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About surlygurl

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  • Birthday 02/07/1968


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    Animals at the bottom of the sea
  • Favorite Scents
    Fave scents: VOODOO, Khandita, Port Royal, Scales of Deprivation, Smoky Moon '09, Khalkokorustes, Ivanushka. Duets and Menages are my jam! All the musks except red work well on me. Incense & resin are my idea of heaven (Oh! That rhymed!) Oriental spices are YUM. Coconut, shea, etc. = very good. Licorice/anise is good. Champaca *swoon*!Dislikes: Roses are iffy on me, esp. when mixed with wine (moscow). Red musk = warm corn tortillas w/lemon. But I still try....Anything buttery (inc. butterscotch) takes over the whole show :-(Honey goes sour in lighter blends. (Gennivre, I really wanted to love you....)"Purple" blends smell like sour candy on me.And I'm one of those freaks who doesn't do chocolate/cacao well AT ALL. (Freaks Unite!)In fact, foody doesn't seem to be my thing. Much :)

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    Ok. Um..... organic gardening, mosaics, masks, working with my hands, cooking, exercise, bicycling for transportation, "alternative" medicine, old movies, solar energy, ...... (to be continued)
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  1. surlygurl


    Holy moly! Lush heady florals for days! Sniffed in the bottle I get Gardenia and possibly Carnation. Since it was pretty potent, I put a dab of oil on my wrists and rubbed. Gardenia - lots and lots of it. Some red spice. Pretty but overwhelming. The next day I decided to search this site for reviews. With some help, I came here and read all of them. Ok. So I have the rorschach scent ๐Ÿ˜… Second test, a teeny weeny touch on my chest/ belly. Aaannnddd...... it's plumeria. "There are many varieties available, each with a unique scent. Frangipani flowers may smell like roses, Gardenia, pineapple, plum, citrus, ripe banana, coconut, grapes, ginger, candy, or spices". The basic scent I remember from a trip to Hawaii and a long ago bottle of frangipani perfume oil. A keeper, just for those tropical floral days. Maybe if I apply it behind my knees it'll smell like bananas ๐Ÿ˜…
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    Witches Taking off for the Sabbath

    This is one of those odd scent that doesn't smell anything like the listed notes. In the bottle, it's a mish mash of notes. On my skin, it's an imported Nepalese incense I used to buy at a head shop/ import store in my college days (way back when). Very specific. Kinda creepy. As it fades..... it fades. Nothing peeks out or comes forward. I wouldn't mind having more than my decant for nostalgia's sake, but not a full bottle.
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    L.A. River Pumpkin

    Oh this is fun! It's those pineapple hard candies first and always. Prickly pear might be adding to the fruitiness; if so, it's subtle. Pumpkin peeks out on the drydown, but it's overwhelmed but the fruit candy. Green musks? Dry grasses? They lend a slight greenish vibe, like a pineapple with the green leaves still attached (visual reference). It becomes a liiiiiittle darker/ more autumnal once it dries, but that takes a while. And until then? Pineapple candy for *miles*. The throw is outrageous! Definitely a fun early summer scent.
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    Animals at the Bottom of the Sea

    This is much better on my skin than in the decant, tho I expected something different from the description. Bright aquatic with all those fruits reads on my skin as 'sunken pine forest'(?!). Maybe the drydown will bring out more fruits. Either way, I'm enjoying this.
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    Springโ€™s Awakening (The Snow Maidens)

    This is lovely. White florals, including a non-indolic light jasmine, create a soft carpet of springtime. The Snow note is pure melted snow. An aquatic. A very clean and soft aquatic. It almost leans toward soapy, but never goes there. As it dries the aquatic note fades and gentle flowers fill the air. It's a beautiful skin scent.
  6. This is lovely. I'd forgotten the scent description and the decant had none, so on it went. Oh my. It starts off an ok blend, but the sandalwood really pops as it dries down. This might be the best sandalwood scent I've ever tried ๐Ÿ’•
  7. Ok here goes! In the decant it's all cozy, fuzzy sandalwood. On my skin it becomes a big cloud of sandalwood. It lingers and lingers. And lingers. Just when I'm getting tired of it, the blue tansy peeks out. As the sandalwood fades, the tansy comes forward more - but never entirely. It's now an herbal woods, simple and soft. Eventually they both fade, but this beauty lasts longer than most of the labs duets & trios. If you like the sandalwood from Pottery Phoenix, Violens, or Chintamati-dhupa, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle.
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    Since Thereโ€™s No Help

    This scent is the biggest morpher of the bunch so far. Fresh on, it's lemon peel, woods, and white tea. Nothing spectacular. Something between spa-like and cleaning product. Mmmkay. Then it warms up/ dries down and the carrot seed sashays out like a wealthy model vacationing on her lover's yacht in the French riviera (carrot seed always does this on me lol). Woody lemon peel wants to be her friend but is kept at a distance until drydown. Davana - which isn't a note I'm familiar with, but is used in high end perfume - and the white musk come out in their finery to mingle with the lemony riff-raff, and they wind up becoming best of friends. At extreme drydown, this is quite soft and subtle. Lemon peel carries the whole thing but, at this point, it reads as "freshness with a bite".
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    Bergamot, Orange Blossom & Vetiver

    If you love orange blossom, try this. Buy this. Beg/borrow/(don't steal, that's not nice). It's beautiful. Fresh in the decant and on the skin, it's orange blossom and bergamot. Very clean and very loud. I keep waiting for vertiver to rear it's head and turn the scent murky, but vertiver is nowhere to be found. At this stage it reminds me of 4711 cologne water that I had as a girl. Then it fades. And fades. Pretty soon it is a faint skin scent. A beautiful memory. Time to buy a locket!
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    Hotaru No Yu Hair Gloss

    On my hair this is mostly jasmine. It starts with a lilac/ jasmine cloud, but the lilac rapidly fades into the background. I don't detect any honeysuckle, but it might be what's helping calm the lilac. It's gorgeous and a definite bottle buy!
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    Virgos Love Power Tools

    How could I resist a perfume poem to power tools ๐Ÿ˜˜ ? First on, it's mostly sawdust - sort of a tween version of Magus. There's a sweetness backing it up; it doesn't read as lavender but I'm guessing that's it. The *motor oil* note probably adds sweetness as well. As it dries the sawdust departs and resins (bloop of Schwarzer Mond) comes out. Eventually that disappears and I'm left with lavendar and a touch of soapiness. It doesn't last very long and it presents in layers rather than a blend, but aging might fix that. Verdict: I like it more than I thought I would. Possible bottle, but it'll need more testing. Can't wait till it ages a little!
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    When this first came in the mail it was pear first, then overwhelming champaca. Now that it's recovered a bit, it's entirely different. Pear is there snuggling with champaca, and the dandelion lightens it and gives it a milky, sappy shadow. It's really well blended. Strangely, it smells familiar and I can't figure it out. The pear/champaca combo reminds me of khalkokorustes, but this has a more head-shoppy vibe at first, then turns slightly soapy. I'll have to do a side by side comparison later.
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    De Sade - Resurrected

    I bought an imp of this after rediscovering my old original imp, and was surprised that they smell similar - perhaps even the same. On my skin it vibes as a soft grey scent, foggy and cold. Earthy. It doesn't scream 'jacket' or anything else. It's the same leather that's in Violens. Excellent layering scent.
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    I remember having an imp long ago and not liking it, but taste change. When an imp of it arrived recently, I decided to take a chance. In the vial: not bad, kind of pretty. On my skin: not baa... NO. Just *no*. Smokeless burnt earthy things. And teenage boy body spray. Forever. I can't pick out individual notes or nuances; its just bad. Why can't it be beautiful like the very first whiff? Even a locket wouldn't save it now. :-(
  15. surlygurl

    504 Gateway Time-out

    I've heard of batch variations, but geez...The scent I get is mint, champagne/ginger ale, and the lab's snow note - in that order. Then they mingle and play. Very refreshing and pretty. If I could buy a bottle of this, I would.