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About Lycanthrope

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    Medicine/Dermatology, skincare, fragrance, pottery, art, Greek/Greece, violin, animation<br /><br />Product Junkie of: LUSH, Nippon Kodo, Shoyeido, BPAL, Aveda, Bath and Body Works, Villainess Soap
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    Carnation Violet Red Musk Leather Amber / Resins Ozone Marine Rain Mint Pine


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  1. Lycanthrope

    Sip of Glass

    Cheers! Shards of white musk and brittle white olibanum glinting with muguet, Riesling grapes, ambergris accord, and elemi. Wet, it's a subdued champagney scent, with maybe a hint of aquatic (ambergris?). Immediately on, I get a TON of the ambergris as a salty waxy resin, then the olibanum (frankincense) delicately in the background, first... then, well, here comes the muguet, as a chorus of waxy flowers, just rising to the middle of the pack. I can definitely get a bit more of the smoky olibanum as time passes, any hint of champagne is not overpowering. Oh! There's maybe a hint of my beloved Sea of Glass, but it... doesn't go all the way to that crystal clarity, it's a bit more fluffy with the powdery white musk and ambergris working together to ensure this is not super high pitched. I'd say maybe it's a variant of Sea of Glass with more smokyness due to the olibanum. Now that I smell this on me, I have to wonder if Sea of Glass (which has no listed notes) also has a bit of ambergris accord. I'm not sure what elemi smells like. My brain does this thing where I see 'elemi' and think 'emu,' which are not the same thing... This is an interesting scent for sure. Throw is low-moderate, but when I get a whiff it's arresting.
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    Rapture Pig

    The end is nigh: sweet pink musk, spun sugar, red currant, candied rose petals, and rose jelly. In the bottle, this is a strong, very candy-like rose, a bit of Hope, but there's definitely sooooo much sugar, even a bit of Sugar Skull sweetness? The jelly, spun sugar, sweet, candied, so much... makes this a very powerful sugary scent. The red currant does add a bit of sharp snappiness, but it's presenting floral forward (and that flower is... ja... no, ROSE). Initially on, I get much more of the red currant, but only for a moment, and then a hint of a kind of pastille candy, maybe a conversation heart, but then the conversation becomes a shouting, shouting match of ROSE, PETALS, ROSE, with maybe a bit of cotton candy and bubblegum peeking around, but always walloped by the rose! The color I get is definitely a pink. Pink, catastrophic, end-times pink, like, the world is engulfed in a deluge of petals, and there is no escape. With some time, it still remains rose-forward but is not a single like 'The Rose' or 'The First Rose,' there's enough extra sugary-ness and crystallized sugar around that it is a candy rose. Much more potent than Hope. Much, much more so.
  3. Snake Oil and threads of pale lavender with shadowy oudh, sweet oakmoss, violet leaf, and rose geranium. Wet, gritty, deep lavender. On skin, immediately the deep, husky oudh is apparent, over a very purple cloud of lavender. With a bit of time, the dark oudh deepens, even, getting a touch of that feral quality. Mostly getting a dark green, velvety leaf from the oakmoss/violet leaf combination that is not terribly overbearing. Generally rose geranium shrieks on me, but I'm not getting much of that character at all. The Snake Oil languishes in the background as a bit of exotic sweet, but it's primarily a rich lavender-oudh. It's so... very potent, this is a scent that does not take prisoners. Over even more time, it fuses into a very smooth, velvety blanket of deep oudh.
  4. Snake Oil, mimosa, neroli, crushed herbs, and star jasmine.  Bright mimosa in the bottle with a hint of spices. On the skin, this is a swoosh of mimosa petals and neroli. This reminds me a LOT of Mania, for some reason. There's not strawberry listed as a note but I get a very edible candy sweetness/floral. With a bit of time, there's a bit of a uniform greenery, almost like... basil? or some kind of neutral herb, adding some light leafiness to the floral fruit, then it starts getting closer to an orange / orange blossom aroma. Hanging in the far back is a whisper of the deep base of Snake Oil, but it's not overpowering. With time, it actually even veers a little into lemony-citrus territory, and I wonder if the mimosa is doing some of that. Overall very light, youthful, quite unique. I like it!
  5. Ice-rimmed minted-slushed Snake Oil and winter’s last snowdrops swimming in a small pool of melted sleet. This is so... very different. Wet, I get a very gravelly ice, just like Black Ice's sleet and slush note. I don't know what I'm getting as a rocky scent. It's not a very sweet mint, for those concerned this is a Yule-bright peppermint. It's quite dark, muddy, in fact. There's a bit of a gray-blue coldness to this. Distant, and I'm not getting a lot of Snake Oil's general sultry red-ness. I wonder if maybe the snowdrop is adding a bit of a strange, waxy petal-ness over the slushy snake, but it's an intriguing combination. If there's some salt in it, I'm getting some of what BPAL's salty note does to me, which is a touch of tortilla-corn. Very odd. I'll keep at wearing it. It's not quite what I envisioned it to be.
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    The membrane enclosing the heart: white sandalwood and rice milk shimmering with sheer vanilla, white amber resin, frankincense, and a drop of sweet clove. This smells very smooth in the bottle, sweet woods. On, this immediately brings to mind Liz but without the pepperyness or the smoldering smoke. I'm getting more of the vanilla and amber, and less of the milk and smoky frankincense. The clove, if present, truly is just a little drop since I'm not getting a very strong spicy vibe. This stays very close to the skin, and does have light throw, but it's silken smooth, and remains a non-foody vanilla floating over a dry, medium weight sandalwood. I'll have to give it more wear time.
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    Mitral Valve

    A pressure drop as a result of relaxation: French lavender, luminous Corsican juniper, benzoin, honeyed carnation, wild hops, and blue musk. Very much a beautiful lavender when wet. I anticipate this would be an excellent bedtime scent. After it sits for a while, I'm getting a bit of that rich slightly sweet resin from benzoin, but it's just a hint. The carnation is a delicate white whisper in the background, just enough, without being too flashy. I love carnation. There's a bit of a hoppy/herbal backdrop from the juniper and hops together, grounding it a bit. I think the blue musk (which generally evades my detection but is present) is lending an ethereal whisper glow to the whole blend. It's so elegant and restrained! TKO for me is nice but often too sweet, this seems a nice alternative. Going to give it some wears, including bedtime. If this helps me drift off to sleep... there may be multiple bottles of this in my future...!
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    Unicorn Junk

    Coconut foam, Siamese benzoin, Himalayan cedar, translucent petals, lilac milk, and mallow. From the bottle, this smells buttery, coconut, marshmallow. I'm excited. Fresh on, this is milk, chewy, syrupy coconut milk, with the benzoin adding a bit more depth to the foodiness. I'm really looking for the lilac or petals... but am not really finding either. It's settling into a very rich, dense, marshmallow/vanilla resin scent, with a little sprinkling of coconut. Hrm. Either the flowers are so well blended that they're hard to find, or perhaps this is more about the foodier notes. It's still very potent, and would please coconut lovers and marshmallow lovers.
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    Snow Moon 2019

    Definitely fresh, bright, tart yuzu from the bottle. A bit of a departure from past Snow Moons? On, the yuzu does its thing, and gets a bit... settled, and then I'm getting white apple and yuzu, a very fruity moon. I can get a bit of the snowdrops and a very, very faint slushy pine, but at least on me, the fruits really keep it up and I still get a rind-y orange/yuzu, almost kind of sangria-like in its intensity. I'm not getting musk, not on myself at least. My chemistry must be super weird, since I invited the Queen of the North to my party, and instead of being Isabelle Humprettia the Third, all reserved, icy, and judgy, I'm getting Becky Noonan from Delta Tri-Kappa-Phi-Pi-Delta, who has brought her own fixins' to make a proper southern (or Japanese fusion?!?) white wine sangria, with sliced apples and yuzu. Becky's fun, don't get me wrong, but this is a bit of a surprise given the moon concept.
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    Two Pairs of Lovers Atmosphere Spray

    Green tea, oakmoss, frankincense, mint absolute, and raw green patchouli. Definitely not what I was expecting, but marvelous. When I first sprayed this, the combination of notes read forward to me as 'Christmas?' 'Pine?' That probably was the oakmoss and tea together conspiring to make me dream of Yules. That burned off quickly though to reveal a very fresh, tasty mint. I think it's a combination of peppermint and spearmint, since it's not the sweetest pepperminty scent, but like the perfect butter mint, and then behind it is a swell of gritty, growly patchouli. A little smokyness from the frankincense, but not enough to launch it into incense territory, it's a very unique, cold, green, chewy, patchouli-mint. Yay!
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    Honeyed Honeysuckle Atmosphere Spray

    Well, now, this is a beautiful floral with a hint of sweetness. It's the best honeysuckle ever. On me, honeysuckle gets all sharp and shrill, so I have to be careful wearing it. In the air, though... oh my. Please don't miss this if you're a fan of BPAL's honeysuckles. If you do, you'll... totally... suck...le. :L
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    The Tigress Atmosphere Spray

    Red musk and sweet golden amber with red agarwood, leather, labdanum, black tea, orris, and lavender. Wow! Well, this is definitely very, very leather-forward. It's the cool leather note, and when first spritzed, I swear it's almost a sprayable harness, hah hah! In all seriousness, there's a hint of the lavender present when you're smelling the top of the sprayer. When dispersed into the air, yes, leather is very apparent, but behind it is a very well blended warmth, although it's a bit of a stand-offish warmth, if that makes sense. The amber, musk and labdanum give a bit of support, but in no means do I get resinous from this at all. It's very sensuous, but also callous, in only the best way.
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    Lilith’s First Icicle

    This smells very similar to the Wretched Rose Window and Numb on me. I really, really loved Numb. That being said, I don't know if I can wear something so... dry powdery floral? And it may be that a decant is sufficient. This doesn't smell too 'creamy' for those wondering if the whipped cream goes into foody territory.
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    Bye, Austria!

    I've made a sachertorte from scratch before. You chop lots, and lots of bittersweet chocolate, a bit of flour, but also make a meringue base to fold the cake base into. There's an apricot jam reduction you boil the fruit and strain out the pulp for a liquid glaze alone (some varieties allow for raspberry, but I think the authentic one is apricot only). You also melt EVEN MORE chopped chocolate into a liquid chocolate glaze to pour over the large single tier sponge cake. It's pretty dry, but you have to eat it with authentic, fresh-whipped heavy cream. This scent is a dry, dark, dark chocolate. This is liquid richness, with a hint of apricot jam to my nose. It's perhaps one of the most true chocolate scents I have tried from BPAL, and I'm hard pressed not to blow my budget just to get a few bottles of this!
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    Peugeot Punch

    Our first night in Paris and a little jetlagged, we went out walking in the rain to search for a market because Lilith and I wanted bread and cheese. We found the Rue de Courcelles lit up and looking beautiful. You’ve heard of the game Slug Bug? Well, this evening was also the beginning of our new favorite game: Peugeot Punch. It seemed like every other car was a Peugeot and damn, my arms were sore. The Christmas lights of the 17th arrondissement glittering in the rain: white musk and ambergris sparkling violet and blue.  In bottle, smells wet, a bit rainy, tiny bit soapy. This is how ambergris reads to me. Immediately on it takes a nice little swing into very soapy category, but that mellows out pretty quickly as a little bit of a brighter, sharper tone underneath shimmers. This has a very metallic type of scent, I think of aluminum or a shiny stainless steel. I have some flashbacks to Bed of Nails, in that it's a metallic, modern type of fresh scent. I'm sure there's a some blue musk in here, since I get that kind of sweet, round background musk that recalls Blue Moon. I'm always looking out for violet scents, and that being in the description I jumped at it, but I'm not really getting anything floral-forward or violet petal, if it there it is very quiet. This reads as a metallic rain, mixed with a kiss of blue musk. Not bad, but I think the one bottle is good for me.