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  1. torischroeder9

    Phallus Festival Atmosphere Spray

    Purchased a bottle recently from Etsy. It's fairly heavy on the almond rum, but also a little bit... smoother?... creamier?... than a straight booze note would be. I am attributing this to the beeswax. Mandarin and orange blossom also accent, creating a little bit of lightness. I'll be honest. I wanted this atmo to spray in my kitchen to get out old food funk smells. (I mean, I clean up the actual food, but aromas from cooking, say, garlic and onions.) So I wanted something reasonably foody. Which this is, but it is also sexy as hell. If actual penises smelled like this, I would certainly have a festival for them.
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    All Hallows Chaos: Pumpkin Spice

    #5 In the bottle: Something vaguely sweet and herbal. I want to say reminiscent of scents where I thought I'd identified a myrtle note, but I can't say for sure that's what it is. On my skin: Wet, it's much darker and sharper -- not overtly offputting or unpleasant, just a stark contrast to the scent in the bottle. As it dries, however, it becomes... almost indolic. I'd tell you pumpkin spice oud and new leather is a possibility here. I have to say, I am not a fan.
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    Gingerbread and Leather

    Tester decant received as a frimp in a swap. So excited! In the decant: Yes, just like the description. Gingerbread and leather and extra clove and tobacco. It's very spice-forward in the vial, but the leather and tobacco aren't exactly missing, just a little quieter. On my skin: Wet, it's gingerbread and tobacco. I miss the extra clove. As it dries, however, the other notes start to come out. The tobacco note has the most throw on me, followed by the gingerbread. The clove and leather are detectable closer to the skin. And then -- wow! -- it shifts so it's clove-heavy gingerbread over leather. There's a touch of tobacco, but at this point, it's really just a touch (and I say this as someone who usually amps tobacco). The vibe is very much sexy gingerbread. Sexy and a little bit dangerous. Gingerbread that gives you naughty thoughts in the middle of wearing. When I read the initial description, I'd originally written this one off as tobacco-containing scents tend to become all about the tobacco on me. But this is very much about the spices and leather. I may be heading over to the Lab site right now to add a bottle to my cart. (Is today payday? If today is payday, I'm definitely doing that.)
  4. torischroeder9

    Lavender and White Chocolate Madeleines Winter

    In the decant: White chocolate and buttery cookie first, with lavender coming in after. On my skin: Wet, it's so very much buttery -- and just a touch almondy? -- cookie. As it dries, the white chocolate and lavender both come out, adding depth and complexity to the scent. It stays pretty true after that, slightly sharp lavender and sweet white chocolate over a buttery cookie base. As someone who is not the biggest fan of lavender or cookies as perfume notes, this is surprisingly nice. The combination of notes is really well balanced, so it's not overly sharp or sweet or cake-y in any one direction. Definitely, if the notes call to you, this is going to be a winner -- and even if you'd discounted it before, trying it out might pleasantly surprise you!
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    To a Wreath of Snow

    In the decant: tobacco, lavender, and ambergris. On my skin: Wet, it's predominantly tobacco flower and lavender. As it dries, there is a phase where the ambergris becomes more prominent, but it doesn't last long and fades back again within several minutes. Eventually, however, it creeps back out to be a skin-close note in the scent, whose throw is still dominated by tobacco flower and lavender. I never do get detectable oud, which is somewhat unusual for me, but I also tend to amp tobacco in all its forms, so it could well be that I'm missing the oud for that. If the notes of this call to you, I think this is likely to be a winner in its delivery.
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    The Cherry-Tree Carol

    Received a partial decant of this in a swap. I'm pretty stoked to review it because I loved the idea for this scent but shied away from getting a bottle or decant of it myself. In the decant: First, it's sugary red cherry, then an undercurrent of cherry wood. The longer I sniff, the more I can detect a myriad of stuff swirling in the background. When I recapped the decant after sniffing -- before I actually applied the oil to my skin -- I caught a whiff of rose petals and what might be powdery myrrh. On my skin: Wet, it's cherries and berries, backed by cherry wood. As it dries, it becomes a lot more about rose petals over cherry wood. Then the resins come out, and it's rose petals and powdery frankincense over a cherrywood base that's gone greatly into the background. In this stage, at least, the resins are very powdery on me, to the point where I almost sneezed -- twice! -- when sniffing my arm. If I had to guess, I'd say it's the frankincense and maybe myrrh making the powder and the amber amping it up on me (amber plays that way with my skin chemistry). Fortunately, the phase of overwhelming powder dies down quick, and I'm left with rose over soft resins over cherrywood. I can't swear to you that there's zero trace of cherries or berries, but if I didn't know the scent description, they are not notes that I'd call to mind from sniffing the settled scent. Once settled, it reminds me of... a Marchen I tried once, with rosewood as a note. (BRB, going to look it up....) Ah, lies. I'm thinking of The Little Wooden Doll, which is rose-infused amber and sandalwood. It's not quite the same, but the general flavor of rose gracing the resins and woods still holds. The Cherry-Tree Carol is quite different than how I imagined it would be on me, but still lovely. And, really, I shouldn't be too surprised, as my skin chemistry has amped the notes it tends to amp and has eaten the notes it tends to eat. It may well turn out to be decidedly different on someone else. (I think there's still enough in this partial for someone else to test, so I most certainly will be passing it on for someone else to enjoy.)
  7. torischroeder9

    Ol' Roswell Cemetery

    In the bottle: Loamy dirt with flowers. Not roses or carnations, but sunflowers or daisies, the ones that are sweet with just a faint earthy, bitter note. On my skin: Wet, the flowers are instantly headier -- I'd peg them as more the jasmine and magnolia type -- but then the gentle earth note comes back, balancing them out. It settles down as it dries. Though the far throw retains some jasmine, the floral note is more varied now, with the loam and earth detectable as well. These are flowers growing in moist soil, where the dirt scent is part of the overall experience. This is very interesting. It captures a feeling of an outdoor place. It's also nicely balanced, with the grounding of the dirt keeping the florals from going too heady, and the sweetness of the florals keeping the whole thing from smelling like... well, dirt. I'm not sure if this bottle has found its forever home, but I'm definitely appreciative of the chance to have tried it!
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    I think this must be the 2016 version since the bottle doesn't have a year but does say "trading post." In the bottle: Chocolate and sweetness that must be the beeswax but that feels almost like a fruit with chocolate pairing (but that could be my brain making matches). A second later, a wisp of smoke. On my skin: Immediately, it's hearth smoke, but very gentle, like if you were across the room from a fireplace, not like if it was going right up your nostrils. As it dries, I get a distinct but gentle leather note. Given time to develop, the soft leather becomes the backbone of this scent, with flecks of candle wax and hearth smoke and just enough chocolate to keep things a bit sweet.
  9. torischroeder9

    Pumpkin Smut

    In the decant: Pumpkin spice and musky Smut. Different from, but reminiscent of, my Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil. On my skin: Wet, it's immediately buttery pumpkin, with just a hint of something darker underneath. As it dries, it becomes pumpkin spice again, laid over musky, sexy Smut. If pumpkin spice was an aphrodisiac, this is what it would smell like. It stays pretty true to its sexy, smutty, pumpkin spice form after that. It still gives off a similar vibe to my Pumpkin Spice Snake Oil, but I may need a bottle of this anyway.
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    Honey Taffy Smut

    In the decant: Thick, sweet honey candy. On my skin: Wet, the honey taffy note is still on top, but musky Smut is now detectable underneath. And then... everything but the honey disappears? This is not how either honey or Smut tend to act on me, so I'm wondering what will happen to it with aging.
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    Liquid Gold is in the Air

    In the decant: Apples, but apples with a little bit of bite -- jazz, maybe, rather than Granny Smith or golden delicious. On my skin: Wet, it's much the same as in the decant, though some of the tartness fades from the apple scent. As it dries down, I also get a touch of amber and light woods, though at this point, I can't be sure whether it's oud or cedar. Given time to develop, what I had initially thought was just a hint of oud stank dials way back, and I'm left with something softly dry and warm, maybe saffron or cedar still. Later on, the amber and saffron become the stars of the show. There's enough apple and honey to give the scent a bit of sweetness and enough oud to give it deeper grounding, but they all become supporting players. It's quite pretty -- a little outside my wheelhouse, so I don't know that I need more than a decant, but exceedingly well conceived and executed.
  12. torischroeder9

    Dead Leaves and Cinnamon Buns

    In the decant: I don't get the same sense of aggression as the previous reviewer, but it is mostly cinnamon. I'm also not getting detectable dead leaves at this point. On my skin: Wet, it's initially sweet cinnamon -- not quite cinnamon candy, but a cinnamon roll with icing sounds about right -- and the dead leaves start to swirl up. As it dries, it settles down to be mostly cinnamon again. I have a feeling I'm getting cinnamon, plus the peppery bite of the dead leaves note, plus whatever sweetness is coming from the "buns" aspect of cinnamon buns -- and the dead leaves and "buns" aspects are cancelling each other out, more or less, leaving... mostly cinnamon. This is where it stays on me. If I sniff very closely, I can pick out the dead leaves under the cinnamon and some sweetness on top of it, but the general vibe is straightforward cinnamon. I love cinnamon, and if I didn't already have some cinnamon-forward blends in my regular rotation, I would consider a bottle of this.
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    Pumpkin Gazpacho

    In the decant: Pumpkin, tomato, sage, and a creamy coolness that might be the cucumber, cream, or both. On my skin: Wet, it's a little spicier than in the decant -- maybe a bit of the bell pepper -- but it's overall much the same. And it's smoother and... nicer?... than I anticipated Pumpkin Gazpacho being. The drydown softens the blend into buttery pumpkin with gentle peppers and spices. If I, an aficionado of moderately spicy food, was eating this, I'd call it bland -- but as a perfume oil, it has just the right amount of earthiness and tang. It's still quite skin close, so I don't know if a bottle is a good investment for me. But since my main complaint with pumpkin scents like Jack (which I like) is lack of spice, this fulfills a perfume need I didn't know I had. Sleeper hit of the 2020 Weenies?
  14. torischroeder9

    From Sunset to Star Rise

    Huh. I didn't expect to be the first to review this. But here we go! In the decant: The extra sweetness of honeysuckle in front of a myriad of other notes. It almost smells like an extra sweet lime-type sugared drink; it's bright and syrupy but not cloying. On my skin: Wet, it's much the same as in the decant. As it dries, there's something soft and... less sweet than the honeysuckle or rose, but not the vetiver or the oud... that I presume is the twilit musk. It is very evocative of softly purple skies and twilight shadows. After that, the oud emerges, though it's couched in so much sweetness, there's no stank, just grounding and the distinct note of oud. I've seen "sweet oud" listed as a note elsewhere, and though it isn't listed as such here, it would be a fitting description. I actually like this end stage, where roses entwine over sweet oud, very much. It's soft and strong and maybe one of the few ways I can really wear rose. I'm not sure if it's going to be a bottle for me, but it ends up lovely.
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    Dead Leaves, Tunisian Amber, and Smoked Balsam

    In the decant: 100% green bell pepper dead leaves. Even sniffing longer for other notes, I can't find them. On my skin: Wet, it's dead leaves fading into rising smoked balsam. It's not quite like a wood smoker going on a fall day, but that's the best analogy I can come up with right now. The drydown is also taking a while to sort itself out, with the dead leaves note dominating the throw and smoked balsam making up the skin scent. I'm not getting amber yet, but amber is sometimes slow to develop on me. Eventually -- like, making dinner and eating it later -- it does settle down to be predominantly amber, with the gentle smoke from the balsam and a hint of bite from dead leaves. It's soft and beautiful here, but it takes a long while to get through the loudness of the first stages. I think I might let this one settle and see if it ages smoother.