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About monocainsheresy

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    Tombstone, The Other Miss Forcible, Game Over, Libertine, Spinning On Graves, Bloodlust, Old Scratch, Pale Student Of Unhallowed Arts, Psalm 82:2-4, Harlot, OLLA Eve, The Emperor's Rams, 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

    Bread Lumps

    The bread note smells exactly like leftover toast crusts and I am both astounded and delighted. The honey is sweet and almost ambery, and vanillic in a way that evokes Ü. Headier than I expected, but still very fun!
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    Jolly Roger

    Well-worn leather, a hint of rum, and the smooth, salt-worn planks of a ship's deck. Very clean.
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    The Antikythera Mechanism

    Scratchy tobacco and polished woods - more teak than oak. I can't smell the vanilla so much as feel it - it makes this scent smooth and warm. A traditionally masculine scent that isn't boozy or herbal - huzzah! An antique wooden box lined in gold and the dust of tobacco leaves...
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    Oooh - the vetiver and lemon rind combo is very reminiscent of Bram Stoker, and the woods are somehow lending this a strong licorice note! No smoke on me. Bram Stoker's fun sister.
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    Lilies and coconut. Tropical, but not like sunscreen. Very pleasant, but fleeting and not terribly interesting.
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    Blueberries, Cream, & Cardamom

    The blueberry is very forward in the bottle but the cardamom cream is the star once it hits the skin. Thick sweet cream with mounds of cardamom crumbs - that comforting, doughy-plasticy autumn craft store smell. The blueberry hangs out in the background adding roundness and depth, occasionally coming forward in little spurts. This one is probably best enjoyed when the wearer is in motion - I get the blueberry more in the little scent trail I leave behind rather than smelling it straight off my skin. Foody and soothing, and exactly what I was looking for.
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    V'al Hanissim

    Oh my. This is a stunner. Pollen-dusted beeswax and fresh, green amber. Surprisingly, this is very much a late spring/early summer scent on me - bees with clumps of pollen on their legs and sap running down bark. It's a sticky scent, but from gooey amber instead of honey. This amber is liquid and smells of trees, almost of olive oil. Anointed beeswax candles.
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    Midnight Mass

    2019 version Alas, I am disappointed. Sweet and woody - soft, low throw. The smooth lemony frankincense of The Fiery Mountains, myrrh, and I swear there is a drop of red wine in there. Like a very gentle sibling of Practical Occultism 2018. This is actually remarkably fruity. Hopefully with aging the resins will get dustier and smokier like I was hoping for.
  9. Is there anyone here who's tried Dee and John Locke side by side? I really like Dee and my nose automatically puts lavender into it because I strongly associate lavender with tonka, but I'm wondering how it compares to a real lavender-tonk-leather blend. I feel like it would be a bit silly to order bottles of both until I know if they're appreciably different. I'm especially curious about how the spice of John Locke compares to the woods of Dee. I've been wobbling on Dee for months because I know I don't like the way rosewood ages, but on the other hand my skin swallows all spice except cinnamon and I don't know if that's the spice of John Locke, and without the spice I feel it would smell almost exactly the same as Dee. Help!
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    In Necessarias Unitas

    Patchouli, honey, and a touch of vetiver. Bright despite the wood notes in the description. Average men's cologne type smell.
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    In Omnibus Caritas

    Sweets and sap! Freshly cut sugar cane and mallow flower, orris, smokey sandalwood, and a honey + vanilla base. Sweet and sticky but definitely not gourmand - a bright springtime scent.
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    In Dubiis Libertas

    Blue cypress on a base of amber and vanilla with the benzoin hovering in between. No smoke. Gives the impression of ambergris and oranges. Very clean. A bit disappointed in this one - it smells an awful lot like a generic paper perfume sample from a Kohl's catalogue.
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    Jasmine honey on a cloud of vanilla and the olive + champaca flowers, over a very mild base of powdered cinnamon and sandalwood. Sweet warm silk.
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    Bruised Violet Compound

    Starts off with soft violets and moss and quickly turns into scratchy patchouli with a touch of red currant juice. Fresh, clean, herbal dirt.
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    This is SPECTACULAR The lovechild of Old Scratch and Smokestack. Burnt sandalwood, smoky lavender, and tobacco. Bitter, woody, and herbal, with the lavender taking off the harsh edge.