I don't think I know what lilacs smell like. I know I've never smelled one in real life.

Date: 2017-05-08 05:08 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: lightbulb moment (@ inspiration)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
I ws just thinking I should try the Mossflower one for that very reason. Lilacs are the best, plus our wedding. ❤

Date: 2017-05-08 11:59 am (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
Awwwww.

They're so pretty. I bet your bouquet was lovely.

Date: 2017-05-09 12:41 pm (UTC)
sine_nomine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sine_nomine
STUNNING! Congratulations!!!

(And I would LOVE to see your list of your standard amber/leather-based stuff, if you don't mind sharing)

Date: 2017-05-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
sine_nomine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sine_nomine
Nifty!

(and I personally think dates of weddings don't matter; you two are fairly obviously in love and that deserves congratulations because relaionships are hard, in my book!)

Date: 2017-05-09 01:28 pm (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
*swoons*

So lovely!!! The flowers and the dresses look fantastic.

Date: 2017-05-08 02:20 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (raspberries (fierce_icons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Lilacs have the most glorious smell. By far my favorite floral scent.

Date: 2017-05-08 05:09 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: rainbow socks and short skirt (@ rainbow socks)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
We actually got married in May partly so we could have lilacs. So dreamy!

Date: 2017-05-09 03:45 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (riceball love (snowgarden))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Oh, excellent life choice. *^^*

Date: 2017-05-08 11:59 am (UTC)
lunabee34: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lunabee34
Well, I definitely must smell some then.

Mission begun.

Date: 2017-05-09 03:46 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (tea - mug with heart (iconriot))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
YES. This is a sad thing that should be rectified!

Date: 2017-05-07 11:33 pm (UTC)
rivendellrose: (bleeding heart)
From: [personal profile] rivendellrose
Oh, Kythereia and Mossflower both sound really nice! It's a pity Kythereia wears off so quickly, or I would definitely think I needed to put that on a list to consider picking up at some point.

And boy do I feel your pain on the soap thing with Sappho. Years ago I picked up the Hellboy collection from BPAL (because I am a nerd), and the scent for Abe Sapien, my favorite character, was lovely in the bottle... and turned to Irish Springs soap the instant I put it on. I still feel faintly cheated by that.

Date: 2017-05-08 02:32 am (UTC)
rivendellrose: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rivendellrose
That's not too bad! Three hours is a moderately acceptable breakdown time for a perfume, especially a lighter scent.

I wound up loving most of the others in the collection, so it's no huge loss, just kind of ironic. And I generally fairly lucky, you're right. My only other really catastrophic BPAL fails were Uruk, which turned to horrible bitter almond on me, and Luna Moth, which somehow turns into the scent of those big gumballs you get out of a quarter vending machine in front of a grocery store.

Went back over the review post you linked to above and was amused to see that you have two of the Scalia scents. I have two other scents from that same collection - Jiggery Pokery and Mystical Aphorisms of the Fortune Cookie!

Date: 2017-05-08 02:21 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (perfume 01 (elfin))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Given how much BPAL I have that I never, ever, ever wear, I really shouldn't look into more scents, but Mossflower sounds AMAZING.
Edited (typo) Date: 2017-05-08 02:22 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-08 05:12 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: I was distracted by boobies! (@ boobies!)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
You can smell my neck for research purposes or indeed any purposes, any time.

And I should try the Mossflower.
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