Well, I had this bottle of Candy Phoenix (the 2010 one). No one was really interested in swapping. So, I mixed it with my 1/3 bottle of persephone. I figured 2 sweet based perfumes would work mixed together. Also, TBH, I think the Candy Phoenix had been faded over time. I did the mixing oh, a month ago? I figured I should let it sit a while for the oils to get used to each other. So, now I'm opening & seeing what this smells like.
In the bottle: Holy hard candy, batman!! Red sugared candy overpowers everything. Not grooving on this so far.
Wet: Still red candy, with a faint whiff of PEZ candy?? (side note: anyone else wonder why they named a candy 'fish' when they were little?) There's rose coming out now, thank goodness.
Dry: Oh, this is *much* nicer. The rose beats back the sugar note (it's there, but background). Now I can smell fruit. Definite pomegranate, but also pear and, this is looney, but a little meyers lime? Like a lime without the bite. There's an incense note to it, like Candy Phoenix gets on me, but it stays in the back. Rose eventually becomes dominant over a background of fruit and the other notes only peek out sometimes. Oh, a bubblegum note pops out sometimes after about 1/2 hour.
How did I do? Well, I think this is <I>almost</i> a success. Somehow, combining the two makes it feel more grown-up than the originals alone. But, it's still solidly stuck at age 15/16. I kind of want to add something a touch more grounding in as well. But, I don't know if that would throw it due to the peeking in/out of bubblegum. The mix is really nice, but a touch incomplete in my head. I'll think on it and maybe figure it out. If not, it's nice enough on it's own for when I'm in the mood for something light and happy and silly.
When in doubt: Chocolate. Or vetiver and violet. Or tuberose.
Gourmand (Almond, Bread, Butter, Dark Chocolate, Cream/milk, Honey, Maple, brown sugar) Snacks (Almond, Apple, Cucumber, Malt, Nuts) Citrus (Esp. Bergamont) Florals (Cotton, Elder, Lavender, pale Roses, Violet, Water lily, Ylang-ylang) White Florals (Esp. Tuberose, or Magnolia) [with all florals- I prefer them greener ] Aquatic (Kelp, sea spray, commercial "ocean" "rain" and "water" notes- I love the smell of the natural beach and ocean) Green[/i & Spices (Vetiver, cooking herbs, Tomato leaf, tea, some peppery notes)
Other stuff: rum, skin & white musks, corn (sweet corn, not fritos)
Literally every other fragrance group else not specified is kinda of a mystery. I know they're largely base notes. I'm pretty sure I can't smell some of them at all. (Example: I can't smell sandalwood very well! Same with Paprika. Weird, right?)
Please see my Dislikes for my allergies Click here for references to fragrance notes (leads to an outside perfume website)
Known fragranceallergies: cinnamon / cassia olive pollen/fruit (Anaphylaxis bad) sage
General dislikes: Incense COCONUT (I despise anything 'tropical coconut'/suntan lotion/Piña colada) Dark musks (white & skin musk OK) Crystal sugar notes Red fruits that turn into "fruit punch"
Iris & Orris get powerfully amped on my skin & give me a headache
Mind, I'll like anything I'm not allergic to if balanced well with the right things. That said, I will never like these: Brimstone Snake Oil (and all of its derivatives in the snake pit)
13 - 2007 Belladonna Bewitched Boomslang The Bow and Crown of Conquest Brimstone Cairo Candy Phoenix Cathedral Glitter Hollywood Babylon The Phantom Wooer Pontarlier Red Queen, The Rose Cross Seraglio Snake Oil Tweedledee Tzadikim Nistarim Velvet Violet Ray Wanda Whip
*Fiery Wall of Protection (TAL) *White Light (TAL)
Not Reviewed Yet:
504 Gateway Time-out Aglaea Aizen-myoo Anne bonny Athens Baobhan sith Belle au bois dormant, la -- Black lily Black rose Blood Kiss Bruised Violet Compound Carnal Coiled serpent, the Come to me Countenance of forboding evil -- Coyote Death cap Desire Djinn Dragon's milk -- Dragon's musk Fallen Fenris wolf Flor de Maga - Single note* Greed Haunted Iago -- Imp Incubus Kubla khan Kumiho Kurukulla -- Lethe, le Lightning Lilium inter spinas Little wooden doll Love me -- Lust Lyonesse Mad hatter Malediction Malice -- Manhattan Marie Morgause Nanshe Night-Raven Nocturne -- Obatala Pearl in the Volcano* Perversion Rome Rose, the Satyr Sea Foams Milk Sea of Glass Sed non Satiata Shadow witch orchid -- Shango Siren Skuld Tamora Tentation, la -- Tezcatlipoca Tisiphone Titania Veritas Wanda Water of Notre Dame White Rabbit Wilde Wolf's heart Xiuhtecuhtli Yorick Zombi
RPG - Chaotic
--- "Borrowed" by Significant other: Jolly Roger Saturnalia*
I've moved and lost my job and had a whole heck of crazy happen to me in 2010. I really haven't had time to review too much. I certainly haven't had any time or money to buy anything. That said, I have an hour today. And I have a stash of untouched imps and a few 5mls that I never got to sniff.
So, I figure I'll review a couple today. Sounds reasonable, right?
SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL TRAIPSING THROUGH THE CROP CIRCLES TEATIME IN ROSWELL Brusque violet high strung daisies Twinkle twinkle little bat Alice's evidence 'tis the voice of the lobster how doth the little crocodile BREAD-AND-BUTTERFLY SUE’S GREAT OLD PUPPET SHOW THE SNACK HUT SILVER PHOENIX SPOOKY TIN PHOENIX MELIAI CANDLES MOON SIGNIOR DILDO Two Loves Black Heart DARK CHOCOLATE AND KEY LIME TRUFFLE DARK CHOCOLATE, WHISKEY, AND COGNAC TRUFFLE MILK CHOCOLATE AND MATCHA GREEN TEA GANACHE TRUFFLE MILK CHOCOLATE, COCONUT, CARDAMOM, RUM, AND GINGER TRUFFLE WHITE CHOCOLATE, BLACK RASPBERRY, AND APRICOT CORDIAL TRUFFLE WHITE CHOCOLATE, STRAWBERRY, AND WHITE PEPPER TRUFFLE ENCHANTED WOOD FLORIST Blackberry Jam & Scones CBLDF: Who Killed Amanda Palmer? Planting moon Moon of the Terrible Thalassa, The Galapagos Mermaid CHAOS THEORY V: RECURSIVE SELF-SIMILARITY V1 The Dorian Series Any of the "Box of Chocolates" Pepper Fairy Wine Bearded lady Xanthe Huesos de Santo Hel Green Party Eggnog Latte Wulric, the Wolfman Miller vs California June Gloom Strawberry moon Velvet nudie Velvet pink kitty Velvet unicorn The Sailing Stones of Death Valley The Phantom Cow of Yerba Buena Island STINKY Lawn gnome B340 Spinning multicolored metallic pinwheel Plastic pink flamingo Tomoe Gozen Under the harvest moon Bite Me Boo Creepy Lambs-wool Pomona Trick or Treat PUMPKIN V Detestable Putrescence IN WINTER IN MY ROOM SLEIPNIR PINK SNOWBALLS THE SEASON OF GHOSTS MOTHER SHUB'S TOOTHSOME BANKETSTAAF MOTHER SHUB'S SPICED LAIT DE CHÈVRE MASON & JENKIN'S PORT JELLY JOSIE THE WITCH'S REPAST HARIMISE AUTUMN MOON OF THE MIRROR STAND
2-5-7 Centzon Totochtin Blood Bordello Bruised Violet Compound Darkness Dragon's Milk Dragon's Tears Gluttony Hellcat La Petite Mort Le Serpent Qui Danse Les Bijoux Kill Devil Masabakes Sloth Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener Tweedledum Nostrum Remedium The Unicorn Vice
I'm so sad Tweedledee doesn't work for me. I didn't think there was such a thing as too sweet for me. I love sugar. But, it failed on me.
I'm slowly working my way through my box of Imps & reviewing them, one or two at a time. I've reviewed all of my bottles.
I'm flat out broke, & behind on rent. So, there's no hope in the near future of buying anything. Luckily, my box of imps is large. So, I'll have entertainment for a long time with it.
I'm disappointed that so many of my "high hopes" are turning out to not work on me. But, I guess in the long run, that's easier on my pocket.
It's starting to look like my tropical fruits are limited to pineapple & kiwi, & my citrus to oranges, lime, & lemon. Lemongrass over lemon as well. Most non berry fruits turn bad on on me as well. Some melons work though.
I guess this is why I never wore little girl perfumes when I was a kid. They're all jumbles of fruits. My first perfume was Charlie white. watermelon, violets, sandalwood the only thing that didn't work so well for me in that was the jasmine. I'm told it reeks of sandalwood, but, I can barely smell sandalwood. So, it's no wonder I liked it.
Anyway, back to the search.
Beaver'versary... I love me the sugary scents & this one really did it for me. Sweets & cake. mmmm
Moon of the Terrible. I have to get this. Sweet (lychee?) & sexy (moonflower? other night florals?). It develops into something mysteriously sexy on me (which I like because I am neither as a person but dream of being )
Champagne & Roses. This was pretty & bubbly. I would have gotten one for myself & my friend, Jen (who couldn't come), but it sold out too fast.
Wood phoenix. It was very woody. In a way that just didn't agree with my nose
Candy Phoenix. I might be crazy, but it reminds me of jelly beans, salt water taffy, and those juicy hard candies. It was hard to tell if I liked it or it was just making me hungry.
Champagne, chocolate & sex. This was so very very good in the bottle. But, I didn't apply it because most musks get amped too much on me. It did smell very yummy & lickable in the sexy sorta way.
Eggnog latte. I'm kicking myself for leaving my toy at work. (It eventually ended up at Toys for Tots)
The eggnog latte was coffee shop devine. Warm & comfortable, yet delish. Ah, well, maybe it'll be revived?
Snake Charmer revived. I don't get the hype. I wanted to like this. But, like snake oil, it just didn't work for me. Sniffy spicey muskey & sexy. It'd probably smell wonderful on my friend Judy (who has the polar opposite body chemistry to me as far as fragrances go)
It was SO crowded. I made my purchase & slipped out to wait for my friend, Steph (misspriss). I decided to help collect toys, as I didn't want to get bored... nothing to do with the door guy being cute. I had a nice chat with the forumite Tomatojoe (*shakes fist at her for getting the last C&R* ) Steph did make it & we got to catch up. I don't know what it is about willcalls that makes me so shy. But, I swear I'll try to talk to more people next time. In any case, I had a good time.
Ah, barely got to see the willcall. I brought a boi, as men are good for carrying things. He helped me lug all the canned foods (and brought some of his own). Due to the donation, I got an imp of Horn of Almathea. I barely got to sniff at a few prototypes & halloweenies before leaving. Ah well.
I sniffed gunpowder & it was nicely sweet. I revisited the pumpkins & decided the only one I liked was #1 & that it wasn't perfect for me. I'm really looking forward to the new CD act though. & I must snag another Agrat & candy butcher before the carnival leaves town (assuming the finances allow).
Finally picked up sturgeon moon. I also got Agrat-bat-mahlat (sp?) and a pack of imps. I've updated my "I have/like" & "wish" lists accordingly.
I tried on some of the halloween/autumn stuff & most of the grindhouse agiain. I finally decided there were only 2 grindhouse ladies that worked for me. And only one i loved. So, I got Agrat. I met up with Stephanie & we exchanged imps. She's such a sweetie.
It's always so fun to go to the will calls! Chatting with people who get the madness & sniffing all the pretty scents. I made a new friend, Stephanie. We split A Hope/Faith set. I got Dyan Moon & Long Night Moon baby doll shirts... and a 5ml of Saturnalia (can you tell i like violet?).
I loved Sturgeon moon. Aquatic, but fresh. It smells almost tasty!
Penumbra had a note of sweat in the purpley goodness, so I didn't even apply it.
Crawdad started off with sugary fruity goodness. But, it faded fairly quickly down to blueberry on me.
I ended up sniffing & testing the grindhouse & snake pit. I have come to the conclusion that snake oil dislikes me, with the exception of boomslang. This is disappointing. But, I guess it's best for my wallet. Only one of the grindhouse gals smelled nicely on me. I, sadly, cannot remember which. It was sugary/desserty though. So, there's only a couple it could have been
Anyway, I believe i'll be ordering chaos theory & sturgeon moon. I love the idea of chaos theory!
Skydancer - She was rather moody growing up. But, she has come into her own since maturing. Though still a tad insecure, she has a powerful voice that has been known to soothe drough stricken lands, and level entire forests. Yet, she also has a sense of humour. She assures me that she has nothing to do with the static electricity being so bad today
Wajah - Wajah is a special dragon. She sits in a burrowed hole and comments loudly at the world. But, unlike Oscar the Grouch, she is cheering the world on. She always has a smile and a friendly holler for you. We don't know why she cheers. But, she does so with a solid determination. Rock on, Wajah. Rock on.
Sunriser - Sunriser is our little ball of energy. She literally is up with the sun
I've been trying to channel her energy into something productive, but she won't focus! I thought she'd grow out of this by now. Oh, no... she just took off with the twins!!! Sunriser!!!! They're eggs, not toys!
Shy Violet - What is there to say about Violet? She loves her namesake. For her BPALs, she switches between Faith & Saturnalia. She is quiet, demure, perhaps a little fussy at times. She's the one responsible for the lace curtains and aromatic diffusers in the cave. Her scales are perfectly ordered, and any egg or hatchling in her path is thoroughly clean.
Skydancer: Skydancer disavows any knowledge of humidity & flash flood warnings. She also has pointed out that she's a girl and has taken up wearing Violet Ray. I suspect Shy Violet's influence.
Wajah: Wajah loves you. Wajah says you smell pretty. Wajah smells of my missing bottle of Bliss.
Sunriser: Sunriser has a new hobby. I'm not sure what it is, beyong it involving yarn. But, it keeps her occupied and out of trouble. So, as far as I'm concerned, she's knitting.
Shy Violet: Shy Violet's circle of tidiness has expanded. She is wearing Saturnalia today. She and Patty are attempting to go vegan.
Nite Sprite: Has developed an avid interest in UFC. His favorite fighter has a broken nose & twisted shuolder right now, but still fights. Nite Sprite informs me this means the man is strong. For Nite's sake I won't state my opinion on the matter. Nite tends to go out at nights for his own fights. Does anyone know what a "triangle" is?
Lala Orange: Lala is a quiet, studious sort. I have no idea where she gets those musty old books from, but, she reads them as avidly as I read scifi & fantasy novels. So, there must be something to them. We both are Guppies fans (Go Guppies!). So, we have something to bond over. Lala seems to like TAL more than BPAL. She says she's wearing White Light right now. Something about Sunriser swiping a red thread & her needing to recenter herself.
Patty O'Green: She's quietly persuing a life of compassion. She's vegan. She cares for the hatchlings. She raises money for charities. (She even has me doing a walk for lupus! Walk for Lupus) She may be small, but she's going to make a difference!
Red Butler: Red is wearing Brimstone. Or did he just start a fire? I' need to keep an eye on that one...
The Dark Princess: Princess likes to shop. She has a new Louis Vutton bag. I'm not sure exactly how she got it. She's way to big to fit in a shop. But, she's a very successful shopper. She got me these gorgeous red shoes with multiple straps that trace like a ladder to right above the ankles... Oh, her BPAL? Well, she claims to only wear Creed. But, she smells an awful lot like The Hanging Gardens.
The eggs and hatchlings are spotless (see Shy Violet). The little dino seems to think The Dark Princess is its mommy. She doesn't seem to have noticed. The little white and Patty get along wonderfully. Patty curls up next to the little one to keep it warm.
Edit to add: The little white has gendered! He's a boy!! Welcome, Twink.
There has been much swapping. I need to update my lists & write more reviews.
Random: I went to Das Bunker last night. It was kinda like late 90s industrial/raver night. I was SO f-ing happy. I traded a drink for 2 glowsticks and had at it. OMG, joy. & I hadn't been to a club in 2 years. I'm sore, tired, and full of bliss. Thus, today I wear Bliss.
Darn site issues wiped my last entry & updates.
I went to the willcall for BPAL with J. The Theme was Miskatonic Valley Baseball.
My nose broke a few times from too many fragrances. I had to go outside more than a few times. It was nice to have an objective nose there with me. J talked me out of Violet Ray (turned too "baby powder." Must be the lilac in it, as violets work nicely on me) & April Fool (turned to soap). I would have bought them for their in bottle scent & then not been able to wear them. We also discovered we have completely different body chemistry. Some things were strong on one- faded to nothing on the other. Also, she interprets musk as dirty. I interpret the lighter musks as sexy & the darker as sweat. Oh, and J smelled my boobs, as I couldn't get close enough to smell them. Teehee!
Anyway, I bought Swank for J (it is magic on her skin). I got Moana (a surprise like! It smells gorgeous on me after drydown) & MVJBA (the guppies shirt & pennant as well). And I got a box of Cracker Jack!
I renewed my love for Mock Turtle & Bruised Violet Compound. I also reevaluated my dislike for Eat Me & Drink Me. I remain confused about Drink Me, as it turns to kettle corn on me. But Eat Me turned to chocolate. And I like the name for rude reasons. So, I have new options for later orders.
I have learned I *must* have an objective nose & test for drydown before buying from now on. I'm going to go through my current supply of precious & weed out stuff that doesn't work after drydown & offends the noses of others.
I'm about to update my list. I got a bunch of imps in swap. One of which is Alice. I had formerly thought Alice smelled "off." But, as I got it in a swap. I figured I ought to try it. It smells light & lovely on me. Very much like the tea I used to drink as a kid. Both floral & food. Yum!
I'm currently wear a bit of the Seraglio imp I got. I'm not sure on this one. It doesn't smell bad. It just is a neutral "perfumey" scent on me. No notes really stand out after it reaches dry down. Kinda sad, as it smells nifty in the imp.
My boyfriend (now ex) has my imps of Eos & Fenris Wolf (not ex for the theft! ). I don't mind the fenris being gone. But the Eos? He calls it his "sleepytime" perfume vial. I guess it helps him sleep. LOL
I went to the will call as soon as i got out of overtime at work. I made it at about 9:30.
The people there were sooo nice in helping me & not laughing at my sniffing my arms & asking for help with the TAL oils (to help get through work issues).
March Hare (It smelled so sweet & spicey at first. But then it turned to pure clove, which I haven't been able to stand since I stopped smoking cloves)
Bruised violet compound (a prototype, I love this scent. It's violets, but not powdery or extremely girlie... If violet took off the lace gloves, put on wraps, and went to krav maga)
Persephone (I can't stand it in the bottle. But I tried it on. It gets better & better as it dries down on me. fruity & rosey in just the right balance)
Yvaine (it's so awesome wet. Then it turns to plain ol' magnolia- which I don't like. Then it turns to soap)
Tiki queen (this turned into Malibu rum on me after 15 minutes)
Screeching Parrot (this hit me like a brick of tropical fruit & nauseated me)
Sugar Moon (sweet & light & lovely)
Lunar Eclipse (this smelled like dust... then faded to nothing)
Sugar Moon (one for me, one for Mom)
White Light (TAL)
Fiery Wall of Protection (TAL)
Sooner or later I'll start writing reviews. But, for now, the above works.