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About sarahmarie

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  1. sarahmarie

    Blacklight Reactive Alice Poster

    Light on the weed - I couldn't actually detect it by itself, but it's a vibe, you know? This is very Wonderland, a little dark and a little sweet with a sharpness to it, flowers and fruit woven through. It is definitely evocative! And I love Alice in Wonderland, so I was pretty excited about it. On my skin though, the sharpness really drives the scent and it kicked up the beginning of a scent sensitive migraine situation, so I decided it's not for me. Definitely worth a try if you love a Wonderland vibe though!
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    Sugar Cookies and a Popcorn Garland

    Ok, I love popcorn scents and I love this, in the foodiest way. It's just warm and cozy and smells sweet and tasty. I will admit that someone near me while I was wearing it kept asking if I smelled pancakes, or maple syrup, and I was like no, what is up, I do not smell that. But then I did smell that...and it was me, wearing this oil. So if you like smelling like sugar cookies, popcorn, or even pancakes with maple syrup, this is likely to be your thing!
  3. sarahmarie

    The Garden of Shut-Eye Town

    Oh my goodness. This smells like a feeling, like a childhood lullabye sung by a storybook mother. It makes me think of Wendy from Peter Pan. It's quite strong on me, but it's also a very soft scent, if that makes any sense. I'm not sure if this is for me exactly, but I do think it is perfection as a piece of art. It's exactly the right mood for The Garden of Shuteye Town. Beautiful.
  4. sarahmarie

    Sugar Plum Snow White

    I love sugar plum candy and the *idea* of sugar plum so much, and Snow White is one of my favorite scents. I've worn this one a couple of times and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. The sugar plum is considerably stronger than the Snow White on my skin, and as with most fruity scents and my particular skin chemistry, it goes a bit sharper than I wish. But, the Snow White does bring some balance, giving that slightly sharp fruity scent a creamy grounding. So it has potential! And as it dries down, it gets much closer to the skin but also smoother. It's very pretty.
  5. sarahmarie

    Sugar Cookie Snow White

    Snow White is one of my favorites ever, and Sugar Cookie hasn't worked well for me in the past. Together, they blend together surprisingly well - I couldn't quite imagine it, but it fits so nicely! Wet it's beautifully balanced, and dry the Sugar Cookie comes out a bit more and starts to edge toward the problematic place that scent went to for me when it was by itself - but then the Snow White balances it out again in a way that tames it, and keeps it sweet and smooth with a hint of sugar cookie spice. I'm going to wear it a few more times to ensure it continues to play nicely on my skin, but it's really enjoyable and I hope it works out!
  6. sarahmarie

    A Gingerbread Dog

    Fresh on the skin, I get a sort of woody coconut gingerbread, warm and delicious and veering a touch masculine if you interpret things that way, and strangely it's not actually all that foody to me, it's more about the wood and spice. It's spicy toasty goodness! It's also quite strong. After drying down, the spice is pretty much gone. What's left is a warm, close to the skin scent that is smoothly blended such that I cannot really tell you what it smells like. It's cozy though, and again, not a gourmand sort of experience.
  7. sarahmarie

    Still Life With Dooting Skull

    In the bottle, this is licorice and nutmeg with scents that ping my brain in a way that smells of smoke and leather. Which are not listed, but, that's what I smell in the bottle! Soon after applying it, it is a bit root-beerish, momentarily a hair medicinal, with an undertone of that smokey leather scent. After an hour or so, it's smoothed out into a less identifiable series of notes and is instead more of a smokey leather licorice *feeling*, if you will tolerate my saying so. :) It smells sweet, deep, a little masculine, a little leathery/spiced in tone rather than gourmand. I'm not sure if it's one that suits me to wear, but it has a lot of potential!
  8. sarahmarie

    Peach Brandy Snake Oil

    Out of the bottle I smell snake oil most strongly, with a boozy whiff of peach. On my skin the peach changes, everything is quite lovely for a moment...but then, it all turns very acrid on my skin, which is a thing that often happens to me with boozy scents. Right before my skin destroyed it, it was seeming really great, so if your skin chemistry works better than mine I expect you would love this! I wish it had worked for me.
  9. sarahmarie

    This is a Perfume About My Dog Eating Peaches

    I love this so much! It's comforting and delicious. It smells quite peachy on me, starting out bright and mellowing into a creamier, sweeter peach as it dries. It also lasts a fairly long time for me, though it's very close to the skin I could still smell it hours later. Beautiful. I'm so glad I chose this one!
  10. sarahmarie

    Wisdom, Justice, Moderation

    Wow! This is much different than most scents I usually choose, but it's so nice! Fresh on my skin, it's mostly warm peach and grassy notes. As it dries, the jasmine comes out a little bit more, really grounded by the cedar so that neither is very loud. It smells like warm, lush, summery goodness. I think there's a lot of potential here for people who like a lot of different types of scents, and if you're on the fence it's definitely worth a try. It's beautiful.
  11. sarahmarie

    Doomscroll Blocker

    So, I ordered this even though I dislike orange scents, because it's worth trying a thing like that sometimes, and if there is anyone in need of a doomscroll blocker IT IS ME. And sniffing it in the bottle, the orange is there and not my fave, as one would expect - but there's so much more going on here! It's so clean smelling, herbaceous, and very grounding and soothing. I can totally picture this being something I could smell while in a doom scroll daze and getting snapped out of it, you know? It's not harsh, though - more of a gently shaking you back to your body from a bad brain space. And on my skin, the orange drops back and deepens into the background, and the herbal scents dominate. It's very nice.
  12. sarahmarie

    Please Scream Inside Your Heart

    Very cinnamon buns, to me, though it probably also smells just like churros. - that's just not my personal point of reference because it's not a thing I've had very often! It's a sort of deliriously delicious kind of experience, though that's probably just me thinking about the possum as I smell it.
  13. sarahmarie

    Spirit Fingers

    Oh my goodness I love this so much. It starts out very spicy, and dries down to a pink cotton candy scent with just a hint of spice. I wish it lasted longer on me because it is absolutely delicious. I'm obsessed. I need to try this in a scent locket ASAP. If you like sweet, spicy smells definitely give this one a try.
  14. sarahmarie

    Utter Sophistication

    This one was a surprise to me. I went to the Vermont Lunacy yesterday with a functional but definitely still existent migraine, and I wasn't sure how smelling things was going to go. Lots of things, I couldn't really deal with, but this one smelled comforting and good even when most smells were overwhelming. So that alone is a surprise, but also, I would not have guessed this would work on me based on the fact that I can't really wear straight Dorian (it gets very sharp on my skin), snake oil has only worked for me with additions, lavender is very blend dependent for me, and while I love the popcorn smells they haven't generally worked on my skin either. But together! Somehow it works! It's a comforting scent, warm and soft, and it lingers close to the skin for me (with some light throw early in the wear). I wore a little on my wrist to bed last night, even, which is not often something I can do with perfume. Heart eyes for real.
  15. sarahmarie

    Abolish ICE

    This was an unexpected beauty on my skin, and I forgot to review it and say so! I get smoke way more than sweet overall, with a spike of patchouli that settles down after a little bit into some dryness in the background. The sweetness does show up after a bit, and I get hits of toffee. But primarily this stays a warm, dry, sweetened-for-comfort kind of scent. It's really nice.