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    Red Hot Mama
  • Birthday 01/30/1967


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    Baghdad Resurrected, Bilquis, Day of Skulls, Entertaining the Heian Court Maiden, French Love, Goblin, Love, Morocco, Osun, Paper Phoenix, Pink Fuzzy Handcuffs, Reapers Gonna Reap, Samhain, St. Clare, Sugar Skull, Tamora, The Other Miss Forcible, The Place Wherein Love Grew, Volcano in Springtime, Wolf's Heart, Wulric. I love sandalwood, rose, vanilla, black musk, skin musk, amber, tobacco, honey, frankincense & jasmine. I amp red musk & clove to high heaven. White musk usually turns screechy on me.

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  1. Teamama

    In Omnibus Caritas

    Wow, my experience is so different with this blend! This starts out as very strong bitter honey, both in the imp & on my skin. One year, one of our hives got into a field full of knapweed, an invasive plant with bitter, toxic sap. This smells like that hive's honey tasted: sweet & unbearably bitter. I could feel that bitterness on my tongue as I sniffed this scent. As it dries, the bitter herbal note dials back. This reminds me of Door. I don't plan to wear it again--my mouth can't take the wet stage.
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    In Dubiis Libertas

    Very light vanilla amber with a hazy hint of smoke. Only a trace of cypress on me. Charming.
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    In Necessarias Unitas

    STRONG throw when first applied. The oakmoss takes this in a traditional masculine direction on my skin, darn it. Gorgeous, but not for me. Not Teapapa's style either. Glad I got to try it, off to the swap pile.
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    Figs and Fig Scents - alone and in combos

    Necro-bump! Are you team Always-Fig, Usually-Fig, Sometimes-Fig, or Never-Fig? I'm very much a fig gal. Fresh fig's sweet/floral notes do it for me, & dried fig's sweet/earthy notes are awesome, too. My skin handles fig as almost a skin scent. My fave fig blends to date are: Poor Monkey Atsui-Mono Carnal Narr Romans 13:8 The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone Fig & White Sandalwood HG (!!!) The Place Wherein Love Grew Atmosphere Spray (!!!)
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    Sinus Amoris

    Bottle from a forum purchase. BPAL's blends featuring vanilla & sandalwood are usually fantastic on me. Sinus Amoris is near fantastic, but has to dry down fully to get there. The interaction between red sandalwood, oude & myrrh come across as "sweaty" on my skin for about the first half hour after application. This means I don't reach for this bottle often. One it's dry, it's a light vanilla sandalwood with spice undertones from the pepper & champaca blossom. At 2+ hours, I love it.
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    The Poinsettia Gown

    Sugary jasmine is the main note on my skin, with a little bit of vanilla. The rose cream, mallow and amber never really showed up on me. If you love the jasmine sugar in La Prostitution et la Folie Dominent le Monde, this will definitely float your boat. Glad I tried it.
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    Amber Incense & Honey Cakes

    Gorgeous! This blend is the perfect balance between incense & honey. It's my new favorite BPAL amber. I do not get cake from this blend. Like @zankoku_zen, on me the honey evokes the Lab's beeswax note. A golden treasure.
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    The Fiery Clinch of Ecstasy Hair Gloss

    Russet musk is red musk-adjacent, but not exactly the same, right? I got a decant, hoping that my red musk-amping chemistry would allow Fiery Clinch to work in my hair. On me, it was a sweet, musky amber patchouli. Loads of throw, long-lasting. It was a good risk, & I enjoyed the decant.
  9. Teamama

    Winter Dusk

    The "inky" oudh dominates this blend at the start. This oudh is indolic (edging over into almost-fecal,) both wet, in my locket, and on my skin. After about a half hour, the rose & blackcurrant notes make an appearance on my skin. No birch tar, though . It's quiet, and a good representation of dusk. I think it would be good for fans of delicate, atmospheric blends like Disastrous Twilight, who like a little indolic umph in their fruits & flowers. Glad I got to try it, don't need a bottle.
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    Sweet, spicy musk. On me, the musk is less like black musk, & more like the perfumey, "classic" musk of Miss Forcible + The Other Miss Forcible. The cinnamon is dry & subtle. I'll definitely wear my decant, but I don't need a full bottle.
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    Saint Foutin de Varailles

    I have a partial of the 2014 release. In the bottle & wet on my skin, the wine note is very sharp, almost a vinegar. That dissipates quickly, thank heavens. On drydown, this is a sweet, resiny beeswax scent with a faint hint of wine and frankincense. I don't get much rose. An excellent alternative to The Lights of Men's Lives when I want some beeswax. If this comes around again for Lupers, I plan to pick up a bottle.
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    Thirteen (13): September 2019

    On me, this is a sunshiney citrus party. The mandarin, litsea cubeba, & bergamot take center stage, with lavender & company in the background. It's full of positive energy, for sure. I like it a lot, but I'm not sure how much I'll wear it. When I do, I'll plan to wear it in a locket to avoid getting photosensitized because bergamot does that to me.
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    Apple Butter Rum

    2019 version: This may be a full bottle for me. It's less foodie than Lambs-Wool, but in that family of sweet booze + apple-that-is-not-sharp. I didn't notice the cream. Kind of like if you shook apple butter & bay rum together, without the bay leaf. Low throw, charming. I want to try it on Teapapa.
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    Poor Monkey

    I'm surprised I never reviewed Poor Monkey--time to fix that omission! This is a skin scent, suitable for almost anywhere scent can be worn. On me, the fig milk & vanilla predominate, with the fir providing a cooling, understated ground. My notion of a wet monkey in a tree would be a lot muskier than this gentle, sweet blend. It pairs beautifully with Fig & White Sandalwood HG. Bottles are currently available on the Lab's Etsy--if you love the Lab's fig note, don't miss out!
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    Western Small Foot Bat Hair Gloss

    Oops, forgot to review this lovely stuff! Rose with a hint of green leaves, with light, dry patchouli. Only a hint of amber for me. I love it!