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HerbGirl

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    Our Lady of Pain, The Mysterious Warning, Snake Oil, Dorian, Lust, Greed, Sin, Vixen, Hollywood Babylon, Vice, Mania, Scherezade, Morocco, The Apothecary, Old Demons of the First Class, Satyr, Fenris Wolf, Hay Moon '08, Oak Moon '11, The Waltz of the Snowflakes, The Snowstorm, Snow White, TKO, October '10 and '23, It Wasn't Just a Phase, Soft Reboot, Fontium, Comfort, Wrapped in Sable Garments, Haul on the Bowline, Weeping Branches Moon, On Wednesday I Will Promise You a Phantom, Conjure, Illuni Nocte, Totality, Moldavite, In the Shadow Room, Nautical Twilight, Pendel, Golden Sunrise, Desert Places, Pumpkin Snake Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte '10, Blackberry Moon, Moon When the Cherries Turn Black, Funerailles, Song of Autumn V, Under the Harvest Moon, Banshee Beat/Revenant Rhythm, Strawberry Moon '09, Woman at the Edge of the Woods, Haunted, Gaueko, Oberon, Dance of Death, Aureus, Chimera, Eat Me, Vechernyaya, Tiefling Therapist, The Ninth Cage, Pomegranate Ink, Whoopie Cushion, Mother Ginger, Christmas Eve on the Moor, They Shut Me Up in Prose, Noh Mask and Maple Leaves, The Red Ribbon, The Silk Strings of the Shamisen, A Little Silver Scimitar, Neglected Calligraphy, La Calavera Catrina '11, La Befana, Kimi Ga Dai Wa, Cameo Chaperone, Fate's Jester, The Tea House, Thunder Moon '23, The Snow Woman, Who in the World Am I?, Celeste, Blizzard, Love and Sleep, Blood Moon '10, Devil's Night '14, El Dia De Reyes '07, All Souls '14, Couple Reading Erotic Scroll, Playful Wooden Mallets, Gloomy Day, Lady in Speckled Pink Kimono, News From Afar, The Robeky Venus, Venustas, Witches' Lace '22, Grief Moth, Grief Moth Part II, Belonging to the Darkness II, Auxilium, Harvest Love Potion, Sopor, Woods in Winter '10...and so many more.

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  1. HerbGirl

    Traum

    This smelled so scary in the bottle, I've been working up the courage to test it. 🫣 It smelled awful for a bit, then it reminded me of two very different oils in different ways: Totality and Gaueko. I love them both. I get the frankincense from Totality and the lavender from Gaueko but I like Totality and Gaueko much better than Traum. Dried down to Gaueko + frankincense on me, which is fine but not what I had expected. Nothing special here.
  2. HerbGirl

    Drag is for Everyone

    Estamets nailed it: peppery butter. I was looking forward to a good frankincense but I think the skin musk is doing something bizarre with it. The vanilla is nice but the sweetness is strange and works against the frankinmusk. It smells nice, I guess? Just disjointed. I've had this for quite a while and finally felt it had rested enough to try. If you're looking for a true frankincense experience, look elsewhere.
  3. HerbGirl

    Stargazing at Sea

    I bought this last year because it sounded amazing despite being pretty out of character for me. I loved it from first sniff. Wearing it today, I am enjoying the moonflower and sweet pea melding with the salty sea spray and blue musk. I get why folks smell 'laundry' but it, thankfully, doesn't come across that way for me. Lovely.
  4. HerbGirl

    Mantle of Concealing Night

    I've been wearing and loving this oil since it came out and am wearing it today in honor of Luna being in Cancer. I am surprised at the lack of reviews for the Sphere + Sundry perfume oils here! This is one of my favorite oils to wear to sleep while the Moon is in Cancer. I know I can use it anytime (and I do) but it feels special to look forward to this treat a few days each moonth. This oil works wonderfully for amplifying anything and everything I've wanted to accomplish for divination, inner work, shadow work and magical workings. The scent is ridiculous- it's a creamy pineapple but not coconut (which I hate smelling almost as much as smelling pineapple and coconut together!) despite coconut being listed in the ingredients and I absolutely love it. It smells like nothing else I have and is just lovely.
  5. HerbGirl

    Condoleo

    As for scent, the rose, neroli and lemon verbena are what I smell most. I'm wearing this in honor of Venus being in Pisces and honestly, I've been in need of extra comfort this year as it has been especially difficult so far. It smells spicy, floral and comforting and I love knowing there's lotus in here. I only put some on about 30 minutes ago, but I've worn it before and I know it works for its intended purpose.
  6. HerbGirl

    Pendel

    This is another scent based on art that shouldn't be picked apart. I've been wearing this since December and love it. The 'leather' was so strong I could smell it with the cap on. !! As soon as I was brave enough to test it, that 'leather' smoothed out and was enveloped in the dark coolness of the rest of the perfume. I love the first review of this scent, and agree with most of what was written. Honestly, 'moonmilk' had my attention and, although I never smell the notes, I feel the cave. This is intensely beautiful. I wanted to review scents still fresh in my memory before I forget to review them at all, and might wear this one later today.
  7. HerbGirl

    Oblivion Railroad

    Lavender, champaca, labdanum and patchouli with a hint of opoponax. Very nice. Similar to The School of Silence. Different enough to have both.
  8. HerbGirl

    The School of Silence

    Lavender and champaca loveliness. This is very similar to Oblivion Railroad, to me, but softer and without labdanum and patchouli.
  9. HerbGirl

    Autumn Sun I

    After reading these reviews, I don't have much to add, but wanted to write my thoughts. This perfume oil is just so lovely. Yes, I love the listed notes. Do I get them? Nope. Not at all. Do I care? Not a bit. Why? Because it smells like the painting looks. This isn't amber and tea, it's 'amber light' and a 'tea stained sky'. And yes, it absolutely lives up to the description if you're not trying to isolate notes. I did that at first and it was confusing, but I loved the scent so much that it didn't matter. If the art appeals to you- don't look at the notes- just enjoy the scent inspired by the art. Lovely.
  10. HerbGirl

    Divinities Implacable, Doom-Laden

    I've been wearing this since it arrived in August 2022. This is one of my favorite perfumes. I reach for it most when I feel like curling up with a book. The scent is overwhelming in the best possible way. I want this to overwhelm me with its scent! I can smell the listed notes but refuse to try to isolate them because I don't want to analyze this, I just want to enjoy it. Looking at the notes, I expected a powdery element but this is all velvet. So much love for this strong, comforting scent.
  11. HerbGirl

    Portrait of Princess Marthe Bibesco

    This is so awesome. The first disappointed review convinced me I needed a bottle, and I'm thrilled to have one. This doesn't smell like butterscotch. This smells like Ghost Milk with a hint of toffee and vanilla sparkles. I love it. It would be cool to smell the rose, but I don't. Maybe it will develop later. Wearing this brings an immediate, long lasting smile to my face and brightens my day. Also, the scent lasts forever on me- lingering into 12 hour longevity.
  12. HerbGirl

    Madrigal

    This is beautiful. I can smell each of the listed notes and they are blended beautifully. It goes on fairly strong, mostly plum and opium tar, and softens a bit when I start to smell the lavender. Glad to have a bottle.
  13. HerbGirl

    Our Lady of Pain 2024

    I wrote this review under the original and copied and pasted it here. My bottles arrived two days ago. The original became my favorite, tied with The Mysterious Warning, from the first moment I tried it, fresh out of the mail, in 2013. I was so excited to be able to wear it again! This isn't it. 😪 This is nice, but only vaguely similar to the original because of the notes. The original slaps me in the face with patchouli and opium tar, some lavender and black orchid and dried down to a strong, beautifully blended version of those notes: it was a virtuoso. This? The notes are there, but in a different formula. The patchouli is barely there, there's a hint of lavender and maybe orchid if I try really hard to find it. The dry down is a hint of patchouli with a really light, but beautiful opium tar note. I would love any combination of these notes (and do), but for the folks who remember, loved and were hoping for the original: this is not even close to the same. I will compare this to the disappointment of the Dorian reformulation- it's very nice, but a completely different scent. Eta April 15- there's a mildly honeyed soapy quality to this now. I don't like where this is going. Nothing like the original and yes, I remember what it smelled like the day I first put it on, and many wears after that. The aging has nothing to do with the differences here, this is just a completely different scent.
  14. HerbGirl

    Implacable Beautiful Tyrant

    I was so excited to be able to wear a perfume oil version of this!!! The white ginger note was so fantastic and made this, which was originally a hair gloss, what it was. It made me nostalgiac for the days I wore Bvlgari Blv and the amazing White Tea and Ginger from BBW...and I enjoyed the scent of that hair gloss sooo much but the glosses were just too heavy for my hair. When this first arrived two days ago, I could barely smell anything in the bottle. I put some on about an hour ago and there is barely any scent to this. ?! What scent there is reminds me of a dirty diaper. I don't understand. There's no ginger. None. I wonder if my bottle is a dud or if this is the intended scent? I am curious to read other reviews as they come in. In any case, my bottle smells nothing like the original scent, and honestly that's disappointing enough without the diaper hint. Good grief. I will hold onto this for a bit, but I have no hope that this will suddenly turn into something it's not. Eta: looks like I'm not alone. What a shame they couldn't create a good perfume oil version of that stunning hair gloss.
  15. HerbGirl

    Our Lady of Pain

    My bottles arrived two days ago. The original became my favorite, tied with The Mysterious Warning, from the first moment I tried it, fresh out of the mail, in 2013. I was so excited to be able to wear it again! This isn't it. 😪 This is really really nice, but only vaguely similar to the original because of the notes. The original slaps me in the face with patchouli and opium tar, some lavender and black orchid and dried down to a strong, beautifully blended version of those notes: it was a virtuoso. This? The notes are there, but in a different formula. The patchouli is barely there, there's a hint of lavender and maybe orchid if I try really hard to find it. The dry down is a hint of patchouli with a really light, but beautiful opium tar note. I would love any combination of these notes (and do), but for the folks who remember, loved and were hoping for the original: this is not even close to the same. I will compare this to the disappointment of the Dorian reformulation- it's very nice, but a completely different scent.
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