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    on candystripe legs
  • Birthday 10/12/1971


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    Snake Charmer, Vasakasajja, Dorian, Mme Moriarty, Underpants, Trick #1, Vixen, Loviatar, Queen of Spades, Beatrice, Pumpkin Patch 4, Hellion, Gingerbread Poppet, Morocco, Snake Oil, Titania, Dragon's Milk, Manhattan, Sugar Cookie, Mitzvah, Scherezade, Bathsheba, Bordello, Midwinter's Eve, Trick or Treat, Ecstasy of True Love, I could be here forever typing...Favorite notes: musk (esp. red musk!!), plum, opoponax, dragon's blood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, heliotrope, tuberose, apricot, neroli, bergamot, myrrh, leather, clove, rum, tobacco, pumpkin, vetiver, saffron.I often dislike: rose, pine, juniper, cedar, eucalpytus, anise, grapefruit, gardenia, rosemary, dirt, strong herbals & strong florals.I always dislike: spikenard. Horrifying. Super gross.I would love to like honey, but it usually smells like play-doh on me. "Cream" usually smells wonky on me too.

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    PLEASE NOTE: My middle name is Astrid, which is the name I prefer, but I occasionally appear as Kelly as well. I'm not trying to be confusing, it's just that my first name shows up on lots of things (like my PayPal address and stuff like that).

    I'm a chiropractor who doesn't have much time these days. I used to be very active around here in 2006-2009ish, but then I started running out of time. I have tons of old BPAL perfumes but very few new ones. Because I have enough oil to last about 18 lifetimes. Haha. Except that's not a joke, that's totally true.

    Filigree & Shadow is the name of a This Mortal Coil album that's one of my favorite albums. In case you were wondering about the username.

    Also... "on candystripe legs" is from a Cure song. It's from the Disintegration album, which is my favorite record ever. Not just one of my favorites. THE ONE.
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  1. filigree_shadow

    Sugar Cookie Snake Oil

    A very soft scent, which is surprising to me because neither Snake Oil nor Sugar Cookie were ever soft on me. I've worn it a couple of times, and I can only smell it if my nose is right next to my wrist. And when I get super close to it, I mostly smell... cinnamon? If I didn't know there was Snake Oil in this, I wouldn't have guessed there was Snake Oil in this. I will let it sit and age for a bit before I make up my mind.
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    Leaf Moon 2021

    With red musk, patchouli, and woodsmoke, this should have been a winner for me. For some reason the combination didn't work well on my skin. The leaf note smells very green to me, and what I thought would be musky and smoky is almost aquatic on me -- it's that green. I usually amp red musk like crazy, and it's quite muted in this blend. I can't shake the feeling that it's not supposed to smell like this, and it's my skin chemistry that's messing it up.
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    Marshmallow and Black Plum

    Plum, black plum, lots of plum. Because of the marshmallow I guess I was expecting something a little sweeter and brighter, something more like Sugar Plum Fairy. It's not like that at all. Deep, purple plum. Not distorted at all, just softened a little. If you like the Lab's plum note, this will be a surefire win for you.
  4. I've tried this twice because I wanted to make sure that I'm smelling what I'm smelling. This smells effervescent on my skin. Very reminiscent of the old Tiki scents. Sweet, slightly fruity, and ... bubbly? It's not what I expected, but I don't dislike it.
  5. Strong blast of spice at first, and then it settles into a truly delightful spiced apple scent. This is not like apple when it's paired with a floral, it's very different. Soft and comforting. It is not crisp, it's smushy. Very pleasant. As with anything with spice in it, on my skin the spice is the longest lasting aspect.
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    Tiramisu Funnel Cake

    It goes on smelling like a funnel cake -- sweet and foodie. While it was drying down I really thought I smelled a fruit -- something like cherry? Red currant? Not medicinal, nice and fruity. After half an hour it becomes almost all light cinnamon but still creamy somehow. Reminiscent of Chimera, on my skin. I'm not generally a huge fan of cinnamon scents but this one definitely has enough of a funnel cake scent behind it that is very enjoyable to me.
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    The Waltz of the Snowflakes

    Very sweet, snowy pine trees. I used to say "all BPAL snowy scents smell the same on me," and I'd just swap them away, because I wasn't crazy about the snow note. Well, I like it now. But... they kind of do still smell the same on me. With slight variations. I like this. But I don't think I like it better than Snow Maiden or Snow Flakes. It's almost too sweet. If I didn't already know I like those other two, I'd be very interested in this one.
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    Milk Chocolate, Raw Ginger, and Butterscotch

    I had this stowed away in my "try again" box for a long time... and I don't remember why. Maybe I thought the ginger would die down a bit? I think I can smell all three: chocolate, ginger, butterscotch. But, on my skin the combo is not exactly appealing. It smells like sour chocolate. Oops. I'm sure it's the ginger -- it just doesn't agree with me.
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    The Gladdener of All Hearts

    I vaguely recall not liking this a whole lot when I first got the decant, but of course that was years ago, now. When I got it out of my "try again" BPAL box today, I put it on and got a huge blast of blue-smelling lavender. I thought, "Oh. That must have been what I didn't like." Used to hate lavender. I like it now, strangely. But now, this perfume doesn't really smell like lavender anymore. It did for about 20 seconds, and then it turned into a sweet milky soft scent... almost chalky. Like baby aspirin other reviewers mentioned, but a lot softer and prettier. Normally, I do not age floral or herby scents. Resins, sure. Woods, yes. Florals? No. However... this one seems to have improved. Interesting.
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    In Winter in My Room

    I've no idea why I wanted to try this one, since yuzu is one of my worst death notes, and frankincense very often is a super killer for me. But... this? Quite pretty, actually. The Lab's peony note is one of my favorites of all time, and I can definitely smell it in this. This is sweetly pretty and kind of cute. This is surprisingly awesome. One of those shockers that you're pretty sure will be awful but you try it anyway... and it rocks. It's kind of cheerful and happy and pretty, and I sort of love it.
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    Dark and smoky, for sure. Very definitely gives off that smoky reed scent that I get from the really good vetiver notes. The cacao over the top is pretty amazing. Just the right amount of light sweetness. I'm a huge fan of the Lab's copal, but I don't smell a ton of it in this. Which is odd, since historically my skin amps it (which I love). Interesting, unusual, mysterious, gorgeous. Fantastic.
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    When I got this bottle I thought it would be great, and I sort of liked it but not hugely. I figured I'd age it for a while and try it again. Weirdly, I think I actually like it less now. When I first put it on, I get a weird licorice-like overtone. Like anise. Or maybe herby in some way. I rolled the bottle a lot to blend it up and tried it again, and still got the strange anise scent. It definitely wears off when the oil is dry, but I'm still not a big fan of it. I ordered this bottle straight from the Lab and it's been sitting in a box for 5 years, so I know it hasn't been tampered with. I suspect my skin chemistry is doing something funky to it.
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    I like Celeste. It does remind me of Love's Philosophy, and Antique Lace, and Morocco... pretty much everything everyone has mentioned. It's like a musky version of Love's Philosophy and a more vanilla version of Morocco. Sadly it does that overwhelming thing on me that Love's Philosophy did. It smells really good, but there is something about this scent that I get tired of really fast. I don't want to smell it for four hours. I'm tired of it after 15 minutes. I never end up wearing scents like this, and it always kinds of pains me to give them up because I like them... in super small doses. I might keep my bottle around for a while to try one more time to wear it and see if it works.
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    Yeah, if you don't like vetiver, skip this. For those of us who like that reedy, smoky grass scent -- try it. This is the really nice dry smoky kind of vetiver, not the dank basement kind. The pepper dries it out a little more and gives it a little bite, and I think the patchouli is smoothing it out slightly. But I don't smell any grapefruit at all, and to me this smells almost like a vetiver single note.
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    Mmm, this smells great. Soft, resiny, sweet, and deep. I can smell the patchouli in it, but it's not overwhelming, it definitely smells sweeter and smoother than usual. I guess my little decant here is at least 5 years old at this point, so it's fairly well aged, and as you know those resins, wood, and leather notes get better with age. That certainly seems to be the case here, as this is outstanding. Sweet, pleasant, deep, soft leather.