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About annemathematics

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    must be 5mL to ride
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    ian, kit, crowley, shelley/byron/keats, blood popsicle, eve, who in the world am I, it doesn't matter which way you go, managarm's bloody jaws, haunted, vixen, lady cecily, leopold freiherr von tsemekwes, boundless vista of an inner world, picture books in winter, krampuslaufen, dee, shub, black annis, le lethe, shoggoth, urd, lick it now, jareth, Marquise de Merteuil, dragon's milk, dark rosaleen, yule cookies, tko, burying ground, placaphobia, highwayman, la befana, eldritch drunken constellations, mouse's long and sad tale, highwayman, ship of hel, waters of the well of wisdom, blood kiss bonbon, curved sky, who in the world am I, it doesn't matter which way you go, bear in the cellar, rending the rock, youth's disengagement, imaginer, white light, ebon night

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  1. annemathematics

    Mitral Valve

    opens with a blast of herbal lavender and a touch of juniper. then the benzoin and hops step up and lend a dry sophistication. the lavender instantly smoooooooths out. I think I get a hint of carnation's spice, but that note--which can easily amp on me--stays in the back, a nuanced supporting player. likewise, the honey adds just a bare touch of sweetness. ultimately this is a dry and regal blend. I can see this going easily from mettings in your corner office to a formal cocktail event, but it'd be too proper (stuffy if it weren't so pretty) to wear to that weekend rager. I've been dabbing this on when i get home from work. i like it, but can't vouch for how long it lasts as i fall asleep and it's gone when I wake.
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    Left Atrium

    i've been reaching for this beauty quite a bit over the past few days. opens with a juicy burst of grapefruit against the thrummmm of mimosa, grounded by a light, resin-veined cedar. seriously i can amp cedar for daayyyyys but in this blend the note is sublimely light, contributing to the blend without taking over. this is one of those scents that is about "the blend," with the notes all working in harmony, not a one trying to hog the attention. this feels refreshing and so easy to wear, more like a classy aromatherapy blend than fancy perfume. just a hint of sweetness, just under moderate throw, and fades to barely a skin scent after four-to-five hours.
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    Snakes Slithering Through Stinging Nettle

    I do like snake oil and i do love nettles [although this is my first time with nettles as a bpal perfume note]. however, the way the two clash up against each other isn't very endearing to my nose. the dark swampy green of the nettles is causing the sweetness of the snek oil to amp louder than in any other snake blend i've tried in a way that felt almost grating. didn't get a hit of "dandelion sap" but that may also be contributing to the sweetness overkill. I wore this for an hour and then let it wash away while doing housekeeping. it was weirdly too much for me. sorry garden snek!!!
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    Snake's Shadow

    funky oud and smoky vetiver a first out of the gate, causing the snake oil/labdanum that follows to play like weird dr pepper soda. drinking spiced cola near a smoldering barn fire? honestly a little too sweet for me to test fully and properly. sorry!
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    All Head, All Spine, All Limb, All Loin

    I'm mostly getting a swirl of leather and ambergris that reminds me of olla adam. snake oil is super subtle in this. agree that this is clean and smooooooth gorgeous leather blend.
  6. so much of this depends upon one's chemistry. if you have any scent twins on the forum, I recommend seeing if they review these scents to get a sense of how they might play on your skin. in addition to the above suggestions, maybe try or check reviews for baobhan sith, aelopile, countenance forboding evil, khubla khan, knucklebones, search engine, take the moon, only a sip and spider from the lab's gc range currently available le's balmy 26degrees, beware pickpockets, right ventricle, left atrium, dreadful snowglobe and blood and the lemon. you might enjoy absinthe blends. they are a little bit lemony and refreshing. happy huffing/hunting! eta hedonism bath oil from the post is lovely resins and citrus. makes a great after-shower/bath lotion if you have dry skin.
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    A Woman Practicing Calligraphy on Her Lover’s Erect Member

    when this first landed, it was a lovely rose/oakmoss combo that was soft and a little powdery. since then, however, she's morphed into a sophisticated velvet parfume that flaunts a juicy haughty red rose that swirls over inky shadows. yes, it really does feel like wet, dark ink. can't describe it better than that. i wore this to the theater to watch the Favourite, and it felt like the perfect scent to compliment that movie: regal and full of secrets. good through and lasts all day and night, with the rose holding strong and not fading on me as lovely roses scents often do. brilliant!
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    Ganymede’s Junk

    the opening to this is a rich vanilla sandalwood reminding me of reapers gonna reap. however, within about an hour or so this morphs into a creamy spicy soft carnation. it's a nice femme carnation blend that is big in personality yet soft in sillage.
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    Tricuspid Valve

    mmmm, this little one is so my current jam, that i've been ignoring other decants to keep wearing it. this is mostly smooooth brown patchouli, with a li'l bit of the sweetness that oakmoss can bring, although oakmoss's fuzzy dusty texture isn't currently happening. the overall feel of this baby is like smooth, worn, unpolished patch-heavy woods washed with incense resins. not getting any barn from the agar, for those who fear such things. as a lover of the lab's patchouli notes, I'm enjoying the heck out of this cozy blend.
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    Fancy-Free Hair Gloss

    I snagged a decant of this because ambrette! has been my jam of late and I couldn't resist it in a simple(-ish) blend. I agree with the above folks who say that this is a beauty. it is! lightly musky, slightly sweet not-cleaner-lemon candy indeed. if I'd read the reviews vs going for a decant, the notion of lemon candy in my hair wouldn't have caught my eye/nose/wallet etc. but I'm super glad to have this. i'm not into wearing foodie or sweet smells lately, but this one doesn't really feel like either of those things. bright, happy (fancy-free indeed!), with depth added by the ambrette. as I fidget with my hair throughout the day, what it really reminds me of are the lab's absinthe blends, which I adore. throw and wear-length wise, this is kind of a...sleeper agent? meaning that if I leave my hair up and untussled, this is unobtrusive. but even after ten+ hours, I shake or adjust my hair and I get lovely, generous wafts of this. it brings a smile to my face, so it's nice to have on-demand access to a mood brightener.
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    Coffee notes?

    drinking a delicious coffee beverage while reading this. mmmm! adding the scents Dusky Shroud (Black coffee and smoked vanilla bean with deep indigo opium petals) and Jiaolong (Sugared coffee bean, black musk, and sugar cane) to the discussion, because they are gorgeous. more perfumey than foodie, and the latter is a CD "gc!"
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    The Umbrella Incident

    maybe it's the constant seasonal rain or the fact that I've just finally read the umbrella academy comic (haven't caught the show), but i was drawn to this scent just by reading the name. add to that an adorable origin story. then top it all off by it being a fantastic scent. I've neglected testing about half of my decants because I love wearing this beauty so much. fancy schmancy rich perfume with a polished leather note at the base. i'm bad at identifying floral notes, so while i think I smell some lily, i could be wrong. if you enjoy bpals that evoke classic perfumes, this is a nice dark potion that smells fabulous in rainy spring weather. (it's always overcast in spy dramas, no?) good throw still going strong after a twelve hour work day. this is one of my favorites from this series of lilith adventures. it's also one of my top two bpal leather blends, up there with olla adam.
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    Shadow Embrace Bath Oil

    I knew I was going to love this, but I admit I was expecting a smouldering dark beast of a scent. Nope! While lightly smoky (much much less so than recent yules first lash or hearthflame and incense), it's actually more of a beautiful, delicate, cheerful vanilla spring floral. The kid sister of Hellboy's Liz, sans leather and a little less smoky than that. This has just the right hint of smoke, hint of sweet, hint of floral to enable it to layer wonderfully with so many of my perfumes. It's such a great compliment that I'll def get another bottle before it comes down, and an gonna bug puddin to make this baby gc if the components will allow. I think this scent will make a lot of bpallers squee.
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    this is pale and ephemeral and elusive in the imp. freshly applied it's powdery orris root with an edge of youthful innocence. about an hour later, while looking for source of the beautiful incense I was smelling, I brought my wrist to my nose and realized it was a late-blooming subtle frankincense,. light enough on the violet note that it might not satisfy people craving that specific note. I love powdery iris scents, and this is a nice, simple blend. feels like a childhood favorite despite me only trying it now in adulthood. Eta just a touch of aging has brought the violet note out. This now wears like a powdery violet, the violet is soft and not candy-sweet.
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    Yule Cat

    2018 version when the lab released the yule lads a few years ago, I felt a tiny greedy pang that their yule cat didn't join them. so i was thrilled when the scent was included in this year's lineup. first try was with about ten other decants, straight out of the mail...and i got nothing! no scent! none at all!... besides something a little bit sour and oily. oh well. can't win them all. no throw. not a winner. went back about a week later and did a second round of testing with a smaller group of scents...and this magical aroma kept wafting to my nose and pulling it to the wrist where this was slathered. turns out, kitty just needed time to adjust and declare me worthy of wearing it. prob one of my favorites from this year's scents, it's a feral, magical, musky, piney and yes a little bit sour. this is a blend that just smells like "classic bpal" to me. youthful gothypunk spirit in effect. my real life kitties ADORE this blend. their eyes kinda bug out and they start purring and burrowing to get to my wrists. like my real life kitties, this is a total love that i'm happy to have in my life.