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About Poenari

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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

    Byronic Antihero Beard Oil

    Ohhhh! First of all, I forgot that this was a Halloween perfume first. It's not in my collection, so now that I ordered the beard oil for my husband, I am wishing I had the perfume too! https://www.bpal.org/topic/69983-the-byronic-antihero/ I tested this on my skin first before turning it over to him for his beard. I was pleasantly surprised that the carnation is the first note I smell. I love that spicy almost-clove scent that real carnations used to give off. Store-bought varieties don't have that. I get a bit of yew and a slightly green khus (vetiver) next. The patchouli never comes out to play. This is a very nice scent for a beard oil - masculine, but not overly, and of course the beard oils aren't meant to have a lot of throw. I would wear this as a body moisturizer if my husband doesn't.
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    Single-Barrel Bourbon, Tobacco, and Clove Beard Oil

    Oh wow this is gorgeous! I tested it on my skin first before I turn it over to my husband. There is a distinct clovey bourbon note, but the patchouli root and tobacco keep it grounded and away from smelling like alcohol. It's very genteel.
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    Masala Chai Beard Oil

    This is exactly as described- a lovely chai scent. I actually get a lot of tea first, then the spices kick in. I tested it on my skin before having my husband try it on his beard. I would definitely wear this myself as a body oil if he won't use it!
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    Lich, Please Beard Oil

    I can't put my finger on it, but this really reminds me of some scent in my memory... I can't even recall if it's another BPAL scent! I'm testing this on my skin before I turn it over to my husband for his beard. It's very nice and is mainly a woodsy scent. The moss and wood are blended and not specifically identified, and it's not very smoky either. If I can figure out my scent memory I'll come back and edit this. In the meantime, I like this and hope my husband does too! If not, I will wear it as a moisturizer.
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    Glowing Vulva at Ryogoku Bridge 2024

    I never had the original perfume, but I had the original bath oil (8 oz. bottles y'all!) and wore the hell out of it as an after shower moisturizer. So I couldn't wait to order this perfume when it returned! Granted, it's been several years since I last had any of the bath oil, but this perfume immediately brought those memories back. On my skin and as I remembered, the teak and amber are the notes that bloom on my skin. There is a vanilla kind of note to their mixture, which may be the cream note but fortunately, because I really dislike milk and cream and dairy notes, it stays as it is and keeps the teak and amber smooth. I don't really smell the lotus but overall this is neither a foodie nor a floral on me. The sum is so much greater than the parts. If my BPAL collection wasn't already so large, I would order a backup bottle. But at my age I am seriously trying to use what I have without getting more backups of those I love. So one bottle of this beauty will have to suffice. It's gorgeous.
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    Black Julbocken Alchemy Lab

    Clove is that you?! Not listed, but initially I get a blast of black clove. It immediately fades and then I realized its the blend of a dark black musk with the terebinth that is reminding me of clove on my skin. Not as wooly as I had expected. This one reminds me of Hell-Gate of Ireland, although they share none of the same notes. No, it's more of the same vibe I get from Hell-Gate. If you love dark musky foresty scents as much as I do, you should get this while the Yules are still available!!
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    Witch in the Woods

    This is a surprise win for me! I wasn't sure what to expect so I only got a decant. I love this. I agree with others that it's very like a sweet blackberry herbal tea. I typically don't do well with mandrake root or cypress but they are very tempered here by the blackberry. It wears nicely on my skin, medium throw. Stays true to the initial blackberry from beginning through drydown.
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    Handknitted Witch Gloves

    Oh this is a lovely surprise! I get wooly oakmoss first, a fuzzy and slightly smoky oakmoss. The cranberry is there but doesn't dominate as it usually will for me. It gives a gently sweet fruitiness to the overall scent. This is very well-blended and stays close to my skin. Doesn't morph and stays true. A cozy scent at that.
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    Pumpkin Incense

    A little sweeter than the Pumpkin Incense atmo, but very very close. Not a sweet pumpkin spice blend, but a darker drying pumpkin with the incense blending into it perfectly. These make such a great set to really be atmospheric. Oops! I posted this about the Harvest Haunt perfume in the wrong thread! Keeping it here though, and adding what I meant to say about this atmo spray. Dark pumpkin and incense. This is not the sweet candied spice scent. If you love this, get The Harvest Haunt perfume too, as they are almost the same! I love it. Atmospheric and autumnal, this one's going in my car.
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    Dead Leaves, Prune & Patchouli

    I LOVE THIS. The dead leaves and patchouli are very reminiscent of my beloved Autumn Leaves & Haitian Patchouli hair gloss, and the prune adds a touch of dark sweetness to them, without being fruity or sweet, if that makes sense. Prunes are dried plums, as raisins are dried grapes, and this prune has that dark chewy but dried note. It's not your grandpa's morning prune juice. I might need a backup bottle of this!
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    The Harvest Haunt

    Dark pumpkin and incense. This is not the sweet candied spice scent. If you love this, get The Harvest Haunt perfume too, as they are almost the same! I love it. Atmospheric and autumnal, this one's going in my car. Oops! Posted this about the Pumpkin Incense atmo! But keeping it because it fits. Here's what I posted about the perfume, in the Pumpkin Incense Atmo spray thread. A little sweeter than the Pumpkin Incense atmo, but very very close. Not a sweet pumpkin spice blend, but a darker drying pumpkin with the incense blending into it perfectly. These make such a great set to really be atmospheric.
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    Palo Santo and Patchouli

    This is soooo good! It reminds me of my beloved Autumn Leaves and Haitian Patchouli, but with the palo santo replacing the leaves. Trying to talk myself out of a backup bottle. If you love patchouli, you must buy this!
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    Snowy Cross

    I have a love/hate relationship with the snow notes. If it is the same as Snow White, then it's a nope for me, as no matter how much I want to love Snow White, she just doesn't work on my skin. So I was cautious and only bought a decant of Snow Cross to see. Well this was unexpected! Not only is the most definitely NOT the snow note from Snow White, it's not really minty or wintry at all! The rose is very prominent here, but instead of what I expected, I get a scent that takes me right back to my childhood! This smells like the little grey anise candies that my dad used to love! It's very surprising, and this is not what I would call licorice either. I have several of the other BPALS that have contained a licorice note over the years, and it's not that. But somehow whatever Beth used as her snow here has blended with Rose Cross in a very unexpected but delightful way, at least for me. Long lasting on my skin, and decent throw too! I need a bottle of this because not only is it lovely and wearable, but I need it as a nostalgic memory.
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    Is He, You Know

    Very lavender forward, but there is a poopiness right there lurking. Fortunately that part fades quickly upon drydown. It remains a woodsy lavender on me. I wish the patchouli was stronger. This one is not really my cup of tea.
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    The Witches Have a Fire Again

    Very simply, a smoldering woodsy scent. The final embers are almost gone and there is a hint of pine sap. Wears closer to the skin than I expected. This reminds me of Rumpelstilzchen, but is his softer, sweeter younger brother. In the same family but not as "in your face."