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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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    Disrespect for Established Authority
  • Favorite Scents
    Top 20 - Indulgence, Depart Pour Le Sabbat, 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, Satyr, Voodoo, Blood Kiss, Kyoto, No. 93 Engine, Tezcatlipoca, Portrait of a Young Woman w/A UnicornOthers I Love- Licorice Bats, Prosperous Flowers of the Elegant 12 Seasons, The Caterpillar, The Bow & Crown of Conquest, Masquerade,Scherezade, Tezcatlipoca, Night Gaunt, Kabuki, Bathsheba, Elf, Kitsune Tsuki, Lady of Shallot, 3rd Charm, Witch Dance, Wan White Humming Hive, Aerowyn, Mithras, The Chapel, The Small Brown Cat. Torture Queen, ugh... the list goes on and on....I tend towards resin and incense smells, especially patchouli, nag champa, vetiver, dragon's blood, and copal. I like heavier, darker 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 moonflower are favorites. I like leather, red musk, dark vanillas, and rum. Oh, and black licorice/ anise. I luuurve it!Strait up gourmands and salty or oceanic aquatics just don't seem to be my thing. Cedar and lemon grass are no-no notes, and green musk clings and won't let go!

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    So my experience with Ice seems to be different from most. I smell everything but the ginger. The eucalyptus blossom definitely has a gentler quality than plain ol' eucalyptus and the mint is light and sweet. This whole fragrance is quite sweet on me in fact, and the musk mellows it and gives it a wispy quality. I get the coconut note others are mentioning, though I'm not sure it's ACTUALLY coconut. It strikes me as a quality of the musk. Ice smells less sharply cold than I expected and very aldehydic. I get no soap, although aquatics often do that on me. I get why people say cologne, but it's too sweet on me to read as masculine. I get more of an androgynous leaning feminine vibe. Tilda Swinton could wear this in a white suit. I actually quite like it, but I don't if I'd have cause to wear it often. It has a polished, modern, professional feel. Not sharp, but slick and synthetic. It reminds me a bit of The First Time I Saw a Ghost and Snow White. Maybe sticking the two together and taking out the floral notes? Glad I got to try it and I'll enjoy having the imp.
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    STRONGLY floral and sweet. I get lots of orange and orange blossom and heady jasmine at first. The jasmine is intense, but it's nice. Sometimes the note goes chemical on me. I'm not getting a distinct rose smell, but I think its obscured by the other notes, mainly the orange which is still very potent. I'm getting the smell of the peel. The rose does become detectable once the orange calms down, but jasmine is the floral that reigns. The myrrh and musk serve more to bind the other notes, and don't smell prominent to me. I'd have to be in a very specific mood to wear this one. It's so unapologetically heady - like Jezebel on steroids. That orange is very nice up front though, and if you if you really like jasmine ....
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    Dumb Cake

    So - 2018 version. This one is really odd and hard for me to describe. What's most prominent to me is a green grass note, followed by a powdery note that could be cake flour or powdery ash. I get no yellow cake. I get no Dorian. I might be getting some herbs. I find this a truly odd and offputting malange of notes that don't seem to work together. However... 3 or 4 hours later, I smelled something pleasant, and realized it was this. I could swear I was getting a wispy, slightly soapy champaca. I got no clue, man..... 😕
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    Dwarf smells mellow and herbal to me at first. There's a vaguely floral smell, but it's like clover or wild flowers rather than full on FLOWERS. It doesn't make me think of beer, but that's probably a good thing, since I'm not a fan of what I think of as "beer" smell. Thinking about it further though, I could see a mellow IPA smelling like this, so..... there be your hops. It's an interesting and pleasant blend, though not one I'd wear much. The thing that really kills it for me though, is something turns into wet dog on my skin after about ten minutes. After about an hour, this becomes a really unusual leather blend that I like, but it's just not worth the wait time for me.
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    Ok guys. Did anyone else get something very similar to a plum sufganiyot... caaaause.... that's what I got, and I am pretty much in love. There's definitely a hint of spice in here, with a light, sweet plum, but NOT a candy plum. Just sugared. Nut notes seem to work well for me, but I don't really get a strong, nutty vibe from this. I'm guessing it's just lending the fragrance some warmth. My mom took one sniff of my decant and ordered a bottle. I'm considering following suit. Lovely, and not super foody... but just foody enough to be delicous.
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    Recommendations for a single man

    Satyr is one of my fave's and is super sexy, resinous. Dee is fantastic. Lear if you are a big fan of cedar. Jolly Roger is a good choice for aquatic. Old Scratch is great if you like genteel and old fashioned. The Robotic Scarab has a cool, mint cologne feel. El Dorado, Coyote, and White Rider are all beautiful. Aelopile and Azathoth are nice citrus and wood combos. Ranger is my husband's favorite. It's dark and foresty, as is Troll. Embalming Fluid is a clean, lemony fragrance that is a BPAL classic and is unisex. Pro tip - Order 12. The lab is lovely and frimps every six decants, plus - they give you a discount when your order in groups of six.
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    Mary Read

    Aaaaaarrrrrrr.....gh..... Soapity soap soap. Pirates must have been very clean individuals. I don't know why ocean aquatics never work on me. Don't these perfumes know I'm a water sign?? Anywho, Mary Read smells boozy and sweet in the bottle. The sarsaparilla is detectable and makes me smile. The fragrance isn' woody like Jolly Roger, and I don't even get a hint of soap till I put it on my skin. Then it's like all the other notes walk the plank and I'm left with a big ol' brick of Dial. Siigh.
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    Red Lantern

    Caramel-sticky tobacco right up front. The tobacco is fruity and light golden brown in smell, not a thick, dark tobacco. As it dries down, I start to get coconut. I'm not really getting any more complexity, but my nose is a bit stuffy, so I may visit this one later. Given the notes and how popular this one is, I was expecting it to be a hit, but it's kinda tame for my tastes. It reminds me of a watered down Perversion, which I love, and shall stick with.
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    Swing Carousel

    This reminds me a bit of Masquerade at first, with the lovely orange peel and something warm and sweet underneath it, right up front. There's some sort of cologne vibe going on here though, and it is very prominent and discordant on me. The note takes over and this goes soapy. Not at all what I was expecting, but probably a chemistry thing.
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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

    Ooooh. That's lovely. I get beeswax and lavender right off. Those are both notes that I find pleasant enough, but don't go crazy for, but here, they're really doing something nice together. I didn't immediately recognize them, but after a few good sniffs, I identified them without looking at the notes. The scent has a cool vibe, though there's "snow" or anything, and I think the smoke and incense add just a touch of nose tickly harshness that are really interesting. It does have sort of have a solemn, somber airiness to it that is strangely evocative. I think more of a giant library, myself. But it could be a cathedral. I'm really enjoying the Travelogue scents so far.
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    Paris Gargoyles

    This smells lovely, but not at all like what I was expecting. I don't smell anything that I would thing of as "stone." It smells almost floral to me, sweet, and I get hints of a light vanilla. Someone else mentioned plum, and I do indeed recognize that note now. I was expecting "russet" musk to be some form of red musk, but it's not. I don't get any teakwood or oudh unless it's a faint warmth in the background. Overall, there is a coolness to the blend, and, in some ways, it reminds me of a girlier "Night's Bridge," so maybe BPAL's stone note just smells sweet and floral to me. Either way, this is very pretty and different, and I could see buying a bottle. It's perfumey, but in a very pleasant way. I just need to death match all the Lilliths and Lupers I like and decide which one's I can't live without.
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    Malkuth smells like amber, cinnamon, and honey on my skin. I thought I detected labdanum at first, but that might have just been the smoky honey. Ther's also something on the tip of my brain, but I justcan't figure the note out. This smells like baklava to me! Which is pretty awesome.
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    Smoke and Lace!
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    What?! Only one page of reviews for this one? That surprises me since it's been around a while through several iterations. Well this is a review of the 2017 version, so it's had a year to settle. Very green, but not in the typical conifer forest way. There's a lovely astringency along the lines of rosemary or lavender, though it's different. I definately get thyme, which I adore. Don't let the florals scare you off. Nothing in here says "flowers" to me. This smells like rolling around in an herb garden. Something here also smells faintly lived in - like.... smelling your pet after rolling around in your herb garden. Why is everyone rolling around in my herb garden?! Anywho, not a scent I would wear often, but one it's nice to have an imp of. If you enjoy rosemary, mugwort, thyme.... any of those very green smells - I'd check this one out.
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    Hollywood Babylon

    This is one of the first BPAL scents I was introduced too, and at the time, I thought it smelled like a syrupy, strawberry milkshake. Entirely too sweet, trendy, and juvenile for my tastes. Now, years later, it smells... well, pretty much the same. BUT, I can discern more of what's going on. Lot's of red musk mixes with the strawberry and powdery-vanilla heliotrope to make a creamy, tooth achingly sweet red musk, with a touch of cherry on top. This is maraschino cherry. Not quite cherry candy, but nowhere near the fresh picked fruit. It's all tamed by the gentle powderiness of the amber and heliotrope so that there's more creaminess than sugar syrup. In the dry down, I begin to see why people are comparing it to Snake Oil. It's not incensey or resinous, and I'm not getting the depth or darkness of SO, but I think the vanilla and amber are similar. I start to get a bit of the play-doh vibe SO almost does on me, then it settles down and I get a heliotrope and a soft, feminine amber. This smells very teen coquette to me, and would fit in well with Jailbait and Lolita, but it ends up smelling a little more grown up in the dry down. Still not my thing, but I can appreciate. Check this one out if you enjoy smelling like a sexy, strawberry milkshake, enjoy "pink" scents, like your red musk sweeeeeet, or want a lighter, more feminine Snake Oil.