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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
    Dia de los Muertos
  • 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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    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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  1. VetchVesper

    Party Tricks Hair Gloss

    It's lasting on my skin. Haven't tried it in my hair yet. Creamy, sweet strawberry similar to the one in Rope Pulley but less in your face confection. The amber and chypre make this a bit more complex, but it's still very pink and sweet. It's soft and creamy in the dry down, but more like a mossy smoothness than a foodie "creme." Lovely.
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    Ehon Warai Jogo Bath Oil

    Bubblegum. So much creamy, pink bubblegum. All I can smell at first. Then peach bubblegum. In the water, I think this might become more peachy, and yes, it's more of a firm fleshed, cleanly sweet nectarine vs. a super fruity, ripe and russet peach. Oddly, when I go back to smelling the oil strait from the bottle, I get nothing but sweet vanilla cream. I guess my nose is full up on peach. This would pair beautifully with Egoyomi, and if you're a fan of one, you should try the other.
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    Kabe Ni Mimi Ga Aru, Shoki Ni Me Ga Aru

    Yet another shunga I'm adoring from this years Luper release. Beautiful, smooth sandalwood and a rich, verging on foody vanilla at first. The opening stages smell almost nutty to me. As it dries down, the copal and patch come through, the foodiness subsides, and this becomes more of an earthy incense. Finally, the sandalwood and smooth patchouli take center stage. An unusual incense blend that smells very Asian to me. If you are a fan of copal or sandalwood, try this one. This will age gloriously, and a bottle goes on my list.
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    To Lesbia

    This is GLORIOUS! I do LOVE me some incense though. 😍 I get plenty of carnation from this. A big blast of the spicy, clovey kind right up front. It's a bit much for the first 15 mins, but then the spicy aspect calms down, and carnation's creamier, sweeter aspects come into play. The incense plays back up singer, making the whole thing hazy and smoky, creamy and clovey. I think there's some copal in here. I don't smell any nag champa. Actually, the incense in this (though the overall blend is quite different) reminds me of a Possets perfume, Sacred Smoke, which mentions incense with sandalwood, fragrant burning oude, a hiss of clove essence, and a bit of burning green bamboo. So maybe some sandalwood and non-funky oude? If you are wanting a demure, sweet, floral carnation, this is not her. This is a ball-stomping, bra-burning, clove cigarette smoking carnation who will NOT shut up, and I love her. Just give her a little dry down time to grow on you. Back up bottle for sure. ETA - Something about this also reminds me of Crimson, which would support the sandalwood and oude suspicion. Mmmmm.....
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    Ira Bath Oil

    I really like the blood orange in this. It's zesty and tart, and the darker notes ground it nicely at first. Unfortunately, the vetiver starts to take over once I'm out of the water, and it smells harsh. I often like vetiver, but here it's too bitter and up front for me. I ended up slathering on some Eclipse, and so far I'm liking the combo. Might be fun to try it with Bliss too.
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    Cheerful Oxen

    This is all about the honey. It's warm and wonderful, drizzled over fuzzy warm musk and earthy wood. There's something thar smells a tad bit menthol in the background. I'm guessing it's the hay note. It's unusual, but I really like the effect. Very comforting. These are the most cheerful, cuddly, Walt Disney oxen ever, and if you're a sucker for dark, rich, wild honey (like me) check this one out, stat.
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    Piquant. Very citrus, but more like the oil found in the peels than the juice. To me, this has more of an aromatherapy feel than something I'd wear as a perfume, but Artisjok's description is very apt. I was languishing at night in a ho-hum mood wondering how I'd wile away the hours before bed. I took a bath with this, got out, and got my sh*t done. If you want something more brightly citrus, (and you're ok with jasmine) I'd check out Invidia. They're both nice, but very different.
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    Rendezvous With Her Lover Behind the Rice Straws

    A milky sugar scent with tinges of vanilla. Delicate is a good word. I get a ghostly whisper of the citrus I've gotten from other sugar blends like Sugar Skull and March 2020's 13 at first, but it fades and is overwhelmed by vanilla. Rendezvous grows more pronounced as it warms up, but still stays very close to the skin. If you wanted Castitas to be sweeter, are a fan of Bath and Body Work's Warm Vanilla Sugar, or want a comforting, sugar skin scent, try this. This has a universal appeal and will probably be popular. This doesn't really remind me of A Vision of the Courtesan, though I suppose it shares a subtle, creamy tone. I would agree that they're different enough, they're both worth having.
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    Wild Rose & Cherry

    This smells unabashedly girly to me, like Barbie's boudoir. The rose is perfumey, the kind I think of when I think of pink, fancy, rose-scented soaps. The cherry smells bright, candy red. This is not for me, but I can see how it would be a fun scent for rose lovers.
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    Rope Pulley

    Do they still make those creme lifesavers? They came in orange (creamsicle) and strawberry (strawberrysicle?). This smells like those. Creamy, candy strawberry. Pink and girly, but enticing in an innocent way. I too have issues with strawberry going plasticy, and this one behaves itself. It's not really the kind of perfume I like to wear, but I see the allure.
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    Elizabeth of Bohemia

    2020 Version I would never have risked grabbing this one for myself. It triggered my p'oudephoboia. However, I'm happy to report, the oude is well behaved and lovely in this, a reminder of why I don't always scream and run when I see the note. Elizabeth of Bohemia has a very true rose with a rich, gently woody backdrop. It's perfumey and velvety, womanly and classic. While the Peacock Queen smells powerful and haughty, this one smells elegant and regal and lacks any fruity tones. If you love roses, fear not the p'oude. You need to give this one a try.
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    To My Dear and Loving Husband

    Extremely smooth and sleek. It's reminding me a little of Lace Phoenix. Very mellow patch. Definitely getting that champaca, and I get whiffs of a very nice oudh and black tea. Black tea with champaca usually smells odd to me, but I'm liking it here. Reminds me of the combo in Blacker Than the Raven Wings of Midnight and Sluagh too. I like this a lot, but I think I have several comparable blends, so I'll probably pass on a bottle.
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    Red Patchouli, Nutmeg, & Oudh

    I gambled on a bottle of this because it should age divinely, and all those notes are win - as long as the oudh decides to behave. ... And it does. Dry, rich, woody incense. Glorious. I will be stowing this one away, like a fine wine, to revel in later.
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    Blue Lotus, Violet Petals, & Orris Concrete

    Watery without being aquatic. Gentle and luminous with the soft quality often found in lunar blends. Very pretty and serene. Definitely violet LEAF as opposed to the flower. Not sure what I would add this too, but it's beautiful by itself.
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    A Glimpse

    Oude no. I got it distinctly upon first whiff. Also, the dried leaf note is very pronounced and cologney on me, semi soapy. So yeah, soapy poop cologne. Not a win. 😕 That said, my chemistry makes dead leaves meh, skin musk smell funky (warm skin?), and leather - though I love it - soften to a background note. So maybe I'm not the best judge of this one. In the very least, those rustley leaves stand out a whole lot more than those other notes, which I love. Very curious to see how this works on others.