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  2. patina

    The Love of Bare November Days

    This is a warmer perfume than I thought it would be. The cypress is almost gingery and maybe the beech bark and labdanum are adding to the effect. It's almost a dark birch beer. There is a trace of aquatic snow peeking out. Very pleasant but not at all what I was expecting.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Jenjin

    Luceat

    i can't remember what made me decide to buy this? Not sure if any of you get your orders and can't remember why you chose something? It must have been the cashmere musk, amber and balsam that called my name. Alas, i'm getting none of these notes, the iris and heliotrope are the main players here. The resins and musk keep the florals creamy and grounded. Yes, the iris truly shines here, I can only describe it as "candied" and "purple". I'd love to smell this on a husky man, all sexy and sleek forest fae.
  5. Codename Swap Ringleaders

    Gnome Swap Master Question List!

    Would you like to receive Girl Scout cookies and if so, what kind is your favorite? Would you like a Gnome amigurumi? (smol knitted or crocheted gnome) -- if so, What gnome colors appeal to you? (three-four colors please) -- do any of these patterns appeal to you (I pretty much have all of them including the ones for humans but I'm not going to make a colorwork sweater for you, sorry. I *might* make a hat or mitts if you like grey, blue, and red as shown because I already have that yarn.) How about Gnome tea towel(s)? Would you like a cross stitched gnome picture / ornament? What's your favorite way to experience Nature? A hike in the woods, a day lounging on the beach, only as screen savers on your computer? what kinds of safety and environmental concerns need to be considered for your gnome so they can safely reside at your home? will they live outdoors so they need to be weatherproof (for what kind of weather)? will they be indoors and need to be pet or child-safe? do they need to be very tiny or capable of hanging on a wall? How do you feel about zombie or other horror gnomes? Do you need any seeds? If so what varieties might you be interested in? Flowers, veg, herbs.. ? Would you like feathers from my Peacock, Gary (short for Gyrados)? if BPAL is one of your treasures, which BPAL would you like the mostest? (Maybe one that is available right now from BPAL and one Limited Edition/Discontinued?) If you are a tea drinker, which (if any) of these teas tickle your fancy? would you like a tiny hand drawn gnome picture? Is homemade vanilla something you might like? I have a "Mother Jar" that I can decant from. These beans have been steeping for 2 years in a very nice bourbon. Are there any colors you would prefer your gnome not to have? If the creativity bites, would you possibly like a small embroidered gnome? Could be an ornament? Any gender preference or details you might like added (small mushroom, bee, heart or egg...)? Do you have a need for cheese knife? https://ototodesign.com/products/bert-cheese-knife? I'll be in Seattle next week- any treat you might enjoy from the PNW? Spoopy/ Gothy things? Nice coffee beans? A Nirvana t-shirt...? I'll be back in Disney World next month- anything you might like from Epcot or Hollywood Studios? Would you be interested in a small copper nature totem that could nestle in your garden or amongst your plants? I can do some chasing to create a mushroom or a leaf or a special bug fren... Would you be interested in a decorative pillow or zippered pouch featuring a gnomely figure? like this? or a little coin purse? or please tell me to make this because oh my gods... I have an angora rabbit and she's currently molting. Would you like rabbit fur for spinning, felting, or other crafty uses? Do you need any spices? How would you feel about gnome-inspired clothing?
  6. Sjofn

    Black Rose

    This is going to sound bizarre, but, it smells like the following: a heady rich red rose with a slight hint of green stems, a whisper of powder (how amber plays on my skin sometimes) and a touch of purple grapes. That's right! 🟣 It's pretty great though.
  7. Last week
  8. puck_nc

    Marshmallow Candy Canes Hair Gloss

    Initial Thoughts: I love several of the Lick It series. Minty and sweet are right up my alley. In the Bottle: Gooey marshmallow with a trace of mint. Very sugar-heavy and mint-light. On Wet Hair: The mint develops somewhat, but it's less mint and more icy chilled sugar. After Blow-Drying: The mint fades again and I am mostly back to the beginning of lots of marshmallow with a little mint. Verdict: Not sure about this one. Like Snow White, it doesn't seem to have a lot of staying power, but I don't know that I need several bottles of scents that only give me nice smells when I'm drying my hair. I may try again and use more to see if I can keep the scent going.
  9. Threemoons

    The Shadowed Veil

    Another morpher on me that vaguely reminds me of an amped up version of Snake Oil almost! In the bottle: Almost but not quite gourmand toasted vanilla and pumpkin. On, wet: The patch and a bit of the resinous wood notes start to come out. Drydown: I'm mostly getting a toasty pumpkin with whiffs of woody resins and a good hit of vanilla, and just a hint of something cool like the leather note.
  10. On my “Looking Back on Genre History” segment on the latest episode of the StarShipSofa podcast, I discuss the anniversary of the science fiction series Blake’s 7. StarShipSofa 704 Ramez Yoakeim | StarShipSofa View the full post.
  11. HerbGirl

    Witches Lace 2022

    I love this so much and wish I had bought 2 bottles instead of one, but I'm so happy to have this. I smell something akin to apple as a few folks have mentioned, but it is most likely the petals (?), opium and cognac doing something wonderful. Zero patchouli. I bought this immediately and have been wearing it since May '22 and still zero patchouli. I'm ok with that because I feel patchouli would not fit in here. This is one of the most addictive perfumes I have ever worn. It smells like May to me, can't explain, but definitely not an Autumn scent. Enchanting, for sure.
  12. Jenjin

    Oda a la Luz Encantada

    I'm getting timeless, classic perfume vibes like everyone else. So pretty, fresh and easygoing with just a hint of spice from the herby chamomile. It smells exactly like the poem @MonBon posted above. Beautiful. It's special and ultra femme without being sweet. I want to cover my clothes with this, my scarves. It definitely reminds me so much of one of my beloved linen sprays I wish I could more of, "A Joyful Scene of Merriment and Pleasure". The sillage stays pretty close to the skin, but still noticeable as I move creating a cool and casual ambience.
  13. doomsday_disco

    C. Auguste Dupin

    C. Auguste Dupin is heavy on the leather. It starts off really sharp and is quite the bully, but eventually, it smooths over once the lavender lime cologne emerges and smells more well-worn after several hours, long after the cologne has faded. The leather was way too much for me in the beginning of the scent, but I really enjoyed the lavender lime cologne and wish I had gotten more of it! While I don't think it is something I'd reach for over other leather scents in my collection, I am glad I got to try this one because I love the story and have been curious about this scent for some time.
  14. MamaMoth

    Carved Wooden Railroad Station

    before i tried this one, i was afraid i might be boarding this train with a one-way ticket to maplesyrupsville. happily, this is not at all the case. for me there is just a note of generalized woody sweetness that doesn't speak of maple at all. i'm definitely tracking that kind of industrial machine oil smell as well, especially in the opening... which is much more pleasant than it sounds, and pretty neat really. there's a touch of cologney-ness to it, which might be the rust, as metal notes tend to skew that way with my skin chemistry and perceptions. as it warms up, the whole thing gets nicely smoky too. i really can catch all the notes listed. as it settles into my skin, it mostly gives me an impression of lightly smoky wood, with a hint of an industrial vibe. i think it could make itself right at home in the steamworks line. this is not really my jam, but it was fascinating to smell and i think i'd find it quite pleasant on someone else. like a hot-ass grease monkey who does a spot of wood carving in his spare time.
  15. twilighteyes

    My answers to Gnome Swap Q&A

    Would you like to receive Girl Scout cookies and if so, what kind is your favorite? Samoa or thin mint! (But they'd be for my son.) Would you like a Gnome amigurumi? No thank you, I have tons! How about Gnome tea towel(s)? Nah, I'm good on tea towels. I got mom tons of them for the holidays. Would you like a cross stitched gnome picture / ornament? Yes! Cross stitch that can be framed on wall preferred. Mom likes traditional red / blue gnome colors. What's your favorite way to experience Nature? A hike in the woods, a day lounging on the beach, only as screen savers on your computer? Yes. Woods / forest / mountain forest with rivers or creeks or lakes. Beach backed by forest. Bonfires on the beach. Meadow surrounded by forest. Knot gardens and rose gardens. Herb gardens. The rainforest on the Washington coast peninsula. Would love to visit the Black Forest someday. Lush greenery. what kinds of safety and environmental concerns need to be considered for your gnome so they can safely reside at your home? will they live outdoors so they need to be weatherproof (for what kind of weather)? will they be indoors and need to be pet or child-safe? do they need to be very tiny or capable of hanging on a wall? I would prefer an outdoor gnome of some type as my mom is the Gnome lover in this house. How do you feel about zombie or other horror gnomes? Mom is pretty much about the Gnormal Gnomes which is sad because I bought her Game of Gnomes, Say Hello to my Little Friend, and some other more modern gnomes and she doesn't love them. Do you need any seeds? If so what varieties might you be interested in? Flowers, veg, herbs.. ? I feel like I have a black thumb when growing from seed (or keeping house plants alive, sigh.) I do love scented geraniums (I don't know if you can find seeds for them? I feel like most people sell rooted cuttings), patchouli, white sage (I have actually grown these from seed), or I have a plants amazon list. There are TONS of things I'd love from strictly medicinal ) Would you like feathers from my Peacock, Gary (short for Gyrados)? You already know I would! (Looks at huge cup full of Gary's feathers, lol!) if BPAL is one of your treasures, which BPAL would you like the mostest? (Maybe one that is available right now from BPAL and one Limited Edition/Discontinued?) Constellation (but of course it's only on the Haute Macabre site) Anything on my bottle list from wishlist is fine. (Although I do love NAVA as well, their vanillas and ambers! swoooooon!) Limited Edition/Discontinued: Black & Red Candy Canes or Moon when the Cherries turn Black, hahaha! But again, anything on my wishlist works. If you are a tea drinker, which (if any) of these teas tickle your fancy? I was very confused by this website because they are NOT in London (but in St. Louis, haha!) and why doesn't their 5th of November have bonfire toffee flavors, I don't associate fruit with bonfire nights, but whatever, lol!! I do love smokey teas, so this would be good to try. Alpine Black doesn't attribute the quote they use (rude!) which is one of my favorite quotes from Better Off Dead. I don't have a ton of berry teas, so would try this too. And I always love me some Lapsang Souchong. (general ramble about tea) I like flavored (or not) strong black tea to drink with cream and sugar but a lot of flavored tea is good enough to have just plain too. Depends on if I'm in the mood for more bitter, I guess? One of my favorites is the Butterscotch tea from Mariage Freres (it totally smells just like Butterbear bath bombs from LUSH!) so things similar to this are also welcome. A NEW favorite that I would love to have more of is from August tea - the apple and fennel (Dots & Loops.) And I love some of the Bird & Blend teas like Vicky's Sponge Cake and the Bonfire Toffee. I'd love to try Terry's Blend (chocolate orange) but it was out last time I looked. would you like a tiny hand drawn gnome picture? How tiny is tiny? If you hand draw me a picture that is for me and not a gnomie for my mom, I'd be ok with a more goth gnome. (Gnoth Gnome?) Is homemade vanilla something you might like? I have a "Mother Jar" that I can decant from. These beans have been steeping for 2 years in a very nice bourbon. oooh yes! Are there any colors you would prefer your gnome not to have? Did we do favorite colors? I can't remember! I loathe orange, yellow, beige, tan, brown, etc. I'm good with other colors but especially love purple, black, gray, blurple. (I don't love navy, pastels, or brights. Or pink. Or anything leaning warm.) Please try for jewel tones, darkened / blackened colors, or primaries. Mom likes the normal red/blue or blue/green. Red/green is too christmas-y. If the creativity bites, would you possibly like a small embroidered gnome? Could be an ornament? Any gender preference or details you might like added (small mushroom, bee, heart or egg...)? sure! Unisex (girl gnomes have beards like girl dwarves?), prefer in a little frame for wall, a little fox and mushrooms are awesome. Do you have a need for cheese knife? https://ototodesign.com/products/bert-cheese-knife? I do, I do! I love ototo designs, I have the mushroom funnel. I'll be in Seattle next week- any treat you might enjoy from the PNW? Spoopy/ Gothy things? Nice coffee beans? A Nirvana t-shirt...? A condo in pike place market with a roof top dog garden! Most of the stuff I'd like besides coffee would be perishable like Pagliacci pizza, piroshki, stuff from the British store. Plus I'll be there for a week next month! I would love some Cafe Vivace dark or espresso roast beans, I probably won't have time to go there. I'll be back in Disney World next month- anything you might like from Epcot or Hollywood Studios? everything nightmare before Christmas of course!! Would you be interested in a small copper nature totem that could nestle in your garden or amongst your plants? I can do some chasing to create a mushroom or a leaf or a special bug fren... A mushroom or leaf would be fun! Would you be interested in a decorative pillow or zippered pouch featuring a gnomely figure? like this? or a little coin purse? or please tell me to make this because oh my gods... Gno indoor gnitted or gcrocheted gnomes please. Unless it's like a small suncatcher or something? I have an angora rabbit and she's currently molting. Would you like rabbit fur for spinning, felting, or other crafty uses? No thank you! Do you need any spices? Need? No. Do I have a bunch on my amazon kitchen wishlist? Yes.
  16. Casablanca

    Mystical Aphorisms of the Fortune Cookie

    Buttery almond fortune cookies with an incense close to that in Midnight on the Midway. This is the scent of roadside-stand fortunes told... about futures that involve almonds.
  17. scentedbythesun

    <p>Now that Anna Torv’s great work on <i>The La...

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  18. Jenjin

    A Breton Sorceress

    Smooth creamy spices, this is mezmerizing. I'm calling this Tonka Chai! with its deep wooded notes, like sitting in a warm, wooded occult shop with nose over chai ahhhhh. It's marvelous how these notes come together into a symphony of musk and spice. Even though it's not a listed note, I am getting carnation. A deep, dark red ruffled one like the sorceresses skirt. This is a shadowy jewel in the witches crown and I love it.
  19. Now that Anna Torv’s great work on The Last of Us is encouraging some folks to (re)discover the brilliant series Fringe, I’m reminded what a delight and joy it was to contribute the essay “In Search of Fringe’s Literary Ancestors” to Kevin R. Grazier’s anthology about the show, Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists. ALTALT View the full post.
  20. Well my quest for the PERFECT sandalwood fragrance has ended here, so incredibly lovely in its simplistic bliss. Just a warm, woody aroma dressed in rich vanilla very much like Antique Lace to me. Its a little like an ice cream shop with big scoops of vanilla served on freshly carved sandalwood trays. I know that's a bit weird but if i've ever wanted sandalwood ice cream, its NOW.
  21. puellacaerulea

    Dead Leaves, Boot Leather, and Sweet Grass

    The most prominent note here is soft, well-worn leather, with wet leaves in the background. The sweetgrass amps up on application, adding a pleasantly sweet and green backing, but as it wears, the main impression is soft leather and wet leaves. This isn't one for the leather-averse, but if you enjoy leather notes, this is an atmospheric and evocative blend.
  22. puellacaerulea

    Dead Leaves And Horchata

    On my skin, this is primarily creamy rice milk and soft cinnamon (more ground cinnamon than aggressive fall candle cinnamon.) I'm having trouble picking out the dead leaves specifically, but there's an oddly bright note that's somewhere between vegetal and lemony under the rice milk that might be the DL accord blending with the rest of the notes in an odd way? Overall, a creamy, spiced blend with something sneakily vegetal hanging out in the background. Definitely not unpleasant, but a departure from the DL blends I'm used to.
  23. AbbyNormal

    Night-Gaunt

    I’m finally getting around to trying all of the imps I’ve collected over the years, and today’s random pick from the bowl was Night-Gaunt. It’s definitely not one I would have purchased on my own, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it, it’ll probably be an imp only that won’t be replaced when it’s gone unless it really starts to grow on me. In the imp: grapefruit but not as strong as I was expecting based on others’ reviews. Some florals and a touch of soapiness. Wet: FLORALS, mixed with some sort of fruit candy. Maybe Sweet Tarts, but not quite. The florals are dominating everything and are almost overpowering, and the citrus is hiding in the candy. Dry: the florals are quickly disappearing and it’s definitely candy-adjacent. Decent throw, and it somehow manages to throw the florals that disappeared. When I put my nose right up to my arm it’s already smelling very faint after about half an hour, yet it’s somehow still throwing which my brain can’t grok. Occasionally I get strong whiffs of a specific flower, maybe jasmine (I don’t know my flowers very well) but overall I feel like I’m surrounded by a cloud of sweet tartiness. It totally smells like something I remember but I can’t remember what. But I know this smell. I just hope it comes to me because it’s a bit maddening at this point. Ok, it’s been about 5-6 hours and it’s dried down to something faint but absolutely fantastic smelling. Although I’m not sure if my arm might have also picked up a trace of the Ranger I was wearing yesterday from my hoodie sleeve. I’ll have to try it again at some point but make sure to keep it isolated and see what it does.
  24. deazinn

    Gnome Swap

    Would you like to receive Girl Scout cookies and if so, what kind is your favorite? Thin Mints and the Lemonades Would you like a Gnome amigurumi? (smol knitted or crocheted gnome) Sure! -- if so, What gnome colors appeal to you? (three-four colors please) Any~ -- do any of these patterns appeal to you (I pretty much have all of them including the ones for humans but I'm not going to make a colorwork sweater for you, sorry. I *might* make a hat or mitts if you like grey, blue, and red as shown because I already have that yarn.) I really love the hat with the long tail on it! How about Gnome tea towel(s)? Yes please! Would you like a cross stitched gnome picture / ornament? Yes!! What's your favorite way to experience Nature? A hike in the woods, a day lounging on the beach, only as screen savers on your computer? Beach time for sure! I do also like wandering in the woods, and time on the motorcycle prowling around new areas what kinds of safety and environmental concerns need to be considered for your gnome so they can safely reside at your home? will they live outdoors so they need to be weatherproof (for what kind of weather)? will they be indoors and need to be pet or child-safe? do they need to be very tiny or capable of hanging on a wall? If indoors, will need to be pet safe; if outdoors, will need to be weatherproofed. How do you feel about zombie or other horror gnomes? Bring them on! Do you need any seeds? If so what varieties might you be interested in? Flowers, veg, herbs.. ? I love starting from seed, especially vegetables that are gmo. I pretty much would love herbs, esp dill, and tarragon, as well as green (or purple) beans, tomatos and banana peppers! Would you like feathers from my Peacock, Gary (short for Gyrados)? My brain says yes, my allergies say no and they are winning currently if BPAL is one of your treasures, which BPAL would you like the mostest? (Maybe one that is available right now from BPAL and one Limited Edition/Discontinued?) Mouse's Long and Sad Tale, Whip are my two fav GC right now, and even imps would rock as I have almost empty bottles. LE I love Snake Charmer, either OG or Rez is fine. I'd love a sniffie or tester of any on my wishlist, which is updated If you are a tea drinker, which (if any) of these teas tickle your fancy? Yes! Mistletoe Mint, Alpine Black, Naughty Vicar, Serenity, and Hibiscus Berry all sound good! Small amounts are just fine would you like a tiny hand drawn gnome picture? No, not really Is homemade vanilla something you might like? I have a "Mother Jar" that I can decant from. These beans have been steeping for 2 years in a very nice bourbon. Absolutely yes I would love some! Are there any colors you would prefer your gnome not to have? Nope If the creativity bites, would you possibly like a small embroidered gnome? Could be an ornament? Any gender preference or details you might like added (small mushroom, bee, heart or egg...)? Yes, and bees or hearts would be great Do you have a need for cheese knife? https://ototodesign.com/products/bert-cheese-knife? We do actually, and that is too cute! I'll be in Seattle next week- any treat you might enjoy from the PNW? Spoopy/ Gothy things? Nice coffee beans? A Nirvana t-shirt...? Um.....I dunno? I'll be back in Disney World next month- anything you might like from Epcot or Hollywood Studios? A cool teacup? I'll go check out the Disney Store to try and get some better answers here.... Would you be interested in a small copper nature totem that could nestle in your garden or amongst your plants? I can do some chasing to create a mushroom or a leaf or a special bug fren... Yes, I would. I love dragonflies and frogs, and leaves are cool as well! Would you be interested in a decorative pillow or zippered pouch featuring a gnomely figure? like this? Yes, or a little coin purse? No, or please tell me to make this because oh my gods... Yes, too cute!
  25. puck_nc

    Snow White Hair Gloss

    Initial Thoughts: I never tried the hair gloss before because I tried the perfume oil back in 2005 and something in it turned into sour dishwater on my skin. But over the years I've discovered that some scents with dealbreaker notes for my skin actually work nicely in my hair. (I'm looking at you, rose.) So I figured I'd try this. In the Bottle: Sweet marshmallow and cool florals. On Wet Hair: The florals go nasty and sharp for a moment and make me worry, but it calms down by the time I finish massaging the spray into my hair and the floral notes remain. After Blow-Drying: The marshmallow comes out to play and softens up the floral notes. Verdict: I am quite relieved that the hair gloss experience is nothing like my perfume oil experience. But the scent is really quiet and by the end of the day is mostly gone. Which at least makes it a good candidate for work or somewhere if I want the benefits of the gloss making my hair smooth and shiny without a stronger scent that might offend someone else.
  26. samanare

    Snow Whitechapel

    A lighter, airy, ice scent with citrus and a dash of florals. In comparison to some of the other snows, this is more icy. In comparison to the original Whitechapel, the ice tone mellows it out and it sits pretty close to the skin on me. It also brings down the floral of Whitechapel, making it overall more of an icy citrus scent. The florals remain present enough to notice though. As a fan of the original Whitechapel, I do like this scent, though it didn't wow me like I was hoping. It's a little too mellow to be a favorite for me.
  27. skyturtles

    Galvanic Goggles

    Very metallic, but also kinda floral in a sweet way. This is my fourth Phoenix Steamworks that I'm testing, but unfortunately, so far, it is my least favorite. Musk I like, but flowers, not as often. This blend burns my anterior nasal cavity just a tad too much. I will be passing along this lab fresh frimp.
  28. surlygurl

    PPVIII

    Holy moly! Lush heady florals for days! Sniffed in the bottle I get Gardenia and possibly Carnation. Since it was pretty potent, I put a dab of oil on my wrists and rubbed. Gardenia - lots and lots of it. Some red spice. Pretty but overwhelming. The next day I decided to search this site for reviews. With some help, I came here and read all of them. Ok. So I have the rorschach scent 😅 Second test, a teeny weeny touch on my chest/ belly. Aaannnddd...... it's plumeria. "There are many varieties available, each with a unique scent. Frangipani flowers may smell like roses, Gardenia, pineapple, plum, citrus, ripe banana, coconut, grapes, ginger, candy, or spices". The basic scent I remember from a trip to Hawaii and a long ago bottle of frangipani perfume oil. A keeper, just for those tropical floral days. Maybe if I apply it behind my knees it'll smell like bananas 😅
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