Aizen-Myoo: Yuzu, kaki, and mikan with cherry blossom and black tea.
-- bright citrus fading to a soft floral. Nice.
Blue Unicorn Moon: Vanilla blueberry bubblegum
-- I swear I smell honey. This is long lasting and sweet but with that O-type honey. Not sure if I like it or not.
Orange blossom and brimstone
--hotel soap, very heady
The Emperor's Rams:
dragon’s blood resin, red peppercorn, red poppy, red musk, and red amber
-- I find this to be a very masculine scent. It's nice but I don't think I want to wear it.
Delirium: Non compos mentis, indeed! A contrary, conflicted scent, bubbling with merry madness. Contains apple, rose, and lemon
-- powdery rose, reminds me of an old apartment with faded wallpaper and tons of photographs on a table. Do not like.
Gladdener of All Hearts: Honeyed milk, baby powder, lavender, orris root, sage, carnation, angelica, frankincense, and rose otto
-- Spicy-ish. I get carnation and a little lavender. It's not a knockout but a solid OK.
Hearts for Ghost Friends: Friendship beyond death. The scent of ghostly companionship, and imaginary friends that might not be quite so imaginary: oleander and frankincense with white rose, soft carnation, spectral white musk, and velvety magnolia.
--It would be great if I got the white florals everyone else mentions. Alas, I do not. This is another nope.
Helena: It's OK. It's a rose-y soap.
L'Autunno: Hawthorn, fig, myrrh, carnation, toasted almond, red and green apple, patchouli, wood smoke, and Indian musk.
--spicy! Carnation with apple in the background. Definitely a winter fragrance.
Lucy's Kiss: Created to represent the essence of Bram Stoker's tragic heroine, Lucy Westenra. Seductive, wanton and deadly, but underscored with a soft, wistful innocense. The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices.
-- I think I like a sweeter rose than this. Do not like.
Moon of Ice: Frost-crusted winter flowers, white pine, eucalyptus, and traditional lunar oils.
-- I love this. It's all pine and snow.
Nyarlathotep: Brooding, yet electric: the scent of buried secrets, roiling nightmares, the essence of the Crawling Chaos, the Father of Knives and Locusts, the Hunter in the Dark. This is the blackest of ritual incenses charged with flashes of ozone
-- Nope. Smells like smoky vetiver.
Purple Phoenix: Porphyrogenitus, indeed; we worked for it! Not simply the color of royalty, purple is also the color of sorrow and mourning, reconciliation and forgiveness. A regal, majestic, and somber blend of myrrh, plum blossom, African violet, cognac, fig, orris, lilac, wisteria, black plum, and Burgundy wine grapes
-- AWESOME. Grapes and plums. Seriously purple.
Queen Gertrude: Imperial violet softened by wisteria and chrysanthemum, but edged with the regal iciness of delphinium.
-- Not terrible but not great. Floral-ish but reminds me of air freshener or dryer sheets or something similar. I think I smell wisteria but it is making me want to sneeze so I am not really sure. This is not how I want to smell.
Rakshasa: This haunting, exotic scent is named in honor of the shapeshifting demons from Hindu mythology. Sandalwood with rose and patchouli.
--super herbal and not good at all. Do not like.
Rose Red 2010: The perfected winter rose, dew covered and freshly cut. Like walking into a florist's shop- fresh cut rose and greenery. LOVE.
Sam (American Gods): Nag champa incense, patchouli, and freshly-soaped skin. Unobtrusive. This is soap on me. No incense or patchouli. Dial or another generic deodorant soap is all I get. Meh.
Virgo 2007: Fennel, valerian, maidenhair fern, carrot seed, honeysuckle, and myrtle
-- it's something I like. I can't identify anything in it but it is pleasant. Think I'll keep it.
We Cared About Such Different Things (American Gods): You would not know who was light, who was dark: iron and amber, gold-limned white musk and ink-gloomed dark musk.
-- warm and incense-y. The musks are really pretty.
Red Incense Gloss: Red sandalwood, myrrh, cinnamon husk, and copal bound with blood, currants, and red wine.
-- it smells so lovely- just like incense. Unfortunately, something in it goes loud and strident after a few hours. It turns shrill and reminds me of bug spray. Is it the sandalwood? Myrrh? No idea. I just know that I can't possibly subject myself or others to brassy bug spray. YUCK.
HAUS OF GLOI
Pink bubble gum, pink roses, and pink carnation. This is Bazooka Bubble gum with a jolt of spicy carnation. It is an odd but wonderful combination and I love it. It's a very happy scent. It settles into a sweet rose and bubblegum scent. I will wear this when I need a bit of happiness.
- Lavender Ice Cream is sheer heaven. Gorgeous lavender sweetened just a bit by vanilla. I freaking love this so much I just might buy another bottle.
-First Blush: Tahitian vanilla bean, white tea, lavender and peach. Going on, this is gorgeous. It is a perfect, ripe, juicy peach. Unfortunately, it vanishes within minutes and I am left with a distant memory. Oh well.
-Blood Orange and Marshmallows: I smell like a dreamsicle. Fo' yeah.
SUMMER DRESS Clean cotton, lily of the valley, peach nectar, and Chinese peony blossom. Fresh clean scent. I smell like peaches. Yum.
A bowl of buttery sweet rice porridge with brown sugar and vanilla, with a cup of earl gray
I smell like someone dumped butter over my head and then followed up with a dusting of brown sugar. YUCK.
-Magnificent Red Rose: I do love me some roses.
-Silver Carnations: Another OMG gorgeous. I absolutely love this.
-Gothic Lolita: this is very nice. I can't identify a single thing in it but it's nice. Kind of incense-y, which is not what I would think a Gothic Lolita would smell like. Still nice.
-Garden Party: Another very nice but no clue as to what's in it. It sort of smells like the old wax lips I used to get as a kid. Kind of vanilla-ish.
-You Who Swallowed a Falling Star: Starts out nice but shortly turns into a loud and brassy perfume-y scent. It is so strong it makes me mildly nauseous. I might try it again in miniscule quantity but not for a long while.
-Violet Truffle: Dark Chocolate, Violet, Violet Leaf & Vanilla Absolute This is Serious chocolate that morphs into serious violet/vanilla. Spent most of the day with my nose in my shirt. I might have looked like an idiot but I smell marvelous.
-Winter Dove: Vanilla Crystals, Spicy Carnation, Nutmeg, Cream. Spicy and warm and gorgeous. LOVE.
-Chiffon: Vanilla, White Amber, White Musk & Lemon Myrtle EO. One of the prettiest lemon/vanilla scents I have worn. LOVE.
-Amber Velvet: OK
-Black Zinfandel: Black Amber, Black Frankincense, Black Patchouli and White Zinfandel grape wine accord. I loved it for several hours. It was grape-y and amber-y. But then it turned to bug spray. WTF? Is it the wine accord?? Is that what turned the Red Incense hair gloss too?
-Plesiosaurus: Resinous Amber Accord, Limestone Amber, Bastet's Ice Cream accord which is a blend of many different vanilla beans and vanilla fleck sifted through the amber oil leaving a vanilla essence Nessie would love. *tiny bits of resin may occur in the Dino blends, these will only enrich the blend even more with aging! Very sweet, almost too sweet for me. Rich vanilla spiked with amber that fights its way to the surface before being pushed back under the vanilla sea. Not sure if I like it or not.
-Raspberry Crystalline Cheesecake- OK.
-Santalum and Cardamom (holiday resurgence): Santalum, Santalum White, Australian Sandalwood, Cardamom EO and sifted in light skin musk and white amber. This is one of the prettiest fragrances I have ever smelled. LOVE
-Vanilla and Apple Spice: Yum. That is all.
-Shield Maiden: pink rose, peony, sharpened metal, crisp air, deep pine woods and frozen earth. It starts out pine, snow and roses and settles down to a powdery but sweet rose. Others might say it's an 'old lady' rose, but I AM an old lady.
-All MIrth, No Matter: apricot blossom, white chocolate, butterscotch, honeysuckle, magnolia, amber, and a fillip of juicy blood orange. Too much butterscotch for me. Nope.
-Obedient Element: serious candle wax, paper and tobacco. Supposed to have dragon's blood too but it separated so I did not get any.
Lilac Love- Amouage- lovely in small doses. VERY small doses. It makes me sneeze otherwise. Potential bug spray quality after drydown. Definitely wants to be the showstopper. Use with caution. (GAVE AWAY)
Sunshine Woman- Amouage- Tobacco note is too prominent. It's all I smell and I do not want to smell like a cigarette.
Lumiere Noire Pour Femme- Maison Francis Kurjdian- another winner. Soft and pretty.
This is Not a Blue Bottle- Histoires de Parfums- I like it but I can really smell the alcohol base. This must be used in extremely small doses. (had to send to Goodwill- too strong)
Jasmina- April Aromatics- smells like bandages. Do not like.
OdeJo (eau de toilette)- unobtrusive and pretty. smells clean. (BIG BOTTLE- JUNE 18)
Monyette Paris- Monyette Paris- Holy Shith does this smell awesome! Gardenia for days. I LOVE this. (BIG BOTTLE- JULY 18)
Aventus for Her- Creed- What is it with the alcohol smell of some perfumes? I would love this were it not for the rubbing alcohol stench that smacks me in the nose whenever I try to take a sniff. I think not, especially knowing how freaking expensive this stuff is.
Sublime Vanille- Creed- Damn, this is nice.
White Sandalwood- Goldfield & Banks- gorgeous dry sandalwood (BIG BOTTLE)
Pacific Rock Moss- Goldfield & Banks- lovely
Goldfield & Banks- Blue Cypress- gorgeous (BIG BOTTLE)
House of Oud- Golden Powder- Nutmeg, cinnamon, sandalwood, guaiac wood, cedar, papyrus, musk, labdanum, vanilla, coumarin, tobacco blossom-
lovely but too strong and confident for my taste
Montale- Aqua Gold- masculine. Not for me.
Black Aoud- nice, unobtrusive but a bit on the masculine side.
Intense Black Aoud- Again, too masculine. Very woody. Ok but not for me.