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About Poenari

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  • Birthday 06/04/1954


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  • BPAL of the Day
    Whichever one fits my mood, but I smell gorgeous!
  • Favorite Scents
    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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    Don't say Old Lady


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  1. Poenari

    Pumpkin Spice Sanguinem Menstruum

    Ny bottle is well aged and I realized I've never reviewed it. This is glorious! The pumpkin spice blend is dominant at first, as it tends to be. Heavy on ginger even. Then as it dries down, the blood musk steps forward and brings out a jar of honey. After a while, this becomes the scent of sweet dark redness on a crisp autumn day. This makes me think of the scene with Mina Harker in that gorgeous red dress in Bram Stoker's Dracula - crisp red taffeta, spicy hot with sexual tension. 🔥
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    I have Silkybat hair gloss and love it so much that I bought a backup bottle of the original at the time it was live in the Trading Post, so I knew I needed at least one bottle of the perfume. I love that sugary patchouli blend so much that I also have bottles of Pumpkin Spice Silkybat and Frosty Silkybat hair glosses. I stalked the Bloodmilk site every time there was an update, but always just missed it. I was finally able to get a bottle in a swap for my backup of Krampus Lace. High price to pay, given the rarity and demand of KL, but well worth it to me to finally have Silkybat. Besides, I refuse to profit off Beth's hard work. So, Silkybat perfume is exactly what I had hoped. It matches the hair gloss and is all sweet sugary patchouli on me. I don't get the lemon/citrus from the sugar that others mention, more of a sweet white sugar. No matter, this is divine and I am so happy to be able to wear it with my hair gloss.
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    Witches' Lace

    I tried this right after receiving my bottle last year. It had a green sour and sharp smell, and was not at all like I had expected. I put it into my box to let it sit, and pulled it out once or twice a month or two later. It was still a no-go. Set it back again. I pulled this out to try again without reviewing the notes first. Wet, it was still slightly sour, green, and I thought it was going to be time to let it go. Then it did what BPAL does... on drydown, it morphed into the familiar Lace base, with a dusty dry herbal overlay. There was a note that at first I thought was cumin, so I read the notes. Of course, it's the cedar! For some reason cedar and cumin smell similar in my skin. Usually in a bad way. Somehow, this doesn't amp and remains under the surface where I really have to look for it. After an hour, this has softened to a wearable scent for me. Hooray! The notes are well blended at this point, and I think the patchouli has stabilized them to a lovely blend. Keeping this and adding it to my rotation. Finally! And this is why I never let my bottles go.
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    Crypt Princess

    Rose heavy with pomegranate, the slightest hint of red musk, and white flowers. This goes very sweet on me. Crypt Queen is one of my favorite BPALs and I can tell that this is related. Unfortunately the Princess is not nearly as good on my skin and will be better off in someone else's royal court.
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    Pumpkin Spice Rum Hair Gloss

    I only have a decant of this. I somehow set it aside in a bag of decants without testing it. I sure wouldn't have forgotten this one! I have a lot of BPAL pumpkin perfumes and hair glosses. This little decant is just perfection. No real rum note stands out, but I think it is just perfectly matched with the Pumpkin Spice note. Maybe it's due to the aging, although typically I don't find that my hair glosses change with age. In any way, the pumpkin spice is not as cloying as in my PSE hair gloss or even last year's Pumpkin Silkybat, Pumpkin Scherezade, or Pumpkin Dragon's Milk. I have full bottled of each of those and only this little decant. Well, Imma have to hope that they age as deliciously as this one. Also, I do love to drink me some spiced rum and now I'm craving that.
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    Cat Event Exorcist

    OMG I pulled out my bottle and slathered away with abandon. I haven't worn this in a year! Why not, I say? This is delightful. A warm spicy musk. My skin amps clove so that is foremost, and that's a good thing. Frankincense is barely detectable on my skin for a change. This is woodsy, warm, and feels like brown fur. This scent isn't too heavy for summer; in fact it's perfect for these late summer days where I'm ready to begin pulling out my Weenies.* I'm going to put this into heavier rotation. Also, it reminds me somewhat of Spicebush Swallowtail and Fledgling Raptor Moon. I don't death match because I love to keep all my bottles and wear them. But my FRM is getting very low and now I have something in that familiar scent family to wear. *No Weenies were pulled in the making of this review.
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    We Wear The Mask

    Paul Laurence Dunbar was from and is buried Dayton, OH and his legacy is a huge part of local history here, and I immediately ordered a bottle. This beautiful poem is unfortunately more relevant than ever. My words are not sufficient to describe this perfume, but I can't stop huffing my arm whenever I wear it, and I've been wearing it lot since it arrived. Initially a sweet wisteria and lavender, then the sandalwood appears and keeps it from being too herbal or floral. The notes are so well blended that they mingle and waft, but with a big throw. This doesn't morph on me after drydown, just softens, but it lasts forever. When I wear it to bed, I can still smell it in the morning. If I wave my arm at full length in front of my face when first applied, I am enveloped in a soft cloud of the most beautiful, and yet somehow sorrowful, scent. Heart clenching indeed. This is amazing.
  8. Poenari

    Think Snow For Me Atmosphere Spray

    I love using this in the summer and whenever I need a burst of "fresh" air. Chilly, minty, sweet snow. I adore this one! Time to order a second bottle.
  9. Poenari

    Courage v45

    Warning: gloomy outlook and politics. The world is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In the US, we are in the early weeks of madness. My state's governor has been in the forefront of taking preventive action to protect lives, which he did in incremental steps over an almost two week period. But the orange cheeto in charge has been lying and covering up the reality, and things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. As the situation here began to evolve, I could feel my anxiety and fear increasing daily. I haven't been able to watch or listen to 45 since the election, as he makes me feel physically ill. I ordered this TAL to help me now, to get through these exceptionally scary times. Courage v45 arrived today, and I applied it tonight, after feeling my heart pounding in my chest and my anxiety rising due to what I read about 45's shitshow of a press conference today. The scent is mainly that of freshly harvested dragon's blood sedum, which I used to grow. I can smell a hint of orange, and a slight sharp whiff of ginger. But more important than the scent is the effect. It calmed me down, slowing that strong pulse I could feel in my neck, and I feel like I can relax for a bit and maybe even fall asleep in an hour or so. Beth, I can't thank you enough for creating this. We need all the courage we can get to survive this moron who is willing to let people die as long as his stocks do well.
  10. Poenari

    Security Blanket

    This is a lovely scent, so comforting and calming. The lavender is foremost, followed by labdanum and a faint medicinal scent. I love to apply this as I am settling down to bed, about 30 minutes before trying to sleep. I find that taking some deep breaths and inhaling it from my wrists gives my brain a signal to relax, and can feel my body physically release. This is great stuff and I wish it was more widely available.
  11. Poenari

    All My Friends Are Turning Green

    Sweet honeyed carnation, clove, and a hint of patchouli. There's not much more to be said except that it's wonderful! I love how the Lilith scents are gaining in their level of maturity as Lilith grows up.
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    Krampus Beard Oil

    I ordered a bottle for my husband, because he loves my Krampus perfume and his beard is in terrible condition. This is his first beard oil- he is very neglectful of his beard so I've been wanting him to try one of these. It only arrived yesterday, but I had him test it right away. His beard is all white and very dry and wiry. He used a few drops and it seemed to soak right in. He'll have to play around with the amount to use, but I hope he finally gets his beard into better condition. As for the scent, I sniffed it from the bottle and it is that great Krampus scent, but a bit faint so it won't overwhelm the senses being right under his nose. He loves the scent.
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    Thorns Clove Cigarette

    I have never smelled actual clove cigarettes and have never smoked, but I love the smell of cloves and from what I have read of the cigarettes, I imagine I would have loved their scent. So I was excited to get in on the first pre-order for this scent. When my bottle arrived, it smelled so good in the bottle that I immediately applied it to my wrist. Unffff.... so good! Smooth clove blended with a sweet tobacco. That's it, that all I got. But I love it. And my husband unexpectedly asked what I was wearing and could he try it. It not only smelled great on him, but for the first time ever in my BPAL life (starting my 15th year collecting) he asked me to get him a bottle. After I stopped laughing, I explained how LEs work, and said that I would try when they reopened pre-orders again. I was successful so now we each have a bottle. By the way, this one has hella strong throw on us with very light application! I'm usually one to slather and am grateful that I don't have to with this, so my bottle will last longer.
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    Old Demons of the First Class

    I have fallen in love with the Clove Cigarette scent from the BPAL/Thorns Clothing collaboration. For the first time ever, my husband also fell in love with it and casually asked me to get him a bottle of it. Since that is pretty limited and more expensive, I went in search of a GC scent that has clovey goodness. After reading reviews, I searched through my massive imp stash to find that I don't have a single imp of Old Demons. So I blind ordered a full bottle from the Lab - talk about faith. My order arrived yesterday and I immediately opened this one to sniff. OH YEAH! This is excellent! The clove is smooth and the Siberian musk is sweet. I had my husband skin test it, and it smells wonderful on him! On me, too! Spicy sweet musk, right up my alley. The musk here blooms with wear, but the clove... oh I love this. This isn't by any means a dupe of the Clove Cigarette scent, as it stands on its own merits, and is quite worthy of its own share of love. But for someone seeking an alternative that has that gorgeous clove vibe, this is perfect!
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    I was gifted a well aged bottle of Bezoar last year and although I tested it when I received it, I set it aside and forgot about it. I was in the mood for something different today so I grabbed this to wear and review. In the battle I could smell a blast of cardamom. Upon application, this scent is a very warm dry golden blend of woods and spice. My husband refinish is antiques and when I walk through his shop there is always the smell of sawdust from the sanding area, But also the smell of the various pieces of old furniture, made up of various types of wood, that has been worn and polished over the years. Add in the spice of the cardamom and you get Bezoar. The throw is not nearly as strong as I would expect from these notes. I would love this scent on my husband, but as he smells wood all day it is not one that he would love to wear. I am grateful for the bottle however.