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About torikitty

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    Strawberry Moon
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    Foodie/gourmand: apple, strawberry, orange, tobacco, leather, chocolate, musk, clove, vanilla

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  1. torikitty

    Drop Dead Ghoulish

    I think this review nailed it. It's sweet, perfumey apples, berries, blue, and waxy. It gets a little less perfumey and the cream becomes more apparent. It's definitely elevated from a little kid scent, but I can see it being very evocative for a lot of people.
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    Blood Squib Snake Oil

    Reading the previous reviews, I feel like they all nail it from different perspectives. Like, I could point to parts of each one, and totally identify with what they notice; yet, at the same time, put all of them in a tornado, to get a different spin (ha, pun intended), and I get an upside down reflection. I don't even know how this is one of the more confusing Snake Oil blends. Cherries are usually so simple. Wet: this feels like a black cherry on vacation. Like, visiting Morocco, sultry, slightly sweating from the heat, maybe sipping on some warm wine. That's mostly the evocative part. But it smells like a spicy cherry with a bit of sex in it. If you didn't tell me this had Snake Oil in it, there's no way I would have guessed. Weirdly enough, at the same time, this also kinda smells like a fruity wine or liqueur that has sat out too long and gone off. My nose is getting wires crossed with sexy vs. "something has gone off". Sexy is definitely towards the wet phase, and perhaps overly ripe fruit is more prevalent during drydown. It finally settles into this bright cherry (hogtied) in the backseat of a weird Snake Oil taxi. This is definitely a weirdo on me, and I don't know if it's the cherry doing it's usual disappearing act, or perhaps simple syrup stealing the show, and I'm inexperienced with simple syrup on me.
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    "Frosted" scents

    @murqmaid I know that others will chime in with more detailed descriptions, so this is just a quick answer. Most of them smell like snow, but even then it can vary. Either slushy snow or chilly, minty snow. Sometimes it might be mixed with some ozone to give it that freshly-fallen, nothing outside, in the middle of a forest vibe. And one year's frostbitten collection can be different from the next years. It really varies. And how your nose perceives the snow note could behave differently than your skin chemistry treats it. Experiment!
  4. torikitty

    Mouse’s Long and Sad Tale Soap

    I, too, had a bar that barely smelled like anything. I was going to chalk it up to aging it for 2 years. I seemed to remember smelling it through the packaging when it initially arrived, so I was surprised when it hardly smelled like anything when I used it last month. But the quality of the soap actually impressed me. It lasted for quite a while, suds up nice, and didn't leave a residue.
  5. torikitty

    Caramel Apple Cookie

    I don't get nearly as much nuance as some of the other reviewers. It's sweet, caramel apple, leaning heavier on the apple. It briefly goes into the candle zone, but I think that's going to depend on people's chemistry. I think the caramel brings it back to more foodie smelling on me. There's a subtle hint of plasticky during drydown, which happens with my chemistry with some of the lab's vanillas, but luckily it goes away. Sweet apples, what else can I say?
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    I keep waffling between whether I enjoy this or not. While I'm not a honey fan, I know this is popular, so I wanted to retry it. I decided to try a fresh imp from the lab, instead of the aged one in my swap box. I think I enjoy fresher better. The amber is more apparent, and the honey hasn't gotten to the "spit" stage. The amber has a bit more of a fancy perfume feel, so it doesn't have that bawdy, dirty, sexy feel. But with the honey, it still is a bit sexy. I'd recommend that people who usually shy away from honey give a fresher imp another try.
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    I feel like this has the same peach as Obligatory Peach hair gloss. Surprisingly, the peach stands out more than pumpkin and spices. That is not necessarily a complaint, but tells me that the Pumpkin Patch is my go-to for pumpkin-heavy scents. I would even go so far as to say this is closer to peach pie sans crust. This definitely leans heavier on the dessert side of things.
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    Before I really understood the notes in Dorian, this is what I expected Dorian to smell like. It's fresh and herbal enough to be unisex, but i personally feel like it leans a bit more masculine with the lavender and bergamot taking the stage. It does end up smelling clean, and a bit of the clean side. I can see the connection made by previous posters about smelling similar to a particular brand. It does walk that line, but manages to stay away from being too "perfumey". I think I'd recommend this to just about everyone who wanted something clean, lavender, and unisex.
  9. torikitty

    Milk Moon 2020

    Strangely, this is so pretty, but not milky nor creamy, but perfumey enough to put me off. I think it's the honey and the white wood. I think this would smell fantastic on the right person, but that is not me.
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    A Vision of the Courtesan

    Smoky and ethereal. Based on the reviews I read for Liz, this is what I was expecting. But I feel like that's giving the wrong impression. There's no smoke in this. I think the tobacco leaf is evocative of a smoky room with someone laid out on a chaise lounge with sweet, creamy skin musk that is really amped with desire.
  11. torikitty

    Kabe Ni Mimi Ga Aru, Shoki Ni Me Ga Aru

    Wow, everyone is saying foodie vanilla, and I don't get that at all. I immediately feel like it's floral. That initial floral note is putting me off. Luckily, the patch starts to cover up the floral note. There's something still funky around the edges. I'm not sure if it's the sandalwood or copal. It eventually goes away, and I feel like I'm left with a sweet patch laying next to some vanilla bean pods that have been scraped clean. But there's still an incense vibe to it. This will smell beautiful on the right person.
  12. torikitty

    The Things We Do Make Echoes

    This smells like something I've smelled before. Not necessarily a previous bpal, but something else. Maybe a candle from somewhere like World Market. Mangoes and strawberry are not the first thing that come to mind. There's a fruitiness, but it's surrounded by the the spiciness of the ginger, star anise, and eucalyptus which really stand out to my nose. It's like spicy, fancy fruit? It kinda feels like a room freshener that you would smell being pumped around a nice hotel.
  13. torikitty

    Please Scream Inside Your Snake Oil

    First thought when wet: Oversweet. Funnel cake that was left out in the sun, sitting next to some honey, for a few hours. Drydown: The typical Snake Oil comes out and evens out the funnel cakeness. Somehow the vegetalness sticks out slightly higher than normal, but it's not overwhelming. Dry: It mellows out to a slightly sweeter Snake Oil. I feel like the powdered sugar is easy to pick out. It's nice, I can see this aging nicely.
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    Fruit Moon 2020

    Wet: BANANA!!🍌🍌🍌 Drydown: Fig and ylang ylang start to show up. Fancy bananas! Actually, bananas recede to the background quickly. Amber and guava start dancing around the fig and ylang and ylang. Dry: This has a nice spa-like quality to it. Sweet, fruity, and comforting. Not entirely heavy on any one note. Very well-balanced, and a close skin scent.
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    Starts out: Almond and clean? Like fresh linen? Wow, I would not get any of the notes listed, except, perhaps, the lily. It's like a white floral that is quickly pushing away any gourmand notes, and leaning heavier on the laundry detergent side. Not enjoyable for me. Drydown: Still a clean, white floral with more a bit more depth. It's pretty, but it's definitely not for me.