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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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  • 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

    In Necessarias Unitas

    I'm not a fan of red oud and mahogany, so take my review with a grain of salt. This smells masculine to me, with the oak moss and red oud prominent. If you're worried about vetiver - I don't get much. Definitely no barbeque style anyway. This does smell high end, but it's not for me.
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    In Dubiis Libertas

    I expected something evergreen smelling - aka pine - but that's not what I get. I get something alcoholic, almost like cognac, with a gently sweet backing. It verges on cologne. My brain wants to say this is a cousin to Golden Priapus. They don't smell the same, but they're in the same family, both being sort of a nuzzly, sweet smell that's verging on masculine but doesn't quite get there for me. This isn't particularly to my tastes, but it's pleasant enough.
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    In Omnibus Caritas

    Husky, musky, and sweet, with a thread of honey and sugar cane I recognize from Temple Viper. This smells very luper to me. Torischroeder9 mentioned vulvas, and I agree %100.
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    Transeo is bright, fruity, and sort of Christmasy to my nose. It's pleasant enough, but not something I'd wear. I get fruity roses at first, but then a soapy evergreen starts to take over from the juniper, and this becomes more fresh and masculine leaning. I don't get much wine, unless it's the fruity splash at the beginning. I don't get any overbearing cinnamon either, or any cumin, which is a rarely found note I really like. 😕 I think I can smell tinges of the manderin, but they are very much there adding brightness to things rather than being fruity. As this dries down, I get a bit of swampy sourness that unfortunately happens to me with some of the lab's rose blends, so.... yeah. Rose, I know you're in there. You can't hide. 🤨 Ok, now the soapiness is evening out a bit with the other notes. It's still there, but I'm getting some complexity from the other notes. There's something warm and slightly spicy lurking behind this scent. Transeo is ... ok... It doesn't smell like air freshener, or soap, or cleaner or anything cheap to me, but I don't really care for it. That said, this isn't a fragrance I would ever have picked up based on the notes, so if you like juniper and roses - give it a go. It's got an evergreen vibe to it without the typical forest smell. I'd say it's unisex.
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    Champagne Lace

    I finally busted my decant of this puppy out, and now I'm considering hunting down a bottle. Champagne and tobacco are the first notes I get, though tobacco isn't specifically listed, I can't believe it's not in here somewhere though. I can smell the sticky brownness I get from opium in the background, and I do get a thread of vanilla, but that's not what this lace is about. Really, this is tobacco, opium and very dry champagne on me. I get almost a fuzzy porcelain texture from it rather the tart fizz I usually associate with the fruitier champagne blends that have mixed luck on my skin. When I hear "Champagne Lace," I think Maria Antoinette in a something pink, Rococo, and brightly festive, but this smells delightfully debouched to me. This is the torn, champagne-stained lace after the besotted aristocrats have their orgy. I dig it.
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    This smells dark and sticky and black musky to me, even though I see it's not listed in the notes. It has the feel of a high end, old-fashioned men's cologne. Not grandpa, but like something you'd smell in an antique bottle. It's aggressive but still chic. I very much get one unique blend, rather than different notes working together. I don't love this, but I wouldn't mind smelling this on my man.
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    Sustained Boos

    So imagine all these elements mixed with a dry club soda. That's the effect the aldehydes have to my nose. They make this blend cool and effervescent. The coffee bean, nutmeg, and clove add a foody tinge, and I agree that this smells drinkable at first. It made me think of those chocolate Jones sodas, if anyone is familiar. The incense notes balance out and then usurp any foodiness on me later, and this becomes more akin to Cafe Millet et une Nuits with more head shop and less spice cabinet. I really like it, and if you want coffee without all the buttercream and what not, this is worth checking out. Between this and Abolish ICE, the activism blends are taking care of my coffee needs. ETA - Says the person who just started a decanting circle of all coffee scents...
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    Apocalyptic Dragonbarf

    Based on the notes, I would never have picked this one up, so I'm glad I got a chance to try it at a meet n' sniff. It's weird, and super morphy. In my first encounter it was minty minty sweet vanilla mintiness, then lemongrass, which decided to behave itself and was lovely. Today it's blasting me with tangerine and blueberry, then smells oddly medicinal, and then the peppermint and lemongrass once more emerge. This time, however, the lemongrass is going sour/swampy, as it is want to do on my skin. Sigh. 🙄 I guess it's fitting that one never knows what to expect from dragon barf. To me, this is a whimsical aromatherapy blend more than a perfume. I would wear this around the house when I want to focus or feel happy, not when I'm wanting to smell pretty or sexy. But focusing and feeling happy are great, and I don't have a lot of blends that serve that purpose, so I'm happy to have this one. Hopefully, the lemongrass will behave itself for me more often than not.
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    This opens like a lot of BPAL's recent foresty blends - soft, dry forest floor, pine needles and loam. But a thread of something noxious lurks in the background and grows stronger on my skin. It does smell poisonous and is reminding me a little bit of Ajax cleaner. I don't mean that in a bad way - just there's something sort of chemical and astringent going on that tickles my nose. This blends with the forest notes until it stops being forest floor and becomes green, cold, and chemical. This smells like the air on an alien planet to me. An inhospitable one. Interesting, but not something I would want to wear - or breath - on a regular basis.
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    Satan Starting from the Touch of Ithuriel’s Spear

    I'm surprised I haven't written a review for this one. It's a favorite. In the bottle, it smells a bit like Crimson, which, of course, wasn't out yet when this was made. There's a thick, rich red musk backed by clove-ish carnation. People have complained about the vetiver. I LIKE vetiver, but it can be harsh or acrid on me sometimes. This one is present, but behaves itself, playing the role of a dark backdrop to the other notes. The amber becomes prominent in dry down, mixing with the carnation so that it smells rich, and glowing, like the light from dying embers. The fragrance is dark, dry, spicy, rich fragrance. Not so sexy as opulent. It could work for either sex, though I think it leans feminine. It befits its painting well, is definitely a cold weather blend, and is probably for special occasions. This is a "going to the opera" sort of fragrance. Satan Starting at the Touch of Ithuriel's Spear is not for the faint of heart, but if you, like I, are a lover of lusty, rich red musk blends like Crimson, Bloodlust, and Callidora, this is worth finding. Those who love ambers like The Lion or Jacob's Ladder might also want to give this a whirl.
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    Moonflower & Orris

    I am not super familiar with moonflower, though there are several perfumes I really like that list it as a note, so I was curious. I like orris, but I was a little worried this might be very powdery. I don't find that to be so, and moonflower seems to smell a bit like lily of the valley on me, if the lily of the valley was behaving really well. Lily of the valley usually goes soapy, and moonflower doesn't apparently. The fragrance is very floral and a little prim, a little perfumey, but its' nice. I feel like this is pale lavender florals rather than white florals. I see a pretty woman in a lavender cashmere sweater when I smell this. It has a fair bit of throw on me.
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    Tuberose & Mango

    This is very pretty. I get more tuberose than mango, but the fruit is there making this even more lush and tropical. It's got the feel of fruit when it's so ripe and sweet, it's almost off. I don't mean that in a bad way . It's NOT rotten smelling, just like - that last minute ripeness. This is light weight and will be beautiful for summer when I want something simple but a little unusual. Glad I took a chance on it.
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    Songs of Autumn V

    Much drier and woodier than I was expecting. It's very autumnal and dark to my nose, and I've been told it smells nice on me, but it's just not to my fancy. I think the maple leaf is most prominent on my skin and it's in the same family as "dead leaves" but darker and woodier, without that aquatic note or spice dead leaves blends sometimes have. The patch, again, is the kind that's more woody, less earthy. I do smell the blackberries, but there is no hint of sweetness, nor is there any in the bourbon. It does smell unusual, and I think would work well for a guy or a girl, but it's not to my tastes. Swaps!
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    Voluptuous Wantonness

    Perfumey, fruity, luscious, sexy, and red. That's how this smells in the bottle and when I first put it on. Sadly, something in here goes off on me within a few minutes. I've seen people mention band aids on other fragrance reviews, and that's sort of what I'm getting. Something weird, like old rubber eraser, quickly becomes the most prominent note. I have no idea what it is, and it makes me sad b/c otherwise, I think this is beautiful. 😢 A well. Off to the swap mobile!
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    Dark Lace

    I have not smelled the original Black Lace, but I have a tester of Black Lace Resurrected, so I'm comparing this to that. They are pretty similar, though BLR seems more pungent, while Dark Lace seems a bit softer and less in your face. Perhaps DL will strengthen with age, but I actually like things toned down a bit. They both have almost an aquatic vibe on my skin which I suspect may come from the linen note mixing with the cognac. I haven't had that issue with other laces, but in these two, it's present. It's not soapy aquatic, more men's cologne. DL does have a dusty earth smell that presents itself when I first put it on, and in that respect, reminds me a bit of Lycan Lace. I get plenty of vanilla lace note up front, and this reminds me quite a bit of Antique Lace (2017v), just with the cologne vibe and dusty earth adding complexity. I like it, but I want to see how it settles and ages. Right now it's nice, but I have other lace scents I like much better. But then, Black Lace Res. didn't knock my socks off either. If you loved that, you'll probably love this too. ETA: As an aside, that "mummy bitumen" note makes me totes want a Mummy Lace, to go with the Vampires, Lycans, and Witches. But then, maybe that's covered by Mummies of Mexico City. Either way, I always look forward to new laces.