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    Cathode

    Mossy Mylanta! Which sounds like a bad review, but it really isn't. I'm quite fond of this one and am sad it's in Memoriam. The mint starts out soft and powdery and mixes with the mosses. The abergris adds a touch of aquatic incense. If you took out the vanilla sweetness from Lyonesse, and replaced it with chilly mint, you might get something similar to this. After it's been on a while, the mint dies down and I get almost a woodiness to the scent. It always stays soft, cool, and gender neutral, and I find it a very soothing blend. We've been having tons of fog today where I live, and the weather is juuuuuust starting to turn into early spring warmth. Cathode feels very appropriate.
  2. I have not smelled Mat Night, so I'm just going off the notes and the reviews. Le Lethe and Santa Domingo are CG scents and both have tobacco with a sort of buttery warmth I associate with caramel, although they don't have that specific note listed, and they'd be missing the bonfire and snow note, but maybe you could layer it? I know Le Lethe in particular makes me think of caramel. Tiresias, The Androgyne has both caramel and tobacco as listed notes, and I seem to remember it being gender neutralish? Appropriately. And you might possibly try finding The Second Morning After Christmas. It was one of the Baker Street blends. It didn't have caramel, but it had a tobacco note similar to Hearth's, along with a bit of chilly snow and smoke.
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    Crinoline and Lace

    Cascades of vanilla cream and voluminous poufs of gleaming coconut with white cognac, adorning a phantasmagoric farthingale of white musk, tobacco leaf, tea roses, and elemi. OOooo..... This is all floofy, froofy, fancy vanilla and coconut on me. It reminds me a bit of the Pickle HG from a few years ago, but it's a little richer and more buttery at first. Just a tad. The tobacco is light and subtle, but I can detect a hint of it in the background. I'm not getting much rose. I think I smell the elemi, which I am only a little familiar with, so correct me if I'm wrong. It's kind of a light, dry, chilly note. It smells a bit ghostly. Crinoline & Lace smells very pale, very cool and airy, with a distinct vanilla vibe that's sweet like the lightest of cakes. This will be very fun for spring and summer.
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    Smoke and Lace

    Brazen and beautiful, unconventional and daring. The scent of soft white leather gloves and the sharp crack of a riding crop mingled with tobacco, clove, incense, and opium smoke seeped into sugar-spun vanilla lace, all stained with green cognac, sweet dried red fruits, and wild plum. Lot's of leather in the bottle, and it is indeed that SN Riding Crop leather. Brown but with just a touch of sharpness, with something animalic underneath. Oudh or musk maybe? When it touches my skin though, this becomes a poof of smoke. Very masculine and harsh. This is fresh from Darkdel, so I'm hoping it just needs some rest time and will calm down dramatically. Ok. Smoke and leather relaxing. Now I'm getting some of the soft, glove leather. Something sweet, but unidentifiable starts to peek out, but there's a lot of notes I'm missing. Hmmmmm... Oh dear. I just accidentally put some Miss Forcible on it, thinking I was reapplying Smoke & Lace. 😕 ..... Huh. .... I rather like the combo. Well who'd have thunk it. Reapplying Smoke & Lace on the other arm. ...I'm beginning to get the sense of a metallic clove and tobacco. It smells like cigarette tobacco to me, which goes with the picture, but its a little jarring. This still smells very male and sort of comforting. Like - I could actually see a leather wearing, heavy smoking cowboy smelling like this naturally. I think I might be barely getting a hint of plum in the background, but.... it's a dry plum, if that makes sense. No sweet, fruitiness here. This is like Bensiabel if he was told to shut the f@*k up, climb out of that fairy tale, and toughen up. Maybe a touch of Marquis De Carabas. I ... might... like this? I feel like it needs some revisiting after it's mellowed. I also feel like it could really grow on me. Time will tell. As a side note - There are lyrics from a Joni Mitchel song I've always loved - "He lives in another time/ Ladies in gingham still blush/ While he sings them of wars and wine/ But I in my leather and lace/ I can never become that kind." Smoke & Lace and Crinoline & Lace seem to encapsulate the line for me. Very different scents for very different ladies.
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    Centzon Totochtin

    Dem rabbits know how to partay. I really like this one. It opens with a blast of dark, fruity wine, like a deep, spicy merlot. Something smells a bit smoky, and there's definitely a chocolate note. I'd call it bittersweet. It's not the almost earthy/coffee chocolate I sometimes get, but it's not sweet milk chocolate either. It smells thick, wet, and red. Usually wine comes off as grapey or even bubblegummy on me, but this stuff is dark and delish. I don't get rum from this specifically, though it's a note I enjoy, but it might be adding the sweet richness. There's no dragon's blood or blood musk that I can tell in here, just the general feel of blood... if you were a rabbit, and really liked to drink it.
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    Smells like a basement or cellar

    Clean, old house is exactly what I got from The Harlot's House. Old 1950's house wooden floor boards and a clean mustininess with an overlay of herbs and florals. Don't know if we share the same nose though. The Rat Speakers is a really nice dirt scent. And I'd second Robin Goodfellow as a dusy, herbal, wood blend, and Aelopile, which reminds me of a wood paneled room, oiled with lemon and Old English. The Red Queen smells like antique furniture to me b/c of the mahogany, but lot's of people just get CHERRY. You might also try Yorick which has an earth and burlap note. It went kinda floral on me though. 😕 Like Brooms of Steel is a Yule that I don't think would be too hard to find. It's description is - Sharp, metallic slices of snow and freezing wind with a faint hint of cellar dust, burlap, and apple. Also, the Trading Post had a bunch of "haunted location" atmos up a Halloween or two ago, and those might be worth looking into. Desolate Farmhouse might be right up your alley. They might be floating around in the swaps/sales pages. They might also pop up on BPTP's Etsy site. On occasion, the unsold atmos will make their way there, probably more towards Halloween. Good hunting.
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    The Jersey Devil

    Wow. I never realized how close "In the Wild North" was to this until now. They both share a sweet,berry vibe, along with chilly evergreen/juniper. The cedar is lurking in the background of this and going wonky on my skin, but that's typical. 😕 Not for me, but it's a sweet, cheery forest blend, if that's you're thing, and I'm guessing it would be very nice on someone who wears cedar well.
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    I need something like 51 and og Lilith

    Skin chemistry is super cool! But I meant maybe the "black musk" was creating that cigarette smell for you. Black Rider and Haunted both have it and are in the general catalog. Or if you like the wine smell, Nosferatu, Centzon Totochtin, and The Black Tower smell more masculine on me. (I actually kinda dig wearing masculine blends) They might be different on you though. Also, if it helps any, 51 and Lillith will probably be back eventually. Sometimes they just run out of stock. P.S. Sorry I can't be more helpful with 51. It didn't really work for me, and I can't think of anything else it smells like.
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    I need something like 51 and og Lilith

    I'm curious what part of 51 smelled masculine on you, b/c that one goes all freesia and melon with my chemistry. Was it the wood? Something aquatic maybe? If you like black licorice, you might try to get your hands on Pottaskefill, really nice masculine cologne vibe with a backing of licorice, or "A Kneeling Child Watching a Ghost, Devil, and Puppet Making Mayhem in a Room" which is black licorice with a warm backing of wood. Sometimes its hard to tell what's really a masculine or feminine scent because of people's individual chemistry. La Pierre Fouettard ( Whip leather, coal dust, gaufrette, and black licorice.) was all coal dust and leather on me and smelled awesome but really manly, so I slathered it on my husband. It made him smell like cookies (gaufrette). 😕 If you can figure out what's in Lilith and 51 that works well on you, you can look for that note in other perfumes. "Black Musk" is in Lilith, and smells dark and powdery/dusty/dirty to me. Maybe that was your cigarettes?
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    Snaky-Hair’d Moirai Many-Form’d

    This is the kind of tobacco I don't care for. It's similar to the one in Hearth, and i think it might be the lab's "pipe" tobacco note, though that's not how it ends up on me. It's got a weird, fruity cologne thing going on. Maybe it's tobacco mixed with incense? I don't know, but sadly, this one doesn't work for me. If you liked Hearth though, this smells to me like a lighter, sweeter version of it.
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    Gingerbread, Cacao, and Champaca

    Thank you to the fabulous torikitty for frimping me this. It's to die for and I just ordered a bottle. When I first smelled it, the combo was intriguing but odd. Since then, it's really grown on me, and the strangeness of it has become a plus. It's like that bar of notes in a weird key that just makes the song get stuck in your head all the more. This is very much about the champaca for me. It's very incensey, like an incense stick. The chocolate is more prominent than the gingerbread; both add an earthiness and subtle complexity to the champaca but stay solidly in the background. This is not foody on me in any way. I have and love a bottle of Gingerbread, Red Patchouli, Orange Peel, and Champaca Flower, so I held off on this one, thinking I didn't need another champaca/gingerbread blend in my life... but I was wrong. Completely different vibe here. Yum.
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    Schiachperchten

    My experiences are very similar to both of follis's. The first time I wore it, I got cardamom and a soft, nutty chocolate equally balanced. The second time, I got a blast of cardamom and black pepper up front, no nuts, and a backing of bitter chocolate. I agree that this is gender neutral, and sadly, I agree that it's short lived. Otherwise, I'd be tempted to snag a bottle. Perhaps with age the wear will increase? Either way, Schiachperchten is an unusual spice blend that I shall enjoy wearing.
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    Midwinter's Eve

    Waxy, bright plum. A bit tart. More chapzticky than candy and reminds me of pomegranite. Like Bensiabel without the leather and I also get the Bordello impression, but I'd be more inclined to wear this. I get a hint of cool florals in the background. Pretty, but resistable.
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    Chocolate Rum Scarab

    Yeeees... 🤤 This starts out as a slightly dirty grasshopper brownie. After a bit, the creamy mint overtakes the chocolate, and a warm sweetness emerges, and this becomes a delectable mint chocolate chip ice cream. After another half hour or so, the mint has faded and I get a sweet, mellow rum fragrance that reminds me a little of sweet pipe tobacco. I'm glad I gambled on a bottle of this. I love chocolate mint, and this one delivers.
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    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    Hehe. Something with poopy oude. Or... actually Yule Cat might work. Sort of foresty, and wild, and musky? Some mushroom scents might be fun too.
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    Schere, Stein, Papier!

    So... I saw the word "Barenjager" and had to try this one. If you drink, and you like honey - try the stuff. It's damn delicious and around 70 proof. Anywho - Schere, Stein, Papier! opens with warm coffee over Barenjager, with a hint of sweaty, brown leather in the background. The Barenjager has a syrupy quality and does smell different to me than other lab "honey" notes. There's a boozy quality to the fragrance, but I'm not sure if that's from the Barenjager or the blackberry liqueur. It's very sweet, but not as in your face as Grog, Hot Buttered Whisky and most of the stuff I've smelled with rum. The blackberry becomes more obvious to me as I wear the fragrance. It adds a sweet tartness to the blend. All the notes have their turn and hold their own with the coffee fading first. The fragrance is fun, casual, different, has weight without being heavy, and lasts a good while. It was a honey leather skin scent on me by the end of the work day. I'd say if you're a honey fan, it's definately worth checking out this variation. I'm not sold on a bottle b/c, alas, a vaguely "rubber eraser" note comes out on me during the late dry down. I think it may be how the tobacco is interacting with something else. It's not enough to ruin the fragrance, but... I'm gonna hold off on a bottle. I'm curious to see if Barenjager will be showing up in any more blends though.
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    The Other Miss Forcible

    Ok. I officially love both Forcible's, so I'magonna do a compare/contrast real quick. The real Miss Forcible is indeed, a lovely musk prominent blend on me, but there's a faintly foody undertone of delicate anise cookies like the one in Tag Upon Avon. It's sugary, and becomes more prominent as it sits on my skin. The musk element is nice and reminds me of the "porcelain musk" in Pediophobia and Mr. Croup. It's dry and light, different than "white musk", a little bit weightier, but in the same ball park. I'm not really getting any vanilla. Just sweetness. Now... the Other Miss Forcible... Oh Wow! She's lovely at first, and this is part of the genius of the fragrance. I tried the original Miss Forcible first, a while back, and procured a bottle. I'm only now trying the Other one, and upon initial sniff and application, I thought - Man.... I bought the wrong one. This Other Miss Forcible is even more amazing. She starts out fabulously buttery and sweet, but not so much as to overload this non-foody. The musk is darker. The anise is more prominent. While the original has a prim feel, this one is smexy and delicious. But then... THEN! Something smells.... not... quite... right.... The notes degenerate into cacophony. There's a weird chemical undertone? I think possibly the note the lab uses for it's "plastic" effect. As a perfume it's not wholly unpleasant, but it's jarring and strange. This phase lasts maybe ten minutes on me before the fragrance settles down and reassembles into a gentle spicy sweet scent with a touch of butter and vanilla. The final phase is totally wearable and very different from the original Miss Forcible. Anywho... It's a really fun olfactory journey. I might have to grab an "Other" at some point, but for now, I shall enjoy my bottle of the original, and lovely, Miss Forcible. As a side note - My best friend has two cats named Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, and I very much think they deserve their own scents, in case the lab ever wants to make an Other OTHER Miss Forcible and Miss Spink in their honor. As an OTHER side note - Upon reading the reviews - There is a salty undertone in this, but I don't find it unpleasant. Also, the "plastic" note the lab uses is definitely in this. It's the one they used in Single Note: Polyester Spider Web, which makes total sense and is kind of hilarious. 🕷️🕷️
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    Miss Forcible

    Ok. I officially love both Forcible's, so I'magonna do a compare/contrast real quick. The real Miss Forcible is indeed, a lovely musk prominent blend on me, but there's a faintly foody undertone of delicate anise cookies like the one in Tag Upon Avon. It's sugary, and becomes more prominent as it sits on my skin. The musk element is nice and reminds me of the "porcelain musk" in Pediophobia and Mr. Croup. It's dry and light, different than "white musk", a little bit weightier, but in the same ball park. I'm not really getting any vanilla. Just sweetness. Now... the Other Miss Forcible... Oh Wow! She's lovely at first, and this is part of the genius of the fragrance. I tried the original Miss Forcible first, a while back, and procured a bottle. I'm only now trying the Other one, and upon initial sniff and application, I thought - Man.... I bought the wrong one. This Other Miss Forcible is even more amazing. She starts out fabulously buttery and sweet, but not so much as to overload this non-foody. The musk is darker. The anise is more prominent. While the original has a prim feel, this one is smexy and delicious. But then... THEN! Something smells.... not... quite... right.... The notes degenerate into cacophony. There's a weird chemical undertone? I think possibly the note the lab uses for it's "plastic" effect. As a perfume it's not wholly unpleasant, but it's jarring and strange. This phase lasts maybe ten minutes on me before the fragrance settles down and reassembles into a gentle spicy sweet scent with a touch of butter and vanilla. The final phase is totally wearable and very different from the original Miss Forcible. Anywho... It's a really fun olfactory journey. I might have to grab an "Other" at some point, but for now, I shall enjoy my bottle of the original, and lovely, Miss Forcible. As a side note - My best friend has two cats named Miss Forcible and Miss Spink, and I very much think they deserve their own scents, in case the lab ever wants to make an Other OTHER Miss Forcible and Miss Spink in their honor.
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    Sugar Moon 2011

    Huh. So the first note that hits me is a sweet tobacco, which.....apparently isn't in the perfume. So maybe the black currant and sugarcane is giving me that dark, chewy vibe I usually associate with tobacco? Either way, it's yummy. Then the violet musk starts to peek in. This turns sweeter with a hint of berry/fruit smell. I think I can smell the rose, but more as that "perfumey" vibe rose sometimes has rather than the actual rose smell, if that makes sense. And I did get a quick flash of dark plum but it was very brief. It's almost as if I'm on a ballroom floor, and different beauties are being swirled past me. I have just enough time to glimpse them in their lovely gowns before they are whisked away. The teak is the ballroom floor. Just a nice grounding for all the other notes to float above. When the dancing stops a get an interesting, dusky floral that's dark without being heavy and a dash pefumey. Very nice. I've had this on my radar for a while, but was hesitant to go for it since it has a few notes than can turn sour/plasticy on me, but no problems here! Thanks to the lovely torikitty for hooking me up with a bottle.
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    The Mist-World

    This. Gentle, pretty, soft. I'm not sure the incense I'm smelling is sandalwood. It smells like maybe... opium? Not sure. Generally, I prefer a bit more oomph to my scents, but for those looking for a delicate floral, this is lovely. I'll have to keep an eye out for "star jasmine." It's obviously different from the more common, powerful stuff.
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    The Sun in Anger Swore

    First off, I love red musk and it loves me, so... it's pretty hard for any blend where it's featured prominently to be bad on me. I'm also a fan of dragon's blood. This smells like a solid blend between the two with a bit of nose twitching black pepper thrown in. It's nice. I'd wear it. But it doesn't really stand out from several of the other red musk blends they dropped in the year or two surrounding this one. Deluge of Blood (Which I own and love. I find TSIAS sweeter though), Starstruck Aries, Ketkrokkur, Four Grave Robbers Awaken - off the top of my head. I've smelled variations of this before, and I think other versions were better, but it's a perfectly good, red musky incense blend if you re looking for one.
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    Blacker than the Raven Wings of Midnight

    This one did not work for me. Something about the black tea with the resins makes for an interesting combo, but not one I particularly enjoy. Murky black tea is by far the strongest note on me. It reminds me a little bit of Sluagh, but that worked better for me. I get some of the more cool toned, minty anise, vs. black licorice. It burns off pretty fast though. I don't really get any vanilla, but there's definitively some dark patchouli and heavy incense notes giving this one it's weight and murk. I could certainly see why this could be a favorite for some. It's different and it's got a lot of atmosphere. Not my cup of tea though. Swap!
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    Eclipses Be

    I don't get soap from this. Perhaps it's b/c my imp is aged, or perhaps it's b/c I amp clove. This is a gentle clove scent on me, sweetened by a hint of the sugary carnation and rose in the background. I don't know if I love it, but it doesn't read as grandma or anything bad to me. It's feminine. Maybe a bit mysterious and maternal. It's a tad incensey. Rosy glow is a good descriptor. Hmmmm.... I'll have to wear this one a bit more and see if it grows on me. As of yet, not bad... but not a love. ETA: So after wearing this around for most of the day, I've decided I officially like it. Don't know if I'll hunt down a bottle, but if one ended up finding its way to me, I wouldn't mind. No soap. Only a tad bit of rose. Mostly a gentle, warm carnation scent on me, with the amber grounding it and keeping it from just being pure floral.
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    Delightful Visitor Among the Haystacks

    Really lovely. Chrysanthemum has a distinctive, almost fresh water aquatic smell to it that I recognize from a previous Luper, "Flowering Chrysanthemums." Kind of like a much lighter, sweeter version of marigold. The incense is gentle and warm, like Japanese incense sticks. It's understated but present. The carnation is the sweeter, more floral variety, vs. the clovey smell I usually get. Think "Maiden." DVAH is a gentle floral incense smell that's got it's own vibe. It also lasts a good while. 5 hours of wear and it's still going strong. If you like incense, but prefer softer blends, this would be a good one to check out. If you like florals, and want to try something different, this also worth checking out.
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    The Crown

    AAAAAAAAAALL the mugwort. Right up front. POW! Right in the kisser. It's a fragrance I kind of oddly like, but it's not something I would want in a perfume. But then.... The mugwort starts to soften and the chamomile starts to take over, and it's just this soft, soothing veil over everything, and the orris is just doing it's creamy powdery thing to add to the effect. At this point, I don't even smell the mugwort except maybe the faaaaaintest greenness poking up around the edges. This is very soothing/calming. I've been very depressed lately, and wearing this has put me in a better mood. It's not something I would ever wear enough to warrant a bottle, but I'm glad I have the imp, and I'll have to keep it around for those blue or anxious moods.
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