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    Food, baking, hiking, art. Antique bottles, fermented foods, bread, ceramics (sculpture and pottery)


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    Anything with wood/incense/tobacco/resins!


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  1. liquidtrance

    La Lugubre Gondola

    Amber, clouded over by a resinous wood smell. This scent is like waking up and uncurling from inside a warm, well-worn and well-loved wooden box (having once been the resting place of incense) stored beneath an attic window, mid-day in early fall, sunlight pouring in over you. I haven't been able to stop wearing this scent. I love to put it on my wrists just before bed, curl up under the covers in my cold, drafty bedroom with my dog, and fall asleep to this smell. It is incredibly soothing and comforting to me. Dry, but very warm and reassuring. Unfortunately, this scent dissipates in strength drastically after about 15 minutes. For the first fifteen minutes it has the perfect throw. Modest, but enough to easily envelope just my personal bubble. Not something that comes storming into the room with you. But, as noted, it very quickly becomes a second-skin smell on me. Not a horrible thing, but I know I'll go through it much faster this way. This is one of the VERY few scents that I have bought not one, but TWO bottles of. This says a lot for my collection.
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    Limited editions equivalents in the general catalog?

    Thanks, Monday! I think I might have an imp of that somewhere. I'll need to dig it out to re-test it! I remember it being a lovely amber, but I think it lacked the supporting wood-scent that I'm hoping for. Maybe I can find something else to layer with it.
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    Limited editions equivalents in the general catalog?

    Similar scents to La Lugubre Gondola? I love the soft, well-worn dry woodsiness of Gondola.
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    Schwarzwald Atmosphere Spray

    I've always wished my house could smell semi-permanently like a Christmas tree. I adore the smell of Christmas pine trees, but never purchase them for my apartment during the holidays. My neighbors toss theirs in the brush heap outdoors after christmas, and I love walking by when I go out with the dog and smelling wonderful, sweet pine. This is glorious. To my nose, the spruce and pine are the heaviest note, followed closely in the beginning by a very sweet, vanilla snow note. The sweetness eventually burns off a little bit, but this remains a sugary snow-covered christmas tree. The stone note never discerns itself.
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    Silkybat Hair Gloss

    I got an empty bottle from a decant circle, with just enough oil in the bottom for several uses. Let me start by saying I have a love/hate relationship with patchouli. I really- stubbornly- want to like patchouli, but often it is harsh or masculine or acrid on me. Back in the day, I got a decant of the Amber and Patchouli HG but it would just never jive with me. The usual patchouli problem. This hair gloss? This is fucking amazing. The sugar note here tempers the patchouli so well, it's hard to pinpoint this as patchouli once it's in your hair. Upon first applying, the patchouli is snarling and loud but within moments the sugar comes along, gives the patchouli a pat on the head, and it all settles down into a beautiful cloud of sugared earth. Which is not to say that this patchouli smells of dirt, but simply that it retains it's woody roots. This is the greatest blend of warm sugar and earthy patchouli. Not too much of either. I wanted to buy bottles of all three Hallowenches hair gloss.... but all my money might end up going to this!
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    Pumpkin S'mores Atmosphere Spray

    This spray deserves so much love! I'm not usually a foodie. Ever. Dark resins and incense are my ticket, but I thought I'd go on a limb to try this one-- because the bptp Weenies this year are made of so much win. I think the smoke gives this a slightly caramelized-sugar smell which blends seamlessly into the graham cracker note, which is quite prevalent. ETA: I think this could be a chocolate-graham cracker smell to my nose. At first I thought the chocolate was non-existant, but I think it's just hugging the graham crackers! This is definitely a "pumpkin marshmallow" scent, not a pumpkin and (or with) marshmallows scent. Basically, it's sweet sweet with a hint of pumpkin. But there are no spices, and the pumpkin is not particularly buttery to my nose. But that doesn't make this a raw sugar pumpkin smell either. Very rich without seeming 'buttery'. This is a shockingly comforting scent. I always spritz my atmo's on my sheets and blankets on my bed for greater staying power, and this is a surprisingly warm and snuggly sleeping scent. For someone who never reaches for foodie smells, I'm considering a bottle of this! This spray also has great throw (though most bptp atmo's do!)-- one spritz on my bed scents the whole apartment! Also, my dog loves this scent! After spritzing my bed, be flopped and rolled all over the place to try and wear the scent.
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    Shiny Furball Hair Gloss

    Expectation: In a perfect world, I'm rooting for a lavender/fir/musk dominant gloss In the decant: This is everything I've ever wanted! Applying to hair: Cedar... and a strong blast of herbal lavender. Drying: CEDAR, tempered with vanilla musk. I can see how this leans towards pencil shavings (been there, done that with cedar notes), but this doesn't quite go that far. The vanilla musk tempers it. It is VERY strong on the cedar though. Lavender is zilched, and most of the other notes are indistinguishable. Drydown later: Still cedar-cedar-cedar, but there is a rich creaminess to the vanilla musk which I think is the coconut making an appearance. Verdict: Not what I wanted, but probably still worth a bottle purchase! Happily unique.
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    Balefire Atmosphere Spray

    Disclaimer: I have no idea what mullein smells like http://www.bpal.org/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/00000288.gif This is certainly similar to the October, and the leaves of "A World Where There Are Octobers". In the spritzer: I can detect the smoke and apple bark most prominently. This is beautifully autumnal. When first spritzed: Leaves!! To me these are not blackened, scorched leaves, but dried leaves that have maybe sat in some recent rain. Settling: Sweet, sweet myrrh with a backdrop of leaves. I think the smoke and scorched quality is registering too much with the leafy goodness to distinguish itself separately, and the apple bark (once apparent in the bottle) is no longer free-standing. Very well blended. Overall, surprisingly beautiful. There is a richness and fullness of scent here that, to me, goes against the description of such dry smells (smoke, blackened leaves, dusty mullein, bark)-- and I love it. I was a liiittle worried that this blend would be too harsh in its evocation of a darkness and the underworld, but it's really quite lovely. I wouldn't hesitate to use this anywhere in the house.
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    In the imp: Spicy carnation, whoooooa. A touch of either the balsam or pine-- something a little bit green. On skin: Carnation single note, ahoy! Clove jumps in for the party, adding to the spice-factor. Dry: This morphs like crazy and eveeeentually, the carnation calms down and tempers with the musk and vanilla. There are dreamy wafts of lovely scent around, but I couldn't quite name the combination for you. Verdict: I was really hoping for a surprising pine/leather balsam/musk scent, with a hint of spice and floral, but carnation steels the show. Pine never even waves hello from a distance. The dry down is really great, but I just don't like carnation enough to wade through the initial phases.
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    Recharging Station Bath Oil

    (Used on wrist as a perfume to test) In the bottle, this is quite well-blended. I'd say the lime and mint are most notable, with rosemary adding a "Hmm.. what IS that other note?" quality to the background. The 'pink' of the lime adds a sugared sweetness to the whole blend. I don't detect the eucalyptus in particular, though I think it's part of the rosemary's "Hmmm..." factor. Definitely a bright and fun scent! On skin, this becomes a solid dupe of Naiad Soapworks "Pink Sugar" scent. Very softly pink and almost creamy. I was hoping for a bracing eucalyptus scent from this blend, because I so rarely see eucalyptus in bptp blends. Here though, it's a soothing soft scent. All the sharper edges of the citrus and mint fade, and leave this smelling solidly "pink." Not what I was expecting, but not a disappointment!
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    Bloodbath Bath Oil

    In the bottle, the notes that stand out to me are the the rose and perhaps the sugar blossom. I wouldn't guess patchouli were here if it weren't listed. I was expecting the patchouli to darken the scent, but I find it's what I would expect from a black rose note-- heady and a little musky, but quite floral. On skin, red musk single note. I was initially scared that the rose would dominate, because my skin blares rose like nobodies business, but here the red musk is unstoppable.
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    Haute Macabre

    In the imp: This is WHOA ALMONDS, and just a teensy hint of leather. And lo, I cursed the imp up and down for it's almond heavy scent. "WHY, Almonds? Why?! I do not want maraschino cherry-cordial-blech!" But I rallied onward! On Skin: The almond all but evaporates within minutes (!), and the leather warms into place. I agree that this is a well worn smelling leather, in a surprisingly tame way. This is not the tannic leather from something like Saloon #10 atmo, nor the harsh chemical leather of Spanked. This is deep, but not vicious leather. Helping it along is the patchouli, whispering in the background-- I believe this to be what is keeping the leather in check. 'Black leather' gave me second thoughts, but here it is an earthy leather. Accompanying all this is the almond husk and what must be the woodsy oak leaves and vanilla. Overall, this is an ever-so-slightly sweet leather, with an earthy backdrop. Masculine, but wearable for women. I was VERY surprised that the almond tamed down as much as it did. This definitely warrants keeping the imp!
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    Sic Erit

    I was hoping Sic Erit would have stand-out wood and patchouli notes, but alas that is not the case. In the bottle, the geranium (?) does seem to be dominant, though I am not familiar with it on its own. It smells warm and floral. Wet on skin: The patchouli couples with the red musk. This is still a very lush, warm smell. Amber, benzoin, geranium, woods... No sign whatsoever to my nose. Boyfriend comments that it smells like clean laundry. Drying and hours later: This is ALLL red musk. Normally I amp cedar to high heaven, but apparently, red musk takes the cake here. All other notes are absent. Overall, rather disappointing. Sometimes the notes don't work in your favor. If you like red musk, this is a scent for you. If you're searching for a dark patchouli/woods scent... Continue searching
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    French Tobacco

    It is SO useful to be able to test Single Note Accords! French Tobacco provided me with a huge "AH HAH!!" moment when I got my bottle in the mail yesterday-- THIS is what amps on me from Autumn Lace! This tobacco note is almost syrupy sweet to my nose, and reminds me a little bit of maple syrup. On a second skin test later in the day, it translates more as a dry, fresh pipe tobacco when first applied, but it becomes even sweeter as it dries. (And certainly a lot sweeter than the smell of my boyfriends' American Spirits) I had always assumed that what I was smelling in Autumn Lace was a combination of leaves and maybe incense, but it turns out it's almost entirely tobacco! Neat! As other folks have testified, this stuff lasts a good long time! One bottle will last me forever. Lovely, absolutely lovely.
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    Haitian Vetiver

    For the longest time I have been convinced that vetiver is a death note to me. I realized, though, that I've never smelled vetiver by itself. So, for the sake of scientific research I decided I needed to bite the bullet and try the vetiver single note! Verdict: In the imp-- At first whiff, this is smokey, scorched, earthy and very strong. Everything I have ever feared to be caused by vetiver. But taking a few more breaths of the scent alludes to a more complex and layered aroma. On skin-- This quickly morphs into a scent that is rich and dark. Still quite 'earthy' smelling, but now so much more of a perfume scent than a deterring, scary smell. I can definitely relate to the sentiment that this is a grounding scent. The scent really covers a wide range as it wears, subtly morphing throughout the wear time. I can only imagine how this oil will age. This is so much more than I was expecting, and so much less scary! Hah! Now I'm starting to wish I had ordered a bottle and not just a decant! I am now a total vetiver convert. No longer will I avoid all scents listing it as a note!