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  2. sarahmarie

    The Garden of Shut-Eye Town

    Oh my goodness. This smells like a feeling, like a childhood lullabye sung by a storybook mother. It makes me think of Wendy from Peter Pan. It's quite strong on me, but it's also a very soft scent, if that makes any sense. I'm not sure if this is for me exactly, but I do think it is perfection as a piece of art. It's exactly the right mood for The Garden of Shuteye Town. Beautiful.
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  4. Lucchesa

    Recommendation for a Masculine Patchouli scent

    Also Sam from American Gods is patchouli, nag champa, and freshly soaped skin. I can't wear nag champa so I haven't actually tried it, but the notes you want are there. But a lot of the reviews say it's more soap than the other notes. There was this Dead Leaves from 2016: Dead Leaves, Honeyed Patchouli, and Champaca Blossom And from last year's Lupers, To My Dear and Loving Husband, bourbon vanilla, 17-year aged patchouli, champaca blossom, copal, black tea, frankincense, and agarwood. But Urd is probably the easiest of the lot to get ahold of.
  5. dancingchair

    Weihnachtsmärkte

    This is mostly Schneeballen and Lebkuchen on me. The combination of the chocolate and marzipan with Lebkuchen is stellar. The spices balance out the sweetness of the chocolatey marzipan wonderfully. I think the Mutzenmandeln bring a more savory oily note that rounds out the other sweets. I bought this perfume second-hand from someone because I miss traveling terribly. The photo on the label brings back fond memories of visiting endless Weihnachtsmärkte during a December trip to Germany. The perfume itself is reminiscent of eating tons of Lebkuchen, chocolate, and other sweet treats in between sightseeing. I am happy I found a bottle of this!
  6. bellumed

    Sudha Segara

    The primary note here is ginger, though a softened and sweetened one. There's some weird note that smells off on my skin, possibly whatever is in the "ambrosia." Fortunately, that burns off on drydown and leaves behind milky, spicy-sweet ginger. Really nice.
  7. torischroeder9

    Sugar Cookie Satyr

    In the decant: A blast of sugar cookie first, though I can detect the Satyr musk under it. On my skin: Wet, it's even more sugar cookie. The musk doesn't disappear completely, but it does dial back even from the scent in the imp. That doesn't last too long, though, as the musk becomes apparent as the blend dries down. I'll echo others' reviews of being like Snake Oil in its vibe, in that it is decidedly sweetened, spiced musk. The fresh version of Sugar Cookie Satyr feels more in your face than Snake Oil ever gets on me, but it comes without the stank that fresh patchouli can get. (I mean, I love that stank, but I also know it can be a polarizing note.) I got a decant of this on a lark since the combination (Sugar Cookie is usually too sweet on me, Satyr is usually Too Musk) seemed like they might cancel out each other's objectionable bits.This they do, and it is wonderful. I might need a bottle, come next payday.
  8. bellumed

    Water of Notre Dame

    Very cucumber. Herbal without being astringent. Not my usual kind of perfume, but I dig it! I found that it worked well as a mood-lifter, too.
  9. RoseThornAndOak

    Autumn Song 2021

    Going in was totally noseblind: it literally smelled like (said in the best Nathan Explosion voice I can do) "notttttthiiiiiiiiiinnggggg". On the skin though, holy moly, this is gorgeous sweet, vanillic benzoin with the better parts of orris/violet that don't go play-doh. I repeat, NO PLAY-DOH! There's a soft powder vibe that cannot be escaped from orris, I reckon, and I could see where some would get baby powder from this, but the vanillic benzoin and ambrette keep it from going that way too much in my opinion. It's more sweet, soft, ghostly, and perfectly wearable. I feel like a cuddly ghost. The vetiver behaves, no manly peanuts, oak dust is there if I look for it, it's more of a soft woods background but neither dominate. It's purple hued and spooky. It reminds me of the way Lullaby feels, like a blurry, violet hued ghost in a King Diamond video. Actually yeah, the album cover for "Them", that is exactly the atmosphere for Autumn Song: The closest Lab blend would be Asses Plus Long Qu'un Siecle Platonique with ghost violets replacing rose. Another I almost skipped. Well done, Lab! Full bottle for sure.
  10. goddessrobyn

    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.
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  12. HerbGirl

    Shadow Self

    I love this. There is an obsidian chip in the bottle! 💜 I have worn this a few times and it seems like the first application highlights the notes in the first half of the description - myrrh, opoponax, smoked lavender, etc., and the other notes - green tea, frankincense, etc., are more pronounced during the reapply. Very interesting. I don't get bubble gum from the lotus. I have several varieties of lotus essential oil and I don't pick any up here, which is just fine. To me, this is a smoky ala incense smoke wisping around (does not smell like champa/champaca, etc at all) scent and the green tea really shines when I reapply. I am curious to hear what other folks say!
  13. skyelyric

    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.
  14. torischroeder9

    Just as the Clock Struck Twelve

    In the decant: White musk, cacao, and damask rose. On my skin: Wet, it's cacao competing with rose. My skin chemistry history says rose will win, but you never know. As it dries, true to my skin's form, it's all rose. I maybe get a little effervescence from white musk and a little grounding from patch, but right now, this could absolutely be an iteration of a rose note on me. Given more time to develop, the rose becomes even more dominant. At this point, the cacao and white musk are only the barest hints of ideas on me. It's mostly damask rose with just a touch of drier grounding from the sweet patchouli. The effect is a damask rose that's not fresh, green, or growing, but that's neither wilted nor completely dried, either. The throw is very far on me, but that is generally true of me and roses of any kind, so YMMV.
  15. dancingchair

    Tombstone

    This is a cream soda smell on me. After I've worn it for a while, the sarsaparilla element fades and I'm just left with a nice vanilla cedar. It's pleasant but I don't feel the need to full size.
  16. Hypocean

    Centzon Totochtin

    Usually not into dessert scents but I do like wines and rums so I gave this a try. Start to finish this is the boozy hot chocolate I get from my neighborhood bar in the winter. Every once in a while I catch of whiff of a red fruit, but it's mostly the chocolate and the liquor. Not something I'll reach for often but it's comforting and atmospheric in it's own way.
  17. LavenderCoffee

    Georgia Peach, Oakmoss, Sage, and Vetiver

    In the bottle I'm not getting as much peach as expected. It's there, but behind the sage and vetiver. Wet on my wrist, the peach is much more pronounced, but in a bright, fresh way - as though you have just picked it, and then you sniff the very top of the fruit where it came off the tree. The sage and vetiver help green things up, and I assume the oakmoss brings it all together into a perfume scent. Elegant is a great word for it. The drydown brings out more of the vetiver. It is a tremendously wearable scent.
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  19. RoseThornAndOak

    Traditional Sheet Ghost

    There's definitely marshmallow, and a slight lemony vibe but not like a floor cleaner, more like if you squeezed a couple drops of lemon on your skin. It's not like how fresh squeezed lemon is, it's more like a tiny dab of lemon on the skin, like how it would actually smell and not how you would envision? Hard to describe. It doesn't quite vibe right on me like I would want, but it's pleasant enough. It really doesn't make sense, I'm so sorry. lulz
  20. RoseThornAndOak

    Lavender Lightning

    Holy smokes this is sharp. Totally zingy, yet not like ozone usually is, there's a mentholic quality to it. I'm wearing it at the same time as Paisley Sheet Ghost, and the two are really opening my sinuses up. On left inner elbow, hella throw. Ye Mighty Triton Bearer would be proud. There is something icy and piercing about this. I believe the lavender note is the same as PSG. I'll have to revisit Stormclouds, but something in this reminds me more of the zingy mint top notes in Green Tree Viper, maybe like a lavender hued version of that. Interesting. I like the clearing effect which I needed. Probably won't grab a bottle. Urban Undine seemed to work a bit better. Glad I went the decant route, almost blind bottled LL and skipped UU had I gone the bottle route, I actually found UU to be a bit more ozonic than this one. tldr sharp minty lavender ozone.
  21. RoseThornAndOak

    Ivy Twining Around Discarded Skull

    Oo I really like the incense in this one. Soft and cuddly, kind of like how your skin and clothes smell after burning some earthy green incense. Sigh totally vibing.
  22. RoseThornAndOak

    Paisley Sheet Ghost

    Alright. Paisley Sheet Ghost deserves it's own playlist, lol. Please add to it: Deep Purple "Sweet Child in Time" Uriah Heep "Look at Yourself" Black Sabbath "Sweet Leaf" Coven "Black Sabbath" The Devil's Blood "The Thousandfold Epicentre" Pantera "Goddamn Electric" Adrenalin O.D. "Rock & Roll Gas Station" Acid Witch "Metal Movie Marijuana Massacre Meltdown" Dude this one is piercing, dank, sinus opening in the beginning. Definitely reefer, like reefer and clean sheets with maybe a lavender aromatherapy/high enhancer blend in the background. Very evocative. Almost skipped this one, but was vibing to some Deep Purple and Uriah Heep around the time of the release, so I went for it. It totally makes me think of toking in that one stoner metal dude's basement spinning some vinyl and really trying to cover up the smell and probably failing, lol. I really like this, it's bringing back fond memories lol ("yall wanna listen to some...Bllleckk Sebbeth?". Never living that one down, lol). I might actually spring for a bottle, so far I like it way better than Blacklight Reactive Poster, even though initially sharper, it's prettier? This plays on the skin better due to the lack of patchouli. This is kinda a brilliant blend.
  23. RoseThornAndOak

    Graveyard Guessing Game

    In the beginning I get a nice light fougere and citrus vibe too, unfortunately this veers slightly into acrid territory, like oud or oil notes do although my nose might be picking up things that aren't there. Could be the hay note reading that way. This was a nice clean citrus fougere in the beginning though, so I think fans of Theodosius or Dorian might like this and should definitely give it a try. Theodosius behaves well on my skin so I will stick with that, but don't skip this one if fougeres are your jam. Dagnabbit, it's going a bit play-doh too, like some fougeres do. Kinda thought that would happen. Seems like violet, orris, and some fougeres go that route, just depends on the blend I guess. That being said, this does share some slight similarities to Lucy Westenra, which is pretty much straight play-doh. For fans of Dorian, Theodosius, Dancing Among The Tombs, etc, etc, etc.
  24. stainedglass_siren

    Recommendation for a Masculine Patchouli scent

    i’ll look into these, thank you !
  25. stainedglass_siren

    Black Pearl

    I would have never picked out the coconut in this if i didn’t already know… it has a sweet meatiness to it, like the meat of a coconut, without the “tropical” smell i expected. (thank god!) i also get a subtle floral note, which must be the iris. very round smelling! it morphs as it dries on me and becomes simpler and more musky.
  26. Em-

    BPALentines 2022

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

    Ghosts at Aldershot

    This is weird!!! It’s like a minty lemon creme bleu cheese. I’m not sure why I’m getting the bleu cheese note but I am. Now don’t get me wrong - I like this! But it’s definitely - as the reviewer above called it - absurd! I’ll be interested to see how this is in a few weeks.
  28. frizzlechicken

    Spectral Armies

    Smoky band-aids on a cold winter’s day. This sort of thing is my jam so I will likely upgrade to a full bottle. If you love the Lab’s smoky stuff this is a must-try.
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