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About Sushi-n-Sake

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    a little too imp-ulsive


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    Nashville, TN
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    If it has incense, resins, and/or smoke - I'm all over it!! Other loves: leather, cocoa, spices, beeswax, parchment, and woods especially mahogany and teak. I also adore frangipani (plumeria)...those flowers are swoon-worthy.

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    I am a Virgo born in the cusp of Libra, so I am both analytical and indecisive. I have the worst time shopping. It sucks!!
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  1. Sushi-n-Sake

    The Shattered Pumpkin

    Unfortunately, my experience with The Shattered Pumpkin was like Heavenlyrabbit's. The image that was stuck in my head while wearing this was of those giant maggots that live in rotting trees in South American jungles, and what it might smell like if you squished one of them. Not good at all and it made me really queasy. I didn't wash it off despite my nausea, and after a long time I got soft warm leather mixed with light earthy pumpkin that I was hoping for when I ordered this. But I'm not going to try this on again.
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    In imp: Very dark, earthy patchouli, similar to the in-bottle scent of A Countenance Foreboding Evil Wet: Still heavy patchouli, but the apricot is starting to get stronger as well Dry: The patchouli has backed off, and as other reviewers noted, this is very much like overripe apricot and dirt Verdict: I am definitely a patchouli-lover who usually doesn't go for fruity smells, but this is something very special. I love it and will be putting a 5mL into my next order!
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    Chaos Theory IV: Edge of Chaos

    MLIII (1053) I almost didn't order Chaos Theory, because I am a Virgo and hate surprises! But I caved and ordered a bottle anyway. I'm a big fail at picking out notes, so here goes: Bottle: I recognize a note from Phoenix Steamworks. It also has a sweetness to it like dark fruits. Wet: Ooh, now it smells a bit like Philosopher in Meditation. Since both that and P.S. have Abramelin incense, that must be the note! Also detecting a rooty wood smell similar to Screaming Mandragora, and that same sweetness (plum? fig? IDK) I smelled in the bottle. Dry: The sweetness fades a bit and the incense and rooty note remain. Verdict: It's hauntingly beautiful. So glad I took a chance with Chaos Theory!
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    The Blasphemare Reliquary

    In imp: Wonderful, woodsy frankincense Wet: Resins galore, and rosewood Dry: More subdued, but still sweet resins and rosewood Verdict: I agree with the reviewers above - I usually amp rose until I get physically nauseous, but not here! The rose combined with the resins does come across as a beautiful rosewood and church incense fragrance. So happy I found a blend with rose that I can wear!
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    Mead Moon

    In bottle: Very faint. Honey and a wisp of lemon and spice. Wet: Smells a lot like Dana O'Shee with a bit of a spice and herbal kick. Dry: Wow, now it smells quite a bit like Lush's Afterlife moisturizer, which I use and love the scent of. Cool! Verdict: A keeper for sure. I adore the honey, grain, and herbal goodness of this blend.
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    In bottle: Caramel and little else Wet: Caramel and amber, with a bit of apple blossom and honey. The wood is present but way in the back. Dry: Caramel, honey, and a hint of apple blossom Verdict: It's okay, but I prefer Glowing Vulva or Red Lantern for this category of fragrance. It verges on being headachy-sweet on me.
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    In bottle: Cloves and carnations Wet: Clove, carnation, patchouli, and black pepper Dry: Sweet clove and pepper. As others have mentioned, it's reminiscent of chai tea, but more so reminds me of the clove cigarettes I used to smoke (and still do on occasion!). Verdict: While this is pleasant enough, it's not something I'd personally wear often. The clove cigarette smell, although nice, is too sweet as a perfume for me.
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    L'Autunno Bath Oil

    In bottle: Molasses and resin In tub: The molasses fades to a background sweetness, and I don't smell the patchouli and myrrh after that. What I get now is spicy carnations which must be the sweetgrass and sage combining with the cinnamon. Verdict: I wish the patch and myrrh would have stuck around, but it's lovely nonetheless. Also made my skin soft. Next time I'll try using more to see if it stays truer to the out of bottle scent. ETA: Since this review, I've discovered that I really prefer the bath oil applied directly to my skin after bathing. It's completely non-greasy and retains that original yummy scent!
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    L'Autunno Atmospheric Spray

    Fig leaf, patchouli, black tea, and bonfire smoke. OMG, I am so in love with my bottle of L'Autunno and am weeping inside because it's going away. The best way to describe it is autumn woods in a bottle. I smell the fallen leaves, the smoke from distant woodfires, and the moist soil. It's everything I loved in Samhainophobia, October, and Death of Autumn in a room spray. I'm sitting here in my office, in the middle of 90-degree heat, and can close my eyes and feel like I've fast-forwarded to October. It's earthy and smoky and mossy and windy and Just. Gorgeous. Edited for spelling
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    Hawthorn, fig, myrrh, carnation, toasted almond, red and green apple, patchouli, wood smoke, and Indian musk. L'Autunno Bottle: Fig with almost a honeyed sweetness and a dash of spice. Wet: Fig, kitchen spices, and a bit of apple. I am confused because I distinctly smell cinnamon, but it's not listed in the notes. It's okay though, because I adore this kind of scent! Dry: Smells like those spice sachets that you can find at some country kitchen stores. The ones that come sewn inside potholders so that when you set the pot down, it warms the sachet and the kitchen smells like wonderful warm spices. Verdict: I am so, so happy I ordered the inquisition, and that the goblins in their wisdom (and with the help of the highly accurate quiz!) sent me L'Autunno!
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    What smells like Irish Spring Soap?

    I had to LOL @ this...I remember that commercial too, and I can still picture him carving that slice off the bar of soap! As for Irish Spring scents, I totally got that from Galvanic Goggles, but that stage didn't last long at all. I'd still recommend getting an imp of this to try because if you like masculine scents, the drydown is wonderful.
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    L'Heure Verte

    In bottle: Sugar, green notes, and rose...uh oh. I thought rosewater would be less obvious than regular rose. Wet: ROSE!! and sugar with a hint of opium Dry: Rosy floral mishmash with a tiny bit of alcohol. Sigh. Verdict: Like the previous reviewer, I have a horrible time with rose but thought the rosewater would make this wearable for me. Alas, it is not to be.
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    Dungeon Atmosphere Spray

    I bought Dungeon as a spray for my car, because I thought the leather note would complement the leather seats. It turns out that the fragrance is mostly musk and merlot to me, with maybe a small hint of leather in the background. Nonetheless, I do like it a lot despite the absence of leather (which is one of my favorite notes). I'm not a big fan of wine notes, but thankfully this wine is dark and not too sweet. To me, it's sexy without smelling like sex - which scared me when I started seeing reviews along those lines! I'll definitely be buying more atmosphere sprays in the future - the two I've tried so far are wonderful and I can't wait to see what other scents Beth and Puddin' create!
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    Down the Rabbit Hole Atmosphere Spray

    Down the Rabbit Hole is an amazing room fragrance. I smell the orange marmalade very distinctly, with the supporting notes of fresh, moist earth and spring flowers. The dirt note is not potting soil, but the way the earth smells after a light spring rain. It definitely freshened up the house and I'm so very pleased with my purchase!
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    Dragon Moon 2008

    In bottle: Smells like the inside of an imported goods store - the kind that sell all manner of exotic statues, lucky bamboo plants, and incense. Wet: Green leaves, incense, dragon's blood, and some sweetgrass Dry: Equal parts magnolia, dragon's blood, frankincense, and sweetgrass Verdict: I really like this a lot. It's a bit too heady on me to wear every day, but beautiful nonetheless.