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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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    Batty Lace
  • 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

    Pumpkin Spice Absinthe

    I'm a big fan of this one for when I want spice but not too much. I get nice mellow pumpkin spices with the absinthe brightening it up & giving it a hint of citrus. It seems like there is a baked goods base but it could be a subtle buttery pumpkin note, too. This is a fabulous scent to transition from Summer to Fall/Autumn.
  2. There Is No Bliss Like This (Lupercalia, 2020) has both clove and carnation (as well as cinnamon). With vanilla & patchouli in the background, this is a very cozy spice party.
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    Seeking "cat" recommendation for a kid

    Velvet (gentle sandalwood warmed by cocoa vanilla and a veil of deep myrrh) might be a contender. Reviews are mixed but I find it very cozy and it would be easy to get a hold of since it's GC. I think at least one of the 13 scents had a cat on the label as did some of the Weenies.
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    Why and What Art Thou Dreaming Here

    Without reading the notes, I would have guessed this was blueberry rather than blackberry. I'm not finding much in the way of earthiness just sweet berries after the fresh opening of citrusy lavender notes. No noticeable florals for me. It is very pretty!
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    Erotic Drops of Flower Petals Hair Gloss

    Anyone who likes mango at all should grab this one! This will be great for summer, is work-friendly since the patch isn't prominent, & I'm debating whether I need a bottle...
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    Diese Dumpfen Pfaffenchristen

    My nose and brain insist on interpreting this as the best clean laundry smell ever. All fir, all the time, with a little sharpness from the red musk & some mystery powdery-ness in the background. It's not what I was expecting but I love it! It reminds me a bit of Knight in Shiny Armor & I think it would work well as a Paladin character scent (though that sits strangely with the inspiration for the scent - I guess they can be diabolical ).
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    Haunt 2021

    Strangely, I'm getting a big hit of neroli in the opening stages of thìs, then dead leaves of the dry variety, the older version of Snake Oil that has very little patch, & some sugary amber in behind. Not noticing any Dorian or lavender. It has decent wear on me but is not something I'm going to reach for that often.
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    Rose-Boughs and Rose-Roots Hair Gloss

    I think there is a bit of rose geranium in here contributing to the earthiness and I agree that it has an old-fashioned feel.
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    Peach, Vanilla Pod & Frankincense

    So far, this is my favorite peach hair gloss. I was afraid the frankincense would take over but it is just a supporting player and the vanilla adds a nice touch.
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    Wishlist linkies: BPAL Wishlist ISO Wishes Etsy Favorites Amazon.ca ideas Chapters Indigo wishlist (solely books, totally ok with getting used items) updated 8/30 just have to start this ....Cellar Door just posted their Halloween goodies - I love their scents, soaps and candles - which of these might you fancy? https://cellardoorbathsupply.com/collections/halloween-fall-collection?_kx=wJHWHTN2OASY0k5c5ZR301X0_-q-0iaglCjL2XDqO-E%3D.SE8AhX So many of these look great (soap, soap ends or candle): Black no. 1, Farmhouse Pumpkin, Graveyard Smash, Holland Hard Cider, Michigan Moonglow, October Road, Once Bitten, Sanderson Spice If you'd like handmade knit items, are you good with soft wools or do you prefer acrylic only? Either! Are there any items you'd love for fall/halloweenie? (Ie mittens, hat, fingerless mitts, cowl, legwarmers) Love fingerless mittens or a non-cowl scarf Anyone fancying the new Paintbox Soapworks or Witch Baby Soap Halloween launches? PBSW Soaps or Bath Streusel: Cartographer Wasp, Cathedral of Pumpkins, Deacon, Fantasticake, Moonshadow, Once for Yes, Red Right Hand Would you be interested in an adult Halloween coloring book? I recently backed on kickstarter for one by a local gothic art market near me and it's due in during the swap period. Sure! What are some OCYL brands you've been wanting to dabble in? I also like Arcana, Possets, Nui Cobalt, Haus of Gloi, Nocturne Alchemy I am working on making bath bombs. Would you be willing to try my creations? How about wax tarts? What type of scents do you favor? Bath bombs would be fun. I don't use wax melts What kinds of home smell good things do you like? (I.e. incense, candles, wax melts, felt scent balls, essential oils, linen spray) Linen/room sprays mostly, candles, Japanese incense My question for the fellow pumpkins would you like anything from the bath and bodyworks Halloween line? 🤔 No thanks Do you have any interest in spooky squishmallows? Sure! They're cute - it's hard to decide which I like best And would you enjoy spooky stationary? Yes! especially small notepads I know a lot of us are witchy and have deeply held beliefs about the materials we use as part of our practice. If you're one of those individuals, are there certain herbs, crystals, etc that you do not want to receive? Not really When you have a distinct preference for one holiday over another, What are some cross over items that actually work for both? Cats? Tea? Cozy items? One question (that is actually several questions) -- Local honey? Infused/flavored honey? Local infused/flavored honey with Southwest notes (jalapeno, other pepper, mesquite, acacia)? Yum! I like all kinds of honey, the more unusual the better Does anything from JiJi Knight spark your interest? https://jijiknight.com/ Hot & Cute but no thanks Any spooky/weenie DVDs you're missing and would like in your collection? NMBC? the Crow? An old Hammer film? Dark Shadows? The Omen? Sleepy Hallow?...? I'm good Dang (or good!), another serious question -- Shampoo and/or conditioner bars and if so, for what type of hair (dry, fine, oily, curly, normal)? No thanks, I'm happy with my current regime I just got the email that the Ectogasm Halloween Collection is live. Does anything interest you? https://www.ectogasm.net/collections/halloween Lots of great pins & socks (pumpkins, cats) On a scale from Paprika Is a Heatwave to Let Me Eat a Peck of Pickled Ghost Chiles, how spicy is too spicy, and how spicy is just right? Mild to medium spicy - I was going to say Jalapeno but most of my hot sauces seem to be habanero or chipotle flavoured I make lightweight hairfalls- would you be interested in some? Either to incorporate into a costume or just for your own year-round use? If so, name your colors and preferred length, and if you have any fiber allergies you want me to take note of! No thanks Hello all, I have a question. I make things from old sweaters. If I were to make you a set of arm warmers/ fingerless mitts, what color(s) & style would you like? Options: Long or short? /Solid - one fabric/Stripes- bands of colors sewn together- like fun black & red, black & purple etc. I currently have some nice cashmeres. I would love short striped or solid fingerless mitts Homemade canned and baked and concocted goodies? Any aversions? Not really If I could make you some of my fudge, what would you prefer? Not crazy about maple, can't go wrong with chocolate but I'm easy if you have a different specialty Are you open to trying different indie perfume houses if I find a scent that I think you'd enjoy? Sure! I love making stickers!! If I could design you some stickers, what would you love to have? It could be halloween themed or not! My art style is a bit simplistic, cartoony, and cutesy, I usually draw fairies but last year I did a swap on reddit and made someone a bunch of halloween dog stickers lol. (Sidenote: They probably won't be waterproof, but they're glossy vinyl!) Those sound cool! I've got a bunch of small round labels perfect for bpal 5ml label lid art! Name your top 5-10 scents that you'd love to have lid art made for! Just as a fun little extra in your package if desired (Could also work for other companies with lids just like the BPAL bottles) Dorian, Snake Milk, Gingerbread Villain, Sugar Cookie Snow White, Dee I'm going to Disneyworld in late September! I'll be going to all four parks and attending both the Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Is there ANYTHING from Disney that you would like? Is there something you collect that perhaps you'd enjoy a Disney version of (tea, socks, enamel pins, plushies etc etc etc)??? Can't think of anything Would you like any decor from Say Target, Homewood, or William and Sonoma? Too much to choose from I am going to Dragon Con for the first time! Which of these BPALs do you want? https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=50266fc02a3b75767125e0ed2&id=9bf4d797e8 Peach, Lemon Peel, Sugared Blackberry & Ridiculously Sexy Peach But, I am going to Dragon Con this weekend. Is there anything you would like? Lab wise or just general geekery I'm good Would you be interested in a bag like we sell in our etsy shop? https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com Love What the Cats Told the Moon, Big Black Kitty, - if so, but you don't see fabric you like maybe link to some photos of fabric you like? - we can do small box bags or pencil / cosmetic / notions type bags too. or with a drawstring on top instead of a zipper. Small is also good but prefer zippers - you don't HAVE to use them just for knitting/crochet, you can use them for cross stitch or even not as project bags. If you are a yarnie, are you interested in a ceramic yarn bowl? I have an extra Harry Potter (I know, I know) one from Lennymud that I bought before the whole JKR debacle and it didn't profit her in any form anyway. I believe it's Gryffindor themed. No thanks If you are a yarnie, I'd love to gift some yarn from my stash so give me an idea of colors / weight / material / yardage you'd like. N/A Are you interested in trying some of our "thunder butter"? It's like tiger balm or icy hot, but with herbs, beeswax, cayenne or ghost pepper, menthol, wintergreen. cbd version or no? Oh yes, cbd would be great but not worth trying to send it across the border I need to inventory our canned goods but do you like things like peach jam, cardamom plum jam, peach butter, plum butter, pickles, applesauce with nothing added, applesauce with red hots, dried apples or pears, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, blackberry jam, huckleberry jam, candied jalapenos? cardamom plum jam, huckleberry jam, peach butter & dried pears appeal the most! Any interest in things from our garden like dried mint, catnip, lavender, rose petals, dill weed or dill seeds, sage, rue, mugwort, rosemary? Catnip & rosemary! How about alcoholic things like rose petal liqueur, lavender vanilla bean liqueur, various flavors of mead (chocolate orange, strawberry mango, whatever my son is making)? Yum Pumpkin bread or zucchini bread? How about blueberry zucchini bread with a lemon glaze? Yum but probably wouldn't survive the journey I make specialty simple syrups. You can use them in teas or cocktails (and desserts). How do you feel about a Hibiscus simple syrup? I use 2 ounce bottles for these so its just a fun amount. Sure! Format for tea? e.g. teabag vs loose Prefer teabags but can do loose Do you like spooky themed tights? If so, what are your measurements? l already have some pumpkin lights so I'm good Pls post your book wishlist! Here Would you like to receive a 2D collage art piece? What overall vibe would you be into? (spooky, autumnal, whimsical, eerie, lovely, occult, bizarre, smutty etc.?) Absolutely! Spooky, autumnal, eery Do you like rocks/gemstone jewelry? Prefer polished/smooth rocks or raw/rough? Any favorite stones, rocks, colors that you'd like? Smooth finish: labradorite, amber, lapis, malachite Any interest in the August releases that got announced today? https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/august-2022/ I'm good Luvmilks seasonal goodies are out! What scents and formats appeal to you, my little pumpkin? Bubble Wash (2oz) in Baby Bat, Book Wyrm, Lamb Melody, Lonely Heart, Ghost & Girlfriend, Pegasus & Girlfriend Would you like a Pyrex 4-cup Nightmare Before Christmas bowl with lid? (Can also get Starwars and various Disney ones.) Yes to NMBC August Tea's fall sale starts tomorrow, 20% off everything on the site with code FALL20. Is there anything you would like to try, my Pumpkin? https://august.la/ What neat flavours! Black Metallic, Combray, Gold Rush, Outlaw, Painted Desert I've recently taken up embroidery, would you like a small (I embroider on 4" hoops) embroidered piece? What sort of design would you like? Sure! Something spooky/ Halloweenie Do you wear nail polish, and if so, would you like some? What colors or finishes? I'm good I'm going to the farmer's market tomorrow, and there are lots of great vendors. Would you be interested in soap or chapstick or bath/body products? Sure! I'd love soap or bath salts/fizzies Would you be interested in a tumbler like these? If so, what theme would you like it to be? Glitter or no glitter? What color do you want the liquid to be or would you prefer the blood drip look? No thanks! How do you feel about ribbons? Is there anything in particular you are looking for if you'd want some? What about ribbon remnants? Colors/textures? No thanks! Would you be interested in any skincare items? Anything you would not want? My face is pretty sensitive - I'd better not New question: Is anyone else interested in the latest Sphere & Sundry release? https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/bpals-of-exalted-venus-ii/ Or other S&S offerings? No thanks! Do you have any interest in trying my infused moonshine whiskey? I've been thinking of experimenting with autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and maybe a chocolate chai. Sure! Any interest in spooky shape wax melts in your favorite candle scents? (What are your favorite candle scents?) No melts for me How about lotion bars? Sure! Bird and Blend tea just did their Autumn drop! Anything look good to you? https://www.birdandblendtea.us (Also, if you're not a pumpkin person, I invite you to check out the rest of their offerings, which are always exceptional!) These look great! Spiced Pumpkin, Bonfire toffee, Assam House Blend, Belle's Breakfast, VIolet Cream, Sticky Chai, Sticky Pumpkin Chai, Milk Oolong Chai, any of the chocolate bars & their pins are cute, too! Arcana Craves halloween drop! Anything catching your eye? https://arcanacraves.com/, Vanilla Craves Ghost Fish, Vanilla craves Enchanted Cottages, Vanilla Craves Terror, Peaches Crave Haint, Apples Crave Snow, Apples Crave Vanilla I feel like with some of the witchy/seasonal stuff it might be helpful to know everyone's signs. If you're interested in that kind of thing, what's your sign? Typical Taurus Would you like anything from The Pickety Witch? (I'm going to the Vegas Oddities and Curiosities Expo next weekend, and she's vending there, so it may not matter if an item is in stock or not on the website!) https://www.thepicketywitch.com/ Jack o' Lantern teapot, Trick or Treat Kitty so these nail polishes keep showing up on my instagram and they are kinda vampy--do you wear polish and do any of these float your boat? NOTE I have never worn Holo Taco stuff so cannot vouch for quality just the vibes are super witchy 🙂 https://www.holotaco.com/collections/dark-rainbow-collection Crimson Void & Burnt Bridges are neat! I have another new question! Favorite bands/artists? Perhaps you'd be interested in a DIY patch to sew onto your jacket/pants/bag or maybe pins or a sticker or anything DIY-ish? No thanks! oooh I am reviewing my switch witch help answers from 2017 and was reminded of Lush--there used to be a big Lushie/BPALista crossover at one point. Is that still the case? If so dearest pumpkin are you a Lushie? Is there anything from Lush you are coveting? Their halloweenie stuff is out here: https://www.lushusa.com/halloween/?cgid=halloween&pmid=604&start=0&sz=28 I am in the land of Lush, so no need Because clothing sizing is so notoriously random &&& my idea of cute may be entirely different from your cute... sock dreams? yea or nay? Anything in particular catch your eyes? No thanks! I have been buying soap from https://rockytopsoap.com for at least a decade as they are unscented and less likely to affect which perfume I pull out.... I realize they are not colored and swirly and as pretty but they tend to be super hydrating and luxurious. Do you have any interest in these? The scrubby ones look good: Gardener's Soap, Grit, Coffee Scrub, Exfoliator Nocturne Alchemy just dropped their Halloween 2022 limited collection! I am popping in here to see if anything would strike the fancy of my pumpkin? 😁 https://nocturnealchemy.com/collections/limited-collection/products/new-halloween-2022-limited-collection Conjuring the Enchantress, Conjuring the Witch, Conversations with the Moon, All Hallow's Moon, Bewitched, Halloween 2023 Here's a question... there's sooooooo many on here about tea but for my fellow coffee gals... do you prefer whole bean or ground?? if there's a choice how do you like your coffee ground?? Fine ground preferred Look at Cat Coven's site and tell me what you see that appeals - she is one of my favorite Halloweeny artists, and makes awesome things. I like supporting her work. https://www.catcoven.com/collections/new-arrivals Halloween is a Lifestyle, Medieval Warrior rabbit Patch, Metamorphosis Patch, gorgeous pillowcases, too Are you interested in any art supplies? If so, what kinds and colours? I'm probably all set What are your fave smells for incense, and do you have a preference for format (cones, stick, loose without needing charcoal, loose that needs charcoal)? Woody or spice scents, cones or stick Anything catch your eye from this super cool queer creepy-cute style UK artist? https://www.abprallen.co.uk/ Any of the anti-terf ones, Avenge Oscar Wilde Pls say more about your book preferences if you haven't already! Esp. regarding fiction. I like fantasy, YA, kids fiction, graphic novels, & some horror, particularly ghost stories or haunted houses
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    Incense Chaos Theory Hair Gloss

    XVI Sniffing the bottle, my first impression is bubblegum. Sprayed on tissue - spicy myrhh, light frankincense, bit of creamy vanilla, something floral? In my hair, it's quite light & I get a whisper of orange creamsicle along with the other notes. This is soft & sweet - very enjoyable but not particularly incensey.
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    Help me find the perfect October scent🍁

    I, too, am Team Samhain! Punkie Night is a great cider scent! Cool, sweet & crisp. Sjofn has an airiness about it and the birch is a nice touch but it's quite sweet & might not really feel autumnal. All Hallow's Apple has an excellent crisp apple but you may not like the dirt note. I find it melds with the moss after a short while so it's not a problem for me but YMMV. This isn't smoky but there is a smidge of vetiver from the dead leaves. Autumn Coolness might work if you don't find it too green with the bamboo. To me, it does smell like a cool breeze with a bit of sweetness and the bamboo keeps the florals in check.
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    All Hallows Chaos: Pumpkin Spice Hair Gloss

    #17 decant Slightly buttery pumpkin with a strong clove note in the spices.
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    Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From Evil

    This is lovely! Very wine forward (I would have said red but both Catarratto & Airén grapes are used in white wine) with the white amber & tobacco making things fancy. Sweet, strong, fruity & heady. I get some vanilla on the drydown, too. Probably not work friendly for me but more because of the throw than the booziness. Strong sexy vibe.
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    Le Pater

    Wet, this is perfumey poisonous berries, reminding me of Beautiful Death or Shadow Lace, but drying on the skin, the vetiver comes out strong with just a hint of patchouli. Vetiver lovers rejoice! I'm not noticing the oakmoss, leather, vanilla or sandalwood (other than contributing to the perfumey beginning) as distinct notes & the berries fade fast. I can see this being someone's power scent for when they want to feel like a badass, though. It definitely has presence.