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  • Birthday 09/06/1981

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    herbs, perfume, frogs


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    Myrrh, Labdanum, Black Musk, Oak, Clove The Hell-Gate of Ireland, Gingerbread Zombi, Schwarzer Mond, Peacock Queen, Halloween in Los Vegas, German Expressionist Horror, Scorpio '07, The Twisted Oak, Oak Moon, Zombie Green Hair Gloss


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  1. patina

    Death Adder

    Re-testing my super aged decant is amazing. I didn't like it at first, since it just seemed too powdery, too much like suntan lotion too. Now it's sort of a faded Snake Oil plus brown suede and yes, traces of suntan lotion. I think the vetiver is muting the Snake Oil a lot, though this is not a low throw scent. This works for summer very well.
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    Blackberry Moon 2022

    Blackberry has a tendency to fail on me. Like a lot. It's high pitched and rather unpleasant but the musk and patchouli here is doing a good job of holding it down. Also, good news/bad news, it's sweet. Sweet, sweet, sweet. There's only a tiny bit of wine but it makes its presence felt. I feel like there's enough base to counteract the sweetness but your mileage may vary. This is like blackberry wine flavored Kool-aid for adults served in mysterious thicket. Also someone is wearing patchouli. Not the gnarliest patchouli and not a lot, but it's There.
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    Frogberry Moon

    Oh, fun! It's a (mostly) strawberry smoothie, but it's slightly more complex than that. It's fresh and yes, moist. While I'm not the biggest citrus fan I really appreciate the white grapefruit etc here stopping things from being single-note berry. That grapefruit here gives the scent an aura that is clean and summertime ready. Good throw so far. Green musk sometimes goes to soap on me, but right now it's completely in the background. Verdict: Kermit raided a smoothie stand and smells great.
  4. patina

    Wisteria Blossoms

    it's like going outside and being hit by a blast of spring florals and rain right in your face. It's like having a bucket of lilac water dumped on your head. It's a lot, but it's perfect for summer. I'm not getting strictly red musk here because the bamboo and the oakmoss do a lot to deepen and hide it. Still, the musk is giving this a powerful base note that stop the florals from being too screechy. This is more of a sophisticated perfume than a natural scent. And as always, the wisteria is a bit wistful.
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    This is a perfect amber scent on me. The Lights of Men's Lives was somewhat unimpressive wax on me, but this is amazing. It's more than a candle smell, it's also firey and glowng. It's sweet without smelling like straight up candy, it's spicy without smelling like a spice rack or any spice I can name. It's amber without smelling powdery or overly perfumy. It may change over time but right now it's just about perfect.
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    Gardenia & Labdanum

    I get strong memories of the GC Darkness, though this has no opium at all. Maybe the gardenia is just that close to narcissus. I'm also reminded of a somewhat less dirty GC Sheol, which makes sense because I believe Sheol had gardenia. Simple, sophisticated and a little ominous. The medicinal qualities appear at first but then die down. Then again that's what labdanum does on my skin.
  7. I get lemon honey cake and cream as advertised. The honey is going a little waxy and I can't believe I'm saying this but this is just a little too sweet for me. It's good but sort of overwhelming. More candy than cake.
  8. patina

    Sugar Plum Snake Oil

    Snake oil's spice and depth is present, but the Bordello-ish plum is strong here. The plum has a bit of a waxy note, like lip gloss but it's powerful and pretty juicy too. Right now I'm wishing I had a Sugar Plum Goblin sample to compare, and to see whether the patchouli there blends better with the plum than these spices do. Don't get me wrong, it's good and I'm sure it'll be amazing after some aging.
  9. patina

    Cheerful Oxen

    Cherry? Plum??? Dragon's blood? I don't even know where I'm getting those notes from but that's what this smells like. This honey smells crazy fruity to me. After drydown it changes into a recognizable brown musk but that was crazy for a while.
  10. Anyone know a good sandalwood and honey or patchouli and honey scent they can recommend, with maybe other notes like amber? Or hay? Or cacao? I am missing Thrice Plowed Field.
  11. patina

    Drink Me

    Today I put on an aged Drink Me and wondered why I'd ignored it so long. Without looking at notes I get apple cider, caramel, coconut, and butterscotch, but blended in the best way. Looking at notes: okay yeah, there's the cherry that usually blends with the cider and occasionally rears its head as a medicinal smell. Otherwise, this is delicious. I could see pineapple being here too. Not my favorite fruit to smell, but hey. It doesn't stand in the way of the absolute cake party that is going on on my wrists. TLDR: Cake party!
  12. patina

    Beaver Moon 2021

    It's a three way custard fight between cherry, chocolate, and pumpkin flavor. I don't know who's winning. Probably not chocolate. But I smell great.
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    Leaf Moon 2021

    First sniff: It's leaf. I don't know what I expected. Specifically it's the dead leaf note from Dead Leaves, Red Musk, and Neroli. This is softer than that scent though. A skin test brings out a soft red musk and the woodsmoke. Not perfumy (at least yet) This might be considered masculine by some because of the smoke and the patchouli darkness.
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    Sugar Cookie Cathedral

    This is everything I hoped for. Right now, in its fresh state I get mostly fresh woody Cathedral with a slight background of sweetness and sugar. It's sort of a burnt or brown sugar incense. Edit: I just remembered what this reminded me of: Halloween in Innsmouth. Not the fishy part, but the incense plus baked goods.
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    Her Eyes Have Feasted on the Dead

    Violet smells clean to me. Like shampoo without being soapy. Spanish moss is far more airy and than oakmoss. It doesn't have much of a presence yet but it may be giving a faintly green edge. Put them together and you get something light and fresh that nevertheless would feel eerie on a rainy day (at least to me.)