Some more quick BPAL reviews

My order arrived along with thirteen free imps.

Titus Andronicus
Dark musk and black amber with frankincense, red sandalwood, neroli and bergamot.
If my husband spends every day for the rest of his life smelling like this, I will not complain. He might complain, though, because I'll spend too much time sniffing him. Oh my god.

The scent of sexual obsession, slavery to sensual pleasure, and the undercurrent of innocence defiled utterly. Amber and honey with a touch of vanilla.
Well, that's sort of overheated prose in the description. And yet... amber, vanilla, and then the honey somehow corrupts it. It's the weirdest thing. A nice mellow scent with these little moments of depravity and sex. I slept last night wearing this, and it was quite disturbing. How much of this was the power of suggestion in the description?

The mouse's sad and long tale
Vanilla, two ambers, sweet pea and white sandalwood.
Sweet and warm. What's not to like? This isn't a foody vanilla, but a creamy one.

Blackened sandalwood and misty lavender, with curling wisps of smoky tobacco, nag champa, and labdanum.
Head shop. It's been there for years, in your college town, and you remember buying your pipe there, and feeling nervous and naughty the whole time. Where did that thing go? Oh, right you threw it out the second time you moved cities to chase a job. So you buy a box of nag champa for old times, and burn one stick, and your SO complains about the smell. But you like it.

I have discovered my core taste in scent. I had thought it was vanilla, but it's not. If something has amber and musk in it, I'm a goner.
Okay. You've officially pushed me over the edge and now I must do the BPAL thing. I'd been hesitant, as, so many awesome-sounding scents, no way to sniff them before buying.

That's pretty much my core scent, too. Actually, just a few years ago, I went for the light, florally/citrusy scents. Now, I'm into the ambery/musky scent.

It seems to me that the vanilla scent has a lot of the amber and musk qualities to it, it's just that the amber and musk push the envelope and take it that much further.

I definitely was to try the Gaueko, if only for the reason you listed above. It sounds quite yummy and heady.

I highly recommend the <a href='">imp packs</a>: six samples for $19.50 ain't so bad. And then swap with people. My friend S is arriving today, with husband in tow, for a morning of sniffing and imp swapping. Then SF zoo later! The worst of it is their lead time is horrible. They're 4 weeks behind on orders right now. Gaueko is a little sharp-- like the headshop has some smells you're not entirely sure you like (that American Spirit tobacco stuff maybe). But overall, good. So complicated. I can't imagine walking into Nordie's and being blasted by a clerk holding a sampler of this one.
Oops, botched my first reply. Can't edit comments, I guess!

I highly recommend the sampler packs: six scents for $19.50. Get one of those, and swap with a friend, or swap with people on the forums.

The lead time right now is four weeks, which bites. But as I have discovered, they're generous with their freebies, which is so cool.
Yay! I was definitely going for the sampler pack. I remember another reason I never ordered before: spoilt for choice! Too many scents make my brain nearly asplode ;)

Yikes! that is a while to wait, isn't it? Oh well, it means I'll have a treat for October *grin*

I recommend going to and getting stuff in the swap area. The bottles aren't always full, so that means a cheaper price and there's usually a good selection. And the wait is more like 5 days! I've never had a bad experience doing it that way.

Either way, welcome to the obsession!
Oh, they sound wonderful! I've been reluctant to try BPAL, as I hate the whole "get on our waiting list for your order" thing. Still, you may have convinced me...