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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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    Love and Hope layered
  • 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

    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
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    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!
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    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!
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    The Orange Window Hair Gloss

    Like Lunameth, l get lots of orange with a champagne-like note. The honey comes & goes. Very fun & perky.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
  10. 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!
  11. alterosen

    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,
  13. alterosen

    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.
  14. alterosen

    Loving the frankincense!

    Agreed! Sept is my current frankenfave. Ditto!
  15. alterosen

    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.