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About Teamama

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    Red Hot Mama
  • Birthday 01/30/1967


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    Paper Phoenix
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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

    Bears of Berlin

    Om nom nom. I was hoping 2 things when I ordered a decant: 1. For the clove to be held in check ( I usually amp it,) 2. For the honey to be prominent. I got #1, which is super-rare. Instead of #2, I got the world's sweetest brown musk, rolled up in cuddly butterscotch labdanum with just a wee hint of clove. Tonka, rum & honey aren't much in evidence on my skin, but I don't mind. Teapapa says when it's freshly applied, it reminds him of his father's pipe tobacco. I'm loving it, but I bet it will be excellent on him, too.
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    Swing Carousel

    There's a category of BPAL scents that I love, but am rubbish at describing, because there are lots of notes interacting in lots of ways. Some examples: Kubla Khan, Scarecrow Turned Philosopher, Day of Skulls, The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone. Swing Carousel is one of those blends. I can't often wear citrus, but all the other notes got me so intrigued that I risked a decant. I'm really glad I did, because I am thrilled by how warm & golden Swing Carousel smells. The interplay between amber, spice, orange & gingerbread seems like it would go in a foody direction, but the cedar & incense keep it out of the pantry. Medium throw, medium wear length. Good on my skin & in a scent locket. I definitely need at least a partial bottle.
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    Raven Moon

    2009 version, from a forum purchase. Overall, it's a spicy musk with benzoin. Mama-Ji is the closest blend I can think of. Like Lucchesa, I'm impressed by the longevity. On my skin, the nutmeg & chili pepper notes don't really smell like themselves. Spices can be hit or miss with my skin chemistry. Cinnamon & cassia are usually hits. Clove is a miss, because my skin amps it so much, it throws off the balance of any blend containing it. Cardamom & nutmeg sometimes work, so I always want to try them. I wonder if the same thing that causes my skin to amp cloves is somehow distorting the nutmeg & chili pepper? Raven Moon 2009 smells better in the bottle than on my skin, & better on my skin than in a silver scent locket. I'm glad I got to try it, but I hardly ever reach for it.
  4. Teamama

    First Morning in Paris

    On me, the Burgundy oudh does the same thing that the oudh in Bestla did. It blooms into bovine barnsmell. Only by washing my arm can I get a hint of the delightful balance of oudh, musk & lavender in this blend. I will have to try it in my locket, because my skin wrecks it. Fans of Bestla should love this.
  5. Teamama

    Eyeball Seaboar Alchemy Lab

    From a testable empty frimped by a generous forumite. Color me surprised! The listed notes did not prepare me for the bergamot's surprise attack of floral goodness in this blend. It's like the bergamot comes upon the unsuspecting patchouli, salt, white sandalwood & honey, ties them up, & bursts into flower. This is really nice, & now I kind of want some more.
  6. Teamama

    Fourth Lash

    I am smitten with my decant. The black rose reminds me of Peacock Queen, in that rose is definitely center stage. Like Mandragora369, I'm finding the rest of the notes to be pretty subtle on me, although the leather is noticeable. I hope somebody who loves Whip gets in & reviews this blend, because Fourth Lash is what I was hoping Whip would be (I blame my skin.) More testing is needed, but it's a strong bottle contender. The last 12 months of BPAL roses have been SO FINE 🌹.
  7. Teamama

    Twelfth Lash

    Wonderful! It's the sex honey from Entertaining the Heian Court Maiden, with sweet, grassy vetiver. The patchouli is subtle, the labdanum adds sweetness. At dry-down, this is ridiculously good. I can't quit huffing my arm. I want at least a partial bottle. ETA: For beeswax fans, adding that my daughter says this is "strong beeswax" on me. She's a beeswax candle huffer from birth.
  8. Teamama

    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    I think Edie Sedgwick would wear Hollywood Babylon, Dance of Death, or Amsterdam. All of those seem like they might have appealed to her, & be appropriate for a 60's era heiress in torment.
  9. Teamama

    No. 93 Engine

    Beeswax & resins. Both dry & sweet. Beautiful. This is so complex, I can't even pick out my beloved frankincense. I know there is sage & balsam in here, because it smells like my childhood. There's a desert plant in eastern WA whose dried seed heads look like tiny brown velvet buttons on an dill weed flower (I think it's yarrow, but I'm a lousy botanist.) It smells like the resins in No. 93 Engine. I am all about this fragrance, & have been buying up imps waiting for it to come back in stock.
  10. Teamama

    Rocky Mountain Goats Hair Gloss

    Strong at first, like a bundle of cut sage &evergreen branches in your face. The dry-down a gentle but persistent green/resin. I'm glad I got a decant, but I probably won't wear this often.
  11. Teamama

    Fishtail Beaver Alchemy Lab

    In the decant & freshly applied, the cedar came at me with a 2x4. That faded quickly, letting the patchouli, vanilla & mint strut their stuff. After a few chaotic minutes, the patchouli emerged as the dominant note. It's my favorite, the sweet & cuddly patchouli from Goblin. The vanilla & mint pair beautifully with the patch. Good wear length, medium throw. I like this a lot, & will wear up all of this decant. It's close enough to my beloved Goblin that I don't think I need a bottle, but definitely A++. Edited to add: Bottle needed. This is now Patchouli & Cedar Lick It. Om nom nom!
  12. Teamama

    Eve's Big Apple IV

    On wet: Apple, sweet amber, & patch predominate. I can barely smell the tobacco leaf. Very nice, well-balanced. Dry: The apple in this blend has a vegetal, apple-skin note to it. My skin tends to amp that note, making the overall balance shift in a green direction as it dries down. Verdict: I'm happy I got to try this, but my skin throws the balance out of whack as it dries. Not for me, need to find a loving home for this bottle.
  13. Teamama

    Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field

    On me, this is the softest, sweetest vetiver ever, wrapped in vanilla wool. If it was yarn, it would be a fat undyed merino single that had been stored in a box with 100 vanilla pods & a few vetiver leaves (stalks?) Edited to add: This is gorgeous, & SUPER long-lasting on my skin. The vetiver is smoky, as well as soft. The wool aspect is the most truly woolly of all the BPAL wool-themed blends I have tried. I'm really glad I bought a bottle.
  14. Teamama

    The Purple Window Hair Gloss

    The blackberry from Bewitched plus fig & sugar. Strong! BPAL's blackberry note can go a little bit soap-adjacent on me. That combined with the strength of the scent means I will need to apply less gloss than I usually do.
  15. Teamama

    Job 31:32

    I agree with Lucchesa (respectfully snipped,) Both Romans 13:8 and Job 31:32 are sweet & complex, with more going on than the notes list would immediately suggest. Job opens up with Nuts, and lots of 'em. The hazelnut is intensely good. It's the scent of hazelnuts right from the shell, with all the sweet, wood, & plant notes that make them so excellent. I don't identify them as especially "roasted," which always seems to be a harsh thing to do to a hazelnut. Almond is predictably strong at first, and then backs off. The hazelnut lasts, long into dry down. It is supported by the fig, and the sweetness of the Rahat lokum. I didn't detect rosewater, but I don't miss it. This one is all about the nuts for me. Used up my decant, & bought a bottle.