It's now officially fall! Winter is my favorite season, but fall is a close second. I really love fall weather where it's still nice and sunny but there's a definite chill in the air. We had a few days of really nice weather, but it's already been super rainy here (damn you Pacific Northwest).
Since becoming active again on the BPAL forum, my love and addiction to BPAL has been reignited. I'm so grateful that I got 2 of the Dragon*Con exclusives. It's also got me going through my current collection and finally doing a lot of testing of what I have (so far, the general catalogue scents I've tried do not work for me). I got my Lilith decants and plan on getting a bottle of Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending (it's the perfect replica of Flowerbomb).
If you love pens and stationery (and everything that goes with them), you definitely need to check out JetPens. This has become one of my favorite places to buy from, as I have a deep love for fun writing instruments (especially pens from Japan). I finally caved and bought my first Kuretake template for a western style envelope. Since I've gotten back into letter writing, I thought that this would come in handy in the future.
I'm finally getting around to cataloging what BPAL imps I have. I've only been meaning to do this for about 3 years or so. Right now, this doesn't include the imps of LE scents I have (I'm almost positive I have over 100 imps in total). Right now, I'm just working on the one page, but everything will be further organized into the category each scent is from and alphabetized. I have very few bottles that aren't LE and doing this is forcing me to finally test out everything I have. I generally have a good idea of what works for me and what are death notes, but this will really solidify that knowledge.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs had exclusive scents for Dragon*Con, all featuring peach which is a favorite of mine. I was extremely lucky in getting two thanks to a lovely forumite (I debated getting all five oils, plus the bath oil but restrained myself - not sure if I'm happy about that).
Notes: White peach, tangerine, champagne grapes
In the bottle: It smells like one of my favorite ramune candy, I kid you not
On skin wet: A good word to describe this scent - bubbly. The notes blend very nicely together, though it seems that tangerine is the star at the moment.
On skin dry: It's actually rather aquatic. Still sweet and fruity, but less effervescent.
Other: Stays strong for about 1.5-2 hours before becoming rather subtle. Very aquatic towards the end.
Notes: White peach, white tea, honey, and neroli
In the bottle: A sweet honeyed tea. It is gorgeous.
On skin wet: I can definitely detect the Lab's honey note playing with the neroli, with the peach in the background giving it a sweet edge.
On skin dry: The peach gets bolder and what I think is the tea note becomes a bit more noticeable (my first time with the Lab's white tea note). Has the slightest herbal tinge to it.
Other: A much more full body scent than Peach II. All the notes compliment the peach nicely and is very balanced once dried.
I'm very happy with both scents, though Peach V is definitely the real star. I will definitely have to hunt down extra bottles of it. I really wish I'd gone for a whole set, as I would love to see how different the golden and Georgia peaches are to the white.