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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
    Paper Phoenix
  • 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, 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

    Chaos Theory VI: Recursive Self-Similarity v7

    I have Vanilla #167 . Previously reviewed here Agreeing about the caramel & apples and want to add some chamomile to the drydown which goes quite well with the other notes.
  2. alterosen

    All Hallows Chaos: Pumpkin Spice Hair Gloss

    #12 decant Sweet cinnamon (not red hots), honey, bit of pastry & a hint of lemon. Reminds me of baklava though there's no nut note. Mmm!
  3. alterosen

    Rose Recommendations - which blend is for me?

    Do you find the tea rose note too bitter or sharp or is there something else about it that you dislike? What have you tried? I find BPAL roses are very dependent on skin chemistry, so you're probably going to have to do a lot of testing! I often suggest London as a nice realistic rose but since it is tea rose that's probably not going to work for you. The Rose is quite fresh & true to life but since you like pink, yellow & peach roses IRL, I would look for those in the notes rather than red rose. Also you might like the roses that have a fruity aspect since I find many modern roses do have a bit of citrus or berry in their scents. Also blends that are reviewed as being sweet might counteract any bitterness or sourness coming from the rose. Hedylogos, Snooty Rose, The Fool's Rose, Sept, Onze, The Best Lies, Hope would all be worth trying. I'm sure people will chime in with others!
  4. Hi Dark Alice,

    Your inbox might be full - it won't let me pm you.

    thanks, alterosen 

  5. alterosen

    Smoke and Lace

    This really doesn't work on me. Starts out super smoky as expected, then goes badly funky. Mildewy pine or wet dog? Mugwort? Something sour, murky & kind of rank. The funk fades as the smoke amplifies & takes on a bitter, inky tone which means a certain leather note has arrived. I asked my son if he wanted to sniff my wrist at this point & he fled across the room, fast. And I had only dabbed it on, not slathered! After about an hour of harsh, smoky leather, a whisp of vanilla musk arrives. It steadily gets stronger while the leather fades until we get the nice Lace base with a smoke accent. There seems to be a bit of extra musk, too. I do like the drydown but am not going to deal with the wet phases again. I was hoping for some spiced plum but never got any opium, clove or fruit. People who wear smoke & leather well might have better luck with this scent than me.
  6. alterosen

    Lycan Lace

    This is lovely! I get an ethereal sweet vanilla right from the start, then it becomes reminiscent of some Japanese incense I have, so perhaps there's a little dry sandalwood involved (or maybe it's the tobacco?). A fizzy aspect comes out, more subdued than in Champagne Lace, but definitely related. The fizz takes on a hint of bitterness which I realize must be the rose but it's only ever a minor player for me. The fizzy note fades and the scent ends up being a dry elegant vanilla on my skin, lacking soil, pine, viscera or anything disturbing. I'm upgrading my decant to a bottle, first chance I get!
  7. alterosen

    Recommendations for a single man

    Port Royal! My husband was wearing some yesterday & it's very rawr Warm, spicy wood with a smidgen of leather
  8. alterosen

    White Pumpkin Extrait Hair Gloss

    I am so enamoured of this gloss! Sweet creamy pumpkin with a breath of spices. I'm getting a bit of orange peel, too, and the creamy vanilla reminds me of white chocolate. Yummy!
  9. alterosen

    All Hallows Chaos: Pumpkin Spice Hair Gloss

    #9 decant My impression is of a lightly spiced apple cider. No overpowering spices here! Nice, work appropriate. #10 decant Red roses, front & centre. Strong, deep, slightly fruity, regal - wear to make a statement. Any spices are overwhelmed by the rose. Probably not work friendly, but glorious if roses are your thing!
  10. alterosen

    The Orange Window Hair Gloss

    Like Lunameth, l get lots of orange with a champagne-like note. The honey comes & goes. Very fun & perky.
  11. alterosen

    Frosted Apple Gingerbread Atmosphere Spray

    This is nice - it's primarily cooked apple and spices with a bit of buttery baking in the background. Very comforting. I don't get any cold notes. I agee that the frost is more likely icing on the gingerbread than actual frost. Great on a cold wet day making my house smell warm & cozy!
  12. alterosen

    A Triumphal Arch of Leaves and Flowers Atmosphere Spray

    This is pretty but the roses & other flowers are a little soapy & high-pitched for me. I get a tiny bit of bitterness in the greenery, too, that I don't enjoy in the way I do the Queen's Croquet Ground where the grass & roses are richer/deeper notes than these.
  13. alterosen

    All Hallows Chaos: Samhain

    #135 Samhain with a black cherry note, very sweet, sugary & strong. It actually overpowers the Samhain base while occasionally letting elements peek through. This is a dark & mysterious fruit scent. As it dries, the cherry becomes less defined & takes on a whiff of wine or sugar plum. It reminds me somewhat of Hearth '04. Though it teeters on the verge of being too sweet for me & doesn't last quite as long as regular Samhain, I'm totally enjoying it!
  14. 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.
  15. alterosen

    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.