gwynhefar: (BPAL)
So in an effort to resolve at least some of my broke-ness, I am selling some of my BPAL collection through ebay. Right now the only two I have up are the 2006 Treat #2 and The Perfumed Garden. If you're interested, check out here:

http://shop.ebay.com/gwynraven/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562

I'm sure there will be many more later.

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Feb. 8th, 2010 03:24 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Flora: Sweet, wet fruits, sibilant Eastern musk, apple blossom, tuberose, calla lily, osmanthus, wild orchid, amber, and sandalwood.

In bottle: Fruit, hothouse flowers, and an afterscent of musk.

On me: Apple, musk, amber, and a hint of lily and sandalwood. Much more complex than in the bottle. And very nice.

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Jan. 4th, 2010 01:48 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Lula: Tobacco flower, white gardenia, bergamot, and bourbon geranium.


In bottle: gardenia and geranium with an afterscent of bergamot and just a hint of tobacco.


On me: Tobacco like whoah, with undertones and gardenia and bergamot. Good thing I like the tobacco scent.

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Dec. 18th, 2009 01:08 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Faunalia: The scent of a thick, starlit, unspoiled forest, with a burst of wild musk, opobalsamum, black bryony, mandragora, and hemlock.

In bottle: musk and forest detritus.

On me: Evergreen, forest loam, and an afterscent of musk. A lovely scent.

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Dec. 16th, 2009 09:47 am
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Ded Moroz: Light, darkness, kindness, and malice: golden amber, white amber, redwood, teak, bois du rose, sage, tree moss, and snow.


In bottle: Sage, teak, redwood, moss, and an afterscent of amber.


On me: Teak, bois du rose, and an undertone of snow and amber. Beautiful, really. I love it!

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Dec. 14th, 2009 01:57 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Evening Cicadas and Red Peppers: Frost-limned, ice-bejeweled branches, scattered blood-red maple leaves, a few camellia petals, red peppers, and nacreous, multi-colored musks that shimmer like gently-beating cicada wings.


In bottle: Leaves, red peppers, and musk, with a hint of frost.

On me: Red peppers and musk, with an afterscent of frost. I love the dichotomy of the heat and cold in this one.

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Dec. 10th, 2009 11:33 am
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Joulumuori: a glowing hearth, luumukiisseli, riisipuuro, and sima.



In bottle: Sweet candied fruit, honey, and a hint of woodsmoke.



On me: Woodsmoke, with an afterscent of honey and sugar. Better than in the bottle - I like the woodsmoke with a hint of sweet better than sweet with a hint of woodsmoke.

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Dec. 8th, 2009 08:32 am
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
The Fruit of Paradise: The Fruit of Paradise, the Nectar of Death: bittersweet pomegranate, nurtured and cultivated in the hollow darkness of the Underworld.



In bottle: Pomegranate and musk.



On me: Pomegranate and a hint of musk.



Very very nice. Simple, and not too sweet.

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Dec. 7th, 2009 12:29 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Countess Willie: Chocolate plum musk, red musk, amaretto, candied fruits, and red ginger.



In bottle: Chocolate, sugar, citrus fruits, and ginger.



On me: Amaretto and musk, with an undertone of chocolate, and an afterscent of candied fruit.


Ok, but a little too foody for me.

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Dec. 5th, 2009 01:23 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
On Darkness: An embrace: black poppy, lavender, thick black incense, black amber, rose geranium, Brazilian rosewood, and benzoin.



In bottle: Poppy, amber, and incense, with an undertone of rose and an afterscent of benzoin.



On me: Benzoin and incense, with an undertone of amber and poppy and an afterscent of rose.



Very pleasant: dark and warm with a sweet undertone.
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
Nes Gadol Haya Sham: Nun, the Snake: nuun, nothing. Naḥš, in modern Arabic, means bad luck. Represented by scents of loss and remembrance: opoponax and lemon verbena.

Gimel, the Camel: the Ship of the Desert. Represented by scents of abundance, fortitude, and determination: patchouli, heliotrope, pomegranate, and almond.

He, the Window: sometimes used to represent the Unutterable Name of God, this is the window in our souls through which God's light touches us. Represented by scents of clarity and piety: frankincense, myrtle, and hyssop.

Shin, the Tooth: also stands for Shaddai, one of the names of God. The hand formed into shin acts as a priestly blessing. Represented by scents of strength, generosity, kindness, and benediction: carnation, myrrh, red poppy, and hibiscus.

The essences of Nun, Gimel, He, and Shin are blended to become Nes Gadol Haya Sham.




In Bottle: Wow. A very complex scent. I can smell the patchouli, opoponax, frankincense, and lemon verbena, along with some other herb-y scents I can't place.



On me: Ok, the lemon verbena is stronger on me, and I can smell the patchouli and myrrh and maybe a hint of almond. It's a lovely scent, even if I can't parse out all the components.

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Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm
gwynhefar: (BPAL)
First new BPAL set I've gotten in awhile. So here we go:

The Shivering Boy 2009: Cold, cold forever more. A winter storm roaring through empty stone halls, bearing echoes of despair, desolation, and death on its winds. The scent of frozen, dormant vineyards, bitter sleet, and piercing ozone, hurled through labdanum, benzoin, and olibanum.



In bottle: wine grapes, frankincense (olibanum), and a hint of snow.



On me: Frankincense like whoah, with hints of wine and a trace of vanilla.



It's nice, but it's nothing like described, at least not on me. I *do* like frankincense though, so I think I'll keep it :)

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Apr. 7th, 2009 09:05 am
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Sleep: 11:30pm to 7:30am

Weather: clear, 44F, 48% humidity, high 65F

Daily BPAL: THE BUGGRE ALLE THIS BIBLE

Daily Tarot: Knight of Pentacles, Reversed: A static nature that is unprogressive, dull, timid, idle, or careless. It indicates stagnation in one's affairs.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Ravens in the Library ed. by Phil Brucato & Sandra Buskirk

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Apr. 1st, 2009 10:37 am
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Sleep: 11pm to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 60F, 41% humidity, high 73F

Daily BPAL: BLOOD MOON 2008

Daily Tarot: 5 of Wands: Violent strife, rashness, competition. In the battle of life, boldness changes things for the better. Obstacles. Lawsuit.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson
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Sleep: 9:30pm to 6:30am, 7:15am to 9:30am, with lots of interruptions.

Weather: cloudy, 78F, 61% humidity, high 78F

Daily BPAL: CHINTAMANI-DHUPA

Daily Tarot: Page of Swords, Reversed: Imposter, likely to be exposed. Frivolity and cunning. Possibility of ill health. Be prepared for the unexpected.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

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Mar. 27th, 2009 02:33 pm
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Sleep: 1am to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 80F, 69% humidity, high 81F

Daily BPAL: THERE'S A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT

Daily Tarot: 8 of Cups, Reversed: Interest in success. Joy, feasting, a new love. The spiritual abandoned for the material.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

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Mar. 26th, 2009 11:46 am
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Sleep: 1am to 6:30am

Weather: rainy, 68F, 88% humidity, high 78F

Daily BPAL: SNOW GLASS APPLES

Daily Tarot: Ace of Pentacles, Reversed: Miserliness, greed. A false start. Comfortable material conditions, which may not be to the advantage of the Querent.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
The Sum and Total of Now by Don Robertson

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Mar. 24th, 2009 11:42 am
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Sleep: 12:30am to 6:30am

Weather: cloudy, 71F, 73% humidity, high 80F

Daily BPAL: ARACHNINA, THE SPIDER GIRL

Daily Tarot: 10 of Cups, Reversed: Loss of friendship. Betrayal. Wantonness, waste. Criminal satisfaction.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
The European Folktale: Form and Nature by Mark Lüthi
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

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Mar. 18th, 2009 11:23 am
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Sleep: 11pm to 6:30am, 7am to 9am

Weather: clear, 71F, 49% humidity, high 80F

Daily BPAL: PRIVILEGE

Daily Tarot: 10 of Swords, Reversed: Overthrow of evil forces. Some success and profit. Courage to rise again. In spiritual matters, looking to higher powers for help.

MyMiniCity: Increase Population
Increase Transportation
Increase Industry
Increase Security

Reading:
Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas and Sagas by H. A. Guerber
Letters by Pliny
City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina by Jenni Bergal, et al
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
Jailbait Zombie (Felix Gomez #4) by Mario Acevedo

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