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About brineydeep

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    Favorite scents: Rose Cross, Mrs Lewis, Spooky Action at a Distance, Autumn Overlooked My Knitting, Devil's Night, Mat Night, Beautiful Death. Notes I like: vanilla, roses, orris, sandalwood, amber, ambergris, frankincense, dead leaves, and skin musk. Notes I don't like: cinnamon, spices, foody scents, red musk, white florals, peony, and champagne. My skin sometimes does bad things with: cream, sugar, and myrrh.

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    Tea, Knitting (Ysolda patterns), Sewing (Colette patterns and bras), Harry Potter, Neil Gaiman, Tarot


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  1. brineydeep

    Frostbitten TKO

    So TKO is great but Frostbitten TKO is even better. The snow note here is the light and sweet one, in the vein of Snow White and Fresh and Blooming as a Rose from a few Yules ago. It marries so well with the base TKO. A real winner.
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    Mountain Temple

    This is the surprising winner of my Yule bottles. This is a light incense blend base capped with an evergreen snow note. The evergreen is lifting with a hint of sweetness. The Mountain Temple is light and comforting and perfect for winter in a very subtle way. The perfume has low throw. I keep burying my nose into the skin where I applied it and smiling.
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    V'al Hanissim

    Hello beeswax! The beeswax is the top note and really blooms as it settles on the skin. The amber is playing a support role and helps round things out; it’s soft at first but develops over the course of the day. My bottle is very fresh so I’m looking forward to seeing how the amber ages. Moderate throw.
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    Cafe au Lait & a Wool Blanket

    This scent is very wooly and comforting. I’m definitely getting a snuggly wool blanket underlied with smooth milk. The blanket has a hint of clean to it. There’s not much coffee at the moment, but this is fresh from the mailbox so I expect this to develop as it settles. Overall, a very cozy scent.
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    This blend is awesome. It’s very... comforting. It reminds me a little of something from the bakery — not really foody or sweet but like a warm scone from the oven. Over top this is a thin thread of mint. Comfort is special like White Light is special. But where WL lifts, Comfort soothes. It’s pretty great.
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    Apple Sugar

    I'm not an apple person but holy wow is this good. I tried it on a whim at the Lab's Lunacy event and liked it so much that I took a bottle home. The apples are forward in the wet stage. I'm not an apple connoisseur but these are lovely -- slightly sweet, fresh, and with a little lift. They are identical to the apples in one of my favorite NAVA blends (Vanilla & Apple Spice). These apples are amazing. The sugar starts to come out with dry down and makes this scent warm and comforting. Sometimes sugar runs rampant on my skin but it's held in check here. This blend is perfect for the fall and the holiday season, without being holiday at all. The scent has medium throw and wear length.
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    Black Pepper and Sandalwood

    This is fresh from a hot mailbox so take this review with a grain of salt (or pepper, as it were). This starts off as a blast of fresh pepper but then calms down to a more balanced blend with the sandalwood serving as the base. The two notes work surprisingly well together. It’s cozy but with a bit of peppery edge to it; maybe a bit more mohair than angora? This is comforting, interesting, and something I would wear what I want something cozy with a hint of spunk to it.
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    Reflections Under Bereavement

    Roses mixed with resins represent some of my favorite BPALs and I’m very happy to add this blend to the list. I would describe this blend as a rosy frankincense/opoponax. The resins are definitely the grounding note here with an overall tinting of rose. The rose is soft and sweet but more rounded and full than a light white or pink rose. The taffeta and lace notes add complexity that is hard to describe but they really elevate this blend and make it shine. I really like this blend and expect to reach for it when I want some resins with just a hint of rose.
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    Cadences and Shakes

    I should say that I love rose geranium so this blend immediately called to me. I have several blends that are in the same family as this one (Delirium, Fox Sisters, Mrs. Lewis, and Spooky Action at a Distance most come to mind), but this one is jumping to the top of the list. It’s rosy but more complex with the rosewood and rose geranium staring the show and the light woody resins grounding everything. It stays pretty well but I wish it had more throw. I have to get my nose close to smell it. Verdict: this is firmly in my wheelhouse.
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    Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field

    I blind bought this based on reviews and it does not disappoint. This blend is how I imagine my favorite sweater to smell that’s been outside in the cold next to a smoky bonfire. It’s a sweet cozy vetiver scent, where the vetiver is a dry sharp smoky and not a woody bonfire smoke. I’m hit or miss on vetiver, but here with the wool and vanilla it’s both cozy and atmospheric. Decent throw. I’m glad I took a chance on a bottle. This one makes me happy.
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    The Golden Hour

    I got a sampler of this from a lovely forumite. On my skin, this is reminiscent of the Atmo spray — all golden vanilla and amber — but there’s an additional wood note in the perfume. I suspect skin chemistry is bringing the wood out. Overall, this is a beautiful perfume with a light throw that I’m very glad to have a sample of!
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    Peacock Queen Hair Gloss

    I agree with Ello that this is scratching my itch for a rose hair gloss. It’s just like the perfume: entirely elegant and refined rose. This is the perfect compliment to all the rose perfumes in my BPAL collection. I love it.
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    The Fox Sisters

    I’m not 100% on the year on this but I think it’s the 2014 version. This is a sibling of the GC blend Delirium (apple, rose, and lemon) but much softer. I mean both that this has less throw as well as it’s less bright due to the muting of the vanilla and mahogany. This is sweet bright apple and a rose note grounded with vanilla. It’s quite lovely, though I wish it had more throw.
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    Oktobernacht Hair Gloss

    This gloss is light and is hard for me to pin down. I’m definitely getting the slight, clean lift from citrus note, otherwise it’s a musky resin that feels autumnal. It’s nice but not wowing me.
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    Samhain Pyre Hair Gloss

    I was worried about this one due to “Samhain” in the name (that blend doesn’t work for me) but this has absolutely no relation to that scent. This gloss is all bonfire and smoke. It’s not a sweet bonfire with s’mores or sappy bonfire with leaves, but rather a dry woody bonfire. The incense is lending a hand to the dryness but the smoke keeps it from being a full incense gloss. Then again, it’s not wholely smokey to be a smoke scent either. It’s somewhere in the middle. If you’re looking for a roaring, smokey bonfire, this doesn’t get you the full way there. But if you want a dry gloss with an echo of an autumn bonfire, this is it.