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About ayelienne

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    Fave notes: frankincense, vanilla, white rose, salt 2013 Favorites Hope and Fear Set Free Single Note: Ambergris Single Note: White Sage 2011 Favorites Hochelaga Sonnet d'autumne Nightmare Tree of Life Pallas Athene Black Moon Ninon Celeste Lola Enlightenment of the Courtesan Jigokudayu 2010 Favorites Skytyping with Chemtrails Teatime in Roswell Black Death Vanilla Chaos Theory #56 Amber Chaos Theory #202 2009 Favorites: Boadicea Dia Planting Moon Plastic Pink Flamingo Smoky Moon Strawberry Moon 09 Summer's Last Will & Testament Symmakhia Under the Harvest Moon _____ 2007 In Review Blends worn: 146 Favorite Lunacy: Wolf Moon Favorite Companion: Bakeneko Favorite new GC: 51


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  1. ayelienne

    Wolves in the Woods Hair Gloss

    Leaves and fir needles crunching under bare feet. Skeletal branches tearing at skin and silk. Snarls in the darkness, yellow eyes gleaming in the shadows. It makes me sad there is no reviews for this yet, because I absolutely love it. That said, it’s hard for me to identify the notes, but the description is really on point. It’s woodsy but not overtly so, the skin and silk mingle beautifully as a slightly musky cool smoothness, and there is also a kind of sharpness (almost metallic) that must be the snarls. It’s incredibly well blended and almost comes off as a very high end perfume. It’s a fancy, cold cousin to Shiny Furball and I just love it.
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    Wander Darkling in the Eternal Space

    This started off very rootlike (vetiver/patch) with fuzzy resin (myrrh) and dying dark red roses that are a few days away from being thrown out. Very sophisticated. After a while, things settled down with the rootlike and slight decay notes, and the vanilla emerged, morphing this during drydown into a creamy and slightly sweet vanilla/myrrh/rose blend.
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    The Pearl in the Volcano

    I love this! Long ago, there was a BPAL called "Lawn Gnome" that had red currant and vanilla cream among its notes; The Pearl in the Volcano is reminiscent of that blend to me, but even better (and sexier!) It smells a little bit sweet, a little "fuzzy" (red currant always smells a bit fuzzy to me), and the myrrh & vetiver ground it in a really subtle, quiet way. The rice milk and red amber cream add soft, creamy roundness. I think this is going to keep on improving with age. Definitely a keeper, and a fairly unique entry in the BPAL catalog.
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    Vinyl / LP Records

    There are two BPALs that come to mind and both are pretty HTF, so apologies in advance they are: Old Moon (2011 Lunacy) - The scent of things drifting just on the edge of memory, hiding in shadowed corners. Old, yellowing books, dust-covered toys pushed to the back of the attic, windows obscured by thick, thorny vines, letters discarded, and photographs of people long-forgotten. and Adam (from the Only Lovers Left Alive series) - Adam, our suicidally romantic scoundrel. His scent is a palette of somber colors, melancholy memories, and lupine, savage beauty: black leather, pale sandalwood, ambergris accord, and the memory of a long-lost Victorian fougère.His internal life seems to be reflected in his lair, so his perfume also possesses the scent of the wood of his guitars, the rosin from his violin bow, the musty wool of neglected Oriental carpets, the plastic, metal, and magnetic tape of his reel-to-reel, the dust that permeates everything.
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    Any scents involving rose and mint

    Seconding the Black Cat recommendation!
  6. ayelienne

    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    You may want to post your query to the Other Perfumes You Love thread to get some suggestions beyond the Lab. That said, if you wanted to try a BPAL, I'd suggest you check out Bastet, which is just IMO, and has Egyptian Musk as a note. The description is: Luxuriant amber, warm Egyptian musk, fierce saffron and soft myrrh, almond, cardamom and golden lotus.
  7. ayelienne

    Catch Me, Dad

    This is so beautiful! I'm reminded of the wildflowers in Papow! but in Catch Me, Dad, the wildflowers are softer and more muted (perhaps with the addition of lavender?) and the flowers are suspended in that beautiful sense of atmosphere/space that I find in my favorite BPAL/BPTP blends. This is definitely an outdoors, late summer scent. It's warm, slightly sweet, somewhat earthy, somewhat floral and completely happy making. DH swooned a bit and thought it was one of my "fancy French perfumes." Masterfully done. I love it.
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    Black Taffeta

    Black Taffeta has been lingering around the edges of my collection since it was released and has spent pretty much all its tenure in the "age/maybe swap" pile, so I decided that today was Black Taffeta's day of judgement in my collection. Sometime during the first hour of wear, I decided that this was going to be swapped, due to the frequently aforementioned bitter/musty feel of the geranium and something else. During the second hour of wear, the bitter/musty note settled down, and a dry, slightly sweet patchouli-tinged feel began to emerge. It was at this point, I decided to keep a decant for myself and swap the bottle. About 30 minutes after I decanted an imp's worth for myself, the bourbon vanilla absolute and patchouli began their dance with the black and white musks, and I suddenly I realized that I couldn't stop huffing my arm. What is this sorcery?! I'm now well within the third hour of wear, and at this point, I've slathered even more onto myself because oh my gods is this good - dry, warm, slightly woody, vanillic patchy musk. No question I'm keeping the bottle now. It's beautiful.
  9. ayelienne

    Enlightenment of the Courtesan Jigokudayu

    I absolutely love the dry down on this blend, yet I hardly ever wear it. I retested again today and while I will reaffirm my love of the dry down phase, I am finding the pear and its accompanying notes to be very juicy sweet, probably a little too much so for me. It's beautiful, though and definitely worth tracking down if you are a fan of candy-sweet / lightly incense-y blends.
  10. ayelienne

    Your Salon Must-Haves!

    Hi there - the General Catalog Salon series was discontinued earlier this year. You may be able to find a decant or bottle in the sales/swaps forums- ETA: You could also post an ISO (in search of) request in the Wanted forum -
  11. ayelienne

    Sugared incense

    Here's a couple recs that might be a little more musky, but to me still have a dark, sweet, resiny vibe.... If you can find it, you should definitely try Snake Charmer, which is Arabian musk and exotic spices slinking through Egyptian amber, enticing vanilla, and a serpentine blend of black plum, labdanum, ambrette, benzoin and black coconut. also, this might be further afield, but have you tried Blood Kiss? That's definitely got a dark, sweet, earthy kind of vibe - Lush, creamy vanilla and the honey of the sweetest kiss smeared with the vital throb of husky clove, swollen red cherries, but darkened with the vampiric sensuality of vetiver, soporific poppy and blood red wine, and a skin-light pulse of feral musk. ETA: and I agree with posters above that Fairy Market might be exactly what you're looking for, but finding some isn't easy these days.
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    Your Salon Must-Haves!

    I recently got a backup for Cloister Graveyard in the Snow and must get another bottle of Three Gorgons which is amazing. I love this area, but am consoling myself with visions on what will replace it
  13. ayelienne

    Where is this scent?

    Here you go - link
  14. ayelienne

    Dad Scents

    My Dad really liked Dorian (which I believe Beth made for Puddin'), the only problem was that he would use it like a cologne splash and go through 10 ml bottles in a matter of weeks. He never did get the hang of "Dad, you only need a little bit" and stopped wearing it If I were getting a GC six pack for a guy, I'd pick: Jolly Roger Nero Incantation Black Forest Dee Dorian This gives a nice range, from warm and cozy (Dee) to fresh and clean (Jolly Roger) and several points between.
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    The Snow Storm

    This smells like shopping for a Christmas tree with mom and dad on one of those crappy weather kind of evenings that you get in December in Northeastern Ohio.