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About MonBon

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    Sin, Bliss, Bien Loin d'Ici, Snake Oil, The Last Unicorn, Gingerbread, Calavera Catarina, Persephone, Snake Smut, Dorian, **My Likes so far: Marshmallow/ dark Ambers > white ambers/ Oak moss /Chocolate /Resins /Cardamom / Nutmeg /Violet / Rose/ Ginger / Smoke /Frankincense / Myrrh /Sandalwood / Blood orange /Chrysanthemums / Mexican Marigolds /Sweet Yam /Copal/ incense / berries / Lavender / Rosewater / coffee/ peppermint / Chamomile /Labdanum / hazelnuts/ Benzoin/ vanilla /Green tea/ matcha /Black tea / Burning wood / Myrrh / Egyptian Kyphi / soft worn leather / Stone fruits (Apricot, Peach, plum, etc…) Pistachio / red musk/ lemon cookies/ Strawberry ***Dislikes: Licorice/ Anise / Baby powder / Soapy musk / Aquatics/ marine musk / Burnt caramel/ butterscotch / Popcorn / Butter / cloying cakes/ Pine, Spruce, Fir / Coconut Tropical/ beachy / Maple syrup/ Citrus peel -rinds / Red wine/ heavy alcohols / Buttercream / Bubblegum / Musky honey like in O Never tried/ curious Dragons blood / Candle wax / Paper/ books/ parchment

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  1. MonBon

    What are your favorite scents with contrasting notes?

    I have 2! Adventuresome Encounters: (Russet amber, tonka bean, oakmoss, sweet yam, cinnamon bark, and bourbon vanilla. To my nose this smells both warm/dry AND wet/cool. The amber is on the lighter, watery side + oakmoss reads as freshness. The cinnamon on the drier/hot side. Contrasting back and forth. πŸ”₯πŸŒ‹πŸ’₯πŸ’¦πŸ§Šβ›²οΈ which, ahem... makes sense for a Shunga Labores Solis: (the Sun’s rays expressed through frankincense, amber, heliotrope, saffron, and chamomile, crossed with Luna’s Artemisias, manifesting in darkness). This is a trippy one to my nose. Sometimes it smells safe and cuddly and sometimes it smells terrifying. Overall it's herbal, but it's an interesting blend I can't quite categorize. I only wear it for myself because I can't quite tell what vibe it will give off. πŸŒ—πŸŒ–πŸŒ˜πŸŒ’πŸŒ“
  2. same here! I really thought my nose was broken or my skin just abhors coconut... but no! Cumin party with a very faraway coconut.
  3. MonBon

    PSL: Pumpkin Snake Latte

    PSL: Pumpkin Snake Latte was my first (fresh from the lab) BPAL bottle I ever purchased. I was expecting it to smell heavily spiced with ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, etc... However, to my nose it reads more earthy/vegetal as opposed to spicy. It's definitely something I thoroughly enjoy smelling on my arm, it's sort of calming. It's very far from an artificial smelling "pumpkin pie spice" candle or flavor pumps at the cafe. It's more reminiscent of carving pumpkins than baking pumpkin pie. Earthy! The coffee element is present, yet not overpowering like espresso... its like a smoooooooth iced coffee. Overall a snuggly scent, not alarming, sharp or intrusive. Not a gourmand by any means, not a spice bomb either (I do enjoy the spice life). I've never really smelled anything like this before, I love tracking how it unfolds on my skin. I dig it! I'm looking forward to aging it and see how it develops. It lasts around 5-6 hrs on my skin, with medium throw. 🐍