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About rayvn1

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 11/12/1980


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    Body, Remember
  • Favorite Scents
    Madame Moriarty, SGA, Calico Jack, Gennivre, Marianne, Theodosius, Crowley, Geeeeeek, On Darkness, Nemesis, Luperci, Bow and Crown of Conquest, Al Azif, Snake Oil, tobacco, musk, rain, leaf, sweet grass and earth scents mainly.

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    I'm geeking out hardcore and enjoying my 2nd year in Case Western's Musicology PhD program. Gender Studies! Popular Music and Culture! Oh my! :D
    I'm also really into: Comics - Sandman, Lucifer, Poison Elves, Stardust, Watchmen. Books: Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey, Tannith Lee, Sarah Monette, George R.R. Martin, Tolkien, Charles DeLint, Alan Moore, Jane Austen, H.P. Lovecraft, Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Stuff: Tattoos, Pre-Raphaelite arts and crafts, cats, gardening, horses, living in the middle of nowhere someday, renn fairs and someday the SCA. Music - all sorts including punk, opera, other classical, Tom Waits, The Cure, folk, classic rock, motown, techno, goth/industrial. Last but not least my sweet husband who is pretty sensitive to all the BPAL in a bad way <sigh>


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  1. rayvn1

    Dorian Beard Oil

    I absolutely adore this beard oil! Even though the scent is light, it’s too strong for my husband’s allergies for him to wear it. But I use a little to tame my hair, and it smells divine. That sweet and musky scent of Dorian is everything!
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    Dee Beard Oil

    I know it’s meant for beards, but I use a small amount of the oil to tame the many flyaways in my hair. Dee smells very true to the perfume, which is one of my absolute favorites. A bit lighter on the scent, of course, but it’s definitely Dee!
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    Zorya Utrennyaya

    Omg. Where have you been all my life?!? This is like a sweeter version of Bah! It's beautiful, rich and sweet coffee on me with great throw. Doesn't last long on my skin, but this is totally bottle-worthy. Wow!
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    Zorya Vechernyaya

    Hm. I could have sworn this had poppy in it, but it must be the jasmine going powdery on me. Lovely scent. I think it will age well!
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    Cacao Pod

    Omgggggg. This isn't foody, really, which is perfect because that's what scares me off of a lot of blends. The coconut is light, and the musk is oh so sweet with the cacao note dominating. Perfect with amazing throw.
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    Nasty Woman

    These are usually notes of win for me, but for some reason the whole combination doesn't really work on my skin. Very overbearing scent on me. Ah well, money well spent for a good cause, and I'll keep retrying it!
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    Mr. Czernobog

    Metal and a little menthol with a tinge of incense. I'm digging it. Very evocative scent.
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    The Tumultuous Vultures of Stern Passion

    This is weird, but I got...pickles? Almost all of the notes should have been a win for me, (I blame the lily) but this doesn't stay on my skin long and is exceptionally strange while it's on there.
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    The Countess of Morcar's Blue Carbuncle

    I let this one age, but I'm still getting prominent bubblegum from it. Dries down several hours later to a delicate musk with a pinch of floral. Not the one for me, it turns out.
  10. rayvn1

    Solstice Lace

    Yummy, sweet, boozy apple with a hint of smoke. This has little to no throw, and I'm hoping it acquires some with age, because it is gorgeous in the bottle and while wet. It lasts about an hour on my skin, but it's very pleasant while it hangs around!
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    Antique Lace

    2009: "This was a long shot scent for me, though I tend to really like vanilla lately, having it as the main component is a bit much on me." Oh 2009 Erin, you should have held onto that Antique Lace. At least for comparison to the 2017 Antique Lace which is amazing The throw on this is negligible, but better than Solstice Lace or Tattered Lace on me by far. And now I LOVE vanilla, so I will be holding onto this decant with tight, grabby hands. Mmmmm. I agree with dementia_divine above - warm, sugary vanilla musk with just a hint of flowers on me.
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    For the folksy FBI agent in your life. Reminiscent of a classic 1950’s men’s cologne with a shuffle of paper, a briefcase-snap of black leather, and yesterday’s cold coffee. I just slathered on Lordy, and holy god, it is glorious! This reminds me of The Magician from the Crimson Peak line - one of my favorite cologne blends. As it is drying down the coffee starts to come through. I was hoping for something that could make me think of Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks - and this does it just right. No paper or leather on me, but it may change over time after it's had a little time to mellow on my skin.
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    Natural Science Nail Lacquer

    The laws of the physical world. Soft golden taupe shimmer: the pale brown hum of a locust swarm; the crunch of autumn leaves; the dusty wing of a Pseudosphinx tetrio. Just as advertised - a lovely taupe with a bit of shimmer to it. I only had to use one coat (which was amazing in itself.) I'm not sure how often I'll wear it, because it's a very understated color, but I'm so glad I have it Swatch linked below. http://www.bpal.org/gallery/image/4522-natural-science-claw-polish/
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    Love Makes Monsters of Us All

    Agreed with porcelina about the Penny Dreadful and Graveyard Dirt associations, which is great because I love those two. It goes on almost slightly sour before turning into a vegetal, dusty scent with a clay/dirt note coming to the fore as it warms up on my skin. Throw is pretty good on me. I really really like this one. My partial bottle is probably enough, because it's more an atmospheric than an "omg must wear every day" scent, but I'm so glad I tried this one out. ETA: After a few hours, it's turned into a dusty-musky-almost-incense scent. Delightful, but the throw is now minimal.
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    "This reminds me of big, celebrity designed perfume from the nineties: Specifically, Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman." [respectfully snipped from Sprout's review] I knew this reminded me of something! Provocative Woman was my wedding scent (because that was several years before I discovered the glories of bpal) and it evaporated in the bottle a few months ago when the sprayer somehow came off. I was heartbroken, but now I have this to remind me of that day Anyways, on to the review! It's sweeeeeet. Those purple fruits really come through in the drydown, and the dusty patchouli grounds it. This makes for a supremely rich scent with unbelievable throw. I'm in love