Friday, 3 July 2015

Solitary Scrutiny: BPAL All in the Golden Afternoon

I have a no BPAL policy. I do not look at their website, I skip over news of their releases, I generally ignore them. It's kind of odd for an indie perfume nut, I know. Sometimes I get samples (see the one BPAL review I've done) and so I'll use them, but I avoid BPAL for one reason and one reason alone.

Their shipping to Canada is $21USD. Flat rate priority, no matter what you buy. 


I think my one exception to this will be the exclusives at Pretty Indulgent, partly because they sound good and partly because I won't have to pay grossly inflated shipping rates when I only want one or two bottles. That is in fact where I got this sample - it was tucked in an order with a note telling me about the samples I got (the other being a chunk of Villainess Mall Santa soap, which has been long used up). 

A bizarre blend of pineapple, tangerine, tobacco, apricot, and seltzer coated with hazy amber and heady sun-baked flowers.

All in the Golden Afternoon is a pretty name, and it's in fact a pretty oil, all softly...well, golden. It smells golden in the vial. It's just a really lovely first impression, and dammit, BPAL, stop it. I tested this a couple of times, and only read the notes when I went to write this up.

But once I put it on, I went through a series of thoughts that went kind of like this:

First on skin: Ohhhh....this is powdery. Why is this powdery? Why are all the BPALs I try powdery?

Couple of minutes in: This smells like a generic bouquet of flowers. Like one of the big ones you could get at the grocery store. I am the kind of flowers people buy their mothers.

Fifteen minutes: Now I am slightly sugared flowers. Why would you sugar a flower, anyway? 


Uhhhh...yeah. It didn't morph after that. It's kind of a generic floral perfume, with a bit of sweetness and a slight powdery undertone. But what it really smells like is this set of perfume my grandmother had when I was a kid (she may still have them. I will investigate). There were maybe six of these mini bottles of perfume and they all smelled vaguely the same and they all smelled like All in the Golden Afternoon.

I love my grandmother, but I don't want to smell like a 79 year old woman. 

It has great sillage, and lasted nine hours on my skin. 

But I still don't want to smell like my grandmother. I also got none of the fruit. Very interesting. This one is apparently discontinued, so I was going to recommend you hop over to BPAL and check it out if you wanted to smell like my grandmother, but as it turns out, you can't. 

I'm going to a bachelorette party tomorrow. How about you? Any fun weekend plans?


  1. I was going to suggest Pretty Indulgent to you and then saw that you were already on it. :) BPAL is so confusing to me but I have a sample or two to go through as well.

    And is it just me or do most grandmother scents have great sillage and longevity? It's the darnedest thing.

    1. I actually have another Pretty Indulgent order coming in tomorrow (no BPAL, though). :)

      It's not just you - I was testing out another scent that pulled old lady on me and it survived me doing my dishes. They never go away!


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