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  2. artisjok

    Western Small Foot Bat Hair Gloss

    To me, the rose is super juicy at the first stage. I don’t know if I would have recognized it without previously knowing the notes. The patchouli/amber combo is backing, but gains strength and dominates as the scent dries in my hair. More perfumey than I typically enjoy, a sophisticated & adult scent. I’m detecting a bit of the aquatic-like note that others have mentioned, but it’s not overwhelming. Western Small Footed Bat isn’t my favorite, but I do have some scents that will pair well with it. I was hoping for a more sultry warm scent. I’ll do an all day test run and see if I want to hold on to my ounce for the days I want to feel like a professional adult haha
  3. torikitty

    Venus Obsequens

    I don't reach for this much, so I keep forgetting it's apple. I'd say it's more green apple on me, but the blackcurrant bringing a bit of "red" to it. I really just smell apple, honestly. If you didn't tell any of the notes, I would just assume straight apple. I don't seem to be amping the honey, so I'm happy about that.
  4. starbrow

    I need something like 51 and og Lilith

    Snaky-Hair'd Moirai is definitely a bad girl. Her vibe is sexy demoness who smokes, rides a motorcycle like a bat out of hell, and doesn't give an eff. Evil (RPG) is the Clark Kent bad girl - all her evil is buttoned up in a sophisticated, sultry package and it's gorgeous.
  5. Any recommendations for things that smell like wicker? I'm sure it's got another name? Seagrass? Searching for "rattan" and "wicker" don't give me much information. If anyone knows what that clean wood smell is that you get in the basket section of Pier 1, I'd appreciate it.
  6. Lucchesa

    Midnight Mass

    As a lapsed Catholic, I still have romantic yearnings about incense braziers swinging on chains, Latin chants and the like. I expected to love Midnight Mass and tried the 2017 version, which I found disappointing. Ever the optimist, I got a decant of 2018, and it's beautiful! So I don't know if it's a formula change, a skin chemistry thing, a change in my tastes, or what, but 2018 Midnight Mass is a dreamy cloud of ecclesiastical incense. On me, Cathedral goes straight to cedar shavings, while Midnight Mass stays true, slightly sweet, slightly smoky. This could be a meditation blend if you lean towards Western rather than Eastern spirituality. It's lovely. No throw, which is normal on me, and about average wear length.
  7. Failmingo

    SNOW MOON Tee Shirt!

    Hello, all! In addition to the NATIONAL EMERGY (sic) we declared just before Friday eve's Lunacy event, we also want you to know that the SNOW MOON tee shirt is live. (Here's a Trading Post link for ease of ordering solely from that site.) We decided that having Caldecott-winner Dan Santat's art for this year's Lunacy blends warranted a return to form -- the plan is to release his designs as tees throughout the year. You know what that means! Time to Kondo your black tee shirt collection and start making room for the glory that is to come. Happy Presidents Day, EMERGY notwithstanding!
  8. ramblingrambler


    Sweet plummy goodness is all I get, and to be totally honest with you, it’s all I need. I was looking for something that wasn’t as musky or spicy as Mme Moriarity or Cassiopeia respectively, and this one fits the bill. Major yum factor here.
  9. VetchVesper

    Snaky-Hair’d Moirai Many-Form’d

    This is the kind of tobacco I don't care for. It's similar to the one in Hearth, and i think it might be the lab's "pipe" tobacco note, though that's not how it ends up on me. It's got a weird, fruity cologne thing going on. Maybe it's tobacco mixed with incense? I don't know, but sadly, this one doesn't work for me. If you liked Hearth though, this smells to me like a lighter, sweeter version of it.
  10. VetchVesper

    Gingerbread, Cacao, and Champaca

    Thank you to the fabulous torikitty for frimping me this. It's to die for and I just ordered a bottle. When I first smelled it, the combo was intriguing but odd. Since then, it's really grown on me, and the strangeness of it has become a plus. It's like that bar of notes in a weird key that just makes the song get stuck in your head all the more. This is very much about the champaca for me. It's very incensey, like an incense stick. The chocolate is more prominent than the gingerbread; both add an earthiness and subtle complexity to the champaca but stay solidly in the background. This is not foody on me in any way. I have and love a bottle of Gingerbread, Red Patchouli, Orange Peel, and Champaca Flower, so I held off on this one, thinking I didn't need another champaca/gingerbread blend in my life... but I was wrong. Completely different vibe here. Yum.
  11. milo

    Bellicose Clam Alchemy Lab

    I love pink grapefruit, but yuzu gives me pause, as it tends to make a blends dry and dusty on me. First off, lovely pink grapefruit, and maybe a touch of mandarin. I'm not getting yuzu, so I am very happy. This is a lovely citrus blend from the lab, and I will certainly enjoy the imp when I go on my tropical vacation next month.
  12. Minh Scent

    Ginger Cardamom Hair Gloss

    This is such a fresh, ginger note...smells just like you are grating it in your kitchen. But it is not sweet-foody at all, just lovely fresh ginger, spiked with cardamom. The cardamom is the first note to dissipate and the ginger stays around for a bit more, but not as long as I would like. Very natural.
  13. doomsday_disco

    The Rat Speakers

    The Rat Speakers is super herbal and earthy. In the decant, the patchouli, sage, sandalwood, and lemongrass stand out to me. On me, it's a blast of sage, followed by patchouli and lemongrass, both of which increase in prominence with wear. The patchouli, lemongrass, and sage remain really strong on me, but after several hours of wear, I am able to pick out some of the fig leaf in the background as well as some dusty sandalwood. I'm not really getting any of the leather, but that may be because this decant is very old and this is what the small amount of oil has aged into over the years. It's too herbal and earthy for me, but I adore Neverwhere, so I am really happy to have gotten to try it!
  14. doomsday_disco

    Crinoline and Lace

    I am so glad that I didn't succeed in trying to resist this lace. I am testing it after letting it rest for a day. In the bottle, I can smell the vanilla cream, tea rose, cognac, and a touch of light tobacco. Those are the notes I get on my skin as well, but the tea rose is stronger on me than it was in the bottle. (I'm beginning to think maybe I amp rose lately, but I don't mind, because I enjoy rose!) I am actually somewhat reminded of Pediophobia from the 2016 Yules, but without the porcelain and with a creamier vanilla and the addition of rose. This is warmer and pinker than that scent, but I'd put them in the same scent family. It takes about an hour for any coconut to emerge, but it never ends up being a main player on me. The vanilla cream becomes stronger over time, and after several hours of wear, it's mostly a billow-y vanilla cream musk with a touch of tea rose. I adore sugary floral scents, and I am so happy to have this vanilla-heavy, rose-touched lace in my collection.
  15. Minh Scent

    The Black Snowman

    Hmmm, my experience is a bit different than those above, although perhaps a bit closer to Donkehpoo's description of "dark floral with a touch of tobacco and wood". I get nothing weird, vegetable or soggy wet wool. My impression: It starts out as a very earthy wet magnolia, but as it dries the oude (very light) and tobacco start stepping up. The floral has a tad of sweetness in it as it dries down. The further it goes into drydown, the more the tobacco comes through. Final drydown is a very sexy, deep, perfumey floral.
  16. VetchVesper


    My experiences are very similar to both of follis's. The first time I wore it, I got cardamom and a soft, nutty chocolate equally balanced. The second time, I got a blast of cardamom and black pepper up front, no nuts, and a backing of bitter chocolate. I agree that this is gender neutral, and sadly, I agree that it's short lived. Otherwise, I'd be tempted to snag a bottle. Perhaps with age the wear will increase? Either way, Schiachperchten is an unusual spice blend that I shall enjoy wearing.
  17. ramblingrambler

    Crêpe Aux Fraises

    I’m a little underwhelmed by this one. Perhaps aging will do it some good. All I get is Eat The Strawberries from in bottle to wet to extreme dry-down. It wouldn’t be too terrible if I didn’t already have multiple backups of that particular bottle, so here’s hoping this changes rapidly into something more complex. The notes sound like it will become something amazing, but it has rested for close to two weeks and still only Strawberries!
  18. ramblingrambler


    If I weren’t incredibly lazy, I would go look up the items mentioned in the notes before writing this review, but I’m lying in bed on my phone, and it’s just too much work. You understand. What I can say is that this is slightly salty, slightly doughy, sugary chocolatey goodness wet and dry. This is a dry, almost dutched chocolate/cocoa that reads slightly spiced and (hazel?)nutty. It has warmed up significantly since I placed my order (in the mid-80s while everyone else seems to be seeing snow still), but I can’t wait to wear this next winter when the cool air will make this stand out brilliantly on the skin! For now, it sort of gets lost in the heat and humidity.
  19. ramblingrambler

    Bye, Austria!

    I’ve never had the dessert this is based off, but I can say that I want to eat my arm when I wear this. It’s a chocolate cake donut filled with a fruity jam center, and it is SO. GOOD. I need to go wear Cake Smash and a Cake Smash Proto for comparison, as my brain keeps telling me I’ve smelled this before, and I somehow keep circling back to Cake Smash. Will update once I figure out which scent this is a cousin to! Amazing foodie fragrance though. Definitely pick it up if you’re a chocolate fan who likes unique combinations!
  20. milo

    Kapitelplatz Chess Match

    I tend to love most Snake Oil variants, so I had to at least try it! Right off, masculine wood and Snake Oil, I love it at this stage, but it is too masculine for me to wear, so I pass it off to my husband. After a bit, it turns to powder, which I've experienced before with wood blends from bpal. This is not a bad thing, as I like powder, which I'm guessing certain woods seem to do to me. It's reminiscent of Twisted Oak Tree, actually at this point. Further on, less powder, and a touch of sweet Snake Oil. This is interesting, but I can probably get the same effect from layering TOT and Snake Oil. The imp will suffice, but it's definitely a win.
  21. ramblingrambler

    Où Sont les Jouets S’il Vous Plaît

    Wet, I was a little taken aback. This smelled almost exactly the way I remember pink amoxicillin smelling when I was a child. That lasted all of a minute until it became a delicious Starburst Jelly Bean scent. This was my favorite part of wear, not going to lie! As it dries, the jelly bean scent wears off until you’re left with a lovely, sweet, fruity vanilla all the way through. It doesn’t have a huge presence, but it is a delightful girly fragrance. This was one of my favorites from the Travelogues!
  22. Amorphous Red

    Pumpkin Ice Cream Bath Oil

    Surprisingly aquatic, soft and spiced, slight sweetness. Like an autumnmal candle. There really is not a foody aspect to this . I was hoping for the fresh pumpkin of white pumpkin extrait paired with rich vanilla ice cream, but I do not sense pumpkin in this nor ice cream for that matter. This does smell very autumnmal without smelling like pumpkin pie spices (if the spice concerns you). This has incredible throw and lasting power.
  23. Amorphous Red

    Western Small Foot Bat Hair Gloss

    Western small footed bat HG is entirely the labs Aquatic Patchouli on me. No sign of a floral in sight. This is pugently aquatic with massive throw. For those who enjoy classically 'masculine' scents I think you would love this. If you are looking for a deep and dirtied rose, or a sepia toned rose this may not be your jam. Time to find this little bat a new home.
  24. Amorphous Red

    Rocky Mountain Goats Hair Gloss

    I really really wanted Rocky mountain goats to work for me. Unfortunately, it is all sage. It is like spraying sage essential oil all over my hair. Upon late drydown there is a clean note that peaks through the initial blast of sage, but nothing else. I was really looking forward to smelling of the woods. Alas! It will find a good home elsewhere.
  25. SadariEvenstar

    Virgo Snowball Fight

    This is so bright and refreshing! It really feels like watching my girls pelt each other with snowballs and way to fucking early to be up o'clock in the morning. Bottled youthful energy. It's going to be fabulous to wear in the summer.
  26. LiberAmoris

    Drops of of Amontillado

    Drops of Amontillado smells like sweet sherry! Super grapey, for those who love the BPAL red wine note. Agree there's a musky woodiness behind this, something dry that tempers the sweetness.
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