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About eatingthesea

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  • Birthday 04/10/1979


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    Zombi, Banded Sea Snake, Chrysanthemum Moon, Penny Dreadful, Flowering Chrysanthemums, Hanerot Halalu, Hand of Glory, The Apothecary, Queen of Clubs, Rose Red, Black Opal, Al-Araaf, Dublin, Black Lily, The Evening Star, Snow Bunny, Hod, Sundew, Tamamo-No-Mae, Belle Epoque, No. 93 Engine, Y'Ha-Nthlei, Antique Lace, Anubis, Envy, Danube, Marcilla, Midnight on the Midway, Mme. Moriarty,To Helen, Xiuhtecuhtli, Hexennacht 08, Thalassa the Galapagos Mermaid, Kabuki, Depraved

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    love: green, grassy florals; soft, deep green aquatics; creamy musks; all nature of beeswax and honey scents; pure dirt/soil/loam notes; chrysanthemums, carnations and peonies!; early spring blossoms; sweet resins; fresh, red rose; winter forest notes (snow and pine); beth's special opaline/stone notes; vanilla-touched amber; olive and linden blossoms

    not fond of: vetiver; cedar and cypress; booze notes; foody/dessert-like scents; citrus; herbs; almond; coconut; deep sandalwood and incense; dragon's blood
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  1. eatingthesea


    hehe...i just got this in the mail yesterday. it is strongly lavender sniffed from the bottle, and i don't normally care for lavender, but i know it's a good sleep-getting agent so i hung on. i did get that strangely fishy scent lingering in my nose after a deep inhale. it seems to manifest only as an "aftertaste" and doesn't remain throughout the experience, which is obviously a good thing! i have to tell ya...i was a bit skeptical about being able to be "tko'd" by a perfume oil. i put just a little on both wrists to test it out at 5:30 pm. i fell asleep at 7 pm. i woke up briefly for sustenance at 10:30 pm and then fell right back asleep until 7 am today!! extremely uncharacteristic for me, especially on a weekday. i am sold! although i won't use it during the work week...too risky! and i have to say i do love the scent after it's dried down. an almost crystalline, lilac-purple-scented sugary herbal scent. not usually "my type" of scent, but well worth it for its tko-ing properties
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    Sed Non Satiata

    i used to think i loved this scent but i retried it last night and ended up being horrified with the end product after a couple hours on my skin, lol. on application, it's all honey-sweetened myrrh and muskiness and i keep huffing myself. yeah, definitely finding myself humpable there. but then...sniff sniff...what's this? ugh! sour filth! i had taken a shower recently so i knew it couldn't have been me stinking it up. it was SNS. sad! the culprit HAS to be the tuberose and/or the geranium...two things i love smelling in nature but generally NOT on my skin, because they most certainly = B.O. or maybe it was the liquor. that's a no-no, too. wow, i'm actually surprised i ever really thought this was a "me" scent, it has so many "baddies" in it, hahaha. sorry...i rarely give bad reviews for scents...but this was just rank.
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    Kubla Khan

    if i had but one quick sentence to say about this oil, it would be "we are soooo damn lucky to have this in the general catalogue!" that's one of the first things i thought, at least, once i got to the drydown and was able to appreciate Kubla Khan's full loveliness. and i'm not surprised to see some other forumites saying something similar. since this scent has like a library of ingredients listed and i'm not the best at picking them out, i'll just say that this scent is classified as "smoky sugar"-like to my nose. lol. i don't know how helpful that is, but... yes, in the drydown it is most definitely smoky, but tinged with sugar. i'm considering a bottle upgrade. lovely.
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    The Lady On The Grey

    is it just the word "opalescent" appearing in this scent's description that is calling to mind the association, or does this scent seriously remind me of Black Opal? hmmm... i'm definitely loving this scent, apart from my deep and everlasting love for said Black Opal. the big difference between the two being a soft powderiness to Lady on the Grey (which i'm guessing is in care of the orris) and the deliciousness of the tobacco flower, which sooo reminds me of my beloved, long-gone tobacco flower scent from the body shop! i wasn't terribly interested in this scent when it first appeared in the catalogue but i was frimped it by cheshirecat (thank you ) and now it's going onto my ever-growing bottle list. feminine, demure, and does actually make me feel a little radiant! i'd buy that for a dollar...or two...or twenty...
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    i think my all-time favorite aquatic from the catalogue is Y-Ha'Nthlei. it's almost like a melon-tinged aquatic that reminds me a LOT of Selkie!
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    The blown-out candle smell...

    reviving this thread because it's a good one! and also, to add Hanerot Halalu to the list. yum. i'd say HH and Hand of Glory are BPAL's best blown-out-candle scents yet.
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    Flowering Chrysanthemums

    oh holy hell! flowering mums is INSTANT love for me. in fact, after this review is finished, i'm heading to my "top 10" list to update it to include this baby. this one may even rival my beloved chrysanthemum moon as a favorite. hokay...let's see...this definitely falls under the classification of "spicy floral," which defines BPAL amour for me. i don't find the floral note fresh, however. it definitely has a dry, musky quality to my nose. the usual dustiness of mums is sweetened up by the vanilla but deepened by the incense. cinnamon doesn't usually agree with my sensitive skin -- and i don't care for its hotness -- but here it merely acts as the spicing agent and is very much a supporting character. on the whole, this scent is not like mum moon at all other than giving the impression of "antiquity," which i suppose is how i'll forevermore identify the scent of mums. this scent lasts and lasts on me, too. it remains rather uniform in scent throughout, though the spiciness recedes just a tad. but this is perfect for me. i adore this scent and only wish i had stocked up!
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    The Bow & Crown of Conquest

    omg! i've been longing for this scent for ages, because it just sounded so fascinating. i typically don't care for the scent of sage but still...fascinating enough combination of elements. and you know what this scent reminds me of? HOD! and i KNOW it's that hot-damn, sexxxified carnation that punctuates hod through and through that is calling to mind this comparison. i get a lot of cedar and leather on the drydown but while it's still slippery n' wet it definitely rings the HOD bell for me. and i quite like having that readily-available substitution at my fingertips in the GC catalogue. time will tell whether i will require a bottle. in the meanwhile, the imp will be kept close to the chest!
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    Honey and Beeswax scents

    if you can find it, litha! it may be a little more common and easier to get now, since it was offered at the recent trunk show. it's so lovely, just a pure honey/mead scent on me.
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    Baobhan Sith

    i've been wanting to try this one for awhile. don't usually care for citrus scents but it seemed intriguing. i was finally frimped it, but i was shocked to smell nothing but the scent of the baby shampoo my mother used to use on me. wtf? then i came to the reviews and saw that i am not alone. very odd. the only way i'd ever use baobhan sith is in my hair, like if i were out at a smoky stinky club all night and didn't have time to wash my hair afterward. just dab this on my strands and voila! that just-been-washed smell will permeate through my hair. but that's the only use i'll ever find for this oil.
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    Hanerot Halalu

    wow, this is beautiful, exactly what i was hoping for plus a little somethin' extra. i do get the sweet orange note that others find and actually, at first, it's a little off-putting in the way that xiuhtecuhtli was when i first tried it: reminds me of that orange-scented cleansing hand cream that auto mechanics use to get the grease off. yuck, indeed! but luckily, it evolves into a lovely orange-creaminess melding perfectly with a strong beeswax note. there's not too much smokiness here (but maybe that comes much later; i'm reviewing hanerot in its very earliest stages) but that's okay. to me, this is like xiuhtecuhtli and anubis coming together...a deeply sweet, dark and old-candle-ish scent that is at once mysterious and sturdy in its simplicity. it is grounded and straightforward -- not complex -- yet it does have a very "ancient" and glowing feeling to it. i like it much more than its anticipated "sister" from last yule, chanukkiyah. that one was a bit too desserty for me. i think i may have to go for a bottle of this one.
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    i love rose scents all-around, as they jive with my skin quite mildly, never over-amping or doing weird plastic things or whatever the usual complaints about rose are in these parts. so i was quite excited to try hope! it is everything i had imagined...and more. yes, it is definitely exactly as described: sugared rose. i imagine a crystal-sugar-sprinkled pink rose, small and fresh. but i also imagine vanilla in the mix, somehow, though it's a waft of vanilla, nothing more and nothing less. the word that comes to mind most often when i'm wearing hope is "confection." it really is like a delicate sweet, though it's not candy-shop girly fun...it's more like a dainty treat served at a tea-house for ladies. i notice that when i'm wearing this, guys tend to get ever so much closer to me...leaning in and such. it is yummy, so i don't blame them, haha. this definitely makes me feel feminine and alluring, i have to admit, and i feel quite comfortable wearing this as a day-to-day scent. however, we'll see; i think hope could possibly cause diabetes! now, i can't wait to try faith.
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    To Helen

    i agree with the reviewer that this calls to mind al-araaf. it's a powdery slightly-honeyed scent (care of the beeswax, i assume) that is reminiscent of black opal. whereas black opal is a vanilla-opal scent, this one is a beeswax-and-flower-opal scent. it's hard to describe the "opaline" note that beth uses, but i think it's divine. i wish it would come around more often! the roses are way in the background, but the scent does have a floral touch to it. for the floral-challenged, this is still worth a try. the ozone isn't really even that present, other than giving this scent a little "lift," if that makes sense. it's pleasant and inviting (whatever that means, lol). and, on me, it's long-lasting. me likey
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    Black Opal and other stone, mineral type scents

    you might want to find to helen, from the love poems series of this past year. it has an "opaline" note that reminds me a lot of black opal, if not being identical. black opal is more "stripped-down" to this note, while to helen is a little creamier, a little more floral -- but definitely not overly so. it's nice!
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    Your Best-Bet "Must Try" Enabling Scents

    oooohhh, i like this old thread! i'm gonna do my personal "top 10 enabling scents" and why... 1) dorian: not necessarily the #1 enabler...just a general crowd-pleasing, good musk-and-tea scent. 2) zombi: dirt and roses...it works. i'd be unladylike to make sure i have a lifetime supply of this. 3) irrelevant & disturbing surreal crawdad dream: not all of beth's scents are "dark" or "gothic!" for your friends who don't go for that, but have a good sense of humor...present them with the best blueberry perfume ever...bottled happiness! 4) rose red: for the doubters...how the scent of a big, fresh red rose in a florist's fridge can be bottled. 5) black opal: another "concept" scent to wow them (hopefully). how DOES that woman get the scent of a black opal into a bottle? a gentle, somewhat aquatic vanilla that'll make the (hopefully) new convert feel like they "get it." 6) white rabbit: a fun scent, one of the best (if not only?) ways sweet tea and milk and linen can get together in a scent. 7) xiuhtecuhtli: because everyone thinks i'm wearing thierry mugler angel when i have xiu on...so it's good for those who are woefully attached to their commercial 'fumes. 8) snake oil: duh. just...duh. 9) mme. moriarty: if they're ever going to be a red musk/patchouli fan, they will know this by the trail of mme. moriarty on their arms. 10) snow-flakes: they need a slushy snow scent minus the floral-vanilla of snow white...for starters.