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Kanra

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    mb: underpants, boo! 2009, banshee beat, storyville, midway, blue pumpkin floss v3, strawberry sufganiyot, tko, velvet unicorn, lump of coal, edith cushing, krampus lace, crypt queen, the candy butcher 2006, snake charmer 2005, mega sized chocolate bar snake oil, violet ray, love, crinoline and lace, mb: tokyo stomp, the girl, hime gear, marshmallow poof, stekkjarstaur, loli.goth, marshmallow pumpkin, red lantern, dragon smooched snake oil, three witches, candy corn snake oil, the serpentine, lollipop smut, and more!!

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  1. Kanra

    Snake's Kiss Hair Gloss

    Snake Oil with honey and vanilla! This hair gloss smells every bit as good as my Snake's Kiss perfume oil. Like a previous review states, I think Snake's Kiss is something that improves with age, like many other Snake Oil variants. There is definitely magic here but I know it will get even better with some aging to it. This is a great alternative to Snake Oil when you want that snakey smell but even sweeter.
  2. Kanra

    Dragon Mlerm Hair Gloss

    I love apricot and love marshmallow, so this is a must have for me! I'd love this as an oil as well. It's super fruity and incredibly sweet (almost toothachingly so), but more fluffy and pillowy from the marshmallow than just straight up juicy apricots. I love pairing this with my apricot and peach fragrances. This HG is incredibly long lasting with great throw. I love it and would recommend!
  3. Kanra

    Honey, Bordeaux, and Red Roses

    Wow, this!! Out of all the lab's honey scents I've ever tried, this is the most realistic honey. What I mean to say is it smells like honey straight out of the jar. Nothing powdery, nothing that's a perfumey interpretation of honey, honey accord, or honey flavoring. No, this smells like actual honey. It's incredibly sweet and syrupy. This isn't boozy at all and the Bordeaux honestly just adds a sweetness to it. I do get a faint trace of roses, especially on the dry down, but the honey is definitely the main player. If nothing else, I'd say it was very reminiscent of rose infused honey. I love it. If you love the smell of actual honey and want it in perfume form, this is a winner.
  4. Kanra

    Snake Smut

    I love Snake Oil and love Smut so this was a must add to my cart. The Snake Oil and Smut, at least on my skin, are there in equal measures. There's not too much surprising about this blend in terms of smell because it's exactly how I imagined Snake Oil + Smut to be. The surprising part is that it's a lot lighter than expected. Snake Oil and Smut are both incredibly deep and powerhouses on me with great throw and longevity. Snake Smut... surprisingly is pretty light and tame, even mellow. It has the smell of Snake Oil and Smut but as of now lacks the power. Since Snake Oil and Smut are two fragrances that, in my opinion, improve drastically with age, I assume this will too. Maybe it will even pick up the deeper and more complex nuances of aged Snake Oil and Smut. Well, either way, I enjoy it quite a lot, even if it's lighter than I expected!
  5. Kanra

    Peach Vulva

    This has a lot more throw than I expected for a "lighter" scent! Super juicy and ripe peaches and apricots. I can almost smell the fuzz on it. It's delicate yet has amazing throw for what it is. I haven't tried many other Vulvas to compare it to, only this year's Cherry Blossom Vulva, but this is definitely a winner. It's very musky and a true peach and apricot scent. Perfect for summer. I don't get the cardamom at all or the frankincense. It's very beautiful and I can see this one being very popular.
  6. Kanra

    Strawberries & Honeycomb

    This is super intense first on! Very, very juicy, sugared strawberries. They read as candied on my skin, likely due to the combination with the honey giving them some extra sweetness. It is a lot more potent than I imagined and quite long lasting. After a few hours, the strawberry does calm down a bit in intensity, but it still lingers on the skin for many hours. This is pretty straightforward and what you see is what you get. If you love the lab's strawberry note as much as I do, and want a honeyed, sugary, juicy, ripe strawberry, this is for you. It reminds me a bit of the strawberry in Strawberry Dragon HG -- very candied and sugary, reading as super ripe. It's a very bright, cheery, happy strawberry that will be perfect for spring and summer.
  7. Kanra

    Kamisuki Hair Gloss

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Like other reviewers said, this is incredibly wearable in professional settings but without the "boring" stigma that come with office friendly scents. Cherry blossoms and strawberries are two of my all time favorite notes, and I love tea and florals as well, so I knew this would be a hit. This is a lovely hairgloss to wear in spring especially. It's very ethereal and bright and would pair well with many of the lab's lighter florals and Shunga.
  8. Kanra

    For the Love of God, Poetricia

    I get a lot more fruit with this than wine and sherry. There is something syrupy and sweet in the background which might be the amontillado, but the fruit is the main player of the game. It's sweet without being toothachingly so. I really enjoy this and, although the wine/sherry isn't quite as boozy as I would have liked, I love berries and fruits and am happy to have a hair gloss centered around it. It's a lot lighter than I thought it would be and wearable day to day.
  9. Kanra

    Cherry Blossom Vulva

    This is my first time trying a Vulva. I love cherry blossoms so this was an absolute must have. I can't say how it compares to other Vulvas minus the Peach which I'll be testing soon, but on its own this is a really beautiful spring scent. It is bright and hopeful and really brings back memories of living in Japan, going to hanami and sitting under cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossom isn't the only note here; the gardenia, plum blossom, and honeysuckle are noticeable on me as well, making this a little more complex than straight cherry blossom scents. It's beautiful and ethereal and perfect for spring. This is the kind of fragrance that brightens up your day when you put it on.
  10. Kanra

    Cacao, Dark Fruits, and Oud

    I was worried about this at first and almost didn't buy a bottle because sometimes the lab's oud goes poopy on me. But do not fear, there is no poop here. Upon application, it's very cacao (not sweet chocolate, think pure cacao powder) plus woodsy oud. The oud calms down after a while, as does the cacao, and the dried fruits finally poke through. It’s surprisingly a lot lighter than I thought it would be. I don't need a backup, but I like it and will keep my bottle. It's true to its name. If you like cacao, fruits (in the drydown), and oud without anything poopy, you'd like this.
  11. Kanra

    Vaginal Tales of the Nocturnal Palace

    Vaginal Tales of the Nocturnal Palace is a beautiful lotus scent. The lotus isn't bubblegum, nor is it aquatic. It's simply delicate and beautiful. For lovers of lotus, this is a must. The vanilla cream and mallow works wonders with it. It's delicate and dainty and creamy lotus. If you love light florals and ethereal scents, I’d recommend. What's not to love? For a delicate scent, it surprisingly has a lot of lasting power. Admittedly I spilled a tiny bit while applying but it lasts longer than most oils tend to last on my skin. Definitely keeping this.
  12. Kanra

    Asses Plus Long, Qu’un Siècle Platonique

    Rose is one of my top favorite notes and I am a sap for the "month without you is far longer than a year" theme so this was an obvious pick from the Lupers for my initial order. It's a stunning rose. A bit dark, not in a gothy or vampy way but in a velvety, sensual way, with a bit of brightness in the opal. It's a very vivid fragrance and rose definitely dominantes, but this isn't a powdery rose on me. It's very lush and romantic, and has a full bodied feel to it (to steal a wine term)! The vanilla flower and caramelized benzion add a bit of sweetness to it, but this never veers into gourmand territory at all. Overall, it's super lovely. I don't think it's particularly unique as I've smelt very similar roses amongst niche perfumery and the lab tends to do rose blends very, very well across the board. But it is still a very special blend and a really stunning, romantic, velvety and sensual rose. If you are a fan of rose, I think you'd love this in your collection. I don't personally find it redundant as rose is a note I can never get enough of. And if you are new to rose, or don't own many roses/tend to have more candied roses or roses and cream blends, this is a great place to start your foray into a more sensual and romantic rose. It's safe amongst the world of roses, but still beautiful. This will definitely get used on romantic date nights for me.
  13. Kanra

    Shelter-in-Tomb

    Clove and patchouli really stand out in this blend on my hair! I wasn't sure about this one as milk as a note kind of scares me, but I've had decent hits with milk from the lab (unlike most other niche or indies I've tried) so I decided to take a chance on it. I'm definitely not getting any milk or dairy here. It's very spicy, and a good everyday kind of hair gloss vs ones that are best worn on certain occasions only. This also would pair well with many BPALs. I was hesitating on whether to buy a bottle or not, but I'm really glad I did! Now the age old question stands: do I need a backup?
  14. Kanra

    The Elephant is Slow to Mate

    This was one of the Lupers I was most excited for and, of course, what I threw on right away when my package arrived. It's a lot gentler than I imagined, but it is strong and powerful in its softness. It is very powerful yet has an elegant beauty to it. I love the lab's aged patchouli so this was a no brainer for my cart. The patchouli is definitely there, but this does not smell "dirty" at all or anything you'd typically associate with patch. It reminds me very much of the vibe of the quieter, aged, complex patchouli in To My Dear and Loving Husband, another favorite of mine. There's a lot going on here in Elephant. Fruits, florals, musks, patchouli, tobacco... This could have easily ended up very jumbled with notes clashing against each other, but this is not the case at all. Everything is incredibly well blended. Like Madame Mew, I definitely get the floriental vibe from this. Fruits and rose (though not a powdery rose at all) are the main players here on my skin, sitting on a backdrop of tobacco, opoponax and mellow patchouli. The red musk is there, and I do absolutely adore a good red musk, but this is one of the only red musk blends from the lab where the red musk is more of a background element. If you are afraid of red musks, or enjoy your red musks not taking over the entire blend, I'd recommend this one. It's very velvety in feel and is both luxurious and comforting. The oil is a deep, dark color even straight out of the mail, fresh from the lab. I really can feel the inspiration of the scent while wearing this blend. It suits it perfectly.
  15. Kanra

    Storyville

    I managed to track down a bottle of this. I ended up buying it because there's no way I'd let that opportunity pass me up. This scent has its place in BPAL history. Naturally, I expected it to be the best fragrance ever(TM)! Well, was it?! To be honest, when I first put it on, I was a bit underwhelmed. Yes, it was super nice. It was amazing even. But it wasn't exactly dissimilar to other BPALs in this dark musky/spicy/oriental genre and I breathed a sigh of relief that I was glad I got to try it and enjoyed it more than enough to keep, but it wasn't like I'd go out of my way to seek out and buy some backups if more appeared. Then some magic happened. This scent is a grower. It didn't take long to kick in. This turned downright phenomenal. It has that boozy musk thing going on from Smut (honestly, aged Smut is what it initially reminded me of!) with vanilla and spices and perhaps some hints of tobacco. It's an incredibly warm, dark yet sweet, boozy musky vanilla. There's something in here that smells like gingerbread a bit to me and I wouldn't be surprised if a similar fragrance was released as part of the Smutoweens as Gingerbread Smut or Gingerbread Spice Smut. That being said, there's a lot more to it than just being a gingerbready, Smutty scent. Upon first application, that was mostly what I got, but it only took a few minutes for the magic to set in. When it did, this is absolutely lovely. I doubt it will ever leave my list of top BPALs. If I saw another bottle on the market I'd be tempted to buy. Yes, it's THAT good. I still stand by my statement that it's not completely dissimilar to other BPALs in this genre. The notes make it a very different take on it, but I think you can capture the vibe of this with other, more affordable options (and layering). But it will never be quite the same and I will say that Storyville is incredibly complex and my personal favorite take on this genre. It will always have its rightful place in my collection and honestly, if you can spring for a bottle, it's worth it not even for the history of BPAL but for the scent alone.
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