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Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:14 am
The wild and perverse devotees of Bacchus were known as Bacchantes. They danced, whirled and had rites which were so mysterious and secret that there has never been found any reference to what exactly they did when they got together. Everyone assumes that their ceremonies contained lots of sex, but no one really knows. Concord grape wine, smooth patchouli, labdanum, a bit of red musk and a slight amount of a "bright" musk.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:50 pm
In the bottle this was very Welch's grape juice, which worried me, but I should have trusted Fabienne. On skin, the resinous underpinnings give it depth, and although I was worried about the patchouli, I can't pick it out unless it's what's lending a welcome bit of texture to the smoothness. It's a fun blend, and I look forward to seeing how it ages.
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:20 pm
Yes, don't judge by what you smell out of the bottle. The moment this touches my skin, it turns into a woody / herbal scent, almost animalistic (not sure if that's the galbanum, patchouli and/or labdanum - my nose is not experienced enough to know how those smell), with a slight underpinning of grapes. Without being in-your-face-badass, this suggest what the Bacchantes probably smelled like AFTER their rituals, hehe
It hints at sex, but leaves much to the imagination. I like that!!! I'll probably wear this when I'm feeling flirty and mysterious. As the scent dries down, I am left with mostly patchouli.
Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:37 pm
Of the nine bottles I purchased, this was the one I was most leery about, but I have fallen in love. The more I wear it, the more I like it. The wet stage is very grapey, but be patient and the musks will shine through. I wanted to compare this to Dioxazine Purple, but I don't have a poppet anymore. From what I can remember it was very sweet and candy like, which Bacchante is not. Once Bacchante has dried down it is more of a suggestion of grape and a fruitiness. The musks are beautiful, sweet but not too sweet. The only thing I can compare this too is if you combined Bpal's Mme. Moriarty with Urd, but not so "dirty hippie", and much better, if that makes any sense? This is on of those scents where the sillage smells better than the skin up close. I'm going to go shopping today, so I can walk around Safeway smelling like a maenad. I would never wear either of the Bpal scents in public because they are both, too overpowering and headshopy. The sillage and longevity are moderate. I don't think Bacchante is the type of scent that will get the votes for permanent so I am glad to have a bottle of this sexy little fragrance.
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:54 am
Now that my bottle has had more time to settle, I'm getting a lot more patchouli. Sadly, this is not a plus for me, but patchouli lovers should take note.
Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:47 pm
Love this. Love! If you have ever smelled Smut by BPAL, this reminds me of that scent. Rich, sweet red musk, grape-y at the start. But where Smut failed on me, becoming dusty and grungy in a not sexy way, this succeeds beautifully. No dusty, grungy dry down. Very velvety and vibrant. Makes me visualize a lovely naked lady laying on rich, royal purple velvet.
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:57 am
I don't usually go in for fruity scents but I threw this into my cart anyway and I'm glad I did. I'm surprised to find that the grape note really sticks around on me, backed up by the red musk. I like this a lot - fruity and sweet but without it being girlish or innocent at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. I don't really detect the patchouli but I'm hoping it will come out more after my bottle has had a chance to settle.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:27 am
Oh my goddddddd. The inital blast of red musk and patchouli is my idea of heaven. The grape wine element gets more pronounced as it dries and holds a fermented edge which I'm not loving. The grape note itself is fantastic (and I generally dislike fruit notes but like with Bpal's Mme, the patch/red musk combo works so well with a bit of dark fruit) and I have hopes that aging will tame that fermented aspect. Luckily it fades fairly quickly and there's the labdanum with its sticky resin vanilla-ish goodness.
I can definitely agree that Bacchante resides in the same suburb as Bpal's Mme, especially with that initial red musk/patchouli/dark fruit burst. But it's very much its own thing, especially after a while where it finally settles into a languid boozy musk. I love it, and colour me disappoint that this is another gem that failed to make the permanent vote. ...And that I only grabbed a 5ml of. To back-up or not back-up - my ongoing quandry.
Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:47 am
Sooo good! Initially when I got this I wasn't super impressed but after a few months of aging? woooah. In the vial and on initial application very grape-y (I quite like grape smell). Then after abit it becomes musky and fruity with a wonderfully earthy patchouli base. So sexy. This definitely brings to mind the morning after a wild party out in the woods with plenty of sweet boozey drinks and debaucherous ladies.
Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:48 pm
I tend to steer far and clear from patchouli (I tend to find them so sticky and nauseous), but this scent is cleaner and tidier than I expected!
When I first put the scent on, Bacchante quickly gets close and personal on my skin and doesn't *flare* out. Instead I get a soft 'fuzz' of red musk (which does smell velvety-red and warm,but also very grounding at the same time) dark-red grapes which had been torn open (fresh, sweet and a smidgen girlish at the beginning, but very different from most grapey scents among other brands) and then this note which smells like dark, incensed earth. It's a surprisingly dry and fruity scent on me, yet it is also VERY soft and 'classy' (this seems to suit the bacchantes from the 18th century and the Belle Epoque--rather than the crazy and manic maenads from classic depictions of the Bacchanale!).
It's not alcoholic (not as boozy as I hoped it to be!) on my skin, but I definitely feel very presentable and pretty. I definitely don't get any stanky incense or sticky fruit from this scent!