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About Lucchesa

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 06/14/1967


  • Location
    Emerald City
  • Country
    United States


  • BPAL of the Day
    Pumpkin Tobacco
  • 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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    Art, art history, history, yoga, books, food, dogs. God this sounds boring.
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    cautious optimism


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  1. Lucchesa


    I've always thought that marigolds smell weird. Kind of musty, kind of bitter. Weird and marigoldy. Tagetes on my skin smells weird and marigoldy. Not exactly as I remember, and it gets sweeter over its wearlife, which my skin tends to do to a lot of green notes. Not much throw (normal for me) but good wear life. I can't imagine wearing this as a perfume, but I enjoy the single notes as a way of reminding myself what individual components smell like.
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    Hekaerge is a lovely and lasting patchouli scent on me. Testing blind I guessed patch, cedar and lemon balm — the latter two would be the balsam and lemongrass. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the opening — applied right before leaving the house — so I may have missed the lavender entirely as it rarely lasts on me. I’m not getting much myrrh either. A gritty honey is sweetening things only slightly but adding to the staying power. Very nice!
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    Sic Erit

    Wet, the geranium ran off with this one. Sharp, spicy, herbal geranium, though I couldn't have specifically identified it as the bourbon variety. It was all geranium all the time for nearly an hour before the red musk showed up, with the amber playing backup. Then it lasted quite a while as a fruity red musk/geranium blend with amber and faint woods in the background. I was hoping for a lot more patchouli but the red musk and geranium ganged up on it. I think this would be amazing on the right person, but my skin gave too much prominence to the geranium. Super glad I got to try this one!
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    Haute Macabre

    Wet: vanilla! Creamy almond vanilla. I am a lover of marzipan, so this is right up my alley. Then as it dries down, the leather emerges in a big way, and the almond starts to bow out quietly, so the leather marzipan stage doesn't last long on me. What I end up with is vanilla, leather and maybe a hint of oak, but I never actually get much patchouli. Supreme_c0rt likened this to Antikythera Mechanism and I agree, it's like AM with leather instead of tobacco. Not much throw but that's typical of me; good wear length. Kind of a femme leather blend, though perfectly approachable for either gender. Haute Macabre is a beauty!
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    Loup Garou

    Loup Garou starts out as all evergreen forest. I usually avoid eucalyptus, but it is definitely playing backup here, though there is a sinus-clearing property when wet. Lots of juniper and cypress, so much that I can't make out the galangal. This would be a terrific atmo. On my skin it softens in drydown as evergreens always do, and then it disappears. Only a couple hours of wear length before my skin ate it up; I was death matching with Burial which lasted much longer.
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    Testing blind, the only element I identified with certainty in Polyhymnia (a very aged imp by now) is the myrrh. My impression was herbal, myrrh, and some floral that is not obnoxious on me (honeysuckle, as it turns out. Check.). When I know it's there, my nose can find the lemon balm, but it's very subtle. I'm not getting a lot of red sandalwood -- it's definitely not doing the #2 pencil thing -- but the powdery orris root is probably the dominant note here. I suspect the top notes have dampened in the last decade, but while subtle, this is still a beguiling blend, and it has good wear length. I'm so grateful to the generous forumite who frimped me this in an art swap, but I don't imagine reaching for it much, so I will put it in my swaps so someone else can satisfy their curiosity.
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    Nine Mysteries

    Mint is one component I avoid, and it's the dominant ingredient here. Wet, Nine Mysteries is peppermint and maybe something else with a medicinal edge like eucalyptus (another death note). Menthol. This is obviously not in my wheelhouse -- it might be ok for a wake-up shower gel or aromatherapy but not something I would wear as perfume. Swap.
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    The Hohenzollern Crypt

    I put Hohenzollern Crypt on yesterday because it was one of the imps in my car and I'd left the house unscented. I must have tried it but never reviewed it. It's very good. Citrus (more orange-lime than grapefruit) and lavender at first, but lavender never lasts long on me; it resolves into a lovely citrus chypre with the tobacco grounding it (I often find this kind of scent too high-pitched). Perfectly unisex, work appropriate, subtly sexy, reasonably long-lasting. No throw on me but that's normal with my skin chemistry. The scent it brought to mind for me was Auroraphobia so if you're hoarding that, this might be an easier-to-find alternative.
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    Mister Wednesday

    I like Mr. Wednesday all right, though he's not my usual type. It's sort of a bright herbal cologne, tending masculine on the unisex scale, with a little woods. I'm not actually getting much whiskey. It has a little throw on me (more than I usually get) and pretty decent wear length.
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    High-Pitched Shriek

    Testing High Pitched Shriek blind, my conclusion was citrusy marshmallow and some kind of floaty floral (sugar blossom?). I never would have chosen this because strawberry goes tragically awry on my skin, but it's not objectionable here; it adds a bright pink color and a little tartness to the general sugar rush of this scent. If sunny, fruity, girlish marshmallow scents are your jam, you are going to love this one! It's too ingenue for me, but I am SUPER grateful to the fabulous forumite who let me try this!
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    Pillar of Flame

    Pillar of Flame isn't nearly as dark as I expected it to be. I'd never tried labdanum incense but it's lovely -- imagine the almost fizzy quality of labdanum as an incense. To me it's not dark brown but more of the color of a piece of translucent amber. I read through the notes and felt like I could smell them all. The wild plum is less sweet than a cultivated variety; the vetiver is gently smoky, not the charred terror of Malediction. The pepper and saffron and vetiver counter the sweetness of the other notes; the late stage is mostly clover honey, always a lasting note on me, but with enough spice and incense to keep it interesting. I know this is a Luper but it's perfect in crisp fall weather, channeling the brilliant colors of autumn foliage more than the pastels of spring. I will definitely use my decant and be on the lookout for more!
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    I've been wanting to try Kunstkammer for ages -- it's an art history thing. It was generously gifted to me in an art swap, so I finally got the chance. My decant is easily a decade old if not more, and Kunstkammer has definitely mellowed with age. I often have trouble smelling the black pepper note, and that was the case here. But the olibanum was equally reclusive. I got soft sweet blood orange and warm benzoin, and my skin ate them up within a couple hours It's nice but nothing exceptional; I'm kind of relieved I don't have to track down a bottle. But I'm thrilled I got to try it.
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    Wet, I was thinking there was ivy in Esbat, which must have been the twining morning glory. To me it smelled like ivy strangling a deciduous tree. And then I got hit with the mugwort. I don't have a lot of experience with mugwort, but I'm pretty sure that it was the strong, kind of musty herbal smell that dominated for 30 minutes or so. Once it receded into the moonlit gloom, Esbat became a floral, which is where it lost me. It wasn't a woody-herbal-green floral, it was just a floral. And while it was a lovely ethereal sort of floral and quite long-lasting, I just don't wear unadulterated florals. This might have worked on me if everything had presented at once, but it unfolded in stages and the final one just isn't me.
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    La Ronde du Sabbat

    Testing blind, I got frank and clove. So proud of my nose this morning! I never really got a lot of tar or tobacco. So a spicy rich resinous frank, not a sharp dry one, that lasts for hours and hours on me. Although I would have liked more tobacco, I really appreciate this one. And as a lapsed Catholic, I loved tinyvulture's summation.
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    I got this decant in a swap, and while I think it's 2016, I'm not positive. It's finally a blackberry scent I can wear, that doesn't go pure candy, and that's largely because it's mainly a creamy cherry scent. The blackberries are very much in the background but they keep things interesting. Cherry is the rare fruit note I really enjoy, and Yipe is a sweet, creamy, foodie cherry with a little of the deeper blackberry note in the background. I don't feel like this kind of scent very often, but I'm keeping my decant for when I do.