Jump to content
Post-Update: Forum Issues Read more... ×
BPAL Madness!

Unauthorized Cinnamon

Members
  • Content Count

    125
  • Joined

  • Last visited

1 Follower

About Unauthorized Cinnamon

  • Rank
    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday 06/25/1973

Location

  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Country
    United States

Contact Methods

  • eBay
    wenlecai

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Interests
    Skepticism, breastfeeding, zombies

BPAL

  • Favorite Scents
    Great on me: fig, leather, orange blossom, incense, honey, herbals Terrible on me: vanilla, vetiver, pine, rose-heavy blends, aquatics, most florals Favorite blends so far: Jezebel, Hellfire, Night Gaunt, Envy

Astrology

  • Chinese Zodiac Sign
    Nothing Selected
  • Western Zodiac Sign
    Nothing Selected
  1. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Village Legend Lives Long


    Ooh, this reminds me strongly of People of the Labyrinth's Luctor et Emergo, without the cherry/marzipan note. I like it!
  2. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Geisha in Orange Kimono Admiring a Samurai

    King mandarin, tuberose, white sandalwood, white moss, yerba mate, tangerine, and styrax. I get strong mandarin and tuberose from this. It's very reminiscent of Night Gaunt, but the citrus definitely has that mandarin "edge," which reads to my nose like a hint of lime. It's greener and sharper than the citrus in Night Gaunt, and it lasts longer. Unlike so many ephemeral citrus blends, this does seem to hold on to that tang for an hour or more, with the tuberose coming forward and holding down the fort. Usually I amp wood like crazy, but I can't detect any sandalwood in this. I think I get a hint of the resinous styrax (benzoin), and the moss supports that green edge to the mandarin. This is very pretty, and could be a good option if you like citrus and want it to stick around a bit, as long as you like tuberose too. Sadly for me, something in it gives me a sore throat, so I think I'm going to have to give this one up, and live with re-applying my Night Gaunt and Phantasm.
  3. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Thirteen (13): January 2012

    I don't usually seek out highly complex blends, but I bought this on impulse, and it's really lovely! After a thyme blast of Listerine proportions while wet, this settles down very nicely with cocoa and and a woody note, peeks of ginger and nutmeg, and a melange of subtle elements I can't identify, but which keep this from being very foody. It's worth noting that woods usually amp like hell on me, drowning everything out with pencil shavings/tongue depressor dominance. But whatever is creating a wood tone in this (the roots maybe?) is behaving itself. Oh, and the anise in Kabuki was ridiculously strong on me, but I'm not smelling any anise in this (that is a good thing IMO). I think this is a keeper!
  4. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    I hope this is the right place to ask about aging. A few months ago I got an imp of Jezebel from a forumite, and it was wonderful. Very rich, with an assertive (but not overpowering) and long-lasting rose note, and a really nice, non-powdery honey base, with just hints of neroli. So I finally up and ordered a bottle, and it smells very powdery, not very rosey, and almost reminiscent of baby aspirin to me. Do you reckon this is a case of new versus aged? Please tell me if I squirrel my 5mL away for a year, it will smell as gorgeous as the imp!
  5. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    October

    October 2011 This is so, so gorgeous! In the imp and wet, it definitely gives me that shot of green bell pepper (which is not something I'm fond of!), but it passes after a couple seconds. Then there's fallen leaves, cool air (how? how does Beth do this?), a touch of sap, and maybe the softest suggestion of a far off pile of leaves burning. It's not really smoky at all - it's more of a feel in the background. Some have mentioned October going bad-aquatic-soapy on them, but it is fine on me, and I'm very susceptible to anything aquatic going Irish Spring on my skin. I also tend to amp wood scents ridiculously, but the dried leaves here behave themselves on me. This is really the embodiment of the perfect fall day. I adore it. I'm slathering it today to celebrate the breezy cool fall weather (finally!). Some might find this more a men's scent. It is absolutely not girly, but I don't think it's wrong for a girl either. I'd call it a wonderful unisex scent!
  6. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Sudha Segara

    I was really looking forward to trying this, as I'm getting into dairy notes lately! But on me, there's no milk, and no ginger. How is this possible? Ginger comes through very strong when I wear Vixen or Shub. But Sudha just smells like weird soap on me. What the hell? Is it my skin or my nose, or both?
  7. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Muse of the Night

    Wow, rose and vanilla both tend to be problematic on me, and the jasmine in Sacred Whore did not work well. Why did I order this again? Who cares - because it WORKS. Everything blends really nicely, the currant gives a nice fruity grounding, the flowers smell pretty, not overpowering, and the vanilla is so soft it is more of a blending aid than a note in itself. I think I will keep this one!
  8. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Darkness

    Bottled gloom; the essence of oblivion. Blackest opium and narcissus deepened by myrrh. It amazes me how different scents can smell on/for different people. I had to post because I find it completely hilarious (if a bit disappointing)that a fragrance called "Darkness" winds up smelling exactly like Johnson & Johnson baby lotion on me! I'm hoping it's the narcissus, because I've got some Event Horizon coming, and if opium is doing this, that imp will probably be a total loss.
  9. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Eclipse

    In the imp and wet, this had an interesting blend of bitter almond, frankincense, and a touch of floral. Once dry, though, this was all cinnamon, all the time. No other notes at all. In this case, my name is very apt.
  10. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Tobacco Honey

    Tobacco honey. In the imp, I smell sweetness mixed with a bright, clean floral smell. It's not soapy in the way aquatics and florals can go on me, but it does remind me of some zingy shower gel or something. Not what you'd expect from the word tobacco - this must be the tobacco flower's scent. Wet, very honey sweet, then clean floral - they're chasing each other in a circle. Dry, I believe there's an actual cured tobacco note here. The honey is there, but the flower has gone, and there's another level of sweetness from the tobacco. Not acrid or smoky at all - this is the smell of a drying house for tobacco leaves, or the base of a nice pipe tobacco. I think if I had my husband smell this (he doesn't have a nose for subtle scent components), he would say I smelled like maple syrup. It's very sweet, definitely. This is making me very impatient for my Lab order with Pussy and Yellow Jessamine Honey - I think the honey note might do very nicely with a straight floral or with the saffron to cut it a bit, rather than layering sweet honey with sweet tobacco. Not that this isn't nice - I think it's a keeper imp!
  11. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Sed Non Satiata

    In the imp, I think the myrrh was just overwhelming everything else. I'm guessing that's myrrh, at least - a slightly musty, bitter spice odor, akin to saffron almost. Wet, and while drying, the myrrh is still strong, but I can smell honey and a faint whiff of florals. It's interesting. The patchouli is kind of dancing with the myrrh in the foreground. Dry, I'm getting a lot of patchouli. There's some complexity in the background, but definitely dominant patchouli. I think this is winding up too one-note on me, but I can see how it could be amazing on different skin!
  12. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Envy

    Got this imp from a forumite. In the imp: Minty! Wet: Minty and herbal. Pleasant but pretty straightforward. Drydown: The mint and herbs linger - a mint exactly like toothpaste isn't (to steal a phrase structure from Douglas Adams), and the lavender comes out. At least I think it must be that - the floral is quite gentle and I never would have identified it as lavender! In any case, the whole melange becomes complex and more like perfume than an herb garden. The lime seems to be peeking through in a friendly way - much milder than the Muse version that I couldn't take. This is a great summer perfume, and I might need a bottle before next June!
  13. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Jezebel

    Wow! This could be a bottle scent for me. In the imp: Honey. Very sweet, which made me worry. Wet: Florals grounded beautifully in rich, not-too-sweet honey. Drying: Gorgeous and balanced. Sexy and rich. Ironically it's kicking the everloving ass of the Envy on my other wrist. It's not a shy fragrance! Later: I'm a bit worried that this is going all rose on me. Prominent rose isn't to my taste - perhaps that's because my skin amps it? But I've been huffing my wrist so much I might just be burning out some of my circuits and not picking up all the subtlety. Will try to restrain myself and see how this goes over the next few hours. I'm so hoping the honey and orange blossom stay in the fight, because I think this might be my answer to O or Snake Oil, which I'm avoiding because vanilla hates me. Update: yesterday the rose did take over for a while, but it calmed back down. And today I wore this to the gym (yeah I'm weird) and it stayed perfectly balanced!
  14. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Dragon's Tears

    Just soapy floral for me - in the bottle, wet, and dry. Weird, for something called Dragon's Blood it's not at all what I expected, and I don't get any saltiness for the "tears" either.
  15. Unauthorized Cinnamon

    Muse

    I'm so excited that my order came unexpectedly, I just have to start playing with my imps and reviewing! In the bottle: LIME. And to me, that's a good thing. Wet: A rather harsh lime, like it has the bitterness of the white pith mixed in. It's fighting with the white floral bouquet. Dry: The lime is calming down and playing nicely. I'm guessing it's the lotus I'm smelling as a slightly lighter, greener note in the florals. I think I might like the residual bitterness and sharpness of the lime interacting with the flowers, but I'm going to have to try this one a few times. ETA: nope, it ended up as old lady perfume mixed with green Skittles. Not for me.
×