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  1. lilacea

    Tips for using up the rest of my perfume oils?

    I like to make a simple body scrub using sugar or salt and a skin loving oil (like almond or sometimes a light olive oil). Usually four tablespoons of sugar/salt to one tablespoon of oil. Then I add in whichever fragrance I want to use up. It’s a nice way to get good use out of imps that seem to accumulate. Edit: this can be a quite oily scrub so try a little on your hands before your shower and add more sugar/salt if it’s too oily to your liking. I have super dry skin that just soaks it all up.
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    Crowley

    This scent plays so much on the skin, morphing and blooming and sweetening. First up is a streak of red and black musks, with a leather element that plays nicely with everything, it doesn’t overwhelm. The hints of lemon lilac cologne are apparent, but do not take over from the initial musk-ness. I love this phase as the leather is still apparent and overall it’s very sexy. After some time though, the leather subsides and a sweetness comes over my skin. Even though mahogany is a listed note and one of my all time favourites smells it’s a sweeter version. At this point it’s not something I can pin down. The dusky vanilla must be doing its thing. initially it’s all bad boy sexiness, but morphs into snuggly territory on my skin. It doesn’t have a lot of throw, but what it does have is a unique chemistry that, like Crowley himself, morphs and somewhat softens over time.
  3. I'm jonesing for more Samhainophobia and I'm curious if there's anything in the GC that's similar (or recent LEs that would be easy to get my hands on). That patchouli, oakmoss, the deep, dark, dank "deadness" from the smooth vetiver. Dead Leaves scents don't quiet tickle my pickle like this does. Is there anything like it you've found?
  4. lilacea

    Different smells/colors, same perfume

    I stumbled upon this today and found the talk of Snake Oil post 2019 variation curious as I'd had a similar experience with a 2020 Snake Oil (I honestly thought I'd mis-labelled a bottle of Eat Me quite a few times, it was so different from any SO of past years). This probably isn't big news to regular BPAL fans, but I wanted to pull out all the Snake Oil I had (I thought I had more, but...). Super aged bottles circa 2009 really only had dribbles left, so I didn't decant from them. But I did grab some pipettes to draw some 2017 Snake Oil and some 2020 Snake Oil (the one I thought was Eat Me so many times) for comparison. There's a dramatic difference in colour, scent. and viscosity The 2020 is a light colour, has a a lot more buttery vanilla sweetness, although aging it for three years it has gone through some changes, the spice is a little more prominent now than it was fresh, but is very different to SOs from my past, sweet and cake-y. The 2017 was a deep reddish colour, spicy, almost smells like a smooth, smoky vetiver is in there, very, very different. The visual difference was very intriguing. See the photos here of the comparisons, top is SO 2020, bottom is SO 2017. First link is the oils in the pipette, the second link is of what remained inside the pipette once I put it back in the bottle. https://ibb.co/YN6qVF1 https://ibb.co/cw2zMV1 The 2017 was thick, sticky, viscous Snake Oil as I've always remembered it. 2020 was so thin, it just glided back into the bottle with no effort at all. The older version clung inside the pipette, even while trying to wash it out (I use reusable glass pipettes for my own oils). I also put '17 and '20 on each wrist and asked my mum to smell each (with no context at all). I asked what she though of each. She said 2017 was "much nicer on the snoz" and not as strong as the '20 (I think that might be her perception of sweetness). She was quite perplexed they were the same oils. I also got an opinion on '09 Vs '17, with '17 being "slightly less overpowering" (but I think that's what makes Snake Oil beautiful, the longer it goes, the stronger it goes).
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    Flickering Lights, Fluttering Curtains

    I pulled this bottle out tonight and without looking at the notes, it came across as a honey-type scent wet from the bottle to me, but incredibly similar to other softly sweet florals such as The Girl and Zorya P. Curious as to why this was, I searched the notes. There's no honey here, but the combination of notes gives it a certain sweetness to begin with. Once on the skin, the vanilla becomes creamier and far more prominent. I adore cognac, the way it dries down on my skin is dusky, intoxicating, like a female's natural pheromone musk. Davana lends a subtle bright sweetness which pulls all this together beautifully. I don't think I've really rated this much since it's original purchase, but for sure it will be one I reach for when I'm looking for those creamy vanilla florals.
  6. lilacea

    The Best Lies

    This is dusty, musky honey and just a touch of pink rose. The kind of rose smell I'd imagine you'd get if you took pink rose petals, dried them, and turned them into a finely milled powder. After its initial sugary sweetness, it tames on my skin and develops that "womanly" honey smell that O has, so slightly powdery, sweet and intimate. It's an uncomplicated scent, and I find great joy in that. Long lasting, skin hugging joy. Sweet, feminine, with an infinitesimal touch of dust underneath.
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    The Girl

    One of my all time favourites, I've been inspired to review this (finally) after trying Zorya Polunochnaya. That's not to say the two smell the same, however they evoke a very similar feel to me. The Girl was such a surprise, ordinarily I really don't like a lot of florals, especially jasmine. However the jasmine is so tame in this and quite seamless. Initially the scent is sharp, sweet, and quite creamy. The floral elements are like cool night blooming buds, all pristine and white. The dry down is where it becomes special. It has tenacity, a beautiful lingering skin musk, it becomes almost pearlescent. It's feels like it blooms on the skin. It's a hard one to pin down individual notes for, to me it's an incredibly evocative scent. It's comforting, close, floaty, so pretty, so enlightening. It's like an instant mood lifter without the usual bright notes I associate with the scents that have this ability.
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    Amaterasu v2

    Floaty, creamy vanilla, a very delicate soft sandalwood skin musk, and some perceptible floral element I can't pin down. It's like boronia or frangipani, or a super, super subdued jasmine or mogra attar. There's something that reminds me of a really soft amber, but it's not amber-y per se. Sits very close to the skin.
  9. Zadock Allen sounds really good , thanks for that. Thank you for these sugesstions so far, I'll be looking into those most definitely. I've got some Bocal De Sang here too, have only really tested it once I think, will have to pull it out again.
  10. Bumping this to ask for more recommendations of red wine notes. I've recently realised that I do quite love red wine notes and would love to find as many scents as I possibly can that contain it. Suggestions of LEs are welcome too, as I've noted most of the GC suggestions from this thread already. If you know of protos or other hard to find stuff that have red wine notes, do let me know, because I'd love to find as many red wine scents as I can! Thanks a bunch.
  11. lilacea

    Scent for Halloween?

    It was an Egg Nog Latte Christmas for me.
  12. lilacea

    Kabuki

    This was recently included as a frimp for me from Coffeewithjack. I proabaly wouldn't have tried it otherwise, the mention of cherry and anise together didn't sound right with me. But, oh my, it's devine! Immediately when I sniffed the imp, I picked up red musk and cherry, quite a nice combination. I'm slowly developing a liking for red fruits, and cherry is becoming more of an interesting note on my skin. On first application, the cherry is strong, red, voluptuous, gleaming, swollen, deep red cherry, fruity and very, very sweet. It's like a glacé cherry or a cherry liqueur. It pretty much out-plays the red musk even at this point. But once it begins to dry down, the cherry settles. It still retains it's deep quality and adds just a little sweetness to the blend. The star anise isn't too strong at all, but I did pick it up before looking at the notes. I think it plays well off the sweetness and high pitched density of the red musk and cherry, lending it an earthier, more balanced tone. As it wears, it becomes sweet grounded red musk. I love it. If you like Gothabilly but find it hard to come by, grab some Kabuki. It lacks the vanilla note of Gothabilly, but I imagine layering it with a creamy vanilla heavy blend may bring out an interesting scent.
  13. lilacea

    O v6

    This certainly is O with carnation. I'm having a hard time making a conection with it to the O I know, as I amp carnation so much. There's honey and a touch of dusty amber, but the carnation is at the forefront here. I'm getting a slightly creamy vanilla note too. It is however a lighter carnation, not super spicy like some can be, and I think this is because it is in combination of such smooth flowing notes that keep it in check. I'm also picking up the lightest hints of tea. It's a light, clear floral honey blend, not at all heavy, but I am glad that carnation didn't make it into the final product as I am not a big fan.
  14. lilacea

    Bien Loin D'Ici

    I had high hopes for this. The description sounded divine, like the most intense, sexy, come hither red musk perfume. Unfortunately there's something in this that smells like pee. I highly suspect there is jasmine in this, or another very simliar sickly floral. I'm guessing the honey is also one that turns sickly on my skin, I seem to do well with honey most of the time, yet sometimes I just hit one that really doesn't agree. It's a really light, yellow honey in here. I'm not getting much of the red musk at the forefront. It's certainly not that warm, heavy, voluptous red musk I was expecting, and it's certainly not the dominate note on my skin. I think the other notes are just squashing it. There's an acrid plastic note at the very bottom too which just doesn't help matters. It does however have a pleasant sweetness, and a delicate whisper of spice. Perhaps on the right skin thnis would be lovely, but on me, it's just too light on the red musk and too heavy on the other elements that don't play well with my skin.
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    Banshee Beat

    I can see why this became so sought after for a while there, it's good! As expected, it's easily identifiable patchouli and vanilla. First up the patchouli is potent, but it's a great patchouli, like one that is softened and smoothed by age. The vanilla helps to further smooth it out also. Drying down, the vanilla becomes richer and a little more noticeable as the patchouli settles somewhat. It's thick, creamy vanilla, which pleases me a lot. It's certainly a patchouli dominant blend though. As for the hemp note, it's not something I immediately read as hemp, it just adds a bit of a woodier element to the patchouli. It's more like a hemp seed than hemp leaves or the like. Just a note though, it still comes across as quite a hippy fragrance, I mean it's hemp and patchouli, how could it not be? But it's still fun and a great patchouli centric fragrance for those who adore patchouli. Damn it, the boy just came home while I was writing this, bent down to give me a kiss, then proclaimed "you smell like weed?" . Hhhm, so... ummm... maybe keep that in mind when you're wearing this.
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