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About blackfelicula

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  • Birthday 09/03/1976


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    Rochester, NY
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  • Favorite Scents
    My far-and-away favorite is Maiden, ironic though it is. There are a lot of others I like so far: Schwarzer Mond, Count Dracula, Carfax Abbey, Et Lux Fuit, Van Van, Haloa, Zorya, Mme. Moriarty, The High Priest Not To Be Described, Muse, Voodoo, Imp, Bastet, and many more. I'm fond of spices, resins, woods, vanilla, and musks, though there are often scents that I enjoy despite these.

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    I was born in the year of the Fire Dragon: September 3, 1976 at 2:14 a.m. in South Buffalo, NY, so I my sun sign is Virgo, moon sign is Capricorn, and ascendant is Cancer.
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  1. blackfelicula


    In the bottle: Katharina is sweet, fruity, and slightly spicy. I smell the apricot most strongly. Wet: This smells like a sparkling mimosa: apricot and orange, warmed. Drying down: A little perfume, a little spice: this is a spirited, mischievous scent. Dry: It is sweeter and richer now, almost purple to my nose. It is more perfume-t but the fruit balances that nicely. It gives the blend stubbornness and makes it more grown-up. Later: This blend makes me smile. Like in Imp, the fruit gives it playfulness and life. For situations where I would like the energy of Imp but want to smell more adule, Katharina would be great. It fades more quickly than I would like, though.
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    Les Fleurs du Mal

    In the bottle: To my nose, this is solidly floral. I can smell rose, but the other notes are difficult to distinguish. Wet: So far the rose does not overpower the rest, but it is strong. Drying down: Something deeper is coming out. The rose is taking a supporting role. My nose is not very skilled in discriminating floral notes. Dry: Le Fleurs du Mal is flowers, flowers, and more flowers. It is sweet, dark, and heady. Later: This is definitely too floral for my taste. I can see how some will enjoy it, but it overwhelms my nose.
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    In the bottle: The imp wafts a light, moist, pale floral. Wet: This is soft and sweet, almost creamy. Drying down: This is definitely floral, but not in-your-face. It is quiet and pleasant. Dry: Juliet is beautiful, innocent, clean, and slightly melancholy. Later: This is a very pretty light floral. I can see myself wearing Juliet again.
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    In the bottle: This smells buttery and resinous. Wet: Hunger is warm, smooth, creamy, and rich. Vanilla sugars it. It reminds me heartily of Snake Oil. Drying down: To my nose, the Snake Oil resemblance is growing, but with a strong vanilla note. Dry: This is sensual, yes, but since my skin softens and sweetens it, it turns into an enthusiastic vanilla. Later: I like it, vanilla is a note I enjoy. However, I do not see a lot of occasions where I want to smell like a giant marshmallow.
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    Blood Pearl

    In the bottle: Soft sweetness with a dissonant side note. Wet: Sweetness pairs with a deeper hum that is almost salty. Drying down: It grows softer and blends together more. As it is, the mix comes across as perfume-y. Dry: It has undertones that are bitter and salty, but the body of the scent is smooth and sweet. Later: It smooths out more, but that converts the bitterness and salt into more perfume-like smells. The combination is interesting, but stronger than I would have expected from the description.
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    In the bottle: This smells fruity and earthy, with a bite. Wet: It warms up right away. Something floral and something almost resinous joines in. It is feminine. The fruit and flowers are dominant so far. Drying down: This has a cacophonous clash of scent families. Chaotic is right. Dry: This has the feel of a women's perfume of the nondual variety. You ask if it is floral, fruity, earthy, or musky, and she answers with an emphatic "Yes!" and a twinkle in her eye. Later: Fruit has emerged as the champion with floral coming a close second. Her accompanying notes clamor just beneath, creating a blanket of sweetness. This is not quite my cup of tea, but is appropriate for Eris.
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    Eat Me

    In the bottle: This smells like melted butter with a hint of caramel. Wet: To my nose, this is butterscotch and fruit that is heavy on the butter and light on the scotch and fruit. Drying down: A nutty scent has arrived on the scene, like walnuts or cashews. Together with the butter and fruit, this smells a little like maple. Dry: The butter has lightened significantly, but it is still buttercream icing, to me, with fruit and nuts topping it. Later: Neither my husband nor I am fond of buttery perfumes. (The exceptions so far have been Haloa, in which the other notes skillfully keep the cakes in check, and Pumpkin Queen in which I love the drydown even though my husband does not.) The finish of Eat Me is pleasant enough, but it takes way too long to get there.
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    Lucy's Kiss

    In the bottle: I smell quiet spice, something that resembles aquatics, and dried roses. Wet: The rose reminds me of when I have left roses too long in a vase on the table. The buds are wilted and drying, the stems are getting fuzzy, and the water smells like roses and decomposing leaves. Drying down: This is not the kind of roses that clobber me over the head and drag me off. They're not the roses I get along with either. The spices, rather than livening the blend for me, contribute to the sense of beauty decaying within. Dry: The spices have warmed up and the rose seems drying but no longer decaying. It is an interesting scent, but it reminds me of visiting my grandma and my great aunt: strong and floral. Later: This is more floral than I prefer. It is like a strong, old-fashioned potpourri.
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    In the bottle: Cedar wafts up at me when I pop the imp. Wet: The cedar is softer, and something sweeter pairs with it now. Drying down: Is there orris in there? It is soft and dusty though the heart of it is still cedar. Dry: This one is holding its scent: woody, earthen, with a touch of sweetness. There's more to it in there, but Mandrake is not revealing them fully. Later: Mandrake is right up my alley as earthy scents go! It is not as strong a scent as some I wear, but I thoroughly enjoy smelling it.
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    In the bottle: I smell rose tempered by a sweet darkness that must be the violet. Wet: This is a heady floral. The rose and violet face off in what smells like even measures to me. Drying down: This reminds me of an elegant woman. It is also a dark scent. Now that I can single out the violet a little better, I can see why it is in a number of dark blends. Dry: Amazingly, the rose is not overpowering as it can be on me. What Maiden does with rose and carnation, Marie does with rose and violet. Where Maiden is drop-dead sexy and feminine on me, Marie is the woman who's jaded to the point of callousness. Later: Though the rose is well balanced in this blend, it is still more floral overall than those I gravitate towards. Occasions I would be inclined to wear this, I am more likely to put on Zorya for her watchful elegance.
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    In the bottle: To me, this smells like water and flowers. Wet: I can smell orchid. This is a dark, deep scent that is more cave-dark than the cool, distant dark of the midnight sky. Drying down: Orchid is still the foremost note to my nose. I can tell there are others beneath and behind it, but that's the one my nose and skin are focusing on. Dry: Medea is richer and fruitier now. The orchid holds its own for me. It is complex and pretty, but rather floral. Thankfully, orchid is one of the florals that I get along with more often than not. Later: This is sweet and heady. It is more floral than most of the ones I wear, but the fruit is bringing my nose back to it frequently. I think this imp will get some love.
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    In the bottle: This is very astringent, like rosemary and lavender over a quiet sweetness. Wet: The sweetness is coming out much more strongly, but the rosemary and lavender are still at the forefront for me. Drying down: I have an incensey note picking up a bit more, along with what I think is the cypress. A fruity sweetness emerges a moment after. Dry: Despite the medicinal quality that is lent by the rosemary and lavender, this is still sweet. Its richness swells the longer I wear it. Somehow the chaos all goes together well. I doubt my husband will appreciate its astringency. Later: This is one of those blends that keeps my nose coming back to it. The earthy fruitiness of the blend reminds me of Mme. Moriarty, but with a sharp blade hidden beneath the folds of its robes. This imp is definitely a keeper.
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    In the bottle: This reminds me of Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper but sweeter. Wet: This has a similar cherry/almond note as in Bastet, but smoothed out as if by vanilla. I smell orange and possibly neroli. Drying down: It is smelling more like orange than cherry/almond. This is sweeter and more mellow, as if swirled with a giant marshmallow. Dry: The blend does have a mysterious, come-and-find-out quality to it. It is fruity yet perfume-y. Later: The more it mellows, the more smooth, sweet, and sensual this gets. However, I think it is too perfume-y for my taste.
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    In the bottle: I can smell citrus, tea, and a note that is sharp like vinegar. Wet: Thankfully, the vinegar-like note is subsiding. At the moment it smells like tea with lemon. Drying down: The citrus is strong enough that the tea scent is more difficult to pick out. Something sweetly floral is just peeking through. Dry: The overall effect is unconventional but pretty. It is light and clean without being overly soapy. As it mellows, the honeysuckle emerges more. Later: Shanghai softens quickly, so reapplication while wearing is useful. I like it, though the mid-to-later stages are what I enjoy best.
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    This frimp's label got soaked by a leaky Lady of Shalott, so that might influence how it smells in the imp. In the bottle: A sharp scent greets my nose, floral but almost vinegary. Wet: Rose comes out right away. I get an undertone of other notes, but not strong enough to identify. Drying down: There is definitely something sweeter in there, but the rose is drowning it out. Dry: This is the kind of rose blend I try to avoid. It tingles my nose, threatening sneezes and makes the other notes go hide. Later: This is definitely too floral for me.