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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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  1. VetchVesper

    Solitary and Abhorred

    This starts out as a woody patchouli with just the faintest tinge of funk. It's pleasant enough, but a bit simple for my tastes. As it warms up though, I get hints of the carrot seed, which add an interesting powdery sweetness that softens the patchouli and really does give it a wistful tone. If I'm getting any aspects from the tea, it's a bit of spiciness, but I wouldn't guess that it's in here. This has sort of a suede texture, brown and dry and soft. Surprisingly, it fades to a skin scent quickly, making it's presence known just long enough to know if it's abhorred or not, before slinking off. I for one, wouldn't mind it sticking around a bit longer.
  2. VetchVesper

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Oooo! Thank you! I will check them out and report back. And welcome to the CHALLENGE!!! Happy to have you. Getting outside is a great goal, and I too am a hater of the heat and humidity. I swear I'd be ten pounds lighter if our weather was ten degrees cooler.
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Today feels like it's officially autumn! The morning started cool and overcast, with a chilly breeze. 🍂 I'm LOVIN' it. 🍁 I tested out Solitary and Abhorred, which I believe I was frimped by @Lucchesa, a thoughtful gesture since I've been wanting to explore carrot seed. The fragrance started out a bit like Coiled Serpent, with a good bit of warm, slightly funky patchouli, but the carrot seed crept in after a few minutes adding a soft, wistful sweetness that was perfect for the gloominess of the day. I really enjoyed this one as something warm and grounding, though surprisingly, it lightened to a skin scent before the end of my 30 minute walk. For folks who fear offending their fellows in yoga class, the low throw might be appreciated though. 30 minutes of brisk walking; 30 minutes of yoga stretches! I'm experimenting with different yoga videos, trying to find routines I like. I would love suggestions. I'm a novice, but I'm naturally stretchy and bendy, so beginning positions can sometimes feel a bit unchallenging. I'd really like to find some routines that give me a good stretch, build core strength, and focus on good form and breathing technique. Ugh. Covid. 😕 My husband's workplace went through an outbreak about a month ago. @Amazonia, hope he feels up to snuff soon. @Lucchesa, glad it was a false alarm. Also, I would have had some "appreciative" words for that dog-napping do-gooder! @Madame Mew, gardening totally counts! 😜 I've actually been meaning to do some of that too. I have a lonely rosebush that wants some companions. What kind of herbs are you planting for the cool weather?
  4. VetchVesper

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Ooooo... Elf seems like it would be lovely for a forest walk. I hope your husband is ok.
  5. VetchVesper

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Awesome sauce! Welcome aboard, @Lucchesa! So glad the air is clearing up for you guys. Send some of that rain down to California when you're done with it. @Amazonia, I love your Lady Death Savage description. @Madame Mew Glad it's helping! Me too me too! You ladies are putting me to shame and inspiring me all at once! I walked half an hour today, but I also got two closets cleaned out, so I'm call'n it a win. :D. I wore Dead Leaves & Maple Sap which lasts FOREVER, and smells lovely. It definitely amped up the maple syrup on the walk, which was ok, but I don't know about for a hard core workout. I'm waiting for Monday so I can bust out some crazy dancersize videos without my husband snickering. 😜 Only my cats get to judge.
  6. VetchVesper

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    You ladies are awesome! Thanks for joining in and helping me stay motivated too. @Madame Mew, Antikythera Mechanism is gorgeous. Glad you were introduced.
  7. VetchVesper

    Sleepytime BPAL

    @artisjok Yes, I really like Cancer 2017 when I feel dreamy. It's not airy, but fresh watery, and always seems a little mystical. What are your airy, dreamy blends? @Seajewel Oh boy, I'm hiding my wallet from the Liliths in anticipation of the Weenies. There are usually some nice lavender blends in there though. I wonder if any of them will be good sleep blends.
  8. I'm getting pudgy, achy, stiff, and depressed. That means ... !!! IT'S WORK OUT TIME !!! I thought I might use fragrances to motivate me. Today I wore Wanda, because I felt like roses, and she smells like a BADASS! Rosy, but not too rosy, with some juicy, smexy wine, a touch of supple leather, and a touch of smutty musk to make me feel like it's ok to be sweaty. This is what you wear when you do Zumba in stilettoes, or are perfecting your whip-cracking workout! (Not me, though. I don't have that kind of co-ordination! Still, it's nice to feel like I COULD if I worked out more. ) Anywho, anyone want to join me in my low-pressure, unplanned, and ill-conceived 30 day BPAL workout challenge!? Whether you're going for that big booty burn, taking a stroll around the neighborhood, or sipping green tea between toe touches and cat pose, a little bit of exercise can go a long way to improve the way you feel. Rules! 1) Make a goal for yourself. What do you want to achieve in 30 days? Is it to drop a few pounds? Form a new habit? Gain some flexibility? Lift your mood? Or maybe just find new ways to use your GINORMOUS BPAL hoard?! Decide on your goal(s) and post it here. 2) Dash, spritz, or slather on some perfume. (Preferably BPAL, but we won't judge.) 3) Do at least 20 mins of exercise, stretching, or fitness activity. (Be as tough or easy on yourself as you like. It's great if you can work out everyday, but if you can't, that's okay too. This is about fun, experimentation, and feeling good about yourself. Even if you just add 20 minutes of exercise to your week, it's still a step in the right direction.) 4)Every time you exercise, come brag on yourself in the thread! Tell us what you did, what perfume you wore, and how it worked out. Remember to cheer other folks on too! 5) At the end of 30 days, tally up your exercise entries, tell us your favorite workout fume, and let us know how close you got to your goal! As for me, my goal is to work out at least 3 days a week, lose 5 lbs by the end of October, and get my back less achy. I did a 10 minute ab crunch workout on you tube. (Eee gawds, I'm outta shape.) and 10 minutes of basic Yoga stretches. P.S. To the moderators, not sure if this is the right place for this, but it's sorta perfume recommendations, possibly workout recommendations? I saw there is a thread specifically for what to wear while working out, but this seemed a little more involved. Anywho, lemme know if I need to merge stuff.
  9. VetchVesper

    Sleepytime BPAL

    Huh. I wouldn't have expected it to be earthy. You've peaked my interest. I'll have to check it out!
  10. VetchVesper

    Sleepytime BPAL

    I actually find dirt notes very grounding and good for sleep. (Nah. Definitely no pun intended there. ) Since my previous post, I've also found I really enjoy Deep in Earth (which smells to me like a rainsoaked garden) and The Rat Speakers. The green notes in Nephlim are also soothing. Baba Yaga and the Chicken Legged Hut are also strangely comforting, though I don't often sleep in them.
  11. VetchVesper

    "Frosted" scents

    I usually experience snow notes as either a chilly mint or an ozone and light, sweet coconut blend. But as @torikitty mentions, the lab varies things up a bit. Usually, fragrances with that descriptor are going to be cool smelling rather than warm and comforting. It also seems to me, they're usually on the lighter side. They can last a while, but they usually aren't going to be the heavy, rich, decadent scents I usually love. Some folks love the snowy stuff. I'm kinda ambivalent toward it. You'll just have to try a few blends if you're interested and see what you think. You might try putting an ISO Snowy Scents up on the Wanted thread. Just specify you're looking for testers and see what folks offer. That way, you don't have to troll the swaps pages looking for the descriptors.
  12. I miss you lady!! 🤩

    1. VetchVesper


      Aw.  😊 Heya, how ya doin?  I'd be happy to get a p.m.  I'm thinking I might decant the Weenies.  I have to see how my schedule and sanity are looking when they hit.  

  13. VetchVesper


    This is a wonderfully warm, comforting scent. It's golden brown and perfect for autumn. The vetiver and hay keep it from smelling anywhere near foody, though a trickle of honey wafts in and out of the dry grasses and grains, adding some sweetness. There's a pleasant mustiness to the blend that makes me think of a grain silo or clean, hay-filled barn while still hinting vaguely of freshbaked bread. Someone upthread mentioned The Chicken-legged Hut, and I'd agree with their comparison and add The Marshwoman's Brewery to the list. Himalia lacks the floral notes in TMB , but there's still something delightfully yeasty in the mix. I don't know if I need to hunt down a bottle of this, but I've very much enjoyed my imp.
  14. VetchVesper

    Cakes and Ale

    Wow. This smells more like spice cake on me than honey cake. I was hoping for something more akin to Feeding the Dead. This is not it. I amp the heck out of cinnamon, and apparently it's in here, beating me over the head. I might be catching a few whiffs of ale, but my nose is too beleaguered to be sure. For those who DON'T amp spices like a mofo, this would probably be great for Oktoberfest. 15 minutes later, things have calmed down enough I can smell honey in the background. It smells a bit buttery, golden, sort of like the note in Hymn to St. Brigid, but it's not as sweet. This is more how it smells in the imp, but it's still spicing at me, and I'm not having it! Alas, not for me.
  15. VetchVesper

    Cacao, Black Amber & Black Copal

    Huh. Waayle... I expected to be gaga for this one since I'm a huge fan of all three notes, but this isn't at all what I expected. The copal in this smells like the one in Coffee Beans & Copal, which also didn't work for me for some reason. Normally, I get an earthy, metallic tang from the note, almost like the way money smells, but here I'm getting lemony cola. I know others have mentioned copal smelling like cola, but it usually doesn't for me. I'm not really digg'n it. I get a little cocoa in the imp, sort of a chocolate cake mix smell, but nada on my skin. Just copal and a bit of dusty amber. Perhaps this needs some aging to come into it's own. (I'm testing this fresh from the mail.) As is though, I'm glad I didn't splurge on a bottle. If Coffee Beans & Copal was your jam, you'll probably like this, but I'm a bit disappointed. 😕 I might have to play with this before I give up on it. It might smell nice added to other things. I'll report back if there are any positive changes.