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mystery213

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  • Birthday 02/13/1981

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    Reading/writing, music, Metaphysical stuff, Astrology, healthy organic/vegan diet, basic rights for all creatures, dancing, art, learning about other cultures, poetry, hiking/camping/exploring, swapping stuff, trying new things, interesting ethnic foods, making friends with small furry/feathered creatures, playing in the rain, making a difference in the world (no matter how small) and existing at peace with all beings...

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  • Favorite Scents
    Cherry, Pomegranate, Watermelon, Lime, Ginger, Almond, Strawberry, Rose, Chocolate, Foody, 'Cakey', 'Sugared' or 'Candy' scents, Vanilla, Amber, Dragons Blood, Incense notes, Violet, Cinnamon (usually not cassia though), most Patchouli... 'Fruity' blends... and so much more Not a fan of 'Dirt' smells usually (re: vetiver) or most 'boozy' notes, and my skin amps Jasmine too much for its own good... :P Civet is to be completely avoided I have also learned. No civet- not at all.... Milk notes often go wonky on me and make me kinda sick to my stomach (though I love cream notes- wth?). Butter notes are hit or miss, but miss a lot...

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  1. mystery213

    Six

    Wet, this one tries to steal the show. It smells like I slathered on Whip and Wanda at the same time and then someone dumped a jar of marschino (sp?) cherries on me (it may sound odd, but this is a *good* thing). It would be the clear cut winner of the bunch, except like it always does, the delicious cherry/almond note fades within minutes, and leaves a somewhat powdery, slightly less boozy smelling Wanda behind. Like Wanda's shy, well behaved little sis who has dreams of booze drenched leather parties, but unlike Wanda, never quite actually goes through with it...
  2. mystery213

    Quatre

    This starts out very subtle rose- not an in-your-face rose, like a lot of roses seem to be. The chocolate note is the first to hit when wet, and the roses lend a sweetness and elegance to the background. How did I not realize how delicious roses and chocolate was when paired up together? As it dries, it becomes this delicious rose liquor kind of scent, as the rose becomes more prominent, with the chocolate dancing on the top. I would not call it boozy exactly, but something in my mind thinks of a rose flavored wine when I smell this. Like lying in bed drinking rose wine and eating bon bons....
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    Deux

    Wow, this one barely smells like roses at all, really- it is lurking in the background (and I usually amp rose), and is just covered in a thick layer of the most exotic, incensey spices. When wet, it pretty much smelled like straight up spicy incense. I am really having a hard time identifying a specific spice upon drydown, though I suspect there may be some clove and cardamom lurking in there somewhere? As this dries down further, I am definitely getting a vague Morocco kind of vibe happening over here. It also (surprisingly) seem to be leaning toward being a somewhat masculine (or at least unisex) blend.It is a very clean and rugged kind of spicy happening....
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    Hyakki Yagyō

    This one is really weird. In the bottle it is a non-descript sort of clove addled spiciness. When it is applied to skin, I think my nose gets really confused initially by the unusual musk and coconut combo that arises, as that is about all I smell. As it dries, the champaca starts peeking out of the background, but it is still predominantly coconut and musk. The clove seems to have largely disappeared, which is strange since it was in the forefront when cold sniffed from bottle. My skin also amps coconut like nobodies business, so my skin chemistry might be burying the clove in coconut.... I don't think this musk will be going anywhere, no matter what else amps itself though, this is a very 'musky' blend.
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    Deserted Theater Atmosphere Spray

    Hauntingly beautiful! Forgotten elegance- plush dusty curtains infused with years of incense and beeswax candle fumes. If you like Not So Penitent Mini Mag, or Candlelight atmosphere spray, this is a must have!
  6. mystery213

    Switch Witch 2017 question part 2

    I'm heading to NYCC in October! Is there anything I can get my Witchee while I'm there? Apple VI, Apple VII catch my eye in particular, but I would love to try any of the apple perfumes, or Broadway. I would also love any of the hair glosses except for the honeyed. Anything catch your eye from this site (globalgirlfriend.com)? For sure! I could use a fun and funky apron, the pine needle baskets are super cool- there is a ton of neat stuff on this site..... Imagine you're going to the most gigantic art & craft show imaginable, and money is no object - what kind of things would you gravitate towards and probably spend money on? Include as specific as you want to get! Art glass, hand dyed fabrics (batiks...etc), handcrafted boxes, handcrafted jewelry, gemstone spheres and figures Witchee, would you like anything from the Trading Post Halloween update? https://blackphoenix...y/weenies-2017/ I would love testers of Purple, White and Crimson Pumpkin Floss, and would also really enjoy trying the Pom, White Pumpkin, Rose Geranium hair gloss. How would you feel about getting Hello Kitty stuff? Not a fan myself, but my younger daughter would enjoy it Would you like to get some favorite recipes? If vegan, I am always open to new recipes! would any witchees be interested in NASA swag? I'm now super-close to Marshall Space Flight Center and will be visiting the space center with my kiddo pretty regularly. If so, what would you like? I love anything with a space or astronomy/astrology theme, so there could be a ton of possibilities there. I do in particular have a serious weakness for oversized coffee/tea mugs. does anybody like anything from Solstice Scents? I *love* Solstice Scents, and have a handful of them noted in my wish list.
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    Switch Witch 2017 questions

    Scooby Doo? I am somewhat neutral, but my kids all like it. How do you feel about indie makeup- I love it, but I also create it (I am Back to the Earth), so none is needed Hand-painted BPAL box: would you want a big wood box (~50 bottles), a small wood box (~20 bottles) or a tin for carrying imps around? I adore boxes and tins of all sort, the more unique and unusual, the better. K Beauty: No Cocoa Pink: nope Haus of Gloi: no Moonalisa: Again, nope. Generally too many synthetics, though I have wondered about their soap as I can never find an ingredients list. LUSH: I love a few things from them, but stick to their 100% natural stuff. Future Primitive: Nothing stands out to me from this company Nui Cobalt: Ooo, their soy candles look interesting Sihaya and Company: I love their boxes, and their jewelry is beautiful. I would not use the candles though, as I stick to veggie or soy wax. Are there any hobbies or crafts you've been thinking of trying, but haven't had the chance yet? I would love to learn silversmithing, and stone cutting. I would also like to expand my glass blowing abilities at some point. What are your coffee and/or tea preferences? Coffee: whole beans or ground? Flavor and roast preferences? Tea: Chai, chai and more chai!! Not a fan of green tea, but I am open to just about any other organic, natural tea (no artificial flavors, please). Coffee: whole bean, organic, usually espresso. I love trying new organic coffees. Current favs are Kicking Horse, Equal Excange, The Organic Coffee Company, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters Do you enjoy stationery? I'm thinking cute/quality notebooks, washi tape, stickers, fun pens etc. I do! I really adore cute washi tapes, and I also use a ton of the little gift bags and whatnot for my swaps & sales. Anyone like handmade critters, stuffed animals, or custom repaints? I would love animal statues made from natural materials, like wood, or brass or something. Stuffed animals not as much, but I would make an exception for the right one. Would you enjoy any designer/specialty yarn for your own craftyness? No thank you. Is anyone interested in the new Resistance scents that the Lab just released (Take a Knee and SN: Flor de Maga)? Tester would be nice, but neither one grabs me too much Is anyone here into zero waste, plastic free living, urban homesteading, or any simplicity/minimalism-esque lifestyles? If so, could you use any tools or equipment? Yes, yes, and yes! I am trying to eliminate plastics, and incorporate reusables as much as possible. Anything having to do with homesteading, wilderness, survival, and minimalism will be greatly embraced Anyone like/want calendars or dayplanner? Calendars always get put to good use around here. Dayplanners, not as much. If you like stationery, do you like plain, colors, images, or specific DON'T LIKES? I am pretty open What about general desk stuff like cool colored paperclips and post it pads? sure? Would anyone be interested in having any of Abigail Larson's artwork (either as a print or on something, like a pillow, blanket, or t-shirt)? https://society6.com/abigaillarson Oooo, such awesomeness! How have I never discovered this artist before? Definitely some fun stuff. Does anything catch your eye from Ten Thousand Villages? http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ They are kinda pricey, but they have some really neat stuff, for sure. Would you be into receiving hand made (crocheted, sewn, felted, chain maille, scale, or duct tape, in my case, depending on the item) dishclothes? Scarf/shawl? Hat? Bag? Anything? Colors? (Duct tape, chain maille, and scales come in colors.) For sure! Open to just about anything, though we could always use more washcloths. Just pure cotton though, no wool, silk, or synthetics, please. Do you collect anything from SBUX like City Mugs, City Mug ornaments, City Cards, or Bearistas? If so, which do you need/want? Or would you like a City Mug or an ornament for fun? I do not collect anything from this company anybody want homemade fudge? I can do chocolate with or without nuts, peanut butter, and butterscotch Probably not do you like spicy foods? I am currently addicted to these suckers and want to send you some buffalo ridged kettle potato goodness (https://www.billygoa...shop/1lb-kicker) I like spicy stuff up to about medium-hot, but am not big on potato chips. what would you like from the Weenies updatus giganticus??? Cinnamon Chai Cupcake!!! Witchees, do you want anything specifically from this page? http://iceweasel.net/switchwitch/ Nothing specific, though the unicorn is super cute Japan: No, thank you Hand knit: Love it! Just cotton though, organic preferred. I do not use silk or wool, and am trying to also cut out acrylic and other synthetics Poetry: sure Would you like something hand sewn by your Witch? A dress, shirt, skirt, infinity scarf, something else? Absolutely! Again, no silk/wool/synthetics though Favorite gemstones? malachite, garnet, amethyst, rainbow moonstone, fire agate, moldavite, ocean jasper.... there are really so many, I just love stones. Witchee, I have a small but awesome farmer's market by my house. They have a local honey stand (which also sells things made from local honey like Propolis tincture!); there's a small apothecary and she additionally makes soaps and hand-made, hand-poured scented candles; plus a guy that makes an array of BBQ and Hot Sauces. Does any of this appeal? Would you like anything from my local farmer's market? I am always open to natural, handmade soaps, and soy or veggie wax candles! No honey, beeswax, propolis or other animal derivatives though, please. Witchee, I'm about to place an order with Smolder Cosmetics. Do any of their products (glitter, eye dusts etc) appeal to you? I am totally good on cosmetics, so no thank you What are your top three most wanted DC'd or previous LE BPALs? Probaby Loli-Dragon, Love Low, and Gingerbread, red Fruits & Sweet Jam What are some things you do NOT want to receive? Dirt scented anything, anything made with animal based materials, edibles that are not 100% natural and vegan Favorite animals or wild creatures or mythological creatures? I love animals soooo much, so almost any critter would be a hit, but I do have a special place in my heart for chipmunks and dragonflies. I am also very big on fairies and dragons, but would probably like just about anything based on a mythological creature. Interested in trying some of our rose petal (rose petals, sugar, everclear) or lavender vanilla bean (lavender, vanilla bean, vodka) liqueur? I do not drink, so probably not Want some honey from the bees on our property? No animal products, please Would you like some homemade jam? I have blackberry, rose petal, strawberry rhubarb, peach, and cherry. For sure, but I have an allergy in my household, so it could not have citric acid or other sub-ingredients much past fruit and sugar. Harry Potter fans and what house/s do you belong to? Harry Potter is pretty cool- I do not collect the merch myself, but my teenage daughter (who is apparently a Slither-Claw) would be over the moon about it. It seems like there's a question about socks on the questionnaire, but I don't think it got down to this level: Do you wear them? Any particular style (crew length, knee high, anklet, boot, etc.) or fiber (wool, cotton, bamboo anything but wool, etc.) preference? Oh, I would just love some organic cotton socks! I keep putting off buying them. Also open to bamboo, but no wool or synthetics, please. I really like Sock Dreams in specific, they are not organic or anything, but they have some super fun stuff. I usually wear mid calf, or knee socks, and do not like the really low cut ones. What about partial-full bottles of BPAL or BPTP? Absolutely open to partials! Would you be interested in any of the seasonal (or regular) soaps from Cellar Door Soap? Oh, I love Cellar Door so much. I want like, all of their soy candles. Who would love some USPS eclipse stamps? Sure!
  8. mystery213

    Snow Angel Hair Gloss

    This is really powerful on the Lab's classic snow note, but instead of pure chilliness, like many of their snow blends, it is warmed a bit, and made very unique by the sweet peach and sugared lemon notes. The tea note adds a bit of sharpness I could probably do without, but it stays mostly tempered by the sweetness of the fruits. When I spritz this in my hair, my daughter and partner both follow me around sniffing my hair, so it seems to be a hit.
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    Kamisuki Hair Gloss

    Yep, I'll throw my hat in the ring with the others in saying that this is totally a clean, fresh, fancy shampoo. The cherry blossom gives a light, sweet floral note that accompanies the slightly sharper tea note very well, and if I try really hard I can just barely catch a glimpse of the strawberries hiding in there as well. This is a perfect hair gloss for those days that you need something a bit more neutral, or professional, as I have a hard time seeing anyone being offended by this blend. I wish I got more strawberries from it, but it is so beautiful and refreshing that my bottle will still be getting plenty of use.
  10. Delicious! This is pretty much what would happen if you blended a bottle of Velvet, and Bliss together, and turned it into a hair gloss. It has the woods and amber vibe that Velvet does, but with a huge splash of the sweet, rich, decadent yumminess of Bliss added in. This is hands down my favorite chocolate hair gloss put out by the Post to date, and this will layer beautiful with all of my favorite chocolate perfumes.
  11. mystery213

    Mischief Hair Gloss

    This blend is amazing! It starts with a blast of sugary sweet cotton candy, with juicy but somewhat vague red fruits playing in the background. It dries down to a somewhat fruity cousin of Pink Wig Spray, with a grounding base of the sweetest Dragon's Blood ever. If you are a fan of blends such as Dragon's Milk, Velvet Unicorn, and Pink Wig Spray, you will probably adore this hair gloss....
  12. mystery213

    Rubber Chicken

    This was totally in-your-face banana Runts on me at first, but dried down to an orange creamsicle/Juicy Fruit gum blend. Or something like 'Blue Moon' ice cream (the bright blue ice cream with little chunks of fruity bubblegum in it). It is so, so yummy, but faded quickly on me, as citrus always does with my chemistry.... I did not get a chance to try the bath bomb version, so this review is for the oil only.
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    Lab Rat

    This is an odd one, that does throw the nose for a bit of a loop- it smells like a mish-mash of an imp box when sniffed in the bottle, but when applied turns into a floral dominant blend with a whiff of a soft green note, and an earthy backdrop. Not quite what I expected, but more pleasant than it probably could have ended up, with all of these notes vying for attention....
  14. mystery213

    Are BPAL Scents Vegan?

    Sooo, as a long time vegan, I am pretty disturbed right now. I emailed the lab yesterday questioning about their 'CO2 butter extract' note, and Beth has confirmed that it is indeed a milk based note, and is *not* vegan. Seeing as their website FAQ specifically says 'With the exception of our honey-based products, everything that comes from BPAL is vegan', I am particularly taken aback. My first concern arose with the release of Auri's Perfect Soap, which apparently contains tallow (beef fat). I found that odd, but did not think too much about it (since it was made by someone besides BPAL, though made *for* BPAL), until seeing 'butter extract' listed as a component of one of their oils. Now I am questioning a whole bunch of other blends, and awaiting a response from customer service to let me know which other oils also contain animal secretions. I know there are a handful of other vegans here in the group, so I felt this info was potentially pertinent for at least a few others as well. I am still awaiting an official response, and desperately trying not to jump to any further conclusions..... I will keep everyone updated.
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    Pecan Pie Hair Gloss

    I love this one! I was not as impressed by the perfume oil version of Pecan Pie, and honestly I get very little actual 'pecan pie' out of it at all, but it is a mish-mash or super yummy, heady spices (cinnamon, clove, allspice!) that are just delightful. The scent is also quite strong, and lingers better than many other hair glosses I have tried.
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