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About hazakaza

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    Cheshire Cat, Dorian, Cake Smash, Peach Moon

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  1. hazakaza

    Frostbitten Dorian

    I've always wanted to enjoy Dorian more than I've actually enjoyed Dorian. I've reached for it a few times but I swapped away my backup bottle and have always reached for Cake Smash over Dorian, or even my homebrewed equal parts Dorian-Doc Constantine-Snake Oil blend over the pure stuff. I love tea, particularly the bergamot-y Twinings Earl Gray Dorian has, and I haven't found a musk that's disagreed with me (and most of them I adore), but overall the effect has been that I don't love the blend as much as I've wanted to. I think this blend solves my problems. The bergamot tea note that makes me reach for Dorian when I do is still front and center, but the florals of the snow really bring it to a new height. It's almost creamy without being *cream* (cream and milk notes tend to go sour on me). The vanilla-sugar also fades and marries with the floral in favor of something I almost want to call vanilla orchid. I've never tried Snow White so I can't speak to how it compares to that, but if this is what Snow White smells like then I might want to see if I can find a decant. This is an absolutely lovely blend and definitely worth a look!
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    I'm pretty sure Satyr is just a use case that proves that I like pretty much any musk. This doesn't smell like any musk I've worn before; there's the black musk (always a favorite) and brown musk (delicious) and red musk (what really makes Snake Oil sing on my skin) but this is a whole 'nother critter. I almost want to say that the musk that's in this isn't even present in Creature Feature? (Though my Creature Feature is from 2009 and my bottle of Satyr is fresh from the lab 2018, so that might have age factor involved.) I get where people are coming from when they say "hot green musk" but it's hard to describe beyond that--it's got a spice to it, a vigor, a sexiness, but it's impossible to pick out individual notes. Which is kind of a shame, because I'd LOVE to find other scents with these notes! I could imagine a strong clean floral making this more feminine, or leather overtop this musk to really amp up the masculinity--I think this would layer really well with other scents, but it sings beautifully all on its own. This has decent throw and longevity, too. It's always awesome to find another GC you love. Definitely one I'll be reaching for!
  3. hazakaza

    To Kindle a Flame in Our Frozen Veins

    I just got a bottle of this on a whim secondhand since I wanted to try more leather blends, and I have to say I'm delighted I did! Black musk is one of my favorite notes and can save even odd blends that shouldn't work on me. It really oils up the leather--makes it more supple, spicier even, almost moving towards the powdery-spice that really old Snake Oil gets. The mint / leather / elemi combination is very reminiscent in the top notes of Volt, which I also love, but instead of being crisp and clean and electric, this is Volt after-hours, or the gritty reboot of Volt: darker, sexier, underscored with warm black musk. The juniper is definitely front and center on my skin, which marries really well with the mint-leather-elemi and honestly makes me wonder if there isn't some of it in Volt as well. It doesn't come off smelling like gin, though--it comes out smelling like the dried juniper berries I crush up for a special marinade I make. It's a wonderful, sexy scent--decidedly masculine, which I don't mind in the least.
  4. hazakaza

    Twilight Grooming Scene

    This is ABSOLUTELY one to let settle before you really evaluate it. Fresh out of the package from the lab, it was weird, powdery, boring-floral with an odd bitterness. After settling for a week or two it's blossomed into a sweet-green with a floral backdrop. I was hoping for more fir in this one (fir is one of my favorite BPAL notes) and it doesn't have the throw / staying power I was hoping for, but it's still quite lovely, and definitely worth a look if those notes intrigue you!
  5. hazakaza

    Black Ice

    Reviewing the 2016 version! A tiny bit of backstory for relevant context: I went out of the BPAL community for several years and am just now coming back. I also went off hormonal birth control, which I know changes your body chemistry--I went from hating dirt / grave / wind scents to suddenly loving them and backing way off the foodies I had so many of before. I hated vetiver notes back in the day but have fallen in love with a conventional vetiver perfume (Verde by Nest) and thought Black Ice would be a great reintroduction to BPAL vetiver. And.... baby butt? I am getting 100% baby diaper / powder weirdness out of Black Ice. I am baffled. It smells like a baby wipe in the bottle, on the drydown, and on clothes. If I get my nose reaaaaaally close to where I applied it I can catch a wet pavement kind of smell, which I love, but the throw is all .... baby. There's a lavender-y sharpness going on in the bottle but on me, all baby butt, all the time. Completely bizarre. To the swaps heap it goes!
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    Nasty Woman

    If you are a patch lover like me who fears the aggressive hippie stink, do not fear the Nasty Woman--she is refined, rich, elegant. The fig is the vice-note in this blend, similar to the fig in Eden--blackened and sugared but not sickly-sweet. The rose and the honeyed vanilla come out as it dries down and the patchouli turns a tiny bit powdery like an a more aged patchouli. I have some 10-year snake oil and the patchoulis are rather similar! It's remarkably well blended and melded and I absolutely agree with the reviewers who say it has a "tobacco" element going on. This strikes me as a patchouli scent that someone who isn't into BPAL might like, or something you could wear to a more formal occasion. I got a half-bottle through a decant circle and am definitely thinking about a backup.
  7. hazakaza

    Holiday Stress Relief Massage Oil

    HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEF Relax, revive, restore. Peppermint, spearmint, geranium bourbon, lavender, clary sage, white amber, juniper berry, laurel leaf, coriander, opoponax, and mandarin. Almond oil, refined rice bran oil, fractionated coconut, rosehip seed oil, Lavandula angustifolia, Juniperus communis, Salvia sclarea, Pelargonium graveolens, evening primrose, vitamin E, and our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume blend. WOW. This stuff is PUNCHY! If you don't want a strongly scented massage oil, this is NOT the stuff for you. This could be a perfume oil all on it's own, and I love that. I typically don't go for peppermint--Spooky, for example, is not quite my cup of tea, and I don't like any of the candy-cane type scents. The spearmint, here, is pretty dominant; the peppermint contributes some astringency, but it's mostly the sweeter, more herbal, more green mint to my nose. The sage, juniper, and lavender all got married to the mint plant. It's a very complex, well-married scent that really sticks to you and holds tight. As it wears down (on my hands and arms) it opens up and gets a bit warmer and creamier, probably from the geranium bourbon and coriander. If you are looking for mint valhalla, this might just be it. For what it's worth, I mixed a bit of this into my conditioner, and my whole bathroom ended up scented, not to mention my hair. It really opened up my sinuses and relaxed me. I think a backup is in order!
  8. hazakaza

    An T-Samhuinn Soap

    This stuff is gorgeous. It's definitely wet leaves and dirt, and, for my bathroom, the apples are playing backup singers to that note. It's unusual, because it's not typically what I go for, but it's goooorgous. It scents my bathroom beautifully too. Really fabulous.
  9. hazakaza

    White Pumpkin Extrait

    Puddin, I want to bathe in this stuff. Wow. A lot of the lab's pumpkin blends go horribly wrong--cinnamon amping death wrong--so it was a shock how creamy and perfect this stuff is. Buttery, like everyone else says, but not the strong, pungent butter note that's in some other blends--this butter is just in the flaky crust of this pure, unspiced pumpkin pie. There's definitely a bit of vanilla and some white, light musks in there as well. Absolutely stunning. I've already found a 2nd bottle and am sorely tempted to get another inquisition just to end up with a third.
  10. hazakaza

    Tricksy Bath Oil

    Ditto on all of this. I usually amp honey, but on me, Tricksy is nothing but pure, gorgeous, warm summer day patchouli backed up with earthy pine. It's like being in a warm summery forest with hippies. It's light and almost citrusy and complex and wow, I love it so. Mixed a few drops in with my shampoo--excellent. Used it to shave my underarms--stellar. Applied a bit as a moisturizer and rinsed with hot water--I smell magnificent and feel moisturized without feeling greasy. It also layers extraordinary well with Slaugh. Definite thumbs up.
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    At first, it's fruity--maybe peach, or something like it? Something warm underneath, a musky or sandalwoody or amber note. It's a bit too sweet for my tastes. Now that I'm looking at the notes, pear is interesting and nice, but the sugar of the lime is really what comes through. The musk is really interesting, though. I wish there were more lime or thyme to make this scent's sweetness calm down. About fifteen minutes in: Ugh. Way too sugary sweet on me.
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    Pomegranate II

    Very interesting--this scent has a fantastic and strange creamy note (maybe from the musk?) underneath a sweet fruity citrus blend. The grapefruit and pomegranate are strongest on me, but the other fruits also make their presence known. It's very sweet, almost candied fruits, or fruits sprinkled with sugar. I really slathered the stuff on and it still has a very gentle throw, not strong at all. Like all citrus blends on me, this has a life of maybe an hour, but it seems to be prolonged by the creaminess of the white musk. It does go a touch powdery at the end, but in a nice way, not in a baby-butt way.
  13. hazakaza

    Punkie Night

    *sigh* Let me preface this review with this disclaimer: Almost every BPAL apple blend goes to apple potpourri / air freshener on me. The only exception is Snow, Glass, Apples, which instead smells beautiful about 1 inch from my skin for a half hour and then *poof* disappears. Punkie night is lovely and surprising; it does evoke cider without loud and brash spice notes. The cranberries are back up singers here, but they keep the cider fresh and cool smelling and the apples themselves chilled with their tartness. All of that said, this is sadly a scent for the locket, as it does turn to total potpourri on my skin within minutes, as I suspected it might.
  14. hazakaza

    The Unsteady Governess

    Very weird--I'm not getting the same experience anyone else is with this blend. On me, and in the decant, this is a soft green / grassy lemon scent. I suppose the lemonyness of it is coming from the white tea--that's not a stretch at all. But green / grassiness? I guess that's really the leafy part of the violet. It's very warm and gentle, with stronger throw at the beginning but after a half-hour it's just a few inches of throw. After even longer, it does open up and have a breath of lovely tiny violets breeze through the scent as the lemon fades completely. Nice enough, but very strange, not what I was expecting, and not a must-have for me.
  15. hazakaza

    Blue Pumpkin Floss

    Oh Blue Pumpkin Floss, everyone had me so excited about you! But you're just another cinnamon blend just waiting to break my heart. In the imp and wet, BPF is buttery, delicious pumpkin. If it stayed there, I would be happy as a clam--decent throw, too. But sadly, it doesn't. Instead, it decides to dry up and become sweet, sweet cinnamon. It makes me smell EXACTLY like a Yankee Candle, right after they have all their fall / winter candles up. Seriously, EXACTLY like a yankee candle. It's got the buttery baked-goods candles, the cinnamon wallop candles, the cinnamon apple candles, the "home for the holidays" candle, whatever that thing is supposed to smell like, and underneath it all, a tiny little pumpkin with a sad face on it. Oh PBF, how could you betray me this way? For those of you who like that smell, this blend has decent throw and staying power--it's really quite nice in that regard, but for me, it just reminds me of reaching my wit's end in Christmas shopping and buying candles in jars for all the people on my list whose presents have eluded me so far.