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    a little too imp-ulsive


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    Marranitos 🐷
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    Sin, Bien Loin d'Ici, Snake Oil, Dies Patribus, Tombstone, 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

    Horses Cooling Themselves in Water

    Oooofff! Something in here is not playing nice on my skin 🐎 this was one of the first ones I applied and was hoping some of the intensity would burn off. Instead it became overwhelming on my skin. It’s almost buttery/heavy? Almost like greasy, pie crust unlisted or perhaps I'm amping a note unfamiliar to me. So sad this pony scent doesn’t work for me… No nut November = no nut musk for me
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    Omg it does smell like Disneyland 🀯 excellent gourmand execution! Both caramel and popcorn are usually death notes for me but this is nostalgic and I am shocked at how wearable this is. I think the cotton candy is adding airiness to the blend? If this was a room spray or a hair gloss I would LOVE. Not sure if I can handle this in the summer, but right now that it’s cold, it’s not cloying 🎠πŸ₯€πŸΏ
  3. MonBon

    Back in the Recording Studio

    Did someone toss a whole tree in the sea? It reminds me of 18-in-1's that feature images of stormy seas, renaming this Attack of the Christmas Kraken πŸ™ I mean, tis the season.... 🌲 will revisit this scent at a later day, right now it's all I'm getting. Currently too icy, aquatic for me.
  4. MonBon

    Last Day of Summer Froyo

    🌈 OOOoOoOhh this is a fun one! It smells like ✨ rainbows✨ I was hesitant to try the "yogurt" note or even the cake-batter for fear it would be excessively sweet or sour. But this is a delightfully tangy blend. Almost fizzy somehow, the way pop rocks feel as they sizzle. In the bottle, I catch more of the cake batter, however on the skin it's less butter and cake and more colorful sweets. This is light and fruity and playful, like a Japanese yogurt soda! I'll be storing this decant for next spring when I'm spiced out from my heavier winter scents 🌸 🌼
  5. MonBon

    Oda a la Luz Encantada

    Seeing notes like lavender, chamomile and sweet cream, I imagined I had blind bottled a snuggly scent, something cozy to lounge in, to wind down from a gnarly day. Oda A La Luz Encantada isn't quite what I had pictured AT ALL, but not in a bad way! This is a wake up and beat-the-blahs-while-looking-magically-put-together-somehow kind of scent. There's an almost sparkly citrus-like clean feel to it, the "enchanted light" element that makes it smell invigorating. Could these be pear blossoms pairing up with lavender and chamomile to provide some kind of floral/herbal jolt? The notes are all so thoroughly well-blended it's difficult to say, however it does have a high-end perfume vibe. This could be either a day or night scent, depending on your wardrobe styling, so extra points for versatility. The "beam of light" component has softened since I received it, my favorite part is the golden musk+amber underneath the more "wake up, kick ass" facets. The drydown is absolutely magical, this is the kind of scent you wear to run errands semi-hoping you run into someone you know because it smells sophisticated without trying too hard. Verdict: it was my least favorite of my Lilith's fresh from the mailbox, but is now a keeper ✨ Translation of the Pablo Neruda poem to English for non Spanish speakers below: Ode to enchanted light Under the trees light has dropped from the top of the sky, light like a green latticework of branches, shining on every leaf, drifting down like clean white sand. A cicada sends its sawing song high into the empty air. The world is a glass overflowing with water.
  6. MonBon

    Mean, Green Production Project

    I LOOOOVE this! πŸ’šπŸ‘½πŸ’— The greens smell like luminescent wet ferns and dewy grasses from outer-space? The greens are neither sharp, nor dry, herbal yes... medicinal no. There's an atmospheric quality to the scent, a chilly mist in the air. If I huff straight from my bottle, I detect herbal lavender, but on the skin it's not an obvious player. So happy it's not guava flavored candy, it's pink guava guts! The guava smells like a mix of the outside and the inside of the fruit, extremely realistic and reminiscent of eating them right off the trees in Mexico as a kid. Sometimes sweet, sometimes tangy but always fresh and juicy! I am unable to name any berry in particular, only knowing they add an overall sweetness enhancing the mean greens. Medium throw, longevity around 4 hours. Fantastic the whole way through. Disclaimer: while this scent makes me feel happy, there is definitely something kind of eerie about it. πŸ‘½
  7. MonBon

    Gooped Familiar

    Picture this specific cat familiar crosses your path, what would they smell like? A mishmash of antique wood, carpet dust, nefarious intentions, love potion spices, poisons and incense? Ding ding ding! Gooped Familiar opens with mischievous black musk, the familiar's fur immersed in the smells surrounding the sorceress. A familiar may witness it all, yet never betray your trust. This Weenie is a win! πŸ–€ It's mysterious and iconically witchy. The catnip adds an herbal flair that doesn't overpower the other notes, playing well with the slight lemon-y sweetness of the hay absolute. The sweet black musk and clove trot on golden amber for the majority of the scent, while the carnation smells almost incense-y in conjunction with the cedarwood and spices. Longevity is around 6 hours, sitting close to the skin for its duration. Gooped Familiar smells foreboding, like deadly secrets trapped safely inside a tiny black cat.
  8. MonBon

    A Portrait

    This is a fab fruitchouli, the strawberry isn't lollipop-like, it's reminiscent of strawberry wine. The red labdanum reads as a dark plummy sangria to my nose? Boozy without being sharp. Magnificent! Taking the playful, fruity notes and adding a grounding, darker element as BPAL does so well. The patchouli is present, not abrasive but tender, adding a chewy, gooey texture to the scent. The patchouli smells differently than in Spoopy Kid, the honeysuckle in Spoopy Kid makes it slightly headier, almost floaty. I'm having difficulty reading the sugared carnations, the scent is neither floral nor spicy at this point. It's red and jammy, earthy and stable. I'm so happy to have this in my Lilith collection and can see myself wearing this year-round! Definitely looking forward to watching this grow richer with time. ❀️
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    Oh. My. God! πŸ’— It's feisty pink in the coziest way, I agree with the previous reviewers stating it doesn't feel like the snickerdoodle-y sugar cookie from last years Yules. The rose is more akin to a soft mist of ethereal rosewater, the kind you find in Middle Eastern desserts. The pink carnation is the sassy deity here, full petaled, peak clove-y levels of spice, plushy textured. The squished sugar cookie is reminiscent of sweet warmth that hits you when you open the oven and the cookies are ready. Specifically the warm fumes, not the crispy edges or the gooey centers. Disclaimer: I ADORE carnations, this feels almost like a single note. Less blunt, more luscious. Category: Spicy Flormand, more spicy than floral, more floral than sugary.
  10. Perhaps Philologus: Ancient books, crackled parchment, faded incense, and candle wax. "The Philologi are scholars and philosophers that have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of knowledge, utilizing their extended lifespan to further their research. They are usually reclusive, and some were once Transeo that have rejected the bustle of human society in favor of solitude."
  11. What We Do In The Shadows: Show and movie are hilarious! LOVE Also love Our Flag Means Death and OBSESSED with Sandman!!! πŸ˜πŸ–€ If you'd like handmade knit items, are you good with soft wools or do you prefer acrylic only? either is fine! Are there any items you'd love for fall/halloweenie? (Ie mittens, hat, fingerless mitts, cowl, legwarmers) beanies and scarves are a yes please! πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€ Anyone fancying the new Paintbox Soapworks or Witch Baby Soap Halloween launches? OooOoOoh I've always wanted to try Paintbox Soapworks! Emulsifying Soap Scrubs, soap bars or Sample size hand lotion would bring me joy! πŸ₯› Rice Pudding (Snake Milk has sent me on the path of condensed milk), 🀘 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Not Your Housekeeper (carnation + cannabis + shortbread? Mrs. Hudson is ICONIC), Red Cow πŸ„ πŸ₯€ (apothecary vanilla cherry coke yum!) Would you be interested in an adult Halloween coloring book? I recently backed on kickstarter for one by a local gothic art market near me and it's due in during the swap period. I donated all of my coloring pencils/craft supplies to a school recently. What are some OCYL brands you've been wanting to dabble in? Blazing Torch, Black Baccara, Arcana, Pulp Fragrance, Alpha Musk, NAVA. I'll try to link my OCYL wishlist in my signature πŸ–€πŸ§‘ I am working on making bath bombs. Would you be willing to try my creations? How about wax tarts? What type of scents do you favor? I don't take baths or have a wax warmer πŸ˜• but I'm rooting for your new creative endeavors, So badass! What kinds of home smell good things do you like? (I.e. incense, candles, wax melts, felt scent balls, essential oils, linen spray) linen sprays and candles! πŸ•― unfortunately I am unable to burn incense in my current residence. My question for the fellow pumpkins would you like anything from the bath and bodyworks Halloween line? πŸ€” No thank you πŸ¦‡ kind of allergic to B&BW scents Do you have any interest in spooky squishmallows? The Nightmare Before Xmas Zero is adorable! πŸ₯°πŸ€πŸΎ And would you enjoy spooky stationary? Absolutely πŸ¦‡ I know a lot of us are witchy and have deeply held beliefs about the materials we use as part of our practice. If you're one of those individuals, are there certain herbs, crystals, etc that you do not want to receive? nope When you have a distinct preference for one holiday over another, What are some cross over items that actually work for both? My preference for Halloween bleeds in to all the holiday things. So Black Cats, Pumpkins, Bats, Hot Cocoa, PSL things, candles, etc... all are welcome, all are valid, there is no beginning and end to Halloween things. β™Ύ One question (that is actually several questions) -- Local honey? Infused/flavored honey? Local infused/flavored honey with Southwest notes (jalapeno, other pepper, mesquite, acacia)? Local honey is always amazing! While I adore the idea of spicy honey, I never know what to put it in... Local honey with herbs is cool and will definitely get drizzled on many baking things, granola, yogurt and tea. Does anything from JiJi Knight spark your interest? https://jijiknight.com/ OOooooOOhh! I really love the piece with the pink flower haired babe embracing the black longhaired babe with skulls in her hair! Any spooky/weenie DVDs you're missing and would like in your collection? NMBC? the Crow? An old Hammer film? Dark Shadows? The Omen? Sleepy Hallow?...? This is an excellent question, I no longer have a DVD player, mostly just stream and rent through the tv Dang (or good!), another serious question -- Shampoo and/or conditioner bars and if so, for what type of hair (dry, fine, oily, curly, normal)?ο»Ώ I have tried one shampoo bar from felin Lune Apothecary and I really dig it. My hair is thick, hip length wavy/curly. I like moisturizing conditioners and deep clean shampoos πŸ’œ I just got the email that the Ectogasm Halloween Collection is live. Does anything interest you? https://www.ectogasm.net/collections/halloween WOW! Love The Ghostly Painting Hand Enamel pin, Rainbow Ghost Unisex Crew Socks, Jack -O-Lantern Collar pin set (blk/silver) and the Bat Collar Pin set! πŸ¦‡ On a scale from Paprika Is a Heatwave to Let Me Eat a Peck of Pickled Ghost Chiles, how spicy is too spicy, and how spicy is just right? "Oh baby, I love me some SPICE. For every day snacking, I'm a Tapatio/Cholula and jalapenos go with everything kind of girl. I'm open to trying most things"---Batling pretty much nailed it! I make lightweight hairfalls- would you be interested in some? Either to incorporate into a costume or just for your own year-round use? If so, name your colors and preferred length, and if you have any fiber allergies you want me to take note of! I already have sooooo much hair lol I don't think I could add any more, they sound lovely tho! If I were to make you a set of arm warmers/ fingerless mitts, what color(s) & style would you like? Options-Long or short? Solid - one fabric Stripes- bands of colors sewn together- like fun black & red, black & purple etc. I currently have some nice cashmeres.ο»Ώ Stripes of black with purple, blue, green or grey with pastels sounds so cozy! I also wouldn't say no to a halloween color combo πŸŽƒ the softer the better and any length arm warmer, no fingers. Homemade canned and baked and concocted goodies? Any aversions? no aversions! Okay my first question: would you like any decor from Say Target, Homewood, or William and Sonoma? if you see something you think I would love based upon the vibes I'm giving off, then absolutely. Year round spooky vibes ALWAYS. Anything Victorian looking, science experiments gone wrong, anatomical stuff like hearts and bones, ravens, Memento Mori, etc... If I could make you some of my fudge, what would you prefer? yum! Just gonna throw some flavors out there but gingerbread, lemon bar, caramel, pistachio, nutella, peanut butter, mint choc chip, candy cane, toffee, clearly all the yummies!! whichever one you love to make the most! Okay I am reading about some of the other flavors: maple, cookies and cream sounds bomb! I love making stickers!! If I could design you some stickers, what would you love to have? It could be halloween themed or not Spooky poodles, spooky piggies, dark fairies eating cake, I adore the witch puppy that is smiling while holding the perfume bottle, because same puppy, saaame! 'Fumes spark joy ✨ I've got a bunch of small round labels perfect for bpal 5ml label lid art! Name your top 5-10 scents that you'd love to have lid art made for! Just as a fun little extra in your package if desired lid art for these bottles would be a dream: Dies Patribus (I dig your puppy art), Blacklight Reactive Clown Poster, Graveyard Guessing Game, Sin, La Calavera Catarina (i like your skull art too), Snake Smut, Mme Moriarty Misfortune Teller, Bridge Trolls, Gingerbread and Leather, Lilith’s Tea Party I am going to Dragon Con for the first time! Which of these BPALs do you want? Peach Milk! or Ridiculously Sexy Peach! whichever one you think is most stunning, I would be forever grateful πŸ‘ Dragon Con!! how exciting I'm going to Disneyworld in late September! I'll be going to all four parks and attending both the Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash and Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Is there ANYTHING from Disney that you would like? Is there something you collect that perhaps you'd enjoy a Disney version of (tea, socks, enamel pins, plushies etc etc etc)??? I love Alice In Wonderland classic animation, Snow White and The Haunted Mansion, anything featuring those I would adore Would you be interested in a bag like we sell in our etsy shop? https://twinklentwilight.etsy.com - if so, but you don't see fabric you like maybe link to some photos of fabric you like? - we can do small box bags or pencil / cosmetic / notions type bags too. or with a drawstring on top instead of a zipper. - you don't HAVE to use them just for knitting/crochet, you can use them for cross stitch or even not as project bags. The Spooky Chandelier is gorgeous πŸ˜πŸ’œπŸ–€ The Purple Twilight bats is also magnificent πŸ¦‡ If you are a yarnie, are you interested in a ceramic yarn bowl? I have an extra Harry Potter (I know, I know) one from Lennymud that I bought before the whole JKR debacle and it didn't profit her in any form anyway. I believe it's Gryffindor themed. n/a If you are a yarnie, I'd love to gift some yarn from my stash so give me an idea of colors / weight / material / yardage you'd like. n/a Are you interested in trying some of our "thunder butter"? It's like tiger balm or icy hot, but with herbs, beeswax, cayenne or ghost pepper, menthol, wintergreen. cbd version or no? Hell yeah! CBD for chronic pain I need to inventory our canned goods but do you like things like peach jam, cardamom plum jam, peach butter, plum butter, pickles, applesauce with nothing added, applesauce with red hots, dried apples or pears, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, blackberry jam, huckleberry jam, candied jalapenos? I love dried fruits, and berry jams!! Any interest in things from our garden like dried mint, catnip, lavender, rose petals, dill weed or dill seeds, sage, rue, mugwort, rosemary? I'd love some lavender, rose petals & sage from your garden How about alcoholic things like rose petal liqueur, lavender vanilla bean liqueur, various flavors of mead (chocolate orange, strawberry mango, whatever my son is making)? OMG Rose Petal Liqueur, strawberry mango mead sound glorious Pumpkin bread or zucchini bread? How about blueberry zucchini bread with a lemon glaze? Zucchini bread! I make specialty simple syrups. You can use them in teas or cocktails (and desserts). How do you feel about a Hibiscus simple syrup? I use 2 ounce bottles for these so its just a fun amount. YES Format for tea? e.g. teabag vs loose either works! Do you like spooky themed tights? If so, what are your measurements? yes, size Medium Pls post your book wishlist! I will soon, life's been wild, I love fantasy, magic realism and sci-fi, books about goddesses--surprise me! πŸ‘½ Final Girls by Riley Sager off the top of my head Would you like to receive a 2D collage art piece? What overall vibe would you be into? (spooky, autumnal, whimsical, eerie, lovely, occult, bizarre, smutty etc.?) whimsical, bizarre, spooky, surreal, a touch smutty. Do you like rocks/gemstone jewelry? Prefer polished/smooth rocks or raw/rough? Any favorite stones, rocks, colors that you'd like? Fluorite, Onyx, Rose Quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, Obsidian, Labradorite. I enjoy both polished and raw. Any interest in the August releases that got announced today? https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/august-2022/ Ceres, Lavender Buttercream or Vanilla Cream, Pistachio and Macademia have caught my eye Luvmilks seasonal goodies are out! What scents and formats appeal to you, my little pumpkin? Ghost Lover or Pegasus Girlfriend, I also like Baby Bat and Pouty Kitten, so feel free to choose any of those in a dusting powder or Bubble Wash πŸ°πŸ’— Would you like a Pyrex 4-cup Nightmare Before Christmas bowl with lid? (Can also get Starwars and various Disney ones.) Alice in Wonderland or Nightmare Before Christmas would be fun August Tea's fall sale starts tomorrow, 20% off everything on the site with code FALL20. Is there anything you would like to try, my Pumpkin? https://august.la/ I think I accidentally skipped this one lol these are the ones I'd love to try: Heartbreaker and Chocolate Chili Black Tea or Under The Willow I've recently taken up embroidery, would you like a small (I embroider on 4" hoops) embroidered piece? What sort of design would you like? absolutely! Anything that gives Victorian vibes, teacups, anatomical hearts/brains, or poodles with a halloweenie twist! Do you wear nail polish, and if so, would you like some? What colors or finishes? holos, thermals, glitters, black, purple, lavender, tiffany blue, rainbows, pistachio. I'm going to the farmer's market tomorrow, and there are lots of great vendors. Would you be interested in soap or chapstick or bath/body products? I think I missed the deadline for this 😭 forgive me sweet skeleton! Yes to soaps in ambers/herbal/lavender/rose scents. I need all the chapstick, I tend to trash my lips when stressed. Would you be interested in a tumbler like these? If so, what theme would you like it to be? Glitter or no glitter? What color do you want the liquid to be or would you prefer the blood drip look? I like the ghost tears liquid, GLITTER ALWAYS, Haunted Mansion Madame Leota How do you feel about ribbons? Is there anything in particular you are looking for if you'd want some? What about ribbon remnants? Colors/textures? hmmm, I'm not sure what to do with ribbon remnants Would you be interested in any skincare items? Anything you would not want? Face is v delicate so no cleansers or anything harsh, but I do love masks, combination skin. Is anyone else interested in the latest Sphere & Sundry release? Squama or any of the Venus Aerial Delight's or Luna in Cancer BPAL's to try, honestly a sample of any of the S&S Bird and Blend tea just did their Autumn drop! Anything look good to you? https://www.birdandblendtea.us YES! Gingerbread Chai Matcha, Spiced Pumpkin Pie Matcha, Baby Spice, Blue Raspberry, Great British Cuppa, or Rhubarb and Custard all sound dreamy. I'll let you choose My peacock is molting his tail feathers, would you like some? sure! I'm learning embroidery. Is there a simple motif or symbol (like a pumpkin, a black cat, flowers, spider web…) you might like hand embroidered? black cat or black roses would be stunning! Would you like either a basket or a tablemat (that works as a place to put hot dishes as well as being decorative). No thank you. Arcana Craves halloween drop! Anything catching your eye? https://arcanacraves.com/ Maybe Peaches Crave Rainbow Starfish πŸ‘ ⭐️ 🌈 what an epic collection OMGGGG, I've always wanted to try their Pumpkin Milkshake I wish they did samples sooo bad I feel like with some of the witchy/seasonal stuff it might be helpful to know everyone's signs. If you're interested in that kind of thing, what's your sign? I'm a Taurus! Taurus Sun, Aries Moon, Libra Rising Would you like anything from The Pickety Witch? (I'm going to the Vegas Oddities and Curiosities Expo next weekend, and she's vending there, so it may not matter if an item is in stock or not on the website!) https://www.thepicketywitch.com/ I love!! The Jack-O-Lantern Teapot enamel pin is very on brand or the Braid of Crows Art print πŸ˜πŸ–€ so these nail polishes keep showing up on my instagram and they are kinda vampy--do you wear polish and do any of these float your boat? NOTE I have never worn Holo Taco stuff so cannot vouch for quality just the vibes are super witchy πŸ™‚ https://www.holotaco.com/collections/dark-rainbow-collection Maybe their Peely Base or Crimson Void, but I'd definitely use their Peely Base I have another new question! Favorite bands/artists? Perhaps you'd be interested in a DIY patch to sew onto your jacket/pants/bag or maybe pins or a sticker or anything DIY-ish? I'd love like punny, spooky stuff or anatomical body parts/bones/bats oooh I am reviewing my switch witch help answers from 2017 and was reminded of Lush--there used to be a big Lushie/BPALista crossover at one point. Is that still the case? If so dearest pumpkin are you a Lushie? Is there anything from Lush you are coveting? Their halloweenie stuff is out here: https://www.lushusa.com/halloween/?cgid=halloween&pmid=604&start=0&sz=28 I have heard great things about their Sticky Date shower gel! cookie dough lip scrub or Sleepy dusting powder would also be fun to try. Or the sleepy shower bomb. Can you tell I'm not a Lushie πŸ₯² haven't been there in years! Because clothing sizing is so notoriously random &&& my idea of cute may be entirely different from your cute... sock dreams? yea or nay? Anything in particular catch your eyes? yea! I think the Extraordinary Forest Loden/Plum are badasssss I have been buying soap from https://rockytopsoap.com for at least a decade as they are unscented and less likely to affect which perfume I pull out.... I realize they are not colored and swirly and as pretty but they tend to be super hydrating and luxurious. Do you have any interest in these? The MSM bar sounds intriguing! Nocturne Alchemy just dropped their Halloween 2022 limited collection! I am popping in here to see if anything would strike the fancy of my pumpkin? 😁 https://nocturnealchemy.com/collections/limited-collection/products/new-halloween-2022-limited-collection ahhhh so beautiful! Sugar Dog or Cotton Candy Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Musk strike my fancy Look at Cat Coven's site and tell me what you see that appeals - she is one of my favorite Halloweeny artists, and makes awesome things. I like supporting her work. https://www.catcoven.com/collections/new-arrivals The Vulnerability art print or the Unicorn Garden patch are absolutely stunning! Are you interested in any art supplies? If so, what kinds and colours? paintbrush combo packs and Tomoe River paper for use with fountain pens would be lovely! What are your fave smells for incense, and do you have a preference for format (cones, stick, loose without needing charcoal, loose that needs charcoal)? N/A Anything catch your eye from this super cool queer creepy-cute style UK artist? https://www.abprallen.co.uk/ The Future Needs you in it enamel pin Pls say more about your book preferences if you haven't already! Esp. regarding fiction. Science fiction, fantasy, gothic literature, books about perfumes: Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel, The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell by Luca Turin, and The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr My dear pumpkin, are you right-handed or left-handed (in the context of most everyday tasks)? right-handed!
  12. MonBon

    Common note(s) in Tiresias & Knave of Hearts??

    I think they both feature black currants? I haven't tried those two yet, just based off the notes maybe that's the "dark" note. πŸ–€
  13. 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“
  14. same here! I really thought my nose was broken or my skin just abhors coconut... but no! Cumin party with a very faraway coconut.
  15. 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. 🐍