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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

    An Opiate Vapor

    Absolutely gorgeous scent. It is mostly womanly opium on me with a veil of violets. One of the prettiest perfumes of the year for me. I wish I had the other reviewers' luck with longevity, as it fades very quickly on my skin in spite of slathering.
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    Velvet Snow

    This almost is richer than the original Velvet. The snow element is not so evident to me after initial application, but the sandal and choclate seem creamier, with a vanilla twinge. It is a gorgeous, cozy scent. I like it even more than the original.
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    Elf Mutiny

    I bought this for the notes. It smells nothing like I expected which was a much more powerful scent. This is delicate and requires some concentration to pick out the notes. The opening is raspberry, more fruity than jammy. The oud is smooth and the tobacco is gently present, getting more evident as it dries down. The slight spice might well be the carnation. This is a very well blended perfume. The raspberry makes a few sneak appearances (perhaps the elf uprising!), and I actually thought it was plum before reviewing the description. It is a subtle beauty and anyone concerned about the oud need not be, I was hoping for skanky wood and a deep tobacco, but have to admit this is pretty! Disclaimer: Fresh out of a transpacific delivery and will update if there are any evident changes.
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    Funny how those unexpected imps can knock your pants off. Not sure why I wasn't the one to put the moves on this imp first. The only excuse must be I didn't know the notes. It is all opium on me with delicate wisps of floral floating in and out. I cannot pick out the myrrh, but it adds to the overall richness of the scent. Gorgeous, sexy and heady.
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    I haven't reviewed this? I remember loving the sandalwood element, but today the main note for the first 30 minutes was the beautiful ink note that has almost a waxy quality to it. Perhaps that waxiness is the benzoin, which supposedly smells like vanilla. I don't get oregano or dust. The sandalwood gets stronger with drydown. A winner for me!
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    Pyramid of Skulls

    This was a "no reviews needed" buy, with the listed notes. Like Threemoons, I love the woody rich Mysore sandalwood and figured with four of them in there, there was a good chance of that kind of vibe. Not at all. However, after I release those expectations, I do love what I smell and that is an exquisite oriental perfume. I am fascinated that people have been noticing the tobacco and can even identify it is the French one. I can barely discern it in this blend and I think it may be a note holding the sandals together. This perfume smells very familiar and comforting. It is definitely a winner in this collection and I would recommend it for those who appreciate a more traditional perfume. In fact, it actually reminds me of a non-Indie perfume and I have been scouring my mind to remember which one. ETA This is extremely long lasting and could still smell it 10 hours in.
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    Sugar Cookie Snake Oil

    Over the years, I have learned to wait for reviews before purchasing UNLESS I see something I know will be a hit for me. This one was one in the "confident order" category , because Snake Oil and Sugar Cookies- what could go wrong? It is nothing what I expected. I swear I smell pumpkin on first application, and then, more spices than I ever smelled in a Snake Oil, as other have mentioned. There is no sweetness at all. I will let this age at least six months before I try again. I feel like it needs more gourmand vanilla. But that is my problem, for projecting what a sugar cookie should smell like.
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    Winter Night. Figure on the Bridge

    Beautiful dark lilac with a snow note reminiscent of champagne. Usually lilac perfume goes too "bug spray" on me, a far cry from the splendid real blossoms. Here they are tempered with opium and plum, making them much more attractive. (Sadly the label has faded to a blur, which is disappointing).
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    Flickering Lights, Fluttering Curtains

    Absolutely agree with the comparison to the laces. Lovely, creamy vanilla with nuances of a gentle floral and cognac. The vanilla gets richer on the skin with time. Low throw, easy to wear; good work scent or snuggle with significant other scent. ETA champaca not incensey; I believe it is the champaca flower
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    Beeswax, Cedarwood & Bourbon Vanilla

    If you love these notes, especially the beeswax, I highly recommend it. It is such a beautiful wax/vanilla/cedar. Quite strong with a generous throw. It reminds me of my very beloved (Not) so Penitent (Mini) Mag...at least it is in the same family. It is both comforting and beautiful. It may be my favorite BPAL wax so far and that is probably because this note is most prominent.
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    To a Wreath of Snow

    Bought a full bottle of this after reading the reviews (thank you everyone who writes and posts!) and it is the classic I hoped it would be. I like this so much more than Zorya P (probably because it is stronger on my skin). The lavender is so comforting, but I would not call this a lavender-centric perfume. I have been loving Beth's ambergris accord (which I believe is the same in Socrates). The dry-down has a distinctive vanilla to my nose, which is not listed, so perhaps it is the "white" in oud? I love indolic oud, but this is not it, so if you were hesitant because of that note- no worries! This goes perfectly with Hag Grey. The name is perfect...because I get a snow vibe...hmm...Snow White, did you hang this wreath up yourself?
  12. Minh Scent

    Two Frames

    I ignored this one at first because, yuck- cake. However, the reviews inspired me to order a bottle and I am so glad I did! This is stunning! I love it because it is mostly herbal lavender beautifully blended with vanilla and sugar. I don't get "cake" so much as a very creamy, perfect lavender. I have not been so taken by a Lilith Lavender (and I usually grab 'em when I can) since Serpentine.
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    This is a most beautiful blend that I think of as "traditional BPAL" because it is so rich, dark and intoxicating. I feel it would not have been out of place in the OLLA or Crimson Peak Collections. As others said, it is very well blended, although to my nose the vetiver is the star of the show and what a rich, velvety vetiver it is! This is definitely not a floral-centric perfume, so if you were anxious about the queen of the night or tuberose, they are more grace notes. I can at times pick out the cocoa and tobacco. If you like Beth's dark, rich sexy blends, don't pass this one up! ETA More to add after more wears and longer dry down. At some point in the dry down I SWEAR I smell hemp or marijuana. This stage is not very long, but has now happened on four wears, so I am smelling something that reminds me of this; perhaps late stage vetiver. The final stage is male -cologne like and I cannot for the life of me think of what notes are doing this. It is pretty enough, but a pale comparison to the first heady hour or so when I am snorting my wrist uncontrollably! I feel like I have two different perfumes in same bottle!
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    No One Heard Her Except the Sparrows Atmosphere Spray

    Generally, I am not an atmo fan, but I had a tester like this and like it so much that I just had to get a full bottle on ETSY. Funnily enough, I don't love this for the chocolate, as others have mentioned, but rather because it smells like what I imagine a sparrow to smell like. The orris and sandalwood are stunning.
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    Starts right off with pretty realistic osmanthus (olive flowers) and then the ambergris steps up beautifully. I get what people mean when they say this has a spa vibe, but to me it is more meditative. (Similar vibe as Meditation Buddies, but not same notes). There is a bit of sweetness from the fig, but it is very light to my nose. I love a powdery orris and this is not that, but the whole composition is so pretty, I can't complain. Final dry down is frank accented lightly with the other notes. This is a lovely, peaceful scent.