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A Little Lunacy and A Lot of Lunacy

A Little Lunacy
Beaver Moon '07, reviewed 11-11-07
Wild cherry with vanilla cream accord, and a hint of strawberry.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, Beaver Moon '07 is cherries and strawberries-'n-cream. Absolutely yummy. Dry, it's Crunchberries, like another forumite said. I'll pass this on but I'm glad I got a chance to try it first.

2 out of 5 stars

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Blue Moon '07, reviewed 5-26-07
Mugwort and bay, juniper, orchid and galbanum, Asian woods, moonflower, Madagascan ylang ylang, Florentine iris, Greek cypress, davana, green tea absolute, palmarosa, cucumber, Clary sage, melilot trefoils, wood aloes, and pale creeping buttercup.

In the bottle, Blue Moon is flowers and herbs, with bay the strongest note. Mmm... Wet, it's straight floral and pure gorgeousness. As it dries, the woods start to peek through. Overall, this has to be one of the best BPAL scents I've tried yet! Bravo, Beth!

3 out of 5 stars

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Dragon Moon '08, reviewed 5-16-08
Our Dragon Moon represents the forces of rebirth and the vigor that springtime brings: dragon's blood resin, galbanum, blue sage, lavender, peppermint, sweetgrass, frankincense, moonglow magnolia, bergamot, and green cedar.

Wet on my skin, Dragon Moon '08 is dragon's blood resin (plumeria on me) and frankincense. Dry, it's just dbr. I love dragon's blood, don't get me wrong, but I don't need a whole bottle of plumeria single note right now. I think I'll try this one again soon and see if it's worth holding onto.

3 out of 5 stars

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Dragon Moon '12, reviewed 04-16-12
dragon's blood resin, galbanum, coriander, patchouli, wild arbor vitae, blue sage, lavender, peppermint, sweetgrass, frankincense, moonglow magnolia, bergamot, Terebinth pine, fire-blackened wood, and green cedar

In the bottle, Dragon Moon '12 smells resiny. I imagine that's the DBR. Wet on my skin, it's plumeria (what DBR turns to on my skin) and woods. It's nice but I was expecting something more.

3 out of 5 stars


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Hunter's Moon '07 reviewed 9-16-07
This scent is redolent of night skies, falling leaves, and the high-pitched tension and release associated with the Hunt. Dry leaves, autumn bonfires, blood red wine, feral, animalistic notes and the chill of approaching winter.

Hunter's Moon '07 and my skin chemistry don't seem to be getting along. Wet on my skin, it cycled through all the notes then finally settled on red wine and sugar. Yeah, no idea where the sugar came from. I'll have to pass this one on to someone else.

2 out of 5 stars

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Long Night Moon '07, reviewed 12-07-07
Cereus, moonflower accord, night phlox, honeysuckle, silver thyme, white mint, and blue musk.

For some reason, Long Night Moon smells like honeysuckle and something fruity on me. I like it but this one definitely needs to age before I wear it again.

3 out of 5 stars

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Lune Noire '08, reviewed 8-27-08
Black orchid, jonquil, white pear, white amber, gardenia, olibanum, champaca, sweet clove, tonka, oakmoss, and blue musk.

In the bottle, Lune Noire is orchid and jonquil, really strong but gorgeous. Wet on my skin, it's orchid, jonquil, pear, and gardenia. This is heavenly. Definitely a pale yellow scent. Dry, the flowers start to fade, but the pear is still present. I think this one needs to age a bit, but it's already beautiful now.

4 out of 5 stars

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Old Moon '08, reviewed 1-22-08
The cold, white moon shines on frozen ground dusted with silent snow: evergreen, juniper, winterberry holly, bayberry, Viking black chokeberry, hemlock, and yew, ice-rimed, gilded by traditional lunar herbs and flowers.

On me, Old Moon is a lot of pine over something sweet. It's gorgeous and I'm glad I have a bottle.

4 out of 5 stars

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Peach Moon '09, reviewed 11-30-09
Dew-covered peach blossom, white tea, moonlit musk, night-blooming jasmine, ho wood, and chrysanthemum.

In the bottle, Peach Moon is straight white tea. On my skin, it's strongly white tea, some musk, and a hint of peach blossom. This is nice as is, but I'm hoping aging will bring out the other notes.

3 out of 5 stars

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Rose Moon '07, reviewed 5-27-07
Bulgarian rose, tea rose, violet leaf, opium poppy, Bois de Jasmin, patchouli leaf, honey, blue lilac, balsam, woodruff, and lemon peel.

I could smell tea rose wafting from Rose Moon before I even opened the bottle. Wet on my skin, I smell tea rose, jasmine, lilac, and lemon. Tea rose is definitely the strongest note. However, once dry, Rose Moon turns to floral soap on me. Damn you, crazy body chemistry. Oh well, I'll pass this on to someone whose chemistry is more agreeable.

1 out of 5 stars

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Schwarzer Mond '08, reviewed 8-27-08
Opoponax, Tunisian black amber, night musk, antique patchouli, zdravetz, terebinth, myrrh, and Pimenta racemosa.

On me, Schwarzer Mond is a dark resinous scent. It's a darker Sportive Sun, which now that I think about it, makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, it started to burn, so I won't keep this one.

0 out of 5 stars

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Sea of Tranquility, reviewed 1-13-08
Silver-dusted lotus, white amber, rose otto, passion flower, white sandalwood, buttonweed, and white poppy.

Lotus flower and my skin do not get along, but I ordered Sea of Tranquility hoping that my finicky skin would eat the lotus and leave the rest. No such luck. All I could smell for the first few hours was bubblegum, then something pretty I didn't recognize started to come through as well. Unfortunately, it didn't overpower the bubblegum, so I'll have to pass this on to someone else.

1 out of 5 stars

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The Singing Moon '07, reviewed 8-10-07
Moonlight over grave grass, meadowsweet, marsh hellebore, rock sea-lavender, Irish Lady's-tresses, melancholy thistle, and wood bitter-vetch, with the scent of autumn fires in the distance, sprayed by wind howling over the Atlantic.

Wet on my skin, Singing Moon was green and mossy. I really liked the scent. Unfortunately, it started to burn. I'm going to age this one since I'm very, very reluctant to let go of an Irish scent. Hopefully, it'll be better by St. Patrick's Day.

This is the 100th BPAL blend I've tried.

1.5 out of 5 stars

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Sugar Moon '08, reviewed 3-23-08
Sugar cane, blue musk, mahogany, black orchid, black currant, violet, blackberry leaf, teak, strawberry, and dusky rose.

I'll start off by saying that Sugar Moon is a lot more complex on me that I thought it would be. (My skin tends to eat 2/3 of the notes in any blend with more than three notes.) Wet, the main note is strawberry. I also get the blackberry leaf, dusky rose, and a hint of violet. Dry, the strawberry is more in the background and the other notes have been joined by the woods and sugar cane. There's something very perfumey about it, not that I'm complaining. Also, something about it reminds me of Saturnalia, but I don't think there's any vetiver here. Sugar Moon is very nice, but I'm not exactly sure it's me. I'll keep it around.

3 out of 5 stars

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Thunder Moon '07, reviewed 6-15-07
Ozone deepened by liquid amber, and a spray of hot nighttime rain mingled with the scent of lightning-struck wood, water-soaked summer blooms, and sun-scorched grass.

In the bottle and wet on my skin, I get what I assume is ozone (I've never smelled that note before) and rain. Thunder Moon is a very fresh aquatic. I know there's a commercial men's cologne out there with a similar smell, but I can't remember which one. Dry on my skin, I'm getting hints of grass and a tiny bit of flowers. I'd say Thunder Moon is gender neutral, bordering on masculine. I like it and I'm glad I have the bottle, but I can't see myself wearing this often.

4 out of 5 stars

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Worm Moon '08, reviewed 4-24-08
Mold-crusted dirt, decomposing organic matter, coffin wood, drooping funeral flowers, congealed blood, gloomy lunar oils, cuckoo flower, and a gruesome burst of overripe red fruits.

Disclaimer: I have a cold and my hormones might be a little out of whack, so this probably isn't the most accurate review.

Wet on my skin, Worm Moon is decaying organic matter and a hint of wood. It's a lot like Destroying Angel, but lighter. Drying, there's the barest hint of floral at the end of a sniff. Dry, it's halfway between the organic matter and men's cologne. I love this and I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars, which is weird since I only give Destroying Angel 2 stars. If you love the Ars Moriendi line, try this.

4 out of 5 stars


A Lot of Lunacy
Aeaea, reviewed 9-17-07
A dark ocean breeze, electric with adrenaline, magic, and fear, clashing with the thick scent of poisoned berries and spiny aloe, against a backdrop of snowdrop, cedar, and cypress.

On me, Aeaea is ocean breeze over berries. It's light and refreshing. I like it a lot and I'll definitely wear it often during the warm weather months.

4 out of 5 stars

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Allison Gross, reviewed 7-17-07
Witch-herbs, crushed golden flowers, and a man-made-dragon’s surly musk lightened by the scent of the blossoms and unearthly incense that clings to the Faerie Queen’s hair. Dragon’s blood musk, ambergris, sunflower, chrysanthemum, muguet, and rue, with gingered lily, moonflower, bluebell, peony, nightwort, and white rose.

I'm not getting any florals from Allison Gross, but on me she's very green, herbal, and musky. I get the sense of a dragon in the deep forest. She's not a typical me scent but I like her. Allison's a little too strong to wear often, so I think I'll save her for special occasions.

4 out of 5 stars

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The Emathides, reviewed 8-09-07
Gleaming eyes, screeching voices, glistening wings: black amber, black orchid, black currant, olive blossom, wood violet, lavender, blue musk, rose attar, and cedar.

To me, The Emathides smells like darkness and cedar. If scents have colors, this one's definitely black. Unfortunately, it burned a bit, so it's not for me. I'll pass this on to someone who can appreciate it.

0 out of 5 stars

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Ivanushka, reviewed 12-05-07
Soft, velvety fur and warm musk, brushed by forest woods and dusted by dry leaves.

On me, Ivanushka is woods and leaves over a little bit of musk. I like him a lot, I just wish he were stronger. I'm hoping age will take care of that.

4 out of 5 stars

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Selkie, reviewed 6-19-07
The chill waters of the Orkney coast, tea-leaved willow, honey-touched Grass-of-Parnassus, sea aster, and Scottish Primrose.

On my skin, Selkie starts off as strictly aquatic, then green and floral come through. Not surprisingly, my skin chemistry loves the floral notes the most. Selkie's lovely and I can definitely see myself wearing it often.

4 out of 5 stars

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Swan Maiden, reviewed 11-10-07
White gardenia, white iris, sandalwood, calla lily, French magnolia, muguet, jonquil, and orchid.

I know I've said this before, but Swan Maiden is a sister of Poisson d'Avril. She's soft, pretty, white flowers, with muguet the strongest on me. I love this scent, but I think it's more appropriate for spring and summer.

4 out of 5 stars

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Tanuki, reviewed 1-13-08
A scent of hedonistic, uninhibited joy: bamboo reed, plum blossom, persimmon, magnolia, black pine, sweet osmanthus, flowering cherry, mandarin orange, wisteria, and yuzu.

On me, Tanuki is a blend of fruit and floral, with no individual notes standing out. It's very sweet and pretty, but it's not what I was hoping for. I'll pass this one on.

3 out of 5 stars