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Ulalume Bewitching Brews, disc. 3/18/14

#51 User is offline   Maladict 

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Posted 01 October 2005 - 08:19 PM

Starry white lilies lend an eerie brightness to the deep black wooded scents of cypress and oak, layered with a touch of crushed dried leaves and the faintest aquatic note.


To me this is a really nostalgic smell, its exactly like standing in the forest in New Hampshire in late fall, when most of the leaves have turned brown and fallen right after a rainstorm. its wet and dead and beautiful. not one for everyday wear, but nice for when i'm feeling homesick :P
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Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:37 AM

This really is lovely. It's pretty floral with something dark. The darkness is probably the oak and leaves. I definitely get the aquatic note in this. The first time I tried it I mostly got the lillies, but this time I'm getting more of the other notes. It is so lovely and calm, but it isn't really my style. hmmm I'm undecided on this one.
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Posted 05 October 2005 - 10:11 AM

Bottle: Urgh. Dirt. Stagnant, moldy, dirt (do I even want to put this ON?).

Skin: Nauseating dirt becomes bitter herbs once it hits skin. The dusty, organic 'greenness' suddenly becomes aquatic, but it's more 'algae' than water. Strike that - MILDEWY algae that gives the water note a sinister edge (Jenny Greenteeth, ahoy!). Fingers crossed that the stagnant odor will change because there's something lurking beneath the scent of decay...

Skin, Later: Jesus Christ, what a change! The sense of festering mold is gone and replaced with a sharp, natural sweetness (sour green apples?). There's even a hint of spice (possibly a reaction with Villainess's Pyromania smooch). Ooo, baby, it's gone all earthy musk (a wonderful, amazing blend of grubby velveteen moss with a refreshing, crisp 'green' edge)!

Verdict: Hated it, then loved it. Thank God I actually TRIED it before discarding it as swap fodder. It stayed on ALL day & ALL night, and by the time I woke up the complex scent had become delicate white flowers on virgin water. Gorgeous.
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Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:38 AM

Ulalume is very herbal and aquatic (also, lightly floral, I think) on me.

Reminds me of The Apothecary and Tempest. And Rosalind....?

I was hoping for something more Samhain-y (more woodsy, leafy, etc.), but instead I'm getting something a little too 'perfumey' for my taste.
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Posted 13 October 2005 - 06:17 PM

An imp I recieved ina swap with the marvelous fallow dear. Thank you! :P

Straight out of the imp, this has a bit of sharp greeness, but not harsh or strong. Immediatly on my skin it is the remainder of crushed green plants, fallen leaves, distrurbed earth, all tainted by a cool night time breeze carrying the lightest touch of lillies across a secluded forest pool. I am utterly amazed that a perfume can capture this so perfectly.

I just wish it would last longer. After 10 minutes of applying, it fades I can barely notice it. I wonder if slathering can save this? I will try and post my findings. If I could find a way to make it last, I will be wearing this a lot this fall.
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:00 AM

This was a frimp from the Lab in a recent order. Wet this is sweet and mossy earth like Zombi. When first applied it smells the same- wet, damp, mossy earth. Very quickly a floral note develops. It smells green like clover and there's a hint of warm spice- lilies? It's a bit soapy too. It reminds me of the aquatic notes in R'lyeh. This is really interesting but I think I'll swap it.
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Posted 18 October 2005 - 03:19 AM

Ulalume completely surprised me, because I was not expecting to like it. However, the stark dichotomy between the light pale florals hovering over fresh dirt and leaf mold was just completely ... intriguing. It's a very quiet, still oil. Good for nursing a hangover- those days when I wish I was buried.
Overall: will keep the imp and use it up.
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 06:44 AM

The initial in-the-bottle notes were sweet lily with somehow a hint of fruit, which disappointed me because I like leafy/woodsy notes. But eventually those leaf notes came out when I wore it, oh yes they did.

After the dry-down, I smelled crumbling underfoot last-year's leaves, and dried grass in slanting afternoon sun, and just a (pleasant) touch of dirt. And faint flowers too. Fascinating. I'm in love with my wrist right now.

On repeated sniffs, the light has darkened and there is a witching wind with a taste of rain in the air. This is now the autumn scent for me. Definitely.

On a night shortly after the Equinox, it was windy here with spatters of rain, very gloomy and ghoul-haunted-woodland-of-Weir. Alone at the late hour, I felt the season beckoning -- opened the window and put my head out into the rushing darkness, breathing deeply. The air was pure autumn: wild and soft, smoky-sweet and damp-dead-leafy. I whispered in surprise, "It smells exactly like 'Ulalume' out here!"

Since then, I've been twice as impressed by this fragrance.

This post has been edited by midnightmuse: 28 October 2005 - 05:41 AM

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Posted 09 November 2005 - 09:38 AM

In the bottle: young girlís perfume (almost the scent of that peel-off nail polishóremember that stuff?!) spilled on grass.
Applied: Thereís something really unusual about this that is so appealing. It smells very, very green, like the insides of green leaves. Also kind of like celery leaves, which I love. This is so much a spring smellóit literally smells like green things poking out of the ground. Itís quite sharp, but I kind of like it anyway.
15 minutes later: Thereís a problem: as I live with this, I notice that the throw is only the sharpness, not the greenness. Almost smells sharp like pre-B.O. armpits. Or lack of personal hygiene in another bodily region.
Now that I have picked up on that, I am not going to be able to deal with this. It still smells green up close to the skin, but I canít wear this and count on people not confusing it with funk.
On a scale of 1 to 5: 2.
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Posted 17 November 2005 - 09:07 AM

I'm so jealous of everyone that this scent loves. So very jealous :P

I'm not sure if it's the time of my cycle I'm testing these more "woody" scents in (since I'm told that can effect it) but sometimes.....the wood smells smile like a burning pencil in a dirty diaper on me.

Unfortunately...this was one of them. I'm so heart broken.

This post has been edited by ABrokenAngel: 17 November 2005 - 09:09 AM

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Posted 21 November 2005 - 02:52 AM

Out of the bottle and first on my skin the overwhelming note is fresh, sweet greeness, like a fig. That gives way to the distinct scent of dead, damp leaves and earth... it's pleasant though, and so characteristic of Autumn. Unfortunately, this is one BPAL scent that my skin eats up in under an hour (although none have ever lasted 12+ hours on me like some people) and I am left with the faintest scent of lilies and the aquatic note. I'm not fond of aquatic notes at all, and if only the fig/leaves smell lasted longer, this would be one of my favourites.

I'm still glad I have a bottle though. Just have to reapply and slather like crazy!
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Posted 23 November 2005 - 02:54 AM

I was hoping for more lily from this as I am a lily-lover but all I'm getting is woods and aquatics. There's a slight hint of fruitiness that could be the lily but overall this is a sort of deep mossy wet wood on me.
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Posted 04 December 2005 - 06:36 PM

I really, really wanted to like this one. In the imp it smelled like a forest, fresh and green.

Unfortunately, once I put it on, it morphed into hairspray. Cheap Rave hairspray that I used in the early 90s for my big bangs. Dunno what that's all about! This one's going into the swap pile...
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Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:15 PM

Another frimp from the lab:

This smells like standing in a swamp. Surrounded by wild lillies and irises. Warm, wet, slightly rotten wood... aquatic clean notes and slight florals...

Very pretty and fades quickly.
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Posted 02 January 2006 - 07:57 PM

at first: sweet lilies and woods.
on: sweet and floral. fainty aquatic. very nice.
1 hours later: sweet, but more of a wood scent behind it. very pretty.
2 hours later: sweet and floral.
overall: this is just ok. i definitely have other lily-heavy BPALs that i like more.
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Posted 06 January 2006 - 04:48 AM

This is my first post :P

This was the first of (my first) six imps that I tried. I generally like aquatic notes and greens, so I was a little disappointed that my skin didn't take to this.

In the imp: my initial reaction was cedar, but after re-reading the description, it must have been the oak or cypress that I was detecting. I could also smell the vetivier.

When I first put it on: Eeep! Cinnamon soap? I get overwhelming woodsy/soapy scents with cinnamon for some reason. After a few minutes I can detect something sweeter underneath, trying to get out (the aquatic note, I assume).

Dry: the woodsy smell fades out and the lilies take over. I think I've discovered that I'm not a fan of lilies. A couple hours later, the smell has become more subdued, and is quite nice--the lilies aren't so overpowering anymore, and the scents feel more balanced out. Overall, the lillies are still the main scent on my skin--not really for me.

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 03:36 PM

Ulalume

First Sniff:
Waaahhhh! Blecchh!

Ok, composure. Donít know whatís causing that reaction, but Iím new to BPAL, so Iíll give it a chanceÖ

Wet:
I donít like this at all right now. I wish I could distinguish the notes because I want to know what Iím reacting so strongly to. Could it be the cypress?

Drying:
Yeccch, itís giving me a serious headache.

After a Few Hours:
(Canít do it, am washing it off as we speak.)

Overall Impressions:
No no no no NO! (Dear God, itís even soap-resistant!!)

I got this imp from a lovely Lushie who had some stuff on my wishlist. Too bad this didn't work out.

Rating:
1/10
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Posted 05 February 2006 - 03:20 AM

Very odd....I get the same toothpaste-mint sort of smell from this that I initially got from Hamadryad. My nose is definately reading something woody in both of them as minty.

This dries through a somewhat camphorous stage into a wet wood sort of smell. Overall it is very very faint.

Odd, not unpleasant, rather unique but ultimately not to my taste.
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Posted 05 February 2006 - 06:38 AM

Ulalume smelled medicinal and faintly reminded me of menthol and these patches my dad puts on his back for back pain. It's dark and kind of... I want to say ominous. Several minutes later, it's still a little bit dark, but it's a lot lighter and the notes are apparent now: an aquatic note, dark woods, lilies. Woods that are dark and foreboding, but then in the center of the wood there lies a lovely pool with flowers growing around it. This is much better now that it's dried completely, but I'm not sure if I'll be wearing it...
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Posted 05 February 2006 - 07:04 AM

Faint aquatic note? I feel like I'm drowning in a swamp. Ack! I don't get any lilies at all. Possibly some faint cypress. I'm really bad at picking notes out. I agree with the previous reviewer who said it's "deep mossy wet wood."

Ultimately, although it's not something I'd wear, I find the scent very interesting.

Edit: Whoa, this suddenly morphed into a sweet swamp on me (but still no florals). I actually prefer the deep mossy swamp.

This post has been edited by sthenno: 05 February 2006 - 08:13 AM

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 10:30 PM

Ulalume: sweet with a hint of spice, like mint gum - must be the lilies.

On: I have no idea where wintergreen came from, but there it is. :P

Dry: minty and floral. I know mint is not listed, but that's what I get from this. It's actually almost unsettling. It does mellow after 30 minutes to a fresh, clean summery smell. No cypress or oak on me whatsoever.
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Posted 11 February 2006 - 06:46 PM

In the bottle:

A fresh, aquatic scent with a hint of woods behind.

Wet:

Now the woodsy scent is stronger, although the freshness is still there.

Drydown:

Well, this is a first. Normally if there's any scent in a blend that could turn sweet on me, that's what comes to the fore. However, the lilies stayed totally in the background, barely noticeable.

Instead it was a powerfully woodsy scent, rather dusty and peppery, like wandering under big trees over a lake. The water was there too, fresh but a little stagnant. So maybe wandering around by a pond instead.

It reminded me strongly of Whipporwill, which I ended up swapping. I think I prefer more floral scents to more woody ones.
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Posted 12 February 2006 - 08:57 PM

In the bottle, I just smell dark woods.

First on me is a sharp floral - something with a large blossom, probably a flowering tree like magnolia, but no lilies.

In almost an instant, the woods come out full force (as usual) and dominate everything completely.

This ends up creating a mental image of when my Mom and I used to hunt for moss in the woods (for flower baskets) - damp, musty, earthy, green, deep in the woods - a nice scent memory, but not something I'm eager to smell like. Off to the swap pile!
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 08:01 PM

I received this as a frimp from the Lab :P

In the vial: hmmm, smells like pine based cleanser.

Wet: eeep! The dirt smell! Also, fir and other foresty scents.

Dry: The dirt smell lasts only a short while. The leafy, fir and other forest scents faded slowly leaving a soft floral in their place.

This scent really morphed on me. I don't think I will order a big bottle, but I will enjoy the imp since this is such an interesting scent.
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Posted 19 February 2006 - 02:00 AM

Ullalume

This starts out with a rush of soil and soft evergreen of some sort. Then the lillies come up and join in. The aquatic scent seems to come through later. Beautiful. I can still catch hints of the soil, which I love.

Something about this reminds me of Nocnitsa (a favorite) but it isn't as strong, and Zombi (another favorite) and Penny Dreadful (ditto). So, it's a winner for me.

I will say that the first time I smelled this a few months ago, I didn't like it. I think that my nose has become more educated and able to actually pick out the individual notes better. Thank goodness I tried it again!
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