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BPALentines Answers

Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?) Flavors? Light roast? Dark Roast? Coffee flavored coffee coarse ground for making cold brew.  I do have a coffee grinder or (inexplicably... three...) so whole bean is fine but I'm lazy so preground (even if its NOT coarse ground) is preferred.   Things from Mexico? since Im the one going... I'll get my own dang vanilla     What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours? Patterns? Black.  no pink   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? I love jewelery... big chunky bracelets are the best; also HAIR jewelry   Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? cute stuff but nothing super stands out   Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? no thank you.    Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? (I'm especially curious if you'd like a copy of American Gods, as I have a spare that needs rehoming) yes... I think I do and I linked it in my original thing.  Definitely own a few copies of American Gods   What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavours? basically agree with Ted Lasso - Southern Sweet Tea is fine; anything else is an abomination which tastes like disappointment   Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, and if so, what is your size? I have their "chub rub" shorts for working film sets in skirts and I definitely love them but I rarely wear tights because... HOT    Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? No thank you.   What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? I've almost completely stopped wearing makeup    Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now? No thanks.   Are you interested in incense? What formats? wax tarts are my usual preference but I'd burn a stick if someone sent them   Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift...  while I can appreciate her talent... not a fan.     

goddessrobyn

goddessrobyn

 

BPALentines Q's

Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?) Flavors? Light roast? Dark Roast? I do both whole bean and ground, and tend to stay away from dark roasts because a lot of them seem bitter.  I tend to lean to the medium roasts.  I like flavored coffee if it's more a suggestion than a wallop, like if I smell it more that taste it, but since a lot are too strongly flavored I tend to go for plain.   LMK if you want anything from Mexico because I'm definitely going across for my birthday on the 29th! ooo...vanilla or dried chiles come to mind, I love to cook so anything spice/seasoning/ingredient wise is up my alley   What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours?  As a rule, I don't do pink or white in wearables. I do like dark reds and other dark or jewel toned colors, black, earth tones.   Wishlist links:  will come back to this   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? earrings, generally dangly things, and i have a silver stud of a toxic creature in a second hole on one ear (alternates between scorpion, dart frog, and rattlesnake currently), ear cuffs, sometimes bracelets or anklets, necklaces.  I tend to stick to silver-colored metals or mixed metal, or stuff on cords, no metal allergies to speak of. Stones, beads, whatever. Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? Really pretty, but too...clearly defined? for my tastes.  I like a little more rustic or interpretive rather than super defined and polished. Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? I'm good on planners, but I do like small journals, either blank or narrow rule pages, to tuck in my bag.   Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? not currently
    What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavours?  loose or bagged, anything but rooibos or 'sweet' (licorice root, stevia, whatever)
    Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, and if so, what is your size? I love their stuff!  size F, could use another pair of chub rub shorts, or the capri length.
    Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? sure! 
    What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? Are you open to loose shadows/bullet lipsticks?  I mostly use loose shadows and lipstick when not masked.  Either bold colors or stuff on the tawny end of the spectrum if neutral, I'm super pale but warm undertone.
    Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now?  I love the idea but never have the headspace to really work with anything
    Are you interested in incense? What formats?  Alas, not so much, if I use incense I have to burn it outside due to sensitive housemates.
    Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift...   I am not the target audience there, sorry.

skyelyric

skyelyric

 

BPALentines 2022

Updated 1-16-22 pm   Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?) Flavors? Light roast? Dark Roast? I gave quite a bit of detail on this in my survey. Generally speaking, I'm a the darker and stronger the better gal. In terms of flavors, I like chocolaty or boozy. I don't really know what notes I like - all of them?   Things from Mexico? Add me to the vanilla bandwagon - it has gotten SO expensive here. Also happy to get spices, silver jewelry.     What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours? Patterns? I lean toward black, gray and jewel tones - I definitely like reds and dark purples and a little dark pink. In terms of patterns, subtle hearts or cupids would be cool. Otherwise, I love geeky stuff (Star Wars, MCU), celestial, kawaii.   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? I love jewelry - the bolder the better. I prefer silvertone or black metals with colored stones or enamel,  modern or art deco type designs or geekery. I mostly wear dangly earrings, medium length necklaces and bracelets.    Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? OMG, those cicada earrings! I honestly love all of the black metal earrings and the rainbow cicada necklace.    Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? I do find myself using a notepad that has open weekly scheduling laid out. I don't use it every week, but when there's a lot going on, it helps me sort things out. Otherwise, not really.    Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? (I'm especially curious if you'd like a copy of American Gods, as I have a spare that needs rehoming) I have an extensive Goodreads linked at the swap help link in my sig (but I've read American Gods many many times and ran the forum group read on it, so you're probably not sending to me.   What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavours? I don't like super strong teas. I love Earl Gray blends, chocolate and fruity flavors. Bags will probably get slightly more use.    Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, and if so, what is your size? I would definitely be interested in trying these in a bright color or pattern. I'd be a size E.   Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? No thank you.   What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? I'm always in the market for eyeshadow crayons in bright colors.    Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now? No thanks.   Are you interested in incense? What formats? Please do not send me incense.    Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift...  Not really.         

Em-

Em-

 

MsLuker's BPALentine's Swap Answers

I'm new to swaps, and honestly very new to the forum and I keep thinking of things I should have added to my questionnaire! So I thought I'd take the lead of some other folks here and create a post where I could add the answers to the new questions that are popping up and all the things I *should have* originally included!   Me in a nutshell: Ravenclaw. Saggitarius. I'm a school librarian at a K-12 school in western MA, which means I love to read and I'm a big old nerd. My partner and I have two cats and three dogs - all Australian cattledogs or mixes thereof. We also foster for an Australian cattledog rescue association.   I love all things PINK (like the color, not the artist, though she's awesome too!) Side note: I used to hate pink. For years, I hated pink with a passion. And then one day I just...didn't hate it anymore. True story.    See more below:   Household:    Are there any pets/kids/partners you live with who would appreciate BPALentines considerations? Please give as much detail as you can to help out your Cupid -I have a partner named Nicole. She is a dynamo of a realtor, always on the go. Together, we have two cats and 3 dogs. Our dogs are all Australian Cattledogs and we also foster for a cattledog rescue association. We’re a bit obsessed with the breed! The doggos all enjoy snacks and toys for sure. The cats don't do much with snacks and toys as 1 cat is diabetic and the other is super geriatric.   Are you away at any period during the swap?  -Yes, we’ll be out of town from Feb 1-6   Are you okay to ship Intl (outside USA)? -Yes   Do you have any allergies your sender should be aware of?   -Nope!   Something Snacky:   What are your favorite snacks? Salty or sweet? -I like snack food of all kinds a little too much. I’m a sucker for a good peanut butter/chocolate combo. I also adore yogurt pretzels.   Types of snacks/flavors/textures to avoid? -None   Coffee, tea, cocoa, etc? -I am a coffee addict, especially dark roast. I have recently purchased a really good coffee grinder and a pour-over setup so my coffee snobbery can continue. As far as coffee flavors, I'm open to trying anything, but I prefer more subtle things in terms of flavored coffees - in other words I don't want a hit-you-over-the-head kind of flavoring. Bonus points if it's local to wherever you are. Triple bonus points if it furthers a good cause (like dog rescues or women in Appalachia)   As far as tea, I never really had time for it before. I drank too much coffee lol. However, I recently discovered a magnificent tea shop in my small town and that has changed the way I think about it. The shop is owned by a practicing witch and certified herbalist who grows many of her own ingredients. She can talk for hours about what it in each of the teas and what the ingredients do. It's fascinating. I've recently been having some stress-related insomnia and digestive problems, because pandemic, and she was able to recommend a tea that has really helped both issues. So in short, I'm fascinated!   Anything to specifically to AVOID? (veggie/vegan/GF/allergies/etc)  -None   Something Smelly:   What are your favorite scents?  -I dig florals and also foodie scents. (For reference, my favorite BPALS right now are Water of Notre Dame and Muddy Armadillo, which smells like dirt and chocolate). I also love amber and jasmine. I started a wishlist here that I will try to keep updating. I currently find myself searching for scents that are very evocative of lonely, windswept or stormy landscapes. Maybe it's a seasonal thing?   What scents should be avoided? -I tend to avoid the musky, incense-y types. I’m not a patchouli girl, either.    What sorts of scented products would be welcome?? What should be avoided?? (i.e. BPAL only vs. OCYL; soaps vs gels vs scrubs; lotions; candles vs wax tarts vs incense ... it ALL goes HERE)   -I’m open to trying just about anything, however our house only has a shower, no bathtub. I wish I could enjoy bubbles and bath bombs, but alas I can’t.    Something Snuggly:   Favorite sock brands or patterns? (please include sizing/height/etc) -I tend toward the girly side of things and my favorite color is pink, but I also dig rainbows. I’m pretty tall at 5’9” so a medium to large size usually works. I have a thing for striped knee socks, but really anything nerdy and cute works too.   Any things to avoid? (scratchy wool, artificial fibers, tight knee highs?):  -Wool makes me itchy, sadly.   What other sorts of things (besides socks) do you think of as "snuggly" which you'd be interested in receiving? -Beanies or stocking caps, gloves or fingerless mitts. I have crazy, ridiculously curly hair, so I'm interested in trying out a satin-lined beanie at some point.   Something "Stationery":   Favorite book genres/authors:  -I’m a school librarian, so I’m a giant book nerd. I read a ton of young adult books. I tend toward fantasy in both the YA and adult categories. Some of my favorite books of all time are The Night Circus, The Starless Sea (I actually re-discovered BPAL through the author’s note in TSS. I think BPAL should do a collaboration with Erin Morgenstern. It would be epic!) Strange the Dreamer, and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I am a sucker for Outlander and am currently listening to the newest book.   Least favorite genres/authors/anything (i.e., what would you really not want to receive in a book?):  -I’m not big on horror or romance.    Physical book vs. ebook? (please include ebook type if applicable)  -Either one. I also do a ton of audiobooks on my commute.   If Physical book: New vs. used?  -Either one is OK   Do you enjoy/collect stationery? (pens, papers, cards, etc)  -Love it!   If so what sorts of things do you like/dislike?  -Pens, gel pens, planner stickers, I’m really here for all of it.   Something Surprising:   Etsy wishlist that I'm in the process of updating, just for reference.   What are 3 things that you always appreciate receiving? -Anything nerdy/cute, gift cards (I’ve never understood why some people say they’re not a good gift!), and miniature items   Do you collect anything specific? -Nothing specific   How do you feel about handmade goodies?  -Perfectly lovely   Do you have any favorite Valentine's-themed goodies?  -I actually like those conversation hearts candies. I know, I’m weird   If you were a vehicle, what vehicle would you be and why? -A baby blue old school VW Beetle - NOT the remake version. I may be a little clunky and rattly, but I have my own quirky style.   Addendum questions:   So... Jewelry??   I'm enjoying exploring the meanings of gems and crystals right now. For example, I just saw an Etsy jeweler who used blue chalcedony for a necklace and had to look up it's meanings. I fell in love with the stone!
Types? Rings, bracelets, and necklaces are nice. I've pretty much given up on earrings right now due to constant mask-wearing. It just gets to be too much of a hassle. My favorite bracelets are relatively thin, such that I can wear several at a time. My favorite that I wear almost every day is a string of small blue and bronze (Ravenclaw represent!) beads that can be wrapped several times around my wrist. It came from a local jewelery company.    I'd be interested in small and dainty stacking rings, too. Sizes? 8 is a safe ring size - it fits on several of my fingers.  Styles? generally more feminine 
Colors? I usually stay away from goldtones, tending toward silver. Pink is also a safe bet.     Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? Unsure at this time. I'll check it out.    Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? I have done quite a bit of planning! My current setup is a Happy Planner (regular size) hourly layout. I especially like the mix of function/organization and an everyday outlet for creativity that planning provides.    Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? Goodreads link!   Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, and if so, what is your size? Yes! I've actually been looking at these. Anything in the opaque tights section - size E. It's cold here in New England. Gotta keep the legs covered!   Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? Yes? I haven't even looked at cards, etc. in forever. I'm going through a huge transitional period in my life right now though and feeling like this might be an interesting tool for me.   Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now? Yes, I've actually been looking at these. As I said, I'm going there are huge transitions afoot in my life right now, so anything that helps with clarity of vision, peace, good sleep, etc.    Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift...  Not too much. I don't dislike her. 

MsLuker

MsLuker

 

2022 BPALentines Swap

Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?) Flavors? Light roast? Dark Roast? Ground please! I don't have a grinder, so I just buy pre-ground. (I use an aeropress, which recommends using a fine grind or espresso grind, but I find it works just fine with a regular grind). Medium and dark roasts preferred. I like hazelnut and irish cream and pumpkin spice and all those nice and nutty/creamy/bakery-type flavors. I'm always up for trying something unusual too.   LMK if you want anything from Mexico because I'm definitely going across for my birthday on the 29th! Ooh, have fun! I've never been to Mexico or anywhere near it, so I'm not even sure what sorts of things to consider. I do enjoy a good smokey spice though (chipotle, paprika) and I treat sauces/condiments like they're pokemon (gotta collect 'em all!), so something in that vein would be lovely.   What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours?  Historically, purple is my most favorite color, although in recent years I've been skewing towards blue-greens and soft/muted greens pretty hard. Blush tones have made their way into my life as well. I also love copper and rose gold. As for Valentine's colors, I love me a good rich red, like a deep cherry or wine or oxblood. And my preferred pinks are the paler peachy and blush toned ones. And I'll never be mad at a cool-toned neutral, like black, grey, or navy blue.   Wishlist links:  etsy   |   amazon   |   pinterest   |   bpal   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? Certainly! I love dangly, fishhook-type earrings (no posts please) and I'd like to get back into wearing rings (more delicate ones, in sizes 10 and 10.5). No bracelets please, and only lightweight necklaces that are long. I gravitate towards stones that are in the milky/iridescent realm, like opals and moonstone, as well as blue-green stones and purple stones. Rose quartz can be nice too. Tear drop shapes are my fav. All metals are welcome, but I especially like gold, copper, and rose gold.   Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? I've been eyeing a pair of earrings from them for a while, but don't get them for me! lol - I might buy something for my target, in which case I'll add the earrings into my cart when I do so. I'd be open to their candles or incense or bath/body products though!   Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? A non-structured (or lightly structured) journal would be cool, and possibly a habit tracker too. Oh, and wall calendar would be welcome!   Do you have a goodreads account or somewhere that tracks which books you've already read/own? I sure do - goodreads   What notes of coffee do you like? (answered in the other coffee question)   What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavours? I use both loose leaf and bagged. I love chai and mint and green teas. Fall flavors like apple, pumpkin, chestnut, and spice too. Lighter fruits like peach and tropical fruits, as well as herbals are all good too!   Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, and if so, what is your size? Opaque or ribbed tights in darker solids, size F. Mock garters, fishnets, or leggings would be cool too.   Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? No to oracle cards, and tarot cards...maybe. I have a decent sized collection already, so only if it's an aesthetic you really think fits my vibe.   What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? A muted greigey-pink matte blush would be amazing. Also, eye makeup in matte neutrals or lighter colored duochromes. I don't really need new lipsticks rn, but a berry/burgundy tinted balm would be nice. And nail polish is always welcome - check my "Nails" list on etsy for colors I like!   Are you interested in ritual oils (e.g. Twilight Alchemy Lab stuff)? If so, what kind of intentions/magic resonate with you right now? Yes! Anything for focus/concentration, creativity, selling/business, as well as healing would be wonderful ❤️    Are you interested in incense? What formats? I prefer the shorter stick incense and cones. And I'm not picky on scents.   Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift Not really, sorry!   Sizing for tights? I'm 5'4 and wear size 18 pants, so hopefully that should give you an answer on most size charts. If not, ask about the specific brand and I'll let you know!   Are you open to loose shadows/bullet lipsticks? Loose shadows yes. And I'm pretty set on lipsticks, but it's not like I'd mad about getting one.   If you said yes to hats or mittens, what sort of patterns or designs do you like?  Mittens/gloves would be great. I'd wear them for warmth, so function over form when it comes to design.

BoneBone24

BoneBone24

 

2022 Wish List

WISH LIST 2020   BPAL Can never have too much of these:   Gypsy (from the butterfly collection) Clockwork Couture: Male Scherezade Sugar Skulls Midway The Girl Storyville Antique Lace (original)     BPAL I’d like to try:  Lights, Camera Something The Empress and Their Heckhound 8th Grade Resistance Morphine Hay Moon 2020 Please Scream Inside Your Head Harlow’s Lace Silver Lace Dark Lace Pumpkin Spice Dragon’s Milk Snake Oil with peanut butter?   Or did I dream this? Cozy Pumpkin Sweater Popcorn Ball Snake Oil Apple Sugar Candy Corn Snake Oil Drunk Uncle Brown Butter Bourbon Cookie Fearful Pleasure Lola Lee Loo After the Winter Every Day You Play with the Light of the Universe We Wear the Mask Shelter Beeswax, Lavender, and Acacia Honey Perfume Oil Caramel, Smoked Chilis, and Black Vanilla Perfume Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Absolute The Pearl in the Volcano Eve (OLLA) Streets of Detroit (OLLA)   Other perfumes to TRY Midnight Gypsy: The Owl Moon Arcana: Murder Ballad Blues, Wild Jack for a Lover, Black Sand, Fire, Yellow Cake, Haint variants (I have and love Haint, a gift from my very first Switch Witch long ago) Haus of Gloi:  In the Ballpark, Marshmallow Woodsmoke, Rendezvous Nocturne Alchemy: Many of their foody scents   Other perfumes I’ve tried that I want more of Kyse: Cocoat Tiare, Delizia di Marshmallow, Fumee Vanille, Oui Plus! Arcana:  Bonfires at Dusk BDK Rouge Smoking   Other scented things: I'm a sucker for candles, incense, body scrubs, lotions, etc.  I particularly like fall and wintery scents:  pumpkin, apple, spices marshmallow, coffee, booze, etc.      Other:  I have a really long "want to read" list on Goodreads.  I'm fine with used books or e-books (I have a Kindle) or Audible books.  I also have a really long Amazon wish list under wendyb1063 here.     

wendyb1063

wendyb1063

 

January

Picking it up fresh for the new year. I *just* put on my perfume for the next several hours, so I'll update with greater detail later, but here we go~   The following scents are all from Arcana Wildcraft or Arcana Craves or just Arcana Soaps, which is what she called the company before deciding to split the themes. I'll include the notes for all of these since they won't be easily searchable on the forum. It's worth noting that they close on the regular to catch up on orders & stock, so ordering from them can be a little difficult at times, but please trust me when I say it's easier now than it used to be when they were available at a number of etailers at random times, and more straightforward than when it was an ebay-based business. 😂   January 1: Scàiltìn -- A festive Gaelic beverage which was first introduced hundreds of years ago. Fresh milk and silky cream are heated and gently whipped with confectionary sugar, warmly spiced honey, Réunion Island vanilla beans, sweet tonka, Irish wh!skey, grated nutmeg, and a bit of butter. -- This is new and currently available in the Winter collection. In the bottle, it's quite boozy & the whiskey is very prominent. Once on the skin, it's a creamy sweet bliss. The honey is definitely present, as is the nutmeg and the vanilla-y/hay-like tonka. ....I'm strongly tempted to look up a recipe for this, holy cats. I love milk punch and hot cocktails, and this sounds like (and if it's anything like the perfume, smells like) something I would love to drink. As it dries, it becomes a sweet honeyed milk and the spices and whiskey completely drop away. I don't always get along with Julia's milk notes, but here, it's lovely. This is overall a very cozy and friendly scent for me, and I'm glad I picked up a full bottle of it. It has almost no throw, though it may develop more of one as it ages, it's quite new, but it's still going strong at six and a half hours later. (the ! in the notes is present on the AW website; I copy-pasted the description directly, in case you were wondering. XD)   January 2: Rapunzel -- Imprisonment, innocence and ceaseless faith. Damascus rose and rose geranium are delicately stroked with vanilla, milk, sugar and a hint of soft white flowers. -- This one is one of my oldest Arcana bottles, from ~2008, and has been discontinued for around a decade. It's mostly a very lovely rose and rose geranium, lightly sweetened and a touch milky, but only a touch. It was beautiful fresh and is still beautiful aged and wears like a dream of flowing dresses, tall towers, and impossibly long hair. I have a second bottle from 2011 as well, one of the last ones she had available. It makes me think of milk baths with rose petals and Waterhouse paintings of girls with pale skin and rosy cheeks. It doesn't have a large throw, though I can smell it from a few inches away, so it's definitely got some, and it lasts for a few hours at strength then tapers off until it's gone ~hour 6 or so. (As an aside, I had a beverage the other night that was mostly rose geranium & black currant leaves and it was like drinking very delicious perfume because I'm so used to smelling that as a perfume note. I enjoyed it quite a bit.)   January 3: Wolfling -- An innocently feral opening of sweet marzipan and wild cherry leads to a heart of warm cardamom, sugared vanilla beans, soft wolfing fur, Cashmeran, and gentle gourmand musk. -- Another newer one, originally a GWP, but went live as part of the 2021 Halloween collection later. This smells much stronger of cherry in the bottle than it does at any point on my skin, mostly it's like the first two notes disappear completely in favor of cardamon, vanilla, furry musk, and a particular odd note that I know is the cashmeran but also smells a bit like amber and play-doh (this may partly be the cherry/almond attempting to stage a comeback without really standing out). It's pretty good, but I find it reminds me a lot of a very old perfume from a very long-defunct company, Good Judy, Kemonomimi. The notes for that are: Vanilla bean, rum, chocolate covered cherries, black figs, amber, cardamom, coriander, so perhaps you can see how they might feel a bit similar. Wolfling is muskier and Kemonomimi is a bit sweeter with a pretty decent chocolate note, but the vanilla bean, cherry, cardamom, and amber combo brings them to similar places on my skin, at least until the late drydown of Wolfling, where the Cashmeran and cardamom are all that's left. It's got pretty good lasting power and an interestingly variable throw depending on how warm my skin is. I feel like I might wear this more as a layering perfume with something much sweeter, maybe Scàltìn, or something with a nice sandalwood note if I wanted it to lean that way. Possibly a fir or pine note would be nice, as well. Hm.   January 4: Honey Craves Moonlit Paths -- All the scents of night-hiking in a deciduous forest with only the moon to light your way. Beeswax absolute, forest floor, damp, decaying leaves, fragrant mosses, wild honey, sleeping trees, and a whiff of feral fur. -- This was originally released a while back, I'm not entirely sure how long since I haven't tracked Craves as well as I have her Wildcraft line, but it came to me this year. I swapped for a sample and loved it, so when Craves reopened, I jumped on it. For me, this is heavy on the beeswax, which for Arcana is a very dense, sticky note that has a fairly massive throw and lingers. It's made one scent unwearable for me (Alhambra, the pomegranate/patchouli/rosemary/beeswax combo remains one of the worst things I've ever put on my skin, and the beeswax made it cling) and made a few absolute hits. This one's definitely my favorite of those. It's mostly beeswax and tree notes, though I'm not sure if it's the same as her Trees layering note or her Forest Floor layering note. Maybe it's both. Either way, it's a little damp, a little dirty, and entirely gorgeous. I don't get any honey at all, just wax. It doesn't smell so much like hiking to me, more like the way that a sleepaway camp cabin being used for larping does, with beeswax candles lit instead of electric lights. Brings back some memories from my late teens/early twenties.   Lasts forever, throws like a monster, but mostly wax. (This one is, unfortunately, in her discontinued list, which probably means that there's a component she can't currently source. Things have been known to be resurrected before, however.)   January 5: Her Faefolk -- The scent of the elves, fairies, nisser, and other supernatural beings who accompany The Great Herd. A soft bed of young green clover is sparked with bright raspberries, sugared coconut husks, and fuzzy peach skin. -- Another Winter 2021 release, purchased at the same time as Scàltìn. This is mostly sweet, soft peach with a bit of tart raspberry and a tiny bit of coconut on me. The clover is present in the bottle sniff, but doesn't really do much on my skin. It's a nice, pleasantly fruity little scent, but I would be lying if I said that at this point in the aging process it really felt evocative of the inspiration for me. However. Julia's scents often age into much greater depth and presence, so I'm keeping this around in hopes that it develops further in time. Currently it sticks extremely close to the skin and is completely gone after about four hours.   January 6: Eleanor of Aquitaine -- The scent of vivacity, beauty, royalty, wisdom, and an absolute, unfaltering strength. Precious attar of roses, rare chandan wood, cinnamon leaf, cream accord, aged vetiver, and a hint of thorny green stems hidden under fragrant velvet petals. -- (Chandan appears to be another name for sandalwood) Another very old bottle, from 2011, and predictably long discontinued. This is one of my very favorite woods-and-rose scents that I own, and has been for a long time. It's very regal, rich, and deep, with a strong vetiver presence and very big, very dark, red rose notes assisted by the sandalwood and cinnamon. I've never actually gotten any cream from this, but it's probably there keeping the sharper notes in check. Interestingly, there's a similarity to a few BPAL scents with a thorn accord that I hadn't really noticed before, but I really took note of that one last year, so it stands out a bit more to me now. It lasts forever and has an extremely strong throw and I love it and will treasure this bottle as long as it lasts. : )   January 7: Blue Amber layering note -- Fresh white amber, crystal blue aquatic notes, sea air, and a bit of Egyptian blue chamomile. -- I'd contemplated this one on the site for a while, then a decanter whose circle I joined had this on their sale list, so I bought it. : ) The oil itself is blue, as is the case with most (all?) oils containing blue chamomile (or blue tansy, since apparently 'true' blue chamomile is German chamomile, and blue tansy is also known as Moroccan chamomile -- I swear to all the gods I don't believe in that the peculiarities of naming of essences, extracts, oils, and derivatives of various plants is one of the most fun and also incredibly annoying things about this hobby! There's always another ten sites/books/articles to look at, and half of them disagree with each other or are some variation of, yeah, they're almost the same, but actually derived from different plants in the same species, or the only difference is how they're processed. ANYWAY.)  The strongest note is white amber, but there's a distinctive hay-like note (chamomile) and mostly in the throw, a hint of salt and ozone. It's very fresh, almost laundry-like, and the white amber is interestingly unsweet. I'm kind of torn on whether I really like it or not, but I am tempted to use it for layering sometime, if I can think of anything that needs a hint of ...this. Hm. Throw is powerful, lasts for ~four-five hours then completely vanishes without any fade. Overall: odd duck.   Jan 8: Got my booster yesterday evening and could barely move all day. 😢 Jan 9: Still feeling bad, and my sense of smell is weirdly heightened? ...Idk, I'm just really uncomfortable right now.   Feeling a little better today, so on with it. : ) January 10: Glittering Milk -- Sweet, chilled milk with our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- This is another new one from the 2021 Winter collection, and will probably be available once she reopens. I have and have enjoyed other scents in the Glittering Collection, but this one's not really my jam. The milk is a bit sour and it ends up not really adding much to the base scent, imo. It does give me a very particular scent memory, of some gluten-free cookies one of my former coworkers made and the extremely weird but oddly tasty icing that, one year, they added a bit of mint extract to. ...Yeah, it really reminds me of those cookies. I'm glad I went for a sample size of this one instead of a full bottle, but I'm also very glad I tried it. No throw in particular, doesn't last that long, but will probably increase in strength over time.   January 11: Glittering Lavender -- Smooth, sweet, buttery French lavender absolute with our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- I have a few of the Glittering blends. I bought this one last year, but it was resurrected for this year as well. It's very mellow, the lavender is very soft and mild. Maybe a little too mild; after about fifteen minutes, all I can smell is the Glittering base and the barest hint of a lavender bud in the distance. This one is fine, I like it a bit more than Milk, and after a year of aging it has a bit of throw and lasts quite a while, but I'm not super-duper in love with it.   January 12: Glittering Ginger -- Ginger cookies, gingerbread, and fresh gingerroot are blended with our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- Another new one. It's got a lovely sharp and spicy ginger bite at first, but it doesn't last terribly long. I'm hoping that with a bit of age the ginger will deepen up and get some longevity, because otherwise, it's just a bottle of Glittering White with some top notes. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and I do really enjoy the ginger as well as the base, but in buying multiple bottles of scents with a similar base, you do generally hope they feel more distinct. Fairly low throw & longevity in general, but it's only a few weeks old at this point.   January 13: Glittering Green -- The scent of eating mint-laced white chocolates in a huge old growth forest. Jammy fir balsam, a bit of black spruce, and our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- I bought this last year as well, and it's also back again. This is my favorite of all the Glittering scents I have, the evergreen notes plus the sweeter notes is *chef's kiss* just gorgeous and both aspects stay balanced through the entire wearlength, which is about average, maybe 4-6 hours.   January 14: Glittering Cherry -- Candied maraschino cherries with our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- Second-to-last one, and probably my least favorite. I'm not averse to cherry perfumes, but I really prefer it to be darker, fruitier cherry, not the sticky candied maraschino note in this perfume. It reminds me a bit of chapstick or cough syrup, that kind of shiny red "cherry" note. Fortunately (?) the cherry doesn't last very long, and then it's just Glittering White for the next while. It's still pretty fresh and compared to some of my slightly older iterations, has little throw or longevity. This was a sample-sized GWP from the 2021 Winter release, though it may appear in a future update. I wouldn't have bought it on its own.   January 15: Glittering Pink -- A sugary sweet melange of pink pistachio candy, pink peppermint ice cream, pink musk, and our Glittering White (an opening of cold peppermint settles into a heart of sugar cookies, marshmallows, white chocolate, and vanilla musk). -- Last one! I got this in a swap earlier this year, a decant in a small jar-style vial. I think it was on offer last year, but did not return for this year. The pink notes here really complement the base, the mint is stronger than in any of the other iterations I have, and the candy is very nougat-y on my skin. If it weren't for the doll-like pink musk, this would be extremely edible, but the musk pushes it past that almost into the realm of scented toys. Okay, maybe actually into it. 😂 It's giving me flashbacks to a peppermint-scented My Little Pony I had as a kid. Like Green, the balance stays pretty true through most of the wear time. Unlike any of the others, it fades into the pink notes instead of the base, which is a neat trick. I like this pretty well, but it's not actually that fantastic on my skin, since it leans just a bit towards the plastic.   Whew, halfway through the month already? How is this possible?   January 16: Cherry Blossom single/layering note -- Julia was running special request LNs last spring, and I picked this up then. She's since stopped doing them, and this isn't a note that shows up with great frequency in her catalogue, but I love it. BPAL's cherry blossom is very dry and clean on me, often leaning towards the dryer sheets side of the scent spectrum. This one is a little bit as well, but much damper and with a stronger cherry aspect. It's pinker in tone as well, and is the second most accurate to being in the PNW in March/April and standing in a grove of slightly damp sakura trees. The first one that made me !!!!! 🌸!!! when I sniffed it was Olympic Orchids Sakura. I've done hanami with friends for most of the last couple of decades and it just nailed it. This is very close, but a little heavier and more perfume-like, while Sakura is lighter. It has that pale and ethereal yet slightly fleshy aspect of the petals themselves. IDK if you've ever had anything made with sakura blossoms before, particularly pickled ones, but that's the sort of thing this reminds me of. Fairly low throw unless I really pour it on, low longevity, which I'd somewhat expect with nothing to tether it down -- it drifts off gracefully after maybe an hour or two.   January 17: Pushpadhanva -- Our tribute to Pushpadhanva, Kamadeva, Manmatha, Ragavrinta: god of love, stalk of passion, shooter of arrows, churner of hearts. Scented with sweet, sharp ginger, mango juice, black tea, baked crumpets and a hint of milk. -- Another very, very old one, I bought this in 2008 and it was originally part of a Valentine's release. It's still very lovely, fruity and cake-like. Well. Not exactly, it actually does smell more like crumpets than cake, but even more than that -- there's a crumpet shop near where I worked for a long time and they make a scone that is more cake-like than the standard coffeeshop scone. It's baked in a round and not quite sweet and that, almost exactly, is what that note reminds me of. If I put ginger-mango jam on that scone and a little clotted cream and drank their house blend tea, that would perfectly represent this perfume. I have no particular connection to the specific inspiration, but it does feel like a really good midwinter perfume, a little golden brightness in the darker months. It's got a bit of throw, but impressive longevity. I can still smell it on me after work if I put it on in the morning. (I also bought this as a soap and loved it. ❤️ Good stuff.)

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eldritchhobbit

eldritchhobbit

 

December

🐰🐰 Last month of 2021. It's been a pretty wild ride, but it's been nice having this daily touchstone to look back on. Also, it's been great to really dig into my BPAL collection and find a few things to downsize, a few things to upsize, and a lovely reminder of the many beautiful things that I haven't touched in a while. I may take a bit of a break in January -- not from wearing perfume, but from keeping myself to a BPAL-only agenda. 😂 I've definitely worn things from other companies (Arcana's featured pretty heavily in the background, for example) but aside from a couple of blips, I haven't really talked about them. I definitely want to keep exploring my (ridiculous) collection, but ...like, BPAL's not the only company I collect, just the biggest one. I may also actually go back and retest a few things that I've said I would! But first, December. I'm wearing Phoenixes until my Weenies get here, which could be anywhere from 2-7 days.   December 1: Pink Phoenix -- So sweet and sticky, but somehow not cloying on my skin, which surprised me a LOT the first time I tried it, because otherwise, after a brief burst of more distinct pear and honey and hint of sweet pea, this dries down to the odor you get when you open a fresh container of Dubble Bubble mixed flavor (original pink, watermelon, grape, green apple) bubble gum. Not the gum itself, but the lightly plasticky BLAST of fruity sugar that occurs when you peel back the seal. I actually really enjoy it. 😂 It is indeed a very silly, lighthearted scent, good for very fluffy days and when you feel kind of pooky. Pretty big throw, but it doesn't actually last that long on me, maybe 2-3 hours before all I can smell is the merest hint of sugar.   December 2: Copper Phoenix -- This needed a bit of rolling to reblend it. The first application it was much softer and powdery, but after rolling and reapplying, more of the orange and pink pepper and apricot popped up. As it dries, it still does become a bit powdery, which I am generally attributing to the amber. Later, it becomes much more woody, and yes, very smooth. At one point I liked this enough to own two bottles, but I think I sold one at some point, and that's not a bad thing. I still like it, it's still very lovely, but when it was younger, it was a lot brighter and shinier. Now it wears like copper with a bit of a patina. I'm still pretty into it, but it isn't quite as lively a scent anymore.   December 3: No. 93 Engine -- I'm pretty sure this is a repeat, but I really just wanted soothing, familiar, and comforting today. It's such a beautiful scent, golden and lightly waxy and a little woody -- and it lasts forever (at least eight hours and still going) with just enough throw to smell nice but not overwhelm people around you. It's perfect for most occasions, can smell both classy and just plain pleasant, (at least on me) and ....man, IDK, this has been a favorite of mine since I got a decant right after it was released. It's just that good. If I were forced to choose a signature scent, this would be in the running.   December 4: Pothôn Mêtêr -- Also a repeat. I've been at a comic convention all weekend and really needed mellow & familiar to counteract the stress of so much public time. 😅 This is another one that's been a favorite for years. It's so lovely, with a really beautiful rose note punched up by pink pepper and accented by a wonderful balsam note. It's not really fruity, though it has a fruity quality, it's not exactly spicy, though it is a bit peppery, it is floral, but not a Big Floral, just a super-smooth rose. This is another that would be a strong contender for signature scent status, if I were ever to actually make that kind of choice. It's a little bit on the pink side, but in a way that I find appealing. Moderate throw, though I could smell it through my mask, and I can still smell it clearly after almost nine hours of wear.   December 5: Purple Phoenix -- Still gloriously purple after all this time. This is possibly one of two or three grape/wine scents that I actively enjoy wearing? Halloween: Las Vegas and Saint Foutin de Varailles are the only other two I can think of off the top of my head. But this is cool and mellow and grape-y without ever verging into Dimetapp territory. It's a little sweet but not cloying as fig and plum can be on me, and never dusty despite having both violet and orris. It's funny -- if I were to look at this one now, with a firmer idea of my tastes, I'd probably skip it. But I'm really happy I own this, and it gives me such happy nostalgia when I look at it, since I got it quite soon after I started.
December 6: Leather Phoenix -- Man, this one's intense, but also, has aged into something unbelievably good, provided you're into oudh, narcissus, and lightly smoky leather, among other things. I generally am not a big fan of most of these things (indeed, I was not a big fan of this when it was fresh), and the oudh is very indolic indeed, but somehow after the initial extreme whiffiness this manages to soften into matcha-rose-oudh glory once it's been on my skin for a while. People who don't like oudh should probably avoid this, since the one used is, if the description is accurate, 33 years old at this point, and very powerful. But if you like deep, intense scents that shift on your skin, this might be your jam. Good luck in locating a bottle.   And that was exactly as many Phoenixes as I pulled out for this run. I have a lot more, but I also got my Weenie decants in today. So I'll be starting on those tomorrow.   December 7: A Skull, A Music Book, A Snuffed-Out Candle -- First, tulips, very strong and a little damp and overblown. Next, a bit of very soft leather and sandalwood, followed immediately by a very bright burst of beeswax. I really like this, actually. I don't think I'll buy a full bottle of it, because I have a few other woody beeswax scents and I'm not really a huge fan of the tulip note, but it's very pleasant overall. Throw is mild and mostly wax, and the lasting power currently isn't great, but it's also very fresh and will almost certainly age into something much stronger. (Lol, bought Ajevie's leftover partial bottle. I couldn't stop contemplating it over the last few days and took it as a sign that it hadn't sold yet.)   December 8: Chibi Skull with Last Will and Testament -- Starts as sweet red patchouli, ends as straight red patchouli. Not bad, and I like the way it smells from application to about two hours in, but I have the Sumatran Red Patchouli SN, and it's pretty great, but also not substantially different from the way this dries down. It does bear some resemblance to  Départ Pour Le Sabbat, which someone mentioned in the review thread, but that one has greater depth & overall complexity, imo. I'd definitely rec this to patchouli-lovers who might like a hint of gourmand. Decent throw, lasts quite a while, but I sort of tuned it out after ~4 hours. I'll keep the decant to see what it does in a few months. (eta: gave it to a friend on whom it smelled incredible instead of just okay)
December 9: Pandemic Vanitas -- What a goddamn strange scent. 😂 I got pure fries at first, hot oily potato GEH wafting off my wrists. It was really gross. That did fade, shifting slowly past fries into potato chips, and continuing into a slightly bready scent with a hint of cotton, but it eventually landed dead on in chocolate chip cookie dough, and that is where it stayed for the next few hours and I wanted to inhale my wrists. The last phase reminded me a bit of Trader Joe's chocolate chip pain au lait, which I love. So, to recap, it went from mildly nauseating to captivating. Which.... is not really common for me. 😂 I don't think I can handle the fries enough to want a bottle, but I'm really happy I tried it and will keep the decant for when I feel like making that journey and if anything else pops up with the raw cookie dough note listed, I will definitely be giving it a try.   December 10: Pyramid of Skulls -- HOLY mice. So this is a very glorious scent that is just slightly more than the sum of its parts. On me it's quite heavy at first, deep, incense-y sandalwood that shifts as I wear it. I'm pretty sure there's at least red sandalwood, white sandalwood, and something like the golden sandalwood from Little Wooden Doll. As it dries, it gets both thicker and drier, as well as a little smoky, as the tobacco slowly takes over. It ends up a very woody, warm tobacco close to the skin with a very solid, mostly sandalwood throw. I'm not sure I need a bottle, since I have an All-Time Favorite Chonky Sandalwood perfume in the form of Madhat Under the Shade of Santal (though that also has rose, cinnamon, & lime, among other things) but I am strongly tempted.   December 11: Pinched with Four Pumpkins -- I tested a decant of the original version of this back in January. It's a scent I like but I've never been desperate to get more of, in part because of the usual price it goes for and in part because it's nice, but not like, obsession-inducing for me. I was pretty curious to see how this fresh + pumpkin version would wear, and it turns out that it's fairly similar to the original (lightly coffee-scented woody cinnamon), but with that particular sweetened pumpkin note that I've gotten accustomed to in many Weenies. Aaaand I'm still pretty over pumpkin. 😂 I might buy a bottle of this to wear when I'm done being done with wearing pumpkin, but ...I might not. It's nice, but not obsession-inducing. 😉 Light throw that will probably strengthen with age, decent but not overwhelming longevity.   December 12: Mystery Powder Fizzy Candy -- This is mostly whatever they use for their effervescent notes as in their soda/champagne scents + sugar. It's ...fine, I guess? I don't hate it but I don't love it, and it was surprisingly strong and lasted quite a long time, which was not super-great since I also am in the midst of a migraine developing. I thought it might be a little easier to handle than Pumpkinville but I was a little bit wrong. I'll definitely give this one a second sniff later.   December 13: Migraine, so perfume was a no go. ~_~;   December 14: Pumpkinville -- Finally felt better, so I threw this one on. I haven't tried Storyville. I've had the opportunity to get small amounts at reasonable prices and avoided it every time because it didn't sound like something I would like or wear and because the particular culture of overpricing certain scents makes my teeth itch a little, even if it's somewhat understandable at times. Still, it's hardly the only perfume that was released once over a brief time and will never be remade. That said, I disliked this for about thirty seconds while it pretended to be mostly made of fairly intense jasmine or oudh, and then immediately went for maximum huffing as soon as it dried enough to do so. The pumpkin isn't overwhelmingly sticky or vegetal, and it gets mostly buried under the wall of red musk and spices. It is sultry and it is sweet, and I do like it, but I also felt just a tinge annoyed by it. Very powerful throw & longevity.   December 15: Innocent Souls Turned Carrion Birds -- Soft and grey and also just a bit soapy on my skin. I kind of like it, but I'm also a bit underwhelmed. I've enjoyed quite a few of the Lab's grey scents, but this one winds up feeling a lot more like a somewhat classic aftershave on me. I do like labdanum & sandalwood, but I think the grey musk is a bit much for me. It's okay, I don't hate it, but it doesn't inspire me to either buy a full bottle or wax especially poetic about it. Throw is moderate and inoffensive, doesn't shift much, nor does it overstay its welcome. I may try it again in a few months, just to see if a bit of age shifts it at all. It did make me want to pull out The Grey Columns again, though, so kudos for that.   December 16: Her Mouth is Sinister and Red -- I tossed this into my order mostly on the strength of the idea of mugwort & roses, but on my skin it's all about the orchid and white musk and a whiffy bit of lilac-adjacent dragon's blood (daemonorops). Kind of laundry-fresh on my skin, with a hint of almost oily sweetness underneath. I expected this to be a much more intense and red scent than it is, but instead it's quite pale with the redder notes barely tinting the edges. The rose is extremely faint, and the mugwort doesn't really have much prominence late-late drydown, though it does lend a peculiar hint of mustiness that I kind of enjoy to some of the earlier stages. Overall, this is fine, but not something I'm likely to wear. Mildly soapy throw, unexceptional longevity. Might get better with a bit of aging, but it might not. ...The white musk is really strong here. >_>;   That's the last of my Weenie decants. I think I'll fill up the rest of the month with seasonally-appropriate Yules and a last couple of Lilith & Weenies I ordered direct from the Lab. That order should get to me in a few days.   December 17: A Breathless Chuckle -- ...Huh, this is actually a BPTP scent that managed to escape being put in with the rest of its fellows. It's still a Yule, though, so it counts. This is a foodie bomb of a scent, though my skin gives it a quasi-floral, almost rose-like quality while it's wet that is mildly baffling. I don't get a lot of chocolate from this, it's primarily marshmallow and a bit of background buttery shortbread. Later on it does give a sort of rice krispy treat-like impression, cereal qualities with sweet marshmallow and some vanilla. There might be a single chocolate chip in there somewhere. It's really soft, I have to sniff pretty deeply to even smell it on my wrists, and it vanished completely after a couple of sweetly pleasant hours. (full bottle)   December 18: Whoop -- I managed to poison myself with potatoes today, so I spent the largest portion of the day passed out on Benadryl. =_=; Having woken up a bit, finally, I'm putting on perfume. I've got a low partial of this oldie from 2010, and since I did a Scrooge scent yesterday, why not one today? Wet, this is aggressively seasonal, like so very HOLIDAY -- pines and both cranberries and bayberry and a bit of ozone and amber, plus just a far-off hint of pie. As it dries, the pine steps back and the amber, honey, and pie step forward. It isn't exactly foodie, but it's not ...not foodie? I'm one of the people for whom this scent yells CHRISTMAS, but not a Christmas I ever particularly took part of, like, that far-off idealized Victorian Christmas in a manor house with an enormous tree, garlands of berries and popcorn and way too much gold decor, snow falling outside and the promise of a sleigh ride. I actually really like it, which is why I have this partial instead of just a decant. It's incredibly strong at first, but fades relatively quickly, with a moderate throw that is mostly sweet pine and good longevity. I swear it's gotten stronger over the years. ...Kind of wish I'd saved it for the 24th, tbh, though there's nothing stopping me from wearing it again then. :3 (low partial bottle)   December 19: Sleipnir -- When I tested Plague-o-Ween I thought that Gunpowder was the only scent I had (I think, lurking in my decants drawers) that also had a carrot note, but I was wrong, this one does too, and it stands out much more. ...Honestly, this reminds me of the carrot cake cookies a local deli makes if someone kindly used elderberries and bilberries (a European blueberry relative, I've only ever had them in jam) instead of raisins for a tarter flavor. It has no particular spices, and as it dries the cookie-like aspect fades to honeyed berries and the hay comes out a bit more. Late drydown is honey & hay which, while not the most beautiful scent I've ever had softly wafting off my wrists, is still not bad. Low but present throw, moderate longevity. (~60% full bottle)   My Black Friday order made it to me today, so I'm putting Yules on hold to give commentary on the six new-to-me scents from that, three bottles and the BF frimps. ...Well, except for the 25th.   *caveat for the following few scents: these are fresh from the mailbox and will almost certainly shift over time. I may come back to them in a few months.   December 20: Still Life with Dooting Skull -- My only Weenie from this order, and the only one I went for without a decant first. I was extremely gratified to poke the review thread and see that multiple people got smoke from this because that's what it smells like, both in the bottle and initially on my skin. Smoke and a hint of sharp medicinal licorice. I like the licorice, but this isn't quite like any of the other licorice (or anise, or fennel) scents I own. People aren't wrong in saying that it smells a bit like root beer, either. There's one I like a lot, Virgil's, that contains both anise and nutmeg, as well as bourbon vanilla and clove, among other herbs and spices. I don't know if that's quite what Beth was aiming for here, but that's pretty close to how it smells after the smoke fades, a matter of perhaps ten minutes. After about an hour most of that fades and I'm left with a rather thick honey, similar to the one in several scents in the Lupercalia release, and a bit of rooty licorice. I never do get much in the way of coconut except perhaps adding a hint of creaminess in the background. I'm not disappointed in this, but it did surprise me a bit. I'm pretty sure the smoke effect is at least partly from the honey, since I got some similar (albeit lighter) aspects of that from some of the Honey Pot scents I tried. I keep wanting to think I dislike it, but then I huff and get more licorice and feel very satisfied. 😂 I really love licorice scents, and there hasn't been one that felt strong enough for my tastes in a while (Black Licorice Smut was too much Smut and not enough licorice). This one might be it, after a bit of aging to see if the honey calms down. Throw is a little bit weak but will probably improve over time, longevity so far is pretty good, I'm at about five hours and it's still pretty strong. Something I might pull out to contrast with it: Paduan Killer Swarm.   December 21: Tiramisu Funnel Cake -- Yuck. 😂 If it were just tiramisu, I'd be fine here, but I cannot stand the funnel cake note. It smells greasy and oily on me in the worst ways. So it's cocoa, coffee, a hint of booze, some cinnamon, and the oil used to deep-fry some dough. I put it on wishfully and washed it off immediately. Throw was pretty strong, but longevity is a mystery to me. 😂   December 22: Philopannyx -- Really beautiful enormous purple roses that I recognize from Flickering Lantern, champaca, and sweet, lightly powdery violets lead this one. The darker notes are currently just a low background hum, though I can tell they're there -- especially the black musk & myrrh -- because of the light sneeziness in the throw. The lavender starts showing up in later drydown a bit, but is never very prominent. The whole scent is very heady and velvety on my skin, very much something I could wear to the goth club. I'm pretty happy I jumped straight to a full bottle; it falls in a similar category for me as Flickering Lantern or Raptures and Roses of Vice -- big, sexy roses with deeper notes backing them up. It's not either smoky like FL or as aggressive as R&RoV, it's definitely (currently, anyway) more chill and a bit sweeter. This is exactly what I was hoping for -- a lovely, dark purple scent somewhere in the same realm as Purple Phoenix, but without the wine/grape notes or fig. Also, I really love those purple roses. I can't think of many things that's shown up in, and it is a very distinct note compared to the red, pink, or white ones. Throw is pretty strong, even for a fresh-from-the-mailbox scent, and it lasts a very long time.   December 23: Urban Undine -- Salty! As it dries, salty + lavender! After it dries, ambergris! ...because that's what ambergris does on me almost every time. 😂 I really like this, though really only the lavender sets it apart from my fairly large collection of oceanic aquatic perfumes at this point. It does fill a niche, though, in that it's a bit brighter and more refreshing, without going into beachy vibes (for me, anyway). It settles comfortably about where I'd expect it to -- kayaking in summer -- and stays there. Lasts several hours, throw was pretty big for something as fresh as this is.   December 24: Iced Apple Dumplings Plopped Into A Sweet Potato Pie -- Whew, a whole mouthful for one tiny imp. 😂 It's nice enough, but I like the bright spicy apple throw more than I like the up-close pastry-and-sweet potato scent. I'm not sure about the iced aspect, nothing here seems to reflect that. It's just warm apples, sweet potato, spice and pastry all the way down. As it dries, it develops a kind of raw dough effect that I find almost stomach-turning. Overall, this is fine but not something I'd have purchased on its own. Throw is massive and strongly reminiscent of apple pie filling, but the scent as a whole it doesn't last more than a few hours.   December 25: Père Noël (2015) -- Sweet oranges that fade to quasi-milky lavender & anise candies. Pleasant, mild, and nice to wear to a small dinner party. Minimal throw, relatively short wearlength. (bottle, Lab purchase, personally decanted from)   December 26: Cafè de Olla Fried Ice Cream Jammed into a Coconut Cream Pie -- ...There's that fried note again. >_>;; Plus sweet vanilla and a frosty note that almost comes across as fizzy. ....So, uh, this smells a bit like a cream soda float with a sidecar of fried dough for a while. The coconut shows up a bit later, and it's a very light, sweet coconut, almost floral in tone -- I haven't seen this one in a while, but it reminds me of the coconut in Tiki Princess? That phase is better for me, but the fried note never completely goes away and I really am not a fan. :))))))) Throw was weak, and I'm not sure about longevity because I stopped even trying to sniff it after about an hour, and then took a shower.   December 27: Pumpkin I (2007) -- I know, this seems a bit odd to have in here, but it was a frottle with my most recent order. ....Despite being grape, pumpkin, and jasmine (tea), plus pear. .. . . . I'm digging this. The pumpkin is pretty laid back and the grapes are fresh and not overly wine-y, while the jasmine tea adds a light breath of floral to the otherwise very sweet & fruity scent. The pear's very nice, maybe a little more cooked than I usually like my pear, but not so much that it feels sticky. I do think I'd really love it without the pumpkin,  but even with, this is pretty great. The pumpkin does stand out a bit more after it dries, but it sort of comes and goes, playing hide and seek with the fruity notes. It doesn't have a lot of throw, nor did it last an especially long time, but I enjoyed the ride & will probably keep the bottle, at least for a while.   December 28: Mother Shub's Spiced Lait de Chèvre -- Thick, creamy eggnog with a faint hint of coffee and some spice (mostly nutmeg) that blooms up after a few minutes on the skin. Slightly plasticky at first, which is not uncommon for me with the goat milk note, but it fades. I wish it had a little more oomph overall, but it's a pleasant, if uncomplicated scent. Low throw, doesn't last more than a few hours. ...I wish I had some eggnog in the house now. (partial bottle)   December 29: The Shivering Boy (2012) -- This is a big blast of the ozonic version of the Lab's frost/cold note at first, with some of the stone note (pleh) and a bit of distant greenery. As it dries it warms up some and the stone fades out, but it still maintains a slightly nose-tingling hint of ozone and something like eucalyptus leaves. There's a fruity note that pops up later, but it's never very strong on me, and some of whatever the Lab uses for thorny vines. It's ... fine, I guess. I can't imagine really wanting to wear this over some of my other snowy scents, but it's not offending my nose or making me want to wash it off. This was a frottle from the Lab with an order last March and I haven't dug it out until now, though I might consider trying this out during warm weather as a cooling scent. Hm. Only a little throw, lasts several hours before fading into oblivion.
December 29 bonus: Arcana Köstlich (GWP Winter 2021) -- So, for the last week or so, once I've finished testing whatever bottle I've been testing, I've been wearing this. The notes are: roasted coffee beans, ginger cakes fresh from a warm oven, tobacco-gilded German amber, sweet vanilla, chai spices, and black Ostfriesentee. (I had to look that last one up, and it's apparently a particular blend of very strong black tea from Northwestern Germany, usually drunk with a rather large chunk of sugar and a dash of heavy cream, and emphatically not stirred.) It's somehow one of the best things I've ever smelled, at least to my nose right now. All of my Arcana Winter scents were winners, but this one beat them all by a large margin. It's somehow exactly what it says it is, all the notes in approximately the order listed, strong but not too strong, with a good throw and excellent longevity. I love it, and I hope it comes up for general purchase sometime so I can recommend it to people!   December 30: Budding Realization -- This is a scent I got recently from the Rosebud Tarot Kickstarter. It's quite fresh still, but absolutely lovely. The rose is, predictably, the strongest note, but it's tempered by the clove and sandalwood, plus a rather great shock of pink pepper. As it dries, it warms up and the amber bumps up a bit. The atmosphere here is welcoming and open, even a bit calming, but not in a sleepy way. Later on, it becomes a beautifully woody rose-amber scent, though it's interesting, but because of what clove does on my skin, it ends up smelling a lot like carnation & reminds me a bit of both the BPTP Red Rose from the Unity set and, from what I recall of the last time I dug it out, Hod. I really like this, and I'm super-happy I went for the Kickstarter. Solid, very rosy throw, and good longevity for the relative age of the perfume. I fully expect this to become an extremely gorgeous, even more full-bodied rose scent as it ages.   December 31: Exalted Sol: Confidence (Sphere & Sundry) -- My midnight perfume tonight is Eleutheria, because calm, soothing road opening is exactly the vibe I'm hoping for in the next year, but I put on this one before work this morning to give me the oomph I needed to face the day. It ...probably worked? I was able to successfully work through a migraine while I waited for my meds to kick in and then while they borked my equilibrium as they worked. I'll give it a real road test later on, but oh my GOD it smells so good. Beautiful wax and a very sturdy frankincense backed up by some sweetness, a hint of citrus, and later on a gorgeous hit of Balm of Gilead. Most TAL & related creations of Beth's I don't tend to judge very much on how they smell, but this one is a stack of my favorite notes blended into a golden aura. It's also got quite a lot of plant matter floating in it. I wasn't paying attention past the point I put on my mask except for a brief bit while I was at lunch, so I can't comment on throw or longevity (though it was certainly there after ~2 hours of wearing it while I worked, and gone after 8 hours) but ..man, I'll wear this again, for sure.   ....And that's a wrap on 2021. I could go count up all the missed days and doubled days and the few repeats, but let's just say I think I wore at least 365 unique perfumes this year (including some OCYL perfumes I didn't talk about), sometimes two or three different ones each day. It got me to really dig into my collection in ways I haven't before this. I posted a few reviews in the relevant forums, though not many (but all the OLLAs!) and helped me choose a few to eliminate as well as added a few scents to my personal wishlist. It also gave me an even deeper insight into what I actually like to wear and let me know that, yeah, actually my sense of my own taste is pretty accurate.   Also, it was really fun.  In ten minutes from this writing, it'll be a new year, and a whole new set of perfumes to dig into. As I've commented, I could probably fill another two (maybe three??) years with the rest of my BPAL collection, including decants and Lab imps, but ...I do love other companies, so January will feature them, probably starting with Arcana, because I really love Julia's blends and have quite a few.   Thanks for reading!

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windbourne

 

2021 12 Days of Christmas Q&A

Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? Ermmmm a winning lottery ticket!     If you were down with knitted or crocheted items:
do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? I definitely prefer amigurumi, afghans/blocks, mandalas, doilies, etc. if crocheted unless tunisian crochet.  I don't have a need for anything knitted since I'm too hot 99.9999999% of the time and wear t-shirts/camis/capri pants/open toe sandals pretty much all year but there are quite a few knitted amigurumi on my "make for me" list on Ravelry.   I'm 100% a yarn snob though and prefer merino or merino/silk.  Silk and silk/linen are ok too.  Tencel is good.  I'm not a fan of MCN or cashmere in general because of the pilling; same goes for single stranded yarn in general.  Plied is my friend.  No variegated yarn on wearables.  Pretty much any yarn is ok for amigurumi though.   Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? I'm a Women's 2x at Teeturtle and I LOVE their shirts but unless they've dramatically sped up, their shipping may be too slow for this swap?  Unless you have it shipped direct.   Ummm I Lovecrafting would be great.  I'll look more tomorrow; I might have a bunch on my Amazon wearables wishlist (I use the universal wishlist button so they go directly to teeturtle.)     What is the best book you've read recently? I'm not good at rating books or "recently".. (time is such an illusion for me!)   Right now I'm reading "A Chorus of Dragons" by Jen Lyons and need to start book three (but I keep getting interrupted by library books becoming available.)  Just finished "The Other Side of the Sky" by Amie Kaufman.   Last night I started "Child of Light" by Terry Brooks.    My favorite books off the top of my head are The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, The Locked Tomb (however many, no longer a trilogy) by Tamsyn Muir, and all of the Fitz & Fool books by Robin Hobb.  And the Naomi Novik Scholomance books.  Oh, and the Murderbot books.     What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy? I have ornaments on my amazon holiday wishlist and on my etsy wishlists (especially the ones under Krampus.)  NMBC ornaments FTW!  (links to my wishlists are in my Signature under SW help.)  Skeletal unicorns, bats, krampus, ....    Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? I could use more stretchy cotton headbands.  There is some hair color I'd love under my bath/beauty wishlist on Amazon.   What is your jewelry style? I only wear silver colored and I'm allergic to most metals, so I don't actually wear much jewelry.  I would like to get my ears pierced again someday, this time with a bit of a larger gauge.  I can wear sterling silver and surgical steel.   Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? Nightmare before Christmas, yes yes yes.     Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc? yes!  I love pepper jelly and jalapeno level spicy things.   Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers I buy the coconut rolls in bulk at costco so I'm good there.  I'm picky about organic and stuff and I'm trying to cut back on cracker type things.     I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? Maybe?  black and purple forever!   What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures? Bats, ferrets, corvids, pit bull type dogs, narwhals, dolphins, whales of all types, rats, my sweet piggies/goats/sheep.  oh, duh, horses.  Especially Friesians. Hippocampus, fantasy equines of all kinds (kelpies, unicorns, pegasus, any type of mythical water horse or mythical creature with horse form.)  Gargoyles/grotesques of all sorts.     I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   
I love everyone!   All the ones I looked at were $$$$$ though.   I'm candying citrus peel this year. Oranges, mostly. Is that something you would like? Chocolate dipped? What about homemade caramel sauce?
OMG YES.  YES.   And more YES.  to everything.   Do you like adult coloring books at all and if so do any of the ones from this store strike your fancy? 
Not a coloring person, sorry.     how do you feel about solid perfumes?  Not a fan.  Honestly most perfume right now isn't working for me because of my respiratory issues and my skin breaking out with contact.     Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK? Bird & Blend tea!  Whittards tea!  Chocolate!  LUSH!  Future Primitive!  Anything else I need to try!  (Jaffa cakes?)  Pudding steamer!  Sticky toffee pudding recipes!  Christmas crackers (do yours have better gifts inside than ours?  ours suck most of the time.)  good wine gums!  alllll the things!   Are you ok with paper books at all? It depends on the book.  I'm ok with coffee table books, cook books, knitting pattern books, etc. (I can take a photo or scan the pages I want to use and then use them digitally in the event of cook/pattern books) but I have a really hard time reading paperback novels because of my eyes.  I don't have any reading glasses and I'm constantly fighting with my prescriptions at the doctor because I feel blind all the time.  Either they give me a too strong prescription so I can't see *anything* close up at all or too weak and I can't see the TV or road signs.   Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? I pretty much only have two card games - Exploding Kittens NSFW version (no expansions) and Unstable Unicorns - the control box and the chaos box both from the kickstarter (no other expansions, no main game.)  My son has Cards against Humanity and Joking Hazard but I don't know which expansions he has or needs.  I'd love CAH because I do have "special" cards for it (I joined their "Holiday Bullshit" every year they had they ran it!)   Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? I'm really not a fan of decants or samples, they usually go to live in a box and are never seen again.  Unless it's something I *REALLY* want to try or really love and can't get.  Yep, there's that duality.  But any imps that are from the lab and aren't special ones, I've probably already tried (except for the new RPG's.)  I don't mind receiving them; I'll just give them away with sales / swaps though.   Are you interested in oracle decks? I like oracle decks!   I just received one from a kickstarter; The Knitters Oracle (Alex Tinsley.)   How about wax melts? I love all scented things (even if my lungs don't) and I do have multiple wax burners.   how do you feel about fruit infused sugar/syrup? I have epic amounts of both, due to my candying this year. I have lemon, citron, orange and cherry. YES PLEASE.  Either sugar or syrup or both.  All the flavors sound good.   how do you feel about candied quince? Sure!  

twilighteyes

twilighteyes

 

2021 Krampusnachnt Q&A

Haus of Gloi yule update:  Would love Snow Wolf in the exfoliant*, scrub, whipped soap*, and/or room spray.  Any of the butterbombs sound amazing (except for white chocolate/peppermint) but especially the Holly & Oak.   Plum lip balm!     PBSW's Yule Update:  Comfort & Joy, Snowbird,  In Dulci Jubilo - A sacred blaze of beeswax & bayberry candles casting smoking shadows in chapel corners on Christmas Eve   this one also sounds amazing.      Sugar Spider:  Body Scrub   --  Suikerspin, Chantilly Creme, Blond Sugar, Blue Marshmello.  Or Buttercream in there too.  (ALL THE VANILLA)   if SLS / paraben / phthalate free.  (I couldn't find anything on the site about this and I haven't asked Brooke because I haven't been able to afford any since she opened Sugar Spider.  lol.)   Solstice Scents:  I would love Estate Vanilla or Estate Amber EDP samples.  Whipped soap or bath salts would be welcome if SLS / paraben / phthalate free.     Any interest in any of the following in a krampus theme? + Tee (sizing?) I do already have two Krampus t-shirts (both are red, one from BPAL) but ALL THE KRAMPUS SHIRTS are welcome.  A black one would be nice.  I prefer women's cut, 2X or larger.  Would really love a super light weight zip up hoodie with Krampus on the back, black or dark grey.  I couldn't find any to add to my wishlist.   I'm too hot 99.9999% of the time (thyroid + weight gain) but I'm on a weight loss regimen right now (have lost over 15lbs since taking out my IUD, TMI sorry - that thing made me gain so much weight!) so I'm hoping when I get down to a reasonable size again that my temperature will even back out.  Then I'll love oversized sweat shirts / sweaters again!     + mask I would LOVE a Krampus mask but I really need ties (the ear loops don't work for me) and I like really big masks.  I was thinking I might attempt to make one with my leftover Spoonflower krampus fabric.  Would definitely welcome awesome Krampus fabric.  I should go see if there is any new stuff at Spoonflower since I haven't looked in a couple of years.   + jewelry (necklace?  Earrings? ) My ears (and other multiple body parts) are no longer pierced (sniff) and I haven't been wearing any jewelry so it would just look pretty in my jewelry box.   +socks I wouldn't say no but I honestly only wear socks like 2-3 times a year these days like if I absolutely have to go walk in the snow for some reason.  Open toed slip on wedge sandals forever!!!  (usually I can make it to the car without having to walk in the snow.)  also I have size 11/12 feets and need men's socks.     What is something you can't get where you live that you wish some nice person who lives somewhere else would send you? Usually I make a friend in Arizona go buy Canon's Sweet Hots and ship them to me by the HUGE box but I still have a few jars left right now.   I can't find any Toom locally and I'm too cheap to order it; I've tried to find other brands of garlic dip / garlic sauce, like Teta, but nothing available around here.  (Like grocery stores here even carry Yellow Bird.  But garlic sauce?  no.)  Next time I go to Seattle I can probably find some if I remember to look.   Ummmm I can't really think of anything else right now.    edit:  oh!  If you're on the East Coast, I'd love to try chocolate from L.A. Burdick, especially the chocolate mice and truffles.      Most things I can get ... unless we're talking stuff from outside of the USA or restaurants or from the past.  (dang, I super have The Morbs right now.)     Please send a really good Indian restaurant with a little grocery store that has paneer.  And an Ethiopian food grocery store.  And minions to make me food.  And Japanese kit kats.  kthx.    However, I do love to try your favorite things that are local to you --- coffee (whole bean or k cup), tea, chocolate, truffles, bath stuff, things from farmer's markets or little indie shops, local raw HONEY (ALL THE HONEY), whatever.   Do you have a particular Krampus favorite? Does one type seem most Krampus to you? I love Cat Krampus too, so cute!!!  (That humanoid Krampus has the right feet though; I guess Krampus has one cloven hoof and one human foot according to some lore that I read.  shrug.)   But yeah, I love the "cuter" Krampus' and less the vintage humanoid.  Silhouette is good too.     Abigail Larson and Iren Horrors both have Krampus things on their society6 page (stickers, mugs, prints, phone skins, everything) and Abigail also illustrated a Krampus book in case people are fans of their art.  (you can snoop my ALL THINGS KRAMPUS amazon list if you want to look)  Abigail has done some BPAL bottle artwork.   This one is super cute too, although very whimsical for a Krampus (and too expensive for the swap, lol.)     Also I'm totally in love with this Cat Krampus cookie cutter:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/838606658/cute-krampus-cookie-cutter-half-goat?         WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT KRAMPUS SCENT, SWAP VICTIMS? I'm thinking evergreens, vanilla, and tiny bit of alpine snow.   If you got earrings, could you live with them having little jingle bells? Or would that drive you MAD. They are the ball type, not actual bells. Just one bell each. No earrings for me.  (I do have a pair of Yule Converse High Tops that are red and green plaid and have bells on the little tag that comes out of the back so I jingle constantly as I walk.)  (just like these ones!   So bells in general aren't out.)   Homemade fruitcake with fruit soaked in booze for weeks- naughty or nice?  Homemade could be ok depending on fruit and booze?  😈  I super love this recipe I have for cherry almond fruitcake (soaked in amaretto) that is nom.   I totally soak the fruit in the amaretto and then use WAY MORE amaretto than it calls for to soak the cake.    I'm going to go with NICE.  Store bought is naughty.       Cellar Door released a Krampus soap and candle today, in case someone is looking for a leathery Krampus scent for their person. ooooh I would love to try the cellar door soap and candle.  Bad Santa sounds amazing too.  (I hope they start doing other bath products in the future, their scents sound so awesome!)  I'd be down for soap ends too, like Black #1, Holiday Hearth, White Pine Wonderland, Tobacco & Oakmoss, Patchouli Haze, SEX MACHINE (sounds amazing.)   I KNOW ... I DON'T WANT BAR SOAP... UNTIL I DO   If I were to send fudge from my ETSY shop, what would you like, my pretties? ALL OF IT.  THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH PENUCHE.  (and maybe Forest Fruit this time?  Chocolate peanut butter?)   And Christmas Pudding.  And your special homemade brandy to put on Christmas Pudding.

twilighteyes

twilighteyes

 

2021 12 Days of Christmas

If you were down with knitted or crocheted items: do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? ooo maybe a penguin or an alpaca   Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? hmmm not that I can think of!   Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? One of the reading themed ones, ha! Unisex small

What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy?  Hmmm... stuff for a dinner party might be nice and useful. Fancy drinkware and plates,  serving utensils, christmas crackers. I love candles esp. during this time
Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? Silky scrunchies. I sometimes put my hair up in a bun, something for that?
What is your jewelry style?  I like big rings (size 5.5 to 6.5) and dangling necklaces! Love gothy pendants and 80s style stuff.
Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? OMG yes. I am obsessed with Hannibal (as you may know), but I also really like Midsommar. I love handmade fanart and fan crafts
Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc?  YES. Love spicy and can definitely use some more hot sauces! I'm running low
Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers?  YES, that sounds amazing. The crisps in particular

I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? OooO I think I have an idea for where I will wear these! I'll try to go to Wasteland Weekend next year so I would LOVE something for that! UPDATE: also, I would love to go to another event of the organizers, https://www.neotropolis.com/ which is Cyberpunk themed so some hairfalls (i looooove neon green/yellow) would be PERFECT OMG     What is the best book you've read recently? ha i missed this question! I recently read My Sister the Serial Killer and loooooved it! I like tight writing with vivid characters that's on the darker side. I also really loved The Ladder to the Sky, about a self-centered but psychologically empty writer who gets more and more twisted in his search for stories and fame.    I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30 OMG the penguin 100%. For my Husband Paul   What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures?  Hmmm I just got a Betta fish so a betta? I also love vampires ha   Do you like adult coloring books at all and if so do any of the ones from this store strike your fancy? those look so cool but I don't do coloring books sorry!   how do you feel about solid perfumes?  Sure, I'll try!   Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK?  I love almost anything UK! Ooo some of those ah, royal wedding souvenirs (like a teacup or a tea tin) of Harry and Megan? The tackier the better, haaaa   Are you ok with paper books at all? yes, I prefer it! my ereading is erotic fanfiction hahaaaaaa   Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? hmm... for cards against humanity i've got a LOT of expansion packs but! one of the things i've been searching for are expansions to Joking Hazard (I have none).    Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? i prefer full sizes (I love the art on them), but i looooove to smell everything!    Are you interested in oracle decks? oh yes!    How about wax melts? no, I don't have a warmer and I'm not that interested! i love the flame bwahahaha   catnip? I've got no cats, sorry! 

foxwrapped

foxwrapped

 

12 Days of Christmas Questions 2021

Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? Not that I can think of.    If you were down with knitted or crocheted items: do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? Wearables. I'd really love a shawl or cowl. Fingerless gloves are great top because I'd rather freeze as I completely loose all tactile ability in fingered gloves OTL I'd also be thrilled with fox related amigarumis.    Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? Any of the non-gaming fox/kitsune shirts or pins (except fire kitsune which I own) Shirts are a men's 3X   What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy? Anything related to foxes lol. Or chihuahuas. Tiny little figurines I can put on bookcases. Small frames for artwork. Hanging wall art that isn't too large. Small means I can fit more lol. 
Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? My hair is currently pixie cut short. I am growing it out but even as fast as my hair grows it'll be a while before I can do much with it. I do like wide headbands though and haven't had any for some time. They need to not be the type that really curve in at the bottom though as I have a large head and they can cause a headache. (so nothing kid sized! I tried to wear them because they were cuter and I was into decora style a number of years back but gave up due to pain. Now I want more mature gothy stuff)
What is your jewelry style? BONES. I have a couple of real bone earrings (coyote rib and tanuki fang) that I adore and I'd love more bone pieces. For necklaces I hate fabric cords. I prefer a chain. I wear both silver and gold jewelry. One of my favorite brands for reference is Martha Rotten Jewelry. They're semi-local and is at a lot of the craft fairs in the area. (I have the crow feet heart necklace and the antler bracelet) 
Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? Only Tamamo stuff. I try to keep my merch collecting limited as I'm a completionist and will quickly find myself in debt if I try to collect too many things OTL
Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc? No thanks, I'm not big on spice.

Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers Sure!   I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? No thanks, my hair is too short to wear something like that.   What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures? FOXES!! Kitsune on the mythical side. I also love horses and birds. Junkos are a particular favorite. My mom and I would always compete to spot them first as it meant winter was coming.   I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30 As a lover of foxes you can 100% do an arctic fox adoption kit in my name   I'm candying citrus peel this year. Oranges, mostly. Is that something you would like? Chocolate dipped? What about homemade caramel sauce? Omg yes please. They would make great cocktail garnishes. Also yes to the caramel sauce.   how do you feel about solid perfumes?  Not really into them   Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK? JELLY BABIES!!!!! My dad and I are hooked on them and they're so hard to find in the US.    Are you ok with paper books at all? Yes!
Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? I don't really play any card games 
Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? Only if they're in bottle. I tend to forget I have stuff if it's in decant vials. (ironic coming from the decanter lmao)
Are you interested in oracle decks?
Yes!
How about wax melts? Love them!

yowahoshihime

yowahoshihime

 

12 Days 2021

What is the best book you've read recently?    Um...recently I haven't read anything at all. I've been struggling to read, although historically I am a voracious reader. I really loved the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch (sp?). I also really liked Ursula Vernon's (as T Kingfisher) Hollow Places. I am mostly burnt out on fantasy and murder mysteries and dystopic anything. I wouldn't mind a copy of Space Opera by Catherynne Valente. Or classic fantasy, Johanna Russ/Tanith Lee/Katherine Kurtz stuff. Scour the used bookstore kind of stuff.   What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy?    The Scary Soltice of The Lovecraft Historical Society, although I own that already. Tatty Victoriana. Sparkly glass/crystal type stuff. Or old fashioned Country Christmas.   Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair?    Unfortunately, accessories fall out of my hair. It's super fine and slick, and takes so much product to keep styled it's just not worth the time for me.    What is your jewelry style?    Victorian/steampunk/gothic. I like big earrings, short or choker necklaces. I love rings and bracelets, but they don't work for work so I don't really wear them anymore.   Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into?   Sure...NBC, of course, particularly Jack. Invader Zim. I may have mentioned something else in my questionnaire.    Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc?    Not really.   Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers   Sure!   I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some?    They sound lovely, but I would likely never wear them.   What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures?   I don't really have a favorite as such.      I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30    I'm down with a donation in my name and a crafted critter. An actual adoption kit isn't really my thing.

Psuke

Psuke

 

12 Nights of Christmas 2021

Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? I think I forgot to mention what I collect. I like llamas, camels, otters, and teeny tiny things I can put on my letterbox drawer shelves.    If you were down with knitted or crocheted items: do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? Amigarumi are the best! Especially really strange ones. I've got a couple of platypuses that friends have made for me (it's a running joke that I don't really believe in them...) and would find it very funny to get more.    Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? Socks are always good but I have way too many t-shirts.    What is the best book you've read recently? I read so many books and tend to like all of them! I just read Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller and really liked it. I've been in the dredges of horror lately (it's spooky season!) with some Justina Ireland and Alma Katsu. Caitlin Doughty's books are always favorites of mine but I have all of them. Just discovered Stephen Graham Jones and I'm obsessed!    What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy? Twinkly lights, woodland animals, garlands.    Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? I use barrettes and hair ties and big poofy scrunchies and hair sticks.     What is your jewelry style? Delicate, nature-y, very Art Nouveau. Or ridiculous animals.    Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? Definitely!     Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc? Oh yes absolutely in fact this is exactly the sort of thing I like to receive!   Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers Sure!   I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? I probably wouldn't wear a big one but I have a mermaid/siren renaissance festival outfit that could use some accessories in subdued ocean colors (nothing too bright!).    What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures? I love all animals. Really. The running joke is that I think platypuses are mythical beasts so my friends give me platypus things. I love otters and other mustelids (badgers, weasels, skunks), all ocean creatures (particularly manta rays, leafy sea dragons, mimic octopuses, sharks, manatees), llamas and camels, and cheetahs and rhinos. I also love mermaids.    I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30  There are many animals on there that I love!!   I'm candying citrus peel this year. Oranges, mostly. Is that something you would like? Chocolate dipped? What about homemade caramel sauce? I'm not fond of fruit plus chocolate so no on the chocolate dipped, but I will DEVOUR plain candied citrus peel. Also a resounding yes to caramel sauce.    Do you like adult coloring books at all and if so do any of the ones from this store strike your fancy? https://70eastbooks.com/collections/coloring-book-1?page=1 I am not really a coloring book person, I'm afraid.    how do you feel about solid perfumes? I'm a fan!    Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK? Dog-themed UK things are always funny here because my dog Amelia is an English setter and very proud of her heritage.   Are you ok with paper books at all? Personally I prefer them.   Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? I don't think I listed my favorite card games but we own and are big fans of Coup (and we have the Reformation expansion) and Love Letter.    Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? Either!    Are you interested in oracle decks?  Maybe? If they had really pretty artwork or some kind of interesting mechanism to them, but they aren't really something I use normally. That said, I've been known to draw tarot cards for writing inspiration so I'm not ruling it out.    How about wax melts? Sure!   are you interested in a muscle rub that is similar to icy hot but is homemade by us? Yes! CBD is kind of wasted on me (it doesn't seem to affect me at all) so save yourself the expense and send me the non-CBD version lol    How about some home grown organic cat nip? My cats would love this!   How do you feel about fruit infused sugar/syrup? Oh they'd absolutely get used   How do you feel about candied quince? Yes! 

llamadolly

llamadolly

 

12 Days of Christmas 2021!

Updated 11-24-21 am   Is there anything you forgot to put on your Qs you wish you had? I cannot think of anything, but will be sure to note in the thread if I do! ACTUALLY, did I note that I love marzipan? Well, I do love marzipan.   If you were down with knitted or crocheted items: do you prefer a wearable or amigarumi? If wearable, is there something you’d really like? If amigarumi anything you love? I am good with both - I would probably most love either handwarmers or a shawl in terms of wearables or washable socks. I love amigarumi - especially little critters in creepy animals (Skyelyric sent me an adorable little raven for the Halloween swap). Kitties, bats, spiders, snakes, gargoyles, owls, dragons would all be awesome. Or wee fictional Star Wars or Marvel characters would be cool.      Teeturtle is having one of their megasales - any tshirts, or whatever, that strike your fancy? Size/fit? Stealing my answer from the Halloween swap -  It might be easier to list what I don't want from tee turtle, but I'll try to narrow it down  - for tees, I'm a Womens XL and I really like Spellbound, My Cat is a Flerken, The Headless Unicornsman  Socks, Don't Make Me Hex You, Spooky Kitty  In terms of others, I love Statler and Waldorf & Look Santa off the top of my head. (I have the holiday porgs setting fire to things and the candy cane dragon already along with a bunch of others). I kind of have a tee turtle problem.    What is the best book you've read recently? I'm honestly having a hard time answering my own question because I have been reading a lot of really escapist mysteries and fantasy lately, none of which has been particularly good, but has been cheaply entertaining. I have so much bookish info available, though that maybe this isn't really vital or me to answer?   What are some examples of decorations you would enjoy? I'm always down for ornaments and fairy lights, dish towels, little animal figures in santa hats.   Is there any kind of accessory or product you'd want for your hair? Not really. My hair is super short and I don't really use accessories or products other than volumizing gel that I like.    What is your jewelry style? Generally go big or go home. Honestly, that's kind of my style generally. If I'm going to put any effort in, I don't really see the point in subtlety.    Are you interested in fandom themed items based on the movies/shows you're into? For sure - useful items, like mugs or waterbottles or clothing are particularly great. Or lego type kits.    Are you interested in spicy sauces/jams etc? Absolutely!   Are you interested in Thai snacks? e.g. Thai brand crisps, wafer roll type things, savoury small crackers Sure!   I make light-weight yarn-and-silk-ribbon hair falls. Would you be interested in getting some? Possibly? If they can work with super short bright burgundy hair.   What are your favorite animals or mythical creatures? Kitties, bats, spiders, snakes, gargoyles, owls, dragons     I actively support Defenders of Wildlife and am curious if any of these would be of interest?   https://gifts.defenders.org/wildlife-adoptions?price=20-30  Sure! I love penguins, owls, otters and sea turtles especially.  Honestly,  I'd be more down with a donation and a crafty critter or drawing. Unless there's some mechanism to track "my" adoptee, I don't need a certificate and photo and would just as soon everything go to the animals.    I'm candying citrus peel this year. Oranges, mostly. Is that something you would like? Chocolate dipped? What about homemade caramel sauce?
Enthusiasticly on board with candied citrus in all forms.  Caramel sauce would not go amiss, but probably be used less.   Do you like adult coloring books at all and if so do any of the ones from this store strike your fancy? I want to say yes,  but should say no, as I have a bunch already. Including for my fandoms.   how do you feel about solid perfumes? I'm almost exclusively a BPAL wearer, so unless you're making your own,, it's probably not my thing. When I've tried them,, I can never figure out how to apply them effectively.    Is there anything in particular you'd want from the UK? All the sweets? Clotted cream isn't going to ship well. Mince pies.   Are you ok with paper books at all? Sure, especially if it means you can send gently used copies or graphic novels.   Do you already have expansion packs for your fave card games? Not sure I have favorite card games listed. I'd love CAH kids edition tho.   Are you interested in perfume samples/decants, or only full sizes? For BPAL, either.   Are you interested in oracle decks? I'm not opposed.   How about wax melts? No thanks.   Reindeer, are you interested in a muscle rub that is similar to icy hot but is homemade by us (cayenne pepper, menthol, wintergreen, beeswax, olive oil, herbs, etc.) ? If so, CBD version or no CBD version?  I said no to the CBD version in another thread, but this might be a good chance to try that?     How about some home grown organic cat nip? sure!   How do you feel about fruit infused sugar/syrup? I have epic amounts of both, due to my candying this year. I have lemon, citron, orange and cherry.  yes please! All sound lovely,  especially cherry!   How do you feel about candied quince?  intrigued        

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Biological Psychology

The topic of biopsychology concerns a sphere, in which the mentality-body relations are researched via the scientific investigation and clinical practices. Biological psychology studies the biological foundation of the human intellection, feelings, and conducts. The current paper analyzes the biological psychology, which is a major discipline in studying the gender-related differences, especially the gender-related cognitive and behavioral differences. The Topic of Biological Psychology Biological psychology is a study of the physiologic grounds of human conduct. This branch of psychology initially considered the connection between the psychological operations and incumbent physiological occasions (Garrett, 2014, p. 3). It concerns the functioning of the brain and the nervous system in general and in various operations, including intellection, education, sensation, feelings, and apprehension, which are considered the major features of the human brain. Biological psychology has been repeatedly incorporated in researching the physical ground of the inner and outer incentives of the nervous system, especially the optical and aural systems (Garrett, 2014, p. 7). The Origin of Biological Psychology The origin of biological psychology can be traced back to Avicenna, a Persian physician. He considered physiological psychology (the second name for biological psychology) a therapy in the treatment of the illnesses associated with emotions. The scientist developed a system for explaining the alterations in the cardiac rate with the internal emotions (Garrett, 2014, p. 17). Avicenna also developed psychological definitions for the particular somatic diseases. In addition, he used to associate the physical and psychological diseases in general. He asserted that the so-called humidity in the head could cause various mood disorders; the scientist asserted that it developed when the breathing rate altered. In such a manner, felicity elevated the breathing, which caused the raised humidity in the brain. However, in the case the humidity further increased, the brain might lose control over its rationalism and develop certain mental disorders (Garrett, 2014, p. 18). Biological psychology as a scientific branch and discipline had developed from a plenty of scientific and philosophical doctrines of the 18th and 19th centuries (M?ntyl?, 2013, p. 514). The Concept of Human Behavior in Biological Psychology Human behavior is an extremely important concept in biological psychology. Therefore, according to biological psychology, behavior is indissolubly related to somatic or physiological practices, which are produced as a result of the brain’s exposition to susceptible impacts (Garrett, 2014, p. 4). Therefore, biological psychology assumes that the mentality and body have a natural connection; this assertion is supported by the susceptible apprehensions provided by physiology. Recently, many investigations have been conducted in order to cure such conditions as Parkinson’s disease, clinical depression, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and drug abuse, which all help to stabilize the psychology as such (Garrett, 2014, p. 17). Psychologists of the biological approach conclude that the behavior and practice are determined by the operation of the nervous system. The concepts, which the human beings cognize and sensate, invent and perform are provoked by the electrochemical occasions appearing in and between the neurons, which create the nervous system, especially the neurons in the brain. Many biopsychologists assert that, due to the fact that the evolvement of the brain is defined by the genes an individual intercepts, the conduct may be impacted by genetic agents (Garrett, 2014, p. 12). The Impact of Biological Psychology on the Human Health, Well-Being, and Lifestyle Biological psychology observes the feasible psychological reasons responsible for the health issues, including deficiency of self-discipline, emotional splutter, and negative speculations. When these health issues are solved, a person can improve the overall health and well-being (M?ntyl?, 2013, p. 514). In fact, various biopsychological influences can provoke a biological reaction by inducing the person to hazardous effects. For instance, the doldrums by itself usually do not cause any liver issues. Nevertheless, a depressed individual may develop certain alcohol problems, which, in turn, will affect the liver. Therefore, there might be an increased likelihood of the problems and complications in the future. Biological psychology allows changing the overall lifestyle, which will eliminate the potential difficulties of the mood and behavior disorders (M?ntyl?, 2013, p. 514). Gender-Related Cognitive and Behavioral Differences One of the most important topics in biological psychology is gender differences, particularly, gender-related cognitive and behavioral peculiarities. It is a well-known fact that males and females intermingle, ratiocinate, sensate, apprehend, repute, and love in a different way, due to the fact that they figuratively talk in different languages. Therefore, it is important to understand how distinctive the males and females are. Berninger et al. (2008) conducted a research to investigate the gender differences in terms of the writing and reading disabilities, as these issues are usually caused by the cognitive and behavioral differences. On the other hand, Howell, Davis, and Williams (2008) researched the concept of infant talking peculiarities, which might be also explained by the gender differences. The girls reach the talking stage earlier than the boys do; therefore, they have more practice, knowledge, and confidence in the sphere. Finally, M?ntyl? (2013) researched the gender differences from the perspective of dimensional and spatial ability, as it is considered that males surpass females in this sphere. The question of gender difference cannot be lightly responded not because of the fact that there is a shortage of investigation on the topic, but because the results of the investigations are frequently obscure and conflicting. One cause is provoked by the fact that distinctive investigators approach the same peculiarity in different ways (Garrett, 2014, p. 221). Modern parents endeavor to bring up their children evenly; however, the parents who declare to act this way have been discovered to behave in a different manner and play other games with an infant-girl and an infant-boy. Distinguishes in upbringing could definitely have the responsibility for notable contrast in conduct, character, and self-perspectives (Garrett, 2014, p. 222). There are three major divergences in the social conduct and cognitive operation. Firstly, females have better verbal stirring than males do. Secondly, males surpass females in the visual-dimensional skills (M?ntyl?, 2013, p. 515). Thirdly, males are usually better in mathematics. Finally, males are more bellicose than females. However, it is crucial to affix two additional points. Firstly, there is a notable overextend between males and females in these references. Secondly, the divergences are rather characteristic. For example, it is known that women surpass men in the verbal evenness and writing activity but not in reading perceptivity or lexicon while men’s dimensional performance surpasses the women’s one more in the duties necessary for the mental circumvolution of the three-dimensional target and less in other dimensional problems (Garrett, 2014, p. 224). That is the best argument that the three cognitive divergences mentioned above are impacted by practice; in fact, they have reduced with time due to the fact that the gender functions and roles have altered. In fact, investigation of 7 million students demonstrated that the gender divergence in the ordinary mathematical operation has vanished away in the US, despite the fact that males are of a disproportionally large number at both the lower and the higher poles (Garrett, 2014, p. 225). Similar tendencies were investigated in a research of 89 states. The data received suggest that the advance is caused by the growing gender evenness (Garrett, 2014, p. 225). Furthermore, the effective delirium in the murder scale in various states presupposes that there is a serious cultural impact on the bellicosity, as well (Garrett, 2014, p. 226). Although the environmental impacts perform a crucial function, gender differences in cognition and conduct also oblige a deal to biology. Most frequently, the investigators associate divergences with estrogen and testosterone, especially in the organizational evolvement of the brain during pregnancy. Such an opinion receives backing by the fact that the gender divergences in distinctive brain locations depend on the concentration of sex hormone receptors in these locations (Garrett, 2014, p. 227). The influence of the sex hormones on the brain evolvement is most apparent in people, who have unusual sexual development. In such a manner, males who experience a deficiency of testosterone during puberty are disabled afterwards in dimensional capacity, and testosterone substitution in older male enhances their dimensional operation (M?ntyl?, 2013, p. 515). Male who take estrogens as they consider themselves females (transsexual males) enhances their results in the verbal evenness while their dimensional operation decreases. On the other hand, transsexual females taking testosterone lose verbal excellence but improve dimensional operation (Garrett, 2014, p. 226). Bellicosity in men is partially patrimonial; genetic influences stand for approximately half the divergence in bellicosity, Aggression, in turn, is reasonably consistent in the identical twins even if they are brought up apart (Garrett, 2014, p. 227). According to Howell et al. (2008), an average 20-month old girl has twice as large lexicon as an average 20-month old boy does. This phenomenon is caused by the fact that preschooler females reach the talking stage earlier than boys do; thus, they have more experience. Such an early speaking is practically considered a stereotype concerning the fact that most girls have more advanced verbal capacities (Howell et al., 2008, p. 675). It is very significant for boys to be engaged in the communication with parents and other family members. Girls are eventually willing to speak while boys usually require being stimulated (Garrett, 2014, p. 221). Men are more likely to detect the response and progress (Howell et al., 2008, p. 675). There are a number of characteristics, which prove the fact that the boys usually experience problems with the reading activity; however, the recent data demonstrate that the issue can be easily manages with the reading aloud practice (Berninger et al., 2008, p. 169). Conclusion In fact, the paper demonstrated that biological psychology is a crucial branch of psychology as it investigates the human conduct. The paper showed that there are three major differences in the social conduct and cognitive operation. As a rule, these differences are caused by the parental upbringing and biological issues. In fact, it means that the parental upbringing together with the testosterone and estrogen levels influence the gender-related cognition and conduct patterns from the early childhood.   This article is written by Scott Allen who is an editor at https://exclusive-paper.net/

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