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About Alisha_SBC

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    wrist-sniffing wench
  • Birthday 09/19/1981


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    Cold Moon17
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    Vernal Equinox Full Moon, Eve, Elf, Mage, Becoming Thunder, Morocco

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  1. Alisha_SBC

    Brown Butter Bourbon Cookie

    Mmmn. This is foodie heaven and I'm almost a little sad I didn't spring for a bottle. I get the bourbon vanilla and the richness of the browned butter with brown sugar, very much like what I smell/taste when I make up a batch of cookie dough and eat it raw. Unlike Eat Me, this doesn't at all make me think of B&BW vanilla and brown sugar. So not sure what it is about those that puts me off so much. If you like sweet and rich, this is for you.
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    Snake's Kiss

    Not sure who sent me this freebie decant with an order but I'm excited to try this. As I recall, I wasn't in love with Snake Oil. (Gasp! I know!!!) It felt too heady for me, but my chemistry is wonky at the best of times.. This one is definitely strong, I only needed a swipe off the plastic applicator, and I get honey and vanilla, sticky and sweet. There's something in the background that's a touch spicy or musky, I'm not sure which. I think I like this. Its still headier than what I prefer but it's not delving into the headache realm for me. This would be great for a date night. I ventured outside for some errands and it is a HOT one folks. I kept getting this gorgeous, soft, vanilla waft and realized it was me!!!! Winner!!
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    Vernal Equinox Full Moon

    This is one of my favorite BPALs and was the first scent I ordered a BU bottle of. To me, this is a nostalgic scent, reminding me of when I used to keep tulip petals in an old velvet heart valentines box so I could enjoy the spicy-sweet scent they have once dried. This scent is soft, sweet and spiced but not cinnamon or clove, just a floral spice. The amber isn't powdery in the slightest and gives a warmth to the blend. It's beautiful and calming. Serene.
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    Eat Me

    Wet this is pretty but not wowing me. I get the impression of cake fur sure, vanilla that's warm but not the vanilla I love from other scents like Haute Macabre or Two Goats and Two Sheep. Must be the cake. I'm not sure I get any of the currants. As it dries, this reminds me somewhat of B&BW Brown Sugar Vanilla, which I did not like. Sadly, this one is edging on headache territory for me.
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    Okay, who went and mixed up a batch of brownie batter, because it sure as heck wasn't me and now I am hungry. I chose this hoping it might curb my sudden craving for sweets. BACKFIRED! LOL Seriously though, this is straight up luscious brownie batter on my skin rather than, say, a melted chocolate bar. In a word, YUMMY.
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    Oooh. This is a sexy one, exactly as a perfume named Siren should be. Its musky and warm, dark florals with sweetness underneath. I pick up the impression of ginger as a bite on the flowers and the apricot is there underneath it all. In my elbow it's sharper and a touch indolic but my wrist is super pretty.
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    Pink Moon 2019

    Pink. This scent invokes the color, delicate and light. The sweetness is there but not candyish. Rather, this is a bunch of wildflowers smooshed together in a handpicked boquet handed to me by my smiling child. I wish I got the strawberry, but it's being shy. The vanilla is near imperceptible to my nose (and I love me some vanilla), more of a base to hold all the flowers together. As it begins to dry I get whiffs of pale green - almost like sap. I like this. I don't think I need a bottle since I have other floral/pink scents I enjoy, but I wouldn't pass up a bottle at a good deal.
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    Smug Yale Alchemy Lab

    I managed to get a hold of a bottle and boy am I glad I did! I love vanilla, but I wasn't certain what I was going to think about the grass. Even so, I took a risk to snag this limited edition beauty and it was well worth it. The vanilla is creamy and light and real, definitely makes me think of cutting open a vanilla bean, and the grass is just so pleasant. It reminds me of mowing day, with all the grass clippings scenting the cool air, or maybe lying down in lush grass as a kid. It's just enough to bring me back to pleasant memories without making me feel like I need to sneeze. This scent feels so much like spring to me, but would be a nice reminder in the winter as well of what is coming back in a few months.
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    Winter Trees

    I am pretty sure zankoku_zen hit this spot on, especially with that final line - "Happy trees, as Bob Ross would say." This was very pleasant, all bright lemon and sunshine at the start. For me, this began as a daytime scene and softened to the liquid moonlight, leaving me with this peaceful quiet, sweet scent that was just a breath of florals against the quiet woods. The lemony verbena took a backseat to this softer, lovely scent that brought to mind my beloved Vernal Equinox Full Moon. I am definitely grabbing myself a full bottle.
  10. Oh noooo. In the bottle I get poopy oudh even though I don't see it listed. Upon first application I get that same whiff of poopiness and now I am scared. On my wrists, after a brief minute or two, the poopy fades and the lilac comes out more - thank goodness. It lasts a minute longer in my elbow but then also fades. Phew! Saved! Now that this is beginning to dry down I can appreciate it. The scent is delicate yet present. Lilacs that are tames down by everything else so they aren't absurdly overwhelming.This is very pretty now, and I could see this being the scent of a unicorn as it rushes past, leaving the scent of flowers, meadows, forest glades, and clear waters in its wake. The only downside is that this fades fast on me, and due to the initial unpleasantness I'm afraid to slather on more from teh get-go. I'll have to play with this one a little to see how much is too much.
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    2004: Paper Phoenix

    Got ahold of this through a forum/FB seller. Thanks @Upstart Crow!!!! This is pretty. Perfumy and sophisticated is what I get. There is lavender for sure, backed by a splash of tea and whiffs of soft vanilla linen. Not entirely sure what pink pepper smells liek but it could be the slight bitterness I get when I put my nose to my wrist. Overall a enjoyable scent I could see appropriate for a date or the office. As it dries I get more of a peppery bite that I really like. In my elbow this is lavender and so pretty. On my wrists this has gone tea, tea, tea. Which isn't necessarily bad but it it isn't exactly what I wanna smell like all the time. It's bright with a hint of vanilla beneath and a mere whisper of peppery bite. My elbow is completely different and a lovely subdued lavender linen. After this is fully dry (about an hour or two) it is the prettiest vanilla on my wrists. Still more lavender in my elbow but much softer now. I think I am really going to enjoy this bottle. While the tea phase isn't my favorite, it's still pretty. Now that I get this vanilla, I really want to try and find myself a bottle of Antique Lace.
  12. Alisha_SBC

    Under the Maple Boughs in Summer Hair Gloss

    This is so gorgeous. I feel this scent perfectly encapsulates an autumn day when the leaves are turning and drifting on the wind. There's that soft musky sweetness I remember from my childhood when we'd jump in leaf piles. The maple is subdued and mellow, not syrupy. This is true maple and its lending a warm...almost nuttiness? It's hard to explain. But this is my favorite HG yet and I am desperately going to need to find more. I'm at the 7-8 hour mark and I still smell this in my long hair, with only 3 spritzes. I snagged my bottle via Ebay and now I am desperate to find more. I feel like this is my holy grail of hair scents and I want to wear this every day.
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    Edith Awakes

    Jasmine and maybe an oudh? Upon initial application I get the barest whiff of that poopiness that oudh can sometimes do. Thankfully this fades away fast. As it dries I get the jasmine up front and center. If I put my nose to my wrist I get a faint touch of smoke, but not sure if I'm picking up either candle wax or blood. Overall a pretty scent that is good for when you want your perfume noticed, a she throw is pretty decent with a small application. A little bit goes a long way with this one.
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    Van Van

    This is nice. I am not expert enough to pick out scents but I get a soft sweetness from this—almost like a whiff of buttery caramel or something when I put my nose right up there and sniff deep. Maybe a hint of lemon? But this isn't foodie at all so I'm probably describing it wrong, haha. There's some powderiness—yup, like baby powder—but it isn't taking over. In my elbow I get a slightly more herbal, dare I say smoky, note. Like sage smudging almost. The citrusy backnote is definitely there but hard to identify. Lemon peel maybe, or possibly a lemony flower? I keep getting an edge of a floral but can't identify. I can see why people say this is a calming scent. It is, but it's not wowing me enough to want a full bottle. I take solace in the fact that despite being powdery, its not giving me a headache at all. Edit to add: Ok, as this dries down I get a soft rose. I see why people compare this to lemon sugar cookies somewhat. It's not foodie by any means but I get the impression of rose petals sprinkled atop vanilla-lemon shortbread. The smokiness in my elbow is gone. This really morphed into something quite lovely and I may need to reasses getting a full size now. Forgot I reviewed this so did a more recent one 6/29/20. My opinion is pretty much unchanged: In the imp I'm trying to identify what this smells like to me. A touch vanilla, maybe hints of something like soft leather or furry musk? My nose isn't as trained as many here, haha. On my skin, though, this is definitely nice. A vanilla leaning scented breeze in a sunbaked field. A touch of something floral but I cannot identify what. There is a powderiness but its not baby powder, thank goodness. This is calming and lovely.
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    Solstice Lace

    Upon receipt I had to try this right away. - Upon application I get tobacco with hints of vanilla and the barest whisper of smoke. No apple at all, leaving me disappointed. I will let this settle a few days and retest. *** Ok, waited a week or so and am retesting. This is MUCH better. Now I get the soft hint of apples and a woodsy note that I don't recognize straight off. I'm reminded of visiting an apple orchard in the Fall, while somewhere nearby there's a bonfire going. I like this but I don't love it. Still, a nice scent for cool weather and will be a good addition to my Fall scents. Has a decent throw to it. I'm only wearing on one wrist with a dab in the elbow and I get whiffs while typing. Nice, but I wouldn't be compelled to track down a second bottle.