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About theseagrows

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    i love floral orientals, vanilla/creamy florals, incensey blends, amber/musky blends, cuddly woody-vanillas, etc. i tend to steer clear of "fresh"/aquatics, foody scents and fruity scents. favorite bpals, include: gypsy queen, pink moon 07, snake charmer, glasgow, dia, tabella, dorian, lamia, deathrock, as above, so below, delight and consternation, neutral, imaginer, venustas, lucy kissed, the ecstasy of passion, eve (OLLA), a phantasmagoria: scene - conjuring up an armed skeleton, spider witch, this wan white humming hive, snake skin, the moon reflected in every rice paddy HG.

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  1. theseagrows

    The Tigress Atmosphere Spray

    when first sprayed i mostly smell leather, yay. i get something sort of fresh, i think it's black tea with some lavender. the other notes sort of bring up the background, this is like a lovely and luxurious leather scent that's still soft and not a super strong black leather...it's a bit subtler due to the other notes. i really like this one a lot. i have a candle by boy smells called 'mssr. blanchy' and it's kind of a soft leather floral scent. this one has a simiar feel to it to me, so if you happen to like subtle leather scents, i think this one's for you. i may have to get a full bottle. ❤️
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    X Hair Gloss

    when i smell the decant it's very subtle and hard to really get an idea of the scent. then on my skin, i get mostly tobacco with some tonka backing it up. after about 15 minutes i get a tiny hint of rose, but really it's primarily tonka and tobacco as the strongest notes.
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    Superior Vena Cava

    this starts with a red musk chypre and a little hint of tuberose. after a few minutes i get a little oppoponax to smooth out and warm up the scent. it's basically ends up being a subtle red musk/tuberose on me. i do like it but i have on that's very similar that has a bit more oomph to it, so i will stick with that one.
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    Honey and Sweet Labdanum

    two of my favorite notes, so you know. starts with labdanum and a hint of honey. there is an effervescence here, it's kind of like cola with honey, strangely enough, when these 2 notes mingle. also the labdanum turns a bit weird with my skin chemistry so i think i will have to swap this one. so promising, but i think my skin does better with labdanum in more complex blends.
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    Snake's Shadow

    i dunno why i decided to try this one, because bpal's black oudh note gets very barnyard-y on me but i was sucked in by the labdanum and was interested how that would work with snake oil. i can't really do snake oil but love a lot of the snake oil adjacent blends. anyway yeah, that stanky oudh is about all i can smell at the outset, with maaaybe hints of vetiver. after about 20 minutes the oudh finally dissipates (yay) and it's mostly labdanum with patchouli. it's nice and does lean a bit more traditionally masculine. the oudh is still there a little bit, in and out but not nearly as strong.
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    Snake's Tongue

    this is very subtle at first, but i smell the caramelized tobacco primarily, with something mildly animalic. a little while later i get a hint of oakmoss, but it's mostly caramelized tobacco and woods, and it's starting to lean more traditionally masculine. it's got a sort of warm toastiness to it. it's nice but not really me...and i can't really wear snake oil and get no real strong connection to snake oil from this. i don't seem to get the vanilla or ambergris at all.
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    Elegant Vulvas

    hmm, what? at first i get something super nutty smelling...not sure what that could be at all. anyway, whatever it is, it's mixed with honey, amber and a bit of lotus. after awhile i get cherry blossom and mallow root and it's so pretty. for the most part the nuttiness has died down but i smell it subtly in the background a bit. this is mostly a honeyed cherry blossom, so pretty and springlike.
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    The Great Brocade Addressee

    at first i get honey and immortelle with a tiny hint of lavender way in the background. the amber incense comes forth after about 10 minutes and it's mostly honey, incense and a hint of immortelle. this reminds me a lot of some of l'occitane's discontinued honey scents, which were favorites of mine. definitely a bottle (or more) purchase for me.
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    Le Coucher de la Mariee Hair Gloss

    i was fairly sure i would love this one and i do. a beautiful, airy, slightly creamy non foody vanilla. yesss. i also want this in bath oil and perfume too. 😍
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    Pop-Out Eyeball Glasses Hair Gloss

    i received a frimp of this in a swap. it definitely starts out as effervescent lemon, remind some sort of cocktail with champagne. after about 5 minutes the lemon dies down some and i get blackcurrant. i don't tend to go for fruity scents but i like this better than i thought i would. it's a happy, light scent. perfect for spring and summer.
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    Crinoline and Lace

    this is very sheer and soft, i have to sort of inhale strongly in order to fully smell it. i definitely get vanilla cream starting off, and seconds later i get the cognac, white musk and tobacco. it reminds me *a lot* of another bpal i've tried but i don't remember which. the coconut and tea rose are pretty subtle in this, just background notes. a very pretty, soft creamy scent, perfect for spring.
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    La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

    sacre coeur was one of my favorite places i went to in paris many years ago, so i knew i had to try this. at first i get steel and something a bit effervescent like champagne...not sure what, along with some iris. i get hints of frankincense, lily and rose but it maintains that sparkly character for me. it dries down to a soft lily-iris scent and is very pretty. i still get that somewhat effervescent note too. 
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    Smoke and Lace

    first off i smell leather and something mildly animalic. i think i get cognac too because there is something a bit sharp and medicinal, so i'm assuming it's that. a little bit of clove and opium comes through next with the vanilla lace in the background. after being on the skin about 45 minutes to an hour it's a really pretty vanilla with tobacco and incense, primarily. i don't get much fruits,, thankfully because they often go plasticky, especially plum. it's a beautiful, rich scent.
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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

    at first i smell stone and incense. maaaybe a hint of lavender but it's pretty subtle in the beginning. after awhile it pretty much dries down to just stone and incense. there is no beeswax to speak of, and i was really hoping for that note. i like this but it's not a love.
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    First Morning in Paris

    yeah, this oudh is stanky on me as others have said. i know bpal's black oudh doesn't work for me but i thought the red oudh did, so i assumed that's what burgundy oudh meant...guess i was wrong. this smells like butt with a hint of musk. i don't really get it, i've smelled non-bpal oudhs that aren't really like this at all, more like a leather scent, so that's what i am usually expecting. i tend to forget the bpal oudh note can be bad with my skin chemistry and in this case it definitely is. i so wanted to love this!