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About ramblingrambler

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday September 20


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    Literature, psychology (especially Jungian/depth-psychology and personality theory), baking, veganism. teaching, learning, activism


  • Favorite Scents
    Strawberry Sufganiyot, Raspberry Sufganiyot, Crumpet Rebellion, Blackberry Jam and Scones, Defututa, Bah!, Gobo, Imp, Revenant Rhythm, Banshee Beat, Lydia, Blood & Judgment So Well Commeddled, Bow & Crown of Conquest, Captain Cully, Tombeur, Ian, As Above, Blood Rose, Dragon's Milk (and Dragon's Milk HG), Dragon's Blood, Dragon with a Jaunty Cap, Geek Goth, LoliGoth, Morocco, Snake Charmer (HG), Ask the Nearest Hippie, French Vanilla SN, Silky Bat, Snake Oil Jelly Donut, Dragon Smooched Snake Oil, Huit, Sept, Snooty Rose, Resin Cast Meat Skull, Obligatory Peach Perfume, Chad, Baby's First Con Panel, Theaomai Shall we play BPAL Hot or Not? Hot: Patchouli, hemp, cannabis, marshmallow, strawberry, apricot, currant, tonka, vanilla, (blood or sweet) orange, tangerine Not: Coconut, caramel, lavender, cinnamon, cassia, bourbon, rum, tobacco... most florals or aquatics do not work with my skin chemistry. Black/brown musk (the "fuzzy, furry" note) doesn't work well recently, either. Depends on the particular blend: rose, leather, tea, honey


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  1. ramblingrambler

    Pyramid of Skulls

    Oh, this is just lovely. It reminds me of a true cologne, one that an elderly gentleman might wear as he sits outside smoking his pipe and whittling. Or, perhaps, *this* is the scent of an older man whittling and smoking :).
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    Chibi Skull With Last Will and Testament

    In bottle this smells almost juicy to me. When I first applied, I wasn’t sure if this was going to work for me. It was musky and acrid, and I wasn’t sure where it was coming from. Dry down didn’t do much for it either—maybe a little more patchy vanilla came out, but it was still oddly musky. I let it rest a few days and came back. Interestingly, this has become a wooly, crinkly feeling blend. I don’t get any of the Banshee Beat or Revenant Rhythm those above mention, but the patchy vanilla is beautiful and understated. It isn’t the thick, chewy patch and vanilla of BB/RR on me. This is a crisp and round blending of the two. I almost smell popcorn and milkshakes if I stop thinking about it as its component parts. I’m excited to see how this continues to shape up over the next few days as it calms down from mail shock, and I can’t wait to see how it ages.
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    A Breathless Chuckle

    Not sure if skin chemistry changed or if aging perfected this fragrance, but my god, is this glorious five years later. It did not work for my nostrils for years, in or out of the bottle, until I almost swapped it away today. I'm glad I opened it and my sniffer told me to test it. On skin it's like a fun-size candybar. Wet, it reads like oil-slicked chocolate that sat out for too long in the heat. Dry, it smells like the wrapper of a candybar. Delicious.
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    Sweet plummy goodness is all I get, and to be totally honest with you, it’s all I need. I was looking for something that wasn’t as musky or spicy as Mme Moriarity or Cassiopeia respectively, and this one fits the bill. Major yum factor here.
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    Crêpe Aux Fraises

    Lilith’s first genuine Parisian crêpe! Strawberries, whipped cream, confectioners sugar, vanilla bean, and orange zest.  I’m a little underwhelmed by this one. Perhaps aging will do it some good. All I get is Eat The Strawberries from in bottle to wet to extreme dry-down. It wouldn’t be too terrible if I didn’t already have multiple backups of that particular bottle, so here’s hoping this changes rapidly into something more complex. The notes sound like it will become something amazing, but it has rested for close to two weeks and still only Strawberries!
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    If I weren’t incredibly lazy, I would go look up the items mentioned in the notes before writing this review, but I’m lying in bed on my phone, and it’s just too much work. You understand. What I can say is that this is slightly salty, slightly doughy, sugary chocolatey goodness wet and dry. This is a dry, almost dutched chocolate/cocoa that reads slightly spiced and (hazel?)nutty. It has warmed up significantly since I placed my order (in the mid-80s while everyone else seems to be seeing snow still), but I can’t wait to wear this next winter when the cool air will make this stand out brilliantly on the skin! For now, it sort of gets lost in the heat and humidity.
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    Bye, Austria!

    I’ve never had the dessert this is based off, but I can say that I want to eat my arm when I wear this. It’s a chocolate cake donut filled with a fruity jam center, and it is SO. GOOD. I need to go wear Cake Smash and a Cake Smash Proto for comparison, as my brain keeps telling me I’ve smelled this before, and I somehow keep circling back to Cake Smash. Will update once I figure out which scent this is a cousin to! Amazing foodie fragrance though. Definitely pick it up if you’re a chocolate fan who likes unique combinations!
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    Où Sont les Jouets S’il Vous Plaît

    Lilith’s French teacher is a lovely, kind, radiant human being, and always so generous with her time. Before Lilith left for Paris, she helped Lilith put together a cheat sheet of phrases that Lil knew she’d need for the trip. Où sont les jouets, s’il vous plaît? French vanilla, strawberries, and raspberries.  Wet, I was a little taken aback. This smelled almost exactly the way I remember pink amoxicillin smelling when I was a child. That lasted all of a minute until it became a delicious Starburst Jelly Bean scent. This was my favorite part of wear, not going to lie! As it dries, the jelly bean scent wears off until you’re left with a lovely, sweet, fruity vanilla all the way through. It doesn’t have a huge presence, but it is a delightful girly fragrance. This was one of my favorites from the Travelogues!
  9. ramblingrambler

    Sad Ted Behind the Wall

    I was hesitant about this because I wasn’t sure what an aquatic strawberry would smell like, but this is lovely! I am extremely happy with my decant after multiple wears (strawberry dominant wet, subtle strawberry with a subtle aquatic dry). I don’t know how to describe the aquatic note—perhaps the way Z_z did above, a river water rather than ocean—but it is not a sharp, clean aquatic, and it is also not the aquatic, ozonic note I smell in waiting. I’ll edit once I remember which of the GCs this smells most like :). I definitely recommend hunting down a decant of this if it sounds intriguing to you or blind bottling a full.
  10. ramblingrambler

    Carry Me

    I am not a lavender fan, but this one intrigued me enough to buy a decant. Although lemon isn’t noted, this smells exactly like a cup of Tazo’s Glazed Lemon Loaf Dessert Tea on skin, likely because the lavender here is herbaceous and akin to chamomile in the tea... but I’m still not sure where the lemon is coming from. That’s okay though! I drink a cup of this tea every day at work since they provide it for free, and I love the heck out of it :). This perfume is herbal deliciousness with a tinge is vanilla sugar cookies. If you don’t have it and really need to know what it smells like, brew some of this tea and then settle down to buy the perfume because you’ll want it after sipping 😅.
  11. ramblingrambler

    Kapitelplatz Chess Match

    I originally got this for me, but I’m giving it to my partner instead. On me, this is much more masculine—predominantly snow and wood—and smells like I made out with a hot guy for a few hours/got his cologne all over me. I guess it smells similar on my partner, but HE is the hot dude I need to make out with/whose cologne I need to have rub off on me :). The wood note here is not pencil shavings, just a way to ground the snow note and keep it from outperforming the Snake Oil (which is there as a hint behind everything else on me). I’ll keep my decant and wear it to bed when I’m traveling, but my partner gets to keep the bottle that I bought because I couldn’t wait for my decant to get to me. ETA: this does not smell the same as the snow note from the Frostbitten series/Snow White to my nose. I’m not sure what it is, actually!
  12. ramblingrambler

    Dragon Doodle

    Whoa. I got a decant of this and did not like it the first two wears, but by the third (about two weeks after receiving) time testing it out, it became an AMAZING sunshine blend of pure happiness. THe first two wears it was all honey and a little tinge of strawberry. Now I get the strawberry in full force with the honey, and hot damn is it good. Pear sort of peeks out as it begins to wear off, but it isn’t “PEAR!”—just a whisper of another sweet fruit that rounds out the scent some. Really, really like this.
  13. ramblingrambler

    Senator Barrial

    I've worn this the last several days and each day I feel differently about it. This is a delicious gourmand, but sometimes it makes me hungry, and other times it makes me... nauseated. BPAL's caramel note usually gives me an immediate need to wretch, so I assume there must be some caramel somewhere in here. Outside of that, however, it's delightful and smells like a cake on days I don't get the caramel component.
  14. ramblingrambler

    Ass Yell Back

    This would be SO GOOD without the geranium. I mean, it’s still good, but the geranium is VERY prominent. Maybe a little aging will do the trick. The rest of the notes are standout exemplars of their own accords. If you’re into any of the listed notes, definitely try this out, as it may be amazing on you.
  15. ramblingrambler

    Absurd Origin Story

    I get no marshmallow in this, but it is exceptionally effervescent and fizzy. It is straight up sugary soda on me. And I’m not complaining.