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About monocainsheresy

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday April 9


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    Practical Occultism
  • Favorite Scents
    Pumpkin Musk And Black Oudh, Libertine, Spinning On Graves, Bloodlust, Old Scratch, Lawful, Bram Stoker, Pale Student Of Unhallowed Arts, Psalm 82:2-4, Forgive Us Our Virtues Forgive Us, Harlot, Penny Dreadful, Eve, Juke Joint, Black Pearl, The Emperor's Rams, Dragon's Blood, Gothic Horror, The Air And The Ether

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    zines, witchcraft/paganism, cats, fencing, Frankenstein, Romanticism, literature, and of course my beloved BPAL
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    it's too cold


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  1. monocainsheresy


    Vanilla underscored by sandalwood, amber, lily, and musk, contrasted by the fizzy aquatic combo of elemi, orris, ambergris, and moss. Honestly, this smells like Bath & Body works in the summer.
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    Les Bijoux

    Mostly honey, musk, and frank+myrrh on me. A bit of juicy florals and fruits in the background. Stays extremely close to the skin.
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    High-Strung Daisies

    Warm, sugary, creamy florals. Not soapy, not cloying, just snuggly cashmere foody-florals.
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    Frostbitten Dorian

    2018 version Softer, cologne-ier Dorian and almost ozonic ice
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    Practical Occultism

    2018 version I avoid scents with more than half a dozen notes as a rule, but LORD am I happy I went for this. This smells exactly like my childhood church. In the bottle and fresh on the skin, this smells like licorice + red wine from the combo of the star anise, palmarosa, the evergreen/citrus tones from the frankincense and elemi, and some elements of the kyphi. Red and fruity, but not un-incensy. After about ten minutes the fruity phase calms down a little and the cassia, sandalwood, and dusty white sage leaves come forward with the warm, powdery incenses of the resins. Very well-balanced and mystical; smells both antique and modern at the same time. The nostalgia of Sunday services and communion wine.
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    Carry Me

    For the first 40ish minutes this smells almost exactly like the ambergris+lavender combo for The Air And The Ether, but once it dries down it's vaguely foody vanilla, the faintest hint of musky lavender, and brown herbs from the fougere. I was hoping for this to be some kind of Dorian + Villain dream, but that's not what I get at all. I already have something that smells almost exactly like it that's a lot better.
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    Pumpkin Musk and Black Oudh

    Sweet, squishy pumpkin musk and ever so soft oudh in the background. Neither goes funky or overpowering on me, which is fortunate because musk and especially oudh can get really bad really quickly. But this is perfect, soft incense notes from both sides. I love this and I should have gotten a full bottle while I had the chance
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    Faces Cleaving Each to Each

    True apple. Fresh off the tree, unbitten, musty, dusty, late-autumn apple. This isn't apple + incense, this is like the scent of a room that's had a fresh apple pomander in it every month for years. Warm, sweet, mushy apple. Absolutely divine.
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    I get cedar and sandalwood only, maybe a bit herby in the background. Sadly, no frankincense. Warm and sweet and magical.
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    The kind of scent you'll find in an "Ocean Mist" or "Sea Spray" candle. A very gentle aquatic, which is GREAT because I usually despise aquatics, and a wee bit of ozone. I agree with Soupy Twist saying that's it's snowy and sweet. Smells like the taste of fresh ice water.
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    A bright woody scent - definitely pine and mint in there, and when it's wet i smell sassafras. Probably cedar too. A fresh, clean forest scent that dances on the edge of toothpaste-y, but not in a bad way.
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    The Moon Gazed On My Midnight Labours

    Warm, smooth, clovey musk, with a mildly medicinal edge from the poppy, rounded off by glossy orris. A laid-back masculine scent.
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    A Cute Kid

    In the bottle this totally smells like Elmer's glue, but as soon as it hits the skin it turns into dusty lavender-vanilla goodness, with a bit of plasticy, sugary bubblegum. The sugar puts this in the same family as Roof Goblins. Extremely reminiscent of Lush's Twilight. A fun, light-hearted, nostalgic scent
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    The Horrors of My Secret Toil

    Hot, juicy, slightly-ozoney rose
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    Vampire Lace

    I've been stewing over what this smells like in the bottle since it came out of the mail, and my verdict is freshly opened Satya nag champa incense - musky, a bit floral, weirdly sweet, with that almost-overpowering-dangerously-close-to-goaty oudh undertone. Alternatively, overly-febreezed-bathroom-where-someone-just-took-a-massive-dump. Yeah. It's rough. This one is not for the faint of heart. But if you can get past the nightmare phase, it powders and smooths. The clove, musk, oudh, benzoin, and tobacco team up for a big cloud of incense shop vibe, with an extremely sheer blanket of the lace note, edged by lily. It's still not great, but I actually like this quite a bit if I don't get too close. If there was no lily and the oudh was calmed down a little, this would be superb. The lily-oudh combo smells like goat. It's a problem. Not quite a scrubber, but boy does it come close. I'll be keeping this as an aging experiment.