Friday, 10 October 2014

SOTD- BPAL "Penny Dreadful"

A lucky dip into my perfume oil samples' bag brought me to "Penny Dreadful".

This perfume is described as "A dime novel rife with melodrama, horror, madness and cruelty; a ten cent analogy of vice and virtue in conflict. Soft perfume evocative of noir heroines over rich red grave loam."

Clear as mud? Yep, I found the description rather unhelpful. I like to know what notes are in a perfume blend, but I'll do my best to describe what I smell.

Upon application, I got earthy incense. Not quite a scent that I wish to smell like. But quickly during drydown, a spiciness appears, like ginger. Real ginger, not your gourmand ginger, but more like ginger root. 

There is a metallic element mixed into a floral note. I'm not good with flowers, so I'll say my uneducated guess would be that of rich, spicy roses. Quite nice actually. After wear the fragrance powders down, retaining the notes, but becoming rather soft.

I do like this interesting blend. Not quite enough for a full sized purchase, but I'll certainly finish the sample.


  1. Such an awful name for a pretty sounding perfume Indie - your description actually tells me what it's like whereas the maker's one is crazy. I don't get some of these manufacturers at all - have a wonderful Sunday hon ♥

    1. I know what you mean, Kat. Although some scent descriptions can be rather clever, I still like to know what the actual notes are!