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About surlygurl

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  • Birthday 02/07/1968


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  • Favorite Scents
    Fave scents: VOODOO, Khandita, Port Royal, Scales of Deprivation, Smoky Moon '09, Khalkokorustes, Ivanushka. 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

    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 😘 ? 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. :-(
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    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.
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    Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

    The first couple times I tried this it was a creamy soft vanilla wood with a vague bit of fruit. This last time I tried this it was polished woody vanilla, but the "vague fruit" was now a very soft violet scent. It lasted and lasted, although the throw was subtle. *Very* pretty. I wonder what it'll be next time I try it....
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    2011: Pottery Phoenix

    This scent is familiar, somehow. Resiny, browns with greens and a bit of purple. Kind of cozy but also cool and distant, tho not terribly complex. It reminds me of the Stations of the Sun scents from way back. Olfactory flashback for sure!
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    Surly Dragon

    In the bottle and freshly applied, I get straight up Orange Julius. Being thrust back to shopping malls of my teen years is disconcerting, so I'm glad when the black pepper comes out to play. The sour-sweet orange is still loud, but pepper tones it down and adds that musty vibe. As the sweet-sour mellows, rum/neroli blend in and tempers the whole thing. It fades quickly from this point on, but doesn't disappear. Every now and then I'll get a faint whiff of...something. Something lightly citrus, but prettier.
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    A red musk scent that works on my skin? Will wonders ever cease? I'm in agreement with the above posters: regal Indian incense. This one is a stunner. The throw is amazing - little wafts are an olfactory treat!
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    Four Grave Robbers Awaken a Ghost

    A golden woody scent with some resin. No dragons blood or deep spices that I can smell. It reminds me of Tushnamatay quite a bit. If it last longer, I just might get a bottle.
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    Visions of Autumn III

    I was hoping this would be banshee beat meets haute macabre. Instead, I get a big mess of sour honey. Maaaaybe a tiny bit of those other things at the beginning - just enough to keep me from washing it off in the hopes that it'll warm up and turn beautiful. Blargh.
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    Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

    First, let me say how adorable the label is. Lilith sitting in mediation, serene as could be. This scent is lovely. At first it's all green and resinous, much like the SN Olibanum. Slowly the frankincense smell I know and love comes out accompanied by shy woods and rose. Whatever clary sage is in here is used as a middle note -something to connect the woods/resin with the rose. To me, this scent is Binah junior, the way Mlle Lilith is Mme Moriarty lite. After all its permutations, it becomes a barely there skin scent. The word that popped in to my head? *Tender*
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    Visions of Autumn I

    In the decant, is white cedar all the time. On me? White cedar followed by something almost ethereal. I can't identify bay or amber. The oud must be what is bringing it to the verge of sour. It opens up as it dries, becoming slightly powdery but with a clarity about it. Dry, it goes to a peppery powder with a sour edge. Slightly woody and cool. Unisex and rather standoffish. I like this, but not enough to hunt down a bottle.
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    Red-Spotted Purple

    This one was a surprise! First I get red-purple candies, which isn't really my thing (candies.... I like red-purple scents just fine). Then what must be the thyme comes out. I was thinking menthol, but a bracing herbal it was. It reminded me of a a plum candy I got at a Japanese store - "ume" was the only english on the package, but it had some strong herb in there, too. This is that scent. As it dried, the scent became thick. Close up it was still that weird candy-herb combo, but the throw? Oh. My. God. I kept thinking "what smells so good? Someone in this movie theater smells really good!" Must be the woods pulling it all together. Very classy. Like a classy lady who's also really nice.