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About semuelle77

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    a little too imp-ulsive
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    Black Butterfly Moon, Frederic, Samhainophobia 2007, Hunger

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  1. semuelle77


    I tested this out at night because I was very doubtful that it would work on me, and didn't want to get stuck smelling it all day. What a surprise! It is not my usual taste. Once it dries down it is quite strong. It has tremendous throw. My husband sat near me on the couch and immediately asked what I was trying out. After settling it becomes a dry, sweet floral. It's a very summery scent, though I fear in the actual summer heat it may become overwhelming. The iris is definitely the strongest note, amping quite a bit. I wish the sandalwood balanced it a bit better, but it is still nice. I won't be searching out a bottle, but the imp will stay in my collection. I may try layering with some patchouli single note to see if it tempers the aggressive floral edge. I would give Nefertiti a 3 out of 5
  2. semuelle77


    I received an imp as a goodie from a forum member from whom I made a purchase. I was almost going to skip it, expecting that the notes would not work on me. Honey is usually overwhelmingly sweet and almost none of the chocolate scents have worked. Boy am I glad I gave it a shot! This is one of the most interesting blends I have tried. As many have mentioned, it morphs constantly from application to dry down. I felt like it was a different scent each time I inhaled. Once it settled it was this lovely not-foodie, not-floral, kind of resin-y mix. I can’t pick out one particular note, it is so wonderfully balanced. I think the cacao give it a deep, grounding element. At one point the cotton blossom came to the fore, but then backed off to coexist beautifully with everything else. I know this isn’t a terribly precise review, but I’ll just say everyone should give Tlazolteotl a try. It is a sophisticated, gorgeous blend!
  3. Hello!


    I am interested in your bottle of Sumatran Red Patchouli SN. I am also considering a second bottle. How accurate would you say the Earl Grey is to the real thing?




  4. semuelle77

    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    My husband and I were just chatting about BPAL and I suddenly thought, "Wouldn't BPAL and NV be the perfect marriage of geekiness?" Seriously, the lab really needs to do a collaboration with Cranor and Fink!
  5. semuelle77

    Suggestions for layering with Vanilla Orchid?

    Thank you! I will have to check those out. I think the scents that I have which contain orchid tend to be incense-y or full of resins. I'm trying to branch out. I attempted to layer with O today. It only served as a strong reminder that O does NOT work on my skin.
  6. I just snagged a bottle of Vanilla Orchid. It is absolutely gorgeous, so (of course) I want to try layering with it. Does anyone have suggestions for what kinds of brands might layers well with it? Possibly even recs for specific oils to try? Thanks! I am not experienced with layering, so this will be a new thing for me.
  7. semuelle77

    Vanilla Orchid

    Being that Black Butterfly Moon and Great Vampire Bat are two of my favorites, I had to snag a bottle of Vanilla Orchid SN when a forumite posted it for sale. Since it is a SN I didn't expect any actual vanilla notes, just orchid. It is perfect! Orchid always feels comfy, yet sexy to me. Kind of like wearing a delicious cashmere sweater. The scent is beautifully round, slightly lush yet light. It changes very little from wet to dry, but does fade much quicker than I would prefer. I will have to reapply or put much more on in the morning. Overall, a beautiful deep floral SN that is not at all overpowering. I can't wait to try layering with this beauty!
  8. semuelle77

    Anne Bonny

    Despite having read the description (and being VERY excited to try it), I am like biocarolyn, I swear I am smelling cedar. On me that is not a good thing. I will be patient. I will wait and let it dry for a while. I am hopeful that the patchouli and frankenscence will come out to play, otherwise this is going to the swap pile. Sharp, almost BO smell is not for me!
  9. semuelle77

    No. 93 Engine

    I just receive this is a swap and was dying to try it, yet slightly apprehensive considering how complex it is. When I first applied the oil it went on fairly sharp, but with so many layers of scent that I knew I needed to wait it out. As it began to dry down, No. 93 Engine started to turn into what is hands down the spiciest BPAL I've tried. Holy cow!!! It was spicier than Scherezade or Bengal, and less sweet. (Which is a very good thing, considering I amp sweet to high heaven.) There is a slightly woodsy note anchoring the scent and an inscence or resin that reminds me of high holy days at church. Since I love the smell of the church inscence, this is a very good thing. (Does anyone know if that is the Balm of Gilead, the frankinsence, or a combo of both?) By the end of the day most of the resiny/inscence/woodsy goodness had faded away, leaving behind a rich sweet smell (saffron and benzion, perhaps?) It ended sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I adore the middle phase so much that I immediately reapplied when I got home (a little over 9 hours after first application.) No. 93 Engine has a medium throw and long wear. This scent gave the feeling of being wrapped in your favorite cardigan. Not bulky or flashy, but comforting and slightly decadent.
  10. semuelle77


    Cathode is a gentler, masculine version of Green Tree Viper. It seems to have the same mint notes, but is far less sweet. The ambergris provides a warm, musky base. Unfortunately, the scent sinks straight into my skin and nearly disappears. I had to SLATHER it, mixed with unscented body oil and it still remains very close to my skin. It is lovely, however. I'll definitely keep the imp and contemplate a bottle. Now, to see if I can get my guy to try it on...
  11. semuelle77


    The intoxicating perfume of exotic incenses wafting on warm desert breezes. Arabian spices wind through a blend of warm musk, carnation, red sandalwood and cassia. Oh noes!!! The note of doom!!! I'm not sure what it is. Vanilla? Cream? Saffron? Whatever it is, it's also in Love's Philosophy. Sweet, sticky, putrid spoiled plastic milk. Blech! I'm sure this is lovely one someone else, but I could not wash it off fast enough.
  12. semuelle77


    I had to try Hades based on the black narcissus alone. I so love it in Hunger. After trying Hades I have come to realize it really is the Black narcissus that I love, because my skin amps it liek whoa. I'm sure there is a difference between the two scents, but right now I can't tell. I will have to do a side by side comparison. Hades has this smokey/spicy floral quality to it. The narcissus is bold, almost overwhelming at first. Once it "mellows" Hades is a vibrant, strong floral. A little goes a long way. I will definitely be doing a Hades/Hunger comparison to see if I detect a difference, or if narcissus really does wrestle all other notes into submission. (Which would be just fine by me, since it plays so nicely with my chemistry.)
  13. semuelle77

    Dia de los Muertos

    I snagged a decnt of DDLM a couple of years ago (2006 vintage.) I tested it at the time and it was nice to keep the imp, but nothing I was going to hunt down. It has been languishing in my imp box ever since. Last week I was sorting out my imp box and stumbled across it again. Since I was trying to decide what to keep and what to swap, I decided it was the perfect time to try it again (I mean it was November 1st, after all!) DDLM is the perfect example of the benefits of aging. The overly sweet foody notes had completely mellowed, allowing the insence to come out to play. The drydown was a rich, drifting scent. It was complex and multifaceted. As I moved around while teaching I would catch wafts of scent, sometimes the same, sometimes tantalizingly different. It was absolutwely gorgeous. There was something about it that was reminicent of Ozymandius (another blend with "desert" aromas.) Two years ago DDLM was worthy of keeping an imp. Today is in worth the effort to hunt down a bottle.
  14. semuelle77

    Scent for Halloween?

    Yesterday and Friday I wore Samhainophobia 07. Today I wore (of course) Dia de los Muertos. I'll be wearing it again tomorrow, most likely.
  15. semuelle77

    How do you apply your BPAL oils?

    If someone already asked this feel free to point me in the right direction. I understand the use od reducer caps to eliminate possible "contamination" of the oil (especially if you are layering or have applied lotion.) What I don't understand is the use of a wand. How does that eliminate contamination? You rub it across your skin, right? Then you place it back in the oil. Wouldn't it transfer the same body oils and such that tipping directly onto the skin could contribute? I might be misunderstanding it all. Can anyone clarify for me? Also, will the lab add reducer caps to an order if you only order imps? I'd like some for previously purchased bottles.