distant longing

Scents I've been wearing recently

Periodically I dig through my bag and pull out all the BPAL bottles I have stashed away inside it. One evening I found six, including the bottle of Smut I'd been missing for weeks. Today's haul, ranged behind the keyboard on my office desk:

Western Diamondback: Snake Oil with leather, tonka bean, red sandalwood, and sage.
A nearly-empty bottle, because I used most of it making a dry oil spray for Mr Pedia, on whom it smells delicious. Warm and spicy vanilla, smooth, with dusty leather and the sage lending it a bit of interest on top. Mellow and laid back: this cowboy is dozing in the sun. It’s boy-ish but not so masculine a woman couldn’t wear it. Choose it on the day you choose your boots to wear. Still available.

Boomslang: Snake Oil with cocoa, teakwood, and rice milk.
One of BPAL's all-time great scents. Milky chocolate over a warm spicy base. Maybe a glass of chocolate chai? Dusty dusky chocolate. Not too sweet, more rich & warm. Guh! I bought, er, two backup bottles, because I've been giving decants of this one away. Still available.

Minotaur: The Bull of Minos, guardian of the Labyrinth in Knossos. A deep, swarthy black musk dusted by a dark, resinous blend of sacred bisabol myrrh, atramentous benzoin, tsori, balsam, and galbanum.
Dark, soft, rich, deep, a little sweet-spicy, thick like a velvet throw under your hand. Dark brown velvet, almost black. Of the earth without being a dirt scent, chthonic in the mythic sense. I've been wearing this while writing recently. Cough. One of the Lunacy scents; I bought two bottles based on just the ingredients list, and darn, that was the right choice.

Coyote: The Native American Creator / Trickster God of Chaos and Change. The warmth of doeskin, dry plains grasses and soft, dusty woods warmed by amber and a downy, gentle coat of deep musk.
What I'm wearing today, because it felt appropriate for the hot California summer. Brown hills, dead grass rustling, soft leather, the sweet dusty scent of amber over the top. One of my personal faves. In the general collection, so always available.
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I adore BPAL. These sound so good -- I'm seriously tempted to give the Boomslang a try. I would if I didn't already have a little Whitman's mini-Sampler box full of Imps, almost untouched. Since I work at home and rarely go anywhere, I never remember to apply fragrances.
The Boomslang is special stuff. The forum is agog over it. I'd say take a flyer on it! It'll keep for a long time, and probably even get better with age.

But I understand the imp problem. I also have a box full of untouched imps. The free ones that come with orders just pile up, and there's no way I have time to try them all.
I, er, took a look at the mad money pile and took a flyer on the Tarot imps. Will pass Temperance your way when they arrive.
Sagittarius will probably go on sale in Oct/November, and the Carnival scents are supposed to come down in August. I'd get some sooner-er. Given the mad popularity of that scent, I might expect them to make it available in the GC, but no guarantees.