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Minh Scent

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About Minh Scent

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  • BPAL of the Day
    Antikythera Mechanism
  • Favorite Scents
    Woody (especially sandalwood, teak, cedar and palo santo), tobacco, candle wax, resins (especially frankinsence), rose, sage, geranium & rose geranium, tonka bean, coffee, balsam, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, osmanthus and shea. Also welcome musk, jasmine, gardenia,neroli, labdanum, tuberose, orange, lavender, rosemary, honey, chocolate and coconut in certain proportions. Do not have a death scent. Adore BPAL and have not meet one I don't like, but present top three: The Antikythera Mechanism, Samhain 2014, In Templum Dei. Also love The Maj and Blackbird (House of Matriarch) and NAVA, Solstice, Arcana, Alkhemia and Possets...and some days just need a dose of Lush's Karma for old times sake.

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    Poetry, music, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, spirituality, teaching, animals, scents and their magic, perfumery, gardening, stars, food, wine, olive oil, massage, reading, Chinese and Indian films, scrabble, human beings, colors, art, biking, language, travel, cultures...and etc.
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  1. Minh Scent

    Picturesque Figures Hair Gloss

    I went after this for the oleander, because it is not a note I see often. Most oleander does not have a smell except for the baby pink ones that are multi-petaled. These have a lovely powdery scent. I get mostly orange blossom and very light, barely there frank. It is a pretty, whispery floral with a hint of that powdery quality.
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    Pumpkin Spice Antikythera Mechanism

    I LOVE Antikytera Mechanism, so knew I was being risky with a flanker. Why mess with perfection? However, I thought spice would go well with the classic vanilla, tobacco and wood. It does and happily I get no pumpkin (ack! a vegtable in my perfume?!) others mentioned. The spice is not overpowering. This definitely needs to age, as it is not as smooth as the original.
  3. Minh Scent

    Utter Sophistication

    I have tested this four days running, including two full days at work. It is a heavy morpher and judging from the comments above, very fickle to skin chemistry. Testing advised before commitment! For me Utter Sophistication starts out with unexpected popcorn and butter notes (giving me the same smile as the surprise nut note in Spider Witch), chased with light lavender and sexy Snake Oil. Dorian then appears and I am enjoying that, with a slightly salty, lavender twinge. So pretty! I think we are done...but to my surprise way late in the dry down, I get woody vanilla doused beeswax! Usually BPAL's waxes enter early and don't stay around as long as I would like. This is the opposite. I haven't been so head over heels about a Lilith since (Not) So Pentitent (Mini) Mag (still #1 in my books). Utter Sophistication gets the Minh Scent 2019 favorite perfume of the year (across companies) award!
  4. Minh Scent

    Impromptu Goat Yoga

    Creamy, soft, not too sweet. The lavender is delicate, as is the tea. This is a cozy perfume and would be non-offensive for those low-scent tolerance situations.
  5. Minh Scent

    στοργή (Storge)

    As someone who prefers aged Snake Oil, this is not catching my attention. I love the wet phase, when I get the lavender, but then it goes sharp on me and rose water is too light too seduce me as it usually does. Very little sweetness. However, this is going in the cellar and will deserve retesting, judging from previous SO flanker experience.
  6. Minh Scent

    Lady Amalthea

    Hmm..there is a note in here that reminds me of a cross between Snow White and bpal's champagne note. That must be the musk. The mint is quite strong, so strong that my eyes tingle a bit. It takes a while for the florals, mainly lilac, to develop. It is a strange combination. I like it, but not as much as The Last Unicorn, which also has unusual note interplay. ETA I get chocolate in the final drydown, which is interesting, as it is usually a top note.
  7. Minh Scent

    Twelfth Lash

    Lovely, slightly sweet patch and vetiver.
  8. Minh Scent

    Bye, Austria!

    Very foody chocolate cake and jam. I smell something liquor as well.
  9. Minh Scent

    Tobacco Pomegranate

    On me, this is Pomegranate Tobacco, not Tobacco Pomegranate. Starts out very fruity and the pomegranate is evident through drydown.The tobacco does pick up after time, but it is not tobacco forward on me. It more reminds me of the use of tobacco in some of the Laces, rather than the heavy play in Antikytera Mechanism or Dead Leaves and Tobacco. The oud is woody- no poo to my nose- and gives the perfume a good background base. This looks like it might be an unreleased ETSY scent.
  10. Minh Scent

    Snake Eyes Gleaming in Spring’s First Twilight

    This is cuddly lavender snake on me. The oude gives it a dark, lush depth. I get a bit of oakmoss slinking in, but not the geranium or violet leaf. As a big fan of SO, I have quite a few of its variations. This is one of my favorites.
  11. Minh Scent

    Zombie Green Hair Gloss

    This is such an unusual beauty. I don't get zombies or swamps at all, but a cooling, seductive freshness from the chypre and lots of one of my favorite BPAL notes- dandelion! Can't remove my nose from my braid!!
  12. Minh Scent

    Le Coucher de la Mariee Hair Gloss

    Hmmm. I keep trying this one, because it sounded like a win-win, but like Milo, not sure what the fuss is about. I would say it is "pretty" and the chypre plays nicely with the vanilla. Probably my lack of enthusiasm is because I already have a vanilla HG I am ultra-gaga about- Antique Lace - and everything pales in comparison. That being said, if you need a lovely, versitile vanilla, go for it! It is like Antique Lace Lite. Nothing to kick out of bed!
  13. Minh Scent

    Alma Venus

    How did I not review this? With the wax and the neroli/tuberose, it was love at first sniff in 2015 and a year later, I had to search for a second bottle replacement and then a third partial! BPAL wax note is one of my favorite and it this perfume, it is the centerfold amongst seductive white florals with hints of honey and orange.
  14. Minh Scent

    Smug Yale Alchemy Lab

    I got this based on the majority of reviews that this is soft grasses and a nonfoody vanilla. That is exactly what I am getting and love it!
  15. Minh Scent

    Elegant Vulvas

    Starts out very creamy with a salty note. (I tried it three times, and yep, there is a salty note in the beginning which quickly disappears.) The flowers soon come out. They are neither lotus not cherry to me, but something nondescript, yet still very pretty. (I know what real lotus smell like and that is not this; also, I have been around many flowering cherry trees and I do not get a scent from the. Maybe the American variety? But I accept-happily- any note interpretation.) Dry down is a creamy and gently floral, with a gorgeous honey note. I am not picking up the teak. Late dry down, I get almost a waxy quality, which pushes the scent up a few notches for me. It is indeed rightly named, as it is an elegant scent. Beautiful!