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  1. KittyHawk

    Qui Aime Bien Châtie Bien

    Daffodil petals and lavender tulips, blonde woods, freesia, and a touch of pale honey. The honey note here is so light and airy, it's downright ethereal. And the florals? So dewy and bright you can see the condensation gathering on their petals. I love a good spring floral, but this? This blows all of them out of the water. I don't know how Beth is able to continually improve upon a seemingly simple scent family, but man, this is worth hoarding.
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    Emerald Lace

    Our delicate spun-sugar lace, grass-crushed and tobacco-stained, with hints of rue, pale sap, green fig, green cognac, and opium poppy accord. Wet and upon application, this has a sharp, "mountain spring" laundry detergent feel to it, but that quickly dissipates. Ultimately, this settles into a creamy, grassy cognac, with a hint of fig - very green and appropriate for spring. I have a feeling this will age really well. Another lovely addition to the laces!
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    The Heavens

    Then said Gangleri: What was done then by Borrs sons, if thou believe that they be gods? Hárr replied: In this matter there is no little to be said. They took Ymir and bore him into the middle of the Yawning Void, and made of him the earth: of his blood the sea and the waters; the land was made of his flesh, and the crags of his bones; gravel and stones they fashioned from his teeth and his grinders and from those bones that were broken. And Jafnhárr said: Of the blood, which ran and welled forth freely out of his wounds, they made the sea, when they had formed and made firm the earth together, and laid the sea in a ring round about her; and it may well seem a hard thing to most men to cross over it. Then said Thridi: They took his skull also, and made of it the heaven, and set it up over the earth with four corners; and under each corner they set a dwarf: the names of these are East, West, North, and South. Then they took the glowing embers and sparks that burst forth and had been cast out of Múspellheim, and set them in the midst of the Yawning Void, in the heaven, both above and below, to illumine heaven and earth. They assigned places to all fires: to some in heaven, some wandered free under the heavens; nevertheless, to these also they gave a place, and shaped them courses. It is said in old songs, that from these the days were reckoned, and the tale of years told, as is said in Völuspá: The sun knew not | where she had housing; The moon knew not | what Might he had; The stars knew not | where stood their places. Thus was it ere | the earth was fashioned. The sun knew not, the moon knew not, the stars knew not: the blood of the sea and the firelight of wandering star-sparks beneath the skull-dome of heaven. Salt and wind and the first rains, glittering starlight fashioned of white rose oud, lavender, white musk, champagne grape and petitgrain, and heavens vault constructed of bone-white sandalwood and purest frankincense. Wow, the champagne grape gives this a REALLY fizzy quality right out of the bottle and for several hours after application. Champagne is not a great note on me, but the other notes are some of my absolute favorites, so I had to give it a go. As long as the champagne grape is at the forefront, this reminds me strongly of Stardust. Finally, however, after about 5 hours, the grape finally starts to fade and I start to get hints of the other notes, mainly the lavender and white musk. I bet with some aging this will be really lovely.
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    The Air and the Ether

    I wish air actually smelled like this! The notes here are harmonious and soft, like walking around in a cloud of, well, ether. All three notes are well represented. Throw is surprisingly good for such a light blend. I agree that this will likely become a sleeper hit. Very inoffensive and would be a great introduction to BPAL for folks who aren't well acquainted with indie perfumes. But yeah, to echo other reviewers, if you like these three notes, this is a must have.
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    Krampus Lace

    Oh, this is SO nice! I don't have anything unique to add, but if you're a fan of red musk, honey, and leather, this is a must. I agree that Krampus Lace is in the same family as Bright Red Dildo and Red Lace, two of my "red" faves. The throw is great, and it lasts a long time too. Very glad to have a bottle, and I hope another batch gets released so more folks get a chance to nab some. This will probably be hard to come by second-hand.
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    I truly wish Bard worked on me, but right from the get-go the honey note goes sour, as it occasionally does, and never fully recovers. I'm sure on the right skin chemistry this is a really harmonious blend, but it's not for me.
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    Chocolate Pumpkin Floss

    It takes awhile for this to reach a stage I like, but the dry down is really lovely - warm and comforting with just the tiniest touch of sweetness. Not a lot of sillage on me but makes for a great skin scent. Another surprise bottle upgrade!
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    Candy Corn-Colored Pumpkin Floss

    Oooh, this is reminiscent of my beloved Lemon-Scented Sticky Bat, but a little more complex and perhaps a tad sweeter? I don't get any pumpkin here either, but I'm also testing from a half-decant, so who knows. Regardless, the citrus makes this such a pretty, uplifting blend. I wasn't expecting to upgrade any of these to bottles, but this one is a definite upgrade for me!
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    SW 2017 Help #2

    10/3/17 Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenix...y/weenies-2017/ I ordered half-decants of all the perfumes (OMG, they all sound so good!) and a sample of Deserted Theater because I’m a sucker for that kind of thing. Can’t wait for reviews! 10/1/17 Awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does any of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market? Soaps, bbq and hot sauces, and the like are always appreciated! Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com Nothing jumps out to me. Anything from Strobe Cosmetics (http://strobecosmetics.com)? Nope. How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff? I like Aggretsuko, but I’m not super into the fandom. Would you like to get some favorite recipes? Sure! I especially like one-pot or slow cooker meals because I’m a lazy bitch. Would you like anything from my shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaNut? I don’t have any use for snuggly scarves anymore, sadly, and I prefer long scarves for general fashion purposes. 9/30/17 Would you like anything from the Haus of Gloi Fall Part II update? https://www.hausofgl...ween-scent-list Mmm, I wouldn’t mind a sample of Cozy or the corn cake scent. The others I’ve tried or already have bottles of! 9/27/17 How do you feel about these little guys? I think they're adorable and kind of want them all, but especially the ghost and pirate ones. https://lovemomiji.c...imited-editions Aww, I like Mia and Casa, the ghost one! 9/26/17 Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? Mitts, hat, shawls, unicorn... http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/ The unicorns are super cute! What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs? Regan (always), CC: Female, and Phantom Queen What are some things you do NOT want to receive? Hmm, I’ll have to think on that one. Nothing specific comes to mind. is there anything from here that you might be interested in getting a print (or pillow/make-up case/etc) of? http://www.blackabbeystudios.com/store Danse Macabre is nice. Claire's has some super cute Halloween stuff. In the style of Haunted Mansion - black lace collars, lace and sparkle masques and the like. A few items in Dias de los Muertos style. Would you be interested in such things? Definitely! DdlM isn’t really my style, but more Halloweeny stuff definitely would be! Would you be interested in anything from Orange Thyme? https://shoporangethyme.com/ If so, which products/scents/flavors? A lot of the lip balms sound great, but they appear to all be sold out. Interested in the French Vanilla, Lavender Lemonade, and Lemon Creme. 9/25/17 Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanners? If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES? What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads? Yes to a 2018 day planner or cute notebooks! Other stationery wouldn’t get used much, I’m afraid. Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson OMG, A Mother Most Macabre is so, so perfect. I’d LOVE that as a print. I also really love The Yellow Wallpaper, The Fortune Teller, Hades and Persephone IV, Jack O’Lantern, Masque of the Red Death, Mother of Dragons, The Plague Doctor, and many others. God, her artwork is so incredible, isn’t it?! I’m so glad to own some of her creations on BPAL bottles. <3 Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ Some scarves, but I’d much rather have a scarf handmade by my Witch if zie is so inclined. Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.) A scarf or shawl would be great! Chain mail sounds really fantastic; if my Witch is so inclined, I’d love to see some samples so I can get a better idea of what they look like. Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun? I’d love a City Mug from my Witch’s city! Anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch. YES! Butterscotch or nutless chocolate would be my preferences amount those three. Storebought fudge is good too. All your fudge is belong to me. Do you like spicy foods? I am currently addicted to these suckers and want to send you some buffalo ridged kettle potato goodness (https://www.billygoa...shop/1lb-kicker) YUM! Yes to all the spicy things. What would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus??? I ordered half-decants of all the Single Notes and a few other things, and eventually I want to get bottles of Hallowe’en 1914 since I missed out last time, Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil, Cardamom Cream Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Chypre, and maybe backups of October and Samhainophobia. 9/24/17 Do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need? I don’t collect them per se, but I do have a bunch and make sure to save the ones I don’t already own. All mine are already packed up, but I’d be happy to check for you once we’re settled, Witch, if you have some you’d like to offload. Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/ I LOVE Howling Pig Ranch! Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures? The last question reminded me how much I love pigs! I also love cats (especially black cats, but I love all kitties!), dogs, dolphins, otters, wolverines, whales, and sharks. Mythological creatures: I used to LOOOOVE “sea serpents” when I was a kid. Still do. Unicorns too. Would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!) Ooh, I like Depeche Mode, but I’m not a big enough fan to warrant major swag - a pin would be cool, though; I’ve been wanting to add more to my denim jacket (patches too!)
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    Winter Jasmine

    [No additional description provided.] Wow, this is a lovely jasmine. After it has some time to harmonize on my skin, it reminds me a bit of the beautiful DCed Eos. If you're a fan of that blend, I think you'll like this one. For those of you wondering about the "winter," this reads as a true jasmine to me. I don't detect any kind of snow or ice note here, just heady jasmine. I sometimes have issues with BPAL's jasmine, but this is a really soft, almost powdery jasmine. I'm really glad I took the chance; this bottle's a keeper.
  11. Hello, dear Witch! Just a reminder to take a look at the address section of my questionnaire before mailing anything my way. I'll be relocating to Huntsville, AL on October 1st, so anything you're planning to mail my way on that date or later should be sent to the Alabama address. If you're planning to send anything that will be delivered in September, please use the Michigan address. Thank you, thank you! <3 Wishlists: Amazon: http://a.co/5a0R5b1 Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/KittyHawk84/favorites/items-i-love?ref=favs_index_1 9/23/17 Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/ Shower gels and candles will always get plenty of use, as will the travel-sized anti-bacterial hand gel (I like the Halloween Faves and Fall Celebration collections). All of the autumn scents sound incredible - all the pumpkin ones are a good bet (Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte, Salted Caramel Apricot, Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice, Bright Autumn Blooms). Oh, oh! And this little guy: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/furry-black-cat-pocketbac-holder-023538044.html?cgid=pocketbac-sanitizer-holders#start=2 I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but... What kind of crystals would you like? I don’t know the first thing about crystals, but I’ve always loved turquoise, rose quartz, and geodes, for whatever that’s worth! Pumpkin or Zucchini bread? Yes please! What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite? Any and all, especially if they contain chocolate! Could you use a muscle rub? (We make ours on the lunar cycle and it has menthol, wintergreen, habanero, cayenne, olive oil, st. john's wort, arnica, beeswax, calendula, and ginger. It tingles. We call it "Thunder Butter". If you have really really super sensitive skin, I would recommend against it. And don't take a hot shower or open all of your pores before using it.) My skin can be extra picky at the moment, given the baby and all, so I should probably avoid for now. Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur? Oh man, I wish! Pregnancy makes me a temporary teetotaller. Want some honey from the bees on our property? Yes! Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry. Oh lawd, those all sound incredible! How about some homemade candied jalapenos with garlic cloves? I have regular and with habanero. I had no idea this was a thing, but I want them in my mouth! I didn't dry any apples this year but I was thinking of heading over to Green Bluff and seeing if any honeycrisps are left. I have a commercial dehydrator so let me know if you are interested in any "Apple Crips" (as voodoocatwoman calls them!) I wash, peel, core, and slice before dehydrating. OMG yes! Honeycrisp is my favorite variety! Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight. Or how about a couple of pillowcases? I can always use cosmetics/pencil bags (both small and large) for sewing stuff! 9/22/17 Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm The caramel sounds great! Not a big fan of cinnamon in drinks. Do you like to take baths? if so, do you like oils, salts, things that fizz, all of the above, none of the above? I love using bath oil as moisturizer; for baths, I like to use bath bombs, bubble bath, and the like. I’ve never tried bath salts, but I’m very open to trying them! What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these? I have an iPhone 7 and a MacBook pro - I’ve been eyeing this ridiculous phone case for awhile: https://www.dollskill.com/valfre-drop-dead-cigarette-iphone-case.html Some sort of decal for the laptop would be nice too! 9/21/17 See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc? Yes! Yes to all the Halloween candy and snacks!! Are any witchees into coloring books? I am! Anything Halloweeny, Disney, Star Wars, Lisa Frank, or sci-fi/horror would be wonderful! Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (https://www.animicausa.com/shop/)? I’ll have to take a proper look a little later. Possibly! If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household? Hmmm, I suppose 4? 9/20/17 Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to? I love musicals! I have a hard time keeping up with current ones, though. My absolute favorite is Les Mis, but I’ve been wanting to see The Book of Mormon, Spamalot, and of course Hamilton! I’ve never met a musical I didn’t like, for whatever that’s worth (though I really don't care for The Sound of Music… I know, sigh.) I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there? No thank you, I have a go-to NYCC fairy. I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there? Nothing comes to mind. 9/19/17 Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com I love TG! I think I’m all stocked up on their stuff for the moment, though. Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to? Nothing that I can think of, but please don’t hesitate to prod me if I’ve neglected something that you’d like to know! Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot…) I think with all these additional questions, we’ve covered just about everything! If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits. Oh man, every room in our house is thematic. We have the retro space room, with lots of NASA swag; the sci-fi room, with lots of Mass Effect, Alien, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, and other fandom gear; and my eventual sewing room Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting? No thanks, I have a few that I hardly ever use as it is! BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll) Cute, but not for me. 9/18/17 It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference? I wear socks when I wear pants (any and all kinds - knee-high, ankle, crew, whatever), but I prefer tights. Any fiber is fine. Would you be open to previously-loved books? Absolutely! What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP? Of course! So what are your favorite fandoms? Mass Effect, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones are the big ones that have fairly large followings. 9/17/17 I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so! I LOVE lavender! Anything with lavender would be lovely, but I can’t think of anything specific. are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both? No thanks! World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally? No thank you. Does my Witchee need any magical supplies? No thank you! Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)? I’m always on the hunt for new soaps! And OMG, they’re a local MI company?! SWOON. All the things! All the Halloween soaps sound incredible and totally up my alley. I think I may have to place an order myself soon regardless! 9/16/17 Favorite gemstones? I don’t have a particular favorite, really. I like a little bit of everything, especially vintage costume jewelry. If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky? Large and chunky! I love statement necklaces and bold vintage pieces. Any love of pirates or SCA? Not sure what that acronym stands for. Pirates are pretty neat, but not one of my favorite things. Is there anything you would like from Disney World? Ooh, I do love Ariel/The Little Mermaid and the Haunted Mansion! Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong? I’m a Slytherin but not into the fandom enough for any swag. How do you feel about chokers? Love them! 9/15/17 Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type? Ooh, both are very nice! Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year? I currently live near a Trader Joe’s and love their pumpkin goodies! However, I’ll be moving to a place with no convenient TJ’s (woe!!!!!), so if you’d like to send me some pumpkin goodies once I’ve moved, that would be lovely. Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets? I bake occasionally (and I cook as infrequently as possible). I think I’m good on utensils and gadgetry. I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related?? Ooh, maybe something bike-related! I don’t ride, myself, but I’d like to learn and my spouse has a Buell and is an amateur rider. What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice. I’d also like a reveal! Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? Sure! I’m running low on my planet stamps, so any other space-y stamps would be great! 9/14/17 Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like? I have three kitties who love little mouse toys, and my little guy, Seamus, loves board books. If you find something you’d like to send their way, I’m sure they’d love it! Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update? I haven’t really gotten into NAVA, so no thanks. Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things) I think I’m all set on Post goodies for now. 9/13/17 Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have? If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist? I hesitate to call myself a gamer because I really only play a few games, specifically the Mass Effect franchise, Alien: Isolation, and a few others. Mass Effect is far and away my favorite, and I’d welcome any swag I don’t already have (which is quite a lot). I’ll have my Amazon wishlist linked to my blog post, but I don’t think I have any ME stuff listed there. How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? • Simple eyelet scarf • Chevron scarf • Lacy and fuzzy • Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) • Leafy! I really like the lacy and fuzzy one (in black would be spectacular!) and the simple eyelet scarf. The others either aren’t really my style or seem a little too heavy for wear in the South. Like beer? What styles most appeal to you? Yes, but I’m currently abstaining since I’m pregnant. Womp womp. When I can drink, I typically like really hoppy IPAs. Like booze? What kinds? See above. Gin, whiskey, and bourbon are my favorites. I hate rum. Like Wine? What kinds? Again, see above. Wine isn’t my favorite, but I’ll drink it occasionally. I like really dry wines, and champagne too. For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies? Oh, do we! Let’s see (in no particular order)… we don’t watch all of these each and every year, but many of them get at least one viewing per season: And yes to merch - most of our home decor is related to our favorite movies, many of which are listed below: Halloween Psycho Hocus Pocus The Witch It Follows Clue Ghostbusters Sleepy Hollow Carrie Corpse Bride Nightmare Before Christmas Young Frankenstein What We Do in the Shadows Creepshow Poltergeist House on Haunted Hill Cabin in the Woods The Shining Beetlejuice It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Alien and Aliens Silence of the Lambs Rosemary’s Baby The Birds Vertigo Scream Nightmare on Elm Street Blair Witch Project Night of the Living Dead Invasion of the Body Snatchers (from the 70s with Donald Sutherland) Evil Dead The Thing They Live! Trick R Treat The Haunting A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Crimson Peak The Others The Babadook Let the Right One In Blade Runner (not strictly horror, but we usually watch it this time of year) Jaws (not on the annual viewing list because we watch it for the 4th of July, but it’s a big fave) New additions once they’re available for purchase/streaming or new this year: It Get Out It Comes at Night We also watch the Halloween episodes of The Office, Frasier, Modern Family, and Roseanne every year. I may have a problem. Maybe. Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/ GERANIUM ROSE!!!!! Holy crap, it’s so hard to find good geranium products. I’d LOVE to try that scent. Lavender, milk, vanilla bean, and the Bearwalker Beer Bar look wonderful too. Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have? No thanks! Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc? Clips, bobby pins, and the like would be great! Again, my hair is short (think grown-out pixie) and pretty fine, so anything more substantial than that would just fall right off my head! What local goodies may be of interest? Local honey, jams, candy? Anything! I’d adore local goodies that my Witch loves. Are you interested in any subscription services like serial magazines, Birch box, ipsy? Hmm, I’m not interested in those in particular. Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.? YES! I love all that stuff, especially crazy huge lashes. How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes? Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and vinyl (but I promise I’m not a vinyl snob!). If I buy a CD, I just burn it onto my computer and then donate it Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book? I prefer actual books, but I have a Kindle and purchase e-books from time to time too. I like classic literature, true crime, historical non-fiction, and a host of others. I’d love to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book! Those are always welcome. Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders? Candles or tarts are great! I have a tart burner, but a Halloween-themed one or Weenie candle holders would be fun! Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials? Aside from fabric (which I’m pretty picky about) or cross-stitch supplies, I’m probably pretty set. Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors! I WISH! I have super short hair so it totally wouldn’t work on me, but oh are they beautiful! If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why? I’m still mulling this one over. If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why? If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite? If you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)? I would absolutely love something hand-knit! A cowl, scarf or hoodie/scarf hybrid would be perfect! I’ll be relocating to Alabama at the end of September, so I’m afraid anything for super-cold weather wouldn’t get any more use. I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want? Oh gosh, I’m in a torrid affair with Kit Kats and I’d love to try some of the wacky Japanese flavors! Any other snacks or candy would be much appreciated too. Otherwise anything kitschy or especially Japanese-y would be cool! I’m also a big Cowboy Bebop fan, if that sort of thing is still available over there. How do you feel about nail wraps? I’d love to try some Halloween-inspired ones! 9/10/17 Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet? Knitting and crochet! I’m a southpaw and never really learned either properly, though I’d really like to. I have a sweater kit sitting in the bag it came in that I really need to get started on. One of these days! Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for? No thank you. Do you like poetry? Yes! Love to read it, love to write it. I like contemporary stuff, Modern, and older stuff too. I was an English major in undergrad and focused a lot on poetry. Happy to provide more information if my Witch is poetically inclined as well. Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints? I would love anything my crafty Witch wanted to make for me, including any of the above! Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftiness? I’d like to master crochet or knitting first, but if my Witch is knowledgeable about yarn and sundries, I’d love some tips for great shops. Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity? That would be wonderful. I’m a huge supporter of the ACLU; check my questionnaire for others. Also very big on pet and animal rescues. Please provide wishes from the last two updates? I lost all self-control and got bottles or decants of everything I was looking for in the last two updates, actually, but I know there will be a slew of Weenies that I’ll be lusting after! 9/9/17 Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/) OMG, literally all the autumn scents sound gorgeous. I’ve never ordered anything from this company, but I’d be up to try anything! Are there any UK things you'd like to get? ALL THE CADBURY PLS. (And not UK but close: If you happen to be in/around Northern Ireland, my husband’s family is from Ulster, and any related swag would be super cool.) Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them? AM I?! I listen every day. My current faves are My Favorite Murder (I’m going to their live show in a few weeks, eeee!), Stuff You Missed in History Class, Lore, Last Podcast on the Left, and NoSleep. Would love some MFM merch, but I’m sure I’ll be picking some up at the live show. #ssdgm Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)? Beautiful stuff! Nothing really jumps out at me, though. Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)? Holy crap, all three of those sound AMAZING. Such terrible enablers, you guys! I’m supposed to be saving money to move cross-country this month, sheesh! ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/ Again, I say HOLY CRAP. I think I mentioned in my questionnaire that I don’t usually have the time to paint my nails but OMG those are so beautiful I think I’d have to break that habit for some of those. I’m loving all the glittery ones and the black, blue, and purple fall ones. Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc. I do use notebooks a lot, though I have to admit most of my pretty ones are mostly all empty because I don’t want to muck them up! (Perfectionist brain is such a chore sometimes!) I usually use Moleskine or spiral notebooks, but backwards because I’m a leftie and can’t be bothered to have a coil of wire jammed into the side of my palm. Fun pens get a lot of use as well. Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink? - Or Haus of Gloi? I like Cocoa Pink but haven’t bought anything from them in a long time. Love Haus of Gloi, especially Ghost Puffs. I’ll check both sites and update accordingly when I have time to peruse properly. Halloween Wreath? OMG they’re so beautiful! I’d love one, especially if my Witch is so inclined. Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update? I haven’t checked out the update yet, but I do have several Weenie Moona scents that i enjoy. What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? Love tea, love coffee. I’m trying to limit my caffeine intake lately, so decaf coffee and green, white, and herbal teas are preferred at the moment. I prefer coffee pods (I know, I know…) and loose leaf teas, but tea bags are great too. How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? - would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? An imp tin would be awesome! I had a couple cigarette cases that I used
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    A Young Woman Appealing to a Witch

    I love me some white rose, but somehow this managed to evade my grasp when the Weenies were live. I managed to snag a bottle on the forum and I'm SO GLAD I DID. Katrina Van Tassel is one of my favorite Weenies of years past and while I can certainly tell that they share their base notes, AYWATAW elevates the tang of the rose and the creaminess of the honey and *ahem* cream to a really special place. The myrrh and herbs make this really unusual, surprisingly perfect for a Weenie blend. If you're a fan of BPAL's white rose note, this is a must try.
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    Witch Dance

    This has aged really beautifully since last fall! It smells very "red" to me, due in part (of course) to the red musk, but I'd swear the incense is a red variety too, and maybe even the leaves as well. It's an evocative scent, and makes me think of clandestine meetings deep in the woods. Great throw, good wear length. After a few hours, I'm mainly left with a red musk-tinged incense, which I love. So glad Beth brought this back for another round last year.
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    The Sorrow of Love

    The quarrel of the sparrow in the eaves, The full round moon and the star-laden sky, And the loud song of the ever-singing leaves, Had hid away earth’s old and weary cry. And then you came with those red mournful lips, And with you came the whole of the world’s tears, And all the sorrows of her labouring ships, And all the burden of her myriad years. And now the sparrows warring in the eaves, The curd-pale moon, the white stars in the sky, And the loud chaunting of the unquiet leaves, Are shaken with earth’s old and weary cry. - William Butler Yeats Stargazer lily, white musk, white gardenia, white rose, stephanotis, delphinium, orris root, white sandalwood, bergamot, and magnolia. My first first review, and for one of my favorite poets!! I hope I can do Yeats and the Lab some justice here. In the bottle: The stephanotis is the most prominent note. It's reminiscent of the "white" Ars Moriendi blends like Eternal and The Ghost, and even Regan to a lesser extent, without the beautiful orchid vanille. Wet: The other florals come out to play, especially the lily and the gardenia. The lily is making this a little sharp, but that eases after a few minutes. I can just barely detect the delphinium in the background, but it's enough to give the blend a bit of a blue tinge while still remaining a very white scent. Dry: My skin really loves white florals, so this dries down to a soft, slightly dusty (probably the orris) white bouquet with a hint of sandalwood to keep it three-dimensional. The Sorrow of Love truly is aptly named. It's a chilly funereal bouquet spotted with tears. If you like white florals, this is a must-try. For me, it's a keeper!
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    White tea, fig, honey, and sweet olive. All I can say is this: if you like white tea, you need to try this. I don't get much honey, but this is fresh from the mailbox, so I imagine with some time to settle it will shine through. I'm getting a little green fig around the edges, and maybe a smack of osmanthus, but overall this is a clean, super pretty white tea. This is so lovely and fresh, perfect for spring and a must for any white tea lovers out there. TL;DR: white tea white tea white tea
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    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! All the notes are well-represented and seamlessly blended - this makes me feel as if I'm watching Apollo chase Daphne through dappled sunlight. The Illustrated Woman is my preferred pine/honey blend, but I expect Faun will soon take its place. It lasts forever too, and remains close to the skin throughout wear. Another keeper! Brava, Beth.
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    La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le Monde

    I've been incredibly lucky with BPAL's jasmine note lately, and the jasmine here is no exception - while heady, it's reined in by the most gorgeous, lush and sweet vanilla cream, and the anise (also not the best note for me) gives this just enough darkness to keep it from being too cloying. If you're worried about the jasmine, (or, hell, the anise) give this stuff a shot. This is SO beautiful! I think this will be a surprise hit for many, as it was for me.
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    Assembly of Witches (Pickman Gallery prototype)

    Many thanks to z_z for the decant! Oof, this starts off as a blast of clove, dry and dirty, with perhaps a swirl of tobacco smoke? If there are any other notes here, they're overwhelmed by the clove. This reads red to me, but I'm not getting any notes that typically skew red (red musk, sandalwood, patch, berries, wine, etc.). This is surprisingly feminine and sexy, and it certainly evokes a clandestine witchy meeting deep in the woods. I hope we'll see a released version of this someday. It's not something I'd wear regularly, but I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try it!
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    His Own Heart Laughed Bath Oil

    Cherry Snow White. Fresh and lovely. I don't generally buy backups but this one is so pretty I may just to be safe. If you're a fan of Snow White and like the Lab's cherry note, YOU NEED DIS.
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    They Lie Thus Chambered and Cold to the Moon

    I ordered a bottle of this right when the Weenies went live, but I haven't had a chance to skin test it until now - and what a shame I took so long! It's really beautiful. The cedar is really strong for a long time, but as it settles I start to get whiffs of the davana, white rose, and especially the tobacco flower. The overall impression I get from this blend is a soft, clean, DRY wood with a hint of light florals - cozy, snuggly, and unusually elegant. A definite keeper!
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    Raspberry Sufganiyot

    Oh man, this is good. So good. I agree with SophieCedar - this is definitely in the same vein as Golletes. Of course it's quite similar to Strawberry Sufganiyot too, but I think the raspberry has just a little more dimension. It's a little chewier and stickier, if you will. YUM!
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    The Avenging Vase

    Oh, I LOVE this. As others have mentioned, it does skew "old-fashioned" but in a really beautiful way. I really have nothing original to add - like many other reviewers, I get a bit of iris and rose-scented cold cream. This feels very nostalgic for me, and triggers a very specific scent memory. I'd like it regardless, but the time it transports me back to makes this a surprise hit. I'm so glad I took a chance on a bottle!
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    Rapunzel in Ballpoint

    Yep, Rapunzel in Ballpoint is simple, straightforward, and just as described: lots of tart green apple with a hint of fizz. Pretty! Definitely worth keeping my decant, but I think I prefer Salma for my green apple fix.
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    The Cat

    The Cat starts out as a blast of cedar (which I love) dripping in sweet, golden honey. The cedar mellows pretty quickly, and I'm left with a pretty, musky honey a few hours later. I see this aging really well.
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    Miss Spink

    Bah, Miss Spink. Too much cookie and tea, not enough flowers. If it were just tuberose and gardenia, this would probably be my HG floral, but alas, the buttery tea just makes my stomach churn. Gunny really nailed it: it smells like pancake syrup. I'll test this again once it's settled for a month or so, but this is too foodie for my taste. Disappointment, thy name is Miss Spink.