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About lakeplacidskater

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  • Birthday May 26


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    Baby's First Ballista
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    Womb Furie, Eat Me, Alleviate the Frenzy, Tamora, Miskatonic University

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  1. lakeplacidskater

    Skin Musk, Cream & Honey Dust

    On me the cream and honey dust are foremost and it settles down to a musk. On me, it only lasts about 20-30 minutes before it fades to whispery musk. I love the lab's honey dust note though so I just make do with constantly reapplying! I agree that it is a cozy, warm scent that is great for wanting to smell "like yourself, but better", or as a sleep scent, or a cozy day at home. I'm so glad I grabbed a bottle of this.
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    Aoede, Melete, Mneme

    The number one thing that stands out for me with this one is the caramel - I think my skin amps caramel so it's not surprising - closely followed by the sugared cream. Sandlewood is nowhere to be found. I second the note that it is almost buttery, this is a RICH scent. It has a great throw, but sadly, does not last long. This feels like the kind of scent you put on in the winter when you want to stay warm and cozy. I'm glad that I got a bottle.
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    Baby’s First Ballista

    This is one of my new favorites! Almost gourmand, (thanks to my beloved vanilla and the sweet sugar cookie note) but not quite. In the bottle: Sugar cookie with a woody background to keep it from getting too sweet. It smells almost like cedar but I know it's not.... Wet: Mostly oakwood on me but the vanilla and sugar cookie softens it a bit. It is almost a "cologne" scent but the other two notes save it. Dry: The vanilla surfaces followed by the sugar cookie scent. Alas, it doesn't last long.... This one has low throw on my skin, but it's very nice anyway. I bought a backup!
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    Unsubtle Euphemism

    This is probably one of my new favorites. As a cardamom aficionado, I am always looking for cardamom scents. So if you like "My Little Grotesque" or "Perfectly Normal Childhood" you should enjoy this one. It's somewhat gourmand but the perfect balance of a savory and sweet scent. In the bottle: Yeasty almondy bread with a hint of cardamom Wet on skin: Sharp almond but I still smell the background of bread and cardamom, which I think keeps it from being too sharp. Dry: Hello Cardamom! That outlasts all the other notes on me. Usually, cardamom doesn't last too long but somehow (maybe because of another note?) it lasted quite a while on me, several hours. This is such a cozy, comforting scent that I'm considering getting a backup!
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    Abolish ICE

    I had the same experience, sadly. I love anything toffee or sweet or foodie/gourmand so I thought this would work. On me, the clove came out the strongest, followed by what I guess is the patchouli and Oudh? It's spicy and almost medicinal smelling at first (my mom was like "what is that scent?!?" when I wore it for the first time) so I guess this proves that I amp clove as well. Then it wears down to be slightly more toffee, and a little vanilla peeking out, but it still smells mostly like clove. I didn't smell coffee at all, which is what I was looking forward to (I hardly drink coffee but like the idea of smelling like coffee for some reason). The warm quality does come out hours later but I'm not sure it's worth waiting so long for that to happen.... Either way, I'm glad I tried it - at least now I know that my skin amps clove.
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    Metal Twins

    I was on the fence about this one until I read the reviews. Here goes: In the bottle: rich CAKE BATTER Wet: Still rich CAKE BATTER but a little bit of VANILLA peeks out. It is very sweet smelling but not unbearably so. Dry: The FLAN rounds it out but it's still mostly CAKE BATTER and a bit of VANILLA. It is very comforting. I can see the comparison of a vanilla candle scent but I don't mind that; it's sweet, comforting, and rich. The perfect kind of scent for a cold day. I've come to the conclusion that the cake batter scent amps on me. There is also a richness that reminds me of Aoede, Melete, Mneme (another one of my favorites) but somehow this one is more balanced on me? Either way I'm glad I got it and plan to wear this one often.
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    Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah

    I was able to procure this bottle from Etsy (thanks Ted!!) after keeping an eye out for it since the fall. I put it on the day I received it so I realize it might change the scent profile as it settles, but here are my initial impressions. In the bottle: HONEY. So much wonderful, warm, slightly spicy honey. Wet: Honey and a little bit of apple and pomegranate. Dry: Hello Apple. Very strong apple fragrance, it does kind of smell Yankee Candle-ish. There seems to be an undercurrent of pomegranate and honey, but the apple dominates. It's still a nice scent, but not what I expected. Hopefully, it will settle a bit and different elements will come out in time.....
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    Every Day You Play With the Light of the Universe

    I have to agree with this assessment - to me, it actually smells like Juniper Breeze body spray from Bath and Body Works. A little more nuanced, but it's very perfumey on me, and almost a bit tropical-smelling?!? Then again, I just got it today, so it is literally right out of the mail. I will let it settle and see if it becomes a bit more complex.
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    Blossoming Vulva

    I got this in a swap just now, so it's a few years old. I'm so glad I did. When I put it on, it was a very faint clean almost floral fragrance - the tea blossom is softened even more by the vanilla and amber. Later on the oakwood comes out. I think this would be nice to blend with Baby's First Ballista from this year's Liliths to strengthen it. It doesn't last long and it stays close to the skin, but it's a very pleasant scent.
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    Alleviate the Frenzy

    2020 version In the bottle: hello peaches in syrup (with a hint of amber) Wet: The peaches have a lovely almost candied quality, the amber comes out and gives the scent more dimension than "just peaches". It's like peaches in the sunshine. Dry: As it dries and the amber comes out, even more, it becomes a sexier scent, but still sophisticated. It feels like a perfume one would wear to a movie premiere, but it can still be worn daily without seeming too unapproachable. It's not quite a foodie scent, it is, as some noted, more like a fruity blossom scent. The amber makes it deeper and more evocative than the typical peach-based fragrance. I loved this so much that I ordered a backup bottle. It's a beautiful spring/summer perfume but I've been wearing it lately to bring some warmth to my days as the winter gets closer.
  11. lakeplacidskater

    Body, Remember

    OMG, I had the exact same reaction. I put this on last night and I got an aggressive sharp, almost floral smell that was almost painful - I didn't identify what it was but I guess it's the sugar cane and the champaca. I was on the verge of relegating it to the destash pile. Then as it sat, it warmed up and I started to smell the coconut, tropical scent. Calmed down, it's what I imagine a tropical island would smell like. So now I'm keeping it lol. 😂
  12. lakeplacidskater

    Hymn to St. Brigid

    This is a perfect description. I definitely smell the butter in the bottle and a little bit on my skin, but the honey does take over. It is very mellow, though, and it doesn't last for a long time. It is a subtle pretty scent and I find it to be great for layering. Tonight I layered it with Baby's First Ballista and LOVED it.
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    As a gourmand/foodie scent person, I agree. This is one of the best scents I have, not too heavy, not too light. Funny story - when I first got it, I wasn't immediately impressed. I liked it, but it wasn't as favorable a first impression as, say, Baby's First Ballista and Perfectly Normal Childhood (both of which I have ordered a backup bottle of because I loved them so much). To me, it smelled like a much sweeter version of how a puppy or kitten smells, that fresh, sweet, cuddly smell. I like that scent but wasn't sure I would want to smell like that. I wore it once then discounted it. A few days later, I blindly reached towards my shelf and grabbed this bottle. "Well, I'll give it another shot," I thought. I accidentally put more than usual on my wrists, which turned out to be a good thing. BOTTLE: It does have an almost chemically sharp "edge" to the almond scent. Or like shampoo, it's a clean smell, not unpleasant. WET: Hello almonds. But it's warm, mellow almonds, not bitter almonds. AFTER A WHILE: This is where it really gets amazing. Last night I was bundled up under a blanket. When I took the blanket off, this amazing scent billowed out - pastry, and cinnamon, and cream, and a little bit of the warm, creamy almond scent. That was when I realized that this was one of my favorite scents. I totally agree that having a candle and or home fragrance would be great - I want my life to smell like this.
  14. lakeplacidskater

    The Wish

    I had actually just placed an order a while ago and saw "The Wish" become available so I blindly ordered it in addition to my early fall order with Liliths. I ordered, 1) because the lady on the label kinda looks like me, and 2) because I saw the candied fruits and vanilla and thought it would be right up my alley. WET: It smells like an old fashioned floral perfume like my grandma used to have. I can really smell the patchouli and what I assume is the datura accord, with a bit of amber to strengthen it. ON ME: Pretty much the same. After I wear it for a while the incense comes out but I don't really smell the candied smoked fruit at all. It does have quite a bit of staying power. I wouldn't wear this for casual daily wear, maybe a special occasion? It feels like something you would have to wear with formalwear. I usually steer away from patchouli but it is more balanced than most in my opinion. While it wasn't what I expected, I can see people who like complex floral perfumes enjoying this.
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    On me the peaches amp, sweet but not super sweet or artificial smelling. I agree, it does smell like peaches in syrup. After a few hours the cream/honey comes out, and later, (like 8 hours or so later) the sandalwood appears. This is the perfect summer scent but here it is November and I am still wearing it whenever I need a bit of sweetness and optimism in my life LOL. I LOVE this scent and wish I had bought two bottles. ❤️