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About monocainsheresy

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    Lizardfolk Park Ranger
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    Tombstone, The Other Miss Forcible, Game Over, Spinning On Graves, Old Scratch, Pale Student Of Unhallowed Arts, Harlot, OLLA Eve, The Air And The Ether, Ümlaut

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    zines, witchcraft/paganism, cats, fencing, Frankenstein, and of course my beloved BPAL
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  1. monocainsheresy


    Sweet violet, warm tonka bean, and a wee bit of clove spice. The incense comes out as it dries, and it's reading as frankincense to my nose, with an almost aquatic tone. Very nice - I think I'll like it a lot more after aging.
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    Very sharp and powdery, mostly frankincense. A dusting of violet, and the slightest hint of cinnamon.
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    Lizardfolk Park Ranger

    Definitely give this one a little time to settle on the skin - it has a very harsh cleaning fluid phase at the beginning. After that, this smells exactly like being by a river in a conifer forest during a sunny cold snap. The pine, hazelnut, and stone take center stage, though I can actually pick out every single listed note to some degree. Very well-balanced - an evergreen scent for people who don't like evergreen scents. Could work for any season, because it gives off both fall/winter crispness and spring/summer sunshine.
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    "Bittersweet" and "ticklish" is right - the bitter part of citrus, the tickly part of grapefruit, and a little bit of sweet from the florals (which are definitely "snow-dusted," because I got a very distinct whiff of something very similar to the lab's snow note in the imp). Mainly a yuzu and grapefruit scent.
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    The Man in Black

    I agree with @supreme_c0rt - this is a lot like Iago, but nicer on the dry down. Less intense. On me, the leather comes across as very soft and well-worn, smoothed by the ambrette and tonka. A touch of vetiver bitterness and a suggestion of tobacco making the scent a little smokey. The dirt note is definitely there, making this overall an outdoorsy, slightly rainy scent. I also get a bit of hay. This is much less gritty than I expected, but it is definitely very nice. A subtle, unisex Renaissance fair type scent, along the lines of the smell of a freshly opened BPAL box. Depending on your skin chemistry, I feel this could go either very dirty/sexy or smooth/professional. Interesting!
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    Hanging Johnny

    This is about 80% hemp rope, 15% cedar, and 5% sandalwood on me. There's a burst of warm sandalwood a minute or two after it hits the skin, but after that it disappears and is all fresh hemp rope and cedar shavings. Very nice balance between clean and dirty here, ever so slightly spiced. Herbal but very much in a brand-new-rope kind of way. Think "antique cedar chest full to the brim with coils of freshly woven hemp rope."
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    Liquid Gold is in the Air

    APPLE, oud, a touch of cedar, and a hint of honey. Much more appley than expected, but I love apple so I don't mind. Not as warm and resinous as I had hoped, and it doesn't stand out compared to other LE apple scents, but I'll definitely hang on to my decant.
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    What it says on the tin. Dry, powdery, a little lemony. The frankincense is stronger than the myrrh on me. This would probably be very good layered with something else, but by itself it's not as pretty and complex as other bpal frank/myrrh blends.
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    Well this is quite simply the best nag champa-type perfume I have ever smelled. Smoky and sweet. Excellent powdery dragon's blood, a bit of the sharpness of the amber and frankincense, whiffs of Villain-type lavender, and a generous squeeze of blood orange juice. No cocoa, which I am very happy about as I am allergic and every other part of this scent sounded perfect. And it is!
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    As Above

    Smoked leather, OAK, patchouli, wisps of vanilla/almond, and a veil of jasmine. Oak is my favorite wood note and it is definitely the star here, so I enjoy this, though it is lighter than what I normally go for. I was expecting more almond given that it smelled like straight almond extract in the decant, but alas. Nevertheless, this is very pretty gender neutral scent that I think could work in any season.
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    So Below

    UGH this is so good Meaty, vanillic coconut and chewy patchouli drenched, dripping, in liquid resins and golden musk. No cardamom. Cozy yet tropical, and intensely nostalgic.
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    Aromatic patchouli-oudh. Green, blue, and shadowy. For some reason I do not get "grown-up" vibes from this - I get incense in the woods while teenagers bounce around eating blue Fun Dip! Somehow my skin chemistry is throwing a tablespoon of bright blue sugar on top!
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    Please Scream Inside Your Haunted House

    Dry and sweet cedar sawdust and cinnamon. I agree with @crisz- definitely Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon! Like a very subtle, toned-down Tombstone. Quite pretty, but it reminds me of hamsters! Hamsters in a Penzey's box
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    Please Scream Inside Your Pumpkin Patch

    Pure, unspiced pumpkin goo, some green-ness from the hay and nuttiness from the pumpkin seeds, and powdered sugar. From a distance this smells like the pumpkin goo + brown sugar, or pumpkin cake. Simple but super fun!
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    The Witch/Strega

    Mostly the patch and labdanum on me, with hints of rose, balsam, and beeswax. A quiet scent, sweeter and lighter than I expected given the contents. Like Practical Occultism without the wine.