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Juliamon

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About Juliamon

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday 02/16/1984

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    I love amber and vanilla, and my skin does too. I also enjoy myrrh, opoponax, dirt notes, fruit/berries, citrus (though lemon can be iffy), grassy nonfloral notes, petrichor, incense, pastry gourmands. I'm mostly indifferent to patchouli (because my skin just devours it), vetiver, champagne, cinnamon, non-almond nuts, tea (but it depends on the blend) I can do VERY sparingly: violet, lavender, balsam. DO NOT GIVE ME: almond, narcissus, rose, cedar, wine, blood musk. I amp the first two nauseatingly and the last two go rancid on me.

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  1. Juliamon

    Echo Azure

    This is, in general, an incredible lilac scent, possibly the closest to a perfect lilac as you will get from BPAL. It goes on fairly aggressive as the blackberries and lilacs try to figure each other out, but dries down to an unexpectedly delicate scent with the lilacs being gently supported by the blackberries on the bush. On a personal level, unfortunately, I pick up that same air-freshener ozone that z_z did, and between that and the ever-so-slight tang of blackberry (BPAL's blackberry note definitely goes sour-stanky on me) it creates a really unfortunate and powerful scent memory for me involving a house so thoroughly skunked that I got sent home from my job because my coat (which had been in a closet and was untouched by any skunk spray, mind you) was making the locker room unbearable, and required a short impromptu vacation and the use of several bottles of Febreze over the next month. So... this is a pass for me. But I'll be having other family members give it a try and see if they have the same reaction.
  2. Juliamon

    Chaos Theory VI - Amber Series

    #62 I was so worried this would have some sort of obnoxious white floral, but I hit the jackpot instead! Amber with nag champa and some wood that I can't personally identify (it's different than how BPAL's sandalwoods usually wear on me). Rich, incensey, woody, warm. Excellent longevity, moderate throw. You will pry this bottle from my cold dead hands.
  3. Juliamon

    Lambs-Wool

    A popular holy day beverage in 18th century Ireland: roasted apples mashed into warmed milk and ale, with nutmeg, sugar, ginger, and clove.  2018 version. This set a new speed record for migraine-triggering. I barely had time to put the cap back on the imp before it literally sent me reeling like I'd walked past a Yankee Candle shop. The scent itself is nice (if a bit cheap-candle at first) but my head is having none of it. I think it's the apple's fault, so I guess I'll stick to Samhain with its lower ratio of apple.
  4. Juliamon

    Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs

    To me, this is a shining example of everything I adore in a BPAL. Rich incensey resins up front, a sharp bite of ti leaf, a hint of tangy musk like when you bury your nose in your cat's fur, and a soft fuzzy quality enveloping the whole thing in a way that's more than the sum of its parts. This is a pet cat perfume through and through, soft and warm and clinging close to the skin.
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    When All Colors to Black Are Cast

    I don't know if this is just one that's going to need a long, long time to age into something wearable, or if it's just doomed from the start. I almost blind-bottled this based on the notes, it reads like a list of all my favorite things... and yet, somehow they all combine to smell exactly like the girls' locker room in high school. Overly fruity drug-store body spray and chemical-laden hair products trying in vain to cover up the funk of adolescent bodies that don't have time to shower off the sweat because you only have 5 minutes to get to your next class. I wonder if, like Lucchesa, BPAL's blackberries just don't like me. I should have learned from Bewitched. Too lazy to scrub it off, it had a low throw and lasted an average amount of time.
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    The She-Goat

    Picked up a decant of this because the name, photo, and notes reminded me of the nice couple who bought our barn-camp in Vermont and keep a pair of guard-goats (it's rural enough that they do a good enough job). We didn't get to visit them this year so I figured this would help ease the heartache. Something in here is amping violently on me, either the sage or the juniper (possibly both). It's a real shame because otherwise this a wonderfully herbal, grassy scent that's almost nostalgic. Like, it's the exact scent of overgrown grasses drying out and cooking against the underside of a car that just spent a couple hours on the road. It has fantastic longevity, smells best after whatever's amping has had a few hours to burn off and settle down, and I can still pick up traces of dry sweet warmth on my skin a full 24 hours after applying. It temps me to upgrade to a full bottle despite the almost-medicinal blast of the first couple hours. It tempts me to scent a scarf or flannel shirt with it for extra coziness. But it is too cold and snowy here for me to want to wear it right now, it's very much an early spring/late summer scent and doesn't feel right to be smelling right now. I can see this one becoming quite sought-after in the future!
  7. Juliamon

    Golden Apple, Golden Sandalwood, and Amber Hair Gloss

    On my hair (and on me, because I couldn't resist using it as a body mist after my shower) this is also very apple-forward, with just a hint of the sandalwood and amber to smooth out what might otherwise be a very acidic apple. It's a very bright and golden scent indeed, suitable for all the way through fall AND winter. I agree that this would probably layer wonderfully with a number of Weenies! Longevity seems a little weaker than other HGs I've tried, but I did just have my hair recolored less than a week ago and it might be interfering with how well the scent holds. My sister saw the bottle in the bathroom and decided to give it a try as well, as she loves apple scents. Now, the two of us have wildly differing tastes in perfume (she prefers florals whereas I'm more about resin/incense), and her nose unfortunately didn't enjoy it at all; she described it as "musty grandparents' attic" with the amber and sandalwood up front and the apple going rotten in the back. Just thought it would be fair to share a second opinion because I was amused how differently two people could experience the same bottle.
  8. Juliamon

    Snake Oil in the Pumpkin Patch

    Aging seems to have treated this decant well. There's no back-and-forth between the Snake Oil and the pumpkin, it's one seamless blend of buttery, spicy, sweet pumpkin Snake Oil. It's a bit more powdery than Snake Oil usually is, but I don't know if that's me or the scent association I get from this that brings me back to my grandparents' apartment, baked goods and old-fashioned cosmetics and the Tabu perfume that was my nana's signature scent. There's less vanilla in here than with regular Snake Oil, probably because the pumpkin does the job just as well. Very yummy and long-lasting, a decant I will treasure.
  9. Juliamon

    Shanghai

    Short & sweet review for this one. This is horribly sour in the imp, but on my skin it's Embalming Fluid 2.0--new and improved, now with less cleaning product smell! Lasts a teeny bit longer too, maybe due to the honeysuckle. A bottle of this may be in my future!
  10. Juliamon

    Eusapia

    2017 version. If ever there were a perfume that my skin betrayed me with, it is Eusapia. It opens with the most beautiful, pure lilac that is spot-on to the blooming bushes so prevalent around here in the spring. The white tea offers a burst of freshness to balance the floral sweetness, and the candle wax is just a faint, soft waxy base note anchoring it. It's perfect... ...except that it changes when dry. The candle wax reveals itself to have some sort of vanilla component, and an hour after applying that's all I can smell. Vanilla often does this to me, but usually it's more of a gradual shift from blend to single-note vanilla (Gobo is a great example of this, it takes me hours to realize the citrus is gone). The lilac and tea just can't stick around very long, I guess. And it breaks my heart because it started off so, so so so good. Keeping my decant for locket use for sure, if I can find a bottle at a time where I can afford it I'll be tempted to grab it so I can reapply as often as I want for that lilac goodness.
  11. Juliamon

    Venom - Resurrected

    Also haven't tried the original. It wasn't even on my radar, but I've been giving jasmine more of a shot lately and I didn't want my Dragon's Eye imp to travel alone. This is, without a doubt, the one BPAL that most accurately evokes its name. Sweet and intoxicating, but also bitter and deadly. The berries and opoponax would be overpoweringly sweet if they weren't cut by the lime and galbanum, and the jasmine is so entwined with the rest of the blend that I wouldn't have been able to identify it if I hadn't read the notes. Throw is insane for the first few minutes, but calms down to a more subtle, sinister level and stays there for quite some time. I don't think I could wear this often, but it's gonna be my go-to when I need to feel powerful.
  12. Juliamon

    Dragon's Eye - Resurrected

    I haven't tried the original, but had my 'eye' on it because of the lilac, so I was very excited to see it included in the resurrection! Unfortunately the lily of the valley dominates on me, much like on the previous reviewer. It's primarily lily, then some dragon's blood, and then a hint of galbanum. The lilac is nowhere to be found. I mean, at least it's not like most of the other Ars Draconis blends where I get nothing but dragon's blood... but it's still not what I was hoping for. It's definitely piercing though! If I hadn't already taken my migraine medication for an unrelated reason, I'm sure I would need it now. The lily is THAT aggressive.
  13. Juliamon

    Seven Word Story: Gluttony

    This reminds me of a beachside motel I stayed in on an overnight trip to Maine. The freshly-laundered sheets, the flowering bushes outside, the salty breeze coming in off the ocean. This is the sort of thing that comes to mind when I think 'vacation.' There's a dark, bitter--no, biting--undercurrent that I think is from the lavender, but as I'm very much not a lavender fan I don't mind it being so suppressed by the rest of the blend. I expected it to be a bit sweeter than it is, and I think that's what's keeping me from really being head-over-heels for it. Maybe layering it with some myrrh will help? Keeping my decant, though I don't know that I can justify the full bottle purchase.
  14. Juliamon

    Death Cap

    This blend reminds me strongly of LUSH: it's sort of like if their Coconut deodorant powder and Fairy Ring soap had a baby. Very earthy and dry and warm, dirt-forward with the coconut and vetiver supporting it, and a liberal sprinkling of mushroom. The benzoin sweetens things up ever so gently over time. I usually prefer a more moist dirt note but it would probably not work as well in this blend. Unisex, but a bit masculine-leaning as it feels kinda 'rugged.' Like a pile of sturdy clothes and gloves that have been used for farming root veggies, sun-baked and dusty. Not something I would wear often, but I want to keep it on hand for those early autumn days when I start to miss childhood trips to a particularly rural part of Vermont where everyone was a farmer or otherwise at least had attended a barn raising or two.
  15. Juliamon

    Whitechapel

    In the imp: Industrial bathroom cleaner! Where's the limes I was promised? Wet: There they are! The lime and citron come out swinging, juicy and zesty. The lilacs drift in lazily, and then are suddenly pushed aside as the musk announces its presence. And, unfortunately, that's where this goes wrong. I don't usually have a problem with white musk but in this case it seems to be fighting with the citrus and starts smelling unusually dirty. I guess that's the 'corrupted' bit, and I am unfortunately not a fan. The lilac struggles to remind me that it's there, but it's not strong enough to break up the fight. Dry: I think the citrus and the musk fought to a stalemate, both exhausted but unwilling to admit defeat: they cling weakly to my skin, barely noticeable. The lilac is still kicking around a bit, yet still manages to get overshadowed. Poor lilac! The only really positive thing I have to say is that this is much more gender-neutral than the description implies. I had such high hopes for this blend, enough that I tested and retested half a dozen times before reviewing to make sure it REALLY didn't work and it wasn't just hormones/weather/whatever messing with it. Alas!
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