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About MissMercurial

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday 08/31/1991


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    Making stuff (crafts of all kinds!)


  • Favorite Scents
    13 (October 06), Delirium, Metal Phoenix 08, Rose Red 07, Schlafende Baigneuse, Sea of Glass, Snow Glass Apples, Sundew, Urania


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  1. MissMercurial

    Vial of Holy Water

    Weirdly enough this turns into lotus-y bubble gum on me! Perhaps it's the age of the imp (probably at least a year old) but maybe not. It does start aquatic-y but that quickly fades in the face of the all-consuming lotus, presumably water lotus for the association alone. The base is a white musk of some kind and there are other florals to temper the lotsa lotus, but overall it is too linear for me to enjoy. Maybe in the diffuser I'll get something else out of it.
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    The Wretched Rose Window

    This is almost overwhelmingly dry, faded roses and a touch of violet, maybe a squirt of plum juice when wet. It feels rather heavy on me (the "leaded glass"?). It's a shame that it's so heavy and old-lady-esque (but a damn classy old lady, you betcha) because I really loved the grey musk left after the drydown/the next day. Similar to white musk but less "clean," kind of murky.
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    I mostly get jasmine accompanied by leather and vanilla in the background from this. The drydown brings out some oak, kind of old-paper-esque; the fig, red sandalwood, and black amber add a powdery, barely noticeable fruitiness to the edges of that latter stage. I agree with angelamaria that it's almost smoky.
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    The Heinous Hedge-Maze

    This is almost eerily accurate on the recreating boxwood as a note. Like, freshly crushed boughs of it accurate. It's dark and definitely green, without being heavy, which interests me. Despite the fact that boxwood is normally relegated to the realm of men's cologne this still feels mostly feminine to me. Probably 70-30 feminine to masculine. There's definitely some white florals on the border of this to help with that perception, I think. As a side note, this sucker lasted forever on my skin - probably at least two days.
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    The Apparition

    This leans masculine IMO. Not TOO strongly, but certainly a bit - like 60-65% masculine and 40-35% feminine. I had a chance to smell/test Bed of Nails at a recent MnS and to me Apparition is very similar to it; perhaps less complex/layered and a little softer (like, maybe less densely packed, dulled nails, haha), but it definitely hits the ozone-leather-woody button.
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    Oh, this was a happy surprise! I tend to amp honey so I was wary of that at first, but apparently honeycomb is another matter entirely. Instead of being drenched in honey, I get drizzles instead, hooray! Or maybe the pink pepper is making it play nice, I dunno; I've only tried one other blend with pink pepper before. The apricot is definitely prominent (a lot like Thaleia's apricot) but not syrupy - fresh fruits, not canned or dried. The orange blossom and white musk make it a little more complex, less one-note-ish, and the overall effect is very...sunny, I think is a good word for it.
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    Wet, Jezebel has a lush, almost syrupy rosiness to it that I like. But sadly within a few minutes on skin it turns powdery. Old-lady-powdery I think sandalwood is to blame for this, because a few minutes later I catch a sharpness that strikes me as orange blossom-y. The other notes are almost enough to outweigh the powderiness but it's a pretty aggressive note on me. Maybe it'll be better on my wrist.
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    The Dormouse

    This is very strongly reminiscent of Envy on me to start, so, the same green tea note is there. Apparently my skin is good friends with that note because it's the majority of what I get from this for a long part of its duration. It's like Envy's sweetened sibling - the peony definitely adds a traditionally feminine feel to it. Underneath is some bergamot and herby stuff that keeps it from veering off into crazy-sweet-floral territory, but they're not as prominent to my nose. "Dizzying" is an apt word, I think - all of the Wonderland blends I've tried have a certain "off-ness" to them, IMO, like something underneath all those pleasant and generally familiar notes is a little bit odd, fittingly enough. While no exception to this rule, Dormouse felt the least like that of the ones I've tried (Alice; Croquet; and Two, Five & Seven, that I remember clearly and am sure of). It's unobtrusive but unusual, maybe enough to make most people tilt their heads and wonder "now what was that?" in mild interest if they caught a whiff of it and be memorable. The "memorability" of it isn't a distinctly harsh/soft impression, which is unusual in and of itself I think (to be memorable without being on one end of the spectrum or another). I don't get much throw out of this, but I rarely get much throw in general. It didn't permeate or last past a shower (tested on the crook of my elbow).
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    Help me choose a Blue Moon! (CHOSEN)

    ...The cadet's logic is sound*. When you put it that way, it does make a lot of sense to cut out Luna Azul. Though I thought you could combine BPTP/BPAL orders vis-à-vis shipping? No matter - the rest of your reasoning stands. Adiós, Luna Azul! (I have removed that option from the poll.) *sorry, couldn't help that one - I am a huge Star Trek fangirl and working show/movie dialogue into non-fandom conversation makes me giggle ETA: all of the blends have lavender in them so I'm hedging my bets on that note regardless of which one(s) I choose, but lavender is much less iffy on me than orris root, so I'm still okay with cutting out Luna Azul.
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    Help me choose a Blue Moon! (CHOSEN)

    *groans* You guys just had to make it all tied up, didn't you? ARGH D: I'm giving this til 8 PM tonight, then ordering. (Thank you again, though, for the votes, although I do terribly wish some of you gave explanations to go with your votes!)
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    Help me choose a Blue Moon! (CHOSEN)

    Happy birthday to you as well ! And yeah, I was tempted by that notion for a bit (ordering all three, that is) but I know that as soon as I got to checkout I wouldn't be able to finish the order because that big total would scare me, haha. I'd just look at it and freak out a little inside, unsuccessfully try to justify the purchase to myself, and end up buying only one of them, if not skipping out on ordering altogether. So I figure might as well skip all that indecision/anxiety phase and ask for other people's recommendations/opinions ^___ ^ Thanks for all the replies/votes so far - I really appreciate it!
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    Help me choose a Blue Moon! (CHOSEN)

    Thank you! You may officially say you're the first person to wish me a happy birthday I did some Internet digging and white mangoes seem to be fairly uncommon, so I don't feel too bad about not knowing what they are, haha. Apparently they smell/taste similar to mangoes mixed with either strawberries or jackfruit. Thanks for your input - I'm happy to hear it smelled cool/"blue" to you, and the hyssop-for-orchid substitution makes me a happy camper anyways! I was a bit turned off by the fruits from the descriptions of these blends because I generally don't like mixing florals with non-citrus fruits and don't like passionfruit as a food.
  13. Hi folks! I love that there's a trio of blue moon scents this month, especially considering my circumstances. You see, I turn twenty-one on this month's blue moon (August 31st). Exciting in my book! So I was hoping some people who have experience with previous Blue Moon incarnations can help me choose one of the three. I've italicized the notes that sound most appealing to me. For reference, I adore Urania ("moonflower, Moroccan jasmine, benzoin, white musk, iris, moss and a flash of ozone"), which is moon-like at least concept-/note-wise IMO, and have determined what draws me most to that scent are the Moroccan jasmine, white musk, and ozone (possibly moonflower as well). I've had so-so luck with iris/orris root, frankincense, and lavender (I consider the plants iris and lavender two of my favorites, more's the irony.). White and skin musks tend to work well on me. BLAUER MOND - Brian's interpretation of the Blue Moon. A glimmer of hope emerging from a sea of dreams: sea buckthorn berry, terebinth pine, frankincense, hyssop, white sage, Neptune's night-blooming jasmine, cucumber, lavender, ambergris accord, and violet leaf. BLUE MOON 2012 - The spirit of the full moon is capricious, intense and passionate, yet still distant, aloof and cold. Luna herself governs glamours, bewitchments and dream-work, innocent wonder, transient pleasure and delight, the Moment, impulse, mystery and veils. The Blue Moon is one of her rarest manifestations, and this scent is formulated to encapsulate her most complex and profound nature: Mugwort, for psychic sensitivity... Calea Zacatechichi, yarrow, and mastic for divination through dreams... Frankincense and hyssop for complexity, wisdom and noscere... ... with a potent lunar-charged, oneirongenic blend of blue musk, exquisite woods, moonflower, evening stock, Madagascan ylang ylang, Florentine iris, Greek cypress, green tea absolute, palmarosa, cucumber, rose milkweed, Clary sage, lavender, lemon balm, and passion fruit. LUNA AZUL - Ted's interpretation of the Blue Moon. This is the scent of star-crossed love, folly, and passionate lunacy: white mango, French lavender, orris root, fig leaf, ylang ylang, mugwort, styrax, oakmoss, camphor, and black opium tar. (Side note: what the hell is a "white mango"? If anyone should know mangoes, it'd be me, seeing as I'm half-Filipino, but I've never heard of them.) ETA: Removed Luna Azul from the running based on the wise advice seen below. ETA II: ordered Blauer Mond and Blue Moon. Thanks for your input, y'all!
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    Araw Ng Mga Patay

    I'm half-Filipina so I just HAD to get an imp of this. I can only report on wet stage rn, so edit TBA. First impressions: Plantains! Bibingka! Turon! Sago! OH MY GOD, THIS IS AMAZINGLY ACCURATE. It smells like Goldilocks (a Filipino bakery/restaurant) when they've just finished baking, with flowers (mostly sampugita & daisies). Maybe a little langka (jackfruit)? Not getting any champurado (chocolate rice porridge), though. It kind of all blends into a sweet-flowery-foody-starchy scent. For reference, I'm usually not on the foody end of the spectrum; I gravitate to white musks and clean/grassy/fresh smells. But omggg this is amazing so far. A lot of caramel-y-ness, which I expected (turon = fried banana "spring rolls," i.e. has eggroll wrapper around it; leche flan = caramel-y custard goodness; bibingka = Filipino equivalent of pancakes. All adds up to lots of caramelized sugars, haha.). I'm not sure if it'll perform differently once I test it when my body chemistry's back to normal, nor am I certain I want to smell like this, but Beth/BPAL, you blow my mind. This is pretty much exactly like the description; I'm floored that all of that could be so accurately recreated. In the words of my mum (my Filipino half): "It smells like you've been making maruya (fried plantain fritters)." PINAY APPROVED.
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    The Green Apple Of Venus

    Very bright and fruity, as angelicruin above said. To me this smells REALLY similar to Lush's Sandstone soap when first applied/wet, then the pomegranate gets sassy and brings along her entourage of strawberry and tea rose. As you can imagine, it's quite a sweet scent; it's tempered/grounded slightly by the red sandalwood, but that's only just enough to prevent this from going off the deep end of "generic fruity floral" (perhaps because I tend to amp roses). What I register as similar to the Sandstone soap might just be the crispness of the green apple. Different apple than that of Snow Glass Apples, however. That said, the notes all blend quite well together. I'd say this is a winner for those who like playful, candy-like/sweeter scents.