BPAL; Love in the Asylum

Based on Dylan Thomas’ poem of the same name.

A stranger has come
To share my room in the house not right in the head,
A girl mad as birds

Bolting the night of the door with her arm her plume.
Strait in the mazed bed
She deludes the heaven-proof house with entering clouds

Yet she deludes with walking the nightmarish room,
At large as the dead,
Or rides the imagined oceans of the male wards.

She has come possessed
Who admits the delusive light through the bouncing wall,
Possessed by the skies

She sleeps in the narrow trough yet she walks the dust
Yet raves at her will
On the madhouse boards worn thin by my walking tears.

And taken by light in her arms at long and dear last
I may without fail
Suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars.

A song of love and madness: two roses, tolu balsam and ambergris with vanilla, labdanum, tobacco leaf, carnation and tonka.

Some say that this poem eloquently sums up the tumultuous relationship the poet had with his wife, Caitlin Thomas. Their marriage was supposedly a stormy one, fuelled by affairs and alcohol, and described by Dylan Thomas as ‘raw, red bleeding meat’. After the poet’s death, she took her children and eventually relocated to Italy until her death in 1994. She was then buried next to Dylan in Wales, a request that surprised her family.

Upon application, I get the strong sweetness of rose entwined with the spiciness of carnations. The sweetness is underscored by a sharp sourness, and slowly the scent unfolds itself to a more powdery note, with a slight hint of greenness underneath, reducing the overwhelmingly heady presence of the roses. There’s also a slight smoky quality to the scent after it has rested a little on the skin, probably brought on by the tobacco leaf and the labdanum notes.

The drydown is creamy, and almost sweeter, without the contrast of the spicy aspects of the carnations. This is where the resins come into play, ambergris and tolu balsam.

Overall, Love in the Aslyum has an amazingly strong projection, especially during the opening, which lasts around half an hour. It also has quite a long wear time, clocking at least 6 hours on my wrists.

I’m so glad I took the risk and blind bought a full bottle of this :D Because goddamn, it is a beautiful scent.


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