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About PrinceofcatS

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    Lucy's Kiss, Elizabeth of Bohemia, Maiden, Christine (still looking for this one), Spirit Board, Pink Snowballs, The Air and the Aether, Fresh and Blooming as a Rose, The Snow at Dawn

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  1. PrinceofcatS

    Left Ventricle

    The only note I don't care for... and that's all I get. Red musk babey. Hint of mint in the bottle, none on my skin.
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    Honeyed Honeysuckle Atmosphere Spray

    At first spray I got a heavy honey note and dreaded, but it instantly cleared into fresh, dewy, authentic-smelling honeysuckle. So bright and springy. I am so very glad I got this since my room sprays are all heavy gothic and/or winter smells.
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    Discarded Shamisen Hair Gloss

    Unfortunately this was much sweeter on me than I anticipated - initial spray is peach and cherry and vanilla, and while the cherry blossom and a bit of the peony come out, the soft milkshake vibe of this never leaves. This reminds me of a cherry blossom drink I got at a Shake Shack in NYC in late March. It is nice and it is springy, but it smells sweet to me, not fresh, and a little candied. As I described it to a friend, it reminds me of a Sweet Lolita dress where the print isn't foody or dessert-themed. It's not food and it doesn't remind you of food, but it still reminds you of cupcakes and sweetness all the same. A little bit of a letdown for me.
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    Queen Mab's Lace

    Directly on, this reminds me of Leanan Sidhe, one of my first ever bottles from BPAL and a favorite scent to this day - but it has a sultry vibe to it and something reminding me of the color blue. Leanan Sidhe is "Irish herbs and flowers" and mist and dew, but a lot of reviewers pinpoint it as a lily scent, and I've always gotten a bit of a grass note among the general atmospheric vibe of it - Queen Mab's Lace has so many well-blended notes that it's difficult to pick any point, but it's a heady floral over a veil of vanilla lace (that grows more prominent with time), a general sense of twilight blue-tones and coolness. When I analyse the notes list I can pick out some of the specifics - I think poppy gives it some of its haze, honeysuckle its headiness, and especially as the scent wears I think I get lilac in particular; the grass I do notice, but I think the evergreen gives it its depth and forest-specific feel, and idk what indigo musk is but maybe that's why this does remind me of that blue color at that time of the evening - but it's mostly a scent that smells layered than a scent in which I can pick anything out. Over time, the vanilla lace note grows stronger and gains a golden tone from what I assume is the bee balm - it reminds me of a much gentler beeswax (a note that still amps on me, though not as much as honey) - while the scent gains more shadow-tones, and over much more time, the vanilla lace, with just a breath of florals, is the only note left. I love this scent. I think it perfectly evokes the scent description. It reminds me a whole lot of a Bella Kotak photograph, with that sense of being outside amongst the woods and grass with colored mist or smoke hanging in the way, wearing a huge gauzy dress and a halo of blossoms. This is already on my shortlist for favorite perfumes of 2019, and reminding me I should be quicker to take chances on lace scents!
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    Vernal Equinox Full Moon

    I got this in the same order as Overlooking the Garden and I was a little concerned they would turn out to be the same scent. They're close, but not the same. Iris tends to amp on me but not as badly as other powdery florals (violet, namely; orris, which is iris root but smells like violet to me), therefore this scent has a reasonably well-behaved iris, but though the other florals give this a springy vibe, I can't pick them out individually. So iris, a misty springtime floral impression, and golden amber predominate. Eventually, after hours of weartime, the iris softens enough that I think I get a bit of a tulip/daffodil impression same as I get out of Overlooking the Garden, over a veil of golden amber. But the whole scent is softer overall. This is very nice, though I do think I prefer Overlooking the Garden. I'd like this more if there was a white floral note alongside the iris to make it a little filmier. But it's not this perfume's fault iris amps on me.
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    Overlooking the Garden

    Someone mentioned daffodils and apple blossoms, two must-have florals for me, and this went from "pretty, but probably not something I'd want to wear" to "I want to wear that right now". Safe to say, this is a beautiful and atmospheric blend that does not disappoint! It does really effectively remind me of rain, but that note isn't soapy or anything like that on me. The grass note worried me - I'm not sure if I had any reason to believe it would amp, but did - but it's very pretty and blended with some spring-y florals, plus the amber is so golden and grounding. I absolutely get daffodil out of this. It's possible there's apple blossom, maybe tulips in here, but daffodil is the only note I for sure recognize. The amber hangs on forever, as it always does, with a couple of floral notes clinging to it faintly. This would make a great room scent, with that rain-and-grass combination in the background, but the floral and amber dominant aspect of it make it a stunning spring perfume, too.
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    La Joconde

    I bought this for a friend and oh my god it's SO beautiful i am tempted to keep it! (I won't post this until i send it to her though because I know she checks these reviews regularly, so if you're reading it, I did the right thing, guys.) Immediately on it's an intensely pretty, sparkly white musk - like this is the best of white musk, if you like that note as she and I do - with a glorious citrus type overlay. because it's composed of such tart notes, it's almost dry, and reminds me a little of champagne (except the lab's champagne note is soapy on me and this isn't). Unlike a lot of reviewers, I found this lasted on my skin for many hours. It was the white musk that had the most longevity for me, but the grapefruit lasted a long time too. I hope she loves it!
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    I think I had the same experience as doomsday_disco. For the first hour or so this was a clove-dominant creamy rice milk with undertones from the vanilla, sandalwood and frankincense, but I wouldnt say I could detect those notes until the clove had burned down from being the main note. It remained very soft and hard to detect throughout weartime. It was interesting and I could imagine a lot of people enjoying it - it seems like a comforting autumnal scent to me, like a soft sweater - but just a bit out of my wheelhouse. I'm glad to have gotten to try it though.
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    Morning at Fuschlsee

    This is the super-pine-y ice note that has something in it I could swear is a spice. I think the same one was in Snow Maiden. I get white tea and bergamot, and maybe a floral though I don't know freesia well enough to detect it, but unfortunately this is all around floor cleaner-esque on me. I was tempted to blind bottle this one and I am relieved I didn't, but the idea of it is lovely. If that one snow/ice note didn't amp on me fiercely I can imagine this being an unusual and delicate snowy scent, because I can tell the white tea+floral aspect is there, but in this context it just smells aggressively clean.
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    Heart-Shaped Beanie on the Metro

    Deeply sugary rose. Seconded that it smells like Cinq. There's something almost powdery/cloying about the sugary part of this that I recall from that. This reminds me a little of Turkish Delight, but I prefer my roses to smell like flowers, and this is decidedly candy.
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    Three Lovers

    In the vial, this smells bright and elegant - mandarin over that absolutely gorgeous white rose note. When first applied, both of those things shine, plus a bit of carnation and something "perfume-y" for lack of a better descriptor, but still beautiful. However, the scent quickly became all of that "perfume-y" note, which I recognized as cedarwood. It's a very lovely note, but it dominates the blend, with nothing but a supremely clean white musk detectable. I want to retest this before I make up my mind - maybe today was just not the best day! - but I am a little sad, because it smells so good before my skin amps the cedarwood. I don't know that I've worn a scent with that note before or not, so I have no idea if that note always does that on me.
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    Dripping Mountain

    Jasmine from BPAL pretty much never shows up on my skin (or if it does, it's a weird dusty kind of smell), but I love white florals in general and I was hoping I could get something lovely from the magnolia (a beautiful blend BPAL doesn't use as often as I'd like). I also am a big fan of pine + florals. This scent has a weird, cucumber salad smell in the bottle in which I can't detect pine or any flowers at all, but on the skin it's all pine and a very soft floral. I do think I recognize the magnolia from The Bride, but here it's cool and not very strong. I wonder if there's actually a snow note in here; I could swear it smells a little bit snowy and minty. But then again, there is a lot of pine and they have a few snow notes with pine in them. I don't know how magnolia ages, but this is largely pine with some hints of magnolia on me. ETA: So giving this even just a couple more days to settle, the magnolia is much stronger! It's never strong - it's a very unobtrusive scent - but I like it very much. A very happy addition to my small yet beloved Piney Flowers family.
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    A Woman Practicing Calligraphy on Her Lover’s Erect Member

    The rose and moss note of this reminds me so hard of A Young Woman Appealing to a Witch (Halloween 2015) that, as much as I love those notes, I kept cringing and waiting for the weird bog scent that aged into that one to appear on me. Fortunately it does not! And the moss and roses get more beautiful as I wear it, plus the lovely ink note I recognize from The Manuscript (Crimson Peak) emerges. Love love love love love!!!! Of all the Lupers this year, this one was the one that made me immediately have to buy and it did not disappoint. It's everything I hoped it would be, and i know all of these notes age beautifully. Totally worth the embarrassing name.
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    Lilith’s First Icicle

    I agree that this snowdrop is somewhere similar to iris, but it doesn't amp powder on me the way other iris scents do! That said, I do love a soft powdery iris, and i love this snowdrop. This scent is somewhere between Snow White and Pink Snowballs, but cold. This doesn't have the warmth of either of those, and in spite of the whipped cream, which adds something delicate and pretty for sure, this isn't sweet or vanilla-y - though I do think it's the same snow note as those two (no coconut/almond vibes others report from Snow White, though). I was concerned this would have whatever "frozen"/"misty" note goes straight to soap on me (and is also in the lab's champagne scents), since it's a note that never ages into not being soapy on me, but it doesn't. Whatever is making this feel glassy and cold isn't that. It's not that powdery on me, nor is it especially clean - but glassy feels accurate! This makes me think of the most perfect, whitest of winter wonderlands. I really like it - this is the kind of scent I want from Yules basically every year. I was anxious from some of the reviews that I'd bought this (namely, the Lab's jasmine hates me, and i was scared of the frozen note emerging) but I ended up being very glad I did!
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    Snow Moon 2019

    This morphed a lot on me. Initial application with mostly citrus and reminded me of soap, and I dreaded it having the Soapy Frozen Note that some BPALs have on me - a lot of the time scents with the word 'frozen' (or misty!) in them turn out to have the same note in champagne scents that turns into soap on me. But that dissipated, and the apple came out - so i was getting Chilly Fruit. Which I did not love! Over time the snowdrop note I recognize in Lilith's First Icicle (but probably wouldn't place otherwise) started to emerge, alone with the ozonic snow note. At this point I mostly get chilly ozone snow and a blend of apple and snowdrop that reminds me of apple blossom. It's actually really pretty! Still fairly fruity, but not in a bad way.