Copulating Mice Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements IV (1/18/11-3/21/11)
Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:10 PM
Oddly enough, this smelled very creamy to me out of the bottle. Maybe a mixture of the tonka, hazelnut, and pecan?
Wet on my skin there is a slight freshness from the bergamot and herbs, but this is still waaay creamy goodness. Which is actually a big change for me as most creamy, milky scents only stay very close to my skin and can only be appreciated hours later. Either way, I'm really liking this! Dry, this is still mainly a creamy smell on me with kind of a provincal feel. Like a nice milk tea, but not really too herbal.. just creamy with a little bit of the herbs. I dont notice the nuts individually at any point while wearing this, it is a very well balanced perfume on me.
Posted 14 February 2011 - 09:53 PM
This post has been edited by Venneh: 14 February 2011 - 10:01 PM
Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:57 PM
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 06:03 PM
Not unpleasant...just not what I had expected/hoped for.
Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:17 AM
Posted 28 February 2011 - 10:55 PM
In the bottle and on my skin, this is mostly lavender and bergamot. The lavender is cool, floral, and slightly soapy, and the bergamot is lemony and a bit sour. Not good. As it dries down, I'm getting hints of the herbal thyme, but none of the nutty notes, tonka, or clove.
Copulating Mice leans unpleasantly towards being soapy and too sour on my skin :(. Very crushed that this doesn't work on me... maybe it will improve with age.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 04:19 AM
After applying I could smell a nuttiness at first but also an underlying... something...
I thrust my wrist under my husband's nose and he blurted out "Solder! Hot solder! You smell like fixing electronics."
After sniffing again myself I didn't have that exact sense memory... but I did smell a bit like the moment after you blow out a candle. It's a hot smell. Hot like heat, not hot like sexy.
I did ask my husband if soldering made him feel at all amorous (I, um... may not have used those exact words) and he quirked an eyebrow and said, succinctly, "No."
Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:54 PM
In the imp: Creamy nuts and bitter bergamot.
Wet: The nuts come out in full force -- mostly the pecans, but I catch a hint of the hazelnuts, too -- followed almost immediately by a bright blast from the thyme.
Dry: This is utterly lovely! The nuts and tonka make a smooth, sweet creaminess underneath the citrus/green of the bergamot and thyme. I wasn't able to pick out the lavender or clove at all.
Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:28 AM
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:19 PM
Imp: Foody pecan, astringent lavender.
Wet: Whoa - soapy herbs duking it out with a hint of sweetness and the nutty scents. Chaos!
Drydown: Mildly sweet hazelnut with aftershave overtone.
Dry: Vaguely warm nuts. Very faint.
My rating: 2/5
Posted 13 March 2011 - 05:44 PM
Depending on what it does in the extreme drydown and how long it lasts (for good or ill), this may be a bottle purchase.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:22 AM
Wet: Now the bergamot and the clove are showing up. The pecan note is not the almost dried-out pecan, but more like if you snapped the pod off the tree, the green pod, and tried to open it to get at the nut inside. Part of my youth was spent living next to a pecan orchard, so I well know all the different scents of the pecan nut and its tree.
The dry-down: Getting hints of the lavender and thyme, with the tonka not adding sweetness per se, but more of a rounding out. This is a strange morphing scent. I had to try it because of the pecan. It is interesting, but not really me, as I find that the notes clash somewhat throughout.
This post has been edited by thekittenkat: 19 March 2011 - 08:24 AM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 03:06 PM
wet: this is far nuttier once applied, lots of pecan, hazelnut and tonka. the clove is a delicious backnote.
dry: this stays pretty true to the wet phase as it dries.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 06:10 AM
From the decant I get mostly lavender, thyme, and something that makes it almost foody - an herbal/foody.
When I first apply it to my skin it is FRUIT LOOPS. WHAT. (For about 5 min)
Then it becomes a little like lavender-cake-with-citrus-cream-cheese-frosting.
And finally about an hour later it is the best, vanilla/cream with a hint of nuttiness.
I don't think there is a stage of this I don't like. Maybe it's just my skin chem that produces this multi-faceted fragrance, but I'm enjoying Copulating Mice immensely!
Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:44 AM
Posted 27 March 2011 - 03:15 PM
I am not fond of nutty blends, but this one was surprisingly pleasant.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 05:42 PM
In the imp: lavender and nuts! This smells really nice actually.
Wet on skin: lavender and thyme now, but with sweet nuts.
Dry on skin: this is so nice! I love the nuts in here. The hazelnut and pecan smell rich and nutty, and with a lovely roasted scent, but not at all caramelised. (I think the lab needs more nut scents!) There is some sweetness from the cloves and tonka, a very sophisticated, almost musky sweetness, with warmth from the spice. The bergamot adds a hint of citrus. After the nuts, the strongest notes are the herbs-the lavender is strongest but it seems to give way to the thyme, which gives the whole scent a fragrance reminiscent of a summer evening in Provence.
After a while: this gets better. Am I the only person who loves the BPAL nut scents, especially hazelnut? I think it smells smooth yet rich, almost creamy without smelling like cream, and it adds a lovely base to this scent, which is now glorious clove incense. Almost like sweet resin speckled with spices and a hint of lavender clinging around. It reminds me of the Hermes Trimegistus v1 prototype, only with a bit more spice? I think it’s the tonka that makes it so appealing.
Verdict: another Shunga surprise! I wasn’t expecting much from this but this is a beautiful mix of sweet lavender with an almost resinous spiciness, a hint of herbs, and a delightful nutty undertone that smells smooth, warm and almost gourmand but not quite. The clove is so good in here, as is the lavender, everything combining to make a very mellow and cosy scent that’s quite unlike anything else. I’d love to see more pecan scents now…
Is it a keeper? yes, I need to order a bottle!
If you like this, try: Mercury, Paris, Sybaris
Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:21 AM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 02:23 AM
Copulating Mice at first swipey-swab was a roaring nutfest. The pecans were having a little pecan-party, but then the party was crashed by the lavender, making it smell as if the florals were taking over. It came across as a very 'generic perfume' scent for a hot minute, which was really perplexing!
Within five minutes, however, it morphs into a creamy-spicy fragrance that reminiscent of a very bold chai tea with milk, and then my skin kicks up the cloves like it's going out of style. Copulating Mice eases back into the feisty chai tea territory, or maybe 'punk-ass gingerbread man' territory. It's sweet without being cloying; instead, it's a cosy scent--like if Sudha Segara had a baby with Three Witches.
Ah, I smell edible! Nomnomnomnomnom!
Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:01 PM
Once on my skin the nuts don't read as 'nutty' to me at all - they combine into a soft, sweet, honeyed-cream smell which is deliciously backed by the herbs (I love sage and thyme), lavender (which is often a problem for me - not here), slight spicey note (from the clove I guess - it's not standing out as CLOVE to me though), and the citrus feel from the bergamot. It's very much a milky tea scent, for me. And delicious!
Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:07 AM
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