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    From Lab: BAKENEKO, Red Moon '07, GREAT VAMPIRE BAT, Pallas Athene, Morocco, Mama Ji, Pepper, Snake Oil, Shadow Witch Orchid, Elegba, Sampaguita, Kurukulla, Love, Bathsheba, DEFUTUTA, and many many more From Post: Fallen Woman HG, Miss Emma Benedict's Parlor House Atmo, White Rose perfume, Coconut, Vanilla Bean, and Tiara HG, SELBSTVERLIEBT BO, Sugared Peach BO, Virgin's Blood BO, Et Lux Fuit perfume, Erebos Atmo, The Fainting Couch Atmo, TKO Massage Oil

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  1. Hola I tried messaging you about your sales post but it says you cannot receive messages.  I have never gotten that before!  Please feel free to message me


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    Testing the imps continues--yesterday fighter {meh} today Halfling. Sharp fruity and bready. I don't read notes prior to testing -- I see the pasty and porridge but do not know where the fruit comes from--it is sharp like pomegranate. Really heady actually when wet then mellows fairly quickly to a citrus spice pastry. yeah not bread but pastry. It really reminds me of this Cranberry Walnut Tart Trader Joes had on a shortbread crust. Addictive shit that was but I haven't seen it in a while. Anyway it is fruity comforting a bit spicy and soothing. It really softens quickly from something that sits on the skin and is like POW here I am to a close to skin not really foody thing. And then it is gone. Or maybe it is just baby's porridge and milk breathe. That sounds kinda sour and gross but it isn't. Now this is where I talk about pomegranate. To me it is super loud and sharp but fades fast and even tho it is no where in the notes I swear it is in there. It also has a tendancy to smell slightly dusty and dry and well potpouri. Which is probably the citrus phase because dried orange peels are all over potpouri. Nicer by far than Fighter and I will keep it for more testing instead of throwing it at my husband to see if he wants it then putting it up for swapadoodles. Right now its a mixed bag so 3/5 To be revisitied.
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    Decided to put this one on today to test. I DID NOT LOOK AT NOTES BEFORE PUTTING IT ON !!!!! I normally cannot wear leather since it gives me headaches &&& overwhelms any other notes. Perhaps because I only put on a wee bit I didn't actually get leather from this. I have been wearing it for a few hours now. At first slightly antiseptic aka bandaidyaka soapy {the antibacterial kind} but also skin and metal and ummmmoteroil. Maybe oakmossy. I had a hard time pinning it down. Clean but metalic and again the oil bit. I don't wear moteroil but it is what I imagine when the lab says stuff like that. It is soft and gentle. My nose is obviously broken because other than the metal and steel what I am smelling and what they are telling me is in here are different. Nice but not my cup of tea really. But I bet it will be super sexy on the husband.
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    Because I buy a lot of rose scents I get Zombi occasionally as a Frimp in packages from fellow forumites plus the lab {tho I doubt they read my wishlist of roses please}. I have never tried it because the earth note is so off-putting. I just got another imp tonight in a package from a kind forumite and she specifically asked for my impressions. Sadly I put this on just as I was starting to prepare dinner and the dirt, mud, freshly turned soil note was overwhelming. At some point, say the half hour mark, I could smell rose but it was a poor uprooted rose bush with lots of dirt clinging to its roots. Fresh and damp and well... earthy At about the hour mark I got rose with a green tinge. The mosses I suspect which she had told me she got from the scent. And here I am 3 hours later with rose water or dried roses however you want to think of that faint rose scent. It is a pretty rose scent if the dirt, soil, earth notes don't amp to all get out on you and you don't particularly dislike smelling mucky. Still I am super grateful to have been gifted an imp and asked my opinion because I finally tried Zombi. Kudos to the lab for such a creative scent that, on me, morphs through all the notes.
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    Don't believe I reviewed this one. Okay so I got a bottle of this off a destash a long long long time ago. Like before the first peach pit at Dragon Con because I wanted to test various peaches to see if I liked it as a note. I then bought a bottle from lab because I do like peach. This is peach wine in the bottle. Heady rich sweet peach syrup. The wine part burns off quickly and is just the sweetest peach. Hint of floral from the magnolia. I *think* it stays close to my skin but sometimes my nose just gives up the ghost when I wear perfumes with a strong waft. I smell it but it seems gentle to me. Editing to add--by gentle and close to skin I don't mean I cannot tell I am wearing it unless I stick my. nose to my wrist. I know I am smelling peachy but I don't believe I am obnoxious about it. And this is really really hard for me to judge. I also were the peach incense hair gloss and have had people come to me at house parties from a different room saying they knew I was there by my hair. But nobody has said this about my Josie so gonna assume it's not too in yer face. I don't usually read honey as a note unless it is the smutty honey from say O so lets just say I don't smell it here but I am sure that is where they syrup comes from.
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    Venus Verticordia

    I have not reviewed this one yet? Well let us begin with I really enjoyed the Dandelion SN and I also tend to enjoy florals. I am a floreintal girl generally speaking so the sweet honeyed wildflowers is not exactly my cuppa although I do, rarely, want something super sweet and innocent smelling. This one smells slightly musky both in the bottle and on me. That may be the honey note which sometimes has that vibe. In the bottle there is more greenery--not exactly cut grass but maybe fresh cut flowers. When I first put it on it sadly turns slightly plastic-y and that is what can happen with honey notes. Thankfully that goes away pretty quickly and I am left with a warm floral honey. The honey note is rich on me--slightly dirty and musky ala O... actually more smut than O. I realize that is a far cry from the description of smut but there you have it.
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    Switch Witch 2017

    I keep a knitting blog and there are posts going back 13 years on there if you are desperate..... Also Misstwilight and I are friends all over the place except IRL so she knows what I like pretty well if you need some insights. 0/3/17 Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenix...y/weenies-2017/ Louder, Louder, Louder Bath Bomb from Poe subsection 10/1/17 Awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does ny of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market? Although I am not side-eying honey and sugar as an ingredient in something else I am avoiding them in general. As always soaps and candles are welcome Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? https://smoldercosmetics.com No thank you Anything from Strobe Cosmetics (http://strobecosmetics.com)? No thank you How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff? I love Hello Kitty Would you like to get some favorite recipes? Yes please share favorite vegan recipes with me! Would you like anything from my shop? https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaNut? As a knitter myself I appreciate hand crafted goodies however I have been knitting for over 43 years at this point and am set --thank you tho. 9/30/17 Would you like anything from the Haus of Gloi Fall Part II update? https://www.hausofgl...ween-scent-list Hex and Pumpkin Eater are the two weenie scents that appeal to me the most. 9/27/17 How do you feel about these little guys? I think they're adorable and kind of want them all, but especially the ghost and pirate ones. https://lovemomiji.c...imited-editions I agree the pirate and ghost are both adorables 9/26/17 Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? Mitts, hat, shawls, unicorn... http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/ Ah Misstwilights lovely knitting--no thank you again due to knitting forever and a day. What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs? uh well ummm so many precious scents. Scent wise I think I would be happier making it easier for my witch by picking something in the GC like Defututa {just cracked open my last bottle} or Snake Oil... I think I have listed all the recent unimpables in an earlier question What are some things you do NOT want to receive? I think cosmetics which were asked about various brands. I rarely wear cosmetics {except for nail polish I have a lot of nail polish} and have a ton of it. is there anything from here that you might be interested in getting a print (or pillow/make-up case/etc) of? http://www.blackabbeystudios.com/store No thank you although the reader and music connection are very evocative. Claire's has some super cute Halloween stuff. In the style of Haunted Mansion - black lace collars, lace and sparkle masques and the like. A few items in Dias de los Muertos style. Would you be interested in such things? No thank you Would you be interested in anything from Orange Thyme? https://shoporangethyme.com/ If so, which products/scents/flavors? As always body butter is a good bet--vanilla, unscented, lemon in that order 9/25/17 Anyone like/want calendars or day planners? I use my online calendar exclusively If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES? I tend to like stationary generally speaking. I cannot think of something that I particularly dislike although sometimes that grumpy hausfrau with coffee in hand gets to me. I guess I don't like grumpy cat either. I don't like grumpy. What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads? yes on paperclips. I also covet page nibs or book darts Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson I am entranced by The Yellow Wallpaper print especially since I have The Yellow Wallpaper {and other stories} on my lovely amazon book wishlist. yes I have read it but it was decades ago. Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.) Yes I approve of hand made things. Dishcloths, bags etc more than something else Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun? I do not collect anything anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch. sounds delicious and like not something I am able to eat right now do you like spicy foods? I am currently addicted to these suckers and want to send you some buffalo ridged kettle potato goodness (https://www.billygoa...shop/1lb-kicker) Well this is my question and obviously I am addicted to the suckers and wouldn't mind more in my life what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus??? I answered this on forum 9/24/17 do you collect the art cards that BPAL sends out? Any in particular that you are looking for or definitely don't need? I tend to put them in a drawer then send them off into the wild in a mad fit of destashing. Repeat. I did recently get a sticker and it had drops of something on it so is kinda ruined and wish I had a pristine one but for some reason it isn't at hand so I cannot describe it Do you like this beautiful art, and she makes stickers and prints...SOOOO gorgeous: https://www.shannatr...om/paperprints/ Wise One Whispers, Nostalgia, Corvid Love, Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures? I love elephants ... My daughter loves cats as do I .... I collect bird things I personally own 6 Amy Ruppels and my daughters {and therefore grandsons} last name is Byrd so I sometimes look for bird type things to gift them. would you like any swag from the Depeche Mode concert? (pins, posters, shirts, program, dunno what they'll have!) I love Depeche Mode Is anyone interested in the new Resistance scents that the Lab just released (Take a Knee and SN: Flor de Maga)? I am interested in the two coffee scents they released a wee back... also Flor de Maga Is anyone here into zero waste, plastic free living, urban homesteading, or any simplicity/minimalism-esque lifestyles? If so, could you use any tools or equipment? I have, on my Amazon wishlist, several items for kitchen which I consider homesteading type of things--I want to make my own soy milk so a nut bag and my own tofu so a tofu making kit. That sort of thing. 9/23/17 Are you interested in anything from Bath & Bodyworks? Which products and scents do you like? www.bathandbodyworks.com/ I swear they come out with scents that I think sound nice after they are discontinued but I don't shop there so that is why. I am possibly going to a crystal / gem show tomorrow. I can't afford expensive gem stones, but... What kind of crystals would you like? those little fossilized shell looking things always grab my eyes when I see them at cons. Pumpkin or Zucchini bread? zucchini What kind of homemade cookies are your favorite? I like cookies in general. Oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, peanut blossoms {kiss in middle}, shortbread cookies etc. My oldest cookbook is from 1965 and is all cookies all the time. A gift from my mom and her 1st cookbook purchase once she moved to United States because she too loves cookies. Could you use a muscle rub? (We make ours on the lunar cycle and it has menthol, wintergreen, habanero, cayenne, olive oil, st. john's wort, arnica, beeswax, calendula, and ginger. It tingles. We call it "Thunder Butter". If you have really really super sensitive skin, I would recommend against it. And don't take a hot shower or open all of your pores before using it.) I probably could but it sounds scary! Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur? Those both sound super delicious. Want some honey from the bees on our property? I am avoiding honey dear witch but I wouldn't say not to a gift from your property. My dad was a beekeeper and I know that not everybody abuses their bees. Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry. ACK! Cherry, Rhubarb, Peach all sound delicious. I have never had blackberry or rose petal. How about some homemade candied jalapenos with garlic cloves? I have regular and with habanero. Also sounds good I didn't dry any apples this year but I was thinking of heading over to Green Bluff and seeing if any honeycrisps are left. I have a commercial dehydrator so let me know if you are interested in any "Apple Crips" (as voodoocatwoman calls them!) I wash, peel, core, and slice before dehydrating. I think the apple crisps sound super delicious. Do you need any kind of dice bag, tote, project bag, cosmetic bag, pencil bag, or whatever? I have lots of bag patterns and fabric. We make bags under the name Twinkle N Twilight. Or how about a couple of pillowcases? I would've a project bag. Thanks Shari 9/22/17 Would my witchee like this to warm up the fall coffee cup?? https://www.truelemo...gory-s/1871.htm yes do you like to take baths? if so, do you like oils, salts, things that fizz, all of the above, none of the above? yes on baths and especially yes on all three of these but most definitely on oils. What style/make/etc of phone do you have? What about size of tablet? Laptop? Would you like decals, skins, or cases for any of these? I have a iPhone6 and no cover on it because I hate otterboxs which is what my husband got me when we got the phone. I spend much time on Society6 looking at cases. 9/21/17 See's Candy. My absolute favorite. They have special Halloween candy..any of these pique your interest?? Cinnamon Apple Scotch Mallows, Pumpkin spice truffles, pumpkinspice lollypops, caramel apple lollypops, or any other of their chocolates, etc? I want some pumpkin spice lollipops. Due to this question I have found out there are no Sees candy stores within a 6 hr drive. Boo! Are any witchees into coloring books? I don't color although I love colored pencils. I suppose I would color if I had a coloring book Witchees, is there anything that catches your eye at Animi Causa (https://www.animicausa.com/shop/)? oh I used to window shop here all the time but nothing jumped out at me. If I were to find an adorable autumnal/Halloween-y dish/flatware/etc. design, how many settings would be needed in your household? 4 9/20/17 Do you like Broadway shows/music? If so what are some of your favorites and/or ones that you hope to see or listen to eventually? Would you like merch from your favorite shows or CDs from shows you want to listen to? I do enjoy musicals ala old movie musicals. My kid was just watching Phantom this Sunday evening so I know he would appreciate some of that. I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there? the plethora of apple is a huge no for me. However there are plenty of GC items on my wishlist. Also Dorian is supposedly in stock at those things but not on site. I'm going to Edmonton Expo this weekend (It's Edmonton's version of comic con). Would a witchee like anything from there? I am covetous of the Monstress books Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)? Do you have any favorite, lesser-known stores? Especially ones that sell hand-crafted or independently made items. Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get! Historically speaking I would gravitate towards pottery and baskets. Some weaving appeals to me as does woodwork. 9/19/17 Are you interested in anything from Think Geek? http://www.thinkgeek.com I would have to get back to you on that. Do you have something you wish you put on your original questionnaire/forgot to put/would like to add on to? I totally forgot what I put on questionnaire because I was mind boggled by time I was finished with it. Any additional misc. information about yourself you want your Witch to know? (I think this was on the survey, but again if there's something that you forgot...) I love elephants... and cats... and I think I said that. If you could decorate your house (or one room) in any one theme, what would it be? Your answer can be as simple ("Star Wars" or "Baroque" or "Modern"), or complicated or a combination (e.g. Victorian Gothic) as you feel best fits. Ugh I am torn between minimalist because that clean starkness appeals to me and baroque because rich velvets and curlicues. Call me conflicted. Aprons: Do you wear them, do you want one? Utility, decorative, cooking or crafting? I used to have this cute little apron that was a patchwork from other things in the 80's ... tied around waist and was the cute flared retro looking thing. I keep looking for a new one but I am picky-no ruffles, mid weight so not too thin, and of course I am plus sized. BTW, would my witchee be interested in something like this? (photo of black and white striped knitted doll) Yes that is adorables {plus children plus grand children} 9/18/17 It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference? I do wear socks. I knit after all. I need the anklet/hidden in shoes type for walking. My youngest prefers non hand knit knee highs and my middle and husband are spoiled by hand knit socks usual mid calf affairs. I am a wool freak. Would you be open to previously-loved books? yes What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP? yes So what are your favorite fandoms? Soooooo. Re the fandoms. I read and watch almost exclusively fan type of things. From Star Trek as a child with my dad to Buffy as a new mom and Dr Who all the time BUT I don't get fandom. I read sci-fi/fantasy especially geared towards YA {vampires/werewolves, MockingJay} Vampire porn romance is good too. My husband and I go to the local science fiction/fantasy convention and have even been to world con. My husband thinks it is funny my smells of choice are so obviously fan based because I don't get dressing up or breaking down into minutia things I enjoy. I enjoy other people costuming of course. But my eyes glaze over when people say and in this episode plot twist/hole blah blah. I don't care. I just enjoy the stuff. So I am not sure how much fan inspired anything would appeal to me. Unless you are talking Totoro then all bets are off. Maybe plusheen. Oh and I like moon and star things but those are fandoms. Well maybe Totoro and Plusheen are fan things but hey. 9/17/17 I'm in France at the moment, is there anything here you might like? I'm in Provence, the land of lavender, so if you like that flower in particular just say so! I do like lavender --I would love a lavender sachet or neck bolster/pillow to help me chill at night are you into divination? What kind(s) do you currently do? Do you want more books and/or tools for that type (e.g. new tarot cards, new runes)? Is there a new type of #divination you've been meaning to try, and if so, are you looking for the tool, a book on the subject, or both? No. I have a ton of decks I don't use. I like them for arts sake. My husband collects them as well. Since our tastes are different we do tend to have different collections World my Witchee be interested in a Tarot or Astrology reading done personally? I had my natal chart done once but for some reason cannot find it anymore. It was done over 20 years ago and would love to have it done again. My husband studies Tarot from a historical vantage point and we both collect decks for arts sake more than divination {although he has several books on wicca so hmmmmm} Does my Witchee need any magical supplies? no Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap (https://cellardoorbathsupply.com)? These links are going to make me broke as no joke. yes 9/16/17 Favorite gemstones? As an Aries I am supposed to say diamonds but no. I like sapphires, garnets, emeralds, tigers eyes, my black pearls, hematite, smoky quartz. If you enjoy jewelry do you like discrete and elegant, flashy and gaudy, small and light, or large and chunky? Well I don't think anything I own is gaudy. I like both large and clunky and discreet depending upon what it is and my mood. I once purchased battery operated earrings in Vegas and they flashed on and off but I swear they were not gaudy. I like wide rings or stacking rings. Any love of pirates or SCA? not particularly Is there anything you would like from Disney World? My niece works at Disney World. She always picks up a few things for me as Christmas gifts. But for some reason I don't have any Jack things. I have pink mouse ears ornament and special jewelry cases but nothing gothy... I am not sure my niece sees me the way I see me. Are you a Potterhead? If so, to which house do you belong? You know I have done this sorting several times, enjoyed the movies but never read the books. See note along top regarding fandoms How do you feel about chokers? I only wear chokers or really long/lariet type of things that get lost in my cleavage. 9/15/17 Here's a few questions from me: Would you like some Halloween or other themed decor in the form of a banner, something like this http://www.etsy.com/...n-decor-vintage? If so, would you prefer a traditional style or a vertical door type? These are so clever! Do you live near a Trader Joe's? If not, are you interested in trying any of the numerous Pumpkin goodies they come out with this time every year? I do live near a Trader Joes. I am headed there this weekend myself. May update. Do you like to cook and/or bake? Could you use any specific ingredients (spices, oils, salts, extracts, etc.) or kitchen utensils/gadgets? YES! I love to cook. I have cookbooks and cooking gadgets galore on my Amazon list. Please note I do not expect anybody to buy stuff on my list it just happens to exist for sake of husband. I also am interested in a black salt that makes things taste like eggs? And other spices. I'm at Ocean City MD for bike week......would a witches want anything from here? Bike or beach related?? shells What is 1 thing you would love to see in your final box? Can be ANYTHING - your choice. oh lord I really am looking forward to spoiling my witchee more than thinking about what I want but I do want so many many things. I think I will be easy to please. Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? They made Eclipse Stamps? Get Out! Where do I find them... 9/14/17 Do any of you potential Witchees have any kitties, puppers, or youngling humans you want spoiled in your packages? What treats or toys do they like? I have 2 younglings living at home. One is in college and the other is a Cat Love {hence my excite about link to tee shirts as first question because Cats} and is into Anime. Apparently there is a difference between Korean and Japanese manga. And Stuffed Animals. Black Butler books are what I got her for christmas last year. Is there any interest in any of the fragrance oils from the Nocturne Alchemy Weenies update? I am not familiar with them really. I did get a few samples of their scents and remember liking them but I don't remember what they were. I am a floriental gal so ambers, a bit of citrus and spicy florals. Think Shalimar. Plus Jasmine Hoar. I also like sweet scents vanilla, marshmallow, sugared roses etc. But more Shalimar than sweet. Also spicy foodies are good. Is there anything you want from the trading post (or trading post etsy) that is available to order right now? (Fatherhood, Puppers, normal GC things) TKO massage oil, most bath oils that fit my scent profile {Morocco, Snake Oil, Luxuria and Casitas if it ever comes back in stock}, I am tempted by Themyskyrin Princess even tho it contains the headache inducing death note of headaches leather, most of the pups appeal to me tho I have more hair gloss than I can use. Candles yes. Erebos is a favorite spray and I think I like the Fainting Couch as well. 9/13/17 Are you a gamer? If so, what games are you currently playing and is there any merch for that game you'd love to have?- I am not a gamer. I play Don't Starve on Steam with my kids. I got my kids into DnD and Necromancer and my youngest plays Minecraft so there you go. If you are a gamer do you have a steam/gamestop/amazon wishlist? How do you feel about the following scarf options (assuming you're into scarves)? I knit myself and have made Wisp and given it as gifts. Simple eyelet scarf YES Chevron scarf YES Lacy and fuzzy YES Skinny rib knit (extra long for lots of wrapping) Looks clunky :-( but would be nice in other yarn? Leafy! Not my favorite. Like beer? What styles most appeal to you? Strawberry hard cider/ale/beer with a definite sweet strawberry vibe not the hops harshness. Like booze? What kinds? sweet ones-I want to try the vegan Baileys, Frangelico is a favorite Like Wine? What kinds? yes sweet or desert wines. My husband finds them undrinkable but whatevs. I don't drink his swill ;-) Would you be interested in a set of hand-made hair falls? It's something I do for fun and I can make any length and do an array of colors! I have never worn any. For those who watch certain movies every year for Halloween, what are those movies, whether horror or not? Any favorite horror movies that aren't necessarily on the annual-viewing list? How do you feel about fan-made merch for these movies? I don't think I have an annual movie we watch. When the kids were little we did but it was something on disney and I forget. 9/12/17 Here's a great local soapmaker I love--y'all see anything you would like? https://littleseedfarm.com/ I only use hand crafted type of soaps being a former soap maker myself. I think I mentioned being prone to eczema so the cold process soaps are naturally better for my skin than commercial soaps. What are your favorite/preferred Halloween/autumn icons/images? Any to specifically stay away from? Cute/Sexy witches not the warty crone witches and moons and bats but no skeletons. Kitch-y cute Do you eat candy, and if so would Halloween candy be welcome? Specialty candy from local or unusual sources? Chocolate? I eat candy but just recently transitioned to being vegan so not sure how much chocolate-y goodness I can eat. I do not mind sugar being non vegan but the milk chocolate and caramel and toffees are gone from my life. Mores the pity because those were my favorites. Do you want Fidget spinners, desk toys, or other frivolous things that you look at and decide you don't need enough to spend $ on but would make you happy to have? I have a few thumb fidget puppets--the things that collapse when you press on bottom. They need replacing since they are really old and my children tore of giraffe ears and sadness. Any zentangle lovers, people who would like to try it, or would you want a piece of someone else's zentangle art? I had to google that! Yes to somebody else's art. Any love of hair toys, clips, ribbons, fascinators, mini hats, etc? I like barrettes and clips. Pretty standard I guess. What local goodies may be of interest? Local Honey, jams,candy? Honey is out due to Vegan bit and I think candies can be tricky but I am happy to try something local to my witch. Are you interested in any prescription services like serial magazines, Birch box, tipsy? I have a subscription to a nail polish box -Baroness X. Due to my Asian beauty fixation I have heard they have mask subscription boxes but I haven't tried any yet. Would you like funky Halloweenie costume makeup like Gothic eyelashes, nail effects, black lipstick, etc.? not really How do you like to listen to music? CD, 8 track tape, mix tape, Pandora or Spotify, I-tunes? I -tunes or radio/online streaming Do you prefer reading on Kindle or actual book? What kind of books do you like? Would you like to be surprised with a scary, classic, horror book? Actual paper books. I am fond of mysteries. Candles, Incense, or wax tarts? Do you have favorite brands or Weenies scents for the home? Would you like to receive a wax tarts burner, incense burner, essential oils diffuser, or Halloweenie themed candle holders? I am a candle person. I like foodies for candles or amber type of things that invoke warmth to me. I don't burn incense because it bothers my kids. I no longer own an oil diffuser. Witchee: are you interested in crafting materials? 9/11/17 I'm in Japan, is there anything specific from here you would want? I already mentioned my Asian Beauty fixation. I am sure there are tons of cute notebooks and plushies to be had. How do you feel about nail wraps? No if you were to receive something hand knit, what type of item would you like? hat, cowl, handwarmers, etc. and what color(s)? - would you use knitted washcloths? a scarf? Are you allergic or sensitive to any fibers? I would love a washcloth or two ... I don't knit with cotton or linen and those items usually are cotton or linen. I am a knitter. Blue and white work best for household things. If you could be ANY character from a film, TV show or book, who would it be and why? If you could hop into a time machine and travel anywhere/anytime, where would it be and why? If you could invite 3 famous people to a BPAL meet and sniff, who would invite? Do you like and/or want anything from Elements and Artifacts? You can be vague like "yes" or "no" or name specific past pieces you coveted or current ones you love, whatever works best. I do like her jewelry and favorited a card. Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else? I am particularly fond of wrap skirts. Unfortunately I am of the larger variety so even tho I *think* they are simple to make there is some yardage involved. But I am a huge fan of slow fashion. In my dreams I would be a sewer and able to fully participate in Seam Allowance which calls for 25% of your wardrobe to be hand made. Not necessarily by oneself I hope! https://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com/blogs/seam-allowance-take-the-pledge-and-make-your-own-clothing/6145998-seam-allowance-pledge-to-make-25-of-your-clothing I also appreciate little bags and such. Anyone want any kind of costuming accessories or makeup or odds and ends? I am sure my child would appreciate them but I don't dress up either for halloween or for cons. 9/10/17 Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet? I have been knitting for over 42 years and really just don't do other crafts. I do have some spindles and a book on tatting. Some beads but I don't really do them. I do wish I could sew and have asked a friend to teach me. Would you want to receive a custom spell kit or magical tea? If so, what purpose would you want it to be for? yes--I find myself in that middle aged filled with regret, how did I get here, angry mode. A wee bit of peace would be nice. Job hunting mojo even better. Do you like poetry? Yes. Currently coveting Rupi Kaur, both her current and upcoming books are on my Amazon shopping list. Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints? I have a few plushies.... just a few. Not too many. Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftiness? I do have several patterns on my wishlist on Ravelry. I think Ysolda dominates right now {her last two vests are in my queue} and I appreciate most natural fiber yarns in the lace to fingering weight. I love shetland yarns and stockpile those. Would anyone like a donation made in their name to a cause or charity? Yes. Southern Poverty Law or Planned Parenthood. Please provide wishes from the last two updates? Oh so very very many. Valuable, Powerful, Deserving, The Drunk Astronomers, The Sun in Anger Swore, Clemence, The Best Lies all sound interesting and covers the last 4 updates I think. 9/9/17 Would you be interested in things from Future Primitive? (http://futureprimitivesoap.co.uk/) Dear me, whipped soap-I have never tried any, whipped body butter, and plain ol body butter! What is this madness? Are there any UK things you'd like to get? Yes. I sometimes order books from UK because the illustrations are different. I covet dead or red mary jane shoes but I wouldn't dare dream of shoes. Also yarns because in my head the other side of the pond is flooded with lovely yarns. I am sure knitters from overseas feel the same way. Are you into podcasts? If so, what are your favorites? Would you like any merch related to any of them? I don't really listen to podcasts. Occasionally I go online and listen to The Political Junkie. I am more likely to read the websites than listen to podcasts. For example I follow Reading Women on insta, and get their newsletter inboxed to me but do not listen to their podcast. Would you like something from Nui Cobalt Designs (https://nuicobaltdesigns.com/)? Generally candles, soaps and body creams are safe bets. I am a bath taker as well. Or maybe some of Christina's lovely Halloween candles at Sihaya & Co. (https://www.sihayaan...lection-candles)? Yes! Sisterhood of the Moon and Ghosts of Elliott City {less the first dirt one. Dirt Bergh} ILNP? Who would love one of their awesome holos like MEGA or one of their amazing chromes? http://www.ilnp.com/ I own several ILNP. I purchased their Fall Neutrals collection last year. I covet some of their reds {stopping traffic!} and more neutrals. I am not a huge chrome or mega fan. 9/8/17 Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc. I think washi tape is adorables. I like colored pencils and pens {purple!}, and blank notebooks or lined notebooks or gridded notebooks. Oh Okay. Send me all the notebooks Are you interested in anything from Cocoa Pink? I have never tried them but I have eczema and any body butter, whipped or otherwise, from practically anywhere is appreciated always. - Or Haus of Gloi? I am a huge fan of their pumpkin butter which I normally purchase in the unscented version Would you be interested in a Halloween wreath? Have you seen this: https://www.bustle.c...llection-80733? (Lush Halloween collection.) And what would you like? I had not. Of those the Bewitched bath bomb and Black Rose lip tint 9/7/17 Are you interested in anything from the Moonalisa Halloween update? So Many lovely sounding scents. Mind boggled. What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? I rarely drink either but I like both. And of course hot chocolate - Coffee: whole beans or ground? I prefer ground but my husband prefers beas - Flavor and roast preferences? hazelnut, french vanilla--those sweetie types. Medium roast I guess. - Tea: black, green, herbal, flavors? Flavored. Orange spice used to be my jam. I do like various types rooibos, green, etc. Flavors. - Loose leaf or tea bags? bags - Anything specific you don't like? - Are you in need of any gadgetry? If you are called to send me loose tea one of those tea balls... I used to have one but it disappeared so I have been strictly bag ever since. But I am not opposed to loose teas. 9/6/17 How would you feel about receiving a hand-painted container for your bpal and/or other treasures? - would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? I do enjoy tins. I have a lovely Honey Altoids tin I won in a FB contest. It is perfect for carrying around some imps. Who is into K-Beauty (Korean beauty products like sheet masks) ME! - What are your faves if you are? I am wicked into toners. I have a wee collection of them. On my current covet list are the ceramide containing toners recently blogged about by Vanity Rex. I am very interested in trying various masks I have read about on blogs. Most masks are inexpensive so I don't order just them because nope to the free shipping and my toner and lotion habit means I tend to push my budget without adding on an extra item. - If you aren't would you like to try something? What are some NEW things you've gotten interested in this year? Could be anything, from a new hobby, new genre of book, new healthy way of living, new fav brand of whatever... Asian Beauty, interested in making my own tofu, transitioned to Vegan diet this year after spending 30 years as an off and on again Vegetarian. 9/5/17 What are your feelings about Scooby Doo? I like Scooby... who doesn't? I am not sure how I feel about scooby themed things tho... I am a weird fan and will make a helpful post regarding my fandom How do you feel about indie makeup (read: loose eyeshadow, blush, highlighter)? I am interested in the Ritual de Fille stuff {mainly lipstick} and buy tons of indie nail polish. I have never utilized loose pigments and don't wear many cosmetics generally speaking. Nail polish, mascara, lipstick is my usual look I drink this stuff almost everyday would anyone else be interested in trying it out? https://www.criobru.com/ Man this stuff sounds interesting. Yes now that you ask I would 9/4/17 Would you like one of the Halloween Teeturtle shirts? https://www.teeturtl...alloween?page=1 these are super adorable. My youngest loves cats and I totally am shopping here for her {and maybe my witchee depending upon his/her answer} and me too
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    Cloister Graveyard in the Snow

    I avoid ozones and any scent that contains notes like white or crystalline so why did I buy this? Oh yeah because of the minty slushy snow. Cooling on the skin and perfect for a hot humid summer day. I cannot imagine wearing this in the winter time tho perhaps I will try to some day.
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    Mrs. Lewis

    I put this on today to retest--I haven't been wearing it and couldn't remember if I liked it!!! I do. It doesn't smell like either sandalwood or tea roses to me but that slightly acidic dry feeling rose hip tea when it goes on. After a while it blooms into pretty roses with the woody base. Sandalwood is usually warmer on me--not as hamster or pencil as say cedar--but this one just teases in and out.
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    Dolly Kei

    I am putting up my review before I send this off to a new home.... Myrrh and I are starting to dislike each other and that is what makes this scent a boo for me. Lately, as in the past 3 yrs, Myrrh has been to strong and overwhelming in any scent I try. Yes this dries to a lovely complex scent heavy on the copal for me with the sweetness of sandalwood and amber and a mere hint of vanilla. Honestly if I didn't feel like I was choking for first half hour I would keep this because it is So. Very. Lovely. once dried.
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    Weight loss/appetite control bpal recs?

    huh and that goes to show how scents are just so personal. Anesthesia is made up of Lavender, Peppermint, Bergamot and Mandrake The first three are considered helpful for insomnia or other sleep issues: http://essentialoilbenefits.com/best-essential-oils-for-insomnia-and-related-conditions/ If you google mandrake and insomnia it pops up as a soporific. Anesthesia is my I need to sleep scent! I have never thought of it as invigorating although I can certainly see how it might. Which seems contrary!!!
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    Ginger scents & the different types of ginger notes

    Also re: hungry ghost moon it has been released 3 different years--the last time in 2013 so they might come out with it again next year. Or you can keep an eye on their etsy page. :-)
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    Ginger scents & the different types of ginger notes

    not ginger but creamy spicy on me are pickled imp: Cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and pine sap. pepper: Wild English roses, French gardenia, vanilla, honey, golden ginger, blood orange, pine resin, pink pepper, crushed berries, tuberose, bergamot, and geranium. defututa: Olive blossom, honey, smoky vanilla, cinnamon, jasmine, sandalwood, and champaca flower. Obviously you can't be a floral hater for the second two although to be honest they don't smell floral to me {I know I am a weirdo} The most gingery scented one I own is MOPSFLEDERMAUS Brown sugar and ginger root with smoky clove, bourbon vanilla, cardamom, and Indonesian musk. It is a sharp ginger clove mix in bottle and wet. Reviews here
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    Peach III (2016)

    A sparkling peach aldehyde with jasmine, green tea absolute, pink grapefruit, yuzu fruit, and frankincense. Gratitude for my fairy again. I couldn't decide on which peaches to get this year so ordered one of each. All the peaches had notes that sounded nom and notes that I avoid. I love peach. I love jasmine. I like frank and tea but the words sparkling and aldehyde {aka soapy waxy lemony} are usually the death knell of a scent. When I opened my package and for the week immediately after this is the bottle I most disliked but now In the bottle the peach is thick and jammy almost candied sweet. Fresh on the skin the aldehyde bit is struggling to dominance. I get the lemon {and grapefruit and yuzu} that wants to verge on soap. I haven't done a full on wear of this one yet. I will report back when I do so. I am kinda scared to put it on and be stuck at work wearing expensive smelling hotel citron based soap. It is oddly compelling however but I may wait another week {and Saturday} to give it a real go. It is much more wearable than the champagne peach from first year that shares it's number. I think if you liked that one you would also like this one. The jasmine is not being picked up on by my nose. And I like jasmine :-)
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    Peach II (2016)

    Thanks to my fabulous fairy In the bottle I get almond with a hint of peach at the end of my deep inhales. Almond tends to smell plastic-y and fake to me. Some almond scents are so overwhelmingly almond they make me gag. Perhaps the difference is in almond blossom since this is very nice. The almond seems to lighten the scent somehow. It seems airy. I may also be picking up on the tonka a bit. I do not get the amber or narcissus. BTW the airiness is mysterious. This is going to seem out of left field but the ambergris SN has the same quality--airy salty sweetness that I cannot quite put my finger one. My child got into car with me and said mom I can smell your perfume which isn't something I would have suspected. I also couldn't really smell peach I so maybe my nose is turning a blind spot with these {or is temporarily broken} Another subtle to me scent.