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    Snake Oil
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    All things Snake Oil! Pumpkin Spice, Kinda Sorta (the cinnamon one!) Frostbitten, very aged Death Adder, Australian Copperhead, Cotton Phoenix, 2018 Snake's Kiss, my Chaos V Snakes, basically anything with SO. TWO SHEEP & TWO GOATS and STEKK, dammit!!! Blackcurrant Suf, Mme. Moriarty, Haunted, O, Chimera, Dorian. I have discovered that I am a foodie; Vanillas, marshmallow, cotton candy, sweet baked goods, I don't mind smelling like cake, cookies, and tea! Berries, red and dark fruits, cinnamon and chai spices. Lots of incense and resins. Not much of a floral lover, but I kinda dig lotus

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  1. Amazonia

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    @myoubi nope, it's not just you!
  2. Amazonia

    Vanilla Husk, Nutmeg, & Hay Absolute

    Accidentally ordered two bottles of this, and I'm really glad I did. I hadn't skin tested until today, so my bottle has had a few weeks to rest. Upon bottle sniff, I am instantly reminded of my beloved Two Sheep & Two Goats. It's a little cleaner and less fuzzy, but has the same scent profile to me. As it dries, the slight lemony quality appears, as noted in other reviews. It's not an in-your-face lemon though. Not crisp and zingy, just a gentle citrus note that brightens things up. Not getting a ton of vanilla, but since it's "husk", I wasn't expecting a sweet, gourmand scent. It is a dry non-fat, non-sweet vanilla. Can't specifically pick out the nutmeg. It's just a very well-blended trio. Around an hour in, the lemon dies back down and I am once again getting a Two Sheep & Two Goats vibe. I am picturing standing in the loft of a barn full of freshly cut piles of hay, with bits of chaff captured floating in the air by beams of golden sunlight. I want to swim through the piles of hay and fall asleep. Really cozy, close to the skin, and lovely. Can't wait to see what aging does for this perfume!
  3. Amazonia

    Vanilla Bean, Marshmallow, and Benzoin

    I am in the "This totally reminds me of Stekk" camp. I bought two backups, and I'm not sure those will do. It is pretty low-throw, but lately all my new bpals start out that way. Caveat...that might be a 'me' thing, as my nose will go dead randomly, and I can no longer smell my favorite notes (ie. Vanilla and marshmallow 🙄). With a few months aging, they gain intensity, so I trust the wisdom to leave 'em alone for a while. Anyway...buy it. Or don't buy it. I'm totally fine with that, too. More for me!
  4. Amazonia

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    My 2019 bottles were completely clear and had no viscosity. I poured two of them into an empty 10ml SO bottle, and the remnants of the aged juice have tinted the fresher stuff to a verrrry light amber color, but nowhere near as dark and syrupy as any of my aged SO. When I skin test, there is no distinct color visible. This is the popcorn batch. Thankfully, the popcorn stank has died down to a more soily-dirt scent (patchouli? Is that you?). I could not wear it for more than 30 minutes before I had to scrub it off, it was so overwhelming. Today it's tolerable, but still not recognizable as Snake Oil. Interestingly enough...the bottles I bought from the May or June 2020 restock are now much darker, but they have a sharper green (almost camphorous...spearminty?) scent to them. I feel like that batch is closer to what historical fresh SO probably smelled like. They do not, and have never had, that dirt-smelling popcorn vibe at all.
  5. Yep, my experience mirrors the last two reviewers. I get Indian food. Cumin and maybe some cilantro. Reminds me of Butter Chicken.
  6. Amazonia

    Sugar Cookie Snake Oil

    Sugar Cookie Snek is not fulfilling my hopes and dreams. I, too, have a super-spicy bottle....very clove-y (and I hate clove)... I would almost like to believe this is a mislabeled gingerbread scent. I get no sugar and no cookie. Heavy and musky, kind of scratchy? Not like normal Snek smooth/syrupy musk. Verrry strong, almost overpowering. I'm giving it another 30 minutes before I scrub it off. This is not even remotely what I expected it to be. Even after several weeks of rest, things have not developed into something that's really wearable for me. I haz the sads. I really really wanted sweet Snake Oil drizzled sugar cookies 😭
  7. Amazonia

    Chibi Skull With Last Will and Testament

    Chibi Skull is like... if Boo and Silkybat had a baby.
  8. Amazonia

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    Same experience here. My lab direct 2019 - early 2020 sneks and variants were also clear, and remain clear to this day. And as @hhelix said....popcorn. I have bottles of SO ranging in age from a Cobalt bottle up to 2018, so a pretty decent baseline for comparison.
  9. Ahhh. At first I was afraid, I was petrified! Smelled like peachy lady bits upon immediate application. Like, I seriously got hoo-hoo vibes for a minute...the caveat being that the majority of peach scents usually remind me of the pink taco, so make of that what you will. Thankfully, the opening phase morphed quickly. As things began to settle, I was reminded of Bartles & Jaymes Peach Wine Coolers. Yes, I am that old, and B&J Peach was my jam back in the day, so now I am totally down for this ride. BUT... around the three hour mark, I realized that I was being intoxicated by the decadent scent of syrupy, boozy peaches, swimming in a bowl of slowly melting vanilla bean ice cream. Peach wine ice cream. Is that a thing? If it is, I WANT IT. Now it's unbaked Peach Cobbler. Anyone ever make that easy Bisquick Peach Cobbler? The one with Bisquick, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract poured over melted butter, with cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup dumped over the top? That's what this smells like, right before it goes into the oven. God, this is so good! Longevity and throw are amazing. I am at the seven hour mark, and it's still going strong. Oof! I am smitten by a perfume about a doggo eating peaches. Thanks Matilda!
  10. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    I'm baaaack! Trying to get myself motivated again, so dropping by to report walking a total of 5.5 miles today while wearing Volcano in Springtime, and ooooh baby....I love it! So creamy and smooth, with just a hint of blonde wood. It almost feels like there's a dash of Carnation somewhere in there, leaning floral without being floral? My nose is kind of desensitized to my standard vanilla scents, so the fact that I could actually smell it (and still can!) is a huge win. It's still going strong after 5 hours, so big YAY for longevity. It smells so good that I'm lollygagging about showering, because I don't want to wash it off. Anyhoo, I hope my necro-bump finds everyone doing well!
  11. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    @roseus welcome! You and I share the "lets not move during cold weather" tendencies lol...I am not-so patiently waiting for warmer and less windy/stormy days so that I can get outside again! Looks like this afternoon might be a perfect opportunity. If so, I'll pop back in
  12. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Treadmill again today, 4.5 miles, wearing The Mark. Reminds me of Snake Skin 2017. This is the leather note that turns kind of dark fruity on me. LOVE IT, just wish it had more throw and longevity. Of course, I didn't let it settle very long after it arrived yesterday, so that may change.
  13. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Helloooo, anyone still around? I hope everyone is doing well and life is being kind to you all! I actually worked out AND wore a BPAL today! I've been pretty lazy for the last three weeks, and have been exploring different Indie perfume houses. Hence, I didn't want to dip in on the Recs thread to report sporadic workouts while wearing other houses' scents. I've got an itch for a certain BPAL that I can't have, so lately I've been looking for similar scents from across the spectrum. Anyway...Neko is at her mom's for the weekend, so I jumped on the treadmill for an hour/4.5 miles this morning while wearing Alice. Alice is definitely a surprise hit for me. I'm so happy the Lab sent her along as a frimp a few months ago, as I never would have tried her based on the notes. I usually turn honey into super funk, generally hate the smell of roses (actual roses and in perfume), and bergamot is hit or miss, so I never expected to love Alice as much as I do. The spicy carnation just sings on me, and I can't pick out the rose at all. The honey is well-behaved, and the whole composition reads as very fresh and clean on my skin, without being sharp and soapy. I may have to order another bottle when the Lupers drop!
  14. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    @Lucchesa yep, it's pilates and yoga, along with other strengthening moves. Each workout is 30 minutes, and I think there are 12 different workouts. It's...harder than the infomercial would lead one to believe. My wrists can only deal with so many side planks 😅 I'm sad to hear you're still dealing with the shoulder injury. Have you had it checked out? Yesterday was PiYo core, wearing Goblin layered with Outremer Vanille Parfume Extrait. I'm still on a Goblin kick, been layering it with everything. I am in love with that patch! Today I did PiYo buns/thighs and another 30 minutes Tae-Bo buns and abs. Gonna be sooorrre tomorrow. I wore Stekk, and I could still smell it until I got a chance to bathe several hours later. Mmmm, creamy marshmallow. I'm going to run out someday, and then I will have some serious sads. I can only hope to find a reasonable facsimile during my exploration of various Indie fragrance houses. Neko is picking up some moves. I catch her doing speed-bag arms and squats at random throughout the day. We threw tae-bo punches while dancing to Baby Shark this afternoon. Yes, Baby Shark is annoying af...but whatever works, I guess!
  15. Amazonia

    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Okay, I'm gonna dip in real quick too! Monday and Tuesday I did an hour of PiYo each day. It's basically just Yoga so far, but I've only done the first two workouts, so hopefully there's more to it as the workouts advance. Monday I wore Aglaea. Love that sweet, fuzzy peach! I'll be full-sizing it eventually, but I keep receiving it as frimps from sellers/swap partners, so I'm good for a while! Yesterday I wore Krampus 2013, received as a frottle (THANK YOU, LAB 💜) with my order that arrived Monday. I might have to stop avoiding leather notes. I kinda dig it! Today I'm testing Marshmallow Snow and Gingerbread Mummy. Woooo, boy. Marshmallow Snow needs some time to rest, fo sho. The wet stage is overpoweringly sharp, sweet/sour pine. Drydown is nice, but takes a hot minute to get there. Gingerbread Mummy is amazing straightaway. I imagine it's going to blossom into something glorious with time. My obliques are sore today, so I haven't decided what physical activity I'm doing yet. TT y'all later!