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About Lucchesa

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  • Birthday 06/14/1967


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    Emerald City
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  • Favorite Scents
    Soft leather and sweet tobacco. Bergamot. Carnation. Cardamom. Sugared citrus. Blood orange, mandarin. Dark musk. Almond, hazelnut, marzipan! Vanilla (smoked vanilla, caramelized vanilla, vanilla musk...) Cocoa. Lilac. Amber. Dead leaves. Most woods and resins. Honey, beeswax -- I'm a total sucker for candle-type scents. Plum, peach, apricot, cherry, fig. Most evergreens. I'll try anything medieval/renaissance or library related. Usually good: Myrrh and frank. Patchouli. Cedar. Iffy: Rose, lily. Apple, pear, berry, currant, pom. Vetiver. Wine. Champagne or anything fizzy. Notes of doom: Aquatics. Tuberose. Banana. Eucalyptus. Mint. Most jasmine, violet, olive blossom, orange blossom and champaca. Strong smoke. Sharp tobacco leaf. Red and white musk (usually). Some baked goods (e.g. the cakes in Eat Me). Gin.

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  1. Lucchesa

    Gingerbread and Leather

    My favorite gingerbread blends are the exact three @DiesMali just cited: Gingerbread, Black Clove and Vetiver; Gingerbread Tobacco; and Gingerbread Patch Leather and Dark Musk. This ranks right up there, I would say. Gingerbread with extra clove against a base of soft leather, threaded through with sticky tobacco. Spicy and sexy with good throw and wear length, though I did slather.
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    Monster Bait: Bloody Mary

    MB: Bloody Mary is a nice creamy cherry blend, but on my skin the other red fruits create a generic red candy effect, as I often get with berry notes. The wear length is somewhat less than I would desire, and the throw is very low. There are newer and less rare cherry scents that work better on me.
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    Vivamus, Mea Lesbia, Atque Amemus

    Mmm. Honeyed lavender and fruity red musk to start out, making this kind of like a lavender Smut. Has there ever been a lavender Smut? Lavender usually disappears on me, but this one lasts longer than most. Eventually I get the warm ambrette and maybe some cognac, though I never really smell the balsam or mate. A lovely spring red musk blend, though. I'm so glad I have this -- thanks to a generous circular swapper!
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    Asleep in the Deep

    I was gifted this bottle by an extremely generous forumite, and I have worn it several times, with varying results. I hadn't ordered a bottle because although I love the salt note, I was afraid that the name might imply an unlisted aquatic note, and nearly everything aquatic goes to cleaning product on me. When I applied this straight from the mailbox because patience is not one of my more notable virtues, I got, basically, plum dryer sheets. The second time I wore it, I got plum when wet and that toothsome salt note I love, and it mellowed down into opium-plum-salt loveliness, dark and velvety, exactly what I was hoping for. The third time I wore it, it was more like dark opium plum with a bit of dryer sheets. And so on. I am pretty confident, though, that this is going to age magnificently, and that each time I wear it the aquatic tinge is going to fade farther into the background. If you are fan of scents purple, you need to give this a go.
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    Youth's Disengagement

    I bought a bottle of Youth's Disengagement last fall and didn't even skin-test it -- I was too wrapped up in the dark autumnal scents. Well, the sun is shining in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm so happy with my purchase. YD does not smell like cake to me (Eat Me was a disaster on me). It smells like one of Beth's gorgeous creamy florals without the flowers, and as someone who loves that category but is not a big fan of floral, that is high praise. There's the pillowy sweetness of marshmallow root and vanilla cream with the delicacy of rainier cherries against a lovely pale incense-y sandalwood. I'm not actually getting the anise (which I had hoped for) or the ginger (which I had not). Currants? Maybe. Sweetness and light? Definitely.
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    Haul on the Bowline

    HerbGirl said it first, but this is very much in the vein of #occupywallstreet. Another filthy frigging patchouli, in the best possible way. Big patch, globs of cocoa, drier and woodier than #occupy because of the cedar replacing the vanilla. Thus, an outdoor scent for the patch lover, with good throw initially, though it dials back in drydown. If patchouli is your jam, this is the jammiest thing the Lab has given us in a while. Rejoice!
  7. Lucchesa

    Good Ship Venus

    I'm still trying to get a read on Good Ship Venus, having tested it more than once now. Wet it's almost camphorous, and I'm not sure where it's coming from -- there are big patchouli notes that are almost camphorous, but here I'm getting only the camphor, not the patch. I'm not getting the chewy salt note from Asleep in the Deep but more of a saltwater note. There is only the faintest whisper of spices on my skin. The patchouli never arrives, although the tonka shows up after an hour or so, but by that time the whole thing is awfully faint. I was expecting Good Ship Venus to be my favorite of the shanties, but it just isn't coming together for me.
  8. Lucchesa

    Hanging Johnny

    This is the third time today I've reapplied Hanging Johnny, but I'm happy to do it. It's a lot of hemp, with cedar and a cedary sandalwood, and the overall effect is outdoorsy and light-hearted. I wish it lasted longer -- it would be easily bottle-worthy. A different kind of unisex evergreen scent, with a prominent hemp note -- if Rogue has too much rosin or Ask the Nearest Hippie too much pot and patchouli, Hanging Johnny is your man.
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    Wolf Moon 2021

    Wolf Moon 2021 is gorgeous! Lots of green grass on a structure of sandalwood and balsam with just a touch of sweetness from the beeswax. After a little while the warm furry muskiness and the ambrette nuttiness move in. I'm not getting much juniper, which is good because it's a troublesome note on me. Green scents hardly ever work on me, but this one is a keeper.
  10. Lucchesa

    Tobacco & Pine Needle

    Tobacco and Pine Needle starts out as sharp pine and a little sharp tobacco. Generally, pine sweetens and softens on my skin; that doesn't exactly happen here. It does transform into a cologne-y tobacco, as the previous reviewers also experienced, with a pine backdrop. I happen to enjoy the more masculine spectrum of scents, so this isn't a problem for me. It's not a sweet, chewy tobacco; it's a drier one. It doesn't last as long as I would like, but I am going to hang onto the decant because I suspect it will mature into something really worthwhile.
  11. Lucchesa

    Amber & Cardamom

    I get just a breath of cardamom and a lot of warm, long-lasting amber. I wish the cardamom were a little more prominent on me, but it is still a cozy skin scent that I can derive comfort from for hours.
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    Cucidati is a very wearable foodie. It started out marzipan with some bright citrus and spice, then over 20 minutes or so it gradually warmed into a sticky, boozy fig and date. I gave my decant to my sister who actually makes cucidati, but I will be on the lookout for another one as it's as mood-lifting as a tray of holiday cookies.
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    Gingerbread Witch

    Gingerbread Witch could easily be a Weenie. Pumpkin and apple and mulling/gingerbread spices. I didn't get any rosemary, which bummed me out. Nice, but not remarkable on me.
  14. Maybe This Is Your Wilderness? Honeyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute
  15. Lucchesa

    Cherry Cream Pie Chypre

    I was gifted this by a super generous forum PIFer and accidentally misplaced it until yesterday. Cherry Cream Pie Chypre smells wonderful when first applied. Lots and lots of cherry, a little cream, hardly any crust. Just joyful cherry pie filling. I went for a long walk -- actually a series of three medium walks -- and completely forgot to check in on my wrist. Many hours after application, I raised wrist to nose. What is this? Oh, right! The crust notes had finally emerged. Still wonderful. Cherry pastry, a skin scent, but still going strong.