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About feyofthefellwood

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    Reading, writing, Tolkien + most fantasy, video games, history, hiking
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    Elf, Drink Me, Eat Me, Death Cap, Anne Bonny, Morocco, Snow White, Inez, Zorya P, Skadi 2004, Last Unicorn, Fairy Market; Fave Notes: Honey, Beeswax, Red Sandalwood, Vanilla, Peach, Apricot, Lilac, Mallow Flower, Dirt, Aspen/Pine/Fir etc., Pink Musk


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  1. feyofthefellwood

    Budding Realization

    This is a lovely rose scent that has blossomed (har har) the more it has rested. The red rose is the star, encircled by olibanum (frankincense) and dry red sandalwood. The pink pepper and clove add some light spice, and the honey amber sweetens the rose and makes it jammy. The rose + clove combination remind me a little of Sentence First, Verdict afterward, but this is sweeter and lacks SFVA's metallic tinge. This smells like an enchanted rose garden in a fairy tale. I'm glad I was able to snag this one.
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    Upslope Fog

    On me, this opened with a sort of sweet wildflower smell before drying into oak lightly touched with sage, grass, pine, and stone. I really like the stone note when it emerges more . . . it almost reminds me of an eraser, but I like it? Everything stays really light, with minimal throw. Sadly this doesn't last long on my skin, but I really enjoy the misty mountain forest smell while it does.
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    Gingerbread Campfire

    Weirdly, in contrast to the first review, this is basically Sweet Woodsmoke SN on my skin. I'm not really finding the gingerbread; it's more like the gingerbread got thrown into the fire, burned up, and made the smoke sweet.
  4. feyofthefellwood

    Gingerbread and Rose Incense

    I'm a total sucker for gourmand rose scents, so I shouldn't be surprised that I like this one so much. It starts off with a sugared, softly spiced and edible-smelling gingerbread. The rose incense is wispy at this point, but gets stronger on the dry down. It smells pink and sheer and romantic. This reminds me a lot of my possibly-favorite rose scent (it's hard to choose ok), Cacao & Sugared Roses, except with gingerbread instead of chocolate. It's also in the vein of Sugar Cookie Peacock Queen, but the rose is lighter and more playful here rather than heady and deep. I definitely want to upgrade this one to a bottle.
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    The sultry, spiced red musk of Scherezade blends surprisingly well with the sweet, creamy florals of Alice. I am not getting much patchouli, but I'm sure it's there in the background, adding to the incensy vibe. If a creamy, honeyed red musk with roses sounds good to you, definitely check this out.
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    This smells like a dark carnival; the sugary Midway notes blend beautifully with the musk and incense. This is kind of what I had hoped Midnight on the Midway would smell like; this is much sweeter and more bold. It's also a complex scent; sometimes I get a whiff of candied apple, or opium, or red musk, all shifting and melding together.
  7. feyofthefellwood

    Marshmallow and Black Plum

    I didn't expect to get much marshmallow from this, but it's actually quite balanced! Tart black plum and sweet, lightly toasted, fluffy marshmallow is a great combination here. It's sweeter and more gourmand than I expected, although the plum comes out more as it wears.
  8. feyofthefellwood

    Lights, Camera, Something

    When I first got this, the lavender and cardamom combo was a bit astringent to me, but after aging a month, the vanilla has come out and softened all the edges. So lovely and comforting! I'm glad I gave this time to rest instead of writing it off. It's like the scent equivalent of a soft blanket. There's also a similarity to You Are Not Alone (but maybe that's just the wonderful Lilith lavender).
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    Second Sight 2021

    I haven't compared them side by side yet, but this reminds me a lot of Flickering Lantern (of which I only have a paltry decant, so I'm glad this fills a similar niche!). Softly smoky beeswax with light purple florals and some lovely, wispy incense smoke. The agarwood is not indolic, and the champaca is not sharp (it's more like the champaca in the Ti Leaf & Champaca Petals duet, soft and golden). I almost passed on this one but had enough shipping refund money to add this, and I'm glad I did. One of my faves so far from my order! It's very sheer and ghostly, which is fitting for the theme.
  10. This is probably one of my favorite purely gourmand scents I've tried from BPAL, honestly. It's floofy creamy vanilla and coconut cream with an almost fizzy or citrusy edge. Weirdly addictive.
  11. feyofthefellwood

    Chibi Skull With Last Will and Testament

    The mallow and cream combination reminds me a lot of the Poinsettia Gown, except this trades rose and jasmine for chewy red patchouli. Wet, this is a big cream/vanilla/mallow floof, very rich, buttery, then the patch emerges as it dries down and becomes more akin to other sweet patch scents like Banshee Beat/Revenant Rhythm and Silky Bat. This is definitely the most gourmand of the three. I really like it, but I love heady vanilla cream notes, so it doesn't surprise me.
  12. feyofthefellwood

    Cognac-Stained Sheet Ghost

    The floaty, non-gourmand vanilla and cognac in this reminds me a lot of Flickering Lights, Fluttering Curtains, which is one of my favorites. It's backed by some dry, woody notes and a hint of smokiness, though in a smoked vanilla or tobacco leaf way rather than a woodsmoke or incense way. Really lovely, with a simple elegance; I definitely recommend that fans of Flickering Lights and Zorya P check it out if they want more scents in that vein.
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    Still Life With Dooting Skull

    I like this one, but don't love it. It mostly smells like a really pretty, fancy artisanal root beer to me. It reminds me a bit of Tombstone, except without the woody notes. I would also have liked stronger honey, coconut, and/or licorice as well. I'll have to see if aging changes it up at all.
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    Pumpkin Spice Absinthe

    Wow, I really like this one! The pumpkin spice seems sweeter and more gentle than in most PS blends (more similar to that in Jack maybe? Although I don't have that one nearby for comparison at the moment). I haven't tried the old Pumpkin Spice Absinthe, so I can't compare to say if this one is different. There's a kind of baked-goods vibe that makes me think there's a hint of pumpkin note in here, not just spice. The sweet pumpkin-and-spice opening dries down to reveal the Lab's lovely absinthe note, the sour lemon tempered by sugary PS and light anise. I wasn't planning on a bottle of this, but after trying my decant, a bottle is definitely in my future!
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    Fresh out of the mail, I was a bit confused by this scent; I mostly smelled a sort of red musk, burnt spice with an indolic background. Resting has done this wonders, however! There's something sweet underlying the red musk, like black vanilla maybe; the red musk is recognizable but different to my nose than most other red musk blends, where the red musk takes over and that's all I can smell. Here, the red musk is very deep rather than high pitched, and balanced with glowing spice and a hint of creamy pumpkin, and I definitely think the indole is jasmine now that I can smell it better. It's the kind of jasmine I like---a little stanky but also sweet, a bit ethereal---reminding me of the tender jasmine in Defututa and La Prostitution et la Folie. I've never tried the OG Storyville, but am really glad I took a chance on this. I don't have anything else quite like it, and can only imagine that it will age like a dream.