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About VetchVesper

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    GC - Satyr, Voodoo, Defutata, Black Lily, Oblivion, Blood Kiss, Kyoto, No. 93 Engine, Tezcatlipoca, The Caterpillar, The Bow & Crown of Conquest, Masquerade, Scherezade, Tezcatlipoca, Kabuki, Bathsheba, Perversion, Absinthe LE - Callidora, Depart Pour Le Sabbat, Indulgence, Satan Starting From the Touch of Ithuriel's Spear, Nasty Woman, Krampus Lace, Snake Skin, Die Begierde, Paduin Killer Swarms, Noctule Bat, The Dream, The Golden Room, Portrait of a Young Woman w/A Unicorn, Licorice Bats, Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant 12 Seasons, 3rd Charm, Witch Dance, Witches Lace, Wan White Humming Hive, Aerowyn, Mithras, The Chapel, The Small Brown Cat. Torture Queen, and many more!!! I tend towards resin and incense smells, especially patchouli, nag champa and champaca, Indian sandalwood, dragon's blood, amber and copal. I like heavier, darker, and vampy fragrances, especially when mixed w/florals or pseudo-gourmand notes, but I can really fall for a good white floral or bright citrus on occasion. Gardenia, honeysuckle, and violet are favorites florals. I enjoy plum and black currant, and cucumber. I like leathers, red musk (or anything related), dark musk, dark vanillas, super dark chocolate, and rum. I ADORE black licorice. Absinthe and anise are also tasty. :yum: I enjoy fresh green smells, dirt, mint, vetiver and moss, and occasionally pine. Strait up gourmands and oceanic aquatics arenโ€™t generally my thing. Cedar and lemon grass are no-no notes. Cassia amps to high heaven and green musk clings and won't let go!

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  1. VetchVesper


    Hmmm... I haven't had this on very long, but my initial impressions are surprisingly kinda - meh. The oud is actually the strongest note on me. It's a nice oud, well-behaved and woody. It gives me sort of a genteel cedar vibe. The patch is present, but actually a little low key for my tastes. Sadly, I'm not getting a drop of honey. This reminds me a LOT of Entertaining the Heian Court Maiden. Similar notes, and a similar, unexpected chemistry fail. Ah well. Smooth, woody oud and patch.
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    Woman as Dragon

    Ooooooo... this one is right in my wheelhouse. Sultry, thick, resinous and woody red musk. The oil is dark and syrupy. The ginger and clove at a nice fiery bite in the opening, and the red musk has almost a fruity quality - like rich port. The Amber becomes more obvious as this dries down and calms a bit, and the woods and patchouli just add a dark luxurious backdrop. This is a lot, and very sexy. I am here for it. I might have to get a bottle even though I already have way too many of these kinds of fragrances. If you like the lab's "bloody" fragrances, ala Bloodlust, The Deluge of Blood, and Marianne, this is one to try.
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    Al Azif

    So I absolutely love fragrances that smell like incense. Unfortunately, this one doesn't do that for me. Nor do I get any maple syrup vibes, as others have mentioned. Something in this reminds me of Oblivion, and I suspect there might be dark musk in this, and/or myrrh, because I'm a bit nose blind to those two fragrances. I can detect them more as a presence or feel in the perfume, a sort of emptiness, versus an actual smell. It's very weird, and I don't get it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Someone mentioned almond. I could see that maybe, but I'm also thinking that could be myrrh, lending sort of a golden sweetness. There might well be some amber. This is very subdued and raspy and texture. It smells sandy, vacant, dry - it almost has a parchment vibe. It's a skin scent on me. I poured half an imp on myself and still only smell it when my nose is directly on my skin. So, not enough punch to be something I need more of. I wish I was getting the maple and incense so many others are, because, far from sinister, that sounds heavenly.
  4. VetchVesper

    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    @crimson_vampireOoo.. I'd love to know how you liked Mme. Moriarty. And yes, I was eyeing Sugar Plum Snake Oil pretty hard, but resisted because of the Bordello references. I like my plums darker. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    Phallus Acrobatics

    This smells like delicious berry yogurt, but the ylang ylang and lavender manage to keep it from being strait up food and give it some class. Very creamy though, with threads of honeyed sweetness coming through. I don't get obvious vanilla. I wish this was a body butter; I would slather it on shamelessly. It reminds me a little of The Small Harem with creamy blueberry added. Tasty.
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    Languishing for Love

    Super strong cherry up front with mint. It smells kind of medicinal to me. The cherry fades quickly, (It usually does on me.) leaving me with a soft, minty almond smell. It's rather subdued and more herbal than gourmand. I don't really care for this, although I usually love mint chocolate combos. I don't think my chemistry is doing it justice. Off to swaps!
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    Shirafuji Genta With a Kappa

    Without reading the notes I'm getting ginger, white musk, and maybe sake? It's got a bit of air/fresh watery feel. Huh. Looking at the notes, I guess I'm reading the Lansium domesticum as gingerish. And yay! Sake! This does smell very fresh, though it's not quite green. It's reminiscent of lighter cucumber scents, but has its own unique vibe too. I think the mint is becoming more obvious in dry down, but that might be just because I know it's a listed note now. This is really nice. Very understated, cool, and refreshing. I'd love to have more of this for summer, or maybe as a bath oil. Thanks to the lovely decanter who sent me a sniffie. โค๏ธ
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    Ooo. Don't forget Houses at the Back - Frost Morning. It's VERY lilacy, but les green than the lilac woods. And Wisteria Blossoms is GORGEOUS. Not lilac centric, but it's in there, and very worth checking out if you like Figure on Bridge. Vigil's really pretty too, and something about the mix of beeswax makes me think lilac marshmallows. Lots of lilac lately from the lab, and I am NOT complaining.
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    Nothing has been added to this in a while, so I just wanted to update, just in case anyone's looking for this somewhat uncommon note. Wisteria Blossoms from the 2022 Shungas is gorgeous. Night Snow at Kambara is a 2016 Yule that was lovely and featured a creamy wisteria. The Witch Bride is a Weenie that has appeared multiple years and features a prominent wisteria note.
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    Vain Sorceress

    I bought this bottle second hand, and if not for Zii's review, I would have supposed it had spoiled. Funnily enough, it smelled nice to me when it first arrived in the mail, but months later, when I got around to giving it a good test, the smell from the bottle was positively rank. I've never refused to skin test one of BPAL's oils, but I came close this time. It just smelled like rot and fermentation and all sorts of very not good things. Less like poo, and more like something that had been stewing in a plastic container in the sun too long. This did NOT go away on my skin, as I'd expected it to, until I'd had it on for nearly an hour. Then it became a semi-pleasant floral with the taint lurking beneath, and then sort of a non-descript, inoffensive, hair-sprayish floral. Since my initial horror, I have retested with varying results and asked others what they think. Out of half a dozen or so friends, none have experienced the revolting aroma I have, nor do I always experience quite the degree of petrification as I did that one fateful day. I suspect the indoles in the white florals, mixing with the unusual caraway note and hitting my nostrils just right (or wrong), are what birth this monstrous aroma. But sometimes, sniffing the bottle produces pleasant results. And, as I write this, a dab of Vain Sorceress is wafting from the back of my hand and is quite alluring: sultry, plush, feminine - something I would wear happily. However, it did take about 5 mins of unpleasant, quazi-rot smell to get here. It brings to mind all those evil queens and stepmothers who trapped their unsuspecting fairy-tale mates before revealing their more unpleasant natures. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Vain Sorceress is certainly a scent experience: a fickle mistress of extremes. I haven't quite decided if I want to put up with her or not for her better moods.
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    Insatiable Woman

    Lol. So... I actually like this one. BUT my mom, who loves florals, said it smelled like dirty panties. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I think the indoles are to blame for the funk, which I do sometimes get a whiff of from the bottle, but on my skin, I never get that impression. It's a musky, sensual, white floral (mostly magnolia) with a husky depth from a well-behaved cedar and a hint of floral lemon. Interestingly, my friend got funk in the bottle but thought it smelled fine on her skin. However, when I smelled her wrist, I got more funk than I got from the bottle. Tricksy! I've had several male friends smell it and say it's fine. So... I got no idea. Wear at your own risk, I guess. I'll keep my decant as I think it smells nice on me. But it does smell a bit raunchy, sexy, animalic. I'm guessing this one is going to depend a lot on personal taste and probably isn't work appropriate. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    @scentedbythesun Have you tried Sugar Cookies and a Popcorn Garland? Discarded Popcorn Garland might also be worth checking out since you like the sweet snow and pine in The Snow Woman.
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    The Terrible Door

    Crisp pear, almost reminiscent of apple, with a white, ozony musk. This smells like a dry cider at first, with a bit of effervescence to it. The pear becomes more pear-ish and the effervesce becomes more gauzy smelling. The frankincense joins the party, but remains discretely in the background, just adding some softness and grown-up depth. The fruit stays dry and chilly vs. juicy. This smells sophisticated and clean, but a bit standoffish - like a British heiress, with a hoity-toity accent, wearing white linen and sipping cocktails on her lawn. I've been watching way to much Midsomer Murders lately. ๐Ÿ˜
  14. Initial sniff -- eucalyptus and wet, juicy floral I associate with honeysuckle, mingling with a hint of cat pee jasmine. That sounds a lot worse than it is. Overall, it's an interesting mรฉlange, but one I hope will settle differently on my skin. The cat pee vibes diminish quickly, leaving me with the more pleasant, lush floral feel. There's a teeny hint of the eucalyptus in the background adding something strange but compelling, and the blue cypress is adding to the background of dark vegetation. I think it's the fresh greeness of the sap mixing with the florals that makes me think honeysuckle. The lily is hiding behind the other flowers, and I don't get any sort of book or silk vibe. I don't love this, but I do like it. I think the jasmine just feels a little harsh on me, but I'll keep my bottle around a while and see if it grows on me.
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    If your top 5 scents are... Then try these!

    @crimson_vampire It seems like you enjoy darker, juicy, red/purple fragrances, with a touch of floral, and you enjoy plum. Florientals and musks seem to be in your wheelhouse. That's all certainly my jive too. The Elephant is Slow to Mate is one that should have been a shoe-in for me, but for some reason, didn't work great. ๐Ÿ˜• Keeping suggestions to what's currently available - Bathsheba, Blood Kiss, Bloodlust, Kitsune-Tsuke (if you're open to spring florals. It's got a bright, juicy plum note.) Bordello (has a sweet, candy plum. Not a big fan myself, but it's popular and similar to the "sugar plum" scents.), Obsidian Widow, the Raven, Evil, Drow Yoga Instructor Unimpable and LE - Asleep in the Deep, Dionysia, Arachnina the Spider Girl, Melisande the Puppet Mistress, Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller, The Witch Queen, The Bloodgarden, Marianne, Skull with Shell, Books, and Crumple of Blush-Pink and NIght-Blue Silk, Violet Fog, A Rovin (I LOVE this one, but it's a LOT, and you gotta like jasmine.) You might also see if you like wine notes. Oh, and if you're a fan of Satyr (also a love of mine. ) you might like civet. It's a musk note that gives a lot of people trouble, but it's supposedly in Satyr, and I tend to like it in other things too.