Haven't managed email, haven't gone through snail, have barely managed sitting down... but I am back in Cambridge, after a week of no Internet access, and am happy and suntanned and had a very good vacation.
I skimmed through skip=300 on the f-list and then my brain broke and I think I was only to like Sunday so if anything Really Major has happened that you would like me to be sure to be aware of, please leave notice in comments. Also, who won the Hugos and the Campbell? *crosses fingers on matociquala
, did you get my chapbook order?
I don't think I mentioned before leaving: Ruth and I spent last week in Provincetown for a very Traditionally Gay honeymoon. It was great. I will do the big huge wedding entry tomorrow and then write up last week. Tonight I am incapable of either.
So have a BPAL review, because the imps weirdquark
and I ordered were here to greet me when I walked in.BlissOfficial Description
:A shot of pure, self-indulgent euphoria! A scent that is very, very wicked in its own way: the serotonin-slathered scent of pure milk chocolate.
This was the first imp I picked from the site list, and the first vial that we both went for on opening the box. I am a total sucker for chocolate and that's just all there is to it, so I expected this to live up to its name.In The Bottle
: CHOCOLATE. OH yeah. Really, really expensive chocolate. This smells like a Godiva store, or, more precisely, like a chocolatier's: finest-quality chocolate with no trace of milk or sugar. This is pure brick chocolate, unground and unmolded.Wet
: ... and suddenly it has milk and sugar. Huh? Really neat, but how'd that happen? As soon as it touched my skin, it turned intensely sweet; for about five seconds it was over-sweet, like Swiss Miss or Hershey's syrup, and then it mellowed into high-quality hot chocolate, the kind you can smell from three rooms away when you come in from the snow. I approve heartily. syonakeleste
mentions that this gives her the satisfied feeling of just having eaten some good chocolate, and I agree.Drydown
: Less sweet as it goes; it seems to mellow, keeping that expensive richness.Three Hours Later
: It's settled on a balance between the sugar and the chocolate that does smell to me more like perfume than food, which is a good thing because I don't actually want my perfume to make me hungry all the time. This is like air-drying melted chocolate, not as dark as in the vial but not oversweet. It's a bit fainter than I might like-- I don't know how much staying power perfume usually has-- but still quite noticeable. Definitely a big bottle of this one, because I intend to bathe in it
during my period, and also use some of the straight oil in a scent locket for that time, because the darker the chocolate the more it helps. I had a hunch this one was going to be Really Useful, and oh, it is, it is.Reactions of Other Parties
: Wife: Likes chocolate. Seemed to enjoy. Cats: No reaction to this actual perfume, but when we opened the box Lucien tried very, very hard to get into it and had to be forcibly prevented. It'll be interesting to figure out which one caused that. (Full list of box contents later-- I don't wanna get up.) Household Male (who had not been informed of the existence of perfume on various Household Females): "Does your sunscreen have chocolate in it or something? I thought I smelled chocolate." Upon explanation: "Oh. That would do it. ...Why did you all buy perfume, anyhow?" *look of utter mystification* Attempted to explain, was derailed into discussion of the Albigensians, as always happens. Sigh.
In conclusion: Total, total keeper. More please.