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About alyelle

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    a little too imp-ulsive
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    ♥♥ Snow, Glass, Apples; Eve; Yvaine BLENDS: Strangler Fig, Mouses Long and Sad Tail, The Dormouse, Pomona, October, Dorian. NOTES: vanilla, amber, leather, tea, cedar, snow


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  1. alyelle

    Alleviate the Frenzy

    2020 version. Imp: peach cough syrup Wet: more pleasantly, caramelised peaches and amber! Thanking all my lucky stars that the sugar here didn't do what Sugar Cookie, Sugar Moon, and other sugary foodie scents did - for a few years, sugar consistently turned to melting plastic on my skin, which was rather less than ideal as I'm sure you can imagine. Dry: Lupers 2020 are going off so far - this was a delicious, cashmere-like soft amber peach, with a tiny hint of sugar. Weirdly, I couldn't describe it as anything even approaching food - more like a blossom, and the fuzz on a slightly unripe fruit. Another mid-to-heavy throw with 10+ hour lifespan, and another instant favourite. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Elizabeth of Bohemia

    2020 version, via my decanter, and with a good 3 week quarantine/bottle rest on each side of our borders - no bottle shock here! Imp: pure rose, with nary a trace of oudh about Wet: lush red roses and green woody stems; what even is oudh anyway? (Disclaimer: I know exactly what oudh is. :P) Dry: this went accidentally all over my fingertips during application, and gave off a very strange inky petrol undertone. Thankfully that was short-lived. By the 15 minute drydown, and until I showered before bed, this was an exact replica of one of my favourite commercial perfumes, Penhaligon's Elisabethan Rose. (That's great to know, because when this runs, I can go back to Penhaligon until the next time it comes up in Lupers). And like Penhaligon's, it lasts forever, so RIP to my office and colleagues if they don't appreciate the rose garden walking among them. Heavy throw, still powerful at the 10 hour wear mark. Stars: ★★★★★
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    Bloodlust Bonbon

    Mostly empty sniffie with barely enough oil remaining for one application. I resisted testing this for three years after I was given it because I dislike almost all of the Blood scents, and can't wear cinnamon without welting. Bottle: powdery, with hints of musk, chocolate, and teak. Wet: very woody DBR, overlaid by musk and cocoa. Dry: mostly resin and cocoa, with vague throws of patchouli and smoke. Interestingly, I had no reaction to the cinnamon; first time ever. I found myself very surprised to actually enjoy this, and wonder how much of it working is due to the vetiver, which has never yet let me down. Aged well, I could see myself wearing it again, though I'm probably not going to rush out and search for it. Stars: ★★★½
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    The Witch Bride

    2014 version. Bottle: Narcissus and frankincense with a top note of wisteria. Wet: very pale and sweet florals; mostly narcissus with a hint of wisteria and a gently spiced base. The amber slowly creeps out, and this particular amber is very similar to the one from Mouse's Long and Sad Tale. Dry: I'm not a fan of narcissus but this is quite pleasant by the end, surprisingly. There's more amber than white florals, and the wisteria starts to dominate. I'll keep it for now and see how often I reach for it. It's certainly a value for money proposition - very long lived at 12+ hours, with a good throw. Stars: ★★★★
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    Miss Spink

    Half bottle gift dated to 2016, tested for the first time out of storage Bottle: very foody; licquorice (okay, nose...) and butter. Zero florals. Wet: the synthetic plastic caramel note I got from Sugar Moon and Sugar Cookie, with an undercurrentof florals - a hint of gardenia, and the Oolong note from Lazy Daisy. Dry: I don't like foody scents at all, and am very hesitant to apply this in any great quantity, as Sugar Moon was an unmitigated disaster on my skin. However. It starts as butter shortbread, sitting on a cotton tablecloth, with a gentle breeze of gardenia blowing through an open window. It gradually becomes a gentle gardenia floral with shortbread crumbs left on empty china plates as a backdrop. The weirdo licquorice note never resurfaces on my skin, and the tea vanishes all but instantly. I'm not sure I love it, but I'll give it a couple more wears. Life is middling (6ish hours) as is the throw, and thankfully the tuberose never amps up over the gardenia. Stars: ★★★½
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    The Hierophant and The Empress

    A partial bottle I was given by a friend a few years ago, which I have recently unearthed after two moves and deep storage in our basement. Age has done it a service. In the bottle: rose, violet, lemon myrtle, and what I assume must be styrax, because it doesn't smell like anything else listed or that I recognise. It's very strong. Wet: weirdly, the myrtle dominates, with a touch of gardenia and a whole lot of lemon - my migraine trigger scent, disaster looms! Hints of violet, absolutely zero rose. Dry: thankfully this is muuch more rose heavy on the drydown, so I opted to dab a bit more on. In the end it's a soft rose/frankincense blend with no lemon (phew) or other florals to be seen. I would probably never have bought it blind, but I do quite like what it settles into, and can see a few occasions where I'd opt for it over my other rose-heavy scents. Stars: ★★★★
  7. alyelle

    In Omnibus Caritas

    In the imp: honey, mallow, sandalwood and vanilla. Wet: sugar and mallow dominant, with a backing of orris, vanilla, and sandalwood as always - I amp that boy in the best way. Dry: strong on honey, like the old Rappaccini's Apiary blends (which I adored), with a sweet base of white sandalwood and a splash of sugar cane. Long-lived (in excess of 12 hours) and with a hefty throw. A beautiful little gift I am most thankful for! Stars: ★★★★½
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    I'm surprised there aren't more reviews here! In the imp: rose and sweet musk, like musk stick lollies; basically Eve without the moss notes. Wet: amber, musk, a hint of rose, and the starry note from Yvaine. Dry: musk and blue-star sparkles, with a sweet undercurrent of rose. Gorgeous on its own; would also layer beautifully. Overall a stunning blend, with a medium to strong throw, which lasted for about 8 hours on my skin. Definitely one I will invest in a bottle of, I love it. Stars: ★★★★★
  9. alyelle

    Champa & Myrrh

    In the imp: the exact champa of every new age store I went to in 1995. Wet: sweet myrrh (which I can never spell properly, if my journal is anything to go by), and a slight gasoline-flower note. Little to none of the classic champa scent I got before I put it on my skin. Dry: on me, this dries off to basically sing note myrrh, which is possibly something I ought to be grateful for. Medium throw with a 6-8 hour lifespan. Stars: ★★★
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    Cold Moon

    2019 version, decanted by Ajevie. I do love the guessing games that abstract scent descriptions cause, and this one was particularly fun/annoying - there was a note in here that tormented me all day, which I finally placed 12 hours later as lotus blossom. In the imp: soft pines and wet fern, sweet berries, and a hint of menthol or eucalypt - every time I try and decide which, I change my mind. I see some folk on here mentioned wintergreen, it could well be that too. Wet: I'm tipping a base of white sandalwood or pale amber, though as it dries down, I'm less convinced of either. Around 15 minutes in I settled on blue eucalypt, touched with ozone; there's also very moist green florals, quite like the Spanish moss blends, some lotus (with that heady bubblegum note), and a good helping of white florals - lily or orchid, possibly both. Dry: this lasts and lasts, so if I have to pick a base, I'd go with amber, and weirdly, I got wafts of hay absolute as it settled. The eucalypt/mint/menthol takes a backseat to the florals; I'm dead sure there's lotus, pretty sure there's lily, and wondering about orris. On the whole, I like this a lot - and I'm not usually a fan of the lotus/aquatic blends. It lasts forever, and has a pretty hefty throw. On me, it is ALL floral with a hint of mint, no lunar oils, no herbs, hardly any fern by the end. The early stages threw pine, but I doubt there's any real pine, cypress or spruce here because I amp those like crazy. It reminds me of one of the Yules I tried a few years back, and despite it being the middle of summer where I am, worked beautifully against the muggy, overcast weather we had today. Stars: ★★★★½
  11. alyelle

    Thirteen (13): September 2019

    Given that I reviewed this jetlagged, I am actually VERY willing to believe I messed up my 13's Removing that original review until I can retest to avoid confusion.
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    Thirteen (13): September 2019

    Actually 13 for September 2019 this time. (Original review moved to the previous release of 13 where it belongs.) Imp: lemony litsea, chamomile, ylang-ylang and patchouli. There's a whole lot happening in this 13 too. Wet: a warm, snuggle base of chamomile and lavender, touched with tansy and sandalwood, with an airy citrus at the top. Dry: a sweet and smoky blend of frankincense, sandalwood, and chamomile that reminds me of midnight mass (the event, not the fragrance); rich and comforting with citrus-floral overtones. This one is not made for summer days in Australia; it's better under overcast, grey skies, worn with an angora sweater. It's sweet but not cloying, thick but not sticky, and it lasts for ages. Very calming, and (most thankfully for my sake) the ylang-ylang stays real quiet amongst the other notes - the dominant players are the resins and herbs. Stars: ★★★★
  13. alyelle

    Harvest Moon 2019

    In the imp: blackcurrant, spice, and red fruit, topped with wine Wet: balsam and cypress, a hint of fig, sage and saffron. White grapes and white musk. It's complex but very harmonious. Dry: this reminds me of a non-BPAL blend I once ended up with, but far superior. Smokey festival smells of rum cake and sweets, mulled wine, and cold forest air. It is rich, delicious, and lasts forever - still going strong at 12 hours with a hefty throw. Stars: ★★★★½
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    He'd Been an Angel Once

    In the imp: leather and skanky musk, rotting roses and talc. Wet: I will confess to being not keen to apply this. But - I must trust that vetiver will be kind to me. Baby sick, smoke and talc at first (wtf is brimstone even made of?), and a sincere wish that the drydown blows my mind. Dry: ... it eventually improved. Unfortunately, I threw half the bottle all over my phone. Screw you, Crowley. A strong-tending-medium throw, and a mid-to-long life. Not convinced I like it, or that I'll wear it again, though the later stages are quite pleasant. Stars: ★★★½ , very mixed feels
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    Old-Fashioned Satanists

    In the imp: tea and pot pourri on a coffee table, during a heavy rainstorm, watching as the sole inhabitant of the house snuggles deep into a cracked and worn leather armchair, smothering themselves in blankets Wet: cotton, cashmere, and chamomile; lemon shortbreads; furniture polish Dry: soft and comforting, like a whiff of chaos on a stupendously boring day. Just wonderful! Surprisingly short-lived, at just under 6 hours, but with a medium throw. I'd lather next time. Instant favourite. Stars: ★★★★★