Dec. 21st, 2009

rivendellrose: (omgwtf)
So, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] shadawyn gave me a bunch of BPAL she didn't want anymore on Friday night, and one of the imps was "R'lyeh." I'd heard before from other folks that this smelled like grapefruit, and sure enough, smelling it in the bottle it smelled like grapefruit. Weird, but awesome, I thought - I love citrus scents. So tonight I was entering my new acquisitions into my spreadsheet for BPAL (yeah, I'm trying out being organized... sort of), and I noticed that the description doesn't match at all what I was smelling in the bottle.

For R'lyeh, BPAL says: A hellishly dark aquatic scent, evocative of fathomless oceanic deeps, the mysteries of madness buried under crushing black waters, and the brooding eternal evil that lies beneath the waves.

Strange, I thought. So I opened it, smelled in in the bottle again - yup, definitely grapefruit - and then put it on my hand. Took my hand away from my nose for a second. Brought it back and instantly noticed that the grapefruit was fading fast. As in, after a half a second it was gone. It's gone through a few phases that I didn't quite catch (and I have "Fallen" on my other hand, so I can't test again right now), but at the moment it's very aquatic and oddly sweet, almost sugary, with a weird cinnamon-y sort of edge. It's like... something watery with maybe a little cucumber, mixed with cinnamon sugar and... something I can't quite identify but really like. o_O

Anybody had similar experience with "R'lyeh," or should I put this down to a very weird personal chemistry thing?
rivendellrose: (Tardis Christmas2)
Happy Winter Solstice / Yule to everybody who celebrates. I'm feeling pretty nostalgic for it all, myself, today - we went out to the ballet for The Nutcracker last night, and I got my annual viewing of Love Actually in this weekend, and I have a feeling I'm going to end up lighting candles tonight, and staying up until midnight just because. K and I always talked about staying up all night some solstice, and we never managed it - we'd always peter out about one in the morning. But staying up with a candle always makes me feel better about the winter, and makes me more aware of the fact that the worst of the long nights is over.

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