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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


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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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  1. VetchVesper


    My initial impression is a deep woodiness from the patch and sharp lime. There's also something animalic and masculine to the scent, and I thought maybe it had oud in it before I read the notes. Jaawi settles down after a moment, and the lavender and bay start to come out, balancing the other notes, and this becomes a dark chypre sort of scent. It still has some of that feral sexiness it began with, but now it's on a leash. I could see this being very nice on the right man. It's a little much for me though. A few hours later, the blend has become mostly incensey Indonesian patch and sort of reminds me of Blacker Than the Raven Wings of Midnight. Still not my thing, but the fragrance is interesting enough that I enjoy getting a whiff now and then.
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    Dry, crisp pear overlays a soft white musk, creating a sheer and misty fragrance that's sophisticated and feminine. Unfortunately, lily of the valley tends to go prim and soapy on me, and after a few minutes, it shoves the pear out of the way, taking center stage. Ah well, this shepherd's for other ladies.
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    Flower Moon 2019

    Got this fresh from the mailbox this morning, but so far, it's a win. Most definitely a floral, but one I'm happy to have in my collection, even though pure florals aren't usually my thing. When first applied, I get something akin to the Ars Moreindi florals. A complex, and slightly nose tickling bouquet where the notes run together creating something more than the sum of their parts, but Flower Moon is brighter and more Springy than it's funereal counterparts - less stuffy and formal. There is a sugared aspect that also makes this seem youthful and sunny, and something warm and golden holding it all together and giving the fragrance a bit of non-floral depth. I'm not sure if it's the honey or something unnamed. Wisteria can go sharp and soapy on me, but here, it seems balanced by the other notes. The nose tickling bit of the fragrance thankfully departs after a few minutes leaving me with a sugary bouquet. Flower Moon has the same sort of feel to me as Qui Aime Bien ChaΜ‚tie Bien, though the scent is quite different. Unabashedly floral, feminine , and youthful without being immature. So far, it's lasted four hours on me and is still going.
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    Van Van

    Lemon grass. I know b/c unlike actual lemon, it goes weird and swampy on me. It's not terrible here, but I'm getting that undercurrent of swamp. I'm also getting some baby powder and something darker. Not for me.
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    The Fiery Clinch of Ecstasy Hair Gloss

    Alas, russet musk does not play as well with me as red, crimson, or blood musk. Nor is the patchouli the earthy warm kind I so love. I was expecting a creamy, sugared patchouli with red musk, but I got a very acrid wood note with a weird layer of sweetness that's not mixing smoothly in the scent. I'm wondering if "russet musk" includes mahogany or cedar notes b/c that would explain the wood and the funkiness on my chemistry. Red musk usually sings on me. If you want red musk with wood notes though, this might be your jam. Or if you can't normally wear red musk maybe. πŸ˜• Off to swaps!
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    Black Swallowtail

    Strange and ephemeral. I do smell the licorice at first, but it's thin and airy, mixing with a light musk that does remind me of, as someone stated earlier, of soap bubbles. Not "soap" mind you, but specifically the bubbles. Looking at the notes, I realize its the elemi that is giving it that strange, aldehyde quality. It's delicate and a bit otherworldly. There are hints of something darker underneath, but I don't smell recognizable flowers. This smells like it should be chilled, if that makes ANY sense. The licorice goes away, and mostly, I'm left with a shadowy elemi scent. Interesting, but I"m regretting gambling on a bottle. C'est la vie. πŸ¦‹
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    Demon Goggles

    Hooooooooooo! This is like Smokestack got drunk and burned the factory down! In your face booze. In your face vetiver. I kinda like it, but need to see how it settles in. It's like a guy who you kinda dig at the bar, but you wanna see how he is sober. Anywho -- first impressions. 😝 I'll report back in a few weeks after we've settled in. ETA: Reporting back faster than expected. This is masculine and very acrid on me at first. I was hoping that would settle out, but I doubt it will enough to work for me. The sharp alcohol of the bourbon mixes with a harsh vetiver and a whiff of weed that is sharper smelling than it was in Stoned Griffon and Black Light Reactive Poster. It's not STRONGER mind you. I actually think it's more balanced by the strong notes here, but it's harsher. Everything settles down and smooths out fairly quickly, and I get a well blended fragrance that's reminds me of black musk but isn't quite. It's' also kind of old fashioned smelling.... but again.... just a bit off center. The booze note has died down considerably. I think this might work great for a guy who wants something a little edgy that can still pass for normal, but it's not for me. The bottle art is great though. ❀️
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    Cito really surprised me. I expected something much foodier, but what I get is more of a husky honey incense, and it's glorious. It smells a bit dirty on me at first, I think from the ginger, but by the half hour mark, it's one of those fragrances you catch whiffs of, realize is you, and need another hit of - stat. It also lasts all day on me and will probably age wonderfully.
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    Birdsong at Twilight Hair Gloss

    Sniff sniff.... Krampus Lace? Or something lighter, but very reminiscent of... That was my first impression of this one, along with, it smells a bit like Portrait of a Young Woman w/a Unicorn. They all belong in the same family to my nose. I think it must be the tobacco, amber, honey blend. I'm also getting a light weight red musk from this, which isn't listed, but I swear my nose says it's here. I went ahead and dabbed on some Krampus, and then I became more aware of the differences in Birdsong at Twilight. Besides being lighter, it's got a delicious creamsicle thing going on underneath the tobacco. Yummy. Whether my loony nose is playing tricks or no, this is very nice. Lighter weight and warm weather appropriate. I'm going to have to call it Creamsicle Krampus.
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    First Fruits

    Got a chance to smell this when a friend bought it. SUPER FRUITY. Smells downright drinkable in the bottle, like a juice or good fruit punch. It darkened a bit on my skin though, which surprised me b/c I'd swear there was some frankincense or amber going on. Maybe the earthiness of the black fig came across as resins on my skin? No idea, but if you want something very fruity, but grown up and complex, this was nice. ETA: I notice the mentions of spice or something herbal from other reviewers. Yeah... that's what I'm getting. I say frankincense b/c it usually goes a bit sharp and dry on my skin, but it could be spice or a bitter green herb. Curiouser and curiouser. πŸ₯πŸ‹ πŸŽπŸπŸ‘πŸŒ
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    The Mystery of Giant Testicles on a Brothel Visitor

    Aromatic and foody in the imp. I'm getting something akin to almonds mixed with molasses from the roasted nuts, and I can smell the beeswax. This becomes less sweet as the beeswax overtakes the nuts. I detect sandalwood, but it's subtle and grounding rather than prominent. It or the ti leaf is adding a gentle, woody spice to the beeswax. I don't ever get anything I would associate with bamboo, nothing green. The beeswax teeters on the brink between a woody aromatic and gourmand. I'm ambivalent towards beeswax, but if it's your jam, this is worth a sniff.
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    Closing the Bamboo Curtain

    Green bamboo reeds, polished labdanum, oakmoss, and white patchouli. Slightly sweet and incredibly fresh and green at first. I almost get a sense of lime and fresh cut grass - that sort of zesty freshness. Then the heavier notes start to come in, grounding the fragrance like a soft bed of moss. It's still very green, like the color the landscape gets after a heavy downpour. After the bamboo, the labdanum is most recognizable, adding its sweetness. The fragrance goes mossier as it dries down, but it stays light and springy. There's a touch of aquatic going on, and Bamboo Curtain begins to go a little soapy on me, but I'm still finding it pleasant. All soapiness is gone after 1/2 an hour. The white patch has made a demure entrance, and now the moss smells gently spiced. Gender neutral, subtle, and beautifully green. Hopefully this one gets some love, b/c it's very nice; think bamboo forest in a rain storm and you've got the gist. Lovely for rainy spring days and the summer.
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    Pegasus Junk

    Floral white tea that's quickly overtaken by a salty white rice note. It's a similar note to the one in Hungry Ghost Moon, and it's not as buttery and rich as the basmati note. I think the saltiness is coming from the sandalwood which is becoming a little more obvious as the fragrance develops. Aaaaaand now it's a vaguely floral, incense over gentle rice. Like jasmine rice if it was scented with things other than jasmine. It's odd and interesting. I'm enjoying the junk blends. We definitely need more junk, Ted!
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    Unicorn Junk

    So Unicorn Junk immediately brought back childhood memories of some bubble bath I had as a kid, which surprised me b/c I wasn't expecting an aquatic note, but it is there in that "foam" descriptor. Lots of lovely coconut foam. At first, I get a blend of Obatala coconut and the Sea Foams Milk (which I am quite fond of). It's very beach spa. Complicating the fragrance, in the best way, is a thread of golden, marshmellowy vanilla that wafts in and out from the benzoin and mallow. The lilac creeps in towards the dry down as the potent coconut calms, and by this point, it's a very unique and lovely blend. I kind of want a bottle of this for summer, even though aquatics are usually not in my wheelhouse. I shall have to see how long it wears. P.S. Cedar is usually a no go for me, though I took a chance on this one b/c Himalayan cedar seems to be milder and less offensive on my chemistry. I'm not having any cedar issues here. It's just all lovely.
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    The Great Brocade Addressee

    Definitely different, but unfortunately, this goes musty on my skin in a way I don't care for. The smell does have the nuance of heavy fabric, but it's one that's been sitting in a trunk for a while. Still, it's an interesting scent experience. In some ways, this reminds me of the Sacred Talisman bath oil, (perhaps the iris and honey?) but that fragrance worked out better for me. I'm guessing the immortelle is what's most prominent here b/c I'm not recognizing the main note and I don't get a definite sense of the notes I'm familiar with. Powdery, herbal, vaguely sweet, verging on lightly minty. This in no way smells foodie/gourmand on my skin. Interesting, but not for me.