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  1. torischroeder9

    All My Friends Are Turning Green

    In the bottle: Honey and carnation with a touch of sweet clove. On my skin: Wet, the patchouli and clove (in that order) are instantly stronger, though the honey and carnation remain detectable. As it dries, it's definitely honey, clovey carnation. On me, the carnation also has the quality of being... not blackened outright, but, like, closer to dried carnation and further from fresh carnation. It's still very nice, but it has a vibe that's more autumnal and less springlike. The throw is pretty solid on me, as is the wear length. Neither is outrageous, but they're both stronger and longer than average.
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    Pumpkin Spice Rogue Hair Gloss

    I wear Rogue perfume oil a lot on its own, as something that's almost complex and complete enough for me to like that. I've also taken to pairing it with Thieves' Rosin as a complementary layering scent. So when Pumpkin Spice Rogue -- Rogue with just a little more complexity -- came along, I had to try it. I do think it's great -- Smooth, sultry Rogue, with just a little extra spice.
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    Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil

    Well, duh, indeed. I love pumpkin spice, and I love Snake Oil, so this was the first sure thing I added to my Weenie order. In the bottle: 100% pumpkin spice, like I'm sniffing the jar out of the spice rack. On my skin: Wet, it's still mostly dry pumpkin spice, with a little whiff of sharp patchouli that is fresh Snake Oil. As it dries, the fresh Snake Oil spiciness gets a little stronger, but it blends beautifully with the pumpkin spice note. Um. This is completely perfect. It's similar in quality to Saw Scaled Viper on me, but this is much softer and cozier.
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    Pumpkin Spice Antikythera Mechanism

    In the bottle: Pumpkin and pumpkin spice over teak and oak, followed by tobacco. On my skin: Wet, it's pure concentrated pumpkin spice flavoring for a minute, almost as if there were a sweetened pumpkin spice flavor syrup for coffee. As it dries, I get a tingly sensation on my arm (not too uncommon on me, but no known notes in AK cause this on me, so I'm guessing it's something in the pumpkin spice portion of the blend), and tobacco is very much the dominant note. It's over woods and smoked vanilla, but the pumpkin spice portion of the scent is not detectable to my nose. Hours later, and that's still what I get on my skin -- lots of tobacco, a little smoke, no pumpkin spice. I'll have to see how aging likes this one.
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    Candy Corn Snake Oil

    In the bottle: It really does smell like syrupy sweet Snake Oil. More syrupy than Snake's Kiss, not as deep and rich as the honey of Womb Furie. This is very much high fructose corn syrup and Snake Oil. The candy corn is up front with Snake Oil fainter in the background. On my skin: Wet, it's a shot of candy corn with a chaser of Snake Oil as it's drying. As it dries, the Snake Oil steadies and becomes more prominent, though it remains shot straight-through with a jolt of sugary candy corn. Eventually, the candy corn recedes significantly to become a Snake Oil tinged with candy sweetness. While I certainly don't mind this version of Snake Oil, I'm wondering if the balance will shift with age.
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    In the bottle: Peach, honey, rose, apricot, and a certain tang that must be white oud. On my skin: Wet, it's very sweet and cloying. There's something about it that reminds me of cough syrup; I can only guess that is how my brain is interpreting the honeyed notes and the fruit. As it dries, the amber and frankincense come out, softening and grounding the peach and honeyed rose, which has also started to make an appearance. Oud is still present as well, offering a tang to counter the sweet notes. Given time, it morphs into a predominantly rose blend on me. It's honeyed rose, rounded out with peach and apricot, softened and grounded with frankincense, amber, and oud -- but rose is the star player at this point. On the plus side, it's a complex rose that I can wear well. (The only other scent in that category is Gypsy Queen.) On the minus... ImPEACHment is rose on me.
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    In the imp: Very earthy patchouli, with a hint of apricot around the edges. If I hadn't read the scent description, I probably wouldn't have noted patchouli at all, just earth. On my skin: Wet, the apricot is much more evident, as is the patchouli. It's still earthy, but patchouli is now detectable as a note. As it dries, it becomes mostly apricot on me, backed and grounded by the patchouli. As it is on me, this is not so much my thing. I like apricot as a supporting note in my fragrances, but here it's the main player, and it's kind of cloying. I thought the black patchouli would have stood up to it a little better, but such seems not to be the case.
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    Huh. Also surprised that I've not yet reviewed this, as it's a cinnamon blend I've tried before. This is a Lab frimp that arrived recently. In the imp: Cinnamon, myrrh, and sweetness, probably the honeysuckle. Accurate to say the resins "thicken" the cinnamon. On my skin: Wet, it's primarily honeysuckle tinged with cinnamon. As it dries, the myrrh comes back out again, deepening the scent. It is a beautiful, sweet, complex, deep cinnamon blend. And within an hour on my skin, it's disappeared. Why do the good ones always go?
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    Calico Jack

    Source: Lab frimp, rested two days from shipping. In the imp: Salt, wood, and leather. It does come across as an aquatic, but perhaps not as aquatic as some other BPAL aquatic blends I've tried. (Also, is there a record for the number of times using aquatic in one sentence?) It feels like there's more dry land substance here. On my skin: Wet, sea air and kelp dominate. As it dries, a hint of spice, leather, musk, and wood come out, balancing the more aquatic notes and keeping the blend from going to soap on me. Hrm. Grmmph. Given time to settle, the salt, aquatic, and kelp come back to life, making the scent reminiscent of a slightly grubby bar of Irish Spring soap. It was going so well, too, until this. If I was going to be a pirate (as, like, a Halloween costume, not as a profession) and wanted an oceany pirate character scent (as opposed to a rummy pirate character scent), this is the one I would choose. But it's not kind to my skin chemistry for everyday.
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    I don't know how I haven't reviewed this before, but I got a frimp of it with my Lilith/Weenie order, so. In the imp: Vanilla and sugar and something bright that's not citrus and not floral but evocative of a bit of both. On my skin: Wet, it smells like the lemon bar I ate last night, very sweet and a bit lemon, but lemon baked good flavor (lemon extract?) rather than an actual wedge of lemon. As it dries, the lemony note recedes a bit to let the sugar and vanilla come forward even more. Much later, a hint of muskiness takes the overtly foodie edge off this, but it still remains fairly evocative of extra sugary lemon bars on me. It's quite pleasant, but it seems that my skin chemistry takes away from Dorian being a complete masterpiece. As for throw and wear length, it's an odd combination on me: The scent is very strong and long-lasting, but also very skin close.
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    The Eternal Virgin

    Received in a swap a few days ago, so it's had a chance to rest. In the bottle: Very rich, deep honey, spiced by cardamom. I can't detect any carnation in the bottle, but I'm not surprised. It's very honey-forward right now. On my skin: Wet, I'm first surprised at how thick this oil is, kind of on the order of aged Snake Oil. Scent-wise, it's very dark, spicy honey. It's evocative of cinnamon-flavored honey that's produced locally to me. Ever so slightly different though, which is probably because it's cardamom. And there's something that's neither honey nor spice. I imagine this must be the carnation, but right now, I'm reading it as a tea note -- though this may simply be because honey + tea paints a complete and coherent scent experience in my brain. On the drydown, the carnation/tea note fades back, and the heady, cardamom honey goes gangbusters. (That is not a complaint, BTW. Not at all.) It sort of continues this way, with the cardamom honey very dominant and the carnation-tea flitting in and out of detectability. It may settle down in time, but it's been going this way for over an hour. It's quite heady and strong on me -- sort of in the way that Judith and Holofernes is (different scent but similar feel). I'll probably have to be careful and sparing with its application, but this is definitely a keeper!
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    The Phoenix, Having Burst Her Shell

    In the bottle: Tangerine and neroli come to the forefront, with some grounding notes -- likely patchouli and amber -- backing them. On my skin: Wet, it's neroli on top with sweeter tangerine detectable underneath. As it dries, the patchouli comes out, adding some grit and grounding to the scent. There's not much morphing after this phase. It's a very pleasant scent, but I'm not sure how wowed I am by it. That said, the patchouli does help the citrus to stick around, which is a rarity on me.
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    All Head, All Spine, All Limb, All Loin

    I love Sneks! Frimp decant from a swap. In the decant: Loard, not just Snake Oil. Not any Snake Oil. Motor oil and slick black leather and green musk. This is Iago getting it on with Streets of Detroit in a room that maybe once contained some Snake Oil. On my skin: Wet, the ferocity of the decant scent is tamed a bit, and I can smell the Snake Oil start to peek through. (Note: My husband just asked, "Do you smell something like burning metal?" from across the room. The only thing that could be creating the impression of such a scent is this blend. I don't swear to his accuracy, but this should attest for at least the immediate throw.) As it dries down, the Snake Oil does start to come through a little more, though the strident leather and oil is still in the forefront. On me, it's not the smooth, sexy leather in Snake Skin, but a leather that's still raw and... well, kind of stinky. After almost an hour after application, it does tone down so that Snake Oil co-dominates with the oil and leather. I'm not sure what I think about this one. It's a fairly... harsh?... Snake Oil blend on me. I don't think I'd be in the mood for it often. But maybe I'll hang onto it to see how it tests out at other times of the month before making a final decision.
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    Lycan Lace

    Partial decant as a swap frimp. I think this may have rested long enough (arrived yesterday, but the oil is not new), but if my impressions are way off, consider that I may just be impatient. In the decant: I like the phrasing of the vanilla note, because I'm definitely feeling a kind of "dirty" vanilla here. That said, I'm attributing that to a bit of musk rather than an actual dirt note. Rose and tobacco are also detectable. On my skin: Wet, tobacco comes to the surface first. (Perhaps its reign will be short-lived.) As it dries, the throw becomes softer -- vanilla and musk more apparent -- while the close up is still tobacco and rose on me. Given more time to develop, it becomes even more tobacco-dominant on me, with just a subtle undercurrent of soft vanilla and musk. Eventually, rose also emerges to be a backer to the tobacco note, so it's now TOBACCO-ROSE-vanilla. Containing two notes my skin amps and one note my skin eats, this is probably not for me.
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    Jerusalem Cherry Infused Honey

    In the bottle: Sweet, round honey with a strong greenery component. On my skin: Wet, it's more of the same. I'd call the greenery of this scent more pronounced than in Deadly Nightshade Honey but more deep and earthy than the green note I get from Laurel Honey. It doesn't smell like tomato plants, really, to me. (There are tomato plants in my backyard right now. It's not the same.) It's a very pretty summer honey scent, soft and mellow and earthy. It's not overly sweet or cloying but also without the sharpness that comes with some green notes in honey.