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About Teamama

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    Red Hot Mama
  • Birthday 01/30/1967


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    Bengal, Bilquis, Entertaining the Heian Court Maiden, French Love, Goblin, Morocco, Osun, Paper Phoenix, Reapers Gonna Reap, St. Clare, Sugar Skull, Tamora, The Place Wherein Love Grew, Volcano in Springtime, Wolf's Heart, Wulric. I love sandalwood, rose, vanilla, black musk, skin musk, amber, tobacco, honey, cinnamon, & frankincense.

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  1. Teamama

    Looking for complexity

    I have a few to add to @VetchVesper & @Lucchesa's recommendations for complex blends. I tend to like the sweet stuff, my guy does not. Here are a few that I know are complex but not (very) sweet. Aelopile: Citrus & resins & vetiver. Starts out with a citrus bang, ends with a vetiver purr. Al-Shairan: Spicy incense & fruit. This gets mixed reviews for sweetness, so worth testing. Aureus: A golden resin-fest. The Coiled Serpent: Mysterious resins unfolding over time. Earthy. Tsadikim Nistarim: OK, this is a little sweet, but it's so complex! All the herbs & resins tell a story. Tushnamatay: Dry, woody incense with a bittersweet heart. Wulric, the Wolfman: Musk blend with a lavish background of notes that change over hours of wear. STRONG. I endorse Aperotos Eros as a complex, morphing scent. On me, it's on the sweet side, but my skin tends that way. Ditto Kubla Khan, Oblivion, & The Carousel.
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    I love Bengal. It took me a few years to get around to trying it, because I amp clove like nobody's business. A frimp came my way, & I was instantly blown away. The honey, musk, & spices blend into a delicious whole, resulting in a spicy skin musk that lifts my mood like nothing else. The honey is restrained & delicate on my skin. I think the musk in Bengal is similar to Morocco's "warm musk." Clove (which usually amps on my skin & wrecks the balance,) stays a faint note, letting the cinnamon bark & ginger take the spotlight. After trying Silk Road resurrected, I think of Bengal as halfway between Silk Road & Morocco. Bengal is definitely in my top 10.
  3. Teamama

    Milk Moon 2020

    So delicate! This is a dreamy, creamy scent, sweet & uplifting. The milk note is subordinate to the fig, honey & olive leaf. Something about the fruit, honey & leaves creates a slightly floral impression. It's wonderfully comforting. If you loved Poor Monkey, grab this!
  4. Teamama

    Black Fig & Cherry

    Wet: Adorable, sweet, cuddly fig, something green & almost piney, & wood. No cherry? Dry: the cherry is finally emerging, but my skin is throwing the balance off, somehow. I get hints of how the notes fit together, but alas, my skin amps the green. Not for me, darn it.
  5. Teamama

    The Death Grapple

    Wet: labdanum, lavender & vanilla amber. Dry: the same, with a hint of sandalwood. Delicate & a little sharp (frozen?) This one's probably for Teadaughter.
  6. Teamama

    Brown Butter Bourbon Cookie

    I got a tiny sniffie tester, & agree with everything above. Butterscotch cookie deliciousness. I like it, but don't need a bottle.
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    I love it. The rose absolute & organic rose petals are the stars for me. Vanilla & strawberry are the second layer, with honey, herbs & butter as distant backups. Not long-lasting on my skin, but pretty good longevity in a locket.
  8. Teamama

    Red Lantern

    Looks like I'm the first to review the 2020 version? I get what all the fuss is about! Wet: Caramel tobacco noms. Dry: Sweet, complex, amber tobacco blend, with foody leanings. Lots of throw, but not in an overwhelming way. I'm going to have to come back & update after wearing it alone on a non-testing day, to capture all the subtleties. My reaction to it is like the insta-love from Bears of Berlin, & St. Clare. In short: Red Lantern is lovely, I want a bottle.
  9. Teamama

    Dalliance with an Amorous Bat Demon

    Wet: It's kind of powdery & soapy on my skin. The benzoin & sandalwood are out in front, not a lot from the other notes. Dry: The notes blend into a powdery whole. On me, this is sweet & dry, mostly benzoin & sandalwood. I never got the labdanum, or any smoke. Verdict:This might age into something I'll regret not buying, but it isn't something I see myself wearing at this stage.
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    Kabe Ni Mimi Ga Aru, Shoki Ni Me Ga Aru

    Wet: Oh yum. Resinous wood & sweet vanilla are my jam, for sure. Dry: a lot like Two Sheep & Two Goats Resting Together in a Field, but without the vetiver's grassy bitterness. Verdict: Lovely, but I don't need a bottle.
  11. Teamama

    To My Dear and Loving Husband

    Wet: patchouli & testosterone. Dry: Yummy guy. This is Beth doing magic. All these notes work on me individually, but in this blend they combine to be VERY masculine. I will try it on Teapapa. I predict deliciousness on him, but it's not for me & my skin.
  12. 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.
  13. Teamama

    In Dubiis Libertas

    Very light vanilla amber with a hazy hint of smoke. Only a trace of cypress on me. Charming.
  14. Teamama

    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.
  15. Teamama

    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 (!!!)