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About katharina

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  • Birthday 08/08/1976


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    Eureka, CA
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    Velvet Bandito
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    Sexy, woody, incensy, spicy, gourmandy lavender

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    Astrology nerd, cat mom, artist, social worker, scandinoir lover
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  1. katharina

    See Thyself, Devil!

    This was a blind bottle for me as well, and so far so good. Bottle: The scent in the bottle is a heavy floral, slightly bitter--in a good way. I am assuming that this is the opium poppy, as I am quite familiar with lavender and sugar already. Wet: Mmmmm, sugary florals. The poppy and lavender seem to blend seamlessly together, supported by the sweet sugar scent. The lavender adds a brightness that's almost lemony, but not quite. It lifts the perfume from the depths that the sugar-laden opium goes to. Dry: This is an incredibly balanced scent. I love how each note sings and harmonizes with the next. You can just smell the individual edges of all three, and yet each one lifts the others in turn. I love how the sugary note, while attached to the poppy, really acts as a foil against both florals, so they can't be taken too seriously. This is almost a Vicotrian Grandma scent, but it manages to veer away from this and heads in a more playful direction. @Seajewel I can see where your little one gets the chocolate/cocoa from: There's a depth to this like dark chocolate, as well as a deliberate sweetness. I think your kiddo is quite astute, actually!
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    Bottle: Lavender is front and center in the bottle, and with the tobacco, it reminds me of Lavender Lace. Wet: Lavender and tobacco, with a hint of cashmere. The oud is making itself known, but it really is a sweet oud with no hint of the shitstorm oud can sometimes be. In this case, it adds an incredible earthy & resin-y depth. The carnation adds just a hint of spice. The leather, orchid, and tea are dificult for me to pick out. Dry: Even though this oil doesn't have any of the cognac and vanilla notes listed that the Laces typically have, I still find it to very much a Lace adjacent scent. This is a gorgeous, grown up scent. It's highly sensual and confident, yet with enough sweetness to be appropriate for day and/or evening wear. I may need a back up bottle.
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    The Empress and the Chariot

    This was love at first sniff! I know I will need a 2nd bottle, and now my roommate and my mom want a bottle. Fair warning!! Bottle: It's difficult for me to pick out any single note while in the bottle. It smells like expensive perfume; sophisticated and sensual. Wet: First on, I smell a slightly sweet, almost melon scent. I think it may be the motor oil note. It recedes fairly quickly to the background, where it remains as a soft base. The lavender is present, but it's so well blended that it's difficult for me to find it's edge. It flows beautifully into the leather and wood notes which add a very perfumey and elegant maturity to this, but again, it's so incredibly well blended that I am having difficulty picking them out individually. I do not smell any dust. Dry: I will say this again and again: the blending in this is so masterful that it feels like a complex whole and not simply it's individual parts. The label for this reads cheerful day scent, but it definitely smells like an sexy, evening perfume. This is something I could see people using as their special occasion, date night perfume. It's darkly sensual, slightly sweet, and achingly beautiful. This is Streets of Detroit's sexy cousin from Europe coming to take all your lovers.
  4. katharina

    Peach and Sugared Orange Slices

    So, I think this may be my favorite of the 3 I bought. In the Bottle: Tangy peaches. Like peaches that got a Vit C infusion. Wet: Peaches with a bit of greenery--I think this is the peach fuzz scent noted above. I don't actually smell the oranges distinctly, it's more like tangy peaches laying in oakmoss or some other green nature-y stuff, ivy maybe. Dry: It's peaches and sugar. The tangy bit is still there, and so is the greenery which is good because I think it keeps the peaches from going syrupy sweet. It lends a bit of perfumery to this scent. Fruit scents often smell like those perfumes from the 80s marketed to pre-teens, like fruity pebbles in milk. This element has been super tamed by the tanginess and greenery. Yet, it's still approachable and youthful.
  5. katharina

    The Last Syllable

    I definitely get cucumber or some other melon adjacent scent right off the bat. It then turns into a very chemical laden scent, that makes me wonder how many brain cells are dying with each sniff. It smells like a photography studio or an art studio of a collage artist who uses a lot of rubber cement. There's a faded scent memory from when my mom was an art director at an ad agency and I would go to work with her. She'd have me collage with scraps of paper leftover from projects. This was back in the 80's when designs were done by hand, images carefully glued down and type was rubbed on, using this cool rub-on material. Lots of acrid glue, industrial papers, ink, and chemicals. I don't think I would choose to wear this scent, but my mom is coming to live with me and her memory is starting to fade. I wonder if this oil will bring her back to her glory days in the art world? Back when she was young, not too far away from her art school years, living in Phoenix and starting to raise a family while working...I'll probably keep this around for her.
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    Velvet Bandito

    When I saw this on Etsy and read the notes I had to jump on it, even though I was super disappointed in the last Velvet I had tried (Dogs Playing Poker). I am so fucking glad I took a chancce on this beauty! In the bottle: Smells like spicy perfume. Intriguing, but not what I had imagined. However, it wasn't off-putting either. Wet: The spicy clove comes on strong, and I am not mad about it. Within a couple of minutes the dust and tobacco come out to play. They soften and ground the spice. There is something a tad medicinal at this stage--either the cedar or the tumbleweeds? Though I am from the AZ desert I have never sniffed a tumbleweed. The dust makes the spiciness a dry one, and the tobacco adds a masculine edge. I think this could be the perfect spicy unisex scent. Dry: Beautifully soft clove--the dust lays over the clove/spice in a fine layer, making the scent far more atmospheric than foody. This is a beautiful blend.
  7. katharina

    Mouse Circus

    Bottle: This all butter, all day in the bottle. I am a little nervous, because I think the buttery popcorn can be an excellent supporting note, it could also be overwhelming. Wet: It's butter, popcorn, vanilla, and polished wood. I really want to smell the spun sugar, which is what I bought this for, but it's still in the background, barely detectable. Dry: During the dry down the spun sugar becomes more prominent, as the buttery popcorn recedes. Whew! I have to admit that I was worried for a minute, because the butter starts out so strong! It's still there, but not as overwhelming. The polished wood and vanilla blend together nicely to support the spun sugar goodness. If you want spun sugar straight from the beginning, this isn't the scent for you--IF you have similar chemistry to me. If you want a subtle cotton candy supported by vanilla, polished woods, and buttery popcorn--and are willing to give that buttery popcorn it's 15 min of prominence, you just might like this.
  8. katharina

    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

    Yea, that wasn't directed at you, at all. I was just quoting your recommendations.
  9. katharina

    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

    You didn't notice because unlike me, you haven't been stalking it on the website for ages!
  10. katharina

    California Leaf-Nosed Bat

    I have finally found this beauty, thank you swaps forum! I am a born and raised Arizonan, now living amongst the mossy redwoods. While the heat of the desert is unbearable, I long to be reunited with it's smells, as they have been imprinted on my soul. (Cheezeball Alert!) Bottle: Herbaceous, sandy and reminiscent of D'jed. Wet: Wow. This is a sweeter, "perfumier" version of D'jed. While not exactly the same, they must share many similar notes. Although funnily enough, no shared notes are listed.😕 Dry: Once fully dry the only thing that distinguishes from D'jed is that it's a much fainter scent. I know this because I tested one on each wrist. Very scientific! 👩‍🔬
  11. katharina

    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

    I just got Coyote (SQUEE!) and have to agree. It's been out of stock for quite sometime (I got it through a swap), but I'd be willing to decant some for you the next time we swap! FYI, I believe Ivanushka is for sale by batsy, if you want to try.
  12. katharina

    2004: Paper Phoenix

    Is it possible to fall in love with s scent? No, I'm being serious. Like you find a scent and it's your soul mate and now you are wondering how to write Paper Phoenix on your marriage license application without the registrar looking at you funny? Ahem. I like this scent a lot. Someone gave me a tester and before I even tried it on I managed to score a bottle through a trade, so I decided to skin test it. HOLY FUCK. I have never smelled Dorian, Antique lace, or Formula 54, but goddamn, they made a beautiful baby! In the bottle: First whiff was straight up cologne, which is why it took me so long to skin test it. It wasn't bad, but I was like "What's the fuss about?" Wet: Cologne is still there, but has been pushed far to the back with lemon tea coming in stronger. There's a hint of vanilla supporting it all. Dry: Creamy, luscious, comforting, magical goodness. I can't even really pick out a note, but this is what lying on a cloud with a snuggly blanket, and your your mom baking *something* sweet must smell like. If heaven exists, it smells like this.
  13. katharina

    My Baby and a Baby Goat

    In the Bottle: Straight up goat butter. It's a bite of creamy tang with a light sweetness in the background. Wet: The tang softens pretty immediately on my skin and becomes much more subtle. It's still there, but in the background allowing the cream to shine. I am not getting musk, but there's soft fur in this, I swear. There's a lightly sweet floral hanging back--like a shy preschooler--she's not scared, just a little shy and observing before she comes out to play. Dry: Honestly, this is just delicious. Soft, musky, creamy, very light floral with a smidge of a bite-just a faint memory of a prick, really. A friend is having an her farm warming party this weekend, with vaccinated family and a couple of friends who are family, and I think I need to wear this, so the goats recognize me. 😊
  14. katharina

    Googly Eye Christmas Tree

    I am guessing that this one required aging before being able to really enjoy all of the notes. If you didn't like this new, try it aged--it may surprise you! Bottle: Sweet butter--guessing this is partially cookie and partially white chocolate. I am a little worried that it's going to stay like this as it's a tad overwhelming. Wet: Mmmm, ok! Sweetness is still there, with a cool tingle too--possibly the tinsel note? MUCH less butter. Can get a whiff of the cotton candy and cookie-ness of it. I can see why others mention a plastic hint--it's not overwhelming and recedes fairly quickly as the tinsel and spun sugar become more prominent. Not getting cinnamon at all. Dry: I am really liking how the cotton candy and tinsel are playing together. @brwnpaperhag describes it well.
  15. katharina

    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

    Not sure how easy this will be to find, but Unicorn and Ram (Wooly musk, soft leather, cashmere, cardamom, and leather oudh) is so snuggly!