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    Notes: Amber Cinnamon Pomegranate Carnation Orange Pink pepper Oakmoss Clove Egyptian-Musk Scents: Mag Mell, Yggdrasil, Hymn to Proserpine, Salome, Mme Moriarty - and lots more. Notes of DOOOOOM: "Clean/linen/laundry" Rose Hay Dragon's Blood (esp. BPAL's) Many florals Loam

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  1. sqwook

    Dusk in Autumn

    This is so good, and, what a surprise, as well. I put it on and then forgot all the notes, and was thinking it was a blackcurrant fougere full of added autumn wonderfulness. Or somethign like Mabel, perhaps (which I think has zero notes in common, lol.) I do not get any cake scent, which is a scent I normally don't wear well. This scent is not foody. This is so good, and I wish I knew how to describe it! Very beautiful on me. I agree, this is one of the true 'alchemy' ones.
  2. sqwook

    Metallic scents

    18 June 1860 is a good metallic with herby-lavender (as opposed to the soft-florally lavender).
  3. For sweet pine scents -- Try Slobbering Pine! Ignore the name if it bugs you, but it may just be what you will like. Also - Jersey Devil. Maybe Jabberwocky after the Eucalyptus burns off. The Illustrated Woman. Golden Priapus. Fascinum. Troll.
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    Starts out springy and lovely with the light tea note. Then hours later becomes a gorgeous warm skin-scent which must be rice-milk with the sweetness of spun-sugar almond. Beautiful!
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    Nebulaphobia!!!! omg, lovely.
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    Really beautiful!!! Soft ambergris, really gorgeous. (I do not get any off notes as others mention above so ymmv, all just lovely and soft on me. Cade is apparently an evergreen (who knew?), and I don't get that scent either, other than *maybe* a slightest hint while it's still wet on my skin, but, it burns off immediately once it's on me -- for me, this is a soft scent, and the ambergris is just lovely.)
  7. sqwook

    Once an order is placed, it is final.

    If the lunacy is still available and you want it, then I'd order it now, because the estimated time they stay up is 72hours (3 days) and it's already been longer than that. Good luck!
  8. Possibly Seance or Danse Macabre - Strangler fig on me is mostly soft woods, after the coconut / fig settles down.
  9. sqwook

    The Sun Has Perished

    This is really beautiful. On me, the asphodel is reading as the lab's orange blossom / neroli note (and I compared this to The Sun's Treasure; yep, that's it for sure.). Perfect for representing the sun, over the smoky, slightly spicy myrrh-amber. Does not go powdery, just keeps close to the skin. This is the stand-out for me of the eclipse scents. Gorgeous. I love it. And perfect for a sun-moon conjunction. I didn't have this in hand for the actual ecplise but it's the one I'd have chosen for the big event, too. Solar-lunar goodness.
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    Coin Trick

    This is so beautiful! Before trying it, I had thought it might be metallic or harsh and it is NOT, at ALL. It is airy, light, with a light-citrus air to it, and just really like the glimmering light of sun moon and stars, NOT the other notes that bpal often uses to signify those concepts. For me, the dominant image it evokes is the silvery golden glow of sun moon and stars. Air and light and glimmering, and possibly sparkling rain in the sun.
  11. sqwook

    Job Interview Recommendations

    What are some of your faves that you feel smell the most traditional"
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    This is so pretty, and also so changing!!! When it is more wet, it is so outdoorsy and great, with the brisk juniper-berry and maybe the sage note making it natural, like being in brisk air in a pinyon - juniper biozone, underlaid by a beautiful tinge of sweetness from probably the amber (which could remind you of the vanilla-caramel scent of ponderosa bark if you try hard enough.) I can't really pick out leather, cardamom, or black pepper -- not that they are not there, just that they do not overpower and it is all expertly blended together in a beautfiul way. When it is more dry, it loses its brightness, and all the juniper and sage notes fade to the very background. It is now very soft, not zingy, no juniper. And it's such a complex blend that not one particular thing overpowers. It dries down to almost smell like outdoorsy sweetgrass lingering in the air. !!! It reminds me of something, but, what? Maybe Coyote with amber instead of musk? Or Antony or Titus Andronicus? or Miss Lupescu? Gosh, I think it reminds me of Miss Lupescu, and what a beauty that is. ETA three hours later: And now it's a gorgeous amber spice!
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    Searching for the Perfect Vanilla?

    You might try: Bastet Lyonesse Aeval Tamora Hetairae (the drydown) Eden
  14. I have White Light, what do I think it smells like? Possibly like potpourri-spice-cinnamon-rose? It doesn't really smell like that but I can't pin down what it does smell like. Some ideas from other people's reviews: Alice's Evidence Flor De Muerto scents with notes of jasmine, gardenia, and tuberose (I personally do not get jasmine from it at all tho so ymmv. More than one person mentioned gardenia, though! Things with gardenia: Lulu, Pepper, Faiza, ) Venus Caelestis The Ghost Children Pais de la Canela Yule
  15. sqwook

    The Forest in Winter at Sunset

    Whoa, gorgeous, GORGEOUS. Warm and soft-green. Dry-down is warm oakmoss and amber. This is really beautiful. (Also there is no "wintry" or ice or snow note, if that is something you were wary of.)