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About biggnerd

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    Litha 2006, Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree, O, Dorian, Kumiho, Sea of Glass Yes notes: amber, clove, honey, non-foody vanilla, some florals, some spice, lavender, cherry blossoms, some teas, plumeria, sandalwood, carnation Maybe notes: frankincense, violet, patchouli, rose, iris, orris No go notes: myrrh, black musk, snow note, linen, lotus


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  1. biggnerd

    Pink Fuzzy Handcuffs

    This is a pink, sugared rose scent. It is cotton candy and sugared rose. My skin tends to amp sweetness so the rose is a background note so this is more candy and less floral. I made a body oil out of this and the scent hangs around for a long time on my skin and clothes.
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    The Ghost

    I wish this ghost haunted my house, floating around leaving a fresh, floral whiff in it's path. This smells like a really nice shampoo, one that makes big, iridescent bubbles, and that leaves your hair smelling fresh and lightly scented. No one note is dominant on me, I pick out the green ivy and the iris, but everything else blends.
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    My bottle is aged over a year and has gotten better and better with age. When I first got it, it was all screechy, ashy, dirty patchouli and very spicy clove. I didn't like it, and put it quietly away to see what happened with time. Oh man, with time the patch calms down. It is still the strongest note when I first apply it, and in the first half hour or so it's clovey patch. But as it dries down and melds with my skin, the sweet fig comes out supported by the saffron (I love saffron and clove together). The amber melds with the fig to become a sweet figgy scent grounded by spicy, more subtle patchouli. It is a very golden RAWR scent with a definite feminine edge. It's an apt scent for the label art.
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    Kneel Down, Fair Love, and Fill Thyself with Tears

    This is a misty fragrance with purple highlights. First I smell the orris as violet (only a violet that works on my skin), with a light, salty, powedery, resinous frank, and a fluffy, soft grey musk. I don't smell much magnolia, unless it is flowering up the orris. This is a soft, feminine scent that wears close to the skin and doesn't last super long. It doesn't make me feel mournful at all.
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    Dead Leaves, Green Cognac, Iris Root, and White Leather

    This is powdery white leather with the dirty, spicy, dry smell of dead leaves. Not sure about the cognac.
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    Lola Lee Loo

    I tend to amp fig, so it isn't surprising this is a very fig forward scent on me. But instead of being overly sweet or funky like fig often does for me, it is sweet and powdery. The rice flower adds a light, white sheer floral so that it is a sweet figgy floral. I don't get many of the other notes, except for maybe a light hint of the vanilla cream and a little, very slight patchouli grounding. If they're there, they're a slight memory, faint, and elusive. I think Lola must be a very sweet little girl if this is her scent.
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    Dorian Beard Oil

    I love when my husband wears this. It makes his beard nice and soft and it smells just like the sweet, musky vanilla tea of the perfume oil. I can't stop sniffing him when he wears this.
  8. I'm bumping this because I like the topic. GCs aren't flashy and don't seem to get as much love, but they are solid standbys. I agree with Sea of Glass, Dee, and Black Pearl. I'd add Lyonesse - sweet, filmy, dreamy florals; Black Annis - sweet anise and smokey, cozy, rock; and Whip - the truest wet, red rose with a little powdery leather (the only rose scent that works on me) And a little advice for newbies - let your imps rest! If you don't like it when you first try it, put it aside and try it again in a week or two, and then again in a month or two. Some oils need some time to mellow and allow their complexities to develop.
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    Coconut and Orris Root

    The sweet coconut and powdery orris combine to make a sweet, floral, buttery powder scent that smells just like Lush's Silky Underwear/Alkmaar to me. It's crazy because they don't share any notes, but once these two scents dry down it's uncanny. Wet, the coconut is the most forward scent with sweet iris, but as it dries down the orris comes in all buttery and powdery. There's also a little dry brown to it, like the coconut husk. This is an intriguing scent that shows more facets of it's personality to me every time I sniff it. (Is that too dramatic?)
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    Finding a BPAL fragrance for myself

    I recommend Dee for a sweeter, woody, incensey masculine scent. It's one of my favorites. It's so cozy and comforting. I agree to keep trying stuff. I've found myself loving scents I never would have gravitated to on my own (those dang frimps). Also, it's just fun to smell things.
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    Trevor Bruttenholm

    Mmmm, this is what Dee would smell like in the 21st century. This is a spicy, incensey, bay rum with the sweetness of the paper from other paper blends. Paper and parchment is one of my favorite notes and I can smell it under all of maleness. I'm going to slather this on my husband if he'll let me.
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    Abe Sapien

    This is a soapy smell with just a hint of salt and juniper. Aquatic musks tend to go dryer sheet on me, so I'm glad it doesn't go quite that far. It smells like a fancy soap that would be in an older, classy lady's house. Abe is Parthenope's brother.
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    A Tattooed Woman Embraces the God of Thunder

    This smells like the type of woman who could handle the god of thunder and only get a little singed, or maybe she'll singe him. It is fruity red musk, dirty patchouli, over black leather and a hint of smokey vetiver. I amp both leather and red musk, but the patch and vetiver keep them in line.
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    Masquerade Banana

    This is initially banana nail polish remover like whoa. Like the other reviewers, that went away on me very quickly (unlike with Sloth) and left a soft, slightly powdery and sweet myrrh, incense (heavy on the nag champa), and very light fig. I bet this would be a good ager.
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    Lacus Solitudinis

    The two strongest notes are lavender sweetened by marjoram and grounded by cedar and sandalwood. It's a sweet herbal with a foundation of wood. It's soothing and comfortable.