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#1 Atrous

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:56 AM

In response to the National Park Service retweeting a New York Times piece on Trumps Inauguration numbers, Trumps fragile ego demanded that his administration order the NPS to stop all tweets.
 
The National Park Service refuses to be muzzled. On January 24th, South Dakotas Badlands National Park social media team defiantly posted a series of climate change facts from the National Wildlife Federation before being shut down. Since then, anonymous employees from the National Park Service started a rogue twitter account:
 
https://twitter.com/AltNatParkSer
 
These courageous federal employees are risking their careers to ensure that the public is kept informed on issues of climate change. They are fighting for transparency, truth, and science, and they deserve every ounce of support we can offer them. Tweet, email, FB, and phone in your support. Visit your local National Parks and thank the employees there in person. Donate to the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Foundation.
 
For them, for us, for the sake of the First Amendment, the environment, our state parks, and our future, we honor the bravery and chutzpah of these NPS employees with a scent that benefits the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Foundation.
 
The Theoi Nomioi are the gods and spirits of the wild: the countryside, the pastures, the forests. Under their auspices, untamed nature thrives, the beasts of the wild feast and multiply, the mountains reach to the heavens with their stony, snow-capped fingers, and the forests grow thick and dark with mystery.
 
The National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife, and historic and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world. Help us assure the future of our beloved national parks.
 
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The National Park Foundation protects Americas special places, connects people to nature and inspires the next generation of park stewards.

Purely the scent of a coniferous forest...spruce and juniper, pine bark, sweet sap, and stone.

Oh happy, happy day...this is exactly what I hoped it would be.  :biggrin:

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:27 AM

This is so beautiful. It's even better than I expected, and I was really hoping I'd love it on account of the cause. It's sweetly sappy, stony, and smells of cool pine forest. It's the tiniest bit aquatic, but it's earthy and calming as well. There is nothing soapy about it at all. This isn't a bitter, aggressive, menthol-y forest, not burnt or dark. This is dry and sweet, like Douglas pine and not exactly like but evocative of that specific kind of pine tree with the bark that smells like gorgeous sweet vanilla. It's not a vanilla scent, but it smells like being IN that forest. This is an instant favorite with me. I will be buying more bottles.

Edited by MischiefofRats, 31 January 2017 - 01:16 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 05:07 PM

This goes on all pine and dries down into something utterly beautiful.  It smells like standing in a forest at dawn.  So pretty. 



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:05 AM

Initial thoughts--this is definitely a winter forest. I'm not getting a pure snow note (it's less intense than Mud-mingled Boot Slush, for example, or Skadi), but there's definitely something cold about it. The pine is not Christmas-tree pine but a very fresh, crisp, almost lemony pine--like you've crushed the needles between your fingers. It is bracing for sure, like drawing in a big breath of crisp air while camping. There's a sweet note that reminds me a lot of Autumn Lace as well--leaves, maybe? But not the dirty green-pepper smell I often get from the Lab's leaves notes. I generally avoid their "dead leaf" note but this is so pretty, and I like the one in Autumn Lace too. It's sweet, not musty or dusty. It makes me think of being at my roommate's family's cabin up in the Cascades. L O V I N G this!


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:59 PM

This is lovely. Straight out of the bottle and onto my skin, it's a sweet pine and dry grasses scent with a hint of fresh air. I will need more.

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 01:44 PM

Opens with spruce, but slowly morphs into cedar. I don't like cedar. It smells like pencil shavings. :cry2:

As a few minutes pass, some of that vanilla/root beer/sarsparilla flickers for the briefest moment, but it's still mostly cedar, and then that changes to stone. There's a little of the Lab's snow note, like a breath of mint, over the whole stony-cedar thing. And then the whole dang thing is gone in an hour.

 

Sigh. Skin chemistry is so fickle.


Edited by Soupy Twist, 04 February 2017 - 07:39 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 07:18 PM

Holy skin interpretations of this scent so far!

Strong (but not mentholic) spruce/soft evergreen with a touch of what my nose interprets as a whisper of black patchouli and skin musk...
I get no snow note, no stone notes and no vanilla.
Dry, the evergreen is muted with a very very light touch of cedar heartwood scent, and the musky quality becomes stronger.
Honestly? This is what I was hoping Black Forest would smell like but it always went too high pitched/mentholy pine on me...
What a perfect scent to dedicate to the NPS! I will probably reach for this most on days when I can't get into the woods. Beautiful.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:41 PM

If Skadi is the winter forest goddess, Theoi Nomioi is her spring sister.  Early spring, as the woods begin to shake off their snow and welcome the sun.  I put them both on at the same time.  The early cold spruce is there in both of them, but Skadi has those sharper, crisper berries whereas TN has a bit more snowy, clear scent.  After a few minutes, Skadi remains true blue, cold, crisp, sharp but TN is changing.  There's still the spruce on top, but emerging is some watery spring brook, then grasses, wind, a hint of flowers (chamomile, perhaps?), something a tinge nutty, and something else a wee softer, like maybe  a kiss of honey.  This says Spring to me; a rebirth, the land just waking up from winter, but before it moves into the heavy warm heat of summer. It's lovely.  Wild, and yet gentle. I'm suddenly thinking I could break down the 4 seasons of nature into BPAL scents and they'd evoke some sense of continuity; Skadi in deep winter, TN for spring, Leo 07 for hot late summer, and Samhain for fall.  This scent is a wonderful homage to the wild beauty of our national parks.      



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:27 PM

This is gorgeous. I guessed Theoi Nomioi would be conifer and little else on me, and I would have purchased it anyway, but this surpasses my expectations. There is conifer but it is balanced by a sweet herbal note that I think is White sage, and the whole both is comforting and piercing. I want to walk surrounded by a cloud of this scent, like an aura and an aegis against corruption.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

Oh, this is beautiful. I can't believe I once thought pine wasn't for me--BPAL has firmly shown me otherwise.This is definitely cedar, but a softer, sweeter cedar than is in most blends. It reminds me of the one in How Doth the Little Crocodile. There's probably other conifers in here but I amp cedar heavily, although I do smell some other wood that almost reminds me of birch. I agree that there's something vanillic in here, although that may just be one of the saps/resins that are forming the base, which are rich but soft. I do smell something a little desert-herb-y too, so I second the sage. Overall this is quite dry but warm and a bit sweet, and I find it very unisex. In fact for those who lean very feminine and are turned off by pine scents; this is the pine scent for you.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 01:01 AM

In the bottle, this smells like sweet pine sap, soft cedar, white sage, dry grasses, something vanillic or benzoiny, and something like chaparral or cactus flower. Possibly with a glint of amber?

 

On my skin, it's all that, and so softly cushiony! Not weak or thin at all, as some blends come out at first, but full and soft. I also start to think I'm getting a little blue mingling of spruce-juniper in here with the rest of the forest.

 

The mood of the blend reminds me of the soft pine-sappy forest of A King Pursued by a Unicorn, but softer, sweeter, more complex, with even less camphor. I might need a backup.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:53 AM

I was excited to see the notes when this was released, since pine-y, resiny smells are my favorite. And when I got it, I was even more excited. In the bottle it has a strong pine sap smell. And when it goes on, it's that same fresh pine sap smell but also with a hint of something warm and spicy underneath. 

 

Honestly, this smells almost exactly like my bottle of Wolf Moon '07 which has been my favorite smell since it was released. And this is good timing, as my Wolf Moon is starting to go a little off. I'm probably going to buy a couple bottles of this - both for the cause and for the perfect replacement of my favorite. 



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Posted 24 February 2017 - 08:59 PM

Freshly applied, this is all lemongrass and pine. A little sharp, like crisp pine needles and frozen sap in winter. As it dries, it becomes softer, sweeter, and more herbal, evoking wildflowers and dry grasses and cold water. Those pine and tree sap notes are still there, but they're not at the forefront anymore. To me, this is early spring in the alpine, when the flowers are starting to bloom but the snow is still melting. Very nice, and very appropriate for the rogue rangers!



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:33 AM

At first, it's just pure forest - conifers and leaves and other forest smells - and it is lovely. And, as the others have noted, there's a warm and spicy something that shows up in the drydown. 

 

 

Maybe my nose is deceiving me, but I think there's a campfire in this forest. It's not very smoky or in your face. It's the sweet, resinous smoke that you get from burning sap, the smoke from the last embers of a dying campfire. When you wake up in your tent in the middle of the night, somewhat disoriented and slightly afraid, this is the scent that reminds you of where you are. It's burning low, but with just a little tending it'll restore itself to a full blaze. 

 

I really couldn't pick a better metaphor for our rogue rangers than little smoldering lights in the dark. What a gorgeous tribute to the NPS. 



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 10:18 PM

I got a frimp of Thanatopsis with my order so I tested them side by side. Early on, they both have that same clean, green, chewy pine note. Thanatopsis stays pretty much that way throughout, but Theoi evens out into a softer, sweeter forest. There's some cedar in here with the pine and juniper, which I think makes for a softer blend. 
 
You can almost feel the chewy sap between your teeth. Remember pulling it off a pine tree and rolling it into a ball between your fingers? And then your fingers were sticky for DAYS. That's in here.
 
I ordered this hoping for something that would remind me of my first Lab favorite (Arkham). It doesn't, but I like it in a different way.


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 07:03 PM

Spruce, pine, dirt and sweat. This smells like the outdoors in a pine forest. Like I've been hiking. Slightly masculine. Medium throw and wear length.



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Posted Yesterday, 06:23 AM

I really wanted to like this, I'd love to have a perfume that really captured the feel of hiking through the mountains. I got a strong aquatic, ozone, pine that smelled really artificial on me - alas! Have to get my forest scents while actually hiking, I think ...






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