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About Larinessa

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  • Birthday 04/19/1977

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    2y old Snake Oil
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    Ghoulish, Kabuki, Vice, Phantom Calliope, Bordello, Chocolate Cognac Whiskey Truffle, Black Opal, Scherezade, The Red Queen, Countess Willie, Boomslang, Jack, Devils Night, Sugar Skull. NOTES: Cherry, Amaretto, Saffron, Almond, Currant, Plum, Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla, Musk, Wine, Bourbon, butterscotch, orange.

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    Bellydance, costuming, collecting vintage jewelry, reading, and generally causing trouble.
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  1. Larinessa

    Sugar Plum Black Phoenix

    I kept hearing whispers of the fabled plum of my beloved Bordello, so I had to spring for this along with Sugar Plum Snake Oil. Bordello has been the #1 of my favorites the entire tenure of my 15 years of BPAL, nothing knocking it out in the tourney, and I was heartbroken when it went away. I still have 2 bottles but I rarely dip into them knowing how difficult it is to locate them in the second hand market. So here goes. In the bottle, my eyes rolled with absolute pleasure. It is, indeed, Bordellos plum. That bright, candy like purple plum. On the skin, the plum recedes a bit, allowing the other notes to come forward, but never disappears. This is bright, beautiful plum with a touch of almond, and on me, rose. It's lovely, feminine, and uplifting. I've only been wearing it an hour and recieved 2 compliments. Verdict: I'll need a back up of this. While not Bordello's clone, it is definitely a sibling, and will definitely help with keeping me in the happy spot. I'm delighted in this gorgeous plum variant, and so happy I sprung for this.
  2. Larinessa

    My Wise Beauty

    Sweet, subtle, understated. A quiet moment indeed. This blends beautifully between the sandalwood and amber to create a warm, cozy, creamy scent on me. A winner!
  3. Larinessa

    Painted Scars

    Ohhh.... This is my beloved Mirror of Spring Pleasures on Kites blackberry wine 🥰. It's almost a single note of it on me, though the plum is present. No lavender, or white musk detected (lavender gives me a headache, so that's fine with me). A shade of the sandalwood peeks through the delicious berries on the dry down. Keeper ❤️
  4. Larinessa

    Burnt Sugar & Blackberry

    It's like Sugar Skull decided to splat itself down in the middle of Blackberry filling and roll around in it. It's yummy rich blackberry with caramel brown sugar that's been toasted. Rich, delicious, and definately edible. Like baking blackberry cobbler. Definately a keeper, a great fall scent that would keep your nose delighted as you take a walk in the autumn woods.
  5. Larinessa

    Black Amber & Sugar Cane

    Wet, this is stronger on the sugar note, and it's the same sugar as in Gypsy Moth from like 2010, very powder sugar like. Dry, the amber blooms, and this becomes very amber forward and it's a rich, deep amber, the sugar receding as a minor player. This is probably my favorite amber scent, as I love amber straight up, and this reminds me strongly of a amber scent necklace I have. Gorgeous in it's simplicity, I can see myself wearing this alone, or layering with scents like Great Vampire Bat, and Playful Wooden Mallets. My only regret is I only got one bottle. But I'm going to treasure it! By coincidence, I accidentally layered this with Blackberry and Burnt Sugar the other day when I was testing straight out of the box, and they were great together.
  6. Larinessa

    Looking for Beeswax Recommendations That Don't Have Honey

    Flickering Lantern, a Luper from 2016. Beeswax, purple rose, tobacco and incense
  7. Larinessa

    Unsubtle Euphemism

    I was super excited to see amaretto return to a scent, as I have literally every amaretto blend BPAL has made, and they are all in my top favorites. Sadly, they are all discontinued, and I am hoping the amaretto in this heralds a return of some favorites. Sadly, this won't be one. I can smell the sweet amaretto, and the almond, with a hint of anise which I also love. But over laying all of that wonderfulness is what can only be described as heavily buttered wonder bread, and it's almost making me gag. From previous reviews, this one has a place in the hearts of some, it's just not mine. Sorry.
  8. Larinessa

    The Elephant is Slow to Mate

    Smokey, dark and a deep bloody burgundy purple color is how this reads. I wish I could get into notes and how they play in this, but for the first time ever, I can't pick any one in it. Rich, goth and would be great for clubbing. This is definately along my vein, I'm just kinda befuddled by it, and not sure if I will upgrade. I will for sure keep the imp for those times I want to radiate a certain aura. Ok, I let it settle for a few days, and I'm doing a full test run today. I've decided this is definately bottle worthy. I'm better able to pick up the notes, the smokey rose, musk and fruits are a fabulous combo, but what's really knocking my socks off is buried under all that is the blackened vanilla bean. I swear I have no idea how Beth did that, but I can discern it. I was just going to keep this imp, and purchase 2 of the new duets, but it looks like this will be riding along with Sugar Cane and Black Amber, and Cinnamon Leather is getting moved aside. (That's ok, I have Spanked for that urge).
  9. Larinessa


    Aged imp I had sitting around. On me this seems pretty equal parts leather, plum and lilac. It's pretty and straightforward, and I quite enjoy it. I'll give it a test run as a wear soon, but I'll definately make use of this imp.
  10. Larinessa

    The Temptation

    Found a long forgotten imp, and decided to try it. The creamy peach called to me. Wet, this seemed like similar cousin to Water Dragon. Ripe juicy fruit and florals. I didn't check the florals out before testing, but they were pleasant. Dry, the peach receded, though still noticable, and the florals pushed forward, notably the rose turning this to a rose forward scent with a vague peachy undertone that becomes kinda soapy. Like you washed with a bar of rose scented soap and then put on some lotion. It's ok, I would definitely prefer the wet stage, might use a locket for the remainder of this, or swap off to someone hunting for it. It's not for me, but as it's long discontinued, that's a relief.
  11. Larinessa

    How Doth the Little Crocodile

    Started off as Andes Mints, dried down to pencil shavings (even my husband agreed). Total fail.
  12. Larinessa

    Breakfast, Or Something

    Wet: Guava heaven. Dry: faintly scented band-aids. 0/2 on Lillith's for me 😒
  13. Larinessa


    I had super high hopes for this, as a long time ago I posted in the 'whats your dream scent' thread, and I had put down blackberry, black musk, leather, and ceylon cinnamon. So I was super excited to see something that so closely resembled that. Wet: Blackberry musk. Luscious, rich, with just a hint of black leather underneath. Am thrilled. Dry: it went to a weird combo of piney smelling leather with the blackberry and musk and current booking it out of there without so much as a goodbye. Just *POOF* they were gone. With my nose pressed right against the spot, it faintly reminds me of Jareth. 😭😭😭😭 I'm heartbroken. Update: I broke this out again on 1/21/21, because I so badly did not want to give up on this one. The Cade has gone less piney, to a more smokey quality. The blackberry is coming forward more now that the Cade isn't so smothering. It's the same goopy, thick blackberry as Blackberry Jam and Scones, and it's now noticable on the throw, although still faint if I press my nose to my skin. I think I may either buy a bottle or several more decants to age out.
  14. Larinessa

    Black Orchid

    I have a bottle of Black Orchid v5, so I was super curious of this version. In the imp: RICH orchid with a slightly dirty note backing it. On my skin: Hot house orchid, with earthy/dirty undertone. v5 has a lot of patchouli/vetivier in it, this is definately a dirt note. But I'm kinda digging it. We have a Conservatory near where I live, and in their tropical dome there are a LOT of orchids. This smells like what sitting on one of the benches surrounded by the orchids is like. That place is one of my favorite, special spots, and because of the pandemic it's had extremely limited visitors. This waxes very nostalgic of happier times. Another orchid win for me. It's different enough from both v5, and Great Vampire Bat to stand alone.
  15. Larinessa

    Strawberry Moon 2009

    In the imp: Ripe strawberry. Yummy On the skin: a 'cool' feeling strawberry with something faintly green underneath. The strawberry isn't as high pitched, it blends beautifully with the other notes, the vanilla adding a slight creamy tone, backed by the lush floral. All of my previous strawberry scents are paired with sweet notes, and while the vanilla is present, this doesn't read 'foodie' to me. This is more like sitting picking ripe, juicy red strawberries in a field on a fresh spring day. Lovely. 💗