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About katharina

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    evil enabler
  • Birthday 08/08/1976


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    Eureka, CA
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    United States


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    Fluerette's Purple Snails
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    Lavender, Cardamom, Sugary Violet, Carnation, Cashmere

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    Astrology nerd, cat mom, artist, social worker, scandinoir lover
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    Adulting Is HARD


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  1. katharina

    Fulvous Snow

    I'm super surprised that there aren't more reviews on this. I had to look up the meaning of Fulvous: reddish yellow; tawny. This scent is certainly that. It smells to like a warm glowing ember should smell. I don't get much snow from this, except for a light freshness at the end of the scent experience. Otherwise, it's all an incredibly blended warmth. For patchouli haters: the patch here is NOT overwhelming, at all. It, with the honeyed oak lays a base for the other notes to dance on. Nor is the oudh especially indolic. It's presence is more of a memory. This to me, is about the hay, tonka, and chestnut blossom. The latter adds a soft, buttery/nutty floral to the vanilla of the tonka. The hay, perhaps playing with the snow note, feels as if it's on a late summer breeze. This scent is warm, snuggly, and fresh--which seems like a contradiction. But isn't that what a tawny snow scent would be, anyway?
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    Cerise Fog

    Honestly, to my nose, this smells like children's chewable Tylenol from the '80s.
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    Song of Hope

    This scent, along with Clémence, has shown me how much I love a good carnation scent. Who would've thunk it? The spices here really support the natural spiciness of the carnation, and the vanilla and amber give it all a warm, golden bed to lie on. It is quieter than it might seem if you were just reading the notes. Beth's genius is showing its hand with how masterfully, and yet delicately, this is blended. It's not overwhelming, although I wish it were. I want to bathe in it so all around me can smell the deliciousness.
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    What BPAL would this fictional character wear?

    Anyone else here a Downton Abbey fan? I've been re-watching since there's a new movie coming out. I'd love to here suggestions for the characters if anyone has some. I feel like violet heavy scents would be perfect the Dowager Countess since her name is Violet.
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    Amber & Lace

    This, of all the laces i have tried, is vying it's way to the top of my favorites list. It's softer and sweeter than Autumn, Lavender, Emerald, and Tattered...only Antique beats it out. Bottle: In the bottle, the cognac reigns supreme. It overwhelms the soft sweetness, and may throw folks off. Don't let it fool you! Wet: Like others have said above, I also smell tobacco, despite it being missing from the notes list. Perhaps this is the blending of saffron and cognac? The vanilla and amber provide a soft bed for these two star players, supporting them but refusing to let them overwhelm. The golden musk and oud provide a depth to scent. Overall, it feels like lying in a warm garden, the sun on your face, kitty purring beside you. Dry: The sweetness of the amber and vanilla become the main characters as the scent slowly settles. The other notes recede, but don't disappear entirely. In the garden now, the sun is fading and the cat has run off to do important cat things. In the still warm twilight you are enveloped by the sunset and can sense a faint sweetness surrounding you. Also of note, my mom has yet to regain her full sense of smell after covid. Yesterday when I was wearing this, she remarked "You smell really good, what are you wearing?"
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

    Yea, that wasn't directed at you, at all. I was just quoting your recommendations.
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    Fur notes: snuggly, nuzzly, floofy

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