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    BPAL: original Dionysia, Banshee Beat, Mad Meg, Lady Una, Mead Moon, Morocco, Unicorn & Ram, Penumbra, Medb. Other: Tom Ford Plum Japonais, Serge Lutens Sidi-bel-ebbes, Hermes Un Jardin Mediterranee, Tokyomilk Bittersweet & Everything and Nothing, L'Occitane Labdanum


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  1. marared

    Dark Chocolate, Whiskey, and Hazelnut Cream

    This is super rich and chocolatey in the bottle and freshly applied, with the whiskey a zingy undercurrent, but the long-term drydown is much different. It's still rich but much less sweet. It reminds me a little of TokyoMilk's Bittersweet, which has totally different secondary notes, but also turns into a dry, non-gourmand cocoa scent. It has a bit of throw at first, sticks close to the skin once it dries, and lasts several hours.
  2. The skin musk and amber dominate here. The patchouli is very light and the vanilla ... is not nonexistent, but it takes a while to show up and it it takes quite a back seat to the musk and amber. If you want something cozy that doesn't depend on fur or wool, or radiant golden warmth without anything floral, this is a good one to try. I imagine this will warm up and become quite sensual with some body heat.
  3. marared

    Shadow Games

    First thing I smell in the bottle is black pepper in oudh. Pepper usually burns off with a little time, but this has held on for 15+ minutes although it is less sharp. The oudh is very gentle but is clearly the "shadow" part of this. I would probably have mistaken this for patchouli rather than oudh. It takes a minute for the honey to peek out but it's barely noticeable, and I can't even smell the vanilla in this. Very soft, gentle, low throw.
  4. marared

    Bronze Dildo

    Oh I like this. I am not usually fond of anything "metallic" because it can be high-pitched and screechy to my nose, but this is a well-loved, well-cared-for dildo that smells more foresty-woody than bronze-y. Musk and oakmoss are at the forefront, with the cardamom giving it just a little zing, and the amber/patchouli/tonka keep it smooth. This reminds me of some of my Serge Lutens perfumes - it smells really expensive. Depending on how this ages over the next few weeks, I might have to get another bottle in my next order...
  5. marared

    Stung By the Cock Tree in Hell

    This one is really interesting and I'm not sure what to make out of it at first. This is very dark and foresty. There's something very slightly camphoric - not much but on a deep inhale it tickles the top of my nose. The hinoki and mahogany are dominant but it's not a clean wood smell, it's very ... fuzzy, textured, like you rolled an old log out of its resting place, that's the combined effort of the rest of the notes. I think it's probably the oud giving it the darkness - and it is NOT stanky! - and the moss/patch/tobacco/mushroom carrying it the rest of the way. This is what an Ent would smell like. The hinoki is what makes this so interesting, I think. I've loved other blends in the past with this note, and it really conveys the "ancient" sense behind this.
  6. marared

    Stargazing at Sea

    Aquatic laundry detergent that's pretty at first but turns powdery. Definitely going in the NOPE drawer.
  7. marared

    Black Honey, Spicy Black Rose, and Amber Oud

    Oudh always makes me a little nervous - sometimes it's stanky, sometimes it lends incredible depth. It's the latter in this case. And when you put this on, do yourself a favor and do a good deep inhale - get it all up in your sniffer. It's not going to be the same scent going in your nose as when it hits further back in your olfactory receptors. The rose is rich but it is not loud. It's slightly powdery at first sniff, but the petals are sweet at the very end of that deep inhale. There is not much honey here - it's just a deep dark rose with an undercurrent of non-barnyardy oudh.
  8. marared

    White Honey, Lemon Peel, and Salt

    Testing the lemon scents tonight, and this is starkly different from Gold Ribbon. This is bright, sharp, and salty. Not too strong on the lemon - it does not turn into Pledge on me, but it does get more and more sour with time (and by sour I mean flavor-sour, not get-this-oil-off-me sour). The honey is barely there, just a drizzle to keep things together. It is so very salty, though. I need a drink just sniffing this. ...it's a lemon margarita with a salt rim! I'm not sure how much I'm actually going to wear this, but it is a super interesting scent.
  9. marared

    Penis Bound With Gold Ribbon

    This is SO pretty. My experience is just like the previous review: it starts out a bright lemon cream, and then the amber and musk start glowing underneath it all. It smells like it could be a bar of soap from Lush. Not too loud, not too powdery.
  10. marared

    By Thys Fyre I Warme My Handys

    Oh, yum. I can smell ALL of the notes in this, depending on how I turn my hand and how long the oil has been on my skin. Mostly, it's a little smoke, oats, and spiced wine. It gets a little wine-ier with time, a bit more honey to it. Fortunately, it does not amp to high heaven the way wine often does on me, and it's just so cozy and pleasant. If I sit there and really inhale and think about it, I can sorta understand how LdyKnight gets "band-aid" out of the scent, but it just doesn't have that effect on my chemistry.
  11. marared

    Chibi Skull With Last Will and Testament

    This was a hard pass when I first got the box, so I put it away for a couple months and brought it out to try again. Still a hard pass. It's gooey, thick and syrupy, reads almost like fig or raisin pastry filling. It's not sour or anything, but it's just blech. Absolutely nothing like RR/BB to my nose.
  12. marared

    Ghosts at Aldershot

    When I first got this, fresh out of the mailbox, it was absurd and delicious - minty marshmallow with a hint of lemon. In the two weeks since I got it, it's gotten a LOT mintier - it doesn't smell like a cough drop, but it hits high up into the sinuses like cough drops do, if that makes sense. Almost like mint gum, but with a marshmallow element. That high pitch calms down with a little time, but I want to layer this with something a little sweeter. I bet this would go nicely with TKO...
  13. marared

    The Grey Columns

    It is indeed very pretty, and very faint. I can only smell it when my nose is pressed to my wrist. On a really deep inhale, I get the smoke, otherwise it's a very warm amber with a slight hint of creamy vanilla. It's not a complicated scent, just calm and pretty.
  14. marared

    Holiday Survival Juice

    It starts out massively herbal lavender with a nearly camphoric note on deep inhale that's probably the chamomile. The rose geranium lays low (which is good because it can dominate blends a little too much), and the orange peeks out from under everything - but slowly gets stronger and stronger until it shines out over the lavender. Sweet and lovely.
  15. marared

    Dead Leaves and Molasses Pumpkin Cookies

    I wasn't entirely sure if this was going to be doughy, spicy, gourdy, or leafy, and the answer is ... all of the above. At first, this is spices and cologney leaves, and I like it a lot. The cookie aspect is there, but it's not gourmand, and I prefer it that way. But pumpkin blends are usually pretty loud and buttery, and while this is not pumpkinny at first, nor is it as assertive as usual, it does start rearing its head after a few minutes and changes the scent to spiced pumpkin leaves and no molasses. I don't like it quite as much once that kicks in.