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About VetchVesper

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday June 27


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    Houston, TX
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    United States


  • BPAL of the Day
    Two Frames
  • Favorite Scents
    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, 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 aren’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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    sci-fi, fantasy, horror, poetry - writing and reading, music of all sorts, singing, RPGing, drawing, painting, sculpting, cooking & baking, gardening (badly), animals, people, dreams, all things shiny and all things sniffable
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    Santa Stalking


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  1. VetchVesper

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    So yesterday, I crept from my cave and did a 30 minute walk as part of my New Year's resolution to getting back in shape. The weather is being co-operative. It's chilly, but clear and sunny. Thanks for the tip on the Adrienne challenge, @Kelthara. That might be just what I need. I'll check it out! @Amazonia I'm glad DL and Blackberries found a loving home! It smelled so yummy in the bottle, but just went sharp on me. I'm not sure if I frimped you Kabe Ni Mimi or not. If I did, it probably would have one of my decant circle labels on it. I do love that one though. Also, I'm guessing you are already aware, but just in case, Neko means "cat" in Japanese. Very cute nickname. 😸
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    Cracked Mirrors

    This really is lovely. It's an unusual, silvery floral with a touch of gentle powder. I suspected muguet would make this smell soapy on me, but it hasn't, and I'm waffling on needing a bottle. I'm almost positive this has cucumber in it, giving the blend it's shiny, slippery, sort of synthetic feel. It's also probably what Casablanca was picking up on as "aquatic", which I can get behind, but think more clear freshwater pool vs. briny ocean (a.k.a. soap) aquatic.
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    Dead Leaves on Fire

    This was VERY smoky on me. Like - %99.9 char. While it was evocative of the DL on Fire concept, it was a bit much. It might be worth revisiting in a few months, once the perfume has had time to settle, but for now, this year's Midnight Bonfire is my pick for when I want to smell only a little bit on fire. ETA: It might be fun to try out DL on Fire as a SN, mixed with other blends.
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    Pumpkin Booze

    This was a surprise standout for me. I was expecting lots of pumpkin spice, and to be bowled over by cinnamon. Surprisingly, I got very little cinnamon on my skin, and while the spices are very present, they are balanced with the other notes, buttery bourbon and vibrant, orange zest, to make a fun, foody, and festive elixir perfect for the holiday season. This ended up being my pick for Christmas Day. I got 3 compliments and one, "you smell like food."
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    Dead Leaves, Blackcurrant, and Golden Champa

    Perfumy, but in a good way. The dead leaves are prominent at first, but after a few minutes, the three notes blend seamlessly into something new. DL, BC & GC is floral, but tempered with some sharpness from the dead leaves, and a dark, dry tartness from the black currant. It smell expensive and very autumnal. It's also probably the most unique of the DL blends this year, in that it could pass for a non - dead leaves blend. I haven't decided if I love it or not, but I'm glad I got to try it.
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    Pumpkin Gazpacho

    I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this one, but I was quite curious. Pumpkin Gazpacho is odd, fun, and lovely. It's definitely pumpkiny, but in a very sweet, roasted squash sort of way vs. the typical pumpkin pie sort of thing. It's creamy with hints of herbal greenery and a cool freshness from the cucumber. Over all, it just smells homey, comforting, and friendly and I'd love to marinate in a bath oil of this stuff. It's also not a scent combo I've ever come across before, which makes me appreciate it all the more. All you veggie lovers, check this one out, and if you're looking for a different sort of pumpkin, here it is.
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Whew! Got the rest of those leaves raked yesterday while wearing Sinister Groundskeeper. It's a nice, earthy blend with a bit of pine. I like it, but I don't love it. It was a good leaf raking scent though! The leaves took an hour or so. Then we had a wind storm last night! πŸ˜… That's ok. I'm just glad my grass can get a little light, and today's weather is beautiful. Hoping to get a walk in. @Kelthara I actually enjoy raking leaves when the weather is nice, and I have someone to help, and leaf blowers are so noisy. I do kinda wish I had one to get the leaves out of my bushes though. I have a bunch of big holly bushes, and the dead leaves really get stuck in there. Speaking of which, @Lucchesa, when IS the best time to prune? I need to prune my holly bushes (all my bushes actually) but I don't want to just hack at them. I've heard around Valentine's Day is good, but by then, it's usually getting pretty warm here. I'm going to have to check out Adrienne's weight loss stuff. I haven't been doing and yoga this last month, and sure enough, my neck and back have started hurting again. Back to it, then! P.S. I've got a Yule decant circle up, if anyone's interested. β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    I did 2 HOURS of leaf raking, while wearing Honey Taffy Smut, which is absolutely lovely. I kept getting little golden whiffs of it. So far, it's my favorite of the smuts I've smelled. Also... I'm not done raking yet. 😭 @Amazonia, donuts dipped in snake oil sounds pretty adventurous to me! And glad your package arrived! Currently, Houston covid cases are supposed to be on the rise, so I'm mostly gonna duck and cover for the holidays. If you open a can of whoop ass on some anti-maskers, remember to log your time doing it and let us know. 😜 @Lucchesa, Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Morning walks by the lake sounds like a grand 30 day challenge! Right back at ya. Glad you're doing well, and don't worry, your not the only one to do a disappearing act. ... 😜 It's nice to hear from you again, though.
  9. VetchVesper

    Unsettling Portraits

    So odd. It has a powder, minty, minerally quality that is just very hard to describe and categorize. Unique and atmospheric. Unisex. It reminds me a little of the smell of makeup. It's a little bit green, but definitely not in a juicy way. Verdigris works. If I wanted a perfume for the color and texture of rust on copper, this would do nicely. I like it, but less as a perfume and more in the way that I like the smell of Sharpie markers. Someone wearing this would smell unsettling. Like - "What is that fascinating smell. Oh, it's you? Humans aren't supposed to smell like that. ...Come here, I want to smell you some more." ETA: This has actually really grown on me. It's so unusual, and has a very good wear length. Late in the dry down, it becomes more obviously a warm amber, and is a bit more traditional. It takes many hours, so if you can't get past the strangeness of the earlier stages, the amber's not going to be worth the wait, but for me, it's an added bonus.
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    Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Buns

    Oh man, this is strait up Cinnabon at first, right down to the gooey frosting. There's definitely some cinnamon going on, but it's not bowling me over, and the pumpkin spice seems less prominent than here than it is in the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie perfume. After a few minutes, the fragrance softens significantly, and I get less frosting smell, and more general cinnamony baked goods. Too foody for my fancy, but if you wanna smell like cinnamon buns, you'll be happy.
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    Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

    In the bottle, I'm getting lots of graham crackery chocolate. On my skin it's all pumpkin spice with only a touch of chocolate peeking out. Alas, not for me, but if your chemistry plays well with the lab's spicy pumpkin pie note, this probably delivers on foody goodness.
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Ok folks. I actually got a 20 minute walk in yesterday. I was testing out the new Apple Spice Hard Candy, and it's a fun, cool, fizzy apple that was lovely for the clear, cool day. It lasted for my walk, but not for long afterward. @Seajewel Nice to see you back, and glad to hear you're injury is doing better and you've been able to work out. It's wonderful to see the thread is still helping y'all, even when I've been neglectful. πŸ˜… I'd love to see more/new folks try it out, but it's been lovely to see @Lucchesa, @Madame Mew, and @Amazonia keeping up with it and doing so well. Thank you ladies. You are inspiring and fantabulous! Today I'm wearing Two Frames for the first time - which is delectably yummy. I have a bunch of leaves to rake later today, so we'll see if it lasts till then.
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    Apple Spice Hard Candy

    Not as sweet as I was expecting, but still plenty sweet! This reminds me more of sparkling cider than candy. It's fizzy and cool at first. (I guess there's an extra "hard" to this candy. ) Folks who enjoy champagne might dig it. The spice is very subtle. I'm only getting a hint of it in the dry down, so if you were worried about being beset by holiday spice, have no fear. This is sort of an apple-y Sugar Skull. It's short lived on me, but fun while it lasts.
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    An Open Grave Underneath the Heavy Leaves

    This is beautiful. The "dead leaf" notes BPAL typically uses, while they do smell autumnal and pleasant to me, don't actually remind me of dead leaf smell. (Well, maybe occasionally the extra dry crunchy ones) THIS does. It opens right up with the smell of freshly fallen leaves still crimson, vermillion, and brilliant gold. For me, this one is uncannily accurate. it's a smell that's a bit floral, a bit green, and a bit tannic, and yes, as @groovyrooby said, a bit damp. I would buy a full bottle of this in heartbeat, but unfortunately, it all but disappears on me within an hour. Still, I'll be hanging on to my partial, and hoping a bit of age will give it some longevity.
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    Doleful Pipe Organ

    This one is a crazy fun time, and I swear there's a champagne note in it. At first, I get non-sweet cocoa from this, with a dark, rusty metal vibe and something that reads oddly fizzy to my nose. (As the hours pass, this fizzy note becomes more prominent and blatantly champagnish to my nose. And yes, "champagnish" is totally a word.) Then some incense starts swirling around in the mix along with hits of gear lubricant. The vetiver is in there, but it's not prominent for me, and there's a lot going on. The chocolate starts to back off and everything swirls chaotically, like notes from a crescendoing calliope. I end up with a somewhat sweet, somewhat tart, somewhat fizzy, somewhat incensey blend of something-or-other that I find quite appealing. I like dark, bitter chocolate, but I have quite a few perfumes with that note already. This one's stands out as quite different.