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Posts posted by fasn8me21

  1. bheansidhe, i think i'll have to take your advice and get some imps with the notes i suspect i will hate. though that takes a lot of discipline when i could instead get some that i know i will love :)


    Personally, I wouldn't deliberately track down stuff I thought I wouldn't like. Try the stuff you want, and eventually the notes you suspect *will* show up in some other perfume.

  2. On the hunt for a substitute for the divine an' discontinued Smiling Spider, the main note to my nose is 'bitter clove.' I notice a fair amount of blends with clove, but very few are phrased, "bitter clove." Ones with that phrase tend to be 'darker' - Smiling Spider, Death of Autumn, Dracul and Count Dracula have it, for instance. So is "bitter clove" just a descriptive, like "sweet honey?" Or are 'clove' and 'bitter clove' two different scents?

  3. I am anxious to purchase bpal on Amazon (I have a credit balance) and I have to narrow it down to ONLY 2 out of the following:


    Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener (the idea of smelling like a rootbeer float is actually pleasing)

    Dorian - (The fougere, or fern, is giving me pause)

    Black Pearl - (The iris in the description concerns me)

    O - (Should a Domina really wear a scent by this name? Is this more honey or more vanilla?)


    My votes: Dorian and O.


    I notice no fern in Dorian and don't recall any reviews saying it is heavy on it. It's white musk, vanilla and tea (in that order on me.) It seems to be one of BPAL's most popular scents, an almost universally loved fragrance you can hardly go wrong with.


    O is honey, amber, and vanilla (in that order on me) and smells a lot better aged.


    SSS I don't think I've tried, but I don't like root beer so there's no way that would be a personal scent of mine. :)


    Black Pearl is 'eh' on me.

  4. Seconding this: Rappaccini's Garden now has a section at the very bottom called Rappaccini's Apiary, with 11 different types of honey.


    Hemlock Honey is almost a top 10 for me. Gorgeous.

    Oleander Honey is a step down from that but still 'pretty good.'

    Yellow Jessamine Honey is too sweet/florally, and gets a resounding 'eh.'

    The incomparably lovely ScaryDoll is sending me Horse Chestnut Honey as we shriek, will try to remember to report back. Edit: a little too much chestnut for yours truly, especially when first on.


    The Lights of Men's Lives is a lovely, warm, subtle sweetness.

    O is, to my mind, overrated, but does better with aging. (*ducks*)

  5. Adding to the list Candles Moon:


    "Moonlight shining on the Quickening Tree, the heat and wax of sacred candles, the milk of ewes, Brigid's blackberry, the sting of keening wind, and the last flutter of the Cailleach's winter snow."


    It doesn't sound too 'snowy,' but it does have that as an ingredient, so feeding your ocd... :)

  6. This could use bumpage.


    To answer - must-haves (I could possibly go my entire life and only wear the following scents:)



    Death of Autumn

    Smiling Spider (the ultimate goth scent, and thus autumnal.)



    A step behind must-have, but still fine in their own right:


    Falling Leaf Moon (a lighter Samhain with rain)

    November (a wintery October.)

    Devil's Night (love it for the first half hour or so before it dries down to a cinnamon bonfire scent that's nice but not must-have.)


    Pretty good:

    Lamb's Wool (the perfect apple scent, but more "cheery autumn" than I'd like.)

    Samhainophobia (Nice but not as nice as Samhain, and similar enough that I'd never opt for it over said 'hain.)


    "Eh" on me:

    Chant d'automne (too acrid)

    Jack (too buttery pumpkin and not spooky enough)

  7. Can someone reccomend a scent for those who missed Count Dracula and are unlikely to ever get their hands on any? (Specifically a Clove + Leather scent.) I've tried layering The Smiling Spider with the last bit of a (precioussss) De Sade imp and it's :thud:


    I know about Perversion. I like Perversion, but that's actually more of a wine scent to me. Something just dark and leather-clovey is what I'm looking for. (tobacco, black musk, or reisens are welcome to appear too.)


    Dracul. It's pretty good (but it's no Smiling Spider. ;) ) No leather, but your clove, tobacco and black musk are present:



    Named in honor of Vlad III, Tepes, of the Order of the Dragon. Black musk, tobacco, fir, balsam of peru, cumin, bitter clove, crushed mint, and orange blossom.


  8. Here is my all inclusive list -- if you think I left one out, let me know and Ill get it added


    This *might* count:



    No one ever found what the night-gaunts took, though those beasts themselves were so uncertain as to be almost fabulous. Carter asked them if night-gaunts sucked blood and liked shiny things and left webbed footprints, but they all shook their heads negatively and seemed frightened at his making such an inquiry. When he saw how taciturn they had become he asked them no more, but went to sleep in his blanket.


    Their scent of their slick, rubbery hides is bittersweet, ticklish, and skin-creeping: something akin to yuzu, white grapefruit, and kumquat mixed with the snow-dusted flowers of Mount Ngranek.


    I don't actually like this scent that much, but for completion, I thought I'd mention it.




  9. Lightning isn't a "snow" scent but it's cold and not-minty... could definitely seem snowy.


    Unfortunately, I don't like ozone either. *sigh*


    If it will help, my top 10 (in no particular order:)


    1. Smiling Spider

    2. Sin

    3. Dorian

    4. Inez

    5. Vechernyaya

    6. Samhain

    7. Arrival @ the Sabbath

    8. Troll

    9. Snake Oil

    10. Strangler Fig


    Thanks to all in advance.