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Larinessa

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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Larinessa

    Bensiabel

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Larinessa

    How Doth the Little Crocodile

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

    Breakfast, Or Something

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

    Arlecchina

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. 💗
  10. Larinessa

    Tombstone

    In the imp: smelled like a fresh baked sugar cookie. Yum. On me: smells like I rolled in wood shavings with a touch of vanilla in the background. 😭 Not for me, but the hubby loves it and says it smells like a masculine vanilla soap for men, so I passed it on to him.
  11. Larinessa

    Dead Leaves and Sugared Cardamom

    I've had this imp sitting around forever, when I first got it, the leaves note was a sharp chemical smell, so I put it aside and forgot about it. Today the temps in Minnesota have plunged more then 20 degrees, and there is a distinct coolness outside, so I decided to give it another shot. The chemical smell has smoothed out considerably, lending a underlying 'cool' feeling at the bottom. The top notes are a warm, spicy cardamom, with the almost tangible crunchy note of dried leaves. It's making me think of being on a porch swing, wrapped in an oversized sweater watching the leaves fall on a chill, gray day, the parts of your body enveloped in the cozy sweater warm and comfy, your skin on your face feeling the crisp fall air. The hubby thinks this is delightful.
  12. Larinessa

    Cozy scents

    Dead Leaves and Sugared Cardamom definately reads as a cozy scent to me. I also love Velvet, the Sandalwood makes is very cozy to me.
  13. Larinessa

    Vice

    This is those decadent dark chocolate oranges smeared on your skin. Every time I wear it, I get a craving. 😂
  14. Larinessa

    Kabuki

    I've had this for forever, but as I'm rooting for it in the tournament, I'll review. This is bright in your face cherry to start off with, then deepens with the anise on my arm. Deep, dark, and delicious. Long wear time and great throw.
  15. Larinessa

    Wicked

    E-ghads, I tried this before I knew what the notes were. Rose and Jasmine, two death notes. But ok, I'll review. In the imp, this was very incense rich, which was why I tried it. Wet, the rose and Jasmine come screaming to the fore, turning it to high pitched soap, causing my predictable scent induced migraine. Nope, I'm sure it has lovers, but right now it's trying to put me down not in a good way. 😣
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