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  • Birthday 04/22/1977


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    80s music, anime, The Big Bang Theory, BPAL, Christopher Pike, cyber clothing, Death Cab for Cutie, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Dragon Cave, Eddie Izzard, fantasy novels, Final Fantasy, Florence and the Machine, Folkmanis puppets, Gabriel Knight, Game of Thrones, gothic music, Harry Potter, horror movies, horseback riding, internal family systems (IFS) therapy, Jane Jensen, Kabuki, Katamari Damacy, Lost, Madeleine L'Engle, Maine coon cats, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Marvel cinematic universe, names, Norwegian forest cats, Octavia Butler, Patricia Mckillip, Playmobil, role-playing, Saga, Sandman, South Park, steampunk, Strangers in Paradise, taiko drumming, The Last Unicorn, Torchwood, Tori Amos, Venture Brothers, VNV Nation, X-Men
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    Blue Moon Bordello Cathedral Eclipse Tzadikim Nistarim Zombi Mabon Queen of Spades Sugar Skull Tulzscha Bon Vivant Montressor Candy Phoenix Anthelion


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  1. darkling

    Arachne of Lydia

    This was devastating for me because I was so excited about this Last Unicorn scent. Sadly, from start to finish Arachne of Lydia smelled like cheap clove cigarettes on me. I didn't get even the slightest hint of blackberry. It is one of the very few scents that I disliked enough to wash off. Arachne of Lydia is quite a strong scent; I had to wash my wrists multiple times before the scent dissipated.
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    Ginger Skulls

    Similarly to others who have posted, I don't get any of the ginger note either in the bottle or on my skin. It is all pear and quince. It is still lovely but I am definitely missing the ginger. I expected the ginger note to be dominant given the scent name.
  3. darkling

    Ho Ho Ho

    In the bottle, Ho Ho Ho smells like light fruits with a hint of musk. On my skin, I get a whiff of deliciously fruity cinnamon. There is still a faint muskiness and something that puts me in mind of Christmas potpourri. This fades incredibly fast on my skin. Within a few minutes, all that remains is a vague, musky sweetness. Almost nothing remains of the fruit and the cinnamon is long gone.
  4. darkling

    Snow, Glass, Apples

    I was able to test Snow, Glass, Apples thanks to jewelbug. In the bottle: Ripe green apples chilled in a snowbank. There is a coldness about this scent combined with apples that don't smell the least bit artificial. Could I have finally found an apple scent that doesn't turn to Yankee Candle falseness on my skin? On my skin: Nope! Artificial apple with a light muskiness underneath. Drydown: A hint of musk and plastic. I love the smell of real apples and this scent was gorgeous in the bottle. But I think I have to accept that no matter what other notes it is paired with, BPAL apple just doesn't work on my skin
  5. darkling

    Quirkiest, most bizarre oils

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned Masabakes. This scent is like nothing I have ever encountered. It is dark and consuming with a hint of currants and a spark to it that my mind connects with mandrake dust. I can't even say that I love the way it smells but it is such a unique olfactory experience that I had to get a bottle for myself.
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    Punkie Night

    Almost all of the apple noted scents that I have tried smell extremely artifical on me so I was worried about Punkie Night. Fortunately, it smelled delightful on me. Like pure, natural apples with a touch of cider. I didn't pick up on the cranberry note, but I don't care. This is a delicious fall scent and a definite keeper.
  7. darkling

    Xanthe, The Weeping Clown

    In the bottle: Sugared tropical fruit. Sweet. On my skin: Pure bubblegum. Drydown: The bubblegum scent fades leaving a warm, muted guava. It is slightly oppressive in a tropical heat sort of fashion but the least oppressive of any of the tropical blends that I have worn. Very lovely.
  8. darkling

    Eat Me

    All I get from Eat Me is the angel food cake. While it smells tasty, I was hoping for the currants to add some depth. Oh, well. It also fades very quickly from my skin.
  9. darkling

    Chaos Theory III: Strange Attractors

    III In the bottle: Pure woods, similar to the note in Cathedral but lighter On my skin: Still the woods but with something bright, maybe almond or a light amber (it reminds me of Eclipse). Then, the faint smell of something burning like a distant campfire and something viscous like tree gum or tree sap. Final words: This is a fairly long-lasting scent. I could smell it on my skin hours after application. I would have loved it if it had remained a cross between Cathedral and Eclipse (two of my all-time favorite scents) but the light burning note didn't appeal to me. Hopefully, this will find a good home with someone who loves wood notes.
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    Mandrake smells exactly like the dry wood note from Cathedral. It remains astonishingly similar from the vial to my skin although it fades fairly quickly.
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    Wow, this really does smell like hairspray in the bottle and upon initial application. The hairspray smell does dampen after a few minutes but never entirely fades. Instead, it melds with the scent of light, white flowers. I love how well this scent captures a particular idea but I don't think I will wear it.
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    Montresor is a sweet, rich black currant cordial. It is more fruity and sweet than boozy and has a simliar delicious black fruit note to my beloved Queen of Spades. I think I need another bottle. Yum!
  13. darkling

    Midnight Mass

    My perspective on Midnight Mass is heavily influenced by two factors. One is that I adore Cathedral; it is one of my top ten favorite scents year after year. The second is that there is one particular incense note the lab uses that smells horrible on my skin. Overall, Midnight Mass is a sweeter, sharper version of Cathedral paired with that unpleasant incense note.
  14. darkling

    Holiday Moon

    In the bottle and on my skin, this is a soft green scent. The bamboo note is prominent with a hint of tea underneath. It has almost no throw and doesn't last very long but it is lovely springtime scent.
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    Nuclear Winter

    Nuclear Winter is a cold, light spearmint covering grass and herbs. It definitely evokes images of a lonely, icy world.