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  1. Brianne

    A Bold Bluff

    A Bold Bluff, C.M. Coolidge.Cherry tobacco, tonka, and hops. Another review for me where I'm the first? In the bottle: A very faint cigar tobacco On me: Hmm, at first I have to wonder if maybe this isn't the wrong blend because I know the smell of cherry tobacco by heart (my grandfather smoked it all the time in his pipe) and I just don't get it at all when this is wet on my skin. What I do get is the very very faint smell of cigar and... what I think must be the hops. It almost smells too faint to me to represent cherry tobacco. As it dries though, it starts to warm up and get going a bit - the cherry is so so so faint on me. The tobacco is pleasantly warm and comforting, just like what you would smell in a cigar or pipe. The hops are hard to describe - I can TELL it's hops but at the same time... not sure how to describe the scent. I guess sort of a golden, wheaty slightly tangy smell. It works with this because of the slight sweetness and warmth of tonka. I keep waiting for this scent to get "louder" or more bold but it just never does. I'm not sure if it's my skin or it's the scent. It's like waiting for a party to get going and right when you think it's picking up, everyone leaves. Final note: I think this is more like A Subtle Bluff on me, but that's not to make it sound like I don't like this scent. I actually really like it, it's very comforting and smooth. I will definitely be using my bottle, I just wish it was a little more amped up and that the cherry was a little more present!
  2. Brianne

    Milk Moon 2007

    And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. A fertile scent, generous, life-affirming, and swelling with a sense of triumph, warmth, and abundance: sweet milk, golden honey, fig fruit, pomegranate, dates, and white grape. Wow, am I really the first one to review this version? It feels like such a shame because my review isn't going to be positive and it probably deserves one from someone without my body chemistry *gulp* In the bottle: Spoiled milk and champagne On me: I should start by saying that I tried the original version of Milk Moon when it first came out and I hated it because it smelled like baby formula on me (that sort of sour, funky milky smell). Almost everyone else was getting a beautiful creamy scent and I was not. When I saw this was a new formula and that it contained pomegranate (a favorite!), and honey and fig - I thought to myself, "There is NO WAY that this is gonna smell like that last one on me". I seriously thought wrong. When it goes on, I get a very strong white grape note and then a strong background of baby formula/funky milk. It is disgusting on me. It must be Beth's milk note that just goes all wrong on my skin. I wish I could say there was anything else about this scent, but there just isn't on me. Final note: If you had problems with the original Milk Moon, you might be wary of wearing this one, because it's going funky sour on me just like the original. However, if you LOVED the first one, you might find that this has more in common with the original than you thought and you should give it a try!
  3. I am absolutely stuck on picking out a scent for my Mom (to be a Christmas gift, and to be ordered at the end of this month). Using the BPAL search engine under the "green/herbal" section I see all kinds of things being pulled up. The only problem is that I don't necessarily agree with the categorization of a lot of them, since they didn't really seem green or herbally to me (some of them that I've tried anyways, can't speak for all of em!). My Mom's favorite BPAL blends so far have been The Apothecary (which she adorrrrrrrres) and Hemlock. She did NOT like Belladonna, though I'm not sure exactly what it was about it that she disliked. She loves green/herbally scents. Eucalyptus is a favorite note of hers, but she also loves mint, lavender, lilac, light spices, light aquatics. She HATES rose, lotus, or anything sweet. So what do you think is a great herbally, green scent, keeping those things in mind? Thanks guys!
  4. Brianne

    Lilith vs. the Giant Crab

    I'm another one who is not getting orange in this blend, or cream really. What I DO get is a vaguely fruity, vaguely woody scent which dries into a lovely soft mixture of sweetness, fruitiness and spice/woods. It's all very well blended, and very soft - unfortunately, that's the downfall of this scent as well. It has very little throw or lasting power. As pleasant as it is, I doubt after 15 minutes that any but me can smell it (and that's with my nose to my arm).
  5. Brianne

    The Little Sparrow

    This is a lot drier and greener than I was expecting. I don't know what "brown amber" is, but to me this smells like musk and dried grass. It has a bitter and astrigent quality to it which makes this a less "comfortable" kind of musk and more of a soapy kind of musk.
  6. Brianne

    The Flower Song

    This is very straight forward, it's pomegranate wine. I don't get the other notes for some reason, lotus tends to be very strong on me but here it's just not showing up. It's very pretty - wine with a nice juicy tone to it. THe pomegranate tends to fade by the dry down though and what's left is really a soft wine scent.
  7. Brianne

    The Lion

    Does what it says on the tin! Seriously The Lion is THE poster child of spiced amber. And it is EXACTLY what it says it is - softly spiced amber. Perfectly unisex, perfectly lovely.
  8. Brianne


    TKO is way foody to me - very much like one of those vanilla lemon cookies sprinkled with powder sugar BUT with lavender added to it. Lavender is definitely dominant here and then there is a foody vanilla and something with a lemony edge. It's pleasant, but there is also something slightly "off" to my nose in it's drydown. A sort of out-of-place herbal smell behind the foody scent.
  9. Brianne


    This is WAY more wine-y than I was expecting - it's wine and then it's soft soft spices. But mostly it's like POW! WINE! - if you've smelled any wine BPAL blend, you know what to expect of their wine note - almost astringent going on, potent but mellows out into a softer, softly spiced wine note later on. This is exactly that BUT with added spice. It's pleasant, will make a nice scent around the cold months.
  10. Brianne

    To a Woman

    This is exactly what I was expecting - earthy patchouli and rose. It's warm and has that lovely bite that patchouli has, but is equally backed by the rose (which has a bit of a powdery quality here). Not for me because of the rose, but lovely all the same!
  11. Brianne

    Serpents with Glittering Eyes and Forky Tongues

    This is such a pretty scent - it starts off as bright lime, juicy and tart. It's backed by some soft herbal greens which really ground it and tie together well with the musk. It's very pretty. The problem is that it lasts for all of 5 minutes on my skin. Even with my nose parked right on my skin I can barely smell anything after a few minutes. Such a shame too, because this is yum otherwise!
  12. Brianne


    This goes on strangely fruity for some reason but that very quickly dissipates and the remaining scent is no doubt the masculine version of Obatala. It's almost exactly Obatala except for underneath the lovely clean shea scent is a softly woody herbed background. It makes me think of a mixture of Obatala and Buck Moon, so of course I love this. Even though it's the "male" version of Obatala, much LIKE Obatala it is a very gender neutral scent and could be worn by anyone. It's very lovely.
  13. Brianne


    This goes on very green but also with a strong punch of rose. After a few minutes it's definitely softer than it starts, but it's also still quite predominantly rose with a very fern-y background and a tiny bit of powdery herbal-ness from the lavender.
  14. Brianne

    Hideous Heart

    I love this - with the exception of the fact that I don't get any licorice in this at all, it's exactly what I hoped it would be! It DOES smell like cherry cough syrup in the bottle. It goes on much sweeter though - it's sugary sweet and syrupy cherries, like a freshly opened jar of maraschino cherries. It's so thick and sweet, you almost imagine that it's *pulpy* with cherries inside the bottle. The cinnamon certainly peeks through on the drydown and it's a red hot cinnamon, not a subtle cinnamon stick. This is very sweet but totally gorgeous, I imagine this will age very well
  15. Brianne

    Tavern of Hell

    Definitely a morpher on me - it goes on very tangy - for lack of a better word - and pungent, but definitely not floral. It has an oddly bitter quality to it at first. As it dries, it establishes itself more as a floral and becomes a heady and strong white floral bouquet backed by the masculine hint of whiskey. Predominantely floral though. Goes on strangely bitter but morphs quickly into a white floral bouquet with an edge of soapiness and a faint masculine/spiced whiskey behind it.
  16. Brianne

    Mr. Jacquel

    Definitely goes on masculine and incensey - though I get the patchouli, I think the amber is more dominant in this blend so the dry down has a bit of a powdery vibe to it. Though - like most scents - I can see this being worn by a man OR a woman, but I definitely think this leans heavily to the masculine side. The spices come out more in the drydown and lend to a slightly "herbal" tone underneath
  17. Brianne

    Mother Shub's Toothsome Banketstaaf

    This scent was not quite as foody or rich as I think I was expecting, but still very nice. The apricot is there but a bit more subtle, the real stand out note is the cherry to me. It's a bit on the tart side, not a real deep, rich cherry. There is a sort of vanilla-y pastry note in the background too, which helps these fruity notes stick a bit. It's pretty straightforward as a scent, doesn't morph much. I think it's lovely enough to warrant keeping around and letting it age a bit. I think a little time aging will probably show this to be a really lovely scent!
  18. Brianne

    The Miller's Daughter

    My great grandma used to keep these old fashioned rose soaps in her bathroom. This smells like that - rose soap.
  19. Brianne

    I Fell in Love with a Floating Brain

    I always desperately want to love these fruity foody scents, but they never jive with my chemistry. The fruit is often lost in the scent and the scent overall tends to disappear in minutes (about 15 usually). This is no different for me unfortunately There is something "off" about the scent on me - a slightly misplaced note under the cakey sweetness that doesn't agree with me but that I cannot place. I don't get strawberry or carnation at all, I do get cake and a smidge of grapefruit (perhaps that is what is throwing me off?).
  20. Brianne


    I've seen the word lush used in a review here and I think that hits the nail on the head. I'm not keen on florals but wanted to try this one anyhow because the description summoned up imagery of Hawaii lol. This is a rich, lush tropical floral - it's heady and that Hawaiian ginger really shines through in this.
  21. Brianne


    I was concerned that the milk note in this was going to sour on me like it does in other scents (Milk Moon for example). Luckily it does not! This is less a "clean" scent to me than it is a floral. A pale, sugared floral - it has soft and powdery sweetness, nothing too foody though. It's a very light and wearable scent, and where I normally think these sort of "fresh" scents are unisex, I think this one definitely has a feminine edge to it. It doesn't last long on me, but it's very pretty and my Mom complimented it right away.
  22. Brianne


    This scent progresses exactly like this on me: Nuttiness Bitter apple Dirt Subtle nuttiness and vague fruitiness, light throw The dirt was very distinct when it emerged, I was kind of surprised by it, it was an unusual turn for this scent. In the long run though, I'm left with a very "quiet" scent which is mostly nutty with a sort of warm fruitiness underneath.
  23. Brianne


    Someone had already mentioned this, but this smells A LOT like Creepy + the milk note in Milk Moon. This is a pretty straightfoward Fall scent with that apple note (which is somewhat bitter on my skin) and the spices. The milk note is just all wrong on me and like it did with Milk Moon, it goes a bit sour. If you didn't have issues with Milk Moon, pay that no mind (unfortunately, no matter how hard I wish, the milk note never works for me). The ginger adds a nice touch to this, and it's remarkably subtle for ginger. I'm not sure how I feel about this in the long run - pleasant Autumn blend but the milk throws me off a bit. Guess I'll have to try again later!
  24. Brianne

    Feeding The Dead

    A few people mentioned this having a vaguely "nutty" scent, and I agree with that. A touch of that sort of... tangy earthy (I know that's a weird phrase but it's the only way I can think to describe it!) hops smell. A touch of sweet incense. Slightly resinous, only the tiniest bit sweet, with a nutty vibe. Unusual!
  25. Brianne


    I thought the idea of a white, sugary but soft scent was appealing so I had to try this! The first thing I detect is buttercream - sugary sweet and rich. Almost immediately though, a note of "linen" appears (which makes me think a bit of the Dormouse for some reason, even though the scents almost nothing alike). It's very soft and low key and the sugary sweetness becomes much more subtle once it dries. It's definitely a white scent and soft and mellow with a hint of sweetness. Pretty and a more accessible "foody" style scent, though not necessarily for me.