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    Whichever one fits my mood, but I smell gorgeous!
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    LE: Eve, Our Hearts Condemn Us, Blood Popsicle, Streets of Detroit, Funnel of Love, Witch Dance, Callidora, Sumatran Red Patchouli, Banshee Beat, #ows, Infernal Lover, Snake Charmer, Mme. Moriarty, Clemence, Chrysanthemum Moon, Death of Autumn, Sugar Skull, Fearful Pleasure, Premature Burial, Crypt Queen, Makhanitis, Melainis, Mircalla, Lilith Victoria, and practically any Snake Oil variation. GC: Blood, Snake Oil, Dragon's Heart, Urd, Goblin, Hetaire, Anne Bonney, Eat Me, Lust, Le Lethe. Trading Post: Puddin' takes most of my monies. Bath oil & Hair Gloss in scents that go with all of the above. Atmo sprays: Smoky, incense, dark and sexy. Lucy in Darkness! Too many Trading Post scents to mention. I especially love red musk, black musk, any/all patchouli, clove, and dragon's blood notes.

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    My family, especially my grandson; my kitties, my BPAL, my friends here on the forum and FB! I have been a fan of gothic horror since I was a child, thanks to my dad, who introduced me to Poe at an early age. I love classic horror movies (the old Universal Studios monsters) and Hammer Horror from the 60's and 70's. I love Anne Rice and her vampires and witches. If I had been born in a later generation, I probably would have been a goth kid. As it is, I've aged into a bohemian gothic hippie in my 60's, and don't give a damn. :wink:
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  1. Poenari

    Lycan Lace

    I bought my bottle of Lycan Lace from Dark Delicacies the minute after it went live. I have barely worn it since then, and never reviewed it either. I'm trying to wear a different BPAL every day this month, and pulling the ones I rarely wear. I'm so glad I grabbed this one today! Obviously this review is now based on my three year old aged bottle. Musk! Red musk! This reminds me a lot of the way that Krampus smells on me! I have a lot of bottles of Krampus because it's a favorite, and I wear it a lot in the winter, so my memories are fresh. My skin always amps red musk, and this is no exception. Actually, I rarely love the Laces and this smells less like one of them than usual. I actually don't detect rose or pine. The notes have melded with age into a lovely, dark and sinister musky blend, feral indeed. I am in love with this lycan and will put it into heavier rotation!
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    Hell's Acres Yule Tree Farm

    I received this as a frottle from the Lab last year and forgot to review it! In the bottle, a blast of strong fresh pine tree! Whew! But it barely takes a minute after application that the pine dries down on my skin from a sharp blast to a cozy real Christmas tree in the house, a few days after it's been decorated and settled. You can smell the tree as you get close to it, but it doesn't blast you from across the room. That's how it is on my wrist. And there is a dark musk, likely black musk, that tempers it. A slight powder mingled with the musk, possibly myrrh, and the slightest hint of mint and cocoa. This is a great scent, cozier than I expected, and perfect for snuggling under a blanket near the tree, watching a sappy Hallmark Christmas movie, drinking bourbon-enriched hot cocoa with marshmallows. Edited to add: today I'm getting a waft of frankincense too!
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    Mousetrap Nougat Bar

    I was gifted this bottle with my Halloweenie order and am so grateful for it! My dad loved nougat candies and the smell always reminds me of Christmas, because he stuffed them into our Christmas stockings. Nougat bar perfume makes me worry that this will go sickly sweet, so I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't! There is definitely almond, but it doesn't shriek up my nose from the bottle or on my skin. This scent is creamy, slightly powdery as from a gentle dusting of powdered sugar, and coconutty. Ok, this is very nice and not sinus-sharp either. It's like that sweetened shredded coconut mixed with crushed almonds... There is a slight nuttiness that tones it down. In the past I have found that the Lab's almond and cherry notes go cloying and sickly sweet on my skin and stick to my sinuses, so I tend to avoid them. But this is very nice and wearable. It would be a fun Christmas party scent.
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    Caramel Patchouli Hair Gloss

    I guess I forgot to review this one after I got it all those years ago! I'm wearing it today, so will review my bottle as it stands now with some age on it. The caramel is sweet and chewy, not burned sugar, and there is a sweet patchouli. This is exactly as advertised. Long lasting and goes so well with other autumn scents.
  5. Poenari

    Still Life With Dooting Skull

    I was gifted a bottle of this in my Halloweenie order, and am so grateful! Upon initial application, I get vanilla nutmeg - nice! Then the licorice root immediately muscles it's way to the front. I love licorice, so this is fine with me. By the time of the drydown, I can really only smell licorice. It's a sweet but sexy licorice, tempered by the vanilla and honey, and I can't really detect the coconut milk as a standalone note. This perfume is surprising to me - I didn't expect it to be such a licorice scent. I like it even more than Black Licorice Smut!
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    Disclaimer: I have a head cold and congestion right now, so will edit this initial review as my full sense of smell returns. Also, I have never sniffed Storyville, so this is not a comparison. I adore red musk and the pumpkin spice blends, so even without the throwback to OG Storyville, I would have bought a bottle. First thoughts after reading earlier reviews, I dislike jasmine, it always amps on me, and I get no indolic notes from this. The red musk in this one is smooth and gentle. It's not as heady as in my other beloved red musk Weenies, such as Third Charm, Lucy Kissed, or Mircalla. It doesn't have that after-sex smell that I get from Smut either. This is a very lovely red musk, wearable and not too sexy. The pumpkin spice is also gentled. It's not as prominent as in many of my other PS blends, and therefore doesn't scream "Halloween!" or "Seasonal!" All together, this blend is just perfect for any season and any setting. It's lovely, long lasting, and even with my congestion I am catching wafts of it, so it definitely has some throw. I need backups!!
  7. Poenari

    October 32

    I immediately hit "buy" as soon as this appeared. It has my beloved dead leaves note with a woolly sweater and an initial blast of cold wind! Drydown is gentle and there is barely a touch of amber. This is a lovely scent and will be very wearable thoughout hot autumn days as well as cooler ones.
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    Pumpkin Dust

    I was gifted a frottle of this with my Halloweenie order, and am so grateful! The description for 2018 Pumpkin Dust is the same as this one. I reread the reviews of that after I sniffed my bottle of 2021 and applied to my wrist, because I swore I smelled fruit, almost like peaches! There were several mentions of peaches in those reviews, so I'm not totally crazy. This is a sweet blend with a very mild pumpkin note that is not at all pumpkin spice. The honey powder sweetens it and keeps the pumpkin from turning sour. This is a lovely pumpkin scent for those who don't want any spice! Very wearable.
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    Acid-Laced Butterscotch Lozenge

    I was gifted a frottle of this in my Halloweenie order and am so grateful to the Lab! My husband loves those "grandpa" butterscotch hard candies and took his place as a rightful grandpa with them in his pocket a few years ago. The butterscotch is strong in this one and immediately brings them to mind! But there is an undercurrent of something dark and sinister in a spicy way. I agree that it seems to be ginger. The way that it appears just under the surface from where the butterscotch lays, is so unique, and takes away from the sugary sweetness that butterscotch turns on me. As it wears on, the dark spiciness is very familiar to me from my favorite super spicy pumpkin scent, 2009 Pumpkin IV, which has this same dark gingery vibe. Instead of pumpkin, add butterscotch and these could be cousins. I really love this one! Nice throw and wear length on this one.
  10. Poenari

    Lye-Filled Bubble Gum

    This was a frottle in my Halloweenie order, which astounded me. I had to test and review this! So... My husband is a professional furniture refinisher - has been for over 45 years. I know the smell of lye all too well, as it is one of the main chemicals in a hot tank used for stripping heavily painted doors and old woodwork. The second I opened the bottle, I could smell lye! That familiar smell also found in drain cleaners and soap making. It's a smell described as similar to ammonia, but I disagree with that. But if you have ever smelled drain cleaner, you would recognize it. The lye note is astounding to me. But don't worry, it dries down and fades very quickly. The bubblegum note is right there to take over. Sweet, chewy Bubblelicious gum! It has that fruity sweet bubblegum note, and I can barely detect the lye note after a few minutes. It seems to keep the bubblegum from going sickly sweet though, which is a good thing to me. After about 10 minutes on my wrist, the bubblegum has mellowed and I detect the slightest hint of spice - just a touch, the way bubblegum flavors fade and morph quickly in your mouth. The throw isn't strong and this is actually quite wearable! This is absolutely hilarious. I cannot fathom how Beth does it, but this is a very realistic scent of exactly what it says. I can't wait to have my young grandson try this!
  11. Poenari

    PSL: Pumpkin Snake Latte

    This blend is exactly what I had hoped for! The familiar Snake Oil is actually more prominent than in some of the other newer Snake Oil variants. Here, it is very recognizable as Snake Oil. I find it amazing that Beth has been able to create that beautiful Snake Oil scent in variants without using actual Snake Oil. Just more of her magic! The pumpkin spice here isn't overly strong. And the coffee in this latte is sweet and mild. This is the first BPAL coffee blend that doesn't turn to bitter burned coffee on my skin. Good throw and wear time, too! What a lovely warm scent. I will need a backup bottle of this one!
  12. Poenari

    Bright Goddess of the Skies

    I was just gifted a bottle of this amazing oil from a dear friend. My review this morning is for scent and initial reaction. I will add to it once I have a chance to give it a full try. In the bottle, this is literally a heavenly perfume... very rose forward, but lush and real, nothing artificial or soapy. On my skin, this blooms even further into a huge bouquet of Bulgarian roses, sweetened by the supporting notes but still all rose forward. My mood immediately lightened and I can't stop inhaling deeply from my wrist. I can see where this perfume is full of loving energy: self love, love of others, romantic and lush. It is amazing.
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    Dies Patribus

    I was just gifted a full bottle of this perfume from a dear friend! Last year's Lilith's were amazing, and I bought more bottles and decants to try than I ever had before. Yet I passed on this one, because milky fruity cereal is something I never consume and don't want to smell like. However, I am very familiar with Fruit Loops as it is still one of my husband's favorite breakfast cereals. I initially sniffed and applied from the bottle without reading up on the notes. First impression, is that milk chocolate? Uh oh, that won't work for me. Then sweet fruit... berries.. creamy... Ah yes, I bet this is Lilith's strawberries! Read the notes and yep, it's all here. Sweet creamy fruity, very pretty. Not a "me" scent at all, however. I will see what my little grandson thinks. If he likes it, it will be one I can wear with him and let him try as well. A lovely gift and very sentimental(scentimental)!
  14. Poenari

    All Hallows Chaos: Samhain

    #159 I reached for my bottle this morning, as the weather is going to turn cooler today and feel like autumn. I applied and took note of the scent that has now aged for three years, and then went to look up my review to see what I initially thought. Well damn me, I never posted a review! So here it is, with my now aged bottle. Wet and in the bottle, distinctly Samhain, but without the initial nose-wrinkling effect I usually get when sniffing wet: typically from the fir and mullein. Applied on skin, and after dry down, this is a lovely version of Samhain where the apple is truly prominent. That is usually a hidden note to me! The fir and mullein are way in the background. After 30 minutes or more, this has worn to a lovely autumn apple scent, slightly spicy and with that distinct "Samhain" smell that no other Halloween-themed perfume has. I really love this version!
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    Harvest Moon 2021

    I rarely buy the lunacy scents, but with the description of late autumn leaves and stone fruits, this was a must for me. I adore Beth's leaves notes, and stone fruit includes peach and plum, which are big hits for me as well. In the bottle, there is that dead leaves note that I love! I barely detect fruit. Once on my skin, however, this blooms into a gorgeous scent, exactly as I had hoped. The fruit comes forward, and I feel like I get a well blended melange of peach, apricot, and plum. I am not detecting cherry. It's as if I am standing in a crisp pile of autumn leaves that is near a fruit stand holding ripened stone fruits. So happy that I bought this! It's just perfect for warm September days.