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BPAL 2014 Halloween review and 5 oil giveaway
Congratulations to our winner: Jennifer M! And thanks to everyone who entered.
Ask yourself the following questions…
• Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year?
• Do you start planning your costume on Nov 1st the year BEFORE?
• Do you think there is no such thing as too many pumpkin spice options?
Then, have we got a giveaway for you! Because if you answered “yes” to all of the above, then you need to acquaint yourself with the BPAL Halloween collection.
Lovingly dubbed Halloweenies, this yearly launch from the gorgeous ghoulies at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab puts a scent to everything from ancient macabre tales to a modern-day toilet papering, with a good dose of leaves, sugar and pumpkin scattered throughout. It is in a word; intoxicating. And time and time again remains my favorite BPAL collection of the year.
As always, the limited edition collection contains some revisits, new scents and new additions to classic categories.
Let’s jump right in like a big ol’ fresh raked pile of leaves! Here are the five scents we got to check out, and the five scents we’re giving you a chance to win…
Pumpkin Spice Everything – single note.
Did you know BPAL did single notes? What’s a single note? Why, just what it says it is. Sometimes you know exactly what to expect. Sometimes less so (as in one of the other Weenie single notes this year; Fog Machine Juice!)
But here, you know what’s coming. This is pure spice. The scent all pumpkin spice items long to be. The scent that drives all us basic bitches crazy. Pure pumpkin dusted with cinnamon and allspice, that is neither too candle, nor too cookie.
Pumpkin I – Pumpkin cream with cardamom, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk.
Folks who like their pumpkin a bit sexier will want to take Pumpkin I for a sniff (it’s from the annual Pumpkin Patch category.) This is warm pumpkin scent, like a pie fresh from the oven, served with a dollop of cream and a cup of spicy tea. It’s like having Thanksgiving dessert in India! And it smells as delicious as you’d imagine.
Sonnet d’Automne – Tenebrous Love: a shivering white musk with vanilla-infused white cocoa, amber incense, and dead, dry leaves.
This scent is an interpretation of the piece of the same name by french poet Charles Baudelaire. Sonnet d’Automne appeared in Fleurs du mal, meaning Flowers of Evil, which “expressed the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century.”
This smells exactly like a moonlit walk on a crisp night. There are leaves crushing beneath your feet and cold moisture in the air. I don’t get much vanilla or cocoa, but the amber does creep out on the dry down, as does mint from somewhere. It’s a beautiful fall aquatic scent.
Another category within the collection is an ode to the fall; Seven Visions of Autumn. The eternal heat we’ve been having in Los Angeles directly lead to this scent journey, “a winding path of memory and longing.”
I love what Beth wrote about it: “Though (autumn) harbingers the onset of the death of the year, it rings in a peculiar melancholy, a bittersweet life of its own. The harvest ensures the strength of the community, the leaves fall to give renewed life to the earth, and the winds and wildfires cast away the detritus and make way for new growth. Autumn is equal parts grief and compassion. It is the soul’s twilight: the dusk of reflection before the solitude of winter.”
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so beautifully describe a season before!
Visions of Autumn III – Bourbon vanilla, aged patchouli, honey, and Ceylon cinnamon.
Wow, where’s the oud coming from in this? Oud is all I smell. Not that that is a bad thing. 2013’s Tricksy turned out to be my favorite weenie last year and that was patchouli, oud and Manuka honey. Hmm, maybe it’s the patchouli and honey in III that is giving me oud flashbacks? Here’s what you need to know, this is gorgeous; earthy perfection.
Visions of Autumn IV – Somalian myrrh, orange blossom, champaca flower, and verbena.
This is the chameleon of the bunch for me, and perhaps, my favorite of all. The verbena comes on strong, almost soapy at first. But it fades quickly and what’s left behind is the sweetness of the flowers grounded by the deepness of the myrrh. Just lovely.
And now, we want you to sniff them all! Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below and you could be our next BPAL winner. Good luck!
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