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About torischroeder9

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  1. I think I'm stressing because money is tighter than I want it to be (yay, inflation), but Weenies are something I save for, and while they are not my sentimental favorite update (that will always be Yules), they are the seasonal LEs that have historically worked the best for me. So, like, I want to spend my money, but I don't want to spend too much money, and mostly, I don't want to spend money on the wrong things and then regret the choices I've made. Somewhere while reading the update, I got the idea that I wanted a bottle from Vanitas, "The Vampire," Pumpkin Patch, and Freak in the Sheets, which is just silly. I should get what I want and not limit myself into or out of categories. So. I want to rethink... not everything, but a lot of scents. A Skull, A Music Book, A Snuffed-Out Candle -- I do want a bottle of a skull scent. The idea of the artwork is amazing, and many of the skull perfume names are inherently fun to say. But. That is not enough to get me to purchase a bottle with tulip as the first note without at least waiting for reviews. Black Satin Sheet Ghost -- Love the idea, though not as fun as skull fume. But. I like black patch (and all patch) and clary sage. Less so the other notes. Cognac-Stained Sheet Ghost -- I have questions about the combination of notes. Vanilla good, balsam eh, cognac uncertain, tumbleweeds... who knows? Dead Leaves, Peppercorn, and Pumpkins -- I want this, but I will regret it. I regret every dead leaves bottle I've ever purchased (or swapped for). (Not in the getting to try, but in the believing I could wear dead leaves.) Paisley Sheet Ghost -- Everything in here I love or at least tolerate well (oakmoss, lavender). Either it's going to smell like weed (yay) or like plant-y sandalwood (also fine). This is a pretty safe bottle. PSL -- Feel like I should wait for Rite of Passage and Kobold Barista to get here before I commit to another coffee scent, even if this one includes Snake Oil evocations and pumpkin spice. Pumpkinville -- Love sweet red musk, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice. I'm a leetle leery of the red musk with the pumpkin notes, but I feel like this is another safe bottle as I at least like all the components individually. Pyramid of Skulls -- Like sandalwood, not thrilled about tobacco absolute. I should really probably not get this, even though it's my favorite Vanitas pic. Skeletons Dancing to a Tune -- Honestly, this does fill my sandalwood needs a lot better. Amber and blood musk are both good. The only pepper note I don't really love is the green pepper I get from dead leaves (though even that could be because it's in a blend where it's supposed to be acting like dead leaves instead of green bell). Still Life With Dooting Skull -- Want to love it. Can't get past the licorice.
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    Ti Leaf & Champaca Petals

    In the decant: Clean, crisp ti leaf and bright champaca. On my skin: Wet, it does keep swirling back and forth between ti leaf -- a scent I interpret as being clean and cool -- and champaca flower -- a scent I interpret as being citrusy and bright. Ultimately, it settles on being ti dominant, which is less fun for me as I love champaca.
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    She Whose Handmaiden Was Love

    In the bottle: Slightly sour (? -- not bitter, not tart -- sour), spicy frankincense. The sour note itself is a little offputting, but I don't know that it's enough to make the whole blend scary. On my skin: Wet, it's immediately more cinnamon spicy. The sour note comes out and turns to... jasmine? The good news is that I never really find out because both the sour note and the jasmine go away, and the next phase is cinnamon frankincense with rose. You could convince me there's benzoin in there, and you could convince me that the rose is blood rose, but I really don't need to know about these things because this stage is glorious. Secret confession time: This is about what I once imagined Harlot would smell like, and I'm forever disappointed that it did not. Thus, I am glad to smell this. Given more time, the frankincense comes out a bit more again over the rose, so I'd call this scent frankincense-rose-cinnamon on me, in that order (which, since I often amp rose, makes a lot of sense to me). I guess this is not quite what I wanted Harlot to smell like, since I never pictured that being resin-based, but this is still lovely, and a definite winner!
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    Bram Stoker

    In the imp: Slightly smoky vetiver with a touch of brightness, either from the bergamot or the hay. On my skin: Wet, the bergamot jumps to the forefront, and it's a lovely sweet orange. As it dries, the opoponax comes out all resiny. There are bits of other notes flitting about there -- brightness from the bergamot or hay, smokiness from the vetiver -- but I'm getting resin as a pretty strong base. It's a very sophisticated, slightly traditionally masculine, resin on me. And I like resins, so I like this. But I also like resins, so I have a lot of them -- and this one doesn't strike me as particularly noteworthy in light of my resinous collection.
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    The Sea Foams Blood

    In the imp: Irish Spring soap and dragon's blood. On my skin: First, given how soapy it is in the imp and how much aquatics turn to soap on me, I should note that I'm a little nervous to even apply. And I do, and it's now mostly soap and a little blood. As it dries, dragon's blood resin becomes more detectable in the skin scent, though soapiness still dominates the throw. Okay, no. This is awful. On me, which aquatics generally are (and on me, dragon's blood is not a note that is going to save any blend). I kept hoping it would get more resiny and less soapy, but no. Just soap. Bloody soap.
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    The Triple Crown

    In the decant: Is complexly resiny a thing? I came up with that description in my head before checking the note list. Now I've done it, I think "complexly resiny" is absolutely a thing. On my skin: Wet, it's less exciting, amber with greens through it. As it dries, there is something in there that I would call "peppery" that is what I assume others are reading as cardamom. It's not distinctly cardamom on me, but it's close enough for me to infer that this is the same thing happening on me. As it develops, I do get some amber and some grassy vetiver. But the peppery cardamom thing... it stays. Personally, I like it. I'm going to leave it overnight and see what happens. I really like this cardamom-pepper thing, but I don't always love smelling like vetiver. Edit: Seven hours later, and it's faded to just amber on me. If did get a vetiver-forward iteration of this blend, it happened while I was asleep, which is just as well as amber is nice, and the cardamom-pepper is, as far as I am concerned, an unexpected but delightful surprise.
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    I have not reviewed Elegba? How have I not reviewed Elegba? This must be remedied! In the imp: Tobacco, coconut, and rum, in order of appearance, though once I get a good whiff, rum actually appears to be the strongest note. On my skin: Wet, it's delightfully sweet coconut spiced rum. I want to smell like this, I want to sip it neat, I want to make the most kickass pina colada out of it. As it dries, the delightful coconut rum stays prominent, but I also get a whisper of tobacco, which I selfishly hope will stay just a whisper. Miraculously, the tobacco does behave, and I get a lovely softly spiced black coconut scent once everything settles. I have memories of previously trying Elegba but having it go tobacco-heavy on my skin. I'm not sure if that experience was the fluke or if this is. So I'll have to keep the imp and test again.
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    In the imp: Yes, that's oleander. It's less sweet than my imp of Oleander Honey, but that's not saying much. On my skin: Spoke too soon. Wet, this is exactly like Oleander Honey on me. As it dries, I get a bit more ylang ylang, which keeps the floral but undercuts the oleander's heady sweetness, and patchouli and neroli, that add a bit of grounding and bitterness. Given more time, I note that while the neroli does add some bitterness, it also adds a touch of brightness that makes the florals easier to manage. All that said, though, it's still a very heady florally blend, which is not so much my thing.
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    In the imp: Gladiola, lily, and sticky sweet resin. I think I can pick out the copal here, but I might just be filling in based on the note list. On my skin: Wet, it's absolutely sweet, sticky copal. On the drydown, the barest hint of florals come out, but it's still mainly copal. After some relatively short time (30-60 minutes), the florals disappear almost entirely, replaced by the warming presence of tonka supporting the copal. And a while after that, the resins fade, and I'm left with lilies again. It continues in this regard, bouncing back and forth between the copal and the lily, never quite settling in on me. I'll be honest: Based on notes alone, I think this was never destined for someone with my skin chemistry. I feel like it must come together much better on other people.
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    I have never reviewed this? Never tried this, even? Absurd! In the imp: Patchouli and fig laced with mango and green tea. On my skin: Wet, it's green mango and green tea on top, overlaying the fig and patchouli. The two bottom notes are vying with one another to be the most dominant there. As it dries, the green tea and mango slowly dial back, so I'm left with fig and patchouli, which produces a combination not unlike what I've gotten from The Strangler Fig and... some other BPAL I recently tried that had something like a "fig wood" note listed in it. It's just so, a softly woody scent infused with fig smell (which sounds a lot weirder when I type it out but smells a lot nicer on my skin). It has a moderate amount of throw on me, and it ends up being mostly the patchouli-fig brightened just a touch by green mango and green tea. I like this quite a bit. I'm not sure if it's truly enough to want to seek out a bottle (especially now that I'm in a paring-down mood), but I do like this.
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    The Queen's Croquet Ground

    Definitely a nice green and non-soapy rose! This is what I wish for in rose perfumes, but I will happily accept it in bathroom (ahem! atmosphere) sprays.
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    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    It could be a different source for a component oil, different plants from the same source, or even different growing/harvesting conditions (e.g., weather) for the same plants.
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    Nine Ladies Dancing Hair Gloss

    Yes, lime candy -- limey but definitely sugary. A tiny whiff of absinthe. And then a little bit of sugar plum and fig to give it a little rounding and grounding while keeping it sweet. The sugar plums and fig keep it smelling like Christmas to me, but the lime cotton candy makes me think this would also work as a summer scent.
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    Mr. Fezziwig's Ball

    In the bottle: Mince pie, dark beer, and bow resin. On my skin: Wet, I get an immediate blast of a slightly bitter note. I can't determine if it's an element of the beer or the fiddle wood. As it dries, it's back to mince pie, and now it's aaaalllll mince pie. This stays pretty truly mince pie on me, though the eventual drydown brings back an element -- now less bitter and clearly wood -- of the fiddle. It's a very nice holiday spicy scent without being Holiday Spice (TM) or overly foodie.
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    Black Amber & Sugar Cane

    In the decant: Amber that is rich and sweet while still being clean and simple. On my skin: Wet, it's immediately the beautifully soft, powdery amber that I love. It's slightly sweet but not overly so. I wouldn't guess sugar cane was a note if it wasn't listed. This is probably the nicest really amber-forward perfume I've tried.