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About artisjok


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  • 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. Honey and lush roses and beeswax. Grapefruit and sugar, brown sugar and creaminess. Carnations and hay and sweet patchouli (!!!) Some musks, especially when it’s a cozy and sensual vibe.. Been diggin’ lilies and jasmine recently. I love gourmands, 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 guava or passion fruit-heavy

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    Trees in the wind, sun in my eyes, books by my side, feelings welling and flickering inside.
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    Cats and birds and wolves and dragonflies
    Insects and herbs
    Breaking the programs, being true to I AM
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  1. artisjok

    Long Lasting Patchouli?

    Oooh forgot about Goblin I just looked up Samhainophobia, and it seems like a perfect fit, too.
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    A Look of Peace

    A Look of Peace was so soapy on me! Whyyyy?! I’m hoping it will settle after a while and change. I’ll report back, if so. Glad I decided on a decant this time.
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    Some Heraldry

    Some Heraldry is that fancy soap mentioned by others and the musky ambrette seed. After a short time, the soap is replaced by the black leather. Unfortunately, it’s just not appealing on my skin. Just a... generic.. scent. As if someone tried to describe a perfume with no concept of how to pick notes apart. I think it’s too well blended for me, and wish I got some of the others’ experience. A shame because I was very interested in it! I’m glad I got a tester before indulging in a full bottle.
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    Long Lasting Patchouli?

    The Yule Gingerbread Patchouli Leather & Black Musk is said to be long lasting, and is still available. Brumation looks really good. Tricuspid Valve Stoned Griffin Alchemy Lab Black Light Reactive Poster Occupy Wall Street Feed Me and Fill Me with Pleasure all come to mind, as well as East African Black Patchouli SN. Hastur & Depraved are GC
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    The First of the Three Spirits

    I definitely get the Snow White/tropical vibe from First of the Three Spirits. It also does the slight plastic tinge I get from SW, so maybe they share the same vanilla & flowers? At one point I could almost smell pineapple, like theseagrows mentioned lol The wet phase has a sharp edge, I’m thinking it’s the zdravetz. It dissipates after a little while, and then it’s all white amber and sweetness and light flowers with essence of coconut. The white musk is lightly there, not screeching. Very pretty, girlie scent. Good wear length with the amber & musk.
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    Witches' Lace

    Curiously, the strongest note in Witches’ Lace for me is a poopy oudh... It’s surrounded by murky green vibes. I get some of that bubblegum Reine mentioned, just for a moment in the wet phase. It takes at least an hour for the sneak oudh, or combo of above notes that are imitating, to fade out. By then, the sugar lace emerges, and it’s a soft, muted pale green scent. Where did my friend cedar go? Funnily, my partner smelled it at this end phase the first time I wore it, and loved the scent. The re-application had him looking around for a dirty diaper... haha I’m hoping the scent shifts after some more aging, because I love the concept and the final drydown is lovely enough to give me hope.
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    A World of One Color

    I was slightly curious about A World of One Color, but probably wouldn’t have tried if it hadn’t been frimped to me. The same snow note as in Mountain Temple, cold and almost fruity, twined around dry cedar is the primary force. As it dries, I can detect a hint of coconut, mostly because I searched for it. The musk peeks out a bit, too, and the cedar and snow calm their shouting match to merge into a cozy cloud. The tea is definitely more present, though it’s a note that rarely jumps out to me, more of a background thrum. I can see how the name fits the scent at this point. Hazy & comforting, everything swirls together. I’m enjoying the experience. I do love cedar, and I think that’s the note that really elevates it for me.
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    The Shadowed Veil

    The Shadowed Veil was very tempting to me when the Weenies were released. I’m relieved that I waited to try a decant before buying a bottle. It’s dark and dry incense, a whiff of tart pom at the very beginning, which flees in the wake of the dark pumpkin. The pumpkin, unfortunately, smells something like stuffing to me, much in the same way Red Pumpkin Floss. My partner was digging it, yet to my nose it just smelled off. Glad I got the chance to try it! Looks like Empty House is the dark pumpkin for me this year~
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    Ganeida does have a clean tone to it, yet also sweetness. The herbs are dried and the honey is only a smidge. It’s a soft comforting clean, like a bed freshly made, so inviting after a long day of grueling work. I’d totally dig a linen spray made of Ganeida, especially during the hot sticky summer. Glad I got the chance to test this scent, as I’ve been curious since it was released. It’s pleasant enough, yet doubt I’ll seek out any more unless I decide to make that linen spray.
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    The Butterfly

    Both my partner and I smelled the Dead Leaves note from the vial, yet that disappeared quickly. It starts of very citrusy and warm, yet an interesting twang to it. I’m assuming this is the bergamot. As it dries, it becomes pretty powdery on me, though not unpleasant, and still keeps that citrus overlay. Lasted a long time with good throw, yet isn’t something I’d reach for. Super glad to finally try this Butterfly, though!
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    Mummies of Mexico City Bath Oil

    I love the perfume version, so I was psyched when HM released the bath oil! While the perfume brings to mind the church itself, the addition of water gives me a whole new vision... An secret underground cave holds a crystal clear pool, piles of riches sunken to the bottom glisten from the depths. Lamps and incense braziers burn around the walls. A woman slowly enters the pool, heedless of the layers of fine lace draped from neck to floor that she is trapped within. A high chanting enters from somewhere far away.... Gorgeous scent. Makes me feel so regal, yet relaxed, and in tune with the spirits. I do a lot on my guided meditations and musings in the bath, so this is perfect for those nights I want to wax and wane with the moon beams and find my center.
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    Hidden Purpose Bath Oil

    When I first swapped for a bottle of this, I wasn’t very fond of the scent. I think the carrier oil may have been peeking out more because of age... Anyway, I had decided to sell/swap decants of it. Then, I found it was becoming one of my most used bath oils at night, and had to take it off my sales page. The scent is a strong herbal lavender and a sheer woodsy oudh that only darkens the lavender experience. It’s the same oudh as last year’s Shadow Embrace. I have I Am Tired of Tears & Laughter, that I use often for bedtime, and they are the perfect pair.
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    I got a generous decant of Hedonism in a swap, and could not wait to try in my bath. The scent fits the theme perfectly. Heady ylang ylang and woodsy patchouli are a power couple, wrapping the senses in luxury. There is a touch of the citrus, I think more grapefruit, keeping everything from being too heavy. The myrrh must be adding to the richness. I don’t pick it out specifically, yet can imagine the effect. After such a sensual bath experience, I felt pampered and deserving. More enjoyable than I expected!
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    Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field

    This blend is such a beauty! I don’t have much to add to the previous descriptions, as far as the scent goes... what I do want to add, is this blend last and lasts on me, which is a rarity for my parched skin. The scent doesn’t really shift, either. A cozy sweet gorgeous grassy vanilla experience for hours and hours... and hours!
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    Vevum is a deep refined woodsy scent, dignified and secretive. It transports me to darkened halls, serious debates in whispered corners, power schemes, and a sharp charming smile that hides the truth. Yet, somehow a sadness, strength, and a fragile hope is revealed. A deeper motive for justice unfolds. A somber bell rings in the distance. The patchouli is the core note, struck through with dry woods and wrapped in the plush velvety darkness of the burgundy tar oudh (must be the same as in Palace of Versailles). The clove is a genius addition, giving an almost juicy tang to the scent. Clove doesn’t often appeal to me, yet here it’s just perfect. The scorched and smoke are not acrid, actually quite subtle on my skin. The scent has strong throw initially, and gradually becomes a close clinging scent that is both elegant and comforting. It never goes powdery or thin. Love! If you’re into patchouli and woods, this is a must have~~~~~ I’m so glad to have received this! Would definitely buy a full bottle, if it wear an option one day.