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Mermaid-on-Land

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    Laudanum Obsidian Widow Alice Saturnalia Black Annis The Night-Raven Eros Blood Kiss Ouija Phantom Calliope Dragon's Tears Dracul Sacred Whore of Babylon Slippery Poppy Tincture The Robotic Scarab The Lady of Shalott Hurricane Fave Notes: anise sassafras resins (basically all of them) wine violet tea vetiver cinnamon nutmeg cardamom dragon's blood gardenia jasmine poppy

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  1. Mermaid-on-Land

    Dwarf

    Lab frimp! The hops are very sweet and floral-smelling right on application, they are almost bubblegum-like for a second before settling. That is most of what I get to start. There is a bit of the dusty leather but not much. There's also an undertone that reminds me of the 'thin oil' or bronze note in The Robotic Scarab, that I really like. I never really get the mineral or metallic qualities that everyone else seems to. This is very pretty and not nearly as masculine as I'd pictured from the description. This dwarf is a total girl next door that probably sings Taylor swift songs in the mines... 😂 I applied quite a bit so it began very strong. It became less noticeable over the course of a couple hours so sadly it didn't last as long as I'd have liked. However I liked this a lot more than I thought, it stood out as fairly unique! I've never looked much at the RPG line, just not much of a layer-er(?) with my scents, but this was cool!
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    Brusque Violet

    A cool, almost minty violet! But definitely very violet dominant. Dry rather than sweet, and cool rather than warm (like all violet scents are to me) but the mint pushes that impression even further. Not quite as chilly as Ultraviolet though, it’s more shaded plants than cold metal. The opoponax warms it a bit a couple minutes into wear and it becomes more complex.
  3. Mermaid-on-Land

    Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Those Condemned to Death

    Sharp bitterness (bitter almond perhaps? Or the same bitter-sweet-burnt note from hemlock) and peaches at first. It begins to settle into something poisonous and sweet, musky and not quite fruity, not quite gourmand. It's amazing already, damn it. I'm getting tiny hints of everything, saffron, honey, palm, myrrh, frankincense, etc.something mildly floral, maybe the aconite (monkshood). I really need more perfumes with this bitter almond I love it omg. Very sophisticated and complex. The bitterness creates an almost alcoholesque scent, smelling like an expensive peach liqueur or something. The only thing that saved my wallet from immediately tracking down all the old bottles is that it doesn't last long on me I'll save this one for special occasions (or possibly apply it to my wrist and just sniff it for an hour straight when I'm at home)
  4. Mermaid-on-Land

    Fire for Thy Stepmother's Daughters

    Ok so since i hated Djinn and don't seem to do well with 'burny' or fiery scents, this is one I basically got an imp of because… well the name is really cool 🤣 I just really wanted to try it. To my absolute surprise, I loved it! It's smoky in a floral candle smoke kind of way, but light as well. I think there might be some narcissus in this because it has something in common with Darkness, a smoky 'after a candle is out' quality. It seems very appropriate for an enchanted fire in a fairy tale to be a bit more *magical* than just simple fire. It was also sweetened with a different floral, one I didn't recognize (but for some reason thought might be lotus? I could see where it could be compared to bubble gum), and honestly some other scents I have no idea what they might be. I really liked this one and will wear it again! Oh. Some reviews mention ginger and a fruit. possibly a charred fruit? Dragons blood giving it a resiny sweetness? I think maybe a hit of pepper as well, at one point it kicked up pretty strong. It lasted really well and I was surrounded by a nice aura of perfume for like 6 hours. Sweet and a bit spicy, this is pretty in an unexpected way. (And, as a bonus, still has a cool name)
  5. Mermaid-on-Land

    Ogygia

    Sharpish floral aquatic, reminds me of Waves of Mist a bit, which I love. Has a ton of ingredients I'm unfamiliar with so it's hard to pick out notes. This reminds a bit of Lady of Shalott minus the very prevalent ginger note. The parsley is very interesting here, it's herbal and the violets play very well with the seawater. Sort of fresh but not dryer sheets, and definitely floral with a slight herbal tinge. It's sophisticated. Very hard to review because there are soooo many notes I'm unfamiliar with, but I definitely enjoyed it!
  6. Mermaid-on-Land

    Snake Oil

    Trying this relatively fresh, I need to go back eventually and retest it after a bit of aging. Powdery vanilla with a strong sharpness when I first put it on. Eventually it begins to soften and smooth out. Vanilla with a powdery feel, and a slight medicinal tinge reminiscent of Laudanum (I guess since it's called Snake Oil, a medicinal twinge makes sense! 😆) Eventually the powder fades and a spiciness comes in. I feel like there is something in here that behaves on me in a similar way to gardenia, going floral powdered sugar. Or perhaps it just shares a note with Sacred Whore. Not that that's a complaint! Great throw, it actually gets stronger further into drydown. The more it dries the less powdery it is and the more a scent of warm, saturated spices/oils soaked in vanilla comes out. It definitely seems exotic tho. I like it but think I need a couple wearings to get a feel for it. On my second wearing, I'm getting a lot more of the vanilla and "exotic oils" and really liking it. It's sweet and does have a 'sugared vanilla' feel but not overly sweet. I really like it, I can see why this is so universally popular!
  7. Mermaid-on-Land

    The King of Hearts

    Very gardeny when first applied, I can see how this relates to the queen's rose garden lol. It’s also quite strong on rosewood which is a note I’ve loved since I tried Ouija. It’s not overly ROSE but a nice combo of cherry-rose-rosewood with a bite of lavender. Very unique. It’s a sweet, fresh, powdery floral that’s pretty unlike any others I’ve tried (though the lavender recalls Lurid a bit). 15 min in, lavender is beginning to dominate. Goes a bit powdery then rosewood comes up to meet it and it creates a lovely spiciness. The overall vibe is a dusty, medium purple and red velvet. I quite like this, it’s unlike anything I already have! Sadly there’s not as much throw as I’d like and it doesn’t last longer than 6 hours before fading to a skin scent
  8. Mermaid-on-Land

    Mouse's Long and Sad Tale

    Beautiful sweet vanilla and sweet pea. It’s soft and snuggly. The sandalwood is in the background and the sweet pea is far more sweet floral than planty floral. Eventually the dry down develops a similar light fresh vanilla to dorian. This is like scent comfort food! A light pink and cream Sherpa blanket to snuggle in by a fireplace.
  9. Mermaid-on-Land

    Roses, Pearls, and Diamonds

    A beautiful rose with a creamy vanilla. Oh wait, no, on reading the description that’s the “coconut tinged orris” which is an absolutely beautiful note in this! It’s a very pretty and coconutty light floral that plays perfectly with the freshness of the rose. The musks are a light, sparkly background note. It’s so funny how the orris perfectly invokes the creaminess of pearls and the musk is the crystalline quality of diamonds! I really like this one, it’s elegant and while it’s not quite light in a crisp, clean sense, it’s bubbly and fun for a sweet, warm, gourmand scent.
  10. Mermaid-on-Land

    The Caterpillar

    The florals are of the deep and intoxicating variety rather the light and fresh variety; it's more classically ‘perfume’ floral rather than walking in a garden. Jasmine comes in strong, and possibly carnation or neroli in second. I also get something that reminds me of narcissus, possibly that’s the iris? The incense notes deepen it a bit and the moss, patchouli, and vetiver add earthiness. The patch is fairly strong at first but settles down nicely. Now the florals are, as promised, drifting lazily around with the incense. No surprise, I love this, as I love heavier oriental florals 😂 Beautiful, not too sweet or heavy though. Reminds me almost of a darker version of Moscow?
  11. Mermaid-on-Land

    Mouse's Long and Sad Tale

    This is a beautiful vanilla and sweet pea. It’s soft and snuggly. The sandalwood is in the background and the sweet pea is far more sweet floral than planty floral. Eventually the drydown develops a similar light fresh vanilla to dorian. This is like scent comfort food! A light pink and cream Sherpa blanket to snuggle in by a fireplace. I really love this one, it's one that you could pretty much wear for any occasion.
  12. Mermaid-on-Land

    Dwarf

    Lab frimp! The hops are very sweet and floral smelling right on application, they are almost bubble gum-like for a second before settling. That is most of what I get to start. There is a bit of the dusty leather but not much. There's also an undertone that reminds me of the 'thin oil' or bronze note in The Robotic Scarab, that I really like. I never really get the mineral or metallic qualities that everyone else seems to. This is very pretty and not nearly as masculine as I'd pictured from the description. This dwarf is a total girl-next-door type that probably sings Taylor Swift songs in the mines.... I applied quite a bit so it began very strong. It became less noticeable over the course of a couple hours so sadly it didn't last as long as I'd have liked. However I liked this a lot more than I thought, it stood out as very unique! I've never looked much at the RPG line but this was cool.
  13. Mermaid-on-Land

    The King of Hearts

    Very gardeny when first applied, I can see how this relates to the queen's rose garden from Alice in Wonderland lol. It’s also quite strong on rosewood which is a note I’ve loved since I tried Ouija. It’s not overly ROSE rose, but a nice combo of cherry-rose-rosewood with a bite of lavender. Unique. It’s a sweet fresh powdery floral that’s pretty unlike any others I’ve tried, though the lavender recalls Lurid a tiny bit. 15 minutes into wearing, lavender beginning to dominate and goes a bit powdery, but then rosewood comes up to meet it and it creates a lovely spiciness. The overall color impression I get is a dusty medium purple and red velvet. I quite like this, it’s unlike anything I already have! Sadly there’s not as much throw as I’d like and it doesn’t last longer than 6 hours before fading to a skin scent, but it's really unique and cool!
  14. Mermaid-on-Land

    Hemlock

    Cool! I was expecting something leafy fresh and super herbal but this has an underlying burnt smoky note that I can really get behind! A bit of darkness because this is an *evil* plant 😈 is it maybe creosote? It reminds me just a touch of Smokestack but more pleasant. There may be a sliiiight touch of eucalyptus which I haven't liked in similar scents but it's only ever very faintly there and only if I look for it so I don't mind it. It smells really good and I love the things that make it not 'just' herbal because I'm not so much a straight herbal person, I like other stuff added. Other than these impressions I have no idea, the description doesn't list notes and my nose isn't quite educated enough to pick them out with any authority. Not much throw sadly and doesn't last long even with slathering as much as I do
  15. Mermaid-on-Land

    The Antikythera Mechanism

    I mostly smell an oak note that reminds me of Black Annis. Another wood, similar to the dryest aspects of Ouija, comes through as well. The farther drydown reveals the dark tobacco sweetened by vanilla. I dk, need to test again. It was very masculine for me. One of the woods is so light it's almost citrusy... I think my chemistry was off the first test day, because the second try was much nicer. The tobacco was smoky and heavy and the vanilla was rich and sweetened it nicely. The woods gave the effect of the box holding the mechanism. Beautiful woods and the heavy darker sweetness and depth of tobacco and vanilla. THIS is what I had expected the first time I tried. The wood notes lend an image of an old desk in a Victorian study. After a couple of wearings I really love this one!
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