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zipegs

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    candles and candlemaking, writing and fanfiction, music, singing (mostly of the choral variety), horror, travel, languages, baking, thrifting/antiquing

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    Brown Jenkin, And Though They Are With You Yet They Belong Not To You, The Gray Columns, Ice Age Baton, Vanilla Husk Nutmeg and Hay Absolute, Every Day Is Halloween, The Air and the Ether, Frozen Pulse and Heart of Fire

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  1. zipegs

    Stainless Steel Dildo

    I'm really in danger with these Lupers 😅 This is another scent I was convinced I wouldn't like but decided to take a chance on anyway, and, although my wallet might not be, I'm so glad I did! I agree that it's not a typically "metallic" scent (i.e. doesn't smell like wet metal), although it does feel metallic. It's very light and sharp and kind of bubbly. Can't really pinpoint what exactly I'm smelling, but it feels very sophisticated and masculine to me. Loving this for a hot day!
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    Smut

    2022 version! I was absolutely 100% convinced I'd hate this, but it seemed so iconic and so fun that I had to grab myself a decant just for fun. And oh boy am I glad I did!! Almost none of BPAL's red musks have worked for me, but I'm really loving this scent! It's really not pulling animalic or overly "musky" at all, honestly—there's maybe a little additional depth or groundedness to the scent, but it's mostly tangy and sweet to my nose. With wear, that sweetness tones down a bit, but it never turns overly down 'n dirty sensual musk to my nose. I'm wondering if the musk will come out more with aging? At any rate, I'll definitely be grabbing myself a bottle!
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    Move On, Please

    Body chemistry strikes again 😫 I loved this one out of bottle, and on first application, it was a fresh, wild, little bit dark green grassy/mossy scent. Like others have said, the mud note wasn't strong on me at all—if anything, it just rounded out the greenness a bit and added a little darkness. But unfortunately, after a few minutes, I started getting that same damn rubbing alcohol morph that I got from some of the 2021 Weenies. I'm wondering if the 'wagon wheel' has some sandalwood in it, because I think one of the lab's sandalwood blends has been the culprit when this happened to me with the Weenies.
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    Black Satin Sheet Ghost

    I'm loving this one a lot more than I thought I would!! I've been having awful luck with indolic florals recently and fully expected this scent wouldn't work on me, but I'm so happy to be proved wrong! While there's definitely a little musky 'oomf' to the scent, and it's definitely not something I'd wear to the office, it's balanced out so well by the coolness of sage and toned down beautifully by the mate. It's definitely a complex and bold scent but I'm all about it!
  5. Was a bit afraid of this one because of the jasmine (although I know star jasmine is much tamer than regular ol' jasmine) but it ended up settling a bit weird on me for other reasons. I loved this out of bottle—a very fresh, lush, cool floral that I was very excited to try in the recent warmer weather! Wet, it played very nice on my skin. I didn't get any creamy paper or incense, unfortunately, but it was still a beautiful fresh scent that I was hoping would be a nice more-floral less-green counterpart to Ivy Twining Around a Discarded Skull, which I've been loving. Unfortunately, as it dried down, it went Tresemmé hairspray. Might try my decant a few more times before deciding to destash, but unfortunately body chemistry wasn't kind to me with this one.
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    Skeletons Dancing to a Tune

    I am going to fistfight whatever in my skin chemistry is making some of the sandalwoods in these Weenies turn to rubbing alcohol on my skin. I love this guy in the bottle—he's a cool, ambery, dragon's blood-y sandalwood with a bite of cinnamon. On first application, it really blooms and warms up a bit—the sandalwood turns hot and dry, and I get a bit of a kick from the red pepper. But it starts turning rubbing alcohol pretty quickly. I don't mind a little sharpness to my sandalwood (actually, I'm planning on keeping this decant for now at least because this blend in particular just seems to toe the line between sharp sandalwood and straight-up rubbing alcohol on me, and I love what I smell beneath it so much that I'd hate to abandon it entirely) but these guys have been testing my limits. Thankfully, unlike some other blends, the rubbing-alcohol phase seems to mostly come along with the heart notes, so I get some good top and base not wear without that taint. Glad I picked up a decant of this, and if my skin chemistry didn't mess with it, I'd DEFINITELY be grabbing myself a full-size or two
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    Innocent Souls Turned Carrion Birds

    Loved this one from the bottle and on first application, it was a really lovely warm, fuzzy scent. Felt a bit like a really nice ambergris. Unfortunately, the grey sandalwood must be what has been turning to straight-up alcohol on my skin, because after a minute or so, that's all I can smell. It does the same thing that Pyramid of Skulls does on my skin and just ends up smelling like I just sprayed an EDP with a really strong alcohol base.
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    On Wednesday, I Will Promise You a Phantom

    I have to sit on this one a little more! I really love the scent wet and out of the bottle—the lavender is beautifully pungent and verrrrrry gently softened by a warm, round vanilla/myrrh combo. But the lavender fades pretty quickly for me, and the myrrh, vanilla, and other florals take over. At that point, it verges on too sweet for me. It's still a very pretty scent—powdery sweet and warm enough that I would want to keep this to cool spring weather at the hottest—but I'm not sure it's going to end up in my wheelhouse. It's definitely more light and powdery than thick and syrupy, which is a point in its favor from the standpoint of my own personal taste, but at this point, I don't think it's going to end up being full-bottle worthy. I'll definitely finish my decant though!
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    Every Day is Halloween

    Think I might have found another new favorite 😅 I definitely agree that the notes don't convey the true feeling and complexity of this perfume! Actually, I kind of did a double-take after sniffing to make sure I didn't grab the wrong decant. On my skin, the sandalwood takes a bit of a back seat. It's definitely present, but I actually get a pleasantly sharp bite of ginger at first, which melts slowly into a gingery clove backed by bright sandalwood. I don't get that much pumpkin from this—more pumpkin spice, but that isn't quite right either. It's not pumpkin spice in the PSL, pumpkin pie gourmand way, but more the cologne versions of individual spice elements of that blend. Like I mentioned, I get a lot of ginger and clove from this! Feels like a smart masculine or maybe unisex scent to me. Maybe made a bit warmer or creamier by the pumpkin, but if you told me there wasn't any pumpkin in this at all, I'd believe you. I'm just really in love with this! It's a bit warm but not so much that it can't be worn out of season, and it's definitely not too autumn-y or pumpkin-y to be relegated only to the fall season. I'll definitely be buying a full bottle of this one before the Weenies come down!!
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    The Song of the Carp

    When I sniffed this right out of the mail, I was 100% sure I'd made a horrible mistake. All I got was indole, indole, indole! It's been sitting for about a month now and has been slowly but surely calming down, at least to the point that I can start to call the scent a little 'blue.' Can't really pick out any other notes—maaaaaybe a little chamomile or oud—and it's still pretty indolic wet on skin. Not totally convinced on this one yet, but I'm curious to see what happens as it settles further. Just have to decide if I have the patience! I'll probably give it another few weeks at least and a few more tests before I decide to destash, but if it stays as is, I'm definitely leaning that direction. Wish it played little nicer on my skin! EDIT: Okay, it's calming down a LOT with more wear. Still not sure if I'd be willing to put up with the indolic opening stage, though.
  11. zipegs

    Vetiver & White Myrrh

    When I first sniffed this bottle, I was a huge fan! I agree that it was very myrrh-forward—warm, sweet, and powdery. I applied it to skin for the first time today and for whatever reason, from my first sniff out of the bottle all through application, I've been getting powdered sugar peanut butter notes?? Almost akin to peanut butter balls or tandy cake or the peanut butter syrup from an ice cream parlor. Calmed down a bit on the dry down and some of the truer scent has started to poke through, but I can't disassociate it now. No idea what the hell is going on with my nose lmao. It's very pleasant! Soft and sweet. But entirely unexpected. Will definitely be trying this one again in the future to see if this was just a one-time thing or what
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    The Choirs of Angels

    This is so lovely! The frankincense is definitely the main player for me, but I do get a bright, tea-like whiff of the white bergamot and florals when first applied. It's a very bright but placid scent, definitely not as sharp or astringent as some other scents I've tried along these lines. My only complaint is that my skin just totally ate this scent up—it had faded remarkably within a half hour. Might try this one on a scent locket and see how that goes
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    Pyramid of Skulls

    I was so certain this would be a shoe-in. I love sandalwood and I love tobacco, and I got a decant of this fully expecting to sniff it once and pull the trigger on a full bottle (and possibly backups). Alas, that was not the case. I don't get any of the earthy, chewy tobacco others have noted. Actually, most of what I smell is a really astringent alcohol scent akin to what VetchVesper described. Ends up smelling like an overly sharp, generic cologne on me. If I could get the alcohol sting to settle a bit, I think I'd at least stick with my decant, but unfortunately it's just too pungent for me. As much as I love masc and unisex scents, this one's just a bit too much for me. Sadly to the destash pile it goes
  14. zipegs

    Ivy Twining Around Discarded Skull

    I actually really like this one!! The incense, sandalwood, and "drooping" notes are definitely latecomers on me and even on dry-down remain really subtle, though they do lend the scent a really nice brown warmth. This is all about the ivy on my skin—a dark freshness and greenness that definitely feels more "dark academia" than bright sunny garden. It's definitely a green, leafy scent, but it's got a lot more depth and intrigue than most of my other greenery scents. A winner for me!
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    Paisley Sheet Ghost

    Funny enough, this is actually a little bit more in line with what I was expecting from Traditional Sheet Ghost (in terms of feel, at least) than Traditional Sheet Ghost was. The weed notes almost scared me away from trying this guy out, but I don't get any weed at all from this. As others have noted, I find it to be a kind of clean, old-fashioned, kind of aged linen-y scent. A hair sweet, a little herbal, and overall very pleasant. Ordered myself a full bottle but now am wondering whether I should've gotten a backup too 😂
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