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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, 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

    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  8. Poenari

    A Wicked, Burning Desire Hair Gloss

    I reached for this and sprayed it in my hair this morning with no idea what the notes were. I'm getting wafts of it around my head, so my impressions are based on that: all smoky champaca and frankincense. It's perfect for today because I was in the mood for something dark and smoky I will update and edit my review if anything changes after I try this another time.
  9. Poenari

    Pomegranate Clove Bath Oil

    Apparently I forgot to review this! We have no bathtub, so I use the bath oils as an after shower moisturizer. The consistency is nice and light enough to spread easily on damp to dry skin. The scent of this is just lovely. A sweet tart pomegranate with just enough clove to keep it from being too sharp. I love this in the winter, and it would have made a great Yule scent too!
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    Snooty Rose

    Testing some random imps this week, and today I grabbed Snooty Rose. I have a love/hate relationship with the Lab's rose scents. Some are straight up soap on me, but when I find one that works, it works wonderfully. Snooty Rose is in the latter category. I got a blast of pure red rose upon application, and could immediately tell that this was going to be a winner. The rose is deep red, no greenery, lush and velvet. The sandalwood is perfect and grounds the rose, blending together into a thing of deep beauty. I think the oud is blended in so well that it adds to the depth without standing out. I can smell a hint of plum too, but no bergamot. This scent is a big winner and I'm glad that I finally tried an imp! I know I have several more of them stashed away, and will be getting them out in the spring.
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    Black Phoenix

    In my 13 years as a Bpalista, I had never tried Black Phoenix! I added an imp to my last order to remedy that. It has that uniquely BPAL smell; is sweet and a little sticky, starts out with a blast of cherry cola that dries down quickly on my wrist, leaving an undertone of incense. Very nice and I don't know why it's not recommended more often!
  12. Poenari

    Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil

    Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil - I have the 2017, and in the bottle this is going to be the same. Beautiful Snake Oil predominates the pumpkin spice, as it does in the 2017. I will be putting this in my backups to live deliciously. I mean age deliciously.
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    Dead Leaves and Chai

    Dead Leaves and Chai- sweet dead leaves, slightly damp in the pile, and no tea. I can tell that the chai has softened the leaves note though. Keeper because I love the dead leaves scents. This one doesn't seem like the cologne version of the leaves note, either.
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    Red Hot Snake Oil

    Red Hot Snake Oil - as expected. Cinnamon red hots over Snake Oil. And then on drydown, a hint of chili powder. Hope that part fades, as I don't care for those chili spices. But now I really understand the "red hot" part! 😂
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    Amber Pumpkin Hair Gloss

    Very much the pumpkin spice notes I love, over a golden amber. I love to use this one as a body spray. Lasts forever on my skin. Happy with my decant, but I don't need a full bottle because I have a lot of beloved pumpkin spice perfumes from the Lab.