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About Janis

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    Fuzzy Banana in a Fake Sweater
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    Cherry, Lily, Incense, Rose

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  1. Janis

    Fake Banana in a Fuzzy Sweater

    This starts with a banana top note that quickly develops into a wonderfully snuggly sweet wool. It really reminds me of You Are Not Alone, except without the lavender and less vanillic (though the wool is a sweet cashmere that more or less does the same thing that the aged paper note in YANA does.) It is kind of masculine, dry woods toeing the line of cologne, but the rich sweetness of banana keeps it in check. As a fan of slightly sweetened unisex scents, this is PERFECT. I adore YANA too and I'm delighted to have found another scent in the same family! This is "my sweater but better."
  2. Janis

    In Silvery Accents, Whispering Low

    I do smell spiced cardamom coffee in the bottle, but it quickly turns into Morocco on my skin. Slightly less sandy, perhaps. Not a bit of coffee to be found. I like it, and I'm a sucker for cat-themed scents, but I don't find it different enough from Morocco. I wish I got more coffee and resins!
  3. Janis

    Pink & Blue Candy Canes

    Sweet strawberry cotton candy in the bottle, a blast of mint developing on the skin - settling down to cotton candy with a bit of vanilla frosting on dry down. I tested this by dabbing on one wrist and transferring to the other - and found that one wrist smelled more of strawberries while the other was more blueberry. Interesting how skin chemistry works! Either way, I like it. Cheerful and easy to wear. I don't regret the blind bottle. 😀
  4. Janis

    Haunt 2021

    The dry leaves are a bit much at first, but calms down after a bit. When wet I also got sugary whiffs (Dorian?). Drydown is soft and warm with a bit of kick from lingering dead leaves. I'm not big on standalone DL or SO but they balance each other out wonderfully here. Dorian is very quiet but adds a complexity I love.
  5. Janis

    Final Girl

    Honeyed-vanilla-marshmallow-cream with the barest edge of sweet clove. It's definitely a sweet scent, but not tooth-achingly so. The berries never showed themselves beyond adding a hint of tartness (at best). I found it to be a very linear scent that dries down and fades gracefully. Give it a try if you like honey and marshmallows. Unfortunately for me I came for the clove and berries, so I'll give it some time to see if they appear..
  6. Janis

    Cacao, Black Leather, and Incense

    (Rested a full month before testing) This is all cacao all the time on me. Goes through a chocolate incense phase (possibly nag champa, but not distinct enough for me to tell) that is odd but not unpleasant before settling into - you guessed it - just cacao. Fades gracefully, but I wish I got any of the leather at all! Sadly, I think I also have a skin chemistry issue with the leather note.
  7. Janis

    Alice Hair Gloss

    This hair gloss has no chill and I LOVE it. Great throw, a single spray is enough to give me a cloud of Alice that lasts all day. I would say it's mostly sweet and spicy carnation, but the other notes round it out so well into a scent that's sophisticated and easy to wear. Cream and honey are iffy notes for me but they behave perfectly here.
  8. Janis

    Triumphant Vulva

    Warm, creamy lotus on a background of sweet almond. The feminine companion to Martial Arts - my nose is picking up the same gentle sweet almond in both. No tea rose.
  9. Janis

    Peach Vulva

    INSANELY STRONG, JUICY PEACH!!! There's a smooth frankincense somewhere in the background, but right now, it's allllll about the fruits (and honestly too much for me to handle), even many hours later & through a couple hand washings. This could be beautiful if the fruits settle down with age - I will be retesting.
  10. Janis

    Mummies of Mexico City Hair Gloss

    Beautiful. Spicy frankincense, but make it dusty and faintly sweet. Quiet, sacred, somber. Spot on to the description and name. I'm transported to the warm, dusty crypts with every whiff. This is exactly the type of resin scent I love.
  11. Janis

    Howling in Vain

    This smells like freshly cooked basmati rice. It actually smells like rice! Becomes sweeter and the amber gains more of a presence with time. If you like warm rice notes, get this!!
  12. Janis

    So Below Hair Gloss

    (2021 January restock) this is all soft, creamy coconut. The other notes are very well blended - I can't pick any out individually, they work together to enhance the coconut without stealing the show. Lovely, a very sophisticated and comforting take on coconut. Medium throw and longevity.
  13. Janis

    Im Tiefen Winter

    I'm amping hearth smoke right off the bat! Citrusy smoke, bordering on savory, with mossy stones and the 'unconventional aquatic' note in the background. There's also something bright and fizzy that reminds me of cleaning products. Not what I expected at all, but if you like smoke notes and happen to amp it like I do here, this is a very pure, sparkling smoke that I haven't experienced before in BPALs. I also got a bit of oil on my shirt sleeve: there, the smoke is very faint. It's fresh cucumber water.. it reminds me exactly of the smell of my local Indian grocery store. (Note: I don't usually amp smoke, and I think the smoke note used in this scent is something different.)
  14. Janis

    Klosterruine Im Winter Mit Blick Auf Heisterbach

    Cool aquatic pine (the 'snow' accord), and stone. There is incense far in the background, but it's indeed an 'echo'.. one that only appears later into drydown, when the opening notes grow faint. The way this scent morphs evokes the temporal experience of ducking into a sheltered alcove, a respite from the snowy forest that surrounds. I was hoping that Klosterruine would be just stone and incense (as I associate pine so heavily with winter that I find it difficult to wear at any other time), but it's a lovely and evocative scent in its own right.
  15. Janis

    Why I Love Thee? Hair Gloss

    Fresh out of the bottle this began as a blast of very indolic oud 😖, but quickly softened into a crisp lavender breeze reminiscent of clean fabric. What a transformation! It's really beautiful once the oud calms down.