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Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs

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A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place
your sight can knock on, echoing; but here
within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze
will be absorbed and utterly disappear:

just as a raving madman, when nothing else
can ease him, charges into his dark night
howling, pounds on the padded wall, and feels
the rage being taken in and pacified.

She seems to hide all looks that have ever fallen
into her, so that, like an audience,
she can look them over, menacing and sullen,
and curl to sleep with them. But all at once

as if awakened, she turns her face to yours;
and with a shock, you see yourself, tiny,
inside the golden amber of her eyeballs
suspended, like a prehistoric fly.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Sleek black fur and gleaming amber shining in the shadows, a rumble of myrrh, and claws as sharp as ti leaf.


fans of the beautiful Raven Black and Pugsley hair glosses from the post should rejoice that there is a stunning perfume oil to layer seamlessly with them.

inside the golden amber is a beautiful feminine musky black tea scent. soft and sleek and slightly more refined/subdued in feel than either of those two glosses...although both glosses have significantly upped their ooOmph since they first landed, so this might also increase in sillage over time. the label art is adorable :heart:

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This is a glorious scent - I'm so glad I blind-bought a bottle! It's golden, luminous soft amber, musky and sweet. This is something cozy you can live in. So happy to bathe in this scent this fall.

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Resinous amber and fur. This is a very warm blend. Furry. Medium throw and wear length.

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Excellent amber blend.  Its warm, grounded, clean, and evokes beauty. This isn't a hippie pungent overwhelming incensey amber. Its pure baltic amber incense.. the kind packaged in little black boxes, sold at expensive french lingerie boutiques and such, and looks like gold nuggets. I love it.

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Wet: I get mostly black tea, some warm amber, and a smudge of something musky

 

Dry: The ti leaf is still in the forefront, but the amber is right behind it...and myrrh has emerged, adding that hard-to-describe "furry" element to this. I woild mostly describe this as a feminine, fuzzy black tea blend with a little "bite" to it. I think it definitely evokes a black cat, gleaming amber eyes in the dark, and Autumn itself. While I do like it, I'm not totally in love. I would prefer it either amped up the amber, or reduced the tea, as it seems these elements aren't playing nicely together on my skin. 

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This is a yellow-green scent. The amber smells pale golden, or maybe it's the Ti leaf that has a lemony green tea quality to it. The Ti leaf is the strongest element. While the myrrh and musk are very much present they stay in the background, giving an impression of sleek blackness, fur and silk.

 

This is not a powdery, chunky old fashioned amber on me, this is a light silky perfume. .

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I wanted to love this because I adore the label art.

 

Alas, it was not a win on me, and my experience is really different from that of the previous reviewers.

I got a blast of strong lemony white tea upon application, which remained the dominant note on me for a long time, and behind it, I smelled a very tart, dark berry-like fruit that I kept thinking was pomegranate. After a few hours, the resins became the main players, but it was more dark myrrh than amber on me (much to my dismay).

If only I had the scent experience that other reviewers had gotten from this!

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at the beginning i believe i get the fur and ti leaf. it's warm from the fur and cool from the ti leaf. awhile later something deepens the scent. it doesn't seem like amber in the typical way-like warm and powdery (which i love!) but it's still gorgeous. i guess it's because it's 'gleaming' amber, there is a hint of something cool and shining. ahh i really love bpal's furry scents sometimes, and this may be a favorite...perhaps bottle worthy. 

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To me, this is a shining example of everything I adore in a BPAL. Rich incensey resins up front, a sharp bite of ti leaf, a hint of tangy musk like when you bury your nose in your cat's fur, and a soft fuzzy quality enveloping the whole thing in a way that's more than the sum of its parts. This is a pet cat perfume through and through, soft and warm and clinging close to the skin.

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In vial: Astringent, lemony, with something darker hidden underneath. This reminds me of Haunted (soft golden amber darkened with a touch of murky black musk) before drydown, which has a similar lemony topnote.

 

On me: Lemony and astringent when wet, drying down into a more complex scent: a sharp lemony/green golden topnote overlaying a darker, fuzzier combination of myrrh, amber, and (I would argue) musk. It reminds me of Haunted-with-additions; the amber/musk is familiar. I'm not convinced I like the top note (which may be ti leaf?); I'm not a fan of astringency and it goes sharp, almost citrus.

 

Verdict: The first time I tested this, almost all I could get was a Haunted-clone, which was pleasant but redundant; I can pick out more notes from the blend now, and admire how it fits the inspiration, a glowing light, a sharpness, against a convincingly fuzzy base. But I don't really like it.

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In the imp: A cool, smooth, sophisticated, musky amber, very a la Haunted. And maybe with a hint of lemon, also as in Haunted?

 

Wet: Musky, resinous, and maybe a little soapy? I'm definitely getting the ti leaf, which reminds me strongly of certain Shungas, White Rabbit, or maybe even Dorian. But Dorian goes *very* soapy on me, so that might be appropriate, too.

 

Dry: After a few minutes, the soapiness fades and the musk comes forward, making it warmer, cuddlier, and, yes, fuzzier. It remains a musky amber throughout, with the ti leaf being a persistent accent. It's the ti leaf that takes this away from being a Haunted clone and into something softer and a little bit fresher.

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Haunted is one of my favorite GCs, so I was excited to try Inside the Golden Amber of Her Eyeballs.  I got golden amber and dark fuzzy musk but also lots of citrusy ti leaf, giving this a brighter feel than Haunted.  Myrrh feels kind of fuzzy to me, too, and while I couldn't pick it out, it may have been adding to the furry vibe.  I was really enjoying Inside the Golden Amber, but it didn't last long on me, which I might have expected given my skin's tendency to gobble up tea blends.  

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