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About katharina

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    a little too imp-ulsive
  • Birthday 08/08/1976


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    Eureka, CA
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    United States


  • BPAL of the Day
    The Clod and the Pebble
  • Favorite Scents
    Sexy, woody, incensy, spicy, gourmandy lavender

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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

    The Clod and the Pebble

    Initially, it's all rose to me. But as the scent dries down there is a spicy element that reads as saffron and not the other noted spices, odd. I do like it, but it's not what I expected. i will need to wear it in different circumstances to test it further.
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    Death’s Head Moth

    This is everything cozy and safe to my nose. The clove husk and green cumin are anchored by the black pepper. The sandalwood, patchouli, and oudh provide sexy sophistication to the blend, but don't overwhelm it at all. The dust and ash are subtle players to my nose, adding a hint of mystery. I really don't know what nagarmotha smells like. I wear this whenever I need a pick me up, or I am feeling to scattered. It's incredibly grounding--the essence of earth, despite having wings.
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    Hair Gloss?

    This is helpful, thanks!
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    UGH. Life happened and I have not been on my game. Dealing with parental health issues and getting my house ready for them to move in to--classic GenX stuff, I guess. I did do 30 min on the elliptical today with Native Gold. Gah, I love this scent! It's so happy to me, smelling like root beer and love, which I need lately. 😁
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    So many people are talking about the peach playing big in this one, but for me it's the rose that comes on strong. Perhaps I amp rose? I am still learning... I do get peach and the green, tart bite of apricot in the bottle and for about 30 seconds on my skin and then it is all honeyed rose, with a lushy background. The oud, frankincense, and musk are minor players for me.
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    Harvest Moon 2017

    I got this as a frottle from the lab. Admittedly, the plethora of notes made me cautious, a I wasn't sure if it would be cacophony of scents that was overwhelming. I am also not a fan of apple (force fed apples as a kid and I don't even like apple pie now), so the apple note worried me as well. In the bottle: As I feared, the amount of scents was initially overwhelming to my nose. As I continued to sniff though, I was able to start picking out notes in the chaos and the overwhelm reduced. Spicy, woodsy, alcohol. Hrm. Wet: Luckily, the straight up boozy smell settled down on my skin and the more fruity scents became apparent. None of them stood out to me, more like a fruit salad where they are all jumbled together and smell is of ripe sweetness. This mixed with spice and woods. I don't hate it. Dry: I am pleased to report that I don't hate it is the final verdict, though I don't know if it will eventually move to the swap pile. It has simmered down quite a bit. Smoke has come out to play with the woodsy scents, and the fruits are slowly fading to the background, combined with the spices they seem to be adding a touch of caramel to hold the woods and smoke together. ETA: I keep sniffing my arm and adding more, this is telling me a couple of things: This is a sleeper hit and as it melds with my skin it becomes more enjoyable, Two: I wish the intensity lingered a bit more, despite it's jarring.
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    Reviews on several scents

    Here is a link to the Amber & Cardamom review post. I am guessing that the others are reviewed here somewhere as well.
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    What scents are masculine? Gender-neutral?

    So, I wanted to update: My brother LOVED the Spider (Anansi Boys) scent and my nephew also LOVED I Want Nothing. So pleased that they approved, since I had to pick them out blind!
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    Looking for a BPAL that Resembles a Favorite Perfume

    I did a search and couldn't find anything. I am IN LOVE with Indigo by Nest Perfumes. The notes listed are: Italian lemon, orange bergamot, Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and wild figs from the south of France. Any suggestions, you oh so wise BPALers? Thank you!
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    Penny Dreadful

    In the bottle: I definitely get the 'soft perfume', seems almost grandma-y. Wet: WTF?! Why do I smell caraway??? OK, that was weird. The caraway smell doesn't last long and soon starts to smell like dirt, I am guessing this is the grave loam. Dry: Once dry the grandma perfume-iness reemerges. I don't hate this, but it's def not for me.
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    Martian Phoenix

    This seems like one of those scents you either love or hate. I am in the love category. Bottle: Minty, spicy flowers. Wet: The peppermint comes out full force when it's wet on the skin, yet oddly, the sharpness is contained by the spices and resins. Dry: Once dry it becomes a spicy and slightly fruity floral. I really love it dry and as the mint settles it totally transforms into something so fucking enticing that I want to lick it. This is one where I thoroughly enjoy the journey it takes me on from bottle to dry down. This is an adventurous scent, which is so appropriate for a Mars scent. It is also highly comforting to me for some reason. I don't know if it is a hidden scent memory or what, but this one just makes me feel good. I am so glad I took a chance on it and bought the bottle blind. Allergen/Skin Sensitivity: I do want to note that this is one I can FEEL on my skin when it's still went--I think it's the mint and heat combo. I could imagine someone who is more sensitive than I might not like the sensation. ETA: The more I wear this, the more I love it. I may need to hunt for a 2nd bottle.
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Thank you and that's awesome! And thanks for your insights @Amazonia! I did 30 min of a goddess flow yoga for fatties (my reclamation of fat!) wearing Anathema. Honestly, I didn't love it the first hour or so, but now that the top notes have settled down I can appreciate it more, but don't think it will be a favorite of mine.
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Awesome, I am super excited to hear this. I did manage 20 minutes on the elliptical today and I wore Spider, which is masculine leaning to me.
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    What scents are masculine? Gender-neutral?

    I just bought Spider (White ginger, artemesia, vetiver, nutmeg, King mandarin, bergamot, and lime.) for my brother and I Want Nothing (the hiss of rage-red splinters of bile ejaculating from a haze of blood orange and a bellowing scrawl of ink-black musk on a sweat-splattered notepad.) for my nephew. I am hoping to turn them onto BPAL! My brother specified that he was looking for a scent with Artemesia, and Spider was the only one I could find. My nephew just wanted citrus, but I also wanted to do an activism scent for him, so hopefully he likes it!
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    Smells to Work Out To - 30 Day Challenge

    Is this still a thing? It needs to still be a thing! I would love to jump on board. I need motivation to make better choices!