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  1. sunstone

    White Rabbit

    Bought this at the final Seattle Will Call. It has become an unexpected favorite of mine. In bottle: A pleasant, mild blend of honey, milk, and an indistinct soft note I assume is linen. Almost flowery. Some days I can detect the tea in this phase, too. On skin: The linen becomes more pronounced. Reminds me of laundry soap. The honey and faint whiff of pepper keep it tolerable. Some days the cream note lingers longer and goes buttery, which is wonderful. Conclusion: Smooth and comforting.
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    Vial of Holy Water

    In imp: Reminds Sunlitgarden of rosewater. I do not smell roses, but it's definitely floral. Drydown: Almost like the dreaded dryer sheets, but something besides the high quality of the ingredients is saving it from "yuck" territory. Later: The note that stings my throat has faded. What remains is a gentle damp floral, appropriate for the theme. Unfortunately, it fades quickly -- almost gone within a half hour. I still enjoy it.
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    Lips Full of Lust and Laughter

    In bottle: Tart, dry wood and concord grape. Odd, and a bit unpleasant. On skin: Turning a bit softer & sweeter. Close up, I can catch a whiff of honey and perhaps red musk...but the grapelike scent persists. The throw on it is crazy. I am sad. I thought this smelled amazing at Will Call. Perhaps it was too close to something else I was testing. I regret buying it, now.
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    Temple of Dreams

    Decided to try this again last night, and put some on after I laid down. In imp: A relaxing blend of pungent herbs. Rosemary, lavender and a few notes I couldn't identify...Maybe a touch of lemon or lemon verbena. Wet: Exclusively ROSEMARY with the widest throw I have encountered on my own skin. My partner could smell it 3-4 feet away! Pretty overpowering, but I love rosemary, so it was all right. After a half hour-ish: The rosemary quieted down, and let the other notes come out and play. There was something sweet and a tad spicy, like anise or fennel. Delicious. I couldn't stop sniffing my wrist. Definitely a keeper. I did not have extraordinary dreams. In fact, I don't remember them at all. I did however sleep more soundly and continuously than I have for weeks. So, thanks Beth. ETA: My partner Sunlitgarden did not remember her dreams either, but she slept well too.
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    The Apple of Sodom

    Got this as a frimp at some point, and rescued it from Sunlitgarden's swap pile. Finally decided to try it. In imp: A pleasant apple, with hints of flowers and maybe something darker underneath. Wet/Drydown: Sour apple. Throat-constricting, almost eye-watering levels of sour. Thankfully it stayed close to my skin. Later: In time, the tartness quieted down and what I got was a blank apple scent. Not bad, but it reminds me of the cheap shower gels I used to get. No hint of the lovely-sounding mint and/or ash. Back in the swap-box it goes.
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    "A negatively charged scent. Ambergris, Spanish Moss, oakmoss and three electric mints." In imp: Pleasantly cool, earthy, and minty. With less mint, it would smell like an early autumn day. Wet/Drydown: The mint disappears immediately on my skin. Now it smells like stereotypical perfume. Perhaps it's the ambergris...? Several minutes later: The mosses came back. Good. The scent is balanced again, though the mint has all but disappeared. Conclusion? Not bad, but not great on my skin, either. I think this one is destined for the swap box, unfortunately. Unless I try it another day and like it better.
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    "Soft golden amber with a touch of murky black musk." In imp: Mostly the musk: furry, but sweet and clean. Reminds me a bit of lemon, or lemon verbena. On skin: About the same. Amber notes in general come out nicely on my skin. Makes me a bit itchy, though. After a minute, the lemony-ness fades. Now I smell warm and spicy, like strong chai. This has quickly catapulted to the top of my favorites! Will wear it as perfume tomorrow, and see how it lasts through the day.
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    In imp: Sage and sweet berries. I caught a whiff of the dark musk, too. On skin: Blackberries and musk, primarily, still with a leafy undertone. I smell like a delicious tea blend...or a neglected garden in late summer, where the blackberries have taken over. Verdict: I enjoy this scent. It's oddly comforting, probably because as a kid I lived in a house with a greenbelt behind the back yard, which was overrun with blackberries. I owe a lot of how I am today to that narrow strip of foliage. Definitely keeping. Maybe I'll buy a full bottle when this imp runs out.
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    Copper Phoenix

    This scent is incredibly well-balanced. In the imp and on drydown, I couldn't distinguish between the notes -- it was one solid chord. A little later, the orange and apricot reached the fore. Another poster (Marared, early in the thread) likened it to Sunny D, and it was like that for me too, briefly...but the other things were still there, so it didn't remind me too much of gradeschool. My verdict: A warm, well-rounded scent, that I swear is taking on a metallic tang as I type this. I will definitely hang on to this imp.
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    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    Kindly ignore the ramblings in my previous post. I was slightly drunk and having trouble focusing. After sleeping and reading more of the BPAL catalog with a clear head, I realized that I could suggest scents for all six party members in Tales of the Abyss. Luke: Chimera (Bewitching Brews). "The fiery, volatile scent of cinnamon, thickened by myrrh, honeysuckle, and copal." A scent for a fiery, ignorant, but good-hearted youth. Guy: Aelopile (Steamworks). "Glowing amber and citrus, labdanum, verbena, cedar, and oud." Clean and attractive, with the suggestion of machine-geekery as a bonus. Tear: Moon Rose (Rappaccini's Garden, discontinued). "A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by moonflower and midnight dew." Soft, feminine, and a touch mysterious. Natalia: Cordelia (Illyria). "The essence of faith, love and devotion: lilac, lemon, green tea, wisteria, osmanthus, white cedar, and Chinese musk." Suitable for an active, determined, devoted princess who still wears lace on her battle costume. Jade: Herbert West (A Picnic in Arkham). "Aftershave, embalming fluid, and splatterings from a panoply of reanimation reagents." A scent for a gentleman with a brutal wit and a sordid past who still carries the title of Necromancer. Anise: Jailbait (Sin & Salvation). Unquestionably. "Innocence defiled. Sticky pink bubblegum and the thick, sweet scent of orange and cherry lollipops smeared over a breath of heady womanly perfume." Perfect for a thirteen-year-old girl wiser than her years, yearning to grow up. I could go on, but I've interrupted the flow of conversation enough. Tales of the Abyss is a Japanese RPG that came out in 2006 or 2007 for the PS2. Gameplay-wise, it's rather clunky, and the plot can get drawn out, but the characterization is amazing (each person even opens doors differently -- how detailed can you get?). The game was also released for the 3DS recently. All right, I'm done. Carry on.
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    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    Why not have a scent with the more refined death or devilish notes? You could also layer, death with cologne, to reflect how he tried to hide details of his sordid past. Suggestions (primarily from descriptions, as I haven't smelled all of them): Single scents: HAUNTED A mournful, poignant scent, thick with foreboding. Soft golden amber darkened with a touch of murky black musk. VILLAIN A classic Victorian men's cologne: a lavender fougere, with hints of lilac, lime, and citrus musk. SIN Thoroughly corrupted: amber, sandalwood, black patchouli and cinnamon. Layered: VILLIAN / YORICK "A classic Victorian men's cologne" [...]" overlaying "Grave dirt, bone, decay, angel's trumpet, and moldering scraps of shroud: the essence of finality." And...pretty much any of those above with Yorick or Zombi...Though Jade would stay away from anything with a whiff of rose, as it reminds him of his loathsome former partner, Dist the Flaming Rose Reaper.
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    Moon Rose

    In imp: Rose is faint, almost nonexistent. Another floral note masks it -- presumably the moonflower, though it smells like jasmine right now. On skin/Drydown: Still almost no rose. The moonflower warps into something like gardenia. Unfortunately, it reminds me of soap: that is, a good version of those crappy generic perfumes. Ugh, why does this happen to me? Dry: ...Okay. Now I can smell the rose, and...it is indeed soft, pretty, and delicate. Along with the description, it calls up an image of white roses shining in the moonlight. Verdict: I'm not sure about this one. It's only pleasant on me once it dries. I should try it again later...perhaps at a different point in my monthly cycle.
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    In imp: Leather, old smoke perhaps, and a fragrant wood -- I assume this is the rosin. On skin: A very soft leather scent underpins the other two notes. I like the rosin, though it makes me think of a ranger. I hadn't paid much attention to how hemp smells before, but after sticking my nose in a coil of hemp cord I recently bought, I can say it's as I expected: dry, grassy-sweet, and sneezy. This is actually the strongest note on me, but I like it. Conclusion: Pretty much smells like a rogue. I have a feeling this would be nice when combined with Whip, to make a kind of Dominatrix Rogue, or Rogue Fleeing Through The Rose Garden In the Rain. This is one my favorites, both thematically and olfactorily.
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    (Edited for formatting.) In imp: Clean and watery. A bit like the first rain. Drying on skin: Gyeh, I smell nothing but the cheap perfume used for dryer sheets. Makes me gag a little. There's only the faintest hint of the lovely wet storminess I smelled in the container. One for the giveaway pile, unfortunately.
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    Black Annis

    Got this as a frimp in Sunlitgarden's most recent order. In container: ANISE. Delicious. Drying on skin: Still a lot of anise, but there's something woodsy underneath. That was the first word that came to mind, "woodsy"...When I wrote that I hadn't read the official description yet. Several minutes later: A scent like blackened wood emerges. Sunlitgarden tells me this is vetiver. There is also musk. Eventually, the anise calmed down and let the other notes come out. I get a gentle whiff of earthiness (the cave lichen and oak leaves) underlying the rest. It's a pleasant plant-y scent to me, because I don't know the tales of its namesake. If I did, I might be more wary.