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About irishelf

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday 01/30/1983


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    Eugene, OR
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    My faves are Dorian, Clarimonde, Under the Harvest Moon, Morocco, Mama-ji, Les Bijoux, and Black Lily. I'm sure this list will grow. :)

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    I am a PhD student in music theory. I also sing (early music especially), play guitar, dance tango, spend far too much time sniffing my wrists in public, and love on all of my friends. I knit, sew, and read science fiction. I love to teach. I am an acupuncture junkie. I try to read all of the internet, but it's really long.<br /><br />That's me in a nutshell!
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    Moon in Aquarius, sun in Virgo. A weird and self-defeating combo, sometimes, but other times it's just plain awesome.
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  1. irishelf

    Nostrum Remedium

    Smells like medicine, alright. I'm amazed at how people get such a variety of impressions from this one! In the imp: a light, astringent smell. Wet: aloe, anise, other things I can't quite place, but still very mediciney. Dry: Well, it gets a little less spiky, and there are hints of white florals that turn soapy on me. In fact, I almost TASTE soap when I smell this. Bizarre.
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    Smut 06 Bottle: Kinda like a cherry-flavored jolly rancher. Wet: Weird. It's sort of a waxy, boozy smell. It fades rather quickly. Drydown: still fading....where did you go! I never really got a good whiff of it to be able to tell more.
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    Schrodinger's Cat

    Imp: Citrus and mint! I can clearly pick out bitter grapefruit. Wet: the lavender pops out from the citrus and warms everything up on my skin. No sign of chocolate or sugar. Dry: ...oh. Oakmoss is in this? That note that turns to pine-scented soap on me? Cool. Great. Yeah. At least it's a citrusy kind of soap. This is a scent I'd love to have in a shower gel. As a perfume, though, it would smell like I'm still in the shower. No thanks! Also, what the heck is zdravetz, besides an amazing scrabble word?
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    villian imp: lavender and light musk. Yum. Also a hint of lilac. Wet: It's very faint, but there's a bit of a waxy smell to this. The citrus peeks out a bit from the musk. So far, so good. Dry: I get the feeling in my nose that there's a minty freshness in here, but I don't actually smell mint. Overall, a delicate, clean smell with overtones of lavender and citrus. I could definitely smell this on a man, but there's a unisex quality to it that makes it work for me as well. (Considering Dorian is one of my top 3, I'm not surprised. )
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    Imp: Sweet, earthy sandalwood. Wet: The points on the sandalwood go away and leave a smooth scent with a hint of spice. Dry: Oh, this is nice. It smells like...clean. It's very relaxing. Sorry...I can't really be more specific.
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    Antique Lace

    Imp: warm vanilla, faint musk, and...well, linen. This is amazing. Wet: I just have a barely testable amount, but it smells exactly like it does in the imp, only much more enveloping, almost warming. These florals are definitely playing nice. Drydown: the sweetness of the vanilla is mellowing out, leaving a slightly spicy yet clean scent. Why, oh why did I have to like this so much! ::cries:: Dry: Hey...wait...where'd it go? My skin! It ate it!
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    Pumpkin Patch V (2005, 2006)

    Pumpkin Patch '06 In the imp: buttery pumpkin and a hint of woodsiness. Wet: Ooooh. That smells so, so good. A hit of spice comes out of the pumpkin, but not overwhelmingly so. Drydown: the ivy and something really smooth comes over the pumpkin, and it smells just awesome on me. I'm not sure what it is. Dry: Sweet, glossy leaves and a hint of pumpkin spice. Amazing. I wonder if there's even any bottles left around...
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    Gingerbread Poppet

    In the imp: mmm, gingerbread and butter and nutty. Wet: Oh, look, it's a clove on my arm. Le sigh. Dry: same. Off to swap!
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    Imp: chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut. Mmm. Wet: Weird. It kinda smells coconutty to me. In fact, that's all I can really smell from it. Dry: I get a sharp spicy scent from this. Perhaps it's the hops, or the pralines? It's similar to the overly potent spice I get from Shug-Niggurath, kind of like cinnamon red-hots. Regardless, I think I shall pass this one on.
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    Luminescent, glowing, and otherworldly: green mandarin, neroli, honeydew, white amber, guava, freesia, white and green musks hovering over desert scrub, smashed wood, and the dry, biting scent of night air over the Groom Lake salt flats. imp: YUM. the perfect light musk, floral, sweet citrusy blend. My wrist quivers in anticipation--what will pop out?! Wet: dewy fruits, greenness, all rounded out by the light musks. Dry: Best. Frimp. Ever. I still get plenty of melon and musk, though the citrus has mostly faded. I can see why people say it smells commercial, but I think it has better staying power and is a better blend than other random perfumes I've tried. It also has incredible throw on me. Drier: The white musk is warming the scent more and more, as it usually does. I am in love. Note: This dried down and turned brown on my skin. There's no itch or anything...just...brown. Weird! I'm still keeping it!
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    Imp: I get a lot of berries in the imp, and what i assume is the iris; it smells generically floral to me. Wet: Sharp sweet berries and a hint of spice comes out. Drydown: I tend to amp spicy things (which I like, honestly), but it's not tempered by anything on my skin. Dry: Spicy....chapstick? Hmm. Not a keeper.
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    Fire for Thy Stepmother's Daughters

    Like many other reviewers, while I get dark and smoky in the imp, it goes floral/fruity in the wet stage. When dry, though, it has an odd sweet smell that I can't quite place. There also might be red musk? Not sure. Didn't keep this one.
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    Ode on Melancholy

    Imp: very lavender, rose. Wet: I get so much rose and sandalwood! I like it in the wet stage. Dry: Hmm...something in this goes powdery, and though there's the white musk I love so much, there's not much else holding my interest here. It's a nice scent, though.
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    Dana O'Shee

    In the imp: a very sweet honey smell, almost like the artificial almond flavor smell. Wet: slightly plasticky, warming into almond butter, or maybe rice milk, almost. I kind like it! Drydown: It dries down to a delicate, milky scent, but it has no throw to it. I have to get my nose very close to smell anything, and that's after two applications. Sad, because when I huff I really do like it! Maybe it'll be a late bloomer like Mama-ji on me. Dry: Well, at least it's not fading anymore. It stays consistently near my wrist. Pretty pretty, but not sure if I'll wear it often. Maybe I should look into layering?
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    imp: i get dark vanilla patchouli with some spicy florals. complex even in the imp! wet: the florals come out more (I can't tell them apart, really), and i get a sandalwood note. the sweetness of the vanilla went away, and there's no honey, either. Drydown: weird. Usually I amp honey. Maybe there's something else here that's taking over? I don't get any cinnamon, either. Just an earthy floral smell. It's not bad, but I'm not terribly excited about it. Dry: Oh, ha ha, just kidding, there's the honey. The florals are still present as well. I think I might keep this. Note: I tried this at the same time as Dana O'Shee, and I must say my wrists smell very good together! It beefs up the vanilla and honey in Defututa when I hold them both close to my nose.