Life can be distracting at times, hence the few days of no posting. Oh well!
Another from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has been pulled from the proverbial hat. I know everyone who is a fan of BPAL is waiting for the Halloweenies to drop, and I’m right there with you. But for now, I’ll keep these idle hands busy with a bit of reviewing until then.
Belle Vinu – Red sandalwood, vanilla, rosewood, osmanthus, and white peach.
It’s no surprise that with such an extensive general catalog and an even large limited edition offering that some times scents are … missed. They get lost in the shuffle of the world wide web. And then, as though by fate, they are found again. This is one of those scents for me. For nearly two years I’ve been meaning to try this but something always takes me away from it (usually convincing myself I have enough peach scents – nonsense!).
I wish I could tell the age of the vial – but I’m going to hazard a guess it’s from the last two orders most likely and so less than 3 months aged, so lets see what it has to offer!
In the vial I get a deep rosewood with a hint of osmanthus resting over that. On my skin the red sandalwood comes out and the flesh of the white peach reveals itself. Wet this is warm and inviting, slightly floral, and just a touch sweet. I like that it’s not overpoweringly sweet and that the woods and the osmanthus has the ability to truly shine without being overwhelmed.
As it dries I get lovely glimpses of the scent as it wafts a bit. The throw isn’t strong, but just moving my wrist a bit allows the scent to float up to me. There is a moment where the sandalwood and the rosewood seem to fight and become slightly bitter and the peach smells almost overly ripe. That odd bitterness doesn’t seem to be waning either.
Okay, about 10 minutes later and it seems to have stopped being at odds with itself and settles into this softly woodsy scent with a hint of sweetness, some ripe peach flesh, and a touch of florals.
Unfortunately, this lasted all of an hour before it’s vanished from my skin. To be fair, I put no lotion or other products on as I normally do to help longevity. My skin like to eat scents and moisture. So take that with a grain of salt.
Overall, however, barring that weird bitter phase, this is a very pretty, light, sweet but not too sweet blend. Perfect for warmer days and sunshine.