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About wendyb1063

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    Notes: vanilla, spices (especially clove these days), resins, amber, musk, carnation, incense, rose, booze, hay, grass, tobacco, honeysuckle, powder, cream, sandalwood, patchouli, honey, violet, apple, smoke tonka, benzoin Blends ~2010 list: WILF, Snake Oil, Flowering Chrysanthemum, Mictecacihuatl, Snake Charmer, Golden Priapus, Dorian, Black Lace, Antique Lace, O, Samhain, Devil's Night, Mead Moon, Hod, Alice, Tintagel, Eclipse, Black Phoenix, TKO, Hay Moon, Clockwork Couture: Male, Banshee Beat, Magdalene, Gun Moll, Liz, Sin, Tombstone, Panther Moon, Schwarzer Mond, Luna Negra, Berry Moon 2011, Waltz of the Snowflakes ~2018 list: Most of the above plus many new ones: Eve with Sage FU, Pink Moon, Oak Moon, Hunter Moon, La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le Monde, Smut, Body Remember, Glowing Vulva, Third Charm, Mourning Lace, Emerald Lace, Krampus Lace, Snake Skin, Winter, My Secret, Pere Noel, Now Winter Nights Enlarge, Stekkjarstaur, Midnight on the Midway, Boomslang, Paduan Killer Swarm, Closet Raid, Dragon Smooched Snake Oil, and so many I've missed!!! Least favorite scents: Metals, ozone, aquatics, sharp florals,

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  1. wendyb1063

    Hebrews 13:1-3

    This is an interesting scent. It's brighter than I expected, with the tobacco not making its presence obvious. "Sugar blossom": I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's clean, sweet, with a touch of dry cinnamon. It's not overtly floral or spicy. I think this would make a good daytime scent; it's not overwhelming or in your face. I am not reacting to the cinnamon in this oil (I do sometimes). I like it quite a bit, and am hoping it ages to something even better.
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    Tea Roses and Lace

    This was a surprise hit for me! The tea rose is there, and it is lovely and soft and nicely grounded with the lace background. But it's not an "in your face" kind of rose at all, and there is no trace of sourness that rose sometimes has on my skin. Sadly, it doesn't last long (only a tiny hint of lacy rose 5 hours later. But it's a definite keeper!
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    Zonked in Paris

    Even the most intrepid adventurers get sleepy. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee for the grownups, and vanilla ice cream to en’sugar the kiddo out from her stupor.  This is great! Exactly as you might expect based on the description: sweet coffee and a bit of musky vanilla. It's kind of like a less musky, more gentle, vanilla-accented Jialong (which I love too). It reminds a bit of the scent of the Campsite Coffee candle from Bath and Body Works that I have, only better.
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    Pumpkin Dust

    This smells like an old BPAL forum exclusive, I think? Werepuppy? but with a dusting of cinnamon.
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    When All Colors to Black Are Cast

    In night when colors all to black are cast, Distinction lost, or gone down with the light; The eye a watch to inward senses placed, Not seeing, yet still having powers of sight, Gives vain alarums to the inward sense, Where fear stirred up with witty tyranny, Confounds all powers, and thorough self-offense, Doth forge and raise impossibility: Such as in thick depriving darknesses, Proper reflections of the error be, And images of self-confusednesses, Which hurt imaginations only see; And from this nothing seen, tells news of devils, Which but expressions be of inward evils. – Lord Brooke Fulke Greville Ink-black musk and dried blackberries, midnight opoponax and sweet labdanum. The dark sweetness of these notes called to me strongly before I ordered it. Upon initial application, the dried blackberries seemed to give this scent a sour funk, and I was worried. After a few minutes, however, that dissipated, and I was left with a dark, fruity blend with a grounding of dark incense. It's not foody or overly sweet, and the musk is not powdery. It's got some punch, too: I could still smell it on my wrist after exercise and a shower. I can see myself getting addicted to this one. I think this is going to age remarkably.
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    Dead Leaves and Vanilla Incense

    Every leaf tells a story. This is probably my favorite Dead Leaves scent ever. At first it's heavy on the classic dead leaves, with a hint of incense. As it dries, I get more of the incense, then just a wisp of dusty vanilla. Gorgeous!
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    All Hallows Chaos: Samhain

    Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. ― Mary Shelley, 1831 This Samhain, were reveling in the desecration of a classic blend: Damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein. I was the lucky recipient of #12. It starts out with a bit of orange and maybe a bit more of the the eucalyptus vibe I get from regular Samhain. I love it! With time, it morphs into the sweet, honey/apple-like scent of regular Samhain. I love it!!! My best Chaos Theory gamble ever!
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    Family Resemblance

    A quiet moment between a father and his daughter. We might be related. A splash of Tombstone, red velvet musk, and a red licorice whip. This is a lovely fragrance, although not exactly what I expected. I've let it rest for a few days before I posted my thoughts here. I don't really get a lot of Tombstone from this. I do get a certain woody sweetness underlying the scent, but it really doesn't smell at all like Tombstone to me when I sniff them side by side, nor does it have the throw of Tombstone. I was expecting the over-the-top vanilla sweetness in my 8-year old bottle of Tombstone. As it dries, more of the almost root beer sweetness of Tombstone does come out. I do get a bit of the red licorice whips: a tiny touch of anise and a generic red fruit, probably more cherry than strawberry but not prominent. The red velvet musk is not something that red musk haters need to fear, IMHO. I almost get a hint of patchouli? This one is going to age spectacularly, I believe.
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    The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone

    We believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone, for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people and for people with disabilities. For everyone. Lilith at the Women’s March DTLA, 2018. Nasty Woman? Nah, Nasty Tween: honeyed fig and sugar-dusted patchouli, sweet amber oud, a drop of red currant, and vanilla cream. I always blind-buy at least one Lilith each year. This year I immediately purchased "The dream is big enough for everyone" because I love the sentiment behind the scent (and the notes sounded gorgeous). It's fresh out of the mailbox, but I couldn't resist a quick test. I'll try to add to this review later. Wet: I can detect most of the notes except the vanilla cream. I mostly get honeyed fig with a tiny bit of patchouli. It's not particularly sweet, and fruitier than I expected. It's very pretty and quite powerful. As it dries, I get even more fruitiness with a bit more sweetness. It's making my mouth water!
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    Creamy Spicy Florals, a/k/a Florientals

    Here are a few more recent perfumes I might put into this category (which I still adore): La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le MondeThe Eternal Queen Blossoming Vulva Alabaster Vulva Round Dance Cave of Treasures Blossoms in SpringtimeThe Bride Lovers in a Rice Field Flickering Lantern
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    Perfumey scents

    Closet Raid (a fairly recent LE)
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    Recommendations for Floral Based Wedding Perfume

    I'm thinking for a wedding you'd want something long-lasting and slightly different so it would evoke scent memories later. June 23, 1968 Maybe a layering of Hope and Faith? Another vote for Alice or Mouse's Long Sad Tale Pepper Dawn Priestess Versailles Belle Epoque Kaidan Kubla Khan If she's not superstitious, maybe Lyonesse
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    Dragon-Smooched Snake Oil

    I'm so pleased I managed to snag a bottle of this lovely "mistake"! As Deceitfuldescender notes, it starts out with a sweet cola-like note. It's sugary, smooth, and delicious although not in a foody way. Snake Oil is in there, but this blend reminds me more of some other of my favorites including Luna Negra and Panther Moon. It's got decent throw initially and is still going strong and is fairly linear at 3 hours. I honestly don't get that much patchouli, and the honey is the pretty, non-cat pee version. I do detect the dragon's blood, and it is indeed similar to that of Dragon's Milk. This is possibly my favorite SO blends ever, I think.
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    Snake's Kiss

    This was the Luper I was most excited about! I thought, naively, that I knew what this was going to smell like. I slathered myself last week with 8-year-aged Snake Oil and O, and thought that Snake's Kiss would smell as magnificent as that combo did. I was even more excited when I read Violet Chaos's review and saw that the honey was not the heavy "O" honey, which can go a bit cat-pee on me. Caveat: I did just get this bottle last night, so it needs to age. But Snake's Kiss smells nothing like my expectations. Oddly, I get something that smells like lavender, the lemon that VC noted, and almost a tea note... (you see where I'm going here, don't you?) It smells to me like Dorian with a drop of Snake Oil added to it. It's really quite nice, but I need to re-evaluate again because my expectations were so solid but soooo far off on this one.
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    Wynter Wakeneth Al My Care

    Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; Ofte I sike ant mourne sare When hit cometh in my thoght Of this worldes joie, hou hit goth al to noht. Nou hit is, and nou hit nys, Also hit ner nere, ywys; That moni mon seith, soth hit ys: Al goth bote Godes wille: Alle we shule deye, thah us like ylle. Al that gren me graueth grene, Nou hit faleweth al by dene: Jesu, help that hit be sene Ant shild us from helle! For y not whider y shal, ne hou longe her duelle. May we be saved and save ourselves from these hard, cruel times, and may we find strength together, for we know not where we go, nor how long we will dwell here. A warming, uplifting, strengthening scent: patchouli and sweet amber with champaca, bourbon vanilla, and frankincense. This is just beautiful. All of the notes are evident, with the frankincense and bourbon vanilla initially prominent. In time, the champaca and patchouli become more dominant. It's not overly sweet. It's not a churchy incense scent nor a dirty hippy scent, but somewhere in a happy middle place. It reminds me of something which is escaping me at the moment.