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About chai_girl

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 03/11/1965


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    Austin, TX
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    TAL - Charisma
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    O, Sin, Snake Oil, Chimera I love amber, vanilla and cinnamon, can you tell? I now have to add Dragons blood to the list. yummmmm

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  1. chai_girl

    Bastet's Laughter

    I am becoming addicted to this oil. I haven't used it in rituals or anything. I've been dabbing it on before work. I'm going through a kind of stressful, rough patch and decided to give this a try. I sometimes mix it with some unscented hair serum and run it through my hair. It is very uplifting and calming. I feel much more balanced when I'm I'm wearing it and it gives me the lift I need in the morning to start another day.
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    I bought an imp of this and tested it out Friday evening at an SCA (renaissance) event. I had spent the day preparing, setting up my tent, working a shift, etc. and then put a few drops on my wrists, throat and heart. I also let my friend try it out and we headed to the tavern. Now, mind you, I'm not usually the type of girl the guys go for. I'm not naturally bubbly...I'm more likely to discuss the philosophy of how to become involved in a large social organization than to actually chat up a guy at the bar. I don't consider myself to be terribly attractive but not ugly or anything...I'm also overweight but not as bad as I was...but definitely not thin. I had no makeup on, my hair was in a ponytail. I ended up surrounded by a group of men that would make any woman drool. These men are SO out of my league...but they were all over me! It was almost scary. It was so incredible! The same thing with my friend. I looked at her, over the head of an incredibly hot knight who had his head buried in my chest and she was grinning from ear to ear. It was literally a "I'll have you, but not you...you can come closer...nope, not you" type of night. WOW! Okay, so I got next to no sleep Friday night...then worked all day at the event on Saturday. I was very tired by the time we headed to the tavern Saturday night. Now, I'm sort of seeing this guy who is in the local group. He had gone to bed early on Friday night. We typically interact in the group as a couple but refuse to identify as a couple if that makes any sense. He has certain status and a conservative persona and has to be very circumspect. We have traveled outside our local group as a couple but we have never camped "together" locally. It was a cold night and I had my down comforter. He wrestled with things and ended up in my tent sleeping comfortably and warm. It was very nice! That on top of the fact that he kept whispering in my ear that I smelled lovely. Now, that had to be the Charisma because I hadn't had a chance to take a shower Saturday evening and was sweaty and dusty from the day. So...uhmmmm....without too many details...very effective...I couldn't tell you what it actually smelled like but it smelled rather nice to me and not offensive at all.
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    Blinding Glory of Love

    I bought an imp of this from a forumite to try out. I wore it last night and was impressed with the attention I got. I'm not sure how much of it was the oil but I'm giving it a lot of credit. Setting: A Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval re-creation) camping event. I camped (shared a tent and a bed) with a very good platonic male friend. The relationship has been on the verge of becoming more for a long time but neither of us is ready for that. Reaction: I received a lot of attention from several men...many of whom have always kept a very careful distance between us. One example is a very a happily married man that I flirt with all the time (his wife is cool with it and laughs). I was strolling from campfire to campfire with my married friend and the friend I was camping with. In the middle of the path, my married friend decides to show me just how intimate ballroom dancing can be using the rhumba as an example. I had another old friend hurry past...then come back and give me a big hug. Another guy who I have been lusting after but recently acquired a new girlfriend came over three times to give me a hug. Now, the guy I was camping with kept telling me how "alluring" I smelled. There were several other random things...like men I didn't know coming up and striking random (and sometimes wierd) conversations...I think I was hit on by a guy wearing a monk's habit! So, I will definitely put this in the effective category...and try it out again next weekend! I'll be camping by myself and have the possibility of bringing someone "home" if I wish so it will be a better test. Now, the only reason I hesitate to give all the credit to the oil is because I've lost a significant amount of weight (almost 100lbs) and part of the reaction could have been to that and the fact that I was wearing a dress that actually fit for the first time a decade! But, I've seen most of these men during the time I was losing weight so it wasn't like a big surprise...the random strangers was a bit of a surprise ~grin~
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    Al Azif

    I didn't read the previous reviews because I didn't want them to change the way I felt about this scent. I wasn't sure what to expect and I just dropped it on my wrist...wow! It was very dark and musky to start with and I was a bit unsure. Then it began to dry down and it is very incense in a fresh, green way but hasn't lost the darkness. Visualizing this scent: It is like standing at the mouth of a deep, dry cave that opens high on a mountain with lots of lush vegetation and flowers around the mouth of the cave. In one breath you get the darkness and earthiness of the cave and the fresh flowers and greens from the mouth of the cave. A very unique scent that seems familiar, but not.
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    Dead Man's Hand

    I scored an imp of this and fell in love. I didn't buy the bottle because leather scents usually smell really fake to me. Of course, I should have known Beth better than that. To me, this smells like a well-worn leather jacket...not sweaty and stinky...but the gentle musky scent from being worn for years with shiney patches at the elbows and around the pockets. It is a very comforting leather scent. I put a dab of it on a guy friend and I had a really hard time keeping my hands off him...what does that say about me? Now to score a bottle of it.
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    Chaste Moon 2005

    First impression - warm buttery butterscotch Wet: Vanilla and butter with a touch of sweetness 10 minutes: Wow! Where did those flowers come from? There is a note in there that is definitely floral but I can't place it...maybe freesia? It is high and sweet but also a bit tart. 30 minutes: A soft powdery (in a good way) floral scent. Clean but with a touch flowers. It is a wonderful spring scent and a keeper for me.
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    This scent started off in the spring with fresh herbs and a tart green apple scent. I was reminded of walking through the herb section of the farmer's market on a warmish morning sipping a cup of warm granny smith apple cider. Then it moved into summer with the apple scent fading and the herbs drying down. There seems to be a bit of a floral in there and it is all being warmed by the golden scent of amber. About an hour later it has settled into autumn. The herbs have a slightly powdery scent and the amber is still there to provide a golden glow. The apple seems to be in the background but it isn't as prominent and has more of a floral accent than a fruity one. I like this one but not enough for a full bottle...mostly because I already have more bottles than I can possibly use in a lifetime and I'm becoming very picky about the scents I upgrade.
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    I closed my eyes and reached into my monstrous pile of imps and pulled out Spellbound this morning. I was in a hurry so luckily I didn't slather it on. It is a very strong scent that seems to be lasting. I don't get roses from this. I read the description after getting to work and was really surprised to see not one, but three! roses. I'm getting a soft warm scent. The amber and musk seem to be taking the lead. The roses are way in the background, like they are drifting in on the breeze and mixed with the amber and musk to the point of not being definable. I like this scent but it is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is a stand up and take notice scent...reminds me of the "nobody puts Baby in the corner" line from Dirty Dancing. This would be the scent she would wear to tango her heart out.
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    I bought this as an xmas present for a friend of mine. He is a native american (sort-of) elder. He is part of the tribal leadership group (I'm not sure of the exact terminology) for his tribe. "The deep bass growl of thunder over mountain trees" is what reminded me of him, so I had to get it for him. It is a wonderful clean fresh scent. I haven't tried it or smelled it on him yet but it smells very fresh and tangy...like right after a nice hard rain in a forest. Another guy friend smelled it and was like "Damn, I might even kiss him if he is wearing this!" (and this guy is very straight). I'm tempted to order more for my other guy friends
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    I used this last night. I got the lavender at first then then lemon came out stronger. As I drifted off to sleep, it was a lemon, herbally lavender scent. Very soothing but not your normal "sleep" scent. I'm not sure if it was the thunderstorms that rolled in at bedtime, the fact that my daughter crawled into bed with me and kept kicking me all night, or Nanshe, but I kept waking up all night long with really strange dreams that I couldn't remember as soon as I woke up.
  11. I have to agree with Mrs. Black. The key thing will be to find something that will be relaxing to you. Outside of BPAL, you might try someplace around town that sells essential oils or Whole Foods. They usually have essential oil blends that are designed for muscle pain relief.
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    I turned this into a massage/lotion bar before trying it on as an oil. In the bottle it didn't smell like anything that I'd like...kind of a lemony apple scent. I thought it would make a good experimental oil because I wouldn't be to disappointed if it didn't work out. I tried it on as a lotion and I fell in love. The lemony apple turned into this powdery sexual scent that I love. There is just enough sweet to keep the patchouli and musk from being too too. It is very well blended. I have a youngish friend (he's still in college and makes me feel like Mrs. Robinson even though it is purely platonic) and I sent him off to a party slathered in my Desire butter...and he raved about it. He said the girls (and guys) were all commenting on how wonderful he smelled!
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    Ave Maria Gratia Plena

    My experience was very similar to SarahJ's: Wet: Lily and sage...a pungent and green...kind of a sharp high note...not too sure about this Dry down: A soft light floral with a strong base of sandalwood and a touch of floral. I think this is definitely a gender neutral because I can see this going just as well with silk as with flannel...
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    I couldn't break out the scents into individual notes. I reapplied this after Mabon had dried down...I'd put one on each arm and Mabon completely overwhelmed the softer Wildfire. The impression I got was standing in a field of golden brown grasses and wildflowers in the late afternoon at the end of summer. The grass and wild flowers are almost burnt from the heat of the sun. The scent is a soft smokey scent...but not like heavy smoke from a flame...and not the bitter burnt smell of smoldering ashes either. I love this scent!
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    Mabon 2004

    I kind of slipped when I applied this so I had a ~lot~ of Mabon one arm and lil bit of Wildfire on the other. The Mabon overwhelmed the Wildfire in a heartbeat...Strong blackberry wine...almost too strong, with that bit of bitterness that you get in a dark wine. I was worried... As it dried, the blackberry stayed strong but the other scents crept in. I think apple and sage came next...kind of a sweet herbal scent. Then the florals came in and blended everything together. After an hour, I was in love with it. The scents had mingled...and while blackberry kept centerstage, she allowed all the other scents to support her and show her off in all her different aspects. I think this is a keeper!