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  2. We’ve been releasing this special Leap Year scent ever since 2008! But this time we’re going to keep FREDERIC around a little longer than usual, so more of you get to enjoy him. ⚓️ https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/lunacy/frederic-2024-perfume-oil/ Alas, poor Frederic the Leapling! — bound to the merry Pirates of Penzance until his twenty-first birthday. As his birthday comes around only every four years, so does his scent! “Victorian whimsy and piratical romance: a reluctant seaman’s chypre sloshed with a mix of bay rum, patchouli, amber musk, dark woods, tea rose, and red currant.”
  3. PumpkinGuts

    Butterscotch and Candy Gummy Witch

    This sounded so unique and discordant that I just had to try it. It also conjured up the distinct image of the witch from the Tales From the Darkside Series pilot, furthering my excitement. ...and it's a really pleasant combination! It almost reminds me of caramel apple pops, but what I'm digging the most is that burnt coffee bean lurking in the background. Spooky fun that makes me feel young at heart.
  4. PumpkinGuts

    Vintage Frankenstein Blow Mold

    Vintage Ghost Blow Mold was one of my 2023 Weenie favorites, so I had high hopes for Frankenstein, too. I get almost no mint from this, sadly. All milk chocolate and amber (heavier on the former), all the time. It also lacks the staying power and nostalgia factor of Vintage Ghost. Milk chocolate is not a note that I enjoy, so I'll be letting it go. If you liked Gelt, give this one a whirl.
  5. PumpkinGuts

    Slumber Ghoul

    Dirt is one of my comfort smells, so with milk and lavender, I thought this would be a knockout. It is really nice, but the dirt note is very subdued, and it's a lot more perfumey than I'd expected. I'm thinking the bone dust is the culprit. Powdery lavender milk and faint dirt, I guess the ghoul crawled out of his grave and brushed all the loam off his clothes. Leave it on next time, buddy. I still love this, though.
  6. PumpkinGuts

    Witches' Currant Cake

    I've never tried a tart gingerbread scent, but I guess there's a first time for everything. That tartness must be coming from the gooseberries. There's a little red currant, too, but mostly the gooseberry and gingerbread. I can't pick out the rosewater. This is like a witch's coffee cake. It's a fun scent, but the combination of spicy and tart is just too odd for me to get any wear out of it. It fades quickly, too.
  7. PumpkinGuts

    Vintage Ghost Blow Mold

    Everyone else has said it, and they're right -- this perfectly captures that scent memory of childhood Halloweens pulling out the tangle of decorations and getting that whiff of warm plastic. A wonderful glowing amber, and the candy corn note reads more as a Mellowcreme Pumpkin (I know they're essentially the same thing, but Mellowcreme is somehow tastier) and I am here for it. This has great longevity and moderate throw on my skin, and I'd put it in my top three Weenies of 2023. I'm considering a bottle before they come down.
  8. PumpkinGuts

    The Harvest Haunt

    Buttery pumpkin, sans spice, with popcorn balls. The popcorn fades quickly and the incense takes center stage. Does this pumpkin hang out on the streets of Detroit? That incense could seriously be SoD Lite. The Harvest Haunt is as close as a pumpkin scent can get to working on me, and I'll keep my decant to slather while binging Are You Afraid of the Dark? and other nostalgic Halloweeny shows.
  9. Weirdgirlpilled

    Lavender Earl Grey Cookies

    Mmmmmm….. cookies, buttery and warm, smothered in a lavender buttercream frosting. perfect for sleep, because its light and comforting.
  10. Weirdgirlpilled

    The Poinsettia Gown

    Nope nope nope NOPE I am NOT a jasmine person apparently!!!! god this was straight cat-pee covered up by an over bearing floral mainstream perfume. so sad :((((
  11. Weirdgirlpilled

    Sleepy Bat

    Blast of leather and lavender- it’ll clear your sinuses thats for sure! This actually ends up being a gorgeous creamy lavender-hops scent. I smell something deep down thats almost…. blanket-y. like putting on a warm sweater after your boyfriend wore it under a leather jacket after he got a massage from one of those fancy-med spas where they rub you down with lavender oil. Safety in a bottle. My boyfriend loved it but its not something I see myself wearing enough to justify hanging onto my fullsize bottle, so i had to pass it along to someone else ;( i’ll probably hunt down a decant or something
  12. Weirdgirlpilled

    A Doll's Doll

    I sold this off almost immediately because something in it was giving me a combo headache and sneeze-attack every time i put it on! It’s not the porcelain note because i’m pretty sure i’ve sampled other porcelain notes before (i believe cat with vase has it?). The bright strawberry and carnation is gorgeous, it bloomed on the skin, but after testing it a couple of times i realised it was THIS that was giving me troubles lol. so disappointed as it was truly beautiful
  13. Exquise-moi

    Schrödinger’s Checkmark

    This one went on with a very minty sort of patchouli dominating, then turned a bit dank and mildewy (reminiscent of Haul on the Bowline), before drying down to something akin to Vanilla Bean, Marshmallow, and Benzoin with a rich backing of patchouli. Like VBMB I do find it to be low throw and not terribly long lasting, but it's still a very nice patchouli scent.
  14. patina

    Darkness

    So, since I haven't done this one narcissius= white floral almost a fruity melon myrrh=snuffed candle opium= latex, a not-quite-rubber that I somehow enjoy even though I dislike rubber Sheer black silk and slightly melony.
  15. Yesterday
  16. doomsday_disco

    Spessartine

    Red vegetal musk, tangerine rind, King mandarin, fossilized amber, and neroli.
  17. doomsday_disco

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” Pulsating globs of red musk oozing through a hot, crusty strawberry, red currant, and black cherry tart.
  18. PumpkinGuts

    Witches' Tea

    I'm surprised nobody else mentioned spice, because on my (admittedly spice-amping) skin, this is a spiced berry black tea. The blackberry smells dried and blackened, and I'm getting sort of a prune note, too. This is more benevolent kitchen witch than Blair Witch. Nice, but fades quickly.
  19. PumpkinGuts

    A Doll's Doll

    I picked up a decant of this because I love porcelain notes and was hopeful that it might be a cousin to Pediophobia. Unfortunately, all I'm getting here is overbearing slushy snow that irritates my sinuses, plus snowberries. I'm unfamiliar with snowberry, but it does have a strawberry-like aroma. After the snow note finally calms its tits, it dries down to a snowberry, carnation, and spun sugar trio. Carnationberry really is an apt description. Alas, I continue my hunt for porcelain scents.
  20. LavenderCoffee

    Garnet

    13-year aged red patchouli, Damascus rose resin tar, blackcurrant syrup, Egyptian myrrh, and crimson musk seed. I've been hanging out with Garnet for just a short while now. Directly out of the mail, I dabbed a bit on and could have sworn I was smelling some Snake Oil - the patchouli was forward and playing with the musk in a very familiar way. The next day, however, there were no sneaky snakes. The crimson musk seed reads like red musk on first application, which is to say, it's not shy about announcing itself, but somehow it doesn't wear the same as red musk usually does for me as it dries. Today, the third day, it's almost like a red musk playing dress up as a black musk, aided and abetted by the gorgeous myrrh. I know the analogy to the stone itself is an easy one, but I haven't found that it applies to all the other similarly inspired HM scents equally. It does here: I get different shifting glints of notes coming through the impossibly deep dark red. The myrrh and musk stand out nicely over the rich patchouli backdrop, and I definitely do not get a floral rose, but if you lean in close to it you can pick up the remains of a rose alongside the blackcurrant, and the faintest breath of sweetness. As of now it's a subtle but slinky resinous scent and I like it a lot. If I get anything much different from it in the coming months I'll try to remember to update!
  21. ShadowEtienne

    Laura Howard

    I ended up with this bottle in a small mix up, but figured it smelled nice enough in the bottle that I would test it before passing it along to my sister, who loves rose scents. I do tend to like the balance of BPAL's chypres, and on my skin, this is a tart, bright rose, fresh and a little herbal. It's lovely, and I entirely see the appeal, but rose doesn't tend to be something I reach for as a dominant note. I think for the rest of the day, I will go reach for something to layer into it, and I will indeed be passing the bottle along to my sister as intended.
  22. Last week
  23. daemonrabbit

    U Strip

    I love this scent—far more than I thought I would and far more than I did at first sniff. At first, the vetiver makes it slightly overwhelming, but then it just lends a backbone to an amazing vanilla coconut that seems to get stronger the longer I have it on. It lasts overnight for me, and while I love the drydown better than the wet stage, I've learned to love all parts of the journey.
  24. twilighteyes

    2024 Late Winter Art / Craft Swap

    would you like hand knit items? Fingerless gloves, hats, small shawl or neck gaiter? If yes, please give measurements. I always love fingerless mitts but I am very picky about using a super stretchy cast on and bind off because I have huuuuge hands. I don't wear cowls or traditional knitted hats. I do have a bundle on Ravelry called "make for me" if you need ideas... it has a lot of amigurumi because I'm not great at crocheting... also lots of colorwork and double knitting. 😂 Honestly, I'm too hot 99.99999999% of the time and I wear t-shirts / shorts / sandals (no socks) when it's 40 outside and am comfortable. So some of the costume-y hats on my list or amigurumi would probably get more use than mitts or a shawl right now since I make my own. My head is: 23" My wrist is: 8.25" My palm above thumb is: 8.5" Where I would start/stop a thumb gusset is: 3.25" Let's say I'm going to make something with your favorite non-fantasy animal that comes in multiple colors of coat. Do you want the "classic" color or would you like one of their lesser depicted colors? Or a fantasy color like blue or purple? If you're going to make me something with piggies (and they're ALWAYS commonly depicted as pink which I personally find annoying because those are usually hogs, not pigs) I would really prefer the color that my piggies are (Duckie - Gold, Snuffie - Amber with black spots. Lots of photos on my instagram.) If it's pibbles, I love "blue" (ie, steel grey.) White stripe up the nose optional. Friesians are always black, I like black but a purple or blue tone would be fun too. Ferrets I love the "dark eyed white" color. Ratties I love blue hooded. Bats, black and grey are great but whatever fantasy color (purple? dark red? blue?) is fine too. Did I miss any?  https://www.instagram.com/miss_twilight/ (my main insta, I don't post a lot) https://www.instagram.com/no.dana_only.zuul/ (dogs insta, haven't posted in a long time) Would you rather your creation had utility, or was simply aesthetic? Up to you, I'm good either way. I have multiple ideas. Would you like to see one idea repeated across two or three... "things", or would you like two or three different ideas manifested? (Alternatively expressed as matching set vs. unrelated expressions.) I'm good with both!
  25. Tungerine

    Brimstone

    This almost works for me but it has this sort of damp smell. Damp ashes. It's not particularly smoky, it's ashes that have been rained on for several days, but without any outdoor freshness. It's not grey so much as green. It's not really unpleasant, but it's not what I hoped for, although I think it could be very good combined with something else. I'll have to experiment a bit. But at least it doesn't smell anything like actual brimstone! (not that I expected it to...)
  26. Tungerine

    Tezcatlipoca

    This is very rich and dark. The cocoa and leather are the most prominent notes. The patchouli stays in the background, and adds a sort of earthiness. The flowers are barely detectable but add complexity. It sweetens a little after a while, but it's never foody, and it remains rich and dark for hours. It's definitely in my top 10.
  27. Tungerine

    Tlazolteotl

    There's one note, which must be the cotton blossoms, that's a "clean laundry" scent and it absolutely overpowers everything else and sticks around too. I think most people would find it pleasant but I can't stand it. If I can find the imp again, I'll check if ageing has improved it, but I don't think this one is for me.
  28. ka hulu

    Comfort

    I can’t imagine how it got in there, and haven’t had one of these since deep childhood, but Comfort is somehow the placid satisfaction of a licked Oreo cookie. Whatever it is, it’s a quiet simple gentle pleasure you’ve been looking forward to all day. Something bakery, with just the right amount of vanilla sweet, and yes — materia visible in the bottle, as if some magical cookie dust is in there. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Comfort is everything I’d hoped for.
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