|My growing BPAL collection|
|Halloween 2013 haul|
|All Souls 2013|
A day of remembrance and intercession. Without the prayers and sacrifices of their families and loved ones, the faithful departed may not be cleansed of their venal sins, and thereby cannot attain beatific vision. On November 2nd, prayers are sung and offerings are made to aid lost souls in transcending purgatory. An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.I've got a weakness for incense blends, and this one also has elements of another of my favorite BPAL scents, "Eat Me" from the Mad Tea Party collection, described as "three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants". Yum, incense and cake. All Souls is one of Halloween scents offered in different years, hence why you will see the year after the name. The scent may change slightly with each year's variation. Check out the label with the witches around the cauldron!
2013's Ridiculous Halloweenie! Less spooky than Spooky, and nowhere near as creepy as Creepy, this is the scent of lightly spiced pumpkin candies, decorated with thick marzipan, sweetened with buttercream, and decorated with a touch of lemon zest.This is nowhere near as sweet as I was expecting, and I say that in a good way. The buttercream is dominant at first, but there is definitely a dusting of dry spices that tones down anything sugary. Quite lovely, especially after drydown when the end notes emerge. Of all the labels, I'm finding the doll carrying the doll to be the most creepy.
|Samhain in the Pumpkin Patch|
This summer, Lilith got to play with a ton of bugs, reptiles, and other wigglies during a special event at her preschool. She made a new friend that day - Ursula the Tarantula.
"Lilith, what would a tarantula smell like?"
"Maybe fuzzy chocolate? With stripes?"
Done and done: fuzzy cacao-drenched hazelnut with hay absolute, black pepper, and nutmeg, laced with stripes of wild plum and white sandalwood.I believe Tarantula Fascinator may be my favorite! While it starts out heavy on the cacao, it mellows into this gorgeous smooth blend. I smell "purple", which is perhaps the plum, but the pepper and nutmeg is in the mix as well. I think the sandalwood is grounding everything and giving it that smoothness. I'm glad I took a chance on this!
BPAL always includes "frimps" (free imp's ears) with your purchase, and this time I got 8 of them: Tavern of Hell, Tushnamatay, Aperotos Eros, Kill Devil, Fire for They Stepmother's Daughters, Tweedledee, Faustus, and Dorian. This is a great way to sample some new scents, and imps of general catalog scents can be purchased as well. They are $4 each or 6 for $22, so to get 8 of them free is quite generous! They will be added to my growing imp collection. On days where I have no scent in mind to wear, I pull out an imp and go on a scent adventure.
I'd love to hear about any BPAL favorites you may have. The Halloween collection will be live through December, so there is plenty of time to indulge if so moved.