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  1. wordortwo

    Altarpiece - No1 - Group X

    This is a stately, golden, glittering scent. When it is wet on the skin, it is a mix of sharp citrus, fresh wood, and powdery, spicy resins. There is perhaps a sliver of floral poking through. I love the long-term dry down, which is warm and sweet yet still clean and bright. It lasts many hours and has a surprisingly broad throw. I mean, that's all well and good, but really, I'm not quite sure I'm describing this scent accurately. It does kind of smell like an art museum, like the first reviewer says. I could also say it smells like a sunbeam. Or a golden demigod. I'm happy to smell like any of those things.
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    Bien Loin D'Ici

    I never would have thought I would wear a perfume with a caramel note, but this is one of my favorite fragrances. A sweet, warm incense-honey musk that lingers on my skin all day. This is languorous, sultry, and a bit sly. I find it relaxing, but it is powerful stuff - it has quite a throw.
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    Psychodynamic Discharge

    Wear this to let your id do the talking. Black leather and vetiver growl beneath pulses of fiery spices, as the scent gathers itself into a murky, smoky swirl dotted with dried rose petals. As the smoke settles, a creamy coconut core reveals itself. That's all to say... Somehow, this scent is exactly what it says on the label. As reviewer above said, it demands attention until it decides it is done toying with you. The overall effect is like dancing in a writhing crowd for hours and then collapsing on the floor for a feverish night's sleep in your sweaty, smoky leather jacket. It is a very strange delight. (As a side note, it seems to make my skin a bit sensitive.)
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    La Petite Mort

    Testing a frimp from the Lab. Le Petit Mort is sweet, powdery, and lightly musky. When wet, it has a rich floral note, which becomes quiet on the skin. When I sniff it up close, is has a ticklish powdery quality. However, it has little throw and creates a soft, sweet, sultry halo. This is not as sensual as I would have expected, but it is a pleasant sleep scent.
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    Scent Recs based on your PERSONALITY!

    Oh I want to play this game 🙂 I'm looking for a perfume that brings out the calm, competent, and confident side of me. I'm an introverted and genderqueer person in my mid 30s. You might describe me as goofy, sincere, sensitive, talkative, or funny. I am sometimes full of indignation, righteous or otherwise. Nevertheless, people find me empathic and talk through their problems with me. I enjoy poetry and artsy film and much as videos of baby animals and pop music. I wear black every day and I'm not very stylish about it. I spend as much time as possible in the woods. I love walking. Ninety percent of my reading for pleasure in the last year has been Neil Gaiman audiobooks. I'm mental health professional and a writer. I'm a cat person, in temperament and practice, but I also love dogs. Depending on which system of classification you're into, I'm either an Aquarius or a Tiger. I am firmly an East Coast person. I would love to hear your recommendations from the GC!
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    Yule Cat

    2020 version. This opens crisp, bright green, like winter underbrush crushed underfoot in New England woods. A musky sweetness joins in, and the scent is striated for a while -- the the green layer hovering above the white, fuzzy layer below. The vetiver must be of the grassy variety. After a few hours, it dries down to juniper, musk, and something sweet (most perfume dries quite sweet on me). That phase lasts a long time -- I reapplied at 6:30 pm yesterday and woke up smelling like Yule Cat. This is both warm and cool, soft and crisp. My partner, who didn't know the name or the notes, described it as "peppery." I don't find this animalic, which was initially a disappointment for me, but I love this scent just the way it is. A unique fragrance.
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    This is the scent of Crowley's Bently: a swirl of musk, vanilla, polished wood, and the lingering scent of worn leather. In the background, there is a slight acidity mingled with a light floral. This blend is sly and smooth. I love this, and I went through a frimp in just a handful of wears — but part of that is because it does not have the throw or longevity I would like from it. It stays close to my skin and fades fairly quickly. ETA: Crowley's trying to prove me wrong - it really lingered this time.
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    In Night When Colors All to Black Are Cast

    This scent is moody, mournful, and sensual, with a sort of interiority. It smells dusk-purple and thick. Wet on the skin, I understand it first as a musky floral. The resins then warm and rise. The resins and floral fight for dominance for a little while, and then settle into an intoxicating, languorous blend. During the dry down, the scent of beeswax-laced honey rises to blend with the resins as the florals fade. As @forspecial_plate noted, this all has an incense-like effect. Lovely. I think I'll be wearing this one frequently. Edit: This scent does not seem to last very long, about three hours.
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    You Are Not Alone

    Pure, snuggled comfort. Slightly astringent lavender, like a handful of crushed buds, sparkles at the top then quickly relaxes into a lavender cream. This has a vanillic quality to it, one which I associate with the scent of worn paperbacks when the pages have gone soft. I may be catching a bit of paper pulp and a musk-touched soft cotton. It brings up a sense memory of quietly reading fantasy paperbacks in my childhood bed. This is a bottle of comfort. A new favorite. (Edited to fix typo.)
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    The Icebergs

    When I open the bottle, a ripe peach explodes out in a confetti of fir needles. This belies a complex and poetic opening on the skin: the peach splits open to reveal a blooming herbal-floral note, which then is run through with a spike of fir needles. From there, it settles into itself. In this phase, I read it as a fruity, herbal floral with a hint of conifers and a slightly bitter edge. It is quite a bit warmer than I was expecting. As it fades further, it becomes a clean, peachy musk, with a drier and cooler air. At about 5 hours since application, it is wearing quite close to my skin (though I should note I applied sparingly this morning). Still, I catch puffs of that peachy-musk and an occasional hint of juniper as I move about. I was expecting an icier scent, but this is beautiful. It does move through warm and cool colors like the painting on the label. Plus, the opening is a delightful experience - it actually made me gasp. I see myself reaching for this most in the muddy, grey days of late winter as spring just begins to unfold.
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    Gingerbread Invisible Man

    You're sitting outside on a sunny day, drinking ice cold Canada Dry ginger ale with half a lemon mashed in the glass. Between fizzy sips, you're snacking on iced lemon cookies. That's what Gingerbread Invisible Man evokes for me. From the bottle, it smells like sharp lemon and sugar syrup, with a somewhat yeasty edge. On the skin, it is crisp and bubbly with a tickle of ginger spice. It would smell clean were these sparkling qualities not grounded and warmed by the cookie scent. After a few hours, I catch wafting trails of warm ginger-lemon cookie. This is my first gourmand and I'm glad to have been introduced to the category in this delightful way. It doesn't necessarily read as food, but it does smell delicious.
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    Purpose: I purchased Isychia as anti-anxiety support for centering myself before helping others, and I appreciate it for that purpose. It gives me a sense of being grounded, fortified, and receptive. I keep this close at hand as a self-care tool. Scent: This isn't a heavy-lidded essential oil relaxation blend. Though floral, the scent is herbal and fresh in a way that can be sharp, bracing, and heady but never unpleasant. A little dab on the skin is quite strong at first and it lingers for hours. Over time, it becomes more floral and clean. Like Teamama above, I keep this on hand as a self-care tool.
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    I wore this yesterday and keep thinking about it, so I thought I would leave a review. I received it as a frimp a few months ago and was a bit sad when it was eliminated in the #TournamentofUnderdogs! I am not drawn to aquatics. However, I enjoy this beautiful and creepy blend. In the imp, the oil is molasses-dark. When I first apply it, it smells oceanic and salty, dark and brooding. Many reviewers have detected grapefruit in this perfume. I smell citrus, but it is a pith-and-all rind scent. As it dries, I smell something more mineralic, which brings to mind seaweed; this association is probably based on reading the scent description. Over the next hour, floral notes rise up and eventually take over, though the salty edge remains. By hour 8 of wearing it yesterday, it was a sophisticated, slightly sweet floral with a complex bitter edge. It lasts all day and has a medium projection. I'm intrigued that many people smell incense, spice, herbs -- my nose isn't interpreting it that way, for whatever reason! Though my first thought when sniffing it is not "melon," after reading reviews that mention melon, I can definitely understand how there may be a melon rind in here. ETA: Musky! Especially when wet. Also, this is the perfume Ursula from The Little Mermaid would wear.
  14. I know this is an older post but... I have been looking for something similar to Eve as well (so I don't finish my entire bottle in less than a year, lol). I've eyeballed Little Wooden Doll but didn't think of it as a cousin to Eve! Does anyone have experience with both perfumes? What do you think - are they similar?