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They Shut Me Up in Prose

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Loosed from the satin-pale corset, emerging from a gilded cage, that prison of silence: sweet bourbon vanilla,

pale sandalwood, mallow flower, osmanthus, and shards of frankincense.

 

They shut me up in Prose –
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet –
Because they liked me “still” –

Still! Could themself have peeped –
And seen my Brain – go round –
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason – in the Pound –

Himself has but to will
And easy as a Star
Look down upon Captivity –
And laugh – No more have I –
– Emily Dickinson

 

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I have this on fresh from the mailbox, and it's everything I was hoping for. It's sweet without being too sweet, distinctly vanilla, and very, very smooth. Maybe a tiny touch of golden? If this were a color, it might be a nice ivory.

 

My fear was that the pale sandalwood and frankincense might push this to dry and thin, as they do sometimes. It seems like the mallow and osmanthus are adding a richness that strikes a nice chord. The notes are present, but blended into something that works well together. It reminds me a little of some other blends-- Edith Cushing, Crinoline and Lace, and maybe Celeste-- but it stands on its own.

 

As it dries, the osmanthus becomes more prominent, but it doesn't take over. It remains primarily a vanilla and mallow scent.

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Can I bathe in this? Haunting moonlight, painfully beautiful, a melancholy sweetness. Pale but not shrinking, "hidden in her leaflets," she is very much Emily Dickinson. From that first whiff at DSLE, I was musing on how to depict this one just by its scent, without reading the scent notes or flavor text. Emily came to mind. Uncanny, or just amazing blending?

 

Vanilla is queen, puffed by mallow, yet this is far from foodie. Nor is it quite floral; the osmanthus is a wispy, creamy apricot whisked away by the wind. The sandalwood and frank are impossibly pale ghosts of incense and resin. They wander through, such shimmering apparitions you wonder exactly who they were in their past life. The girl who stands in their midst is undeniably dabbed with vanilla, but her sweetness is touched with pensive reflection. 

 

I think many BPALers will connect with this. A wearable masterpiece. If I don't end up with multiple bottles, I will wonder at myself.

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They Shut Me Up in Prose was swoon-worthy from the moment it came out of the mailbox. It's not just that I love the way it smells; I'm also fully down with Emily Dickinson and what this whole line of scents represents. Most of the time I don't like to say a scent feels feminine, masculine, or unisex, but this is a scent that's about womanhood in all its forms—unbound, like the name of this collection. Dickinson herself echoes through it. Maybe I've finally found the best poetry-inspired scent for me.

 

I'm not always able to wear vanilla scents because sometimes my skin turns them plastic or burnt, but this is a dry vanilla like the one in Sonnet D'Automne or Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field, both of which I also love, but this is significantly more ethereal than either of those. The floral, resin, and wood notes are all light and blended perfectly with the vanilla, and I fervently hope that balance doesn't change too much as it settles down and ages. This could require a backup or two, even though I'm trying to avoid that. It feels like it's part of the air around me, not overpowering, but making its presence known.

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this starts off with something a bit nutty and some watery florals. not quite sure what i'm smelling here. maybe vanilla and mallow flower?  the florals in this are soapy on me, unfortunately...it's like vanilla soapiness. after a few more minutes, i get sweeter florals and the soapiness subsides a little bit but it's still present. i also get some sandalwood at this point. after being on the skin about half an hour, it settles into a pretty vanilla-sandalwood with florals. 

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Sweet vanilla, smooth marshmallow and a whiff of sandalwood underneath preventing this from living in the super sweet foodie vanilla bit. This is a sophisticated vanilla marshmallow blend. Grown up. You don't smell like cake, but more like you ate cake recently? That's the best analogy I can come up with.

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They Shut Me Up in Prose is kind of like Volcano in Springtime and Ivory Vulva had a baby. I get the vanilla, mallow flower, dusty sandalwood, and what I believe is a touch of Ivory Vulva's macadamia, although that's not listed as a note. The osmanthus adds a light floral quality to the scent, but it is not a main player here. The mallow flower just seems to bloom more after the scent has been on the skin for several hours. It's definitely in the same scent family as Volcano in Springtime, but this is smoother and far more subtle.

It's very pretty and I am glad I bought it to support the cause!

Edited by doomsday_disco

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Squee!

:wub2:Excellent :wub2: vanilla & sandalwood, with delicate florals. I agree that They Shut Me Up in Prose is related to Volcano in Springtime. Both are part of a family that includes Two Sheep and Two Goats Resting Together in a Field, Zorya Polunochnaya & Like A Girl. 

If you love vanilla & sandalwood, do not hesitate!

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For the first hour or so, They Shut Me Up In Prose is pretty much a bourbon vanilla single note on me, which is no bad thing.  No, that's not true -- it's bourbon vanilla and mallow.  Not marshmallow, but mallow flower, the same note that's in DeVos' Unicorn and other ethereal sugared florals I usually associate with Lupers.  Sweet but not cloying.  It's innocent enough to be worn by a girl about the age of Emily Dickinson when she was confined to the closet, but it's rich enough to be worn by a woman of any age.  After an hour I'm able to appreciate the sandalwood as well, though I never get any frankincense.  I wonder if it will come out with age.  I hope so.  This is conspicuously beautiful and I'm psyched to have a bottle, but I'm also curious to see how it would smell with frankincense giving it a bit more edge.  

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The reviews of this one sent me straight to bottle.  I'm getting the vanilla, though it doesn't seem like the Bourbon variety to me at this point.  Maybe with aging it will come out.  The mallow is there as a supporting role, and I'm getting kind of an earthiness to the the blend.  This is what I'd imagine a hobbit's house would smell like.  A homey, woody sweetness, with the air of baked goods, and dare I say it that this may be a cousin to Storyville.  It's got that foody vibe going, akin to the likes of Edith, Inez and Underpants.  Glad I went for a bottle here, and I hope that it will be enough.😍

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This is so wispy, restrained and demure.  It fits beautifully with the concept.  Mostly I get sugary vanilla, and a soft whisper of powdery sandalwood and frankincense under it.  It's very feminine without being girlish and "pale satin corsets" are not at all hard to imagine in relation to this scent.  My one deterrent from full bottle lust is that it's such a light scent.  I really have to have my nose right on it to detect this one, but if you're looking for a beautiful, feminine skin scent that is sure to encourage ear and neck nibbling, this one would do nicely.  :heart:

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They Shut Me Up is a beautiful scent, yet I’m having such a weird connection with it...

I swear it smells like sunscreen when I smell the scent without trying to pick out any notes. 

When I am focused on the particulars, I smell the bourbon vanilla and a pale fresh floral, not sharp, dewy. (Honestly don’t know what osmanthus or mallow flower smell like. They must both be delicate sweeties.) The sandalwood is definitely present, though not speaking up, rather entwining through. I don’t pick out the frankincense, and I would love for it to strengthen. There’s a chewiness to the scent and an unexplained summertime at the beach flashback sensation. I can’t decide what my emotions are telling me on this one. Pretty, though! 

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Oh, hello! This is decadent on me though not particularly food - probably due to the frankincense. I feel very sexy everytime I put it on - I know a lot of folks describe it as otherwise, but that bourbon vanilla! Reminds me of Edith Cushing, but - when, aptly, she loosens her corset stays.

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