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About Aveya

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    sexy swapper
  • Birthday 05/30/1986


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    Sioux Falls, SD
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    March Hare
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    I LOVE patchouli, juicy fruits, thick spices, sugar jolts, lemongrass, citrus, creams, fizz, and smooth blends. I also like scent experiences so try most everything out once.I don't usually like dry, powdery, floral, "perfume" or "Cologne" blends.Musks, Ambers, and Honey I want to love but are a hit or miss. (More details in my sig - scent love/hates)

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  1. Aveya

    Santo Domingo

    Sniff: Rum, tobacco, wood side. Kind of sexy awesome. Skin: Sticky sweet rum, earthy gritty tobacco. "Chewy" is the best ever term for this. I avoided this blend because of the "Caribbean Blossoms" and how much I hate florals. Bad me! Little did I know (back then) how much I adore tobacco leaf. Recently I've expanded into tobacco and just... have been in heaven since. This stage is gloriously heavy tobacco sweetened by rum. Dry: I let this sit for a LONG while before documenting the dry stage, but I was super nervous about the Caribbean Blossoms becoming a hot floral mess. I didn't get that. The longer the scent sat, it did get drier and the chewy aspect fades in the waft around me. But close-to-skin it's still strong and beautiful. it's a bit dustier / incense-esq in late than I adore. But this is a sure fix for a tobacco lover. When I did some manual labor for a bit it sort of popped out the chewier/sweeter side of the blend. And when I sat at my desk playing a game, it got more incense/dry. So, a chemistry scent for sure. Verdict: Chewy tobacco sweetened by rum.
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    It appears I've never reviewed Bengal. Bengal is, so far, my absolute favorite Wanderlust. It's one of my top-ten bottles frequently, and currently in my top three GC. I love this scent. I LOVE THIS SCENT. It's all sexy spicy musk. Honey usually amps on me and takes over blends with sickly sweet disgust, but not with Bengal. I actually forgot honey was in this blend until writing this review. I believe it merges perfectly with the "skin musk" and makes something glorious.This is all spice and sultry human skin. I think the glory of this blend and why it's a favorite of mine, is because it's a LONG wearer that stays true 24hrs+. It's when I'm on my 11th or 12th hour of work and I'm about ready to destroy the world or myself with my angst-ridden despair and I bury my head in my shirt/coat/whatever, and then BENGAL just floods me. Sultry sexy spicy. it's energizing and relaxing. It's empowering and dominating. It's the scent of success and energy. It gets me through really rough days and meetings, and gives me a backbone when mine's been ripped out. This is a scent that's grown on me over the years and was one of my first sample-packs years ago. It's a regular go-to, and a favorite in winter when the world is a bit bleak, white, and dead. It adds heat and passion to my world; it's incredible. It gets me moving in the morning and keeps me moving when steam is long gone. I've used it to survive work, but then it transitions beautifully to dating life and can come across incredibly sexy. I do think there's a level of skin chemistry happening and I drew very lucky cards. But I adore this scent. If this one gets discontinued with a warning, you can bet I'll have an entire row of like 50 bottles stashed for the future. Verdict: A life-saver pickup. A staple on my shelf.
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    A rich, bold blend of imperial rose, carnation, lush jasmine, lily of the valley, dark musk, amber, bergamot and gilded tangerine. I'm making my rounds through all the GC catalogs just cause I think I should (and my GC box was overflowing, so it was time). So I'm trying out scents I probably wouldn't otherwise. Sniff: Surprisingly sweet orange. Like a candy. Skin: Musks up right away on application. Orange sweet musk. Dry: A very floral musk blend. I anticipated as much so I won't go on my normal blegh-routine about floral musks. But that's what this is. Rose and carnation are not main players, it's more amber-orange-jasmine than anything else. I was a little hopeful carnation and rose would add a spiced beauty to orange? That could be cool. But that's not this. Verdict: Orange Jasmine Amber musk. NOT my cuppa.
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    Sniff: Black dripping rose Skin: SHEW rose. Nothing black or twisted about it just straight up ROSE. Dry: There we go. Dark rose. It's still strong and deep, but fades back to give room for something damp, airy, and dark. I cuncur it's something myrrh-esq mixed in there. This phase though doesn't last long, and before I know it the rose is vanishing into my skin. Which is insane. This is ROSE we're talking about. The amper of all ampers. The world-taker. The End All... well you get the point. Whatever is blended with this rose made it lose the ampage. Yay for those who dislike amp rose? But then there's not a lot left behind. Just a sort of musky dark warm-moist creepy thing. Verdict: Strong black rose, drowned out by empty sorrow.
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    Sniff: Sandalwood musk and spice. Skin: Natural skin musk ; warm, soft, gentle. Reminds me of the backdrop of Bengal. Dry: There's a funk scent I keep smelling in a few different blends, it's like a plastic vanilla baby musk. I wish I knew what it was? But it's in this. It's off to my nose, but at the same time I see it being lovely and appealing. Confusing. Whatever the note is, reminds me STRONGLY of Diabolic Offspring. Another commenter mentioned this has something in common with O and Snake Oil - I agree. Those scents also just sit strange with me. Maybe it's a chemistry thing? I like the concept, and I almost like the scent... but it just is off somehow. I also get no carnation, at least not the spiced amp variety I'm used to. So just a disappointment here. Oh well! Verdict: Diabolical Offspring Heartburn
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    Skin: bright and zippy. Bittersweet yuzu and a floral backing. Dry: Floral, Clean, and a strange sort of citrus. Like a dry grapefruit. CLEAN is a key word here. A nice, happy clean? But very clean and a little peculiar. Fun scent, citrus-floral. But not sweet or juicy. The longer it sits, the more astringent it gets for me. Verdict: Clorox Disinfectant Wet Wipes, Orange Fusion (exactly that kind. Go buy a bottle to clean your house and do a scent comparison, lol)
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    Fun story - I've never reviewed Dorian. I've never tried Dorian. I've been into BPAL since like 2006 or something. I've read countless reviews and raves and people I'd consider scent twins and cousins rave about it. And I've just skipped along the sideline ignoring it all for whatever stupid reason. So, Finally decided to sort and start trying out my growing, dusty GC collection. And MAN THIS IS AMAZING. Imp: Creamy leather. Skin: Smooth creamy sweet vanilla with a lavender tea underneath. Dry: ... I don't know how to describe this. Dark, warm, sweet, creamy. Tea is accurate. Musks take a little time to billow out - but they do. Vanilla musks. Lots of musks. It dances with this border of masculine and feminine that comes across fantastic. It makes it "unisex" but I'd describe it more as gender fluid. It plays with my brain a little bit. I fell asleep to this warm musky vanilla and I am in LOVE. Verdict: Fuck - Beautiful. This is what I get for ignoring hype all this time. Buying with my next Lunar purchase.
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    Indonesian Clove

    Sniff: Strangely sweet clove Skin: Yummy clove. Lots of a mixed spice vibe to this. Heavy cinnamon. Strong high note. Dry: The wafts of this are where the clove reside. To me clove is a hard scent to smell, which is weird. But like vanilla, the best part of the scent is in the base. It has this airy creamy mellow quality that is so distinctly clove I love it. It has an airy or watery quality to it - like it's missing the middle or heart. Which I think is because it's a single note. It needs something in the middle to take center stage. Unlike the Carnation single note which can be a star by itself, this belongs with something else. And amusingly I'm testing Galbanum on my other hand - and the two smell fantastic together. I think this scent needs an earthy or heady or sharp something in the middle to round it out. By itself, it's a spiced clove missing something special. Verdict: Clove tea.
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    Iranian Galbanum

    Sniff: Dirt! Fresh twiggy half wild soil. Skin: Gets greener. Still has a dirty bite to it, something similar to patchouli in the DIRT note. But much brighter and higher than patchouli. Very green, mushroomy, and dirty. Dry: It loses the green element and turns more towards rotting wood. It's strangely pleasing to me though. Like hiking after a rain - where fallen trees are falling apart at the touch but there's still this element of life. Strong "mushroom" vibe still. I could see how this would be an interesting element in a blend. I've seen this pop up in scent descriptions before but I never knew what it was. Amusingly I'm testing Indonesian clove on my other hand - and the two smells FANTASTIC together. Like, omg amazing. So fun story there. While I don't like this scent on it's own, I am 100% open to this in other blends now. Verdict: Mushroom's wearing sandalwood.
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    March Hare

    I FINALLY got a hold of this imp to try. It's been on my radar for a long time because Apricot + Clove sound amazing for me. Both notes work beautifully almost every time. So Excited. Sniff: Fruity and dark. Skin: Flippin' beautiful. Warm spiced apricot. I just want to drown in this scent. Dry: This stays, for me, in a warm spiced apricot realm of perfection. It is a close-to-skin scent for me - but I imagine age could have an impact on that. But it's warm and bubbly. Spiced and delicious. As described. I'm so sad this is discontinued. But it's going to be on my watchlist now if I ever see it up for grabs. Love love love. For me, I like this better than other Apricot scents I've tried because it's not Apricot dom on me. It's perfectly balanced between fruit and clove. Smells almost like simmering cinnamon apples to me. It does make me want to try simmering apricots and clove and seeing what happens lol. Adore. Love it. So thankful I got to try this ❤️
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    I am Tired of Tears and Laughter

    Incoming: Forum bottle swap Sniff: Sticky thick lavender. Skin: Yummy herbal lavender, strong at first then dims down quickly, and a woody vanilla breeze comes out and mingles. Very peculiar, what do I think about this? Dry: I really freaking love this. It's keeping the strong lavender blend - very herbal and potent. But it's been woodied up, and despite some of the other reviews scaring me - the oud behaves VERY well with the benzoin for me. The three scents are tempering each other out and they become well balanced. A beautiful, truly unisex blend of vanilla, resin, wood, and distinctive lavender. On me it has the slightest inkling that it might go medicinal with the benzoin/lavender combo, but as soon as i think it a waft of musky vanilla (oud or the other side of benzoin, I suspect) comes up and washes it away with deliciousness. This bottle found a happy forever home on my shelf ❤️ Verdict: Unisex herbal vanilla wood. Yummy. Would also make a spectacular bath oil...
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    Pumpkin I (2014)

    Source: Forum bottle swap Sniff: Pumpkin Latte Skin: Oooh even better, a Pumpkin CHAI latte Dry: Holygawsh ginger milk is the best thing on this planet imo. That's a fun smell. This is very very very very like Pumpkin Latte - which to me has a unique, muddled scent that sorta grows on me (pumpkin and cream, with some spices I suspect). But in Pumpkin I, it's much cleaner and clearer. The black tea sort of dilutes the muddled complication of Pumpkin Latte, and instead makes the notes more crisp - not to mention it's black tea and spices. What a beauuuutiful chai. I'm doing this no justice with a review. It's perfect. I love it. It just booted Pumpkin Latte out of it's spot on my shelf. More Chai please! Verdict: Pumpkin Chai Latte - Not to be redundant.
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    Smells like a basement or cellar

    So, personally, every time I come across Vetiver / Khus and Myrrh, especially together, I ALWAYS call it "Wet Basement". So I ran through some of my reviews, and found a few that fell in that category. I personally hate the combo? But when I try to put wet basement aside in my brain a lot of these do smell nice. But I just can't get over that wet basement vibe. Like dirt wall or wet cement floors... lol. I think it's exactly what you're looking for. Myrrh has a nice wet dampness to it, and vetiver has a musty dirty grassy thing about it. Myrrh for me is the dampest of basements. If you're still looking I'd say try Sloth, Lust, Black Annis, or Darkness from the GC to see if those notes hit the spot.
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    Smoke and Lace

    Source: Decant circle Hopes: So I really wanted to try this because "soft leather" has been glorious from the lab before. Plus, I've been on a tobacco kick. I love and adore clove. I love sugar blends, vanilla, and SWEET fruits with plum? I am so so so excited. But I am worried about the lace, cognac, and smoke taking things into a weird feminine place for me. Not to mention that leather riding whip going someplace more dominatrix than I'm prepared for. Sniff: Holy shit guys - this smells EXACTLY like a horse tack store. Like I can't even. I lol'd and almost spilt my decant. It smells like leather and horse treats. I CAN'T EVEN. Skin: Spiced smoke billows up from the horse tack store. The opium smoke, I think, almost smells sour. It's no longer a horse tack store - it's now a horse convention. My mom used to take us all the time to this event called the Equine Affaire when I was a kid and lived in Ohio. This scent smells EXACTLY like wandering through the stalls. Leather, treats, a mixmash of food and horse sweat. Thankfully no sawdust though. Dry: The sweet aspects of the fruit/plum sort of suddenly poke out for no reason at all after everything dries down a tad. Next to the leather it becomes BRIGHT and tart. Sweet, sugared, spiced leather. With a unique musky background of a second layer of leather, vanilla... What the heck I might really love this scent. With more age I think that leather will tone down a tad quicker and just become something fantastic. The late drydown is where this is at for me. YUM. Verdict: Sugar-Studded whips & musky sweet secrets
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    Crinoline and Lace

    Source: Decant circle Sniff: Cotton Vanilla Musk Skin: Strangely familiar. Sweet cotton skin musk. I don't think I've tried many of the laces, most certainly not the classics. so I'm not sure what seems familiar here. Smells aged, heady, flippin' beautiful. Courtesan-esq. I get wafts of every note early on - except tobacco. I think since it's just the leaf it's blending in moreso with the rest of the notes. Dry: So I have to be honest. This smelled SO MUCH like baby powder to me I actually did some googling on what it is, that Johnson & Johnson scented their talc powder with to make "baby powder". The predominant theory is apparently Vanilla and Rose. So... the fact that my brain keeps turning this into baby powder is likely NOT completely ridiculous. Noting that I haven't smelled baby powder proper for like 20 years, so... I feel old now. Overall this is an absolutely divine, almost heady, deep, creamy-warm, vanilla-rose musk. It is the best scented talc on the planet . If I smelled this on someone I would think they smell sophisticated, and NOT old thankfully. It's not my cup of tea, which I suspected was possible thus just a decant. But I'm happy to have tried it and get my nose more familiar with the Lace's. Verdict: Baby's first lace.