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About Seajewel

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 09/18/1983


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    Los Angeles, CA
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  • BPAL of the Day
    Buck Moon
  • Favorite Scents
    My favorite oils are Buck Moon, Black Lace, Monster Bait: Underpants, and OLLA Adam. Other than that, I enjoy Banshee Beat, Dorian, Dragon's Milk, Alice, Chaste Moon, Monster Bait: Underpants, Our Lady of Pain, and Chimera (but i can't wear this one, allergic!) I'm also in love with BPTP Mrs. Palmer's Establishment atmosphere spray.

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    Books, books, and more books! i love fantasy and sci-fi. i love foody scents in the abstract, but have spent a lot of time over at the MUA B&B board learning that most straight up foody scents disagree with me in reality.
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  1. Seajewel

    Gardenia, Tobacco Leaf, & Oakmoss

    This is beautiful, and my runaway hit from this batch of trios. Love at first sniff. It is a high-pitched scent and I often go for more unisex scents, but I love it. I wish I could describe why, but I can't (this is why I don't post reviews, but I've made it my resolution to post reviews anyways because I wait with baited breath for other's reviews). I tested it against A Vision of the Courtesan, which is much sweeter and somehow "lighter" (more girly, less sophisticated) but I like this better, actually, and Vision was my favorite of the Lupers I tested (not that many). I'm not even sure why I tested this one first out of all my trios, maybe because I had recently been reminded of how much I love both French and Bulgarian Tobacco single notes, but this isn't really like those notes.. it's not chewy or dry and sweet. It is, like all of Beth's scents when they work on me, pure magic. It is more of a sophisticated, perhaps almost perfume-y scent than I normally go for, but it's one I'd like to keep around. If these notes speak to you, don't sleep on this one!
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    White Sandalwood, Sage, & Bourbon Vanilla

    Almost fizzy at the start, mostly getting sandalwood, which is an agreeable note for me. Very low throw. Mildly, pleasantly sweet--very comforting. I like this, but I want to be judicious with my bottle upgrades and I don't think this one will make it (from this batch, the winner for me is most definitely Gardenia, Tobacco Leaf, and Oakmoss). But whenever I wear the decant, I know I'll be happy (other than the issue of low throw). I'm very bad at picking out notes and amazingly enough I'm not exactly sure what sage smells like so can't say if it is strong here, but this is mostly a softly sweet sandalwood to my nose.
  3. Seajewel

    Milk Moon 2020

    This is more fig-centric on me in the wet phase. I actually like the Coconut, Smoked Vanilla, and Fig trio better for a sweet fig scent, as this one is not very interesting on my skin. This dries down to something a little reminiscent of Chaste Moon, one of my favorites, but I like Chaste Moon better--the creamy scent without the fig note here. Also started having a skin reaction (bumps) on the wrist I applied this today (but not yesterday), but I have a history of allergic reactions to certain BPALs (Chimera famously sensitized me so badly that I couldn't use most BPAL for a long time) and it could have been building up from other oils, it's so hard to say, but something to keep in mind. I don't see an obvious trigger like cinnamon here.
  4. Seajewel

    Tobacco scents

    What oils jump out at you at being both a) amazing, and b) containing Bulgarian Tobacco? I love both French and Bulgarian Tobacco scents, but the latter a bit more. LE or GC. Thank you!
  5. Seajewel

    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    Thank you! I’m intrigued by Dark Lace for sure! Black Lace is beautiful, but very low throw on me. Regarding A Vision of the Courtesan, you are spot on—I actually picked that up and did love it. There’s just something so magical about the BPALs that work. Buck Moon is so indescribable to me. Adam is so delicious. So on..
  6. Seajewel

    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    5 is a tight squeeze, but for now, would love recommendations for what I should buy (or hunt), if some of my favorite BPALs are: Buck Moon (original) OLLA Adam Black Lace Monster Bait: Underpants Dragon's Milk Ok I cannot keep it to five.. have to also throw in Mrs. Palmer's Establishment Atmosphere Spray as my favorite atmo of all time. Love both Bulgarian and French Tobacco SNs.. okay, I should stop. Any and all recs would be so very appreciated!
  7. Seajewel

    Dragon's Milk

    A BPAL treasure. When wet and in the bottle it does smell somewhat offensively cough syrup-y and overly sweet (and having once had an accident involving a spilled imp, I can say it is a very pungent smell), but it dries down to the most delicious smoky vanilla. This is not cloying or heavy the way honey often is on me (not a favorite of mine), nor is it an anemic white vanilla, or the spice of bourbon vanilla. I can't describe it but the dragon's blood resin must be lending the smoky aspect to it once the cough syrup part dies down. It's really beautiful. My bottle is ten years old and greatly beloved.
  8. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    most things are too strong for me in the wet stage.. I almost always have to let it sit for a while before I can stand to sniff. Like Dragon's Milk is lovely honeyed vanilla but the wet strong dragon's blood stage is just too much.. Snake Oil has never worked on me, very medicinal, but it smells amazing on the boy. but yeah--maybe try letting the oils dry a little? and be very careful how much you apply. usually a drop or two is all I need as the oils are very strong. so, too much oil+wet stage would probably make me sick also..
  9. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    Thanks!! I think I will try a scent locket if one that I love becomes available. I love Snow Glass Apples but that may never come back.. but we'll see what Puddin' has in store!
  10. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    Also on my to buy list for some day. I need to find the right one. I'm also severely allergic to most jewelry, so I'm afraid I may just trade one allergy for another. I've also wondered how the scent locket changes scents. With Chimera, for example, the wet stage is very fiery and spicy but it dries down to the most amazing soft cinnamon scent on my skin. I wouldn't want the wet stage to go on forever in a locket..
  11. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    Yep, good idea. With Chimera I didn't get a reaction until the 3rd straight day of applying it. But let's say that after that my skin was f'ed. I couldn't use anything, even the stuff I'd used without a problem before, like snake charmer, my very favorite BPAL, without breaking out in welts. this lasted for a long time and I finally gave up and quit BPAL for years. :/
  12. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    I posted a few years ago about how Chimera sensitized my skin so much that I was unable to wear any BPALs.. this led to taking a long, long break from BPAL. I'm back and have happily re-obsessed myself. Then I made the mistake of applying Love Me to the top of my wrist. I think I applied on 5/3.. I still have blister like skin lesions on the area I applied, which I thought were going away but they aren't yet. and this is after I gently washed off the Love Me within five minutes after noticing the area was tingling. Sigh. I know, I know I have to be careful with cinnamon in blends, which sucks, as I LOVED Chimera. But at least let my skin be okay so I can wear my pretty Snake Charmers and Our Lady of Pains. I love BPAL. At least I've found out how awesome BPTP items are (the atmo sprays.. and I have hair gloss on order) so now I have some alternatives, but I would so dearly love to be able to wear BPAL. Without having to dilute in a carrier oil every single BPAL that I own. Which is too much work for my lazy self. Sorry, had to vent. which I've done on multiple threads already, I know! I'll have to try an anti-histamine.
  13. Seajewel

    Comforting, milky, farmhouse kind of smells?

    What a wonderful sounding perfume, and the ginger sounds very similar to my bottle. I've just messaged someone about it, hopefully it'll be around for me to test soon. Thank you so much You're welcome! I'm not sure if it's the right one but I hope you will at least like it!! It is often named a very comforting scent, and the reviews suggest that some people get a baking note or are reminded of homes, etc. Who knows? Let us know how it works out!
  14. Seajewel

    Comforting, milky, farmhouse kind of smells?

    Sudha Segara? "Named after the primordial ocean of milk where Lord Vishnu reclines upon the thousand-headed Naga. Sweet milk and warm, healing ginger with a touch of golden honey and our blend of Ambrosia." I remember liking this--not much throw but very comforting--and I need it in my life again.
  15. Seajewel

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    my interesting experience with allergies/contact dermatitis to BPAL: so I used to use a bunch of BPAL without problems, then I used Chimera a couple days in a row, and it ruined my skin. after the second application, i realized there were welts on my skin. I washed Chimera off. After that, things i had used with no problem, such as Chaste Moon, Buck Moon started giving me rashes, as did virtually everything i tested afterwards, such as Elegba, anthelion, pretty much 80%+ of everything I tested after that. Some things never did end up giving me a rash, like Antique Lace and Morocco. Some things, like Snake Charmer, only started to give me rashes after I used them for a long time. It happened on my left wrist.. then after abusing (and by abuse, i mean using a drop or two at a time) my right wrist gave in and started reacting. After this, i used Snake Charmer diluted. and then for more than a year, I put BPAL away because of all my horrific reactions (itching, swelling, welts to EVERTHING, pretty much) and only recently picked it up again. I can use Snake Charmer, and Smut, and Minotaur, and all things I thought I wouldn't be able to, without any problem. Yet. So my skin has recovered. I want to use Chimera, but i'm wary, and if i ever do , it'll be in heavily diluted form. Weird experience, huh?