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    Time Does Not Bring Relief (2011), Jerusalem Cherry Infused Honey, LULU7, Virginia, Third Charm, Western Diamondback, Ivanushka, Our Lady of Pain, Tombstone!

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  1. neptuneanblues

    Thorns Clove Cigarette

    Interestingly, for me in the bottle this smells like unburned cloves in the pack, and on the skin, smells like a lit clove cigarette. So that's a neat trick! I wasn't expecting to be able to smell the "burning" aspect of a cigarette as well, but it's there for me. I might actually layer this with Indonesian Clove Single note to tone down the incendiary aspect. I agree that this has quite a bit of throw so likely doesn't need to be slathered unless you are a "huge cloud of scent" type person.
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    I've tried 20+ scents and only liked 2. Help!

    If you like Rose Jam, I think you should give Spellbound a try. Also wondering if you'd like Arcana.
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    Sorry to hear that... in my comment, I was responding to biyonic who didn't mention those constraints. I did a search for that note, and it looks like the 2 cashmere scents that have neither leather nor oudh are Right Atrium and Monk and Actor (the latter sounds closer to the non-BPAL cashmere scents described earlier, though likely more traditionally-masculine).
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I've never smelled the B&BW scent you mentioned, but Unicorn & Ram springs to mind... not sure how easy it would be to find these days though.
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    Switch Witch 2019!

    My BPAL wishlist is linked in my signature, so if you have gotten here, you have probably been there as well.... Here's my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/6D1ZI60Y3H6P Here's Modcloth (I know Modcloth's stuff is often expensive and sells out quickly, but I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what I like... no promises on updating this particular wishlist regularly during the round though) As for etsy, my faves are not public, so here are some examples of relatively-inexpensive stuff I like there: orgone pyramid, soutache earrings, more soutache earrings, even more soutache earrings, key earrings, 80s earrings, more 80s earrings, even more 80s earrings, poppy milk shower gel, blue sky necklace, infinity rainbow pin, rainbow resin ring size 6, crater lake socks (I know I said I didn't want socks, but just look at these!), cosmic jam pin, pastel shirt, neutral good pin, milk tea keychain, letter set. Maybe for the in-thread questions I'll try this thing out where folks sort their answers out by date... 9/20 Will do condensed versions of certain questions because I think my original questionnaire was pretty equivocal on certain topics. With that in mind, I don't do horror movies at all and am not really interested in owning movies in general, I don't have much of a use for knitted things (exceptions will be noted when appropriate), and I am definitely fine with used items, of which thrift store items are a large subset. So... what specifics does that leave... Future Primitive: The Cordwainer, Rook & Raven, Sparklebox, Sylph, Tombstone, and Marshmallow Eggnog sound like nice scents. As for actual products, I looked at the soap bars but many of them seem to be in scents that were not on the scent list. So I guess you can use your judgment about those, dear Witch! I can always use bar soap! Whipped soap seems promising too... again, any of the scents I listed, anything you think I'd like, or Opium Den. Out of yewberry's list of possible knitted items, the "Rikke Slouch Hat" does appeal to me. It probably wouldn't be worn often if I received it, since I wear warm hats approximately twice a year and already have at least two, but I would still like it. Rituel de Fille: So... I think I talked about my feelings about eyeshadow in my original questionnaire? The eye soot is definitely the best fit for me from this site. Looking at the ones listed, Cassiopeia looks the most amazing, but they all look pretty nice. Trying different skincare products from higher end, clean brands? Prettymuch only if they're face masks, I'm otherwise happy with my current skincare regimen (Lush: Coalface, Tea Tree Water, Grease Lightening, Vanishing Cream). Any interest in anything from Torrid, noting their "fangirl" and Halloween collections are updated? Probably going to have to come back to this one. I like that ridiculous kitty-eared corset, but I would never wear/use something like that these days (I wore stuff like that as outerwear when I was 19, but don't now that I'm 38... no judgement on others' behavior/presentation implied, just speaking for myself) so please don't get it for me! Update: Foxy boat neck top, size 2 Another foxy boat neck top, size 2 Alice in Wonderland dress size 1 Harry Potter constellation shirt size 2 Purple Rain shirt size 1 Grey Chevron sparkle pant, size 18 (these are quite expensive, so please don't feel obligated!) Nautical pant, size 18, would try either short or regular inseam ('') Brown ponte pant, size 18 ('') Black and Grey plaid pant, size 18 ('') Raglan skater dress, size 1 Shirt dress, size 1 Jersey fluted dress, size 1 Another jersey fluted dress, size 1 Lightning bolt shirt size 1 Pencil skirt, size 2 Anchor midi skirt, size 2 9/21/19 NEW QUESTION: I'll be going to Seattle, London and Paris during this round- anything you'd love to have from any of these locations? Anything would be great if it's in line with my already-stated preferences... the only specific thing I can think of is that we like medium-roast coffee... whole bean or ground are both fine. Is there anything you would particularly like from Japan? Stationary, bento supplies, a particular snack, etc. The fall flavors for kitkats this year are Chestnut, Sweet Potato and Apple Pie. All of the above are fine though I'm not sure I'd like apple pie kitkats specifically. As for other snax, I always mention Meltykiss chocolate treats and never get any... used to order them from jlist/jbox back in the day. Hope that helps! [Also, have updated the Torrid question above and the info about things I like on etsy.] 9/23 Liliths: Storge, Health Goth, My Tiger, Social Justice Paladin, and Utter Sophistication sounded best to me, I'd love decants. The last 2 are the most likely to work on me, I think. Lush: I'm interested in basically any bubble bar out there, they are probably your best bet. Bath bombs are okay too, I love Hi Ho Silver but am open to others as well. Any of the shower gels/jellies/slimes would be great (except for the Naked shower gel, not into that format), but my favorites of the currently-available ones are The Olive Branch and Rose Jam. For facial products Coalface is a pretty safe bet because my husband and I both use it. I currently use D'Fluff for shaving but would be interested in trying their other shaving products. Finally, the Silky Underwear dusting powder is also a favorite. Thinking about really good natural food stores like Natural Grocers or Whole Foods, if you could have ANY bath and beauty or body care items, what would you love? So I feel like I was pretty clear about this in my original questionnaire. I will reiterate that I can definitely use bar soap (preference to ones that are somewhat local to my Witch, in scents/with ingredients my Witch thinks I'd like), and also enjoy sheet masks (the single-use packaged face masks that are available everywhere these days). And I know I mentioned my love for nail polish and went into specifics about that as well. Also what kind of treats, snacks, foods, condiments, bulk items, teas, housewares from the same natural food stores would you love? Also, are there any particular sustainable kitchen or household items you would love to receive? I know I was pretty comprehensive about this stuff too in my original questionnaire. The only specific beloved snacks I can think of that I didn't explicitly mention in my questionnaire are dark chocolate covered blueberries (we usually buy containers of these at Trader Joe's, but just found out they are also available in the bulk section of my local grocery store), and the stuff that's usually sold as "Giant Peruvian Inca Corn" or similar. It's another thing that we usually buy at Trader Joe's (I think they call it "Inka Corn?") but I have also seen a similar product at Whole Foods. It is sort of like the classic gas station snack, Corn Nuts, but the corn is even bigger and usually just has salt instead of whatever weird flavorings that are usually on corn nuts. Hmm... if you have access to curry paste (red or green) that is NOT Thai Kitchen brand, that'd be cool... I can only get that brand easily, and it's a pale imitation at best of real curry paste. Bulk items: if you have access to nutritional yeast as a powder rather than flakes, that'd be cool... even the health food stores here seem to only have it in flake form these days, and I prefer it as powder because I put it on popcorn before popping (yes, I know I could just whirl the flakes in my spice grinder or food chopper, but that's an extra step). Finally, I do need a new flexible silicon spoon and silicon spatula for cooking/baking, but I'm pretty picky... for the spoon I like a slightly angled bowl (I hope that's what the wide part of a spoon is called, anyway) rather than totally straight, and for both I'd like the handles to not be humongous because they'd be going into a holder with various other implements. Hope that helps! (I may give some more thought to spices later, or may ask or wait for a Penzey's question, I haven't decided yet. So watch this space as usual!) 9/28/19 Does anything from Bird & Blend take your fancy? Again, I will really only use tea in bag form at this point, so I am looking at what is available in tea bags on the site. The Liquor-licious Licorice sounds nice. The Early Grey Creme sounds amazing. I would definitely try the Nearly Nirvana as well. Knitting questions have have been asked, but how about wash cloths, anyone need any? What colors?? No thanx. is there anything from World Market that tickles your fancy? Love World Market. I always buy a bunch of ridiculous snax there, but also enjoy some of their decorative and kitchen items. Use your judgement but I could easily do a shopping spree there, and I have a hard time buying less than $50 of stuff every time I go. I can't think of any particular items and brands other than Clearly Canadian and New York Seltzer, but I understand that you may want to get something less heavy than those since we're talking about items to be mailed. There's a special thing happening over at Rituel de Fille this weekend, where some gorgeous makeup items are coming back for just a couple of days. I'll be placing an order Sunday or Monday- anything that might strike your fancy, either from the special sale or from the site in general? (https://ritueldefille.com) Andromeda eye soot looks amazing. 9/29: Not interested in tarot/oracle decks, or (makeup) pigment samples, unfortunately. In happier news, I was feeling bad about only mentioning things that'd be difficult to mail in the World Market question yesterday, but couldn't remember any specific products to list in addition. But then I remembered Crunchie, which I've bought there from time to time, so that's a thought, not that they don't have plenty of other interesting chocolate bars as well.... 9/30 Quotes I like: BKS Iyengar: "The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it." or one I dunno the attribution of: "If you find a solution and become attached to it, that solution may become your next problem." Not interested in coloring books, sorry. Adding to what I said in my original questionnaire about spicy foods: I know I addressed in my original questionnaire that I don't like things that are just spicy for the sake of spicy, so I think that should cover this? I do order my Indian food, etc., medium spicy, and enjoy eating plenty of salsa of various spice levels when I eat/cook Mexican food and such, but I don't enjoy eating stuff like hot wings or jalapeno potato chips or whatever, and generally only use Sriracha, Tabasco, etc. as recipe ingredients rather than adding them to finished dishes to up the spice level.  10/1: Also here to sing the praises of Greenwoodtree's penuche.... So for the boozy question, another one that I answered thoroughly in my original questionnaire. So yes, anything from hard cider to straight whiskey is cool with me, and ditto to the unusual variations. I/my household don't drink much though, like sometimes it takes us a month to go through a six-pack of beer or several years to go through a bottle of rum. The liqueur we go through the quickest is probably Frangelico because it gets added to milk, coffee, hot chocolate, etc., but we have an almost full good-sized bottle currently. And yeah, Weenies! So I couldn't request getting a handful of decants: Perfumes: The Listeners (sounds perfect!), Flesh of my Flesh, Pumpkin Spice Antikythera Mechanism (this one was mostly for my husband but I'm a bit curious too) Hair Gloss: Just a tiny decant of Picturesque Figures since I have more than a lifetime's worth of hair gloss already Atmo Spray: got an ounce of the Undead Home one, sounds amazing! But... second tier, of stuff I'm curious about but didn't spring for, so Witch, feel free to snag some decants for me if you'd like: Candy Corn Snake Oil Popcorn Ball Snake Oil (so curious!) Come Sister Sea of Wonders Sleeping Draught Anthocyanin 10/3 Yes, I'd love baked goods, caramels, and catnip. But still no on knitted/crocheted wearables in general, I'm afraid.... (And I just realized that there was a question from izile about whether anyone else does nail wraps... I personally don't.) Do you like to cook and do you need/want any spices for such pursuits? I might need to give some more thought to needed supplies. I know I could use some chili powder from Penzey's... I currently have/am running low on the Regular Chili Powder and Ancho Chili Pepper. I'd also try the Medium Chili Powder. But I'm sure there's other stuff.... What kind of vegan snacks do you like? And vegan chocolate...favorites? I'm pretty sure that some of the snax I've mentioned already are... "accidentally vegan," I think is the term... like the Giant Peruvian Inca Corn. And there's other stuff around that I enjoy like the bags of crispy spiced chickpeas and such. I did receive a plethora of vegan chocolate bars from a past Witch and yeah, some of them did seem to be a bit past their prime/dry, but that can be the case with the ones that include dairy as well. So I'm certainly not going to reject all vegan snax out of hand, but I'm not sure there's something specific that I've been leaving out.... How do you feel about salt? I don’t mean, like, salted nuts or potato chips. I mean straight-up salt, like alder-smoked finishing salt or Hana Flake sea salt. I do buy fancy salt from time to time, but I'm not really interested in flavored salt (smoked, spicy, etc.), and have a big bag of flake style sea salt already that I use for topping baked goods and such, so I'm not sure if I really need any right now.... About utilitarian needs or whatever, I know I've already mentioned some (like hand soap and some cooking utensils and such), so I should be covered there.... 10/7 So I thought of another thing that'd possibly fit in the spices/utilitarian area: vanilla bean paste. I needed some for a recipe awhile back and couldn't get any in my town, so just used extract. Again, I have access to the extract and the actual beans, so it's just the paste that I really need. On to questions: How do you celebrate Halloween/Samhain? We usually have a bowl of candy ready to hand out, but usually don't get trick-or-treaters, or only have one or two. Do you dress up? I wore cat ears to work last year, but other than doing something easy like that, I don't usually dress up these days. Would you like something for your costume? n/a And am I the only person left on the planet who wears socks? Another thing I was fairly descriptive about in my original questionnaire. To recap, I only wear socks ~10x per year and have a drawer overflowing with them. And I do have a couple of pairs of Halloween socks already, so that's probably enough for me. Are you interested in anything from Art Of Tea or Adagio Teas? Art of Tea: I'd try the "Pyramid Teabags" in Earl Grey Creme, White Coconut Creme, English Breakfast, Mint Green Tea, Orchid Oolong, or Jasmine Reserve. Adagio Teas: Would try teabags of Blueberry White or Oolong Goddess. I make light-weight hairfalls, doll-style, using a variety of fun stuff, like ribbons, lace and soft batting. Would you be interested in receiving a set in the colors of your choosing? No thanks. 10/8 How do you feel about enamel pins? Love them, hate them, slightly interested, totally indifferent? I do like them, and in my blog entry I even linked to a couple of specific ones that I like on etsy. If you see a different one you think I'd like though, go for it, dear Witch! I actually just bought a couple of new jackets last weekend, so I guess they need pins. 10/10 Witches and Witchees, what is your T-shirt/shirt of choice Size? Mens/unisex sizes: usually M, possibly L Womens sizes: usually L, possibly XL Juniors/babydoll sizes: usually XL, possibly XXL For example, in regular BPAL ladies' tees, I need an XXL, but in their tissue tees, I just need an XL. (If you're unsure, I'd go with the larger of the two sizes for each category) 10/12 Witchee, are you interested in any kinds of things from the Blood Moon Botanica update? The Breast Massage oil and the Pain/Healing salve sound interesting. also I took some beading classes and have been making bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Would you be interested in any? If so, how big is your wrist or how long would you like your bracelet? Any preferred styles of beads? a.I'm not against beaded items by any means, but would have to know more about the style of the items to know whether I'd wear them... there is a link in the question but since I'm not on Ravelry it doesn't work for me. So... maybe? b. This info was in my original questionnaire c. There are so many styles of beads that it would be hard to narrow things down. I guess the beaded earrings I wear most often are either seed beads, semiprecious stones, or mother of pearl type stuff, if that helps. 10/13 If I was to donate to an animal rescue on your behalf as the "lucyboo" component of this swap, is there one in particular that you would choose? To answer my own question just in case, I'm thinking maybe this one, though there are many other good choices. I got my sweet kitty Marisol there many years ago (summer 2002 I think), and we were the best of friends until she passed away 3 years ago. 10/15 Hmm... I think I already talked about Halloween candy but I can try to consider whether there is anything else should add. I like these things but as far as I can tell from googling, they aren't available in snack size this year, just in full size bars. I'd take a full size bar though! As for Lush Christmas stuff... wow, so many! Fly Me to the Moon Happy Chris the Camel Yog Nog or the shower gel version Holly Golightly Polar Bear Plunge Santas Workshop Golden Pear Shoot for the Stars Polar Bear Nose Jingle Bells Night Bloom Snowman Dreaming Don't let the Bells End 10/18 If you were my witchee, would you enjoy home made (canned) preserves? I'm going home to Can All The Things & I'm thinking some bananas foster butter/sauce might be a nifty thing for you. Yes please! Though I think my husband would probably hoard that butter/sauce if he found out about it.... 10/20 Las Vegas: I'm another person who hasn't been and isn't into gambling. Yes, I know there is a bunch of other cool stuff going on there these days such as good restaurants. But I don't really know how that'd translate to this swap. The only thing I can think of is a penholder/paperweight like this (I was wondering if there were Las Vegas themed ones and apparently yes because that's basically all that came up in my search even though I usually see them at beachy destinations) if you come across one.
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    What do you wear to a Renaissance Festival?

    The Caterpillar immediately springs to mind....
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    Finding a BPAL fragrance for myself

    There are lots of past discussions about masculine and gender-neutral scents, I might try to come back and link to some of them if I get the chance (*EDIT* here is the obvious one, linking to the last page since it's most likely to refer to currently-available stuff). If I personally think about scents that fall somewhere in between gender neutral and masculine but aren't citrus/floral, I think of Antikythera Mechanism and Tombstone (it's too close to bedtime to try to go through the contents of my husband's imp box, but I wanted to at least mention a couple of actual scents). But of course this is all heavily dependent on skin chemistry (for example, Tombstone is somewhat sweet on me so would lean more neutral than masculine, but some people get just cedar shavings from it), so I concur with the folks who have recommended trying a variety of scents.
  8. Seconding the Aeolopile and A Countenance Forboding Evil, my husband wears both of those.
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    Recommendations for a single man

    How about: Vicomte de Valmont Dee Dracul Wilde These are some scents that I got for my husband early on in his BPAL journey that are sort of "like traditional cologne but better." Obviously he's not single, but he did know who Blair Underwood was when I asked....
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    Smells like a basement or cellar

    It Sifts from Leaden Sieves was smelling very "dad's garage" to me the other day and I'm thinking that might be the same as some folks' basement/cellar....
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    Recommendations for my husband?

    I'll try to look for the thread about masculine scents after this because there are a bunch of suggestions there (the funny thing is, I'd definitely consider "Golden Priapus" unisex, but YMMV obviously). I first ordered imps for my husband several years back so some stuff has been discontinued, but I know these were among them: Vicomte de Valmont Titus Andronicus Dracul Dee (this one in particular is sort of like "Old Spice but better") Wilde EDIT: Here's the thread I was talking about, I'm linking to the most recent page.
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    Switch Witch '18 -- Hi Witch!

    My BPAL wishlist is linked in my signature, so if you have gotten here, you have probably been there as well.... Here's my Amazon wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/6D1ZI60Y3H6P Here's Modcloth (I know Modcloth's stuff is often expensive and sells out quickly, but I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what I like) etsy is unfortunately another story. My etsy faves are not public, so I can just try listing some ~$30-&-under things I like there... polyester shirt, bat toy (purple, not keychain), leaf ring, moon towel, fluorite crystal, bee you brooch (pastel), fuerza candle (whatever color), dangle studs (12), cosmic ray pin I guess this is as good of a time as any to say that I will try to semi-ignore questions that I've already addressed thoroughly in my questionnaire, or that don't apply at all. I can do a little collection of the topics here just for quick reference though (and dear Witch, if you need more info, just let me know): possibly interested, but covered thoroughly in my original questionnaire: alcohol not interested, whether or not mentioned in original questionnaire: knitted items (yes, I guess the little bat toy I linked to on etsy is a knitted item, but it can be the exception that proves the rule, right? I already have a plainer small black knitted bat but that very cute one on etsy just really caught my eye!), socks, NaNoWriMo, re-watching or owning movies. On to actual questions I've actually answered... I just recently discovered MoonMagic -jewelry with a focus on moonstones but also opals and labradorite. They currently have a sale. Anything that stands out to you? I like the Moonlighters earrings, Edged Lustre silver/moonstone ring, Petite Double silver/labradorite ring. From the sale, I like the Knowing Eye necklace and the Moon Eclipse ring. Are there any old favorites from no longer operating companies that you would like if either anyone had a stash OR could find a reasonable dupe? I waited awhile to answer this one because I was giving it some thought. As sometimes happens, this led to another question. So I remembered a couple of super-glittery nail polish brands I used to be into, Nerdlacquer and Rainbow Honey. I wanted to make sure I correctly typed whether the company names were one word or two words, and lo and behold, Nerdlacquer is back. So I'll do a separate question about that. But I do miss Rainbow Honey's glittery nail polishes. Once I have a blog post for this round, I can update this question if I think of anything else. Are you interested in anything from Nerdlacquer (nerdlacquer.com)? I personally would like (sorry for weird formatting, I wanted to leave the special character in the first product name): Strålen Monstres Grootslang Phaya Naga Take A Look, It's In A Book! from the Vintage Archive: All of Time & Space, Pinin' for the Fjords, Hyperspace Bypass, Exterminate, The Lando System, Batcave, The Quantum Bluniverse Hanna Nazi Punks F... Off I Just Do Eyes Shut Up, Wesley * mini quads are also available for $18, where one gets 4 mini nail polishes to try. I ordered one from Nerdlacquer back in the day, and definitely wouldn't mind trying the things listed above in mini-form St. Pancras Renaissance hotel postcard? Why not? Future Primitive? Soap: Gringotts, Potages Cauldrons, The Gloaming, Cordwainer, Cracked Coconut, Rook & Raven, Rose Cardamom, White Witch Whipped Soap: Cordwainer, Rook & Raven, Orange Coconut Mallow, Sylph Bubbling Bathing Grains: Bell Book & Candle, Cordwainer, Orange Coconut Mallow, Rook & Raven, Sparklebox, Sylph Feelings re: Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland? Love it, hate it, meh it? Somewhere in between "meh" and "love," which I guess would be "like?" I think I usually say that if the Alice in Wonderland themed thing seems like something I'd like based on my other interests/preferences, go for it. Are you witchy or like witchy things like incense, sage, palo santo, crystals, tarot, altar supplies, candles, etc.? Whatcha like/need? I am low-key witchy I guess. I mean, at least I'm not not-witchy.... In my Switch Witch '18 blog I've already linked to a crystal and a candle that I like, so I guess that fits this question. I also enjoy stick incense, but I already have a large amount of it because the Witch I had last year sent me the motherlode. My favorite incense by far is the classic sampler from https://incense.net/ . Lush-xmas? Puddy Holly Yog Nog Yule Log Rudolph Snow Fairy Cold-pressed soap The North Polar Bear Left the Tap on for the Northern Lights soap and, y'know... if you're already there and all, I also like non-yule items such as Ectoplasm shower cream, Happy Hippy/Plum Rain/Olive Branch shower gels, and the Rose Jam bubbleroon. Does anyone have a favorite source for vintage or handmade jewelry? I dunno if it makes sense to answer this like it is about me, but on etsy I like Katofmanycolors (in case my Witch is peeping this, I especially like this) and urbanlegend (I really like these though they are a bit pricy). Is there anything you want from Japan? Some kind of food, cute stationary, fandom merch, maybe you collect lucky cats, anything! I like green tea kitkats quite a bit, and I also like the Meltykiss chocolate I've tried in the past. Things have kind of dried up on the penpal front so I guess I don't need any stationery really, but I would still like cute/weird stickers even though I likely don't have much of a use for them. Sanrio-wise I'm a Chococat/My Melody type. San-X-wise, I like Kutusita Nyanko. If I think of anything else, I can update in my blog. Do you need decanting supplies? Sample vials? Pipettes? Standard labels? Wouldn't mind some pipettes. How do you feel about buttons, pins, and badges? They are fine and I have some? I don't wear them often or change them out often on the few garments I have them on though. I think I linked to one I like in my blog... but since they are usually relatively inexpensive, if you find one you think I'd like, it's up to you.... Is there any scents from the more current releases you have been wanting to try (Weenies, Motherhood/Fatherhood)? Hmm... here we go with a time-consuming one. So, I've gotten or requested decants from all of these releases that I thought I had a good chance of liking, but there's usually a "second tier" of things I'm curious about but not sure enough to even get a decant for myself. Breaking it down: Weenies: Illimitable Dominion Over All (I just smelled this at a meet&sniff and it was lovely!), Jacob w/the Daughters of Laban, Lithograph of a Mountain Goat, Midnight Bonfire, Pomegranate Grove: Snake Oil, Pumpkin Musk & Black Oudh, Ruhende Ziege mit Kitzchen, Studie Einer Ziege. Fatherhood: tried Family Resemblance at the same meet&sniff, it was pretty nice so I wouldn't mind owning some. Motherhood: Wouldn't mind more Don't Tell me Heaven is Under the Earth. Spooky stuff! D'ya like... ghosts? Skeletons? Aliens? Bigfoot? Unsolved mysteries? Not hugely into that stuff. I mean, there are some cute things out there with ghosts/skeletons, so I don't want to discount them entirely though. My fave cryptid is probably Mothman... I saw a cool "Mothman is my copilot" sticker on a car yesterday, in fact. What are your DISO BPAL dreams? Oh, you don't wanna know. I will dig that up from last year's blog just in case though. Goth Queen The Laughter of Loki Coffee or Tea? Okay, I know I talked about this in my original questionnaire, let me see if I can think of anything else important on this subject though. My household does drink coffee. Whole-bean and ground are both fine. We prefer medium roast rather than darker roasts. The only flavored coffees we really like are cinnamon and coconut (have only tried this separately but I guess I'd try them together if that exists). As for tea, I think I've already said that bags/sachets are much preferred to loose tea, but I'll mention it just in case. I don't think I want stuff from David's Teas... I was briefly excited that they had Cream Earl Grey but then I saw that people were majorly upset that they had changed the formulation so I decided I'd better steer clear. I do like the Cream Earl Grey from Capital Teas though (looks to be out of stock in sachets at the moment). Are there any subscription/subscription style boxes you have an interest in? Would like to subscribe to one for Japanese treats and such. I know Bokksu is one, I'm sure there are others. *EDIT* I remembered another one, the Kizuna box. Is there something (either a specific item, or type of item, like bath/body, perfume, candy etc) you're really looking forward to or hoping to get? Whatever my Witch thinks I would like would be great. If I really have to pick something, I guess bar soap? I mean, nice ones are everywhere and they usually aren't that expensive, and I don't have a huge stash of it right now, so that would definitely work if that helps. Hmm... long paragraph incoming... I'm still updating the semi-ignored topics section above, so I almost put this near that section because it goes back to the original questionnaire rather than the in-thread questions, but then I decided to just put it here. Anyway, the original questionnaire mentioned under $10 and over $10 things we wanted. I will use this opportunity to ask for cooking and baking related stuff because there hasn't really been a question about that yet. So from Penzey's I'd like some Bold Taco Seasoning, or Sandwich Sprinkle, or Special Seasoned Sea Salt. I prefer jars to bags, and jars of all of those are less than $10. You could also get me some Vietnamese Cinnamon or vanilla extract from Penzey's, I go through those really quickly (the Vietnamese cinnamon is under $10, I think vanilla extract is slightly over, so it can count as the over-$10 part of this question. I'd rather have either double-acting or Mexican vanilla extract than the regular single-acting one). My mind then turns to extremely fancy sprinkles from a website I just discovered. They are just under or just over $10 depending on the amount and type. I like Little Prince, Purple Pony Party, Dark Rainbow, Smitten Kitten, Starry Night, and Blue Tinsel. Hope that helps since I didn't answer that question in my original questionnaire! So it looks like there was a question about spices. I guess I already mentioned some things in my last huge paragraph. The only other thing I can think of is sumac, I've been wanting some of that since I have a few recipes that call for it. Dreadful Curiousities: The framed "vintage Halloween" stuff with cats/bats is pretty cute. The other stuff pictured is not really my style. Alchemy & Dust: I'd wear these earrings, I like these too. When I was looking over my original questionnaire recently, I saw that I said that if there wasn't a Haus of Gloi question, I'd address this in my blog, so I guess I need to do that as time is short. From the Fall II section, I'd like White Lodge soap, or the whipped soap in Spider Silk or Cozy Pumpkin. From the Fall section, I'd like Cozy Pumpkin soap. Looking at soap listed by product, Violet, Warm Mahogany, Coconut Jasmine, and Orange Ginger Patchouli sound nice. board games: So I think I have some Trivial Pursuit related stuff on my Amazon wishlist? Would also consider Perquackey (Amazon usually has it used for okay prices). Otherwise I'm really not a board game person. RenFaire: I'm prettymuch always interested in bar soap, earrings, and stick incense from Renaissance Faires. But like I said, I have way too much stick incense right now so I don't really need any unless it's from Devonshire/incense.net (I know she sells at some faires up north, but not sure about that one). So the other two things, maybe? Otherwise, usually there are cool wooden boxes for sale too, but I usually think they are too expensive for me. So I guess I'm saying, use your judgment, Dear Witch...
  13. neptuneanblues

    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I'd suggest searching in this whole topic of Lush comparisons. I did a search within the topic on "rose jam" (using the quotations) and there were several results. It would be even easier to search that topic for Karma since that is just one word! My personal GC suggestion for Rose Jam would be Spellbound, but YMMV.
  14. neptuneanblues


    Blacker than the Raven Wings of Midnight was a neat one.
  15. neptuneanblues

    Cozy scents

    Hmm. Well, I was thinking Wulric before you said lavender didn't count. Maybe Unicorn & Ram?