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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
    Gingerbread, Red Fruits & Sweet Jam
  • 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, Diana Wynne Jones are all authors I read & re-read with pleasure.
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  1. 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.
  3. 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.
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. alterosen

    Slade Atmosphere Spray

    Love the bay & spices in this! Wish I had more!
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    In the Shadow Room Hair Gloss

    This seems pretty similar to the perfume version: a strong red-purple fruity scent. I get a hint of something a bit sharp, too but it will take someone with a better nose than I to tease it out.
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    Please Scream Inside Your Haunted House

    My haunted house must have had a fire at some point because the wood here has sustained some smoke damage. I get a sweet, blackened wood note with cinnamon & a bit of syrup. Maybe this is a teakwood heavy version? No fresh cut cedar here (dad was a carpenter so I actually dig the smell of sawdust, but I'm not sensing it either). It gets more foody as it dries but I'm not loving it.
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    Lavender Wig Spray

    I like all these notes but somehow this just didn't resonate with me. It was fine but I expected to love it. The lavender is a bit too herbal & the violet & orange blossom combined with the white musk make it too perfumey for my taste.
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    Gingerbread Mummy

    I was a little worried this would be too similar to Gingerbread, Vaniila Sugar & Pink Pepper but once the sandalwood warms up, it is its own gorgeous self. The Gingerbread blast at the beginning fades & becomes a supporting player to the vanilla & sandalwood with a bit of marshmallow wafting in and out. I don't notice a butter note but I do get hint of fruit once in a while that reminds me of Sugar Skull. I blind-bottled this one & have no regrets!
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    The Crown Hair Gloss

    Mmm! Rather than anything metallic, I smell petrichor/wet stone layered with some berries & maybe a hint of herbs or woods. Drydown is mostly berries with a witchy, dancing at a stone circle vibe. I really like this & plan to upgrade to a bottle. I was expecting something with a sharp red musk, so I'm very pleased to be wrong.
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    Walking My Daughter to Class

    Lovely! To me, this feels like the offspring of Tattered Lace & Paper Phoenix. It has a bit more zingy citrus than Dorian but is very much in the same family with that smooth vanilla finish. I'm so happy that I blind-bottled this one! eta: I bet this will go really well with Platinum Wig Spray...
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    scents for teen boy

    My son (16) likes The Bow & Crown of Conquest which is crisp, clean & intriguing. He also likes The Buggre Alle This Bible from Good Omens which is a nice sandalwood leather scent. Sherlock Holmes & John Watson would be worth trying, too, as well as The Scales of Deprivation & Death On a Pale Horse. Eta: I missed that you were possibly looking for something spicy - woody & spicy are my husband's favorites! He loves Wild Men of Jezirat al Tennyn, Port Royal, Dee & Orion. I like him in Gingerbread Villain & Samhain, too.