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About BoneBone24

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    Art Nouveau, (Belly)Dancing, Candle Magic, Dogs, Drawing/Painting, Karaoke, Mythology, the Ocean, Polar Bears, Pen & Paper RPGs, Sushi, Tarot, Tea, Writing


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    Aquatics, Balsam, Bay, Birch, Citrus, Clove, Gardenia, Lavender, Lilac, Mint, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Olive, Opium, Osmanthus, Resins, Sassafras/Sarsaparilla, Smoke/Tobacco, Tonka, Tuberose


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  1. BoneBone24

    Aeval - Resurrected

    Wet: White, clean, a touch creamy, a touch herbal. Drydown: Soapy, yet creamy. A bit fuzzy. It smells pure, soft, and white. Dry: Sweeter and a touch indolic once dry. Overall it's very pale, clean, and creamy. Compared to the original version (going off my notes), the wet and drydown stages are pretty similar, but where the dry stage had previously smelled like lathered shampoo, with this newer version it's less soapy and more sweet and floral. Or my nose and/or skin chemistry have just changed, who knows! 8 out of 10 bones
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    A Vigilant Eye at Heaven’s Center

    Wet: Wet, leafy, a bit sweet. Color-wise, this is a deep blue-green scent for sure. Drydown: Rainforest dampness plus... something... sort of an odd, fuzzy fruit note? Like an underripe fruit with a misty fuzziness to it. Imagine the skin of a kiwi over an underripe banana crossed with honeydew melon. Something like that, lol. Dry: All of the above, plus cool, deep greenery, which helps pull it all together. 7 out of 10 bones
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    A Night In the French Quarter

    Wet: Purple flowers; clean and heady. The sweetness and darkness of violet, but without its typical sharpness. There's a languid, aquatic aspect too – in a cool and shadowy way (not salty or ozone-y). Drydown: Deeper as it dries. Resins settle into the mix and the plum comes out lending a dark, sticky sweetness to the blend. The Floral notes are wispy and seem to be trying to break through the stickier, shadowy notes. Dry: Almost too-blended now. The notes have sort of flattened into a soft, dusky, purple-gray musk. It's lovely, but lacking oomph. 7.5 out of 10 bones
  4. BoneBone24

    in search of cherry slushie perfume...

    Champagne & Maraschino Cherries and Blood Popsicle both come to mind. Maybe even those two layered (which I can check on and report back…reporting back: oh yeah, that’ll do the trick )!
  5. what sizes do you wear for jewelry purposes - rings, etc. Note sure about my ring size rn, but I'm gonna try to find out and update here once I figure it out. I do know it's gonna be a larger size. For necklaces, the longer the better. I'm plus sized and chesty and hate necklaces that are tight around my neck or that fall right on my cleavage, so I prefer ones that are super long. I don't like wearing bracelets cuz my wrists are quite plump, lol. what's your favorite fall food based treat? Oooh, more like what's not my favorite fall food! Anything pumpkin, anything with yummy spices. I love chai tea. Pumpkin all the things. Dark chocolate. Mulled wine. Spiced/salted/roasted nuts. I suppose I'm not big on like caramels or other very sugary things, but I'm generally pretty open to most treats, provided they are gluten free. Are you more interested in a spiritual service you haven't mentioned practicing yourself, or would you prefer to receive something you do practice? Do you have a preference for if it's provided in writing/placed in the package vs over a skype/phone call? No preference when it comes to the service - whatever is your forte is probably best, though I do enjoy trying new things, so if there's something obscure you do, or something you're learning rn, I'd be up for that too! In writing/placed in the package is preferable, but if it makes more sense to do something over zoom, I'd be game. For item no.5, what kind of thing would you most appreciate? Books or self-care/pampering items probably, but I dunno, I'm open to surprises! Anything in particular you're interested in from the UK? Oh gosh, I'm not sure. Maybe a type of tea or treat not available in the US. Maybe something mystical tied to legends about Avalon or pagan priestesses?? Any interest in apothecary style indies, e.g. essential oils, natural skincare, flower waters? Certainly! I love trying out new products and brands. I have combination skin if that helps to know. And I like lavender/calming scents for bathtime or bedtime products, and more invigorating scents (like citrus, aquatics, mint, herbs, spices) for daily use items. What is it that you're most wanting out of this fall season? (e.g. that could require magical assistance) I'm really trying to focus on my creative pursuits this fall. I just self published a poetry book, so any magics having to do with selling or gaining attention would be good for that. I'm also going to be participating in NaNoWriMo, with the goal of finally finishing a manuscript I've been working on for years (a fantasy novel called Seven Shards). For that I could use help on the focus, determination, and inspiration fronts. If your practice has more to do with providing guidance, then career guidance on how to best focus my energies to start building steady income from my creative projects so I can eventually quit my day job and do creative things full time. If your practice has more to do with healing, I could always use more help with recovering from a toxic relationship I was in for 15 years (got divorced in 2018/2019, have completely rebuilt my life since and have done a lot of healing already, but there's always a little more to do!). Books. Are you a big reader? If so, do you prefer ebooks, audio, or printed? Would you enjoy an art or photography book? Do you like poetry? Big reader of fantasy, fairy tales, supernatural (vampires especially), and female POV historical fiction having to do with asia, britain, or anything that ties into mythology or legends. Books about paganism, taoism, feng shui, crystals, astrology, etc. too. Printed books are preferred, but I'll read shorter reads as ebooks too. Art books yes, photography books only if it's very stylized photography. Poetry yes, but a little picky about it. My Goodreads Bookshelf. Is there anything typically sold at a Renn Faire that you'd be interested in? Mead, elf ears, elven/fairy tiara, good incense. Candles. Any preferences? Taper/Pillar/Votive/Jar/Chime/etc.? Scented vs Unscented? I could definitely use more chime candles (unscented) for magic use - any and all colors. For scented candles I prefer ones in jars or tins, any size. Are there any types of makeup/nail polish that you would or would not like to receive? I'm always on the lookout for a matte blush or bronzer that's light enough to use for contour on my very pale skin - so like a light mauvey-taupy-greigey, muted sort of color. I don't really need any eyeshadow or foundation color, but I'm always up for new nail polish colors. I don't wear lipstick a lot, but I am on a similar hunt to the blush/bronzer hunt, for that perfectly muted-but-not-beige taupeish-plumish-pinkish lip color that doesn't read too bright or bold against my skin. Is there anything you definitely DON'T want (either because you don't like it or already have it)? I don't want oracle decks (I do read Tarot though and am open to a new deck - I already have the RWS, Prisma Visions, Alphose Mucha, Dragons, Game of Thrones, Celtic Faeries, and New Vision decks). I can't think of anything else I haven't already mentioned in other answers. Are there any art/craft supplies you currently need? I'm pretty well-stocked right now. Homemade treats...any likes and preferences?? GF of course. Brownies, cookies, anything dark chocolate. I like peanut butter, matcha, key lime pie, lemon, butterscotch, pumpkin, cinnamon, marshmallow, and mint chocolate treats. Salty things are great! For salty foods I'm not big on spicy flavors or bbq flavors (though I do like bbq sauce, just not flavored chips or whatnot). Not big on most berries, though I do love strawberry. Favorite nuts are cashews and pecans. I love sesame brittle and honey. What are your thoughts on sweet treats? If you like them, what are your favorites? And what is one that you consider extra special? I don't have the biggest sweet tooth, but there are certainly some sweets I do love. Dark chocolate anything. Chai/cinnamon-vanilla/pumpkin spice -type things. Matcha treats. Mint chocolate. Peanut butter w/ chocolate. Ooh, chocolate covered espresso beans are a big fave!! Rice krispy treats too! I usually don't like things that have that taffy or toffee type consistency, like the harder, sticky treats that get stuck in your teeth. Pass on those, but yes to anything soft or gooey or crispy or crumbly. If I were to knit you an adornment would you prefer a hat, fingerless mitts, a cowl, or a shawlette (small shawl, worn like a scarf.) If yes, are you ok with soft wool (I have mostly merino)? What colors would you prefer? Fingerless mitts would be awesome - especially if they can be made a little more roomy than a typical set. OK with whatever material you like to use. Colors: Grey/Charcoal, Navy, Teal, Deep Green, Dark Purple, Burgundy Do you have a wishlist for BPAL perfume / gloss / atmosphere sprays? Yes - it lives here. I'm open to more of the atmo sprays than I have listed, with similar scent preferences to my perfume preferences, but with more foodie notes too. Are you interested in a sewn or knitted tarot bag? Yes!! Would you like to sample our home made liqueurs? (Rosepetal and/or lavender vanilla bean and/or plum) Oh heck yes! Those all sound good. How about jams? (peach, huckleberry, cardamom plum, cardamom/cinnamon/clove plum, anise plum, ginger jalapeno peach) Certainly - any of those plum ones sound good! I could see using that ginger jalepeno peach one to make a yummy sauce too. Other canned goods? (green tomato relish, chokecherry jelly) I haven't tried either of those things before, and I love trying new things, so yeah! Fudge? Usually fudge is too sweet for me, but I'll make exceptions for certain flavors (like peanut butter, mint chocolate, lavender, pumpkin spice, maybe like a dark chocolate-potato chip fudge if such a thing exists?, pretty much anything I've mentioned in the other food-related questions) Lemon blueberry zucchini bread? If it's gluten free, bring it on! Anything that actually tastes and feels like a bread or cake or biscuit or cookie while being GF would be a huge treat. I've found that GF flour blends that include quinoa and/or tapioca flour are the most convincing.
  6. BoneBone24

    Dapper Scents?

    Oh dapper scents Seconding: John Watson, Wilde, Villain, Whitechapel, The Bow and Crown of Conquest, Manhattan, Paladin, Jareth Adding: Theodosius, Old Scratch, Iago, Half-Elf, Adam, Tavern of Hell
  7. BoneBone24

    What would you put in a BPAL starter pack?

    Note: There's a similar topic here: As for my list...: Snake Oil (not a personal fav, but it's such a crowd favorite and in so many other blends, it def deserves the top spot) Dorian (again, not a personal fav thanks to skin chemistry issues, but it seems like everybody loves it) O (unffy amber, and a good sexalicous alternative for those that snake oil doesn't work out for) Tavern of Hell (a complex, sophisticated, dark gardenia scent that is truly one of a kind) Port Royal (a spicy, woody aquatic, yum!) Morocco (another crowd favorite, softly creamy, exotic, and stunning) Wilde (a dapper, herbal, manly-yet-light-and-androgynous scent) Fae (a truly beguiling and fairly popular peach scent) Bon Vivant or the fizzy version of Gnome (because everybody should experience the scent of bubbles captured in a bottle) Cordelia (such a pretty, and well-balanced lilac blend) Snooty Rose (the only Rose blend that works on me, which must mean it's pretty damn good!) Sea of Glass (it's just so very clean and clear, definitely a good one to show the wide array that is possible with BPAL) Voodoo (this one is just, perhaps unsurprisingly, magic) Dracul (smoky and minty, at the same time? yes please!) Lyonesse (beachy vanilla, another crowd fav)
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    Beachy, Tropical Scents

    I've had such a hankering for tropical scents lately, but I don't have anything in my collection that fits the bill. I'm talking more of the fruity/creamy -type tropical (coconut, mango, ginger, key lime, pineapple), not so much the aquatic/beachy or floral-green type. Tiki bar drinks basically (alas, I came to BPAL after the tikis went away). Are there any good GC's or non-LE's like that?
  9. BoneBone24

    Shuttered Asylum Atmosphere Spray

    Smells strongly of leather and metallic oils (I'm reminded of the kind of oils/grease used to lubricate the tuning slide of a brass instrument) in the bottle. In the air, those two notes remain, but are joined by a slightly sweet blood note and an absolute cacophony of construction-type materials... dry wall crumbles, rubber hoses, electrical wires, glue, solvents, lubricants, chalk dust, copper, machinery, linoleum, packing paper. It reminds me of walking through an industrial print shop. Mood-wise, it's the scent of gritty demolition and cleaning, but never actually getting clean. It's the process, not the outcome. A bit off-putting, but also nostalgic for hands-on hard work.
  10. Oh boy, there are so many great ones for these notes. I'll try to stick to ones that stay solidly in that woodsy-minty-earthy-tea world. Let's see... For mint, Mad Hatter (A gentlemen’s lavender-citron cologne unhinged by the feral pungence of black musk and a paroxysm of pennyroyal) immediately sprung to mind. If you don't mind dark and smoky, Dracul (Black musk, tobacco, fir, balsam of peru, cumin, bitter clove, crushed mint, and orange blossom.) is a great one too. For cedar, Azathoth (tangerine, saffron, vetiver, black amber and cedarwood) is a good one, and Tombstone (vanilla, balsam and sassafras layered over Virginia cedar) as well if you don't mind a little vanilla and sassafras thrown in. For wood in general, Dee (English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods) is a crowd favorite. For woods, Black Forest (Thick, viscous pine with ambergris, black musk, juniper and cypress) and Ranger (Terebinth pine, Russian birch, black ironwood, elder bark, hay, armoise, juniper, patchouli, galangal root, Spanish moss, and cabreuva) are about as straight-up forest as it gets. For earthy, Penny Dreadful (Soft perfume evocative of noir heroines over rich red grave loam) is my favorite. For tea, Dorian (A Victorian fougere with three pale musks and dark, sugared vanilla tea.) is most people's favorite, but I much more prefer Theodosius (Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean). And while they don't have any of your listed notes, I think both Highwayman (Vetiver with gardenia, blood red rose, night-blooming jasmine, a dash of cinnamon and a faint hint of leather) and Arcana (Frankincense, rosemary, lavender, neroli, and verbena) might be pleasing to your nose. If you get a chance, I'd definitely recommend trying out a bay rum blend. It behaves differently on different people, but for me it's very much in that woodsy-minty realm.
  11. Oh, man, that does sound perfect! So many smellies I've never tried! Maybe I'll get something perfect in my frimps today too (squee, I have an order Out for Delivery)! ETA: Oh my, what about Tyrannophobia? It has the advantage of me already having it, and it's mostly raspberry (i.e. pink) but also has tea and also is sinister! She's certainly tyrannical in her little fiefdom... That sounds PERFECT!
  12. There's some good recs in here: http://www.bpal.org/topic/78155-art-supplies/
  13. Don't worry, there are scents for you here, my friend! My skin was turning everything sweet when I first got into BPAL, so I feel your pain. It still does, I suppose, but it's either lessened somewhat, or my nose has gotten used to sweet, or some combination of the two. It's taken me a while to figure out which flowers are actually ok on me, vs all of the horrible ones, too. Here are my resistant-to-sweetness enhancing/creating-skin chemistry recs: (all GC) Anne Bonny Black Forest Cathode Cayote Dee Djinn Dwarf Fighter Iago Incantation Omen R'Lyeh Rogue The Red Rider The Robotic Scarab Feel free to stalk my reviews – I always mention when the slightest hint of sweetness pops up, especially when there are no sweet notes to explain it.
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    Expectation: Incensey Aquatic Pear First Sniff: Wow, ok, so I caught an initial whiff of what can only be described as a sour pungency, then that went away, leaving a far mellower essence of... jungle? Yeah, it basically smells like jungle. It seems like this one’s gonna be a wild morpher and I'm curious to see where it goes. Wet on Skin: Yeep. There’s that intense note again. At first I think dill pickle, then I realize it’s olive juice. Just as I figure that out (within the first 5 seconds) it calms down a bit and a cleaner, sweeter aquatic note presents itself. Drydown: I get an ‘aha!’ moment and realize that it basically smells like a dirty martini. For the first 15 minutes or so it continues in that vein, becoming cleaner and crisper as it dries. Finally the olive turns to salty brine, and the rest of the blend sweetens up, settling into a wearable, yet complex aquatic. Dry: A deep, briney aquatic with a hint incense and pear. I’d classify it as a gender-neutral all-year-round scent. I have to say, the transformation from first sniff to the dry stage is pretty incredible. My advice is to bear with this one, because the endgame is worth it. 9 out of 10 bones
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    Stormclouds Over The Midway

    (2017) Expectation: Dark Smoky Rain Wet: Sweet ozone that's dusty at the edges. There's a hint of a sticky purple fruit that right now is reading as grape. Drydown thru Dry: Soft, almost powdered plum, kissed by ozone. There’s just the barest hint of opium smoke, which is floral-leaning when paired with the plum. I’m not really getting any incense, but I imagine it’s responsible for softening the plum. And I'm not noticing any wormwood either. Overall, this is a very wearable scent. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not as atmospheric or unique as I was expecting, but at the same time it’s nice that it’s a scent that I can wear to work. 7.5 out of 10 bones