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  • Birthday 04/17/1969


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    Notes I LOVE: Vanilla/tonka, CAKE!!!, GINGER, patchouli, Ambergris!!, apricot, crystalline musk, Blue musk, violet, fig leaf, rockrose, osmanthus, styrax, benozin, "feral" musk/brown musk, red musk, coconut, lilac, lime blossom, cinnamon, AMBER, frankincense, olibanum, JUNIPER/cade, sage, tea, blueberry, Leather Notes I like: honey, maple, caramel, sandalwood, fig, peach, copal, ambrette, blackberry, petigrain, plum/ume blossom, cherry blossom/sakura, vetiver/khus, linen, mint, oudh/agarwood, mahogany, jasmine, moonflower, tuberose, magnolia, mimosa, gardenia, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, plum, pumpkin, pine, spruce, fir, evergreen, lab "snow," orange blossom, neroli, citrus, yuzu, lavender, lunar accords, cardamon, cypress, chamomile, almond, wine, rum, orris, tobacco, Arabian musk, sage, leather, almond, cognac, champagne, opium/laudanumNotes that can be iffy; depends on the other notes in the blend and the percentage present: rose (amps, goes to soap or powder) cherry, "allspice", ivy, dragon blood resin, incense, charred anything, myrrh (amps but I like it), grey and black musk, milk/creamNotes that usually ruin it for me/DOOM notes: hyacinth, black musk, bluebell, grape, cucumber, myrtle, rose with rare exceptions, oakmoss?, grapefruit some of my faves: Bakeneko, the Unicorn, Darkling Thrush, Fenris Wolf, Apothecary, Ides of March, White Rabbit, Oblation, Hungry Ghost Moon, Urania, Perversion, Peitho, Debauchery, No. 93 Engine, Magus, Dorian, Aureus, Lear, Titus Andronicus, Bow and Crown of Conquest, Death on a Pale Horse, Quincy Morris, Tombstone, Golden Priapus, Hunger, Carnal, Cockaigne, Ravenous, Eat Me, The Lion, Hellcat, Anubis, Bastet, Cheshire Moon, Alice, Follow Me Boy, Black Annis, Czernobog, Shub Niggurath, Cerberus, Western Diamondback, Death Adder, Tokyo Stomp, Bloody Mary, Banshee Beat, Glowing Vulva, the Girl, a Specific Aberration, Ava, Haloes, High John, Stekkastaurjar, Faunalia, Tamora, Blooming Flowers of Spring, Venus Genetrix, Lenus Mars, Yvaine, Dream of the Fisherman's Wife, Hunger Moon

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  1. sprout

    Snow Scents!

    Is there a snow note that is heavy on an evergreen note? Or is it just that many of these scents have both elements?
  2. sprout

    All Hallows Chaos: Samhain

    #24 I didn't think Samhain could get any better but clearly that's not the case;) First time I dabbled, it was Samhain with more of the smoke note, a hint of tobacco perhaps, a nice cola note, perhaps Samhain with oppoponox? Next time, I slathered, maybe it made a difference? Less smoky, more of the cider note with a smooth ass patchouli cranked up to 11: And, luckily I'm a fan! I lurve the Patchouli notes and that may be what I originally thought was tobacco and oppoponox. I find patchouli to be quite variable yet usually good on me. Banshee Beat is a favorite. I will keep testing because I'm trying to discern the notes but I really love this version of Samhain with extra mystery resin and patchouli. Not sure if the extra is oppoponox, copal, or tobacco and this could also be the regular Samhain notes with some serious morphing minus aging (my favorite Samhain is 2007 as it is very nicely aged yet I have no clue of the notes) but I'm fairly certain that there's patchouli, cider, bonfire smoke and a hint of pumpkin and dead leaves in my original but I could be misremember. I don't have it for comparison because I am moving and it's packed:/ I'm going to treasure this bottle, it may be my favorite Weenie yet and I wish I could get my grabby paws on moar but hey that's what I get for dancing with Eris!! #24
  3. sprout

    Mrs. Wilson

    No. 123, keeps a first class house, with six lady boarders, handsomely dressed, of pleasing manners, ready wit, and sparkling eyes. It is the finest house on the street, and superbly furnished. Effervescent grapefruit musk with a cluster of jasmine petals and a swish of blood orange and lime. I really hate to review first but this is beautiful and deserves praise. It's less effervescent than expected but there's a mimosa quality at the onset. This would be the orange and the bubbly note. I'm getting just a hint of the lime and it's authentic, less sugared than the note in Clown Princess of Crime or the Single Note released earlier this year or last? The jasmine is definitely present and supports and bridges the sparkling opening but this becomes all about the grapefruit musk thirty minutes or so and this dominates the dry phase. This note is fresh, youthful, and uplifting. The musk is a low pitched thrumming which grounds and complements the grapefruit and jasmine beautifully. It also marks this scent as a fragrance rather than an aromatherapy blend, yet I nevertheless appreciate the mood elevation and cognitive boosting effect from the citrus, in particular the grapefruit. Adjectives which come to mind are youthful, upscale, optimistic, ebullient. I am eternally grateful to my Fairy for purchasing this on my behalf. I think it's best for Spring however I will look to this for an uplifting feeling in the Winter when sunny days, warmth, and tanned skin are fading memory. I'm glad to have a bottle and would gladly purchase a backup if they're offered on Etsy or secondary market sales.
  4. sprout

    Whole Unto Herself

    Well, I feared that the rose would take this fragrance into powder town but it's finally met it's match; evidently the frankincense and Lily bring balance to the Force. I thought this would be too floral but it's the perfect rose, Lily and ethereal incense. It's like a soft kiss on the cheek. This is sweet and tender, no doubt inspired by the subject. This is another scent that for me really conveys intent and I feel the love and gentle spirit of the plants. I'm so grateful that Beth has shared this olfactory impression with us, it feels personal and intimate. I'm also floored by her mastery of florals, it's unparalleled in my experience.
  5. sprout


    As advertised, this is mainly chocolate chip cookies! There's a whiff of caramel, which thankfully doesn't stomp on everything as it has in other notable foodie melange scents and there is a hint of the salt from the pretzels or maybe the popcorn. This reminded me of Gluttony with more salt and no butterscotch. Drying this has a Muddy Puddles Swiss Miss cocoa vibe with a hint of popcorn. The cookies with chocolate chips included remain present and prominent through the opening, heart, and drydown and I am pleased with that. I feel another full bottle upgrade coming up although I really should death match against Baby's First Con Panel and Caramel Shortbread Cookies first.
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    I love the scent of Palo Santo and this is the only BPAL that I recall smelling that note. It's actually fairly Palo Santo forward with cedar in support. I am also smelling the effervescent quality which I think is the cola quality others have noted and probably the labdanum. The sandalwood is definitely present also but almost seamless with the cedar, which I amp to be honest. Palo Santo smells sacred and healing to me and I am aware of that as I focus on the intent of the oil. I thought I have enough resin scents but this one is unique enough I am talking myself into a bottle. I am trying to resist the temptation to order 2 because I love this comforting scent and I imagine aging will make it even more snuggly and deeper. This smells airy yet grounded as an incense and very earthy yet uplifting. The incense quality is not burning or fiery, it is almost a watery quality if that's possible.
  7. sprout

    Pater Populi

    The foundation of a stable and just society, the keeper of tradition, the enforcer of laws: bay leaf and olive blossom with ambrette seed, white oakmoss, petitgrain, lavender, cedar, and leather. I really like this one, it's probably a full bottle upgrade and a surprise winner. From the notes list, there's plenty going on but it's all copacetic. To start, mostly herbal, lavender and petitgrain. Maybe a hint of osmanthus sweetening the whole. Hard to say really as I rarely see petigrain showcased in a scent especially with these basenotes. Early dry phase I'm less fond of because the oakmoss is a little high pitched but the bay and maybe the cedar prevent it from taking over. Drydown this is rich and on the manly side of unisex, but just a bit. Bay, leather and cedar form a nice thrumming heart with a hint left of the lavender. This is almost seamless, certainly well balanced, being neither sweet nor floral not resinous per se but with nuance from all those scent categories. I'd say the leather holds it's own but the lavender, bay and petigrain add a warm roundness and citrine golden quality. There's no osmanthus at the dry down but I'm okay with that. The juxtaposition of the leather with the petitgrain and lavender works better than I would have hoped. I didn't tease out the ambrette but it is probably tying this together and adding a golden warmth and sweetness. The ambrette and leather create a superbase as the leather almost never lasts like this for me, my skin eats it. Another blend where this combination works is Mythological Scene with Warrior Mansion and Classic Ladies... Well, this is difficult to describe but all the notes are present, well blended, and beautiful. This is up there with Spanked and Perversion for me, but I love the leather. Love how this never goes sharp, cologne like, or powdery. Definitely unique in a large catalog of scents.
  8. Morocco, shmexxxy vanilla spice Fenris Wolf, sexy forest wolf God musk
  9. sprout

    Creamy Spicy Florals, a/k/a Florientals

    A few more suggestions on the creamy floriental category: Cock Stamen (2018 Lupers) Moon of Saturn: Telesto Cat Chasing Butterflies (2018 Lupers) Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements (2018 Lupers) Pearl in the Volcano (2018 Lupers ) Zarita the Doll Girl (Carnival Diabolique) Vasilissa Volcano in Springtime Ivory Vulva Vivid Enjoyment of Memory of Rupture
  10. sprout

    Antiseptic... Sanguinem Menstruum

    Have you tried the Ibis and Jackals Funeral Parlor scent from the Post? https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/ibis-and-jacquels-funeral-parlor-atmosphere-spray/
  11. sprout

    Hunting for the ultimate _____ blend

    Have you tried Sea of Glass? I get a beautiful hyacinth note. It's heavenly if you pardon my pun.
  12. I think Anesthesia is similar to the discontinued Pain? Anyways, I can attest that lavender oil by itself is a bee magnet, they love it. My partner loves lavender oil but he's been visited by both bees and wasps when he wears it. Fortunately, not stung. Not sure about mosquitos and lavender, but they don't like citronella. And bees like lemongrass, so I'd avoid that! Mad Hatter with it's potent pennyroyal is probably the best? https://www.anniesremedy.com/chart_remedy_insect_repellents.php
  13. sprout

    Silk Road - Resurrected

    I took it easy and didn't slather to avoid welts, as I'd read there's a generous amount of cassia in the original, but I needn't have worried. Those reports are either overstated or based on skin chemistry. There's definitely tea, cinnamon, sandalwood, and the rest I'll guess as ginger, cardamom, saffron, neroli, and olibanum. The sillage is not smell me across the room, but this has aged less than 3 weeks. This comes across as spicy, dry, sweet and Eastern. Fans of Morocco and Bengal will like this one. I get a hint of cola too, so maybe sweet myrrh and frankincense but this doesn't smell like incense or smoky, it's dry, unlit resins. I don't get any patchouli or rose. This lasted well past 6 hours too, very impressive for an unaged oil! Overall a very complex scent that has much to love and is well blended as well as well balanced. I would venture to say I'm liking it better than the original! It goes through a perfumey phase but the drydown is spicy, sweet and reminiscent of Underpants. I will have to stock up on this before it goes away.
  14. sprout

    The Magus

    In the imp: Frankincense predominant with a big dollop of thick honey Wet: Wow, that is some honey. Cloying, thick, this is Autumn Honey with a frankincense support. This is not the type of honey I like, I prefer the white honey blends that are a tad less, viscous? I get the "asphodel" note underneath, but only if I huff close to the wrist. Lab asphodel smells suspiciously like hyacinth to me, but having not plumbed the depths of Hades, it could be a real asphodel that I just have never actually sniffed IRL. Drydown: My skin is doing all kinds of things with amperage on this honey, it just keeps getting thicker and more cloying. I will try and stick it out, however, this may be a scrubber for me. Impression: Definitely a blend for the honey lovers, but you have to really love that note. I thought I was in for any honey blend, as there are no death notes here, and I love frankincense but it can't save this blend. I guess honey is going to be on my love/hate list. I agree with above reviewers that the honey is the main player and is the skanky/shmexy, NSFW kind, the frankincense lends an air of mystery, and there is some type of floral weaving throughout--no consensus on that note though. I will age the decant and hope but my bet is either my skin chemistry is changing and I can't do honey anymore, or I can only do the white/Spring honeys and this one is not compatible. Good thing I did not blind bottle this. Don't misunderstand me, this smells very good, but my tolerance for super sweet is not what it used to be and I seem to turn everything sweet up to 11 and break off the knob. Of course it has hella sillage too. Somebody get me a syringe of insulin.
  15. sprout

    Il Bagatella

    In the imp, this was nondescript fruity with hint of floral from the rose. Wet--same as the imp. Drying--mainly pomegranate, not really a hint of wine, a little bit of rose, and solid back up of hyssop. This has modest throw at this point. Impressions, definitely a pom-wine with the hyssop rounding things out to add complexity. It is not especially lush/boozy and I am shocked the rose or the cedar don't amp, so I guess they are in minimal amounts, so if those are deal breakers and a pom wine scent is desirable, this fills the bill. This is sweet on me, not a bit of sour. A great pom blend for those who love it. For me this is pleasant and I am not thinking I need a bottle as Persephone is my fave Pom scent and I get more of the rose with it.