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About monocainsheresy

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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

    Coconut and Frankincense

    Opens up with creamy coconut, with a hint of warm frankincense. As it dries the frankincense dominates, ending up as a wee bit of coconut cream under a lemony, sugar-crusted, raw frankincense. Medium throw, could probably work at any time of year. Sweet without being foody, incensey without being smokey.
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    Graveyard Dirt

    2021 version Yup. That's dirt! Like opening up a fresh bag of potting soil.
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    The Empress and the Chariot

    Starts very strong on the motor oil, which is similar to the oils/lubricants notes in the Steamworks collections and presents like fancy, sharp cologne. As it dries the leather (black, I think), comes forward a bit, carrying soapy lavender and a hint of oakiness. Settled, it's a slightly dirty herbal soap. The motor oil and soapiness dominate. Was hoping for everything else to be stronger than the motor oil, which was probably silly of me, but I'm very curious to see how this ages and will be keeping it for that purpose.
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    Vanilla Cream and Pear

    Smells like banana Laffy Taffy when wet (I'm weirdly into that??) but dries down to a very light creamy vanilla and a big dollop of juicy green pear. I agree with zanzoku - this one does smell synthetic and bit plasticky. This works as simple springtime scent, if you're okay with taking a chance on that inside-of-a-candy-bucket smell. Same family as Game Over, and a happy addition to the "weird candy" side of my collection.
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    Western Diamondback

    Sweet, herbal, powdery, little bit of Snake Oil. Very nicely balanced, so much so that it doesn't read as a Snake Oil blend unless you get really close. Oddly enough this reminds me a lot of Lush's Twilight/Sleepy, even though I don't consciously notice the tonka. Fresh, sweet, and slightly warm. Extremely similar to Dee.
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    Priala, The Human Phoenix (2016)

    Super strong smoke note which is very vetiver-like, a touch of sandalwood and a base of sweet cinnamon and unburnt myrrh. The smoke dissipates as it dries and leaves a nice, gentle, warm incense. It's lovely, but I have so many general catalogue scents that smell similar to this that a bottle isn't worth it to me.
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    The Blockhead

    Pink bubblegum covered in rust (was skeptical about the rust note, but yes, it does smell exactly like rust), and dusty leather which takes over as it dries. Weird!
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    Theodosius, The Legerdemain

    2021 This smells way more like Dorian than I expected! The base is almost dead on for un-aged Dorian, and the rest of the scent is super sugary lemon, which reminds me of lemonade mixed with black tea. The musk comes out as it dries.
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    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.