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  • Birthday 01/23/1978


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    Two words: eccentric gourmand Favorite Blends: GC: Antikythera Mechanism, Bastet, Blood Amber, Blood Kiss, Blood Pearl, Brisingamen, Dana O'Shee, Dance of Death, Defututa, Depraved, Dragon's Bone/Heart/Milk/Musk, Eat Me, Elegba, Event Horizon, Fae, Fuck You Said the Raven, GOBLIN, Hecate, Helle's Belle, Hetairae, Kali, Le Lethe, The LIGHTS of MEN'S LIVES, Lurid, Lyoneese, Medea, Morocco, Mouse's Long Sad Tale, O, Old Demons of the First Class, Penitence, Penny Dreadful, The Phantom Wooer (on the rare occasion I want an airy floral), Red Queen, The Rose, Scherezade, Shub-Niggurath, Spellbound, SNAKE OIL, Qandisa, Tezcatlipoca, Tobacco Honey, Velvet, Vixen, White Rabbit, White Rider, Y'ha-Nthlei (crazy, right! the rare citrus)GC Unimpables: The Best Lies, THE BOOK, THE CAT, Fuck You Said the Raven, Dawn:Mother, Hippie Ghost, Door, The Other Miss Forcible, VILF, The Witch QueenLE: Achluophobia, All Souls, the Arbor, Bezoar, Blood Popsicle, Bloody Banister, Cherry Sugar Cookie, Dragon Smooched Snake Oil, The Elephant's Leash, Gingerbread Snake, Go To Sleep Darlings, Hallow-e'en 1914, Hesiod's Phoenix, Ill Omen, Ivory Vulva, Krampus, Mariposita(It was a hearfelt gift the first time I met Beth! Sniff!), Not So Penitent Mini Magdalene, My Little Grotesque, Now Winter Nights Enlarge, O Love and Time and Sin, Picture Books in Winter, Pink Snowballs, Pomegranate V , Premature Burial, Raspberry Sufganiyot, Svarta Fönix Bókaflóð, Stekkjarstaur, Samhainophobia, Sleeping Nymphs and Satyrs, Some Strangeness in the Proportion, Snakes in the Pumpkin Patch, Snow White, Stekkjarstaur, SUGAR COOKIE, Sugar Skull, This Wan White Humming Hive, Tarantula Fascinator (I think I influenced the name, which is a happy thought!), Third Charm, Monster Bait: Underpants, Whoopie Cushion Lunacy: Honey Moon, Raven MoonSN: Golgothan Myrrh, Siberian Musk, White MuskCarnival: Bezor, Hand of Glory, Inez, Mme Moriarty OGExclusives: Banshee Beat, Bat of Good Death, Black Lace, Haloes, Peach IV, Psychological Horror, Raspberry Sufganiyot, Storyville, So Below, Ü Mütter MuseumDC: Antique Lace, Black Opal, Black Dahlia, Ekhidna, March Hare, Whoso List to HuntTrading Post: Down the Rabbit Hole, The Hall of Forgotten Gods, Tricksy, Reverent Rhythm, The PORTAL OF DEATH, Marshmallow Cookie Pie, October Dusk, the Sharing of The Cake Between the Lion and the UnicornOn The Man: Bezoar, Blood Kiss, Bow and Crown of Conquest, Debauchery, Mars Altor, Old Demons of the First Class, On Darkness, Scales of Deprivation, Tezcatlipoca, UFavorite Notes: White, Siberian, Skin, Black, Red, Egyptian, Brown, MUSK, MUSK, MUSK, MUSK!!!!, BEESWAX!, AMBER (esp Egyptian), BOOKS, SWEET PATCHOULI, MYRRH esp OPOPONAX, powdery notes, sweet things like vanilla, sugar, marshmallow, cake, cookie, almond, raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, plum, currant, apricot, peach, sometimes strawberry, coconut, sometimes orange blossom, orris, carnation, sometimes tuberose, daemonorops/dragon's blood, copal, labdanum, cream notes, spices like ginger/pepper/cardamom/saffron, teak, sandalwood, oudh, bits of leather, castoreum, civit, ambergris, paper, dust, moss, Is it dark, heavy, chewy, incensey, sweet, disturbing somehow, STRONG, or a sticky skin scent? Does it smell like a church, an occult/antique/book shop, inguens, a head, a witch, a hippie, or an "old lady"? Is it rich and golden? REALLY musky, animalic, indolic, even bordering on ass? Tooooo sexy? I'll probably like it!I tend to stay away from "super florals" (ungrounded ones), citrus, heavy cinnamon (I love it but it makes my skin red), soapy, bready, nutty, buttery, light, or aquatic scents. I really can't do grape, but I can do wine sometimes. Orange amps on me, big time. Of course, though, I also love to break the rules and BPAL surprises me all the time!Non BPAL loves: Solstice Scents: Nag Champa, Black Forest, Conjure, FoxcroftChanel: Egoiste, #5, Coco, Coco Mademoiselle; Shalimar, Angel, Jovan's White Musk, Serge Lutens anything (no, really, but esp Bois de Violette, Fumerie Turque, and Muscs Koublai Khan), Khiel's Musk, Tom Ford's White Patchouli, Prada Candy, Atelier Cologne's Vanille InsenseeScent siblings with boomtownrat, OctoberGwen, joyfulgirl, Andalei, cfrancesca, Erinofhere, jenpo, euterpe414, paperbacknovel, ariansdreams, subtlesiren, marzstar, sunshinedaisybliss, Herb Girl, and Ella La RoseFirst BPAL: White RabbitFirst Bottle: FreakshowLongest Loves: Antique Lace/Snake Oil/Blood Kiss/White Rabbit/Dragon's Milk

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  1. lookingglass

    Aged Vetiver, Chocolate & White Sandalwood

    There is something about earthy gourmonds that really do it for me: grounding, slightly edible, and sophisticated; I feel ready for anything in them! Who needs top notes? (sniff)...What. A. Managé! I'm so glad I picked this up and I'm gonna need a back up! I imagine cacoa beans drying in the hot sun. it gives me a similar deep, brown, tropical feel, though the notes are different, to Goblin (whole coconuts with patchouli); AVCWS is drier and hot with the white sandalwood, where Goblin is more warm & creamy (with the benzoin). I also envision AVCWS as a sauna dusted with cocoa power, or made of cocoa wood (does that even have a scent? In my fantasy it does!), or lying there with a cocoa face mask, or tiny eye bags filled with cacao (like the ones filled with rice/herbs presented in some yoga classes...I don't know if cacao versions of these are a thing, but how else does cocoa function so well in a sauna?! I'm open to other suggestions...). It's such a HOT scent it's nearly anamalic...like I've been enveloped in the finest cocoa incense. It's SO. GOOD! I can't wait to try wearing the White Rider (white sandalwood & leather) in the morning and putting AVCWS on in the evening. If you love Velvet but want to go even deeper, get this beauty. If you love Death Adder, but want chocolate instead of vanilla sometimes, getcha some of this! If you love Boomslang, but want something drier...try Aged Vetiver, Chocolate & White Sandalwood. Thank you, thank you, Beth! She's brilliant!
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    Dalliance with an Amorous Bat Demon

    Interesting. This does not come off dark or smokey on me initally. I'd say it's more kin to the White Rider than Tricksy. It's a light, playful little amourous bat of a patchouli, perfect for warm weather, or when I want a little cheer for my dark, fuzzy heart. Wet this is almost lemony, which was a surprise, but I know it must be the honey, resin, and crisp woods just tricking my nose. (Haunted smells lemony to me, too, but that's black musk and amber...). It reminds me almost of a snapped spring branch...bitter and not quite green, but alive and earthy. Drying down there's less little sharp teeth and the benzoin starts to sweet up. In just a few minutes the patchouli's depth hums undernieth a subtly fresh sweetness. All the way through the dry down it's more more bright than smokey. It'll be perfect for me to tuck into my summer purse and slather throughout the day and evening to freshen up.
  3. lookingglass

    Cacao and Patchouli Root Hair Gloss

    This is just eye rolling gloriousness and my greatest Luper wish come true this year as I was craving a pure chocolate patchouli. In the bottle it seems nearly edible, like a decadent dark chocolate ganache. As it dries down it smells more like cocoa powder, losing some sweetness, and the patchouli really hums, deep and rooty. A tempting, witchy confection!
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    Women Copulating

    Big. Heady. Indolic. JASMINE. I put on a turn of this oil and my partner, smelling it from across the room, exclaimed how amazing it was. This is the scent of a humid summer night, when you've showered, left the windows open, and you've accepted you will not get cool... nothing left to do but go to bed. The supporting notes to this jasmine don't really come into play for me until the drydown, where the sweet cream is there just enough to meld it into my skin, and the sandalwood and cognac add just a touch of a bookended earthy lift and sepia tinged base. This is not the jasmine ice cream of La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le Monde. This is much, much more...it is jasmine personified as women.
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    Death’s Head Moth

    Ooooh...yes. This smells so good! Out of the bottle it's nice an clove-y like not many scent are. It quickly dries down to a soft, creamy, slightly dusty, goth skin scent. I have to get really close to my wrist to smell it but it's cozy, fuzzy, and warm. The sandalwood sweetens the oudh in a beautiful way with just a touch of anaimalic flair. The cumin and vetiver are not dominant to my nose. Overall it reminds me of wrapping myself in a blanket I wore wrapped around a night of hanging by a sacred fire. Nuzzle worthy.
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    Let’s talk about Oudh...

    I love oudh in its many incantations: oud, aquilaria agallocha, agarwood...there are differences, for sure. Tricksy is my holy grail! I also love Gingerbread Oud, Nasty Woman, & Deuteronomy 10:18. I haven't tried the ones you've mentioned but I know Snake's Shadow's black oude, which may be in Pumpkin Musk and Black Oude, too, was stronger and funkier on me. First Morning in Paris has burgandy oude, which I don't see listed in anything else. It may also have to do with quantity and the other notes it's playing with.
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    Recommendations for a single man

    Blood Kiss (has cherry but it adds a round red sweetness to the sexy darkness) Old Demons of the First Class
  8. lookingglass

    Gingerbread Oudh

    Such a wearable, sophisticated gingerbread! It's not too foody or funky. I find it to be like Shub light: kind of lemony with fresh ginger, incensey with dried ginger and other spices, and a little bit of woody depth that also kind of smells...human...in a cozy way. Medium sillage and wear length. Definately a keeper.
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    So delicate and lovely, like a faded white rose, the tips browning and curling in...the fresh green notes fading, growing earthier and softer. I love the plush hum of the oudh and moss supporting the fading flowers. Springlike and delicate without being girly. A keeper for me.
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    I'm digging the bitterness of the black rose juxtiposed with the fruits that are more milky sweet than tart and juicy. It reminds me a bit of the Burt's Bees Baby lotion but with a brooding rose note...like the Woman in Black or a ghost nanny.
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    Caramel Patchouli Hair Gloss

    Why in the world does this scent not have more reviews?! Banshee Beat and Tricksy lovers, we got ourselves a GC to help us meet our sweet patchouli needs!!! Round, sound, sexy patch, not too gritty or camphorous, just the way we like it. The caramel isn't too much...just a creamy, dark, sugary addition. So much YES!!!! Spray it all ovah and layer with everything.
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    Svarta Fönix Bókaflóð

    In the bottle I smell a light, sweet ambery-ness. Fresh out of the bottle it's as if I've been handed a large stack of leather bound books of various ages, next to a fireplace. Drying out, the blend becomes rounder and more cohesive: smoother, sweeter, and cozy...an ever so slightly musky floral, resinous perfume faded on my wrists, mixed with the scent of leather books left on my hands, chai foam in the empty cup by my side, a silky cat on my lap. I'm delighted that it reminds me of a more distinguished Picture Books in Winter which is one of my all time favorite Yules, now quite hard to find. It has a light throw and medium wear length, perfect for a weekend afternoon at home. I also received a copy of Game of Thrones. So much yes!
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    Yule Cat

    Ruddy Christmas treeeeeee!!!! BAM! with the evergreen! BAM! with the civit! I'm awake and alive with the muthafuckin Christmas spirit! Wet, it's fresh everygreens with hot animalic notes, no joke. Drying down blend softens onto a cozy bed of moss...so earthy...still evergreen and wild. I LOVE it!
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    Reflections Under Bereavement

    I can only consider departed spirits and ministering angels, as one innumerable company continually surrounding us. And are they not as nearly united to their fellow soldiers now, as when in the body ! What should hinder ? Gratitude and affection are natives of heaven, and live for ever. Forgetfulness is a property of mortality, and drops off with the body. Therefore, they that loved us in the Lord, will surely love us for ever. Can anything material interrupt the sight or presence of a spirit ? Nay,— ‘Walk within walls no more the passage bar, Than unopposing space of liquid air.’ – the British Spiritual Telegraph, Vol. 3 No. 6, April 1859 Blackened opoponax and frankincense smoke shrouded in wilted roses, black taffeta, and tear-stained lace. A deliciate, somber, soft rose...this scent reminds me of Antique Lace and the Best Lies with some incense wafting through. The rose is pink and faded but still slightly juicy, with a bit of muskiness, but darkened to a lovely sepia around the edges. Wistful and unassuming, but still well estabilished.... I can see this scent fitting in nicely anywhere.
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    Gingerbread, Vetiver, and Black Clove

    I missed this one in 2016 but 2018 has been the year of vetiver for me. I got some of this precious and it is my new seasonal love. It smells like the Krampus haunted house we went to this year-totally possessed gingerbread man! Thick, chewy gingerbread with a clove incense vibe. Spooky holiday time!!!