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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
    Utter Sophistication
  • 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, Phantom Calliope & Alice's Evidence. I am very fond of anything Gingerbread or SawScaled Viper in dreary weather. Favorite roses are Parlament of Foules, London, Rose Red, Ruined Roses, Sept & 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. 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, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch, Martha Wells, Ursula Vernon/T. Kingfisher, Robin McKinley, Garth Nix, Eden Robinson, Diana Wynne Jones are all authors I read & re-read with pleasure.
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  1. alterosen

    Vanilla Bean, Marshmallow, and Benzoin

    On me, this smells like I cracked open a bottle of real vanilla extract. Simple and potent. I love it & it has decent staying power with my chemistry.
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    Masculine orris

    I'm pretty sure I get orris from The White Rider even though it's not in the notes (White leather and sandalwood ). Might be worth hunting down an imp!
  3. Graveyard Guessing Game (A white tea fougere with lavender frankincense, marble-white sandalwood, white carnation, and sweet hay) Silver Lace (This Lace is cool and metallic, gleaming and liminal, sharp and fanged, with bitter black vanilla husk, bourbon tobacco, white cognac, juniper berry, white musk, ti leaf, and Italian bergamot) Silver Dollar (Gilded iris and Siamese benzoin, silvery-white musk, white tea leaf, and bergamot) Maybe Ring of Light (A spicy, blindingly white scent: radiant pale musk, artemisia, white lavender, neroli, white pepper, and zingy white aldehydes)
  4. alterosen

    blends containing that coveted lemony vanilla?

    Some of the Beaver Moons might work. The cheesecake has a strong vanilla note & at least one had lemon zest (& thyme). It was Beaver Moon I 2013 (Beaver Moon II was not a cheesecake blend). Beaver Moon 2011 is lavender honey cheesecake & I find it somewhat citrusy once the lavender has dried down but many people feel this one is cologne-y. Many of the Lilith birthday scents have Dorian in them & it would be worth checking out Go Hawks, Lilith's First Concert, Spinning On Graves, The Serpentine, Utter Sophistication (not citrusy but an unusual vanilla drydown) & Walking My Daughter To Class. The rarer scents Emerald Lace, Paper Phoenix, Tattered Lace & Silver Lace all have a citrusy, musky vanilla base. Also keep your eyes open for Dorian Chaos Theory bottles.
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    All Hallows Chaos: Samhain Hair Gloss

    Samhain #26 Samhain with less emphasis on the leafy, smoky aspects. It's mostly appley with some spice that reads like cinnamon* but the base keeps it from being like apple pie. Very wearable! *I'm assuming it is not cinnamon since the Chaos Theories try to avoid it as an allergen but perhaps there's a little in Samhain itself.
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    Chaos Theory V: Recursive Self-Similarity v1

    Dorian (starts with CD so it's 400 something but the rest is too smudged) Beginning is strong tea/citrus with a whiff of something off-putting. Maybe a hint of oudh, not poopy exactly but ever so slightly rank, kinda like leftover water from an old flower arrangement. Fortunately that note fades fast & the citrus becomes predominately bergamot: orange-y, slightly sharp. My husband thinks there's some rose here but I don't sense it. The drydown is vanilla musk with a citrus that is a little bitter. Intriguing. Dorian CDIII (403) Dorian with sweet strawberries and lots of white musk. Simple but good. I love this one! Dorian CDVIII (408) Hint of evergreen, then nice strong Dorian vanilla musk. Maybe a bit of moss. This seems a bit more masculine than regular Dorian but still fairly unisex and is perhaps a little less sweet.
  7. alterosen

    Artwork on Snake Pits

    I'm guessing it was in 2016 when they were re-released (just looking at the dates on the review threads). I found the announcement:
  8. alterosen

    Chaos Theory VII: Oriental

    Bottle of #61 This could fit into the Gourmand category, no problem. Strong chocolate/cocoa powder, perhaps some honey and wood? There's a bit of tanginess that makes me guess honey. After a while, something gets quite dry/powdery feeling, maybe the woods but I'm leaning towards cocoa powder. I'm not seeing how this fits in as an Oriental, unless there could be some amber in it? Definitely dominated by the cocoa/chocolate.
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    Samhain Atmosphere Spray

    Autumn in a bottle, indeed! 🍁 Smoky, woodsy, leafy, appley - all the good things! It is quite strong, so it can be a bit overpowering in a small space. In season, I spray my front door with it so I smell Samhain as I walk in the door and as I'm about to leave.
  10. Pumpkin Latte (Espresso, pumpkin syrup, smoky vanilla bean, milk, raw sugar, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg) might be worth trying - it was available a few different years. Also Mornings in New Orleans (The scent of chicory coffee (au lait!) and sugared pastries) if the sugared pastries behave. The Buggre Alle This Bible is my favorite book scent - soft leather & papery sandalwood. The Book is similar but there is also a batch variation with a strong ink note, so you may be lucky/unlucky depending on how much you like that note (I really, really don't).
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    La Befana

    This is very berry-rific on me & I love it! I don't really notice the violet or chimney dust unless I search for them. My skin turns this into sweet berries with a candied, violet-tinged vanilla backdrop (both 2007 & 2013). It feels very purple.
  12. alterosen

    Ginger Wig Spray

    Lovely & tropical! I definitely get some heady florals, too, & a hint of fruit. It reminds a bit of Shango.
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    Creativity: Practical

    This was described to me as anise cookies & I have to agree! It opens with some clove, too, but that mostly fades/blends into the other spices. I noticed a slight warming sensation (though I'm not picking out cinnamon), so people with skin sensitivities may wish to approach with care. Scentwise, it's a sweet, spicy, comforting blend & I hope it gives me the boost I need to tackle some household projects.
  14. alterosen

    When the Frost is on the Punkin

    I enjoy the frosty pumpkin amber but this particular snow note has a lot of evergreen which takes it towards cologne territory on me. It is very pleasant but not my style.
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    Slade Atmosphere Spray

    Love the bay & spices in this! Wish I had more!