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About alterosen

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    obsessive precious hoarder
  • Birthday 05/08/1968


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    near Vancouver
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  • BPAL of the Day
    Pumpkin Queen
  • Favorite Scents
    Rose, apples, orange, spice and sandalwood. I came looking for a rose scent but ended up loving spicy fruit: Samhain, Pumpkin Patch #1, Harvest Moon, Montresor, Phantom Calliope & Alice's Evidence. I am very fond of Gingerbread Poppet, Gingerbread Villain, Phantom Calliope & SawScaled Viper in dreary weather. Favorite roses are Parlament of Foules, London, Rose Red, Dawn:Mother, All Saints & White Rose. Sugar Skull, Velvet, Dorian & the new Antique Lace are my comfort scents. I prefer Mme Moriarty over Snake Oil when I want to feel sexy as hell. And I would happily bathe in Lady Una! I'm not afraid of a little patchouli. Blackberry, wine, ginger & pumpkin are yum. Amber & Dragon's Blood are so-so. Leather often makes me queasy & clove/carnation can make me headachey. Vanilla, cinnamon, honey, rose & violet are variable, but I'll try everything 'cause they're fabulous when they do work. White florals & aquatics are rarely nice on me. I like fruity musky things for warm weather like Lady Una, Autumn Moon of the Mirror Stand, Tattered Lace, Paper Phoenix & the appley Black Lace (or Dorian, can't go wrong with Dorian).

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    Gardening fiend searching for the ultimate rose scent. As a library lady, of course I read incessantly: Neil Gaiman (love that blog!), Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, Ben Aaronovitch, Martha Wells, Ted Naifeh, Robin McKinley, Garth Nix, Diana Wynne Jones are all authors I read & re-read with pleasure. I like really dark coffee, milk chocolate, black licorice (even salted), fruit tisanes, earl grey & Murchie's No. 10 teas. Oh, and cats, but not to eat.
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  1. alterosen

    Phallus Festival Atmosphere Spray

    This has a really golden, creamy feel to me. It's so rich & sweet it seems like I'm surrounded by the filling of an orange cream chocolate (without there actually being any chocolate in the scent). I think I would like it better as a perfume - it's one of the few atmospheres that I like the smell of but don't want to spray around my home for some reason.
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    Peach Pie Hair Gloss

    Strong peach, almost jammy, with an unidentifiable spicy note while wet. As it dries, the spice dissipates and I get some citrus, instead, which, while not orangey as such, reminds me of marmalade. This is very fruit forward on me - I don't notice much pastry or crust.
  3. I hear ya, monocainesheresy! I'm more of a LE gal but Dorian is an essential for me (preferably aged - people are always talking about aging Snake Oil but Dorian can use it, too). My tastes are also very dependent on season, so Dorian or fruity things like Eat Me, Titania or Fae are for warm weather but I would choose Velvet, Jack or Shub if I wanted to feel cozy. And I think Port Royal is super sexy (& unisex). Couldn't keep it to two!
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    Perfumey scents

    I second Lady Death: Savage & Ava and would like to add Mother Ghost (a cold, sheer white musk gleaming with black orchid, benzoin, labdanum, and blackened amber embraced by white rose, tea leaf, and vanilla flower), Love Lay Upon Her Eyes (White amber & Bulgarian rose) & This World, Where Death Reigns (Myrrh and black roses). Unveiled (Red bush tea, vanilla, white peach, golden amber, mandarin, lotus root, and myrrh) reminds of the oriental type perfumes that my Mum used to wear. Beautiful Death is also lovely (sandalwood, vanilla, green cognac, white tobacco, chamomile, black tea & belladonna). It's like a poisonous berry perfume in the Lace family.
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    BPTP I have tried

    In the interest of tidying my wishlist here's a list of BPTP I have already tried: Atmospheres Aphrodite Erykine, Aphrodite Kypria, Apple Orchard, At Midnight With a Pumpkin Light, Autumn Grove, Behind the Scenes, Black Pomegranate & Black Currant, Chestnuts Roasting in an Open Pyre, Dia de Los Muertos, Discussion on the First Climb of Passion, Doc Constantine, Down the Rabbit Hole , East Indian Palace, Eat Me, Erebos, Exotic Bazaar, Fae Forest, Fainting Couch, Forsaken Rose Garden, Ghost Story, Harvest Festival, Holiday Argument Diffusing Spray, Honeyed Golden Musk, Rosewater & Red Sandalwood, Konditorei, Lady Fleming's Gingerbread, Lich's Laboratory, Mahogany Hall, Midnight in a Silent Grove, No One Heard Her Except the Sparrows, Okiya, Oil Paper Umbrellas, On Halloween, Queen's Croquet Ground, Painted Rose, Peach Blossom Incense, Phallus Festival, Pumpkin Spice Everything, Pumpkin Spice Flan, Pumpkin Tobacco, Samhain, Schwartzwald, Secrets of the Hanamachi, Skookoom House, Templum Victoriae, The Inn, The Place Wherein Love Grew, Triumph of Chastity, Triumphal Arch of Leaves & Flowers, Unspeakable Evil Temple Hair Gloss Apple Pie, Blueberry Cream Pie (more please!), Boo, Captain Lilith & Her First M.ate, Dead Leaves, Black Fig, Cacao & Copal, Dead Leaves, White Musk & Vanilla, Dorian, Enveloped in Silk*, Hollywood Babylon, Love Swing*, Marshmallow Cookie Pie, Moment in Time, Moon Reflected in Every Rice Paddy (more please!), Peach Pie, Peach, White Ginger & Cubeb, Pecan Pie, Portrait of a Young Woman with a Unicorn, Pumpkin Orange,Pumpkin Spice Everything, , Rose-Boughs & Rose-Roots*, Rose Red*, Scattered Flower Smells, Shub-Niggurath, Sleeping at the Feet of the Snow Queen, Snake Oil, St. Justina with a Unicorn, White Bees Swarming,
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    Springtime Education Hair Gloss

    White sandalwood, peach, and dried red fruits with benzoin, red ginger, and amber. This is nice! When I first tried it, fresh from the mail, the ginger & sandalwood were prominent with little fruit appearing but it has developed more with a little aging. Now I notice the peach & red fruits, too and with the amber & sandalwood, it has the feel of some oriental perfumes. It reminds me slightly of Portrait of a Young Woman With Unicorn though it doesn't have the vanilla or red musk.
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    Loving the frankincense!

    Agreed! Sept is my current frankenfave. Ditto!
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    Zorya Polunochnaya

    I had high hopes for this one but ultimately it doesn't work on me. The florals are well-behaved & the vanilla lovely & ethereal but then after a while a pungent tangy note develops that reminds me of fish Not sure where that emerged from: maybe the ambergris & tobacco are combining strangely? Freakin' skin chemistry.
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    Bravery, Courage, Confidence, Intimidation, Power

    I like cold florals for this sort of thing - I guess I'm going for an Ice Maiden vibe? Both Rose Red & Lady Death: Savage make me feel cool & competent. I like Ruined Roses, too, but it's not as intense. If I'm just going for comfort, I would probably reach for Dorian or Paper Phoenix - there's something about the combo of musks, tea & vanilla that I really enjoy.
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    Pumpkin Spice Embalming Fluid

    I really like this - I can see myself reaching for it in spring or summer when I want something with spice that's not too heavy. The white musk, lemon & tea keep it refreshing & don't fight with the spices.
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    I Suppose You Are a Princess Hair Gloss

    I'm getting an impression of pink & golden floofiness, like a big ruffled peony flower - very pretty & light-hearted. I thought it had some fruit in it but I guess that's coming from the sweet pea. Though it's not my usual type of HG scent, I can see myself wearing this in springtime. And I must plant some sweet peas this year!
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    Rose Oudh and Myrrh Hair Gloss

    I get some fairly decent Rose incense, with no evidence of baby powder or poop (though my hair did seem to pick up a slightly funky note the day after applying, it's not terribly off-putting & is dominated by the incense). Not my favorite rose HG but not bad. Certainly worth trying if the notes intrigue you.
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    Egg Nog Gingersnap Hair Gloss

    Yum! I agree this is mostly spices with the eggnog taking second place. I also get an occasional waft of something smoky which is very pleasant.
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    A Sweet Sleep Hair Gloss

    To me, this is reading as sugared lavender and incense. Not sure why - I'm not noticing the pear or bergamot or sandalwood as such & would have guessed there was a bit of champaca or something along those lines. Huh.
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    Dead Leaves and Blueberry Chypre Hair Gloss

    I'm very fond of the Blueberry Pie HG & Blueberry Pumpkin Muffins HG gets used heavily, too, so I knew I had to try this one. Apparently I love the smell of blueberries in my hair, because this is also a winner on me. The dry dead leaves & the chypre cut the sweetness of the blueberry note so it's a good choice for when I'm not in the mood for too much sugar.