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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

    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.
  10. [No additional description provided.] I hate a love-hate relationship with many of BPTP’s honey glosses — the honey is just too sweet and strong for everyday wear. That’s not the case here. The honey here is definitely wildflower honey, lighter in nature and dancing with wildflowers. This gloss is part perfume, from the wildflower honey, and part cologne, from the dead leaves. I don’t think I need a bottle, but I’m enjoying the experience with my tester.
  11. [No additional description provided.] This sprays out a blast of dead leaves, very much as a top note. Underneath the leaves is a more subtle fried baked good scent; not donuts specifically but something yummy and definitely not healthy. The two notes don’t meld together but they definitely complement each other. It’s surprisingly good.
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    Kinda Sorta Snake Oil Cream Soda

    Pretty much what it says in the label: Snake Oil with a cream soda note. The notes stay fairly true during dry down, though they mellow and meld a bit. This baby has Snake Oil’s usual “hello!!!” level of throw. I’m not big on Snake Oil but I like this vanilla-ish variant.
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    This is much warmer and sweeter than I expected. I would put it in the realm of comforting. None of the individual notes is screaming out at me, though I do smell the warm pumpkin, the bit of resin from the champaca, and the vanilla pulling it together. Its on the edge of foody but not there. A hint of leather comes out over time. The throw is small. Its autumnal but in the way you want to stay cozy at home when it gets crisp outside. Not what I expected but very comforting.
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    Dead Leaves and Vanilla Incense

    This goes on as dry incense and a hit of dead leaves. The incense is much drier than I expected with hardly any sweetness or softness from the vanilla. There’s pretty good throw at this point too. As this oil dries, the leaves fade (probably my skin chemistry) and the soft vanilla comes out. It becomes much more of a skin scent at this point. It’s a nice soft incense now but not doing much for me, both scent-wise and strength-wise. While a nice blend, I don’t think my skin chemistry is helping by eating this scent. I wish it had more of a sustained oomph, but maybe this is just destined to go in a scent locket.
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    Dead Leaves and Maple Sap

    This is sugary rich maple syrup on my skin. The dead leaves note gets overwhelmed by the maple, which I suspect is skin chemistry as the two notes actually have a really pleasant balance initially. I had hoped for more of a dry sappy-ness from this blend but it’s still pleasant in its sweetness. This blend has pretty good throw, so a little goes a long way. It’s not in my normal wheelhouse but would be good for days when I want a bit of sweet.