The Obligatory Explanation:
To those new on my friends list - I *adore* perfume oils. I consider my body to be a temple, and I perfume it accordingly~ Perfume oils to me are part ritual/part magic, and the heady scents and bewitching fragrances of autumnal blends make me giddy~ That being said, I have several favorite perfume oil places... but probably my all TIME favorite is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
- or BPAL for short. Every year they create a Halloween themed update... Autumn is the highlight of my year, and somehow they capture the magic and deep beauty of the turning leaves, pumpkins on the porch and mist filled nights of stars.
The Halloween update came out--appropriately--today, it being Friday the 13th, and all~ ;D
- The Halloween update is here
- An awesome decant circle is here
- And if the above decant circle fills, there are five million forming at sinandsalvation
("Imps" are BPAL perfume samples that people collect and trade...a decant circle contains imps that are decanted and sent out by a central person to people who join and pay for sections of the decant circles...so you can choose the perfumes you think you might like and get samples to try them. :))
The reason the above decant circle is wonderful is that you can buy HALF imps of perfume. That's a very small amount, but I already have so many perfumes, and not all work on me--I'd rather try a few, and find the one or two that are perfect...this is the approach I did last year that worked wonderfully. :) Also, in the interest of minimalism, I'll use these up very quickly instead of having imps and imps and imps around from many Halloween pasts. XD Which, you know, I already have.The Ones I Picked This Year:
The soundtrack of scent for my Autumn~:Odd PortentsBlack rose, olibanum, dark musk, myrrh, blackcurrant, lavender buds,
bourbon geranium, and amber incense.
It sounds practically perfect in every way. I think that with the myrrh and blackcurrant, especially, this might be a winner.The HagBlack musk, bay leaves, galangal, bourbon vetiver, blackcurrant, and rum.
This is a very, very dark scent, but I'm very lucky with those, usually--when they warm up on my skin, they turn bright and spicy. I hope this one will, too!Nothing Gold Can StayDewy green leaves colored by Moroccan amber, ginseng, and rooibos.
Amber is very happy on me, paired with the rooibos, I think this might be a warm-tea-ish scent--I hope so!October 2010Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and
sap in the air.
The perennial classic. I use up my imp every year~Pumpkin LatteEspresso, pumpkin syrup, smoky vanilla bean, milk, raw sugar, and a
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Oh my. I might die and go to heaven wearing this. XDThe Wild Swans At CooleOctober twilight. Falling leaves breaking the stillness of cool water,
with sweet autumn clematis, feather-soft orris root, luminous white
chypre, and muguet.
This scent reminds me of one of my (arguably) favorite songs by Loreena McKennitt, whose albums are my soundtrack of autumn--it also sounds like it will dry down perfectly.Pomegranate IIIPomegranate, Tamil Nadu sandalwood, lavender, tamarind, hazelnut,
Atlas cedarwood, sugar date, bitter clove, and Arabian myrrh.
A pomegranate grove instead of a pumpkin patch? I can live with that--almost. ;D As it is, they all sounded brilliant--this one sounds perfect.
Tell me what you decided on~! Let's talk happy, beautiful autumn things. :) I'm so excited about the shifting of the seasons. Already, some of the leaves are beginning to leave the bright green of summer...it's coming, she's coming. And soon. <3333