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    ~WISH LIST~ Agnes Nutter v2 (aka Agnes Nutter prototype. NOT the gunpowder version.) All Saints’ Bewitched Black Lace Black Opal Bruja Dorian Gothabilly Gothic Horror Halloween in Las Vegas Haunted Jareth Jezebel Loved to Death Mme. Moriarty Opuhi Ozymandias Psychological Horror Shub-Niggurath Snake Oil Snow White Storyville Sudha Segara RomantiGoth Unseelie


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  1. Sheila

    The Emathides

    I haven't written a review for a very long time (at least a year), but this gorgeous blend has inspired me to stop being so lazy. The Emathides is one of those blends where no note jumps out at me, and if you asked me what it smells like, I'd be hard-pressed to pick out any individual notes. However, the overall effect on my skin is fabulous. It's dry, sophisticated, and smoky. It's complex and deep. My best attempt at a description would be a dry floral (that's not too flowery) over warm amber with a slight touch of sweet fruit. Thank you, Beth! This is fabulous.
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    Orange Blossom and Neroli Recs

    Jezebel, on me, is all orange blossom and honey sweetness.
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    Warm, glowing sand.... Vintage, classic perfume... A desert breeze, hot and fragrant.... I adore this scent, and ordered a big bottle about 2 minutes after trying the imp. It's a very evocative, hot scent--I can't pick out any notes, but it really does smell like desert breeze.
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    Why do scents turn to baby powder on me?!

    I *adore* powdery scents. Your skin may be different, but my favorites are: Unseelie (sadly discontinued) Alice Oberon O Jezebel Zephyr Snake Oil (at certain times of the month, it's a lovely, sexy, deep power on me. Yay!)
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    Parlement of Foules

    Medieval romance and courtly love. White rose and soft resins. Yes, yes, YES! This is so lovely! I'm glad I ordered it--I wasn't sure I needed another rose scent, since I have and love Maiden, Love in the Asylum, London, and Seance already. But they're all different, and all lovely. This is exactly as described--rose, and the softest, prettiest resins you can imagine. They're spicy, but in a gentle way--almost sweet and faintly chocolatey. The rose is very soft, too, and not at all sharp. It doesn't last long on my skin, but it's so perfect with my skin chemistry that I'm going to keep re-slathering. It's nice in my scent locket too--but not as sweet. Love it!
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    Red Lantern

    In the bottle, this is SO yummy. It's sweet caramel, but not overwhelming (like Hellcat or Sugar Skull). YUM. On, at first it's caramel, then it's tobacco, then it's opium and floral incense. Where'd the caramel go? I miss it. There's a floral note in here that reminds me of Pink Phoenix (though this is not pink in any way!). What a morpher. I'm not sure if I like it or not--I'll have to give it a few more wears (to various places) before I decide.
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    Huh. This smells like single-note black currant on me. Strange, since there's not black currant listed as an ingredient. It's definitely fruity and sweet. I get some florals at first, and then nothing but black currant, which smells like sharp-and-sweet berries to me. No resins, no sandalwood. I've tried this twice, and both times it's the same! It's pretty, but not what I expected.
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    This is such a strange scent; I can't decide if I love it or hate it! I've worn it twice now, and it's smelled so different each time that I can't quite figure it out. In the bottle: this oil is DARK. It's almost darker than the amber bottle it comes in. And in the bottle, it smells like Snake Oil, but lighter. Yummy and sweet. On wet: Snake Charmer, but with no plum! There's a strong boozy note, also. Later: Still sweet like Snake Charmer, but there a dusty note (like the one in Miskatonic Universtiy) also present. And one of the musks--not sure which one--smells like dirt on me. I wish I knew what was causing that dirty smell--then I'd know to avoid it. The sharp booze is still there too. Later: After several hours, when this is amost gone, there's the faintest breath of sweet sugar left on my wrist. I love this almost-gone scent--the "dirt" smell is gone, the booze smell is gone, and I'm left with a lovely sugar scent. Verdict: I just don't know. It's such a morpher, and very complex. I ordered two scent lockets yesterday; I'll try Smut in one of them to see how it smells when it's not interacting with my skin.
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    This smells exactly like the description: soft, gossamer, and sighing. It smells like a light floral with a slight herbal edge. There's a touch of sweetness, and a touch of something woodsy as well. It's nice, but a bit "generic floral" on my skin, unfortunately. It's a very complex scent, which I love, but it's so soft that some of the layers are lost. However, this would be perfect if you're looking for something non-evasive and wistful.
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    This is very nice, and exactly as advertised: it smells like roses and cinnamon! The cinnamon adds a nice spicy quality to the roses. This is softer than I would have expected, but very lovely.
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    This smells like oranges, jasmine, and a touch of amber. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people that amps jasmine, so after an hour or so, the floral scent takes over. Then it smells like single-note jasmine. Too bad, because when wet, this was beautiful and soft. I wish the orange and amber would stay around longer.
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    On me, this is feminine, gentle, soft lavender. I don't get any of the other notes. It's not the fake lavender most places produce, though. Beth's lavender smells really sharp and herbal--just like the plant. However, lavender isn't really my thing, so off to swaps.
  13. Sheila

    Harvest Moon 2005

    It took me a couple wears, but I've finally wrapped my mind around this scent (if that makes sense), and I've decided I like it. At first, buttery apples (but not that gaggy, over-the-top butter scent that's in Jack). As it wears, the spices and sugar come out more, making this the tiniest bit incensey and sweet. (Yum!) I can also smell the pears and ivy, and just a smidge of the bergamot. It's very well-blended, though, and has a definite "autumn" feel without smelling like anything specific. In other words, none of the notes are overpowering.
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    The Apothecary

    This is light, herbal, and mossy. At first, it's very herbal and faint, and just a little sharp. I like it more as it dries down--the moss comes out, lending a bit of earthiness to the blend, and the sharpness goes away. I'm left with a faintly dusty, OLD-smelling scent. It perfectly captures the name.
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    I love amber, and I love musk--so naturally I love Haunted. This is a deep, dark, sad scent. It perfectly matches the winter we've been having in the Pacific Northwest--grey and wet. It's also strangely alluring, in a gloomy way. It's like a grey cloud surrounding me. (And whenever I wear it, I sing Poe to myself all day--a good thing in my book. ). ETA: And it gets deeper and...sadder...as it ages.