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RoseThornAndOak

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    Pink Snowballs 2009
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    Pink Snowballs ftw, Antique Lace, The Antikythera Mechanism, Inez, Lyonesse, 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, Gingerbread and Leather, Grey Columns, A Spirit Katie, Snow-covered Landscape, Winter Night Figure on a Bridge, Mouses Long and Sad Tale, Coyote, Paris. Biggest ISOs would be Vanilla Champaca Gardenia, Pumpkin Spice Cookie, To Lesbia, Darkling Thrush, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee

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    writing music, dancing, nature, types of metal, alternative, folk, and classic rock, dungeon synth, darkwave, neo-classical, and tons of other music, smellz, plush frens, Tolkien, Renn Faires and Faerie Festivals, Faerie Faith, Heathenry, shamanism, past lives, card and rune reading (ask!), fantasy movies, classic films, Vincent Price, Late Late Horror Show.
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  1. RoseThornAndOak

    Eleventh Lash

    Basically the above. Jammy/lingonberry pine type slushy snow note with a bit of smooth non-chemically black leather. There are amber notes that are vaguely fruity and this is similar. Although it's fruity, its not sour and reasonably unisex. Pretty much stays that way throughout. Plus the bottle is pretty metal. I'm wearing a vanilla blend on the other elbow crux and the wafts works well together. It's great on it's own but I could see this layering well with more leather, sweet snow, vanillas, ambers, ciders, spices, resins, pretty versatile. I like it a lot.
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    Birb Mob

    This is pretty. I'd suspect fans of the softer evergreen snow blends will want to get their hands on this. It will be slightly softer on the evergreen than even those, but only just, with a smol dab of musk being just barely enough to bring it out of atmospheric territory and into perfume land. The pink pepper is nice, almost a bright cardamom kick going on, with a light waft of drifting smoke that is present throughout but not dominating (I know, wat? How did she get little match smoulder vibes without going monster woodsmoke?). These two provide lift, like little wafts of pink peppery smoke near the edge of a magical Northern forest blanketed in snow. There's good sillage. No vanilla sweetness, more crisp, like how winter air can be dry and staticky. I like it. There's a short phase where it wonks out but not much really. I would've enjoyed more starry musk and sweet snow, but I like where this goes regardless. Birb Mob makes for a great blend if only for the "wtf" factor. Your boyfriend sees it and wtf's, your distant family's going through your estate and wtf's, or a robber on security cam finds it and wtf's with it long enough for the cops to arrive, hehe.
  3. RoseThornAndOak

    Snow White Rabbit

    This turned out pretty good! Snow White, coconut, vanilla, linen, fresh and clean with sweet snow. The honey isn't detectable to me, there's a super faint fruit note that dissapates quickly, maybe the ginger but I dig it. Very nice.
  4. RoseThornAndOak

    Black Haus

    Apparently I never reviewed this, and apparently, this is woefully underrated. Leather and lavender from The Mountebank and John Locke join hands yet again with a spicy woods/ivy/light oudh/ti/musk that brings to mind Theodosius or Jareth sitting with you on the porch chair while the house silently dies around you but this is fine because your love is forever, lol. I could also see a dude in a well worn black leather coat rolling up to the club smelling like this after some urban exploring around a decaying mansion. Fans of Rogue, The Mountebank, John Locke, and the creepy house vibes from Crimson Peak and some of the Poe offerings need to saddle up to this one already. The oudh behaves and is not indolic. Hella sexy, hella bitchin', and hella transporting.
  5. RoseThornAndOak

    Welcome Unto Thee

    Almost buttery marshmallow plus fizzy. More champagne than anything, not quite a single note but edging there.
  6. RoseThornAndOak

    Merry Owls on Velocipedes and Tricycles

    Shrubby, icey florals. Less Pink Snowballs, more Snow Covered Landscape and Winter Night Figure on The Bridge, how those create a winter scene/atmosphere where it's more about the other notes with snow supporting. The snow-covered, frozen, ambergris grey feather vibe is effervescent at first, not piney, not sweet. The cypress behaves, adding greenery to the scene but not dominating, although it does brighten and sharpen the blend. There is something mentholic that gives it a Move, On Please vibe (before that went Wonksville). This brings to mind cold, dark ivy and heirloom shrubs with flowers covered with frost. The rosey florals are unique. I'm not the biggest fan of the sharp mentholic stage, but this has potential to settle into a great frosty floral blend so I'll hold on to it. 3 hrs later and it's sweetened up a bit in a soft snowy floral w/ a bit of menthol. Very nice!
  7. RoseThornAndOak

    Snow White Rider

    Snow White and The White Rider cuddle in the snow. It's mostly SW on opening, then WR peaks through, softened by the sweet snow notes. Reminds me of Frostbitten Lust, although I think I like this more with the Rider's leather and woods. There are no pine notes, but for a spell the sandalwood gives the impression of cold sweet snow laying on bare, boney, creaky branches. Hella romantic, can we stay here for a bit longer? Still have to test a few more, but so far this made my Top 5 of 2022 alongside Ice Age Baton, Tovenares, and Vanilla Bean, and Marshmallow, and Benzoin, with a couple others vying for the 5th spot.
  8. RoseThornAndOak

    Constellation

    High end clove. Clove, but glamourous. I'm starting to discover I like the idea of cloves more than how they actually smell on my skin. That said if you love clove, and clove loves you, holy shit, this might be your goth night holy grail.
  9. RoseThornAndOak

    Oberon, Titania, and Puck with Fairies Dancing

    Must agree with the above. This is a glittery, white, light, creamy, slightly powdery, soft, light sandalwood. There is something almost vanilla extract or pale tobacco about it. Very nice!
  10. RoseThornAndOak

    Hagstone

    Might shock some of you, but this is #Murmaider [x16] aquatic. I don't get much nuance in the beginning, just those marine notes, unisex, pleasant, nice, wearable to work. I do get those minerally notes. Nothing like Black Opal or anything, just kind of stoney. The bottle art is lovely, very relaxing to look at in person and takes my mind away to cold northern places, so I do enjoy that about it. Atmospheric but wearable. Thalassa is still my aquatic queen, but this is still beautiful if you like gender neutral aquatics.
  11. RoseThornAndOak

    Queen of Elphame

    I'm trying to like this more than I do. It does this breathy, cloying vanilla orris floral thing on me and it's saddens me. Ahh well.
  12. RoseThornAndOak

    Elphame's Feast

    I get those green notes too + some spice cake. The green is grassy, maybe ivy. It's an interesting mix, unexpected and unique. Not sure it gels on me well, but I'll hold on to it for a while.
  13. RoseThornAndOak

    Bluebeard's Wife

    I really like this! Its mostly about the sea salt and bubbles: clean, simple, wear anywhere type of aquatic. There are definitely florals, but you know, if someone held this up to me I'd be completely stumped as to which, the rose is so well blended with the bubbly bathwater. I may not have guessed rose, most definitely not red. I do think white floral aquatic as mentioned above is more accurate. Not brackish, you won't smell of clam. You have The No Clam Stamp of Approval. I'll definitely be keeping this not-a-clam.
  14. RoseThornAndOak

    Thalassa, the Galapagos Mermaid

    Original bottle, aged since approx 2007-08. Wow I never reviewed?? Wore today to compare to Girl at The Beach and Bluebeard's Wife. Thalassa has been one of my all time favorites from the Lab. It is almost, almost just another aquatic frag in a sea of thousands, but the florals and resins soften and anchor it just enough to provide depth without being too incensey or overtly floral. I'm surprised almond is a note. I mean, maybe there's a dash of Doc Bronners almond in her hair somewhere? I don't really get that note much, if at all. I will have to pull my newer version from the backup tin to compare at some point, but I do remember being somewhat partial to the original. Just seemed stronger with more depth. Anyway, it's lovely and I love it on a soul level still! A note though: do try her more than once, and be sure to shake the bottle as mine tends to visibly separate more than most BPALs. I almost wrote her off at one point, eep. 🧜🏼‍♀️ This experience with Thalassa saved Girl at The Beach for me.
  15. RoseThornAndOak

    Girl at the Beach

    First skin test - heavy ozone type note and not much else. Crisp, sharp, high pitched. Second skin test - let rest a couple days. Shook a bit and tested on inner elbow. Ozone much better now. More nuanced aquatic, softer, clean scent. Vaguely fruity/minerally. I'm not getting much rose. It reminds me of Abalone Vulva a little bit. The final drydown reminds me of some of the sexy, gender neutral to masculine blends the Lab does. Very nice!
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