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About monocainsheresy

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    The Other Miss Forcible, Game Over, Spinni, Pale Student Of Unhallowed Arts, Harlot, OLLA Eve, The Air And The Ether, Ümlaut

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  1. monocainsheresy

    Laurel Wreath

    Mostly calamus and amber - a sweet, vanilla-y resin scent with hints of spice (nutmeg and clove from the bay laurel) and a distinctly fruity undertone. I was hoping this would be more medicinal and herbal because of the bay, but alas. It's more akin to a Christmas candle.
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    Loup Garou

    Overwhelmingly juniper and cypress at first, drying down to mostly galangal supported by the remnants of the juniper and a hint of eucalyptus. I tend to shy away from evergreen scents because of how strong they are, but the way this calmed down and turned mostly to galangal has me intrigued. This is more cabin-in-the-woods than actual trees.
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    Sharp green ti leaf and honey, with the saffron and a bit of sandalwood coming out as time passes. Sweet, warm, translucent emerald and gold - like sunlight through leaves.
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    Sea of Glass

    White floral, sea salt, and citrus. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess lily, grapefruit or possibly mandarin orange (I agree with @Honey that you can smell pith), and maybe a hint of ginger? This one is for the folks who buy ocean-scented candles.
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    Roses, Pearls, and Onyx

    This is remarkably similar to The Fiery Mountains on me. Like, almost exactly the same, but with rose added. Powdery, smoky black rose over a clove/incense/orris base that transcends its components and becomes almost a spiced hot wax single note. I agree with the general consensus of vintage drama.
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    Galanthus Nivalis, Single Snowdrop

    Agree that this is almost entirely snowdrop. "Stark white and spring green" is a very accurate description. Strong white floral but also very bright dewy green. I get a slight (very slight) bite of something darker underneath but can't pick out the ink or myrrh distinctly. I also get the bubblegum impression that doomsday_disco mentioned. Overall it weirdly reminds me of general catalog Dragon's Blood? That's a very wet floral scent on me, and though these two smell nothing alike Galanthus Nivalis seems to be distantly related. Imagine GC Dragon's Blood but white instead of red. Looking forward to seeing if aging brings out the myrrh and ink more.
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    Hard Luck Lollipop

    Smells just like a blue cotton candy flavored Dum Dum lollipop! The petrichor shows up as a very faint wetness, but that's it. Reminds me of a mall somehow, but not in a bad way. I really wanted the candy-incense other people are getting, but alas. Maybe aging will bring it out.
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    A Melancholy of Goths

    Mostly champaca incense and hairspray for me, but I can also smell the velvet (very worn and dusty) and a hint of plum. The clove is trying valiantly to claw its way up but I can only smell if I get super close. Metallic, powdery, and utterly evocative of the concept. I think everyone has the potential to really like this regardless of their general preferences. It's witchy, it's goth, it's floral but not floral, it's sweet but not gourmand, it's classic and it's weird. It's even got a bit of that freshly-opened-BPAL-package smell. Dare I say that it's a masterpiece?
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    The Poinsettia Gown

    2023 version Full disclosure, this smells very scary in the bottle. Thankfully, the jasmine is not nearly so fecal on the skin. This is all frothed vanilla-rose foam on me, with a touch of jasmine that manifests as a light oudh note. I attempted to make rosewater meringues a few months ago and they smelled almost exactly like this. Reminds me of Pink Snowballs and Vampire Lace.
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    The Corn Spirit

    Sweet, vanillic, dry hay and corn, slightly astringent chamomile, and a distant background of warm rye and a pinch of dirt. Very soothing and outdoorsy.
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    Very herbaceous lavender, very rich vanilla, and... really aggressive burnt sugar? Tonka? This honest to god smells like a deep fried bundle of lavender. As odd as that sounds it actually does smell how being super sleepy and cozy feels.
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    I can smell each note in the description individually, in roughly equal measure, and oh it is fantastic. This smells like what it says it smells like and it's perfect. I don't really know what else to say, except maybe to imagine Dorian and Dee having a summertime lovechild.
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    yeah that's milk chocolate alright. very nutty
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    Big blast of amber-myrrh-saffron goodness at the start, but it quickly becomes a fairly simple almond-lotus scent. I think the musk is in there somewhere keeping it from completely flying away, but the overall impression is one of expensive almond soap. Not soapy, mind you, but that very clean spa-type kind of scent. The musk and a bit of the amber come out slightly on the drydown.
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    The Jersey Devil

    Opens with strong pine and cranberry, mellowing down to pine-tinged, sweet, tart cranberry and blackberry, grounded by a faint cedar background and a hint of bitterness from the tomato leaf. Much cleaner than I expected - a bright summer forest, rather than a scary night-time one.