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Summer Swap Sprite

1) Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) I love their bubbling scrubs. I'm also starting to collect wax melts since I finally got a wax melter (... could use another...). Citrusy scents like Zazz in the summer and Imp and Satyr from the regular collection are my favorites. Candles and hair oils always welcome as well, in the same kinds of scents. 

2) Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop!  Ooooh, I like snacks. Teas (mostly herbal - roses, apples, hibiscus - I'm also intrigued by the Chamomile Sage and Turmeric teas). Tiny tiny original works of art.    3) I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them? Definitely the mango coconut scrub is most intriguing to me.    4) Early July, I will also be taking a trip, but to nowhere so flashy as Paris.  I'm going back to the woods.  However, middle of nowhere Mississippi does have one advantage - I can probably do some wildcrafting while I'm home.  Dear Swapee, is there any small gift from mother nature that you'd like me see if I can source for you from old forests?  Obviously no promises; but if I don't know what to look for, I certainly won't find.  I like tiny things that fit on my letterpress shelves - beautiful seeds, a lovely dried flower, that sort of thing.   5) Also, second question, ring sizes, obviously fingers are all different sizes, even on the same hand - do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest?   (like, for me, I can't do thumb - rest are fine, though I don't tend to wear much on my pinkie, pinkie would probably be a 5.5, then 6.5-7, and index is probably 7.5-8)  I can't wear rings because of severe eczema, I'm afraid. 😞 I don't even wear my wedding ring.    6) If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most?  If my Sprite understands that I do not personally believe in magic/spell work. I like beautiful things that are made with love and care, especially when they were made specifically for me, but it's about the sense of joy and peace I get from that and the appreciation of others' personal and cultural beliefs. If you're ok with that, Sprite, then I'm totally ok with receiving these things.    7) Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic?  I definitely own too many dice already, lol   😎 What's your favorite creature? Um, I love all creatures. Really. My favorites lean toward the aquatic but I'm very hard pressed to choose a favorite. I like oddballs like anteaters, painted dogs, manuls/Pallas cats, all the mustelids, Komodo dragons, but really everything. Hoofstock and primates are my least favorite. Mythical creatures - mermaids/selkies/aquatic shapeshifters   9) Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences? I do! Saga is my favorite of all time. Rat Queens. Sandman. Anything by Alan Moore. Definitely interested in receiving comics/graphic novels.    10) I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there? Snacks. Local art.    11) Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)? Yes always. Anything that fits my flavor preferences.    12) Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences? Indeed.   13) If your birthday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate? Not it. 😉   14) How do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period? Sometimes I am invited to spiritual gatherings for friends' faiths, but I am an atheist.    15) Anything you want from the UK? Snacks! It's too hot to mail chocolate though. Doctor Who stuff. Anything from the UK for dogs, since my dog is an English setter and very proud of her UK heritage.   16) Seeds, y/n? My garden is almost entirely US native plants so probably not unless you're in the US mid-Atlantic region and have some natives to share.    17) Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner? Yes as long as it doesn't contain SLS.    18) Are you interested in tights? If so what thickness, style, and size? Probably not, thanks!    19) Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have? I do not use tarot decks for anything except the occasional writing inspiration. I have a Lord of the Rings deck and a Celtic deck. I do appreciate the artwork which I find inspiring.    20) What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/  I like it! I like plague doctor imagery (although I strongly prefer it to not include references to COVID, thanks). I love flowers, especially orchids. I like living animals better than animal skulls, but I do like human bones in memento mori style pieces.    21) Loose leaf or bagged tea?  Either is fine   22) I make arm warmers.  I make them from sweaters I thrifted.  They can be all one color, or stripes of different colors.  They can be long, to the elbows, or shorter. If you would like a pair, tell me your favorite colors.  Solids are more generally elegant, Stripes can be as wildly funky as you wish.  Long?  Short?  Cashmere?  Tell me your fingerless mitts arm warmer dreams.  I would love arm warmers - long, short, any colors - BUT I am very allergic to sheep's wool and do not like artificial fibers so I'm limited in what I can wear.   23) PBSW summer collection:  Hammocks and Holystones was clearly made specifically for me, in any format. Why yes, I would like to smell like a margarita. Osage Orange and Yacht Rock also definitely line up with my preferred notes. I just wanna smell like summer all the time.    24) Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece? If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee? Ah yes! I love tea towels, tote bags, or just wall hangings. I love all flowers so it's very hard to choose. I also love insects, though I prefer our native bumbles over honeybees. Spiders, beetles, anything.    26) What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away? Either way! You do you, sprite!   27) Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?)  It's not a style I seek out on my own but I'm not offended by it or anything.    28) Farmer's Market Season:  If it's within my flavor/etc preferences I will love ANYTHING from your local market. That's actually my preferred form of goodies - locally made stuff to you. (I do like pretty much any nut better than cashews but I'll still eat cashews (and my husband loves them) - peanuts, pecans, and walnuts are my favorites).  29) I dye yarn. Is custom yarn of interest to you? Ooh, anything fun. I really only use yarn for weaving so all sorts of colors and textures are great.    30) Portugal or Berlin:  Always snacks. Always art.    31) My friend makes cool art with garbage, is there anything here you might like?https://www.garbageforgood.com/ I love ALL of this!    32) Would you like items related to your astrological sign and if so what is it? I'm an Aquarius - I don't feel any particular attachment to my astrological sign but I'm not opposed either. I don't really know anything beyond that I'm an Aquarius.    33) Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving? I like snacks and skin care!    34) Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin? I like orchids and carnivorous plants and succulents, I can always use more orchid pots!    35) How many books is too many books? Is that a thing? lol   36) Plushies  I like plushies, especially of unusual animals!    37) Penzey's?
I live two blocks from a Penzey's 🙂 I wish they offered a jar recycling or bring your own container option. At this point I just use them for the blends that I really like and vanilla, and get the rest of my spices elsewhere.   38) Knitted Washcloths Definitely. Also my cat likes to sleep on tiny (like tea towel sized) blankets so if you felt so inclined to make something a little larger lol    39) Chocolate I love chocolate. I love chocolate so much. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, doesn't matter. Caramel and/or nuts are my favorite. But it's consistently in the 90s and sunny here at this point so would need to be packed with ice packs probably. I also love nuts and caramels on their own.    40) Bumper stickers or magnets for a car?  Magnets are good but no stickers please!   41) Japanese fashion items:  It's probably pretty clear from my original survey but I will always always always wear hair pins. This is a good place to note that for cultural pieces, particularly wearables like kanzashi, it is especially important to me that they 1) come from independent creators from that culture and are not mass market, 2) are more "neutral" and not culturally specific designs (flowers yes; fans or foodstuffs probably no),  3) contain no kanji, and 4) are not overly showy. As a white American I think there's a pretty nebulous line between appreciation and appropriation and I try to err on the side of caution. The exception to all of this would of course be if you are from the culture in question and are generously gifting me something from your own culture, in which case I will always happily and humbly accept whatever you want to share!    42) CBD-infused bath products? I would definitely use them if you sent them, but CBD tends to have little to no effect on me so feel free to not spend the extra money on CBD versions, haha.    43) Kitchen colors My kitchen itself is cherry wood, black countertops, and stainless steel. I don't have much of a "real" color palette - I specifically bought my Le Creuset in a mismatch of colors. Teals, greens, blues fit in well anywhere in my house, and we've got a VERY LARGE print of Le Chat Noir hanging in our kitchen so that shade of red also works!    44) Scarf/shawl/wearables colors?  Like with household items, rich ocean-y colors are always a safe bet. (here's a good example! https://cleverchameleon.com.au/jewel-tone-triangles/) Also a lot of woodsy colors (https://stitchpalettes.com/palette/forest-greens-spa0201/). I don't wear neons, pastels, or pale colors as a rule. (This is my winter coat: https://www.torrid.com/product/her-universe-doctor-who-tardis-blue-hooded-fit-flare-woolen-trench-jacket/11950246.html)    45) One big box or a couple?  Oh this is totally up to you!    46) How close to final deadline?  Also totally up to you! Heads up though that it looks like I'll be out of state from August 19 to August 28 and then again from September 2-5. I'll have my packages held at the post office so as long as you mail USPS everything should be fine, but might not want to send anything perishable in a package that is likely to arrive during that time! 🙂     47) I am afraid to send chocolate in this heat.  What other things might you enjoy? Gourmet lollipops?  Handmade Marshmallows (not by me LOL)?  Flavored cotton candy? other ideas? Yes, yes, yes. I LOVE lollipops and other sour candies but really I just have a horrible sweet tooth so anything.    48) do you have any reservations about wearing leather, like in an accessory??  Nope    49) So I took a "viking knitting" class (which is really wire weaving) and can now make necklaces and bracelets.  Would you be interested in either one?  UM YES I just got a sage green Viking dress for ren faire wear sooooo anything would be lovely. I love the toggles, especially anything ocean or nature themed. I love all, but especially the chonky. I like to mix metals so I am totally open to artistic inspiration. 
 

Summer Swap Sprite 2022

This is where I will stash my answers to new questions & the like.     5/30/22    Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) [you're free to pick stuff NOT from Summer as well, of course!  ]    Beguiled, Upick, or Zazz are lovely summer scents.  Pumpklin butter, bubbly scrub or sugar scrub are my fave products of theirs
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Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop! (https://www.dammann.fr/en/#)   BLACK TEA - MON PETIT CHOCOLAT BLACK TEA - THÉ DES POÈTES BLACK TEA - 4 FRUITS ROUGES   I once had teeny jars of Lavender Honey & Chestnut honey that were amazingly tasty. Odd ball idea – ribbons.  I’ve read that they make gorgeous ribbons with woven patterns made on very old looms.  A piece of ribbon for a lovely bookmark. Post cards of artwork   Lucky you!  Have a marvelous time. ********************************************************** I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them?   Raspberry vanilla or Vanilla or Coconut lime sugar scrubs all sound like they would smell fantastic. ****************************************************************     is there any small gift from mother nature that you'd like me see if I can source for you from old forests?  Something with dried ferns perhaps?  I am always on the lookout for stones with natural holes - AKA Hagstones.  If you find one on your wanders, that would be fantastic.   do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest? I wear them rarely, and only know one size for one finger - 10   If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most? Absolutely!  I love special stones or an oil to dress candles with (maybe for creativity or energy to get stuff done)   Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic? I love purple sparkly iridescent dice, but I really don't game much anymore   What's your favorite creature? Anything that relates to Otters, Owls, ravens, crows, or cats.  Fantasy creatures - Griffins, dragons, Fae   Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences? I prefer the graphic novel format, but I don't read many comics these days. Best choice would be something Star Trek related.   I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there? Yes!  Spices with recipes (as long as vegetarian).  I don't really know enough to suggest anything else.  If you wander a beach & find beach glass, that would be cool.     Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)? Sure!  Orange chai (especially with cardamom) or cinnamon chocolate sound lovely.  Not so much for the chilis.   Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences? Crispy shortbread is my favorite cookie on Earth - all sorts of flavors. ***************************************************************************************     6/1/22   If your bday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate? My Birthday is August 12, so yes it is  during the swap.  I have not decided what I want to do yet on the actual day, but on the Saturday (8/13) I will be in a massive, nearly commercial kitchen with my besties doing what we call Canning Palooza doing big batch canning for 4 households.  Tomatoes & pickles are the main themes.   Likewise, how do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period?  Observing the seasons & progression of things in my garden.  Bonfires in my newly built fire pit.   Anything you want from the UK?  TEA!!! In some prior Switch Witch, I was introduced to the fun blends from Bird & Blend in particular.   Seeds, y/n?  Yes please   Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner?  I am seeking the definitive hand cream, bonus if it's good for nails too.   Are you interested in tights? If so, what thickness, style, and size?  I love tights.  Not sure I've seen different thicknesses of them, I guess mine are average weight & opaque, maybe a little less for the one lacy pair I have.  Sizes are all over the place.  I'm 5'9" & wear an 18-20 or 2X depending on the garment.  Hips are 50"  Style - full foot over footless, not into super brights, but other than that whatever you think is cool or pretty.   Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have?  I would like to make better friends with the decks I have.  Can you recommend a book or  other resource to learning to read them?   What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/  Oh My!  So many pretty things. I loved the blue Witches Cat & the raven with the full moon.  Some of the tarot ones with the moon are lovely too.   Is loose leaf tea good, or do you prefer bagged? Loose is great, bagged is fine too & gets to go along when I have to go into the office. **********************************************************************************************   6/2/22   PBSW Summer collection is live!!!  Anything catch your eye?   I didn't  see anything this time ( I wish Fairy Tale was a year round scent)   6/4/22   It's farmers market season in town and I have loads of lovely local artisans to shop from. Would you be interested in items from any of the following?
  The Rod Homestead (I love this one I helped fund her commercial kitchen) no thanks   Working Class Coffee   Philly Nutsyes these look yummy, especially pistachios   222 Creations   Carol's Epiphany   6/5/22     I am learning to do embroidery. Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece?   yes would love embroidery!   If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee?  My fave is always a dragonfly.  Bees & lavender flowers would be lovely   What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away? I like both styles for different reasons   I hope to not learn who you are until the very end   6/6/22   Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?)  yes   I dye yarn. Is custom yarn of interest to you? - If so, colors? I have various weights of wool, sport and dk cotton, cotton thread in 3/2 and 5/2, and light fingering weight bamboo rayon that dyes like a dream   Yes I am A total yarn hoar.  That bamboo yarn sounds fantastic and should knit or crochet up lovely.  I love purples, teals, greens, blues,saturated jewel tones are my faves.
My European travels are expanding! Anything you want from Portugal or Berlin???  I don't  know enough about either place to know what to covet.  This said, local spice blends with a recipe are always great souvenirs    My friend makes cool art with garbage, is there anything here you might like?
https://www.garbageforgood.com/  sorry, not my thing.   6/8/22   Would you like items related to your astrological sign and if so what is it?  I’m a Leo, but not much into astrological stuff   6/12/22   what do you think of plushies? Cute, but not really my thing   Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving? Not really, I know nothing of Korean things & all I can think of from Japan is kit kats   Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin?  I am a gardener, specializing in weeds, columbines, & unusual berries (currants, gooseberries, saskatoons)   How many books is too many books?  LOL, funny funny girl.   6/13/22   I’m knitting up washcloths right now. Would you like some?  Sure, but I’m a knitter & crocheter too & have a bunch.
any spices you need/want?  I’m fleshing out a Penzey's order!! I have all the Penzeys, plus a shop I can go to in person.  I love flavored salts though.   your feelings on chocolate?  Milk chocolate, Dark chocolate, White chocolate? with or without nuts? How about truffly goodness?  Dark, nuts or truffle are always welcome.  I’m diabetic, so I tend to spread a chocolate bar over a period of days (when I manage to restrict myself)   6/17/22   Do you want anything for your vehicle? Like bumper stickers or magnets?  Nah, these days that stuff can get a car keyed.   any interest in Japanese fashion-ish items? (kanzashi hair pins, and other things made form old kimono fabric, fans, tenugui, etc?) Hair pins are always fun.  Smallish zipper bags with kimono fabric are cool (ie notions bag for various project bags)   6/21/22   Would you use cbd infused bath products? Like for pain /muscle relief?  Or a bath that gets me high?  First one, I’d try it, 2nd…not so much interested in a bath that gets me high.
  What colors are your kitchen stuffs? Dark blues & greens, occasional pop of purple. Lots of wood tools - spoons & spatulas & such
  If I knitted up a scarf/shawl/something in the wearable area what colors would you like and please be pretty specific so I can see if my yarn stash makes this feasible (or if @twilighteyes or @winterblizzard has stash that does and I can barter) k please thanks I love hand knits or crocheted projects that someone made for me.  Dark greens would be wonderful.  My standard colors are Purple, blues, greens, teals with black or grey as my neutrals.  This said, I have very little in the way of greens despite liking them so much.   —->. One big box or a couple starting now??  Whatever works for you is fine.   How close to the final deadline would you prefer to receive your package?  Should we try to squeak as close to August 31st as humanly possible, or would it be okay to send the package earlier?  Well, it does not need to be that close to the end date.  My birthday is a couple of weeks before that, so earlier is just fine.   6/22/22   I am afraid to send chocolate in this heat.  What other things might you enjoy?  TEA!  Especially with flavors to make fun iced tea for summer (berries & fruity flavors as opposed to spicy, chai like flavors).  Coffee is good too. Gourmet lollipops?  Handmade Marshmallows (not by me LOL)?  Flavored cotton candy? other ideas?  Not so much on these sweets   do you have any reservations about wearing leather, like in an accessory?? Nope, I’m a vegetarian, not a vegan.  I used to work in a leather booth at Ren Fest.  I adore leather accessories.   So I took a "viking knitting" class (which is really wire weaving) and can now make necklaces and bracelets.  Would you be interested in either one? YES IF SO What color wire would you like?  (silver, gold, copper, blue, purple, yellow, green orange, black, turquoise, pink, so many colors.)   I have THIS PACK among others. What length would you want (on either or both?)   What kind of fasteners do you like best (lobster claw, toggle clasp, magnetic?) and color of fasteners?  (silver, gunmetal, copper, gold?)  - some of the toggle clasps come in cool shapes. Do you think a larger chunky one like a torc or a slimmer one?  I can draw the wire down to different sizes with my draw plate. How very cool!  Hell yes, I would love a piece of this kind of work.  Purple or Purple + black or silver. My necklace length is 20 or 22”, nice secure lobster claw clasp (I once lost a beloved necklace that had a toggle clasp). The torc is stunning, but I can’t wear chokers.
 

2022 Summer Swap Sprite

1. Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) [you're free to pick stuff NOT from Summer as well, of course!  ]
Oh my. Any of the soaps, refreshers,  soft bubbling scrubs, soy wax andles, or any of the sugar exfoliants. Scents that especially catch my eye: Depravity, Eudemonia, Moon Dog, Tonic #7, Hummingbird, Archipelago, Buzz off, Chillax, Orange Orchard, & Sea Spa

2. Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop! (https://www.dammann.fr/en/#) Ooh lala! Literally any of the tea - omg it all looks so beatiful! 😍 Um, also anything with lavender, french chocolates, or fancy soaps!   3. I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them? These are stunning! The standouts are the Coconut Lime Verbena scrub, the Coffee & Peppermint, Sweet Basil & Lavender, or Coconut Bliss soap, and the Tobacco & Bay Leaf men's soap.   4. is there any small gift from mother nature that you'd like me see if I can source for you from old forests?   Hmm. Some pine, fir, or spruce needles would be awesome.   5. do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest?  I prefer wearing rings on my ring and middle fingers, but I'll make an exception if the size and style suits a different finger. 7 for my pinkies, 10, 10.5, and 11 covers my thumbs, ring, and middle fingers, and 11 and 12 for my pointers.   6. If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most? Certainly! I could use help with energy and concentration. I'm an artist and writer and have a few projects that need to get done in the coming months, but struggle with being tired/brain fog/ADD brain. I suppose help with sleeping ties into that issue as well. So yeah, anything to help me sleep when I'm supposed to be sleeping and/or to help me be awake and able to focus and be creatively productive when I'm supposed to be awake, would be awesome!   7. Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic? Yes - a set in ocean colors would be sweeeet! (I already have an iridescent purple set and a clear set, fyi)   8. What's your favorite creature? Polar bears are my fav animal ❤️ And for the less mundane, I do adore fae and mermaids and vampires/succubi.   9. Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences? I've never gotten into it, with the exception of Axe Cop (I own volume 1). I'd be up for more Axe Cop, but pass on anything else.   10. I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there? Maybe a spice blend or hot sauce? I like smokey spices, poblanos, and lime. And I love plantains. Also, if you come across a small drum/handheld percussion of any sort, that'd be really sweet!   11. Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)? Oh definitely! Orange chai sounds lovely 😍 Any combination of spices (especially cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg), orange, cherry, coffee, bacon, anise, sassafras, or mint would be amazing.   12. Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences? Oh man, I'd kill for a good gluten free shortbread. I'd be happy with plain, lavender, lemon, matcha, or cinnamon!   13. If your bday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate? It's not. On the birthday note though, I'm a Pisces Sun/Sag Moon & Rising (just an fyi).   14. Likewise, how do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period? Nothing set in stone, but for the solstice I'll likely try to spend some time in the sun and do some candle magic. (I don't have a yard so I can't make a bonfire or anything like that.)   15. Anything you want from the UK? I don't know if it's easy to hunt down over there or not, but in a recent swap, aphrodisms got me a pillow mist from Salix Moon that has lavender, bergamot, and frankinense in it, and I adore it. I'd definitely be up for a backup bottle. Other than that, anything relating to fae, avalon, ancient mystical type things. A Doctor Who or Torchwood magnet would be cool as well.   16. Seeds, y/n? Nay. No yard and I'm restricted to 1 container plant outside my door.   17. Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner? Yes. Toner, scrubs, a lightweight face lotion with SPF, detanglers, hair items that enhance curl/volume.   18. Are you interested in tights? If so, what thickness, style, and size? Yes - anything opaque, darker colors (no patterns, but textures OK), and plus size tights that'd fit the 18-20 range (only 5'3" so no tall sizes though).   19. Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have? I do! I don't really need more though. I'd say only pull the gun on this one if you really have a strong gut feeling on it. Currently have: RWS, Prisma Visions, Alphose Mucha, Dragons, Game of Thrones, Celtic Faeries, and New Vision decks   21. What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/ It's stunning. A lot of it is too gothy for my current decor vibe though. But I do really like that The Lovers print (with the birds) and would definitely hang it in my bedroom! I also really like that limited edition Luna Moth one (color on a white background). And if we're talking bookmarks/stationary/postcards, any of the prints with teal, green, or purple would be lovely.   22. Is loose leaf tea good, or do you prefer bagged? ALL THE TEA (lol, um, both)   23. I make arm warmers.  I make them from sweaters I thrifted.  They can be all one color, or stripes of different colors.  They can be long, to the elbows, or shorter. If you would like a pair, tell me your favorite colors.  Solids are more generally elegant, Stripes can be as wildly funky as you wish.  Long?  Short?  Cashmere?  Tell me your fingerless mitts arm warmer dreams. I would love a pair! I have thicker than average arms though, so here are my measurements in case they're needed: wrist - 7.75" thickest part of forearm - 13.5" distance from inner elbow to start of wrist - 9" Elbow length or shorter would be swell, and solid colors preferred. Any material that's not scratchy.   24. PBSW Summer collection is live!!!  Anything catch your eye? Hammocks and Holystones (scrub or shaving soap) and Yacht Rock (shaving soap) both sound v nice. So does Osage Orange (hot process soap).   25. It's farmers market season in town and I have loads of lovely local artisans to shop from. Would you be interested in items from any of the following? *waves to Philly friend* a. The Rod Homestead (I love this one I helped fund her commercial kitchen) - The Golden Milk spice mix, Ranch Popcorn Salt, and Chive Salt all look excellent! b. Working Class Coffee - These look like whole beans, so pass. c. Philly Nuts - The Onion Garlic Cashews sound good, and I would never turn away macadamia or pine nuts! d. 222 Creations - I like all of the Ginko Leaf earrings - any color  e. Carol's Epiphany - I like the shorter, simpler earrings, but none are particularly standing out to me.   25. I am learning to do embroidery. Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece?  a. If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee? Hm. This is kind of specific, but would it be possible to embroider a snowflake at the ends of a length of a wide ribbon? At some point in the coming years, my bf and I will be having a Handfasting and snowflakes have a special meaning to us. We'll be using a few ribbons (one for each vow) that fall into a color scheme of blush, copper, sage, teal, and purple (neutrals would work too), each approx. 5 ft in length.   26. What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away? I like both styles for different reasons I like being a sleuth, so enough contact to give me clues, but nothing too obvious   27. Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?) Absolutely   28. I dye yarn. Is custom yarn of interest to you? It's not, but I have a close cousin I would pass it along to.   29. My European travels are expanding! Anything you want from Portugal or Berlin??? Oh wow! I'll have to google for ideas...Portugal - maybe a tiny little dish? (like the kind you'd serve condiments in) (I love using wee dishes/bowls all around the house for all sorts of things) Berlin - chocolates perhaps?   30. My friend makes cool art with garbage, is there anything here you might like?
https://www.garbageforgood.com/ So cool! I like Textured Landscape 01    31. Would you like items related to your astrological sign and if so what is it? This is a tricky one to answer, because kinda but not always? I guess what I mean is I'd like things inspired by my sign or that subtly represent my sign, as long as it fits within my tastes. Like I wouldn't want a shirt with a big pisces symbol on it just because I'm a pisces, but a pisces candle or incense with notes I like would be a Hell Yeah! Use your best judgement I guess    32. what do you think of plushies? I'm not really a plushie person   33. Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving? Absolutely! I love all things matcha. I also once got this Japanese chai latte mix (it was a powder that you add water or milk to), that I'm sure was 99% sugar lol, but it was damn tasty and I wouldn't mind giving something like that a try again. I do enjoy Korean face masks, though I have a decent size stack of them rn. I've seen a lot of other Korean beauty and makeup products that look intriguing, especially in the CC Cream/Foundation/Powder category (the color options look like they'd match me well since I have the kind of very pale skin that skews a little in the golden or olive direction, rather than the pink direction).   34. Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin? I'm somewhere on the darker end of the black-to-green spectrum, lol. I seem to do okay with houseplants that require minimal attention and don't grow much (although I have killed succulents and cacti before). I've been thinking about giving air plants a try, but haven't yet.   35. How many books is too many books? As much as I love books, I do acquire them about three times faster than I read them, so... heh... go easy on me!   36. I’m knitting up washcloths right now. Would you like some? I've never used a knit washcloth. Perhaps just 1 so I can give it a try.
37. any spices you need/want?  I’m fleshing out a Penzey's order!!  Tarragon! Otherwise I'm pretty well-stocked on herbs & spices, unless you see a unique blend you think I'd like.   38. your feelings on chocolate?  Milk chocolate, Dark chocolate, White chocolate? with or without nuts? How about truffly goodness?   Love chocolate! Dark is preferable, but milk is good too. Not a white chocolate fan, unless it's infused with matcha or cinnamon or something else intriguing. Nuts are always good, as are any softer fillings. Love truffles! The only add-ins I don't like is sticks-in-your teeth taffy-type fillings and really hard toffee.   39. Do you want anything for your vehicle? Like bumper stickers or magnets? No to bumper stickers/magnets, but I do have an essential oil diffuser in my car that I've been neglecting to refill for ages, so maybe a fresh-scented oil designated just for that.   40. any interest in Japanese fashion-ish items? (kanzashi hair pins, and other things made form old kimono fabric, fans, tenugui, etc?) A fan fit for hanging on the wall would be cool! (I practice feng shui and the wind section of my apartment is somewhat neglected right now) I'm not really adept at hair styling and accessorizing, so nothing too elaborate in that vein, but things like bags and coin purses would be cool, as well as anything that could be repurposed for altar use. I adore fabric that's dark blue with a pink cherry blossom print on it, as well as anything that's aqua or pale green, or that features koi.   41. Would you use cbd infused bath products?  I never have before, but I'm open to it. I don't have any chronic pain, but I do have inflammation issues, if there's a product that helps with that.
  42. What colors are your kitchen stuffs?  Pale/soft greens and blue-greens (sage, pistachio, ocean-y colors), copper, and dark inky blue, with white and gray as the preferred neutrals.
  43. If I knitted up a scarf/shawl/something in the wearable area what colors would you like and please be pretty specific so I can see if my yarn stash makes this feasible (or if @twilighteyes or @winterblizzard has stash that does and I can barter) k please thanks  Sage green, soft jade, spruce...really any soft greens, dark or light, or deeper/darker shades of blue-green.   44. One big box or a couple starting now?? Totally up to you!   45. How close to the final deadline would you prefer to receive your package?  Should we try to squeak as close to August 31st as humanly possible, or would it be okay to send the package earlier? Anytime that works for you, works for me! (though earlier is nice lol)   46. I am afraid to send chocolate in this heat.  What other things might you enjoy? Gourmet lollipops?  Handmade Marshmallows (not by me LOL)?  Flavored cotton candy? other ideas? Nuts, gluten free pretzels, pink starbursts   47. do you have any reservations about wearing leather, like in an accessory??  No issues with secondhand leather, but would prefer not to have something leather purchased new.   48. So I took a "viking knitting" class (which is really wire weaving) and can now make necklaces and bracelets.  Would you be interested in either one?  IF SO What color wire would you like?  (silver, gold, copper, blue, purple, yellow, green orange, black, turquoise, pink, so many colors.)   I have THIS PACK among others. What length would you want (on either or both?)   What kind of fasteners do you like best (lobster claw, toggle clasp, magnetic?) and color of fasteners?  (silver, gunmetal, copper, gold?)  - some of the toggle clasps come in cool shapes. Do you think a larger chunky one like a torc or a slimmer one?  I can draw the wire down to different sizes with my draw plate. Very cool! Preferences: necklace, copper or gold, longer is better (I'm not sure about actual measurements, sorry!), magnetic fasteners are cool! or any kind that lets you adjust the length, and definitely slimmer, more lightweight styles   49. re: hats - I think I mentioned hats in my questionnaire, but yes! I love wearing hats and stupidly never buy them, so it'd be great to get one. Bowler style, newsboy, floppy summer-type, all welcome. The only thing to note is my head's a little big. I can usually squeeze into a standard woman's hat, but if runs a little small it'll be too tight.    50. re: August teas - omg they look UHMAZING! The Black Lodge and Dots and Loops sound crazy good.   51. So apparently there's this cute little outdoor market here that sells locally made dishcloths and similar- would you be interested in having some tea towels or similar from Portugal, dear Spritz? I would not say no to a tea towel, especially in my aforementioned kitchen colors ❤️   52. Would you like some smallish bottles of Rose Petal Liqueur, Lavender Vanilla Bean Liqueur, or Plum Brandy?  (all homemade.) Oh YUM! Those all sound lovely. I'm a huge sucker for botanically-infused drinks, so that lavender one sounds amazing, as does the rose petal one.
 

Summer Swap Sprite - 2022

NEW!  Will be the place for a history of my Q&A answers.   In the meantime, I realized I didn't get all my wishlists (I'd forgotten I had so many): - and yes, I have issues with etsy and amazon as businesses, but it's a good reference place for wishlists; etsy and pinterest are mostly "style guides" than specific items) https://www.etsy.com/people/Izile?ref=hdr-fav https://www.pinterest.com/southeatsnorth/_saved/ https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/7KANCDM0KO7J/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1 https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/147827015?ref=nav_mybooks (Though I use GOODREADS more for what I HAVE read, and a reminder of what's next on my library list, not a "next book to buy" wishlist.  That's more Amazon. But Goodreads shows you what I have read (also, ignore stars, if I read it and didn't hate it, I gave it 5.)   QUESTIONS!   1) Does anything, scent and / or product-wise, catch your eye from the Haus of Gloi summer drop? (https://www.hausofgloi.com/collections/summer) [you're free to pick stuff NOT from Summer as well, of course!  ] Curious to try a Summer Refresher Spray:  Buzz Off, maybe U-Pick; 2oz sample jar of Pumpkin Butter: U-Pick or Zazz; Soft Bubbling Scrubs: maybe Beguiled or Marshamllow Rose; Whipped Soaps: Blueberry Tart, Lemongrass Ice Cream, (where are those smells in the other products! Ah, those sound like the best!)   2) Yes, the rumors are true- I'll be in Paris this summer! Tell me up to five things you'd be happy to get from there, including any specific teas from Dammann Freres, my favorite french tea shop! - I don't need any more tea, but OMG, PARIS! I miss you!! I would love a stop by Monoprix to get La Rorche Posay Anthelios XL fluid SPF 50+ for sensitive skin - (the EU SPF formula is different from FDA (EU is better)); similarly, Nuxe Huile Prodigeuese (available in US, but for 2x the price!); I'd also love any kind of caramel au beurre sale; sadly, I don't think you could transport the really good stuff (cheese, wine, eau de vie, cured meats.. nom nom nom...)   3) I recently discovered Khamilaluna and plan to place an order soon to get a present for my roommate. Is there anything you'd like from them? I'd be curious to try the body creams - either baby bee, or maybe clover & aloe; and from the scrubs, mango & coconut, or coconut lime verbena, or green tea cucumber all sound really good. 
  4)  My question - wildcrafting/MS woods = N/A   5) My question - ring sizes, obviously fingers are all different sizes, even on the same hand - do you wear rings on all your fingers? how about a range smallest to largest?   (like, for me, I can't do thumb - rest are fine, though I don't tend to wear much on my pinkie, pinkie would probably be a 5.5, then 6.5-7, and index is probably 7.5-8)    6)If your Sprite were to gift you magical items or workings... a) Would you be interested in that? b) If so, what intention(s) would you appreciate most? Yes, interested. As to what... mmm... I've really been struggling for a long while to get the creative juices and general love of life rebooted and flowing again.  Been in therapy, on meds, and it'll be a year in August; and there's been progress, but that connection to playing music/painting, overflowing creativity, it gets drown out by exhaustion and anxiety way too often.  It'd be nice if something could help give that part of me a fresh battery.    7) Would you be interested in a set of (rpg) dice? If so, what colors/aesthetic? - no thanks, we are loaded with dice!
  😎What's your favorite creature?  SO HARD! - Horses all-time favorite, with of course unicorns and pegasi being right up there. But Dragons also very big yes.    9)  Do you like reading comics? If you haven't really read 'em, would you be interested in receiving a few that match your book genre preferences? I do! I'm a bit picky these days, just because I can't afford to dive so deep into mainstream comics - I was trying to corral all the new Sandman/Dreaming books because at least there were only supposed to be 16 (see Amazon wishlist for where I left off) - otherwise, I have the first 3 of Injection, I had some Fable, but that series ran too long; and I have the two Pretty Deadly ones because Beth/BPAL recommended so much.  But yes, long answer, if you have some that you think I'd like, feel free to pass them on to me!   10)  I'm headed to Puerto Rico in July - anything particularly interesting you would like from there? Good Rum? Is that possible? - I don't know what else PR is known for that is transportable (the ponies in Viequas, clearly not portable X-D )   11)  Would you be interested in receiving a small bottle of home infused whiskey aged from commercially produced moonshine? Any particular flavors you might enjoy (examples include orange chai or cinnamon chocolate or hot peppers)? Hmmm, I'd be curious. I generally do not care for flavored liquors (as opposed to liqueurs), but since it's a home infusion, maybe??  Not sure what infusion though (def NOT apple pie - I know everyone's crazy about homemade apple pie moonshine, but I cannot abide it)   12) Would you be interested in homemade shortbread that fits your flavor preferences? ABSOLUTELY!  I like plain, or maybe chocolate, I've seen some really nice ones that have a touch of flowers on top, that always sounded nice.    13)  If your bday is during the swap, how are you planning to celebrate? - it's not. 14)  Likewise, how do you celebrate relevant spiritual holidays in this time period? - mostly with food, I can't light a fire in my backyard 😞 , and with no car, camping is difficult 15) Anything you want from the UK? - I can't think of anything specifically off the top of my head, know the man-thing would go crazy over real UK Cadbury  - I'm assuming shipping gin/whiskey is out of the question. 16) - Seeds, y/n? - y? bit late in the season to plant more seeds, but always yes? 17) Are you interested in skincare/shampoo/conditioner? - skincare, not shampoo/conditioner 18) Are you interested in tights? If so, what thickness, style, and size? - no, too many already 19)  Do you use tarot decks? Would you like to receive more - and if so, can you list the ones you already have? - I do, I have Shadowscapes by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law; and the Last Unicorn deck.  Two decks is possibly my limit, unless it's really special and incredibly beautiful art - if it speaks to you, I'll listen. 20) What do you think of the art on this website? https://www.printisdead.co.uk/ - I like it! I'm not into the super goth stuff (skulls/coffins) but the bird, crystal, moth, witchy stickers are super nice!  21) Is loose leaf tea good, or do you prefer bagged? - I prefer loose leaf, but I am currently drowning in tea.    22) New question...PBSW Summer collection is live No thanks, I love the texture of their lotion, but none of the scents right now seem to line up for me.   23) Would you be interested in items from any of the following? The Rod Homestead (I love this one I helped fund her commercial kitchen) - no thanks,  Working Class Coffee - no coffee please Philly Nuts - no thanks 222 Creations - the barrettes are cute! Carol's Epiphany - no thanks   24)  Would you possibly like a simple hand embroidered piece?  sure If you would like this is there a simple favorite flower or summer symbol, like a bee? - I like bees, I like a lot of flowers (roses, morning glory, lavender, red clover... ) What kind of sprite would you prefer? A ninja or to know the ID right away? I like both styles for different reasons. - no preference, have had both 🙂    25) Are you ok with shunga label art (bpal?) - yes   26) - miss something?   27) Are there any Korean or Japanese food/craft/self-care items you would be interested in in receiving? - love K-beauty, masks, used to love the peripera peach milk blurring liquid. And all about Japanese snacks!   28) Is there anything for your garden or houseplants that you need, or would like (tiny, hand thrown cachepot for a prized astrophytum, etc.), or are you proudly black thumb and shun any plant that isn't resin?  - I think the garden is well underway.  The kind of things I'd need, probably not good gifts, and hard to ship.     29) How many books is too many books? - infinity?    30) plushies: I like plushies, but they take up too much room. I am full up!

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frimps & opinions

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March

🐇🐰 Whew. Okay, let's just hop back on this horse and go.   March 1: The Air and The Ether -- This little guy is a white amber bomb that only settles into a soft ambergris and, as promised, a very light hint of lavender, after almost an hour of sweet and shimmering white amber. It's ...okay. White amber is a note that I am often a little sensitive to, sometimes to a point of nausea. This didn't quite hit that, but it was a bit of a narrow squeak. Late drydown is largely ambergris, as is usually the case with that note on my skin. This is definitely a nice one if you like white amber, maybe not so much if you were hoping for something bright and airy instead of clear and crystalline and sweet. (eta: 3/4 -- I picked up a low partial from Ajevie, and it's *much* stronger on the lavender and I like it a lot more than my previous decant. So there may be some batch variations present.)   March 2: Gingerbread Dog -- I expected to like this a lot more than I do. The pecan & saffron are very weird with the gingerbread on me and it reminds me a bit of a savory pecan pie, which is not quite the vibe I was hoping. It seems the only nut scent I reliably like is still hazelnut. Also, I swear there’s a hint of red ginger in this year's gingerbread and that’s one of my least favorite notes of all time. It lasted a moderate amount of time and didn't have a lot of throw. But ...man, I was not expecting that pecan note to be so hefty.   March 3: Chocolate Cat -- The vetiver in this is likewise a bit stronger than I expected and goes a bit peanut buttery with a background hint of hairspray, which I do not love. I'm inclined to blame the musk. The honey is likewise not being especially pleasant. It isn't the ultra-thick honey, it feels sort of...antiseptic is the word popping into my head, so I guess it'll do. It's too clean for these notes. I was expecting something thicker and richer and definitely sweeter, and it's not hitting any of that. I kind of like the drydown, as the cacao comes out a bit more and it does get a bit sweeter, but not enough to buy more. Hroom. I'm a little disappointed, tbh. I expected this series to be much nicer on me than the decants I got are indicating.   March 4: Marshmallows, Gumdrops, and Peppermint Canes -- This is weirdly indistinct on me. The mint isn't very forward, but honestly, at first, nothing about this is. It takes almost fifteen minutes to smell like something other than a sweetish, very slightly mentholic blur on my wrists, and I wasn't shy about application. As it dries, I like it more. It develops into a sugary gumdrop fragrance with a fluffy sweet marshmallowy vibe, but like, really good marshmallows, guimauve not staypuft. ;} The clove and anise are soft and candied. ...the whole thing is soft and candied and dreamy, soft and vintage in a faded pastel way. It has no throw and poor lasting power, but it's a pleasant wear after it gets pasts the 'I just puffed sugar dust on my wrists, I guess?' point.   March 5: The Garden of Shut-Eye Town -- IIiiii thought this would be a charming and understated sleepy blend and underestimated the power of the florals involved. I had to wash it off not five minutes in because something or some combination of things was making me feel very ill. It's interesting. I have a tea blend that contains many of the more herbal notes (lavender, passion flower, chamomile, lemon balm) without the more floral wisteria, poppy, or cowslip. It does include valerian root, and it knocks me out pretty darn quick. In the vial, this perfume smells surprisingly similar to the way that tea does when brewed. However, on my skin, it's a lavender-tinted Flower Power Party and...yeah. Not good. I picked up decants of all of this series except The Shore of the Lollypop Sea expecting to feel like I would need full bottles of more than one. Instead, I ended up with a low partial of one and will be chucking all the rest of my decants at friends or swaps.   March 6: Gingerbread Sticky Buns -- Surprisingly yeasty. Sharply cinnamon and ginger -- and again, something like the red ginger note showing up in my nose, like a warm, slightly skanky ginger note rather than a sharp, bitey or rooty ginger note. Somewhat sticky icing-like note. Overall, not to my tastes. More throw than I liked, relatively low lasting power.   March 7: Upslope Fog -- I like Upslope for about thirty seconds and then the stone note comes in and I can’t handle stone notes at all. It’s a funky combo of too sweet (NCD’s was worse for me in that way) and almost metallic? Anyway, that does eventually fade a little and it becomes a slightly muddled outdoorsy scent. I can smell a hint of the misty note I love, but mostly it’s a bit buried under the rest. I think I missed the craggy stones in the scent description when I picked my decants. For more on my thoughts about stone accord, see my distaste for Inganok Jewelers, 13 Hours, and Night's Bridge. Just...pleh. (This was originally written a few days ago. I did test it again, and lasted even less time. Knowing what it was about, I washed it off after a relatively short amount of time.)   March 8: Sea Smoke -- Sea Smoke is pretty much Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife without the honey and with a little bit of ozone substituting for the barely-present mint. That one is much sexier due to the honey, but the later drydown for me is almost identical. Otherwise, this is BPAL’s ambergris & seaweed, straight up. I like it, but I like DotFW more. If I didn’t have that I’d totally pick up a bottle of Sea Smoke. If you were ever about DotFW, get some of this and layer it with something that’s a slightly skanky honey and you’ll have a pretty good approximation. This lasted quite a long time, and the throw was mild, but if DotFW is any indication, it'll get stronger over time.   March 9: Cerise Fog -- This reminds me of a juicier, somewhat sweeter Akuma. The amber is golden and sweet and brightens and smoothes the scent in ways the neroli fights against in Akuma, though they definitely share the orange citrus + raspberry and a sweet, candy-like quality. Later on the sugariness really amps up and it mostly reminds me of flavored cotton candy. Curiously, after a few hours the amber becomes more prominent and I realllly like the way it lingers. This is going on my wishlist for later purchasing.

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windbourne

 

February

Happy birthday to me? 😀 (yes, it's actually my birthday) 🐇🐇 Also, happy new year~! 🎊   Hmmmm. Sorry for vaporizing unexpectedly. I've been having a problem, almost certainly hormonal, that has resulted in being unable to wear any perfume or most scented lotions because they're all too strong for my nose. Not weird or off, everything still smells correct, it's just too much right now, like my sense of smell has been turned up to eleven. I also had a migraine in there that made everything even worse. I'm not worried about it being Covid -- like I said, nothing smells off, and I haven't heard about things being too strong being a symptom -- nor am I pregnant, but it's really annoying, considering my favorite hobby. 😫 This isn't the first time this particular symptom has occurred, but it's been years since the last time.   So when this weirdness ends, hopefully soon, I'll be backdating the last week of Arcana and catching up on whatever I miss of February. Next week is lightly iffy because I'm going in to have my wisdom teeth removed next Monday and I don't know how long that'll take me out. So, ah, I'm fine, more or less. But it'll be a few days until I'm back properly. -- Feb 15: Hohoho, so that sucked, and still continues to suck a bit, if I'm being totally honest. 😂 Long story short, one was fine and the other one was emphatically not (my dentist described it as one of the most difficult extractions he's performed after over 30 years in the business, lucky me), almost ten days later I still can't open my mouth fully and am still on a squishy foods-only diet, I immediately got a sinus infection due to smol holes between the holes and my sinus cavity...anyway, it's just been a vicodin-laced, deeply unpleasant adventure. I may just call February a wash at this point, though do not put it past me to backdate. 😂 I have learned that when I'm on painkillers I can't smell anything properly, though my sense of taste is weirdly unaffected. But I tested putting perfume on and it was just like, 'nah. Nothing there.'  I suppose it did come with a sinus infection attached, so that may have played a part as well. 😅   Anyway, lesson here being: get your wisdom teeth out when you are young, if you even begin to think you might need to. Alternately, if you're older and only one is actually giving you problems, only take out the one, don't go 'eh, might as well do both while you're there!' because hahaahhahahahahahahah jfc. -- Feb 28: LOL, well, that sure was a month that happened. It's somewhat fallen into 'let us never speak of this again' territory, to be quite honest. My mouth hurts less, but is still not completely healed. ☹️I'll be picking back up again for March (in about an hour!), since my nose seems to have sorted itself out and I've got a few Yule decants to talk about.   eta: Actually, hilariously, I'm not that far off track for the year overall, since I was running two scents a day in January. 😂

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windbourne

 

BPALentines Questions

Tell me what kinds of coffee you like- whole bean? Grind? (If grind, what type?)  What notes of coffee do you like?
I tend to like coffees that are described as chocolatey or caramely or nutty. Caffeine or decaf. Whole bean. Flavors are good but I tend to avoid fruity ones. I like warm spices, hazelnut, that sort of thing. Best if you have a local roaster!   Jewelry?? Types? Sizes? Styles? Colors? I like plant/animal-themed. I wear hair jewelry and earrings more than anything but also always love a matched set.     What are your favourite colours? Are you happy with Valentine's themed colours? Patterns? Pinks are not my favorite but I don't mind them when blended with other things!  I do swap out some of the art and things like tea towels and stuff in my house for the seasons so some Valentine's themed patterns/colors are fine!    Would you be interested in anything from Ravenstone? I love anything with animals/insects/plants on it. Also tiny things - fossils, stones, etc - that I can set on my minatures shelves.  
Do you have any interest in journals, planners, habit trackers, etc.? No thanks! 
 
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): Goodreads in my sig, very active though doesn't necessarily track what I own vs what I've read (lots of my "reading" is via audiobook.) I do indeed own a copy of AG though! 
  
What kind of tea do you like? Type (loose leaf vs bag), and also flavors? We'll drink anything here! I don't drink much straight black tea but the husband will if I don't.  
 
Would you be interested in anything from https://snagtights.com/, I keep meaning to try their tights! I'm probably a size F. I'm up for anything!    Are you interested in secondhand oracle/tarot decks? No thanks!    What category of makeup (and what shades) are you most interested in? I don't really wear much makeup but nail polish (wacky colors are fine) or sample size lipsticks are always welcome!  
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?
No thanks!   
Super specific, but pls note if you are a fan of Taylor Swift... She's fine and I don't actively dislike her, will occasionally bop to her music but am definitely not a "fan."   Favorite colors: Blues, purples, teals, ocean colors, forest colors. Not big on pastels and neons.    Things from Mexico:  Spices, seasonings, hot sauces! Just no cilantro please lol    Hats or mittens:  I have so many hats and mittens so no thank you!   Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? Yes yes yes. Citrus especially. I would like to smell like orange juice or lemonade all the time.    Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I'm pretty ok on all florals but I love rose, peony, lilac, and orchid the best.    Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? I'm not obsessed but I do use sheet masks and hair masks! I wouldn't say no to false lashes but I only wear the magnetic (liner) kind because I can't use the glue.    Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? Honey yes. I avoid baked goods foodie scents so a no on buttercream-heavy scents but they're usually fine when mixed with fruit.    If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? I don't have any preferences!    Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote that you would like incorporated into either some stationery/notecards, or done up in calligraphy? "Fear is the mind-killer." (Dune) because I'm a nerd. "When the sun comes up I will leave without a trace; the world was mine today." (Enter the Haggis)   

llamadolly

llamadolly

 

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.    Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? definitely yes   Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I prefer to stay away from florals... jasmine is sort of ok... but rose and lily and carnation and violet and all the rest should best be left to the flowers... I LOVE the smell of actual flowers I just don't love florals   Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? Sheet masks yes and the foot mask home pedicure things are dope  LOVE Fake Lashes but don't wear them as much as used to   Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? honey yes... don't know that I've tried buttercream but I do love the taste of the frosting    If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? No   Favorite Quote? "Take it easy, but take it" W. Guthrie      

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 1-20-22 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.    Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? I am, especially for bath and body products.   Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I can do rose, lavender, carnation, lily in small doses. Jasmine is a NOOOOOOO.    Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? Sheet masks, yes. Otherwise, not really. I could use a good eye cream!   Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? Honey, yes. Buttercream, no.   If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? This is definitely not me.   Favorite Quote? I'm not super into stationary, but my mantra is "Pain is no stronger than the resisting force pain calls up in me. The struggle is equal" from Mina Loy's Partuition.     

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 is 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.      Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? I don't gravitate toward citrus and fruity, but I don't dislike it.   Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I can handle most florals - jasmine, rose, lilac are favorites.   Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? My hair is pretty picky and specific. It's curly and has it's own whole thing going on. As for skincare, anything made for dry and sensitive skin is welcome. I live in the northeast in the winter. Enough said.   Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? Yes to both.   If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? Unsure. Pretty new to this whole thing, so I'm open to try just about anything.

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 and clasps (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 blank/non-structured (or lightly structured) journal would be cool, and possibly a habit tracker too. Oh, and a 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/winter flavors like apple, pumpkin, chestnut, and spice too. Lighter fruits like peach and tropical fruits, as well as herbals (especially lavender) 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 be 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. Thin but warm, and soft would be a plus!   Are you into citrus/ fruity scents? Citrus - absolutely, especially lime. For fruity it depends. I wear a lot of cherry and enjoy a good wine note. I like apple and orange-family-fruits, but my skin usually eats them. I also like pear, champagne grape, pineapple, and mango. I can do strawberry, peach, plum, and fig, but I'm not crazy about them. Coconut seems to work when it's a supporting player but not the star.   Which florals are a yes/no? Death notes? I love gardenia. I also like hyacinth, wisteria, lilac, jasmine, olive blossom, osmanthus, poppy, carnation, and tuberose. Violet is okay in small quantities and when balanced with sweeter notes (it can skew high-pitched otherwise). Orris and iris are death notes. Lotus is a no-go too. Rose and most other flowers are in the risky category. Generally the risky florals work best when sweetened up by other notes.   Are you into Skincare/haircare? Sheet masks/cleansers/hair masks? False lashes? Yes to skincare. I like sheet masks, toners, cleansers, scrubs. I could use a good foot lotion or a lightweight face lotion with SPF. No hair masks or falsies, please.   Does honey work with your skin chem? Buttercream? Honey is GREAT. Not sure about buttercream, but it sounds a little heavy for my skin needs. Maybe just for a foot lotion.   If you said "yes" to OCYL, which houses have you been dying to try? Which ones aren't compatible with your skin chem? No other companies for perfume, but yes for all the other things. I'm game to try anything.   Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote that you would like incorporated into either some stationery/notecards, or done up in calligraphy? Your time is now.

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.     

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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.)   January 18: Twirling the Pearl -- Rich, golden honey, marshmallow, lavender milk, soft musk, and a tiny hint of green galbanum. -- An older one, but one that's come back a few times. This was originally a Valentine's scent. I have both a very aged decant and a newer full (2 years-ish) bottle of it. There's more than a hint of galbanum here, that's the note that dominates on my skin for the first few minutes. It settles down to a background hum after that, but it never fully goes away. I love that note, so this is great for me. The honey is probably the next loudest note, followed by the lavender. The musk, marshmallow, and milk aspects mostly serve to settle it into a soft slightly-more-than-skin scent after it dries without being especially distinct. It's really nice, just on the lightly honeyed green side of my-skin-but-better for me. Throw varies a lot over the life of the scent, but ends up pretty mild after drydown, but that drydown lasts and lasts.   January 19: White Bear -- Bourbon vanilla ice cream, coconut husks, coconut creme, and foraged wild blackberries. -- This came to me secondhand last year, but it looks like it was originally released in 2017. It's ...fine. I persist in having difficulty with blackberry notes, no matter how much I want them to work. But the blackberry here adds a very necessary tartness to an otherwise very sweet perfume. It's very creamy and I can't help but think it might be boosted a bit by adding a little sandalwood or possibly furry musk, because I don't usually think 'ice cream shop' when I think 'white bear' or even of the fairy tale that it was inspired by (East of the Sun, West of the Moon), so I may find a light scent with one of those aspects to try layering with it. Oddly, despite being full of coconut notes, it doesn't read as that coconutty on my skin. It's definitely present, but not forward. It reminds me a bit of ice cream made with coconut milk -- if you know you're eating coconut milk ice cream, even if it's chocolate or whatever, you can kind of tell, but if you didn't know, you might not think to say oh, yes, this tastes like coconut. This is vanilla-blackberry ice cream, and if I sniff very deeply and think coconut thoughts, I can tell there's some coconut in there as well. This is a lot of words for a perfume that is just okay on me. No throw, moderate longevity. As an aside, this came to me with a reducer cap. I don't know if it originally came with one, but none of my other Arcana scents have ever had them. I hate them and have a weird feeling (with zero evidence) that they may alter scents a little, so ngl, if this ever gets re-released, I'd probably buy a fresh one direct. Just, you know, to see. 😂 I love my perfume superstitions. 😂   January 20: Peaches Crave Haint -- The gossamer sweetness of delicate white peaches with Arcana Wildcraft's Haint (white musk, vanilla musk, Madagascar vanilla, sugarcane, and a faint trail of white pepper). -- This has been around a while, but I picked it up during the most recent Craves opening. I like this more than regular Haint, tbqh.   The original scent is very lovely, but adding peach to it gives it a lot more interest for me and again, a bit of fruity tartness that I really enjoy. The peach lingers through the entire weartime, which considering how strong the musks and pepper are. It's a deceptively light scent at first, but the longer it's on my skin, the brighter and more intense it smells. Throw goes from meh to whoa over the course of about an hour, then tapers off again over the next hour or so, but the scent remains present for several hours. I really like this one.   January 21: Snow Witch: Familiar -- The scent of a witch and her animal companions snuggling on a quiet, snow-muffled day. Cafe au lait, vanilla-infused cheesecake, a soft woolen blanket, and warm fur. -- I picked this up last winter and, honestly, I'm still pretty lukewarm on it. It's primarily a milky coffee scent with a hint of tang from the cheesecake note. There's a bit of furriness that comes out after it dries, but it remains mostly milky coffee. Which, I mean, it's nice, but it's not very interesting on my skin, and I like the idea of it more than I like the actual fragrance. Light but persistent throw, moderate longevity. My cat thinks it's interesting but stinky, in that she'll come up and sniff my hands when I wear it and then wince away with that 'eww!!' face that she normally reserves for citrus and mint. 😂   January 22: Dia de los Muertos -- Though Spanish conquistadores tried to put the kibosh on this Aztec ritual for the dead, the holiday not only endured but retained its flamingly pagan core. Celebrate, honor, and even laugh at death with our fusion of spices, honey, tobacco and dark chocolate. -- Another ancient bottle, though this scent has come back a few times since I bought it in '08. It is one of those scents that does exactly and precisely what it says it does on the tin. It is a spicy, chocolatey honey-with-tobacco scent. The spices are mostly cinnamon and maybe a little clove. There might be a tiny bit of nutmeg as well. It's so smoothly blended it almost feels like a layering note, but it's so huffable and delicious that I don't mind the relative simplicity. Medium throw that I can sort of taste in the back of my throat, very good longevity, 7+ hours.   January 23: Tart -- Sweet lemon cakes, fluffy coconut frosting, and a dash of bergamot. -- I picked this up, if I recall correctly, winter/valentines of 2020 because I'd just gotten a lotion from another company that was lemon and coconut and was obsessed with it, and this had recently gotten a re-release and I wanted it. At first it was wayyyyy too lemony, but in the time since, it's mellowed a lot and become something I really enjoy. The bergamot threatens to go a little soapy for a few moments, but it never really materializes or gains any strength and that aspect eventually dissipates. It's not overly strong and doesn't have a lot of throw, but it lingers and smells like an amazing dessert, if you like lemony desserts. I enjoy this one a lot, and cheerfully layer it with the lotion, which I have since repurchased.     January 24: Egyptian Musk single/layering note -- An exotic, sensual, honeyed, smooth Egyptian musk. -- I got this as part of a decant circle many years ago, but it's still available, or will be whenever Craves reopens. It's one of my favorite musks, very smooth and deep without being at all overpowering or too, er, musky, as it were. It resembles a skin musk and sits very close to the skin, but isn't quite a my-skin-but-better-scent on me. It doesn't smell of honey at all, if you're worried about that; I don't think that's a component, or if it is, it's not the usual Arcana honey note, but it is sweeter than many musks are. It's just a gorgeous pure musk. 10/10, would buy again once this very low partial runs out. When I see Egyptian musk as a note in another perfume, I will always give it a second look, unless it also has several notes I absolutely know I hate.

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