Thursday, June 25, 2015

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Plagues of Egypt reviews Part II

purchased and reviewed by ThoraSTooth

BPAL Testing Day:  Plagues of Egypt II

All the Dust of the Land (Plagues of Egypt, 2015):  An infestation of Ceylon cinnamon bark, black patchouli, tonka absolute, bitter almond, and frankincense.

Medb v4 (Clearing out the Cobwebs I, 2009):  no description given.

Upon Man and upon Beast (Plagues of Egypt, 2015):  Dry patchouli and white sandalwood oozing with lesions of labdanum, wet red cherry, and opoponax.

A Very Grievous Murraine (Plagues of Egypt, 2015):  Brown musk, myrrh, and sun-baked leather afflicted by splotches of saffron and red musk.

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All the Dust of the Land begins by smelling like a frankincense cake with patchouli filling and tonka icing.  There's a dusting of cinnamon almond on top, but it's very tangy and dark.  After a while it becomes mostly patchouli and tonka, a robust, dark, thick scent.  Black patchouli lovers, this one is pretty tasty.

Medb v4 is a green scent.  It starts off with some aquatic, herby, citrusy, meadow floral.  It calms down quickly and a sugary citrus-lavender impression arises to balance out the floral.  It reminds me a bit of Bat of Longevity for a long time, but eventually mellows to a lightly vanilla floral with grass-green undertones.

A Very Grievous Murraine starts off very red musky, with a lot of myrrh beneath and some bitter saffron.  It's dark, very dark.  After a while it becomes mostly red musk over myrrh, and stays that way for many hours.  This one had rather a lot of sillage/throw on me, like red musk usually does.

Upon Man and upon Beast has a somewhat fugitive cherry note, or maybe it's just that the patchouli slapped it down.  This one is pretty dark, with patchouli and other resins; I get an almost leatherishly dark feel from it. After a while, though, it goes over to mostly patchouli and opoponax -- staying on the dark side.

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