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About Bluestblood

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    diabolical decanter
  • Birthday 02/29/1980


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    San Francisco
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    The Grey Columns
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    De Sade, In His Hands All Thy Cruelties Thrive, Clove Cigarette, Senelion, Calocyclas, Inganok Jewelers, The Grey Columns- I love leather!

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  1. Bluestblood

    Black Pepper, Amber, and Clove

    This is beautiful and difficult to describe, but I will do my best. The clove and amber are just about equally balanced. The amber reminds me of the amber from Canis Major. It has a soft, twinkling quality that really smooths out the clove and almost makes it creamy. Instead of a sharp, spicy clove scent, it becomes a warmly spiced amber. The black pepper makes it interesting. It gives it an edge...like taking a Sharpie and drawing an indistinct black line around a cloud. This smelled better and better the longer I wore it. It didn't have a ton of throw on me, but it lasted a long time. It's a good come closer to me/first time hook up scent. I believe this would be suitable for any gender. It screams "I am warm and a little mysterious, but also carry around a utility knife because you never know when you're going to need it." It reminds me of a late summer sunset.
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    Dapper Mandrake Goes A-Courtin’

    This is beautiful and reminds me a lot of Incantation. It has old fashioned soap/high class aftershave quality that is fresh, dark and a little rooty. This is not the chewy, brown vetiver but rather the bright, grassy kind and it is further uplifted by the clean, spicy galangal. This is a clean scent that is unisex and perhaps masculine leaning.
  3. Bluestblood

    Snake Milk

    This smells EXACTLY like the taste of White Rabbit milk. It's also similar to milk oolong tea.
  4. Bluestblood

    Vanilla Husk, Nutmeg, & Hay Absolute

    I am shocked no one is talking about this one yet. The vanilla is similar to the vanilla in Antique Lace - sweet, golden, and brittle. The vanilla is supported by a deep undercurrent of sun-warmed hay. The nutmeg is not very noticeable to my nose, but I do detect more of it as this one dries. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a highly sought after Ménage A Trois.
  5. Bluestblood

    Lye-Filled Bubble Gum

    This starts off with a flash of searing lye that fades quickly. It settles into the exact smell of Double Bubble - that classic bubble gum with a zip of wintergreen-y mint. I was not expecting to want a bottle of this, but I do...badly. It has also made me ravenous for Double Bubble.
  6. Bluestblood

    Levitating Phallic God

    I am excited to be the first reviewer because this is unlike anything I have ever smelled. It is greater than the sum of it's parts and more ambient than distinct. Bitter vetiver softened by cashmere wood that makes it dry and almost nutty, the licorice and opoponax add a static-like blackness, the lemon peel adds a deceptively fleeting lash of almost-sweetness that reminds me of a stripe of yellow pleather on black. This is a black scent and fitting for a creepy penis monster/god.
  7. Bluestblood

    Shadows and Light

    This was an unexpected love. One of the reviewers mentioned smelling oud, and I agree that something in this smells a lot like true oud smoke. This blend is supported by a sparkling undercurrent of musk with a cheeky tang of cognac, but the smoke really is the star. The lavender is barely noticeable. This blend reminds me of Demeter's "Ocean" but better.
  8. Bluestblood

    Little Atalanta

    I have unfortunate luck with every single BPAL leaf scent in the sense that all I can smell is leaves, leaves, leaves. While I love dead leaves as a single note, I never have the privilege of detecting a single other note when the dead leaf note is present in a blend. This is the first exception to that rule.... I LOVE this blend! It's definitely dead leaves, and that note stays present into the drydown. However, once the drydown occurs, the most gorgeous sweet pleathery leather scent emerges. I had a pair of pleather pants in my 20s. The scent reminds me of those (like, spot on) and is also reminiscent of the leather note in De Sade in a subtle way. I just purchased backups.
  9. Bluestblood

    You're a Daisy If You Have

    This is very pretty if you love leather. It reminds me of the leather in Thunder and Blazes, but the other notes round it out nicely. The most prominent notes, other than the leather, are the sage, chaparral, and wildflowers. If you liked Sacrifice, this is a must have. It's a serious, cowboys (or girls) in the desert at night kinda jam.
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    No. 156 East Twenty-Second Street

    As it goes on, I get benzoin and - weirdly enough - vetiver with a hint of rich cacao. Cacao usually goes weird on my skin (it kinda smells like poop), but this stays true and blossoms into a dark chocolate in smoldering benzoin. As it dries, the sandalwood emerges, but I still swear there is vetiver in this broad! There is a distinct, yet subtle, acrid wood note that is characteristic of vetiver. The main note remains that gorgeous, smoldering benzoin and, frankly, that rocks since it is one of my favorite single notes. Something about this scent reminds me of Canis Major. It's similar only in the sense that it draws you in to reach a greater depth, as if it's saying "there's more to me, come closer." The sillage is not impressive, but there is a time and place for everything. This lady's time and place is in the bedroom, when skin is close and clothes are off.
  11. Bluestblood

    The Mummies of Mexico City

    This is incredible. It starts off almost entirely frankincense heavy church incense on me with hints of what seems like copal and amber. As it dries, this dusty brittle vanilla pops out that reminds me of Antique Lace.
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    Mr. Prenderghast

    I have had a blast reading all of the reviews above, and I am stunned that my impression is so different. This reminds me exactly of darker, powdery Necco wafer candies! I get a combination of brown musk, wool, sweet tobacco, clove, and a hint of black coffee. While I do get a slight vinegar tang when it's still wet, it burns off quickly. It's fuzzy, evocative, and very nostalgic.
  13. Bluestblood

    Single Note: Candy Bag Debris

    Lemonheads, candy corn, bubble gum, sticky chocolate wrappers, cheap caramel, and hints of wax candies...a masterpiece!
  14. Bluestblood

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    Like many of us, I am a huge fan of Thieves' Rosin. I have noticed that my older bottles smell entirely different than the newer imps and bottle I received from the lab. The older bottles smell like golden wood, rich, almost cologne-like, with an edge that is tangy and almost metallic. The newer bottle smells more muted, smooth, closer to the skin, almost like a vanilla with the softest musk or leather. Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a batch variation or due to aging?
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    Auspicium Melioris Aevi

    A sign of a better age: white sandalwood and crystallized vanilla absolute with white amber, Florentine iris, white leather, and red patchouli bursting through melting snow. This is WONDERFUL and reminds me of Monastery in the Mountains! The lab's snow note takes center stage, and it has a soft, pillow-y, smooth minty/vanilla cloud vibe. The softest sandalwood and leather notes peak out, with only a tiny breath of gentle florals. The patchouli, which is barely detectable, gives the whole thing a little bit of an edge. This is a must have for anyone who loved Monastery in the Mountains or Cloister Graveyard in the Snow. There is a stoic optimism about this scent that is difficult to put into words.