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About joseybird

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    Mistress of the Saruninja Dojo
  • Birthday 03/26/1984

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    Perfumes, reading about perfumes, candles, books (esp. historical fiction, these days), video games, musicals, anime
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    Fave Scents (BPAL): Antique Lace, Samhain, Juliet, Dorian, Dee, Three Witches, Lughnasadh, Blue Moon, Red Moon Fave Scents (Other): Lolita Lempicka, Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely, Bulgari Black, La Rose du Petit Prince, Annick Goutal Sables Fave Notes: Vanilla, tea, lemon, rose (fresh), almost anything "gourmand, light, warm incense, spices (especially clove!!), light musks, tobacco, coconut (especially creamy), carnation


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    "I know that astrology isn't a science,' said Gail. "Of course it isn't. It's just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis or, what's that strange thing you British play?' "Er, cricket? Self-loathing?" "Parliamentary democracy. The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people.

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  1. joseybird

    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    I definately agree! I get a "vanilla tea" note as well as scones and berries and honey
  2. I read a report of a study recently that showed that women are better at detecting smells. Not sure if it said anything about picking out specific notes, though. Midnight Kiss is deliciously sexy and gothic; it's like a feminine counterpart to Dracul/Count Dracula (though it smells nothing like either of these oils).
  3. joseybird

    Nutty scents - blends with nut notes or nuts

    Anything not overtly foody that smells of chestnuts or walnuts?
  4. Oh, and Snow White! It really does smell like a coconut Froze-Fruit No wonder it's a classic--perfect for both Winter AND Summer
  5. A quick bump, 'since it ain't long til summer! I have a HUGE reserve of Skin Trip coconut body lotion that I recieved as "gifts" (long story ) a few years ago, and I'm wearing it every day. I find that Obatala, with its creamy aquatic-coconut-vanilla fragrance melds very well with it and makes me feel summery all over
  6. joseybird

    Baby Scent

    Agreed. And Antique Lace and especially CHASTE MOON.
  7. joseybird


    What a glorious, glorious scent! Inez combines the light sweetness of Egyptian Amber with powdery, dried carnation, delicate vanillic musk and dry woods. The amber is the real star here, balancing out what might otherwise be an overly-dry blend (as ceder blends can too often be) and giving the composition a pleasent skin-scent lightness. Like a lighter Storyville. Love
  8. joseybird

    Coffee notes?

    NEEED more coffee scents! I wish there were more GC coffee blends, especially since it's such a rare note even in non-BPALs -- we coffee lovers need our fix!
  9. joseybird

    Springtime scents

    Just a quick bump 'cause it's necessary
  10. joseybird

    Hay Moon

    I knew I'd like Hay Moon because I adore Serge Lutens Chergui, whose dominant note is hay. Hay Moon is a warm, earthy hay. It's definately a skin scent, and not very heavy; while it would be nice in the autumn, it's also perfect for a humid summer evening. I can't give it top marks, however. Though I like Hay Moon, it merely smells like one chord of Chergui, which is far more deliciously complex. What I'd give for a Hay Moon lotion/bath oil though! (And btw, MOAR HAY SCENTS NAO PLX BETH )
  11. joseybird

    L'Autunno Soap (by Silk Road Trading Company)

    My experiance exactly The BPTP bath oils (the only other BPTP product I've tried) are of such fabulous quality that I had high hopes for this soap (included as a generous freebie in a swap package)
  12. joseybird

    Lady Una

    Lady Una smells exactly as it should smell: comforting, exotic, and fae. On me, it smells like a blackberry scone with tea and milk, and yet (oddly enough) it doesn't smell explicitly gourmand (by that I mean that it doesn't smell like I have the aformentioned foods smeared all over me ). It may be the touch of musk, which is usually helpful in helping a scent blend in with my skin chemistry. I would recommend this oil for those who love foody scents but can't wear them or can't bear to smell like actual food. Another note: The honey musk note is completely different from normal BPAL honey notes. I can't wear BPAL's honey, but I can certainly wear Lady Una
  13. joseybird

    Best BPAL for gym, workout, sports, exercise?

    I don't think there's anything wrong with wearing a perfume oil to the gym, especially if it smells nice and fresh =) Oils don't have as much throw as, say, spray perfumes, and I think other gym goers would be grateful to be smelling something pretty instead of other peoples' sweat.
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    It is Yule, and the Holly King has slain the Oak: blood red holly berry, mistletoe, wild thyme, verbena, cinquefoil, hemp, winter rose, evergreen, frankincense, juniper, and myrrh. Samhain was, along with Rose Red, the first BPAL I fell in love with. It was very atmospheric, and it captured the holiday beautifully. Then I got Lughnasadh and Mabon. Those, like Samhain, were also gorgeous "tapestry" scents which painted scented "scenes" of their respective holidays. But then came Beltane, and Litha, and Ostara, and I was dreadfully disappointed by each. Partly because I felt they lacked the rich complexity of their earlier Sabbat counterparts, partly because they turned to soap on me. So I wasn't expecting much of Yule. But now that I try it...Ooo this is lovely! I normally don't like evergreen scents (Snow Bunny, Skadi, Snow-Flakes, etc), but Yule is a bit different. It starts out evergreen and berries, but quickly dries down to something warm and golden--almost vanillic--with hints of lemon and herbs. Like a warm little nest of light and life buried in crisp snow.
  15. joseybird

    Baby Scent

    Antique Lace (powdery vanilla) and Mouse's Long and Sad Tale (fluffy and pale pink-smelling).