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About starfish327

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    knitting, horror, spinning, spinning or knitting while watching horror, cooking...


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    musk, spices, lavender, honeydew, the music of erich zahn, torture king


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  1. starfish327

    Doleful Pipe Organ

    My mod team for the Halloween group I modmin for asked me to review this one it’s clear with black blobs in the imp: almost minty with woods and smoke. It smells like cork grease wet: cork grease with smoke dry: cork grease with woods and a distinct motor oil note. It settles into an incense with the oily woods and cork grease it smells like the inside of my old clarinet case and Halloween. I wouldn’t call it pretty but it’s very wearable and I really like it
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    Cruising Through Bedlam

    skin scent: citrus, spices, dark. reminds me of a yule energetically: I work in a highly chaotic and intense industry, one that sounds more staid and balanced on paper than what often works out. Things go sideways so frequently I almost function better in high chaos than 'normal' calm days because I don't know how to just...move forward in a calm manner. 2020 threw us specific challenges and changes that caused a near 180 shifts in some situations. When I pull energy, and it really gets moving, I sometimes laugh, and this gives me that feeling. it's like being on a roller coaster or a haunted house. It definitely feels like a boost in energetic movement, but in a very calculated way. This feels like one of the darker TALs I've worked with, though that's certainly not a negative and definitely has its place in my box.
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    Amber & Cardamom

    This came in less than 24 hours ago, and this one still needs to settle *dark oil when applied in the bottle-sort of dusty/stale cardamom and slight amber wet: absolutely nothing (not rare for oils that need to settle more on my skin), then a gorgeous sugared style amber. dry: this is my favorite style amber, and it’s beautiful. Nothing here yells cardamom right now with my chem but it’s also not a straight up amber. Something is sort of warm and spicy hiding in the background. I’m hoping age pulls the cardamom forward a little but even if it never does this is a pretty enough amber that I’m still happy with this blend
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    (Unsure if this is a repeat review for me, my imp is new as of 2021) In the imp- Pom with something keeping it from being a single note. I don’t think I would call it a rose but the pom isn’t alone in there wet- yup that’s a pomegranate. It’s actually a gorgeous almost winey pomegranate dry-pom, pom, pom, HI I AM THE ROSE YOU ORDERED. it’s one of the better roses I’ve tried wearing but it is absolutely dominating this blend, it might as well be a spicy rose single note. I rarely if ever want to smell this plainly of rose but I have a friend who wants to test this so it already has a new home.
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    Red Lace

    I didn’t even know there was a red one. I found it in a grab bag. In the imp-something woody, spicy and sweet. Immediate impressions, the old fashioned candy store at the top of the hill Wet- oh I like this. This is my favorite lace so far. Red sweet candy grounded out so it’s not foodie or youthful. Wine if you took the booze bite out. Dry: BIG. Big red fruits and resins. I get the lace feel more than the normal vanilla that comes through. I think it’s helping warm this. I don’t get the musk or the patch other than a sort of dirtiness other than again there’s a solid base that’s keeping this from being a foodie. Longer dry: the wood and the tobacco start showing up in the sillage but not on skin. This hasn't hit a phase that I haven't liked. This is truly very nice.
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    I work in a fairly high stress fast paced industry. This is a very centering but not necessarily grounding oil, it's good for moving energy forward and finding the best usage of that energy. My personal review elsewhere was that it's the type of feeling you get after a good strategy session. It's not necessarily an oil I would reach for as a perfume oil, it's pretty dry and too woody. It's not unpleasant however.
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    In the imp- hello vetiver Wet- the vetiver would like you to know that the rumors are true, it can in fact smell like bbq and creosote Dry down-I like vet blends enough to know to ride it out. Eventually the vet calms down to a murky greeness in the background and the blend becomes surprisingly light. It's very vegetal and I suspect a black resin in there somewhere. Heavily masculine and probably would do well in a body product. I honestly don't hate it but I'm not sure I'm ever going to want to smell like this straight up but I'm in a 'try layering everything with amber' stage and this might be fun to dirty up blends.
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    Apple Butter Rum

    I get nothing of the apple or even the rum. It's straight up pastry, maybe oatmeal cookies. Something very close to skin is going plasticy. At least this cookie is baked, unlike my issues with gingerbread notes reading as raw on my skin. It's actually very comforting though I will try layering it with an apple dominate blend.
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    High-Strung Daisies

    Overbearing pink gum and something that smells like that pink antibiotic they gave kids in the 80s.
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    Père Noël

    Almost single note citrus, straight through. The longer on skin, it warms up a little. It's a wet, juicy orange, not like cleaner. This is another blend that goes a little flat on me alone but will be nice for layering to boost other orange blends.
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    Bobbing for Apples

    In the imp-perfumy apple. Not fall candle apple, but closer to that than orchard apples Wet: apples and water. Definitely smells like the bobbing tub Dry: it keeps alternating between a pure sweet aquatic and the wet stage I wish there were slightly more apple with this, but apple is currently one of the notes I'm hoarding so I'm sure I could layer it
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    Rose Recommendations - which blend is for me?

    I've been out of the loop for awhile now. If I like Eve, which is rose, apple blossom, honey, and something else I don't remember off the top of my head, is there something I should be keeping an eye out for?
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    The Fox Sisters

    In the imp-I get apple and something woody Wet-all apple Dry-apple and vanilla with something like a wood, but may not be a wood, in the background. It's not terribly complex on me, but I've bought three or four blends like this since Yule so this is definitely the type of oil in into right now. It's actually very pretty.
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    Daphne Honey

    In the imp: honey with a floral I don't recognize Wet: it smells like honey cough syrup. The floral is still there but it smells like an herbal, like herbal tea Dry down: the longer it's on the more complexity it picks up. The honey gets very rich and sticky, and I can see the candy comparison. There's something in this that reads as red fruit but I suspect is actually a flower interacting with the honey. This is the best of the plant + honey blends I've tried. Sensual though I wouldn't necessarily call it sexy.
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    Phoenix Steamworks

    I worried a little about this one, metal often turns to screaming and headaches on me In the imp: high pitched citrus Wet: sage, citrus, and amber. Not navel orange, maybe orange and lemon? Dry: the amber pulls back and is just the citrus and the sage. The sage starts fading and I get a nice sweet citrus. I rather like it.