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16 October 2006 @ 09:18 pm
Oh the dilemna.  
I'm planning my next order, and among the imps I would like to order (mostly masculine scents) I want to try more of the Wanderlust oils. I have a thing for exotic/oriental scents, but I've had a pretty bad experience with Kathmandu and found Morocco nice though too light for my skin. Tried Machu Picchu as well but it was too candy-like for me. Now I'm thinking of ordering imps of Cairo, Athens, and maybe Silk Road, but even after reading the reviews on the forums I still have no real idea on what they're like gender-wise (I know, "most bpal oils are gender neutral!"), and regardless of gender I was interested in reading you guys about 'em. Anyone tried them out before? Any other suggestion from the Wanderlust oils, beside Whitechapel and Port-au-Prince?
 
 
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snakey on October 16th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
all the wanderlust oils hate my skin chemistry, so far :( Sorry I can't be more help...Kathmandu was vile on me, too; it smelled like cat piss :S (Are you getting any Yule/Halloweenies/Order of the Dragon scents, out of interest?)
aloiis on October 16th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah I tried Kathmandu twice and it smelled very strong and nauseating on me. I couldn't stand it either.

I don't know about ordering from the Yule/etc scents, I may be interested in Herr Drosselmeyer 2006, but I prefer getting imps before getting bottles and I'm not into swap circles either for the moment, so that means no LE bottles for me I guess. :P
nixtoatl: BPALnex0s on October 16th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
While I am not male, there are several Wanderlusts I think would be very nice on a man:

Silk Road
Baghdad
Port Royal <3
Crossroads
Dublin
Manhattan <3
Neo-Tokyo
Nilfhelm <3
R'yleh
SANTA EULÀRIA DES RIU
Sri Lanka
Tintagel <3
TOMBSTONE <3 <3 <3
Vineland
Lyonesse!

:)

N.

nixtoatl: boy crazynex0s on October 16th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
addendum
My BF wears Tombstone and also wears Antique Lace which is why I put some of the more "girly" scents on there. Your skin chemistry will manly 'em up. Ususually :)

I am thinking here of Lyonesse and Silk Road in particular. I think both would be truely magnificent on a man. When my bottle of Lyonesse comes, you can be sure I'll try it on the boy.

n.
aloiis on October 16th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: addendum
Thanks for the input. :) I've been hesitating about several oils you're mentionning, so any opinion may help.
nixtoatl: BPALnex0s on October 16th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: addendum
Ultimately, ya just gotta try. Skin chemistry rules all here. For example, I absorb the scent of violets. I lvoe them, but I can't wear them. So something like Saturnalia (Violets and vertiver) is all vertiver on me. If you happen to be like me, you would have a very masculine perfume there. If you happen to amp sweetness, it'll smell much more "girly" because we tend to associate sweet with girls.

Don't be afraid! Slather and sniff. If you want a guide, try to keep away from florals. But that's a bad guide really because my guy loves (and is very sexy in) some floral scents. Zombie is a favorite of his (and mine too :)

n.
aloiis on October 16th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: addendum
I've mostly avoided the floral until now, but some of the more exotic scents interest me and are described as sorta floral, so I think I might as well try them. ;) This was more of a "I plan to try this, let me know if you have any other idea or if you've had a bad experience with them" entry I guess. :)

Thanks for your help.
Humanoid Must Not Escapethrd_uncle on October 16th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to try Dublin and Tombstone for-EV-er...need to get a hold of those eventually.
nixtoatl: boy crazynex0s on October 16th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Tombstone is teh sexy!

n.
ayelienneayelienne on October 16th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Manhattan might work well on a guy, particularly in Spring/Summer. When it comes to the Wanderlusts, Husband has much prefered them in the oil burner than on his skin.
aloiis on October 16th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's because I have mixed feelings about the Wanderlusts, and because of the reviews too, that I thought asking about them here might help. Thanks!
Humanoid Must Not Escapethrd_uncle on October 16th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't had much luck with the Wanderlust series....

Bengal...spicy, cinnamon/clove, promising...after an hour or so the honey amps waaay up on me, and it becomes strong honey scent with spicy background.

Machu Picchu...almost no scent at all on me. It disappeared.

Manhattan...just a little more scent than Machu Picchu..but not much. Something like F5, refreshing...veeery light and 'barely there'. Not worth keeping for me.

Neo-Tokyo..interesting, bright and sweet, fresh..nice at first....after a while the sweetness of fruits or maybe cherry blossom amps up and stays around forever...becomes too much, almost headache inducing. I really wanted to like it too.

Port-Au-Prince....promising...warm clove, spicy and a little sweet...but for this kind of thing I like Baron Samedi much better...B.S. has more depth and is a litte darker and more substantial. Port-Au-Prince was closer to just clove gum.

Santa Eularia Des Riu...a nice fresh citrus with creamy floral backdrop..not exactly masculine, more gender neutral...it's good but citrus disappears on me too fast.

Silk Road...herbal and green, kind of nice...but after a while turns to very sweet, cloying powder on me. : (

Isles of Demons...something like a humid tropical dragon's blood scent..nice but no competition for other scents I love.

Jezirat Al Tennin...kind of a jumble of elements, didn't blend well on my skin...the initial wet stage reminded me of Demeter's Thunderstorm. Actually not bad, just kind of confusing.

Also tried Crossroads and Eden...can't even remember much about them. I still want to try a few including Uruk, Cockaigne, Whitechapel, maybe Baghdad and Cairo. Don't mean to discourage you on the above scents, maybe some would work better for you! : )
nixtoatlnex0s on October 16th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Most definitely. Chemistry is SUCH a HUGE part of BPAL. My BF wears Antique Lace (as does' Ted) and it's considered to be such a "girl" perfume, but on him is like a mineralistic Dorian. On me it's GROSS! Baby powder. Blech!

So, it really depends.

I think Manhattan would be Fab on a guy. Very much like "Happy for Men".

n.
aloiis on October 16th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm ordering Whitechapel too, and I tried Port-au-Prince but didn't like it much either. Those Wanderlust scents sound really tricky with us, eh.
Humanoid Must Not Escapethrd_uncle on October 17th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wandering off topic...have you tried Mme Moriarty? If you like Snake Oil, I recommend giving it a try...it does veer towards feminine, but I really love it. I think it's wearable for a guy.
aloiis on October 18th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
No I haven't tried it, and I haven't tried Snake Oil either despite having read how much most of people enjoy that one. I've been leaning towards more masculine scents lately. :)
dizzydogdizzydog on October 16th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
I don't have the 3 you were interested in, but can comment on a few of the others.

Lyonesse: Starts off with a little musk, sandalwood, and amber on me at first, with very little throw. After about 20 minutes, it's turned into a florally powder with not much to redeem it. Another 20 minutes or so and my chemistry has gotten ahold of the vanilla and amped it up, along with the sandal wood. A few hours later the sandalwood has faded, and I smell like vanilla for about a day. Anything with vanilla goes this way with my chemistry though, so looking at just the rest of the notes this one works well not counting a period of drydown where it goes floral.

Manhattan: This one starts off with a very strong grapefruit, with some lemon and a touch of mint. Over time it fades down a little, and the teakwood and amber come out a little and blends well. Overall it stays very citrus on me, but gets a little spicier as time goes on.

Bengal: Yummy. Musk, with strong ginger, cloves, and cinnamon on me. Stays that way throughout.

Port Royal: I pick up almost every note in this one. It has a salt-aquatic scent to it, a solid old-wood note, a bit of sweet rum with some sort of musky smell that I can't tie in with any of the listed notes. Nothing that hints of perfume anywhere on me, this one is very masculine to me.

Tombstone: This one goes strong vanilla about 3.2 seconds after it hits my skin, then continues to amp up. At peak this has enough throw on me to use as a room scent, and if I don't wash it off lasts over 24 hours. This goes back to the chemistry previously mentioned.

Cockaigne: This one is a "Dark sweet" smell on me, kinda hard to describe. It's EXTREMELY foody on me, with definite note of honey mixed in with a cakey smell. I've had this one on about 5 minutes, using a fingertip to apply a little to the inside of my arm, and the throw is enough the wife is considering cracking the porch door to let some clear air in to tone it down. It smells good, but is very strong on me :)

I'll test Isle of Demons, Jezirat Al Tennyn, and Kumari Kandam later tonight, I'm out of test spots far enough apart to keep them seperate :D
aloiis on October 17th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for all the reviews, it's helpful. :) I'm curious about Kumari Kandam myself...
dizzydogdizzydog on October 17th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Trying Kumari Kandam this morning. When first put on it is a strong cool mint scent with a clean aquatic note mixed with it. I don't pick up much of anything I would associate with incense, stone, etc that's in the description. Over the first 20 minutes it's really faded though, with no throw and I have to know where to sniff to find it on my arm. Shame, cause I really like this one (two of my favorite scents right now are Nuclear Winter and Cloister Graveyard in the Snow).

The other two I'll try after work, as I have my reservations on how they'll smell as to-wear-in-public scents :)
aloiis on October 20th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)