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About RoseThornAndOak

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    a little too imp-ulsive


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    Gingerbread Zombi
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    Pink Snowballs ftw, Antique Lace, The Antikythera Mechanism, Black Opal, Dorian, Inez, Lyonesse, Mdm Moriarty, Snow Flakes, Tattered Lace, Thalassa, Theodosius, Ode on Melancholy, Silence, Lady of Shalott, Zombi, Wulric The Wolfman, Gothic Horror, Sarah, Frostbitten Bliss, Blood Amber, Pele, Rose Red, Rose Cross, Melancholia, Glittering Apple of The Stars, Yvaine, Crimson Peak Lullaby, Moonshine and Mist, Spellbound, Scherezade, Frostbitten Lust, Crowley, Dark Lace, Grief, Lycan Lace, La Femme De Satan, Jareth, No Man is An Island, Flesh of My Flesh, Snow White, Last Unicorn, Caramel Apple Cookie, Twisted Oak Tree, Coyote, Paris. Biggest ISOs would be Vanilla Champaca Gardenia, Pumpkin Spice Cookie, John Locke, Asphodel, Lady Amalthea, To Lesbia, Darkling Thrush, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee, NAVA Vincent and Mina

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  1. RoseThornAndOak

    Narcissus & Snowflakes

    Fresh from the mail today and on the skin a couple hours. I get a softness with white floral and an ever so slight dusting of powder. I see where @fairybites gets an almost linen vibe. It doesn't go dryer sheets, but there is definitely a cuddly, clean thing going on. It also doesn't remind me of Snow-Flakes at all, and it doesn't lean tropical like gardenia, jasmine, or tuberose. The floral is more reminiscent of perfumes geared towards teen-20s crowds in the mid 90s, ala Curve, so there's a safe and conventional side to it, like Curve minus fruit. I feel people of any age could wear this, though. I wish I had a BPAL to compare it to, but this really is it's own boss and quite unique in the BPALverse, so I recommend if you are looking for a single note, 90s white floral sort of thing that may not look like other girls. Although I was hoping for more snow, I'm glad this didn't go pine, aquatic, play-doh, or quite like anything else in my collection. Very pretty, great for Spring, I'll keep the decant for sure, might upgrade for layering.
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    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    I'm not sure what it is, but I've noticed with many new perfumes, mostly conventional, turn to this acrid/burning smell on me. A scentcan smell great in the vial, then within minutes the blend gets hard to handle. I get it with a lot of oud/agarwood/guiacwood blends, so it could be that, or a component that is added to those. Only noticed it in recent years. It has happened.with a few BPALs, but mostly conventional perfumes released in the past few years. Very strange. It's odd because oud can also smell very beautiful, and it's not one.of the listed notes, possibly it is a component to one of the listed notes. It smelled great in the vial, too! We can rule out the dandelion note, however that could be causing an allergy, although I'd reckon the sage could be causing a reaction.
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    Unspeakably Evil Temple Atmosphere Spray

    I'm reading Conan and The Manhunters by John Maddox Roberts right now, and just got to a part where they describe this evil temple with an ancient snake altar and red light that filters in like blood and these pillars of stone that are shaped like women in chains wincing in agony holding up the ceiling. Brootal. There's also a potential curse on the place. Pretty metal. So this scent makes me think of that, a really horrible place to die or get sacrified in. Actually let's just skip the ever needing to go inside part. Smells like ancient, dark incense with some grimacing vetiver wanting to chop my head off in a bit. tldr Brootal, badass evil temple incense with dark vetiver. Something clean and powdery resinous, too. Perfectly fits the mood.
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    Honey, Italian Bergamot and Frankincense

    I received a free sniffie bottle with a bit left to do a small test. The honey was nice and not cloying, but unmistakably golden, gooey honey. I didn't pick up bergamot so much as a light airy feel, with frankincense grounding. Very pleasant, even for someone who doesn't reach for honey often. It never went sour or overly sweet. I guess it is not so much honey itself, but more what it is blended with that will make it a winner or not on my skin. Honestly this and the lovely Good and Ghost Milk have me reconsidering the Lab's honey notes. Highly recommend if you like honey or not!
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    Ghost Milk

    I thought for sure between the honey, milk, and cashmere notes something would go Wonksville. However thankfully this doesn't go sour, cloying, or blergh at all! So if you have problems with those notes, try this instead. It's a very nice, sophisticated creamy vanilla floofy thing that reminds me of perfumes from the mall, but one of the better ones you would find. Maybe akin to Warm Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Lace, or something along those lines, but less cloying, more smooth, and high end. Cozy and perfect for dipping. Definitely for fans of Zorya P, Antique Lace, The Last Unicorn, and maybe Snow White. It is it's own person and doesn't smell identical to any of these but if you are a vanilla or white chocolate fan, definitely grab a glass of Ghost Milk. I have a feefee this is going to end up one of those highly sought after shindigs afterwards, so looks like this is going in my next order, too. Aaaand my pockets are gonna weep. Again. lol. RIP WALLET.
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    Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

    Oh wow this is lovely. It starts out with chocolate, crust, and a blast of witch shop cinnamon. I love this phase. I doofed and put this on the crux of the elbow after a hot shower, so I had a reaction to the cinnamon. I'll probably put this on the top side of my wrists next time (totally underrated application spot imho). Dries down pretty nice, pleasant dry cinnamon crust blend. The fact this doesn't go sour on me as a pumpkin and/or gourmand is a huge win. If you have issues with the pumpkin note give this a spin, dude. It's not my favorite pumpkin indie, but it is definitely one of my favorite pumpkin BPAL blends. I really like this and will definitely keep the partial, might even upgrade to a full in the future. ❤️
  7. RoseThornAndOak

    Gingerbread Vampire

    I just want to say VetchVesper did an amazing job on the decant labels. ❤️ Dude y'all. This stuff. Vamp smells like lebkuchenharz, chocolate covered gingerbread hearts! Which totally makes sense now looking at the notes. I get chocolate, yet t's mostly about the gingerbread and spices. Everything plays nicely together. Wearing Ghost Milk on my wrist and holding it up next t o Vamp, it makes it less foody and more like a sophisticated gourmand. Wow wow, I'll probably be grabbing a bottle of this!
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    Gingerbread Wolfman

    Oddly enough I get an almost coffee note, like coffee and nuts with a bit of spice. I think the honey or molasses is making this cloying on my skin. Meh. Can't catch em all. This will be a beautiful gourmand on the right person.
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    Last Tavern at the Town Gate

    Aye. Must have travelled late, for I too had a similar journey in this land, oh @AirimirOfGondor and @groovyrooby. The tavern was bare of whiskey and wench musk, so I sorrowed the sleet unforgiving yet again, and made way for shelter in the dark arms of the cold, hard forest. For fans of Cloister Graveyard in The Snow.
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    Gebirgsschlucht Im Winter

    Green Elearthy notes plus blackberry initially. I get a lot of blackberry, too, especially as it dries down. Most berry scents go wonksville on my skin, although not always. But if you like this note, I highly recommend this. It does have an outdoor quality. I'll probably use it in a locket. For fans of Lady Una maybe.
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    Winter Night. Figure on the Bridge

    Oh. My. Gods. Effervescent, snowy, but not sweet or piney, almost like a softer champagne snow note, with a slightly smokey, smuldering purplish resins/musk/tobacco thing going on. The florals soften it a bit too but do feel blackened (Blackened is the end! Winter it will send! Throwing all you see! Into obscurity! lol). The florals aren't sharp or soapy. More adding softness and color (⚡COLOR OUR WORLD BLACKENED! ⚡🎸🎸). An ever so slight sour but fun wine-like note emerges, I'm guessing the plum rind. It is a bit dark and broody, but not in a patchouli or black musk way, it's softer, there's a somber lonesome mood but a gentleness to it, like you're alone but still want to cuddle. It doesn't smell quite like these blends, but it reminds me a bit of how Silence or Melancholia makes me feel, but there's soft snow and hope? I dunno, lol. Basically soft effervescent snow with BLACKENED! florals and opium tobacco musky goodness and sexy, broody, purply plum rind. Anyway I love this and will upgrade to a bottle for sure.
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    Okay heck yeah. This is a scent that is light and unassuming, the notes are there, I can pick up a light honey and sugar, but nothing cloying! Holy smokes, how does this happen? And would you know, there's no sneezy powder, yet it is soft like powder. No soap, but it is clean. No animalistic musk, yet a light musk. It's sweet, light, and pretty. Oh, and not sour. How does this happen? It can play through the game on its own, yet would make the best of friends with other blends. Yep, I'ma bottle. Also holy sh*t Good Elf.
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    Wisteria, Muguet & Lily of the Valley

    Oh my gosh you guys, this. Okay short story, I wanted to try vintage Joy for years, researched batches, what to look for in a vintage, followed all the rules, then pulled the trigger on a factory sealed bottle for a decent price. I was disheartened when it smelled like plastic, indolic tuberose-like jasmine, and just cloying grossness. Totally unbearable, but I could tell what it could've been or used to be: heady, waxy white florals, vintage, yet timeless. Well everyone, this right here, this is all of the good parts of that vintage Joy bottle. Absolutely gorgeous, expensive, 1940s type floral, no grandma smell, no old turned brown perfume. I can see why ladies lost their sh*t over a scent like this. If you were looking for something similar to Joy, w/o the plastic, alcohol, or crazy cloying bits, hunt yourself down a bottle of this. I was expecting something similar to Pele, and got Joy, Redeemed, lol. ❤️
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    Mrs. Wilson

    Picked this up over at Ajevie's Paws for a Cause Black Phoenix Charity Sale. Go help them paws. 🐶🐯 The reviews really sold me on this one, so thank you all! This is like Gobo's sophisticated mom, the same sweet citrus notes with a gorgeous, waxy, white floral, reminiscent of tuberose to me a bit more than jasmine. I've smelled this note somewhere in the Land of BPAL, but can't for the life of me remember which one. Not indolic, cloying, or powdery, but deep, sweet, and lush. The citrus sticks around for the entirety of the wear with the floral, one never overtaking the other, just perfectly balanced. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. It's a fun scent, great for any age, but perfect for a sexy mamma who wears pretty dresses and knows she still got it. ❤️ For fans of Gobo, Lemon Scented Sticky Bat, if you could imagine a floral version of those.
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    Dragon's Musk

    Well @myrrhmyrrh, your review is perfectly sophisticated compared to mine. All I got was powder and metallic must from Dragon's Musk. If you love the Lab's dragons blood note, I say give this a shot. It just doesn't suit my skin as much usually although there are always exceptions to the rule.