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About artisjok

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 02/10/1989


  • BPAL of the Day
    ~Cushing Manor~
  • Favorite Scents
    Books & libraries and herbs (lavender! sage rosemary). Ambers and incense/resins (frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, etc) and cardamom and woods. Maple and leaves and oak. Leather!! Leather leather leather. Moss and earth and vetiver. Soft smoke and cashmere and snow. Honey and lush roses and beeswax. Grapefruit and sugar, brown sugar and creaminess. Jasmine and hay and sweet patchouli (!!!) Some musks, especially when it’s a cozy and sensual vibe.. Been diggin’ carnation, in particular, and would love a really nice green/dewy spring scent. and I enjoy me a rich, chewy gourmand, Nomnomnom... So far champaca (straight corn tortillas) and some rose (sharp & soapy) notes have been yuck on my skin :/ Coffee just disappears. Some vanillas go cheap candle. Straight fruity and candy scents aren’t usually appealing to me. Aquatics occasionally work, I usually stay away. I don’t usually like tropical scents, though I’m curious to smell something singularly guava or passion fruit-heavy

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    My babies ❤️
    Trees in the wind, sun in my eyes, books by my side, feelings welling and flickering inside.
    Tea and coffee
    Cats and birds and wolves and dragonflies
    Insects and herbs
    Breaking the programs, being true to I AM
    River and rain sounds
    Thunder and lightning shows
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    Breathing, sighing


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  1. A Lady Tall and White and Monastery in the Mountains come to mind. Both lovely snow & sandalwood scents. ALT&W dries down much sweeter with the vanilla.
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    Gingerbread, Vetiver, and Black Clove

    Sweet thick chewy gingerbread! And for a good while, it’s strong and consistent. The clove waits until later in the drydown to dominate, and the scent becomes somewhat dryer. There’s still gingerbread, but it’s less dense, less sticky. Oddly, the vetiver doesn’t show up for me, and I enjoy the note. I think it would go well with this sweet and spicy concoction, so hopefully it decides to show up.... Yummy!
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    Snowball Fight

    Piney snow note dominates at first, which I’m a fan of, yet find it to dominate in most blends featuring. After a half hour or so, the vanilla gains dominance and it’s a slightly chilled vanilla. I’m glad to have a partial decant of this, and am testing it to see if I want to risk a bottle of Marshmallow Snow, or seek out a bottle of this. I think I might go with MS, as the drydown of this is pleasant, yet not strong enough on me to need a full bottle
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    Icy Drafts

    Very chilly, yet also... some furniture polish on me. I’m not sure what’s doing the lemon, probably the tea. Bergamot usually doesn’t show up much on me, so I’m not suspecting it. It then gets a distinct male cologne vibe after a while, so polish and cologne with a bit of an icy breeze in the background. I’m glad it’s only in one arm, because the throw is pretty massive! That’s impressive. I was hoping for something akin to Odic Force, yet Icy Drafts didn’t work for me.
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    Red Musk

    If blood musk fits the red musk bill, Illimitable Dominion Over All is pretty delicious! Le Lethe has both notes, yet can’t remember how strong the tobacco is... Now that you have me thinking, I’m gonna have to layer Patchouli Tobacco with A Demon and Her Unholy Basketball.....
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    Door is golden and viscous herbal, sunbeams and florals. I only got a tester, and at first it was a little funky, like it had aged oddly. Thankfully, after a bit, everything melded and amped just right. Lovely! I would adore this on a Summer night celebration.
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    The Temptation of St. Nick

    The Temptation of St Nick is both warm and dry. The cacao isn’t blaring, and the clove and chili pepper are delightful in combination with it. The nuts aren’t particularly obvious, yet I do sense them when I search. The vanilla peeks out a bit after some wear, also not obvious, though. Later on, there’s a little smokiness to the scent, now a snuggly skin-close scent. I like this final stage most, and wish it were stronger so I could stop huffing my wrist and get some work done.
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    Lavender, White Clove & Ambrette Seed

    Glad to get a chance to try this trip, as I really love the lavender/ambrette seed combo in Thought Photography. The lavender is real strong and herbal, definitely different from the lavender in Lilith blends (which tends to disappear on me). The muskiness of the ambrette does pair well with the lavender. I agree the clove does create some dissonance, like a sharp buzzing sound amongst more soothing tones. The lavender and clove become more compatible as they dry down, the clove outlasting it’s companion with a wisp of ambrette seed still peacefully holding space. I can see this being useful when one wants to catch the attention of a scattered brain, both harmonizing with it and soothing it simultaneously, hopefully to be more focused and together.
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    Étienne De Boray Oak

    After reading the reviews above, I was really keen to smell Etienne. Right off I get strong oak and something a little soapy. Then it turns real earthy and a funk comes in, like a touch of stinky oudh. The soapy aspect is still faintly in the background. There is a golden sheen to the scent, just taunting me from the edges of possibility. I’m missing the good impressions of outside sunny time, and somehow getting an odd stinky and clean mix... just weird skin time.
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    Shadows and Light

    I got doomsday’s decant and totally conquer with her review. Silky champaca, the kindest iteration of the note I’ve ever had grace my skin. It’s a death note for me, so to be bearable is pretty cool. I jumped at the decant after reading comparison to oudh smoke (yum!), but I don’t get that at all. Ah well... glad I didn’t blind bottle, and glad to find champaca isn’t all raging corn tortilla rampage, even if most are.
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    Hunter Moon 2019

    Hunter Moon ‘19 is a feral beauty. Musky woods and herbal wine, a brush of those lunar oils and the winter chill give the scent a slight lift. The cuddly musk is featured, similar to Buck Moon, yet with a much different tone of supporting colors. The leaves have changed into their red and orange tones, and are drifting about in the wind. A few chugs from a wine skin keeps one warm enough, while gathering herbs and fallen branches in preparation for dinner over a campfire. I’ve been loving wine scents recently, and while sniffing my wrists I don’t sense it’s presence, I keep getting tasty wafts of that fruity tang coming up from my neck. Happy to have a bottle of this cozy atmospheric experience!
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    ISO suggestions for a LARP Character

    First ones that come to mind for me are Assassin and Streets of Detroit. Then, I thought Cannibal Lady Macbeth might be an awesome one, while it’s in stock. Le Lethe is probably a good on, too. Musky sexy time.
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    Unsettling Portraits

    Unsettling is right. This scent is the kind that warns you with chemical tang, and then sneaks up behind to smother you in a thick sweet powdery cloth that fills the nostrils and absorbs energy, sucking out life force. Struggling just drains you more quickly. Grinning faces leer our from dust-laden frames, and your vision swims out of focus. If not for the turpentine & verdigris, it would probably be a comforting powdery embrace. Instead it has tiny rows of teeth, pallid flaps of skin, and a sick sense of humor. I hope some of what I expected to be darker notes (lampblack, smoky umber) come forth with a little more time, or the amber & frankincense.... even a stronger mineral sparkle added to it would improve the mood it evokes. *shivers and looks warily around at the walls*
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    I agree that this is almost the same as Harlow’s Lace, without the cognac & labdanum twang. Thick honey dust and that puppy musk are overwhelming all else and mount an invasion against my nose. Thou shall not smell anything else! I didn’t put it on, but my baby girl tried it. It was kind of charming for her to be wearing such a youthful comfort and toothache-inducing scent. Might keep the decant for her, but I doubt I will reach for it myself.
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    Strong cherry wood with a hint of the leather. I’m surprised I’m not picking up any tobacco...Not as cozy as I was expecting/hoping, yet a pleasant fruity wood. A bit sharp. If you like cherry wood, jump all over this one. I’ll have to check my decant for the year & update.