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    Scents, arts and crafts (making stencils, soap making, woodworking, leathercraft) , literature (from classics to sci-fi and fantasy)and writing, cooking, landscaping and gardening (I grow and harvest my owns herbs), DIY home improvement,fishing, hunting, hiking, gastronomy, chemistry, folk lore, higher mathematics, astronomy, cosmology
  1. Yes, it is. What interests me most, though, is how individual body chemistry affects a scent. We all smelled mulberry on me, but wild cherry on Jay. So far, while the differences have sometimes been enough to notice, I haven't run across a scent yet in my years of doing this that is anything more than moderately different from one person to the next. I almost would like to, though, because I am such a Dune geek and finding the scent equivalent of the taste of spice melange (different for each person, and never the same twice) would rock. "never twice the same .. It's like life – it presents a different face each time you take it." - Dune, Frank Herbert
  2. Full review tomorrow, but for now, let me just say that Spike loves this one. While she might like some for herself to wear on occasion for a nice change (she really is more of an aquatic), she would go crazy for a lover to wear this. If a woman had a bottle of this, Spike would follow her around all day, and may like some of it on herself, so long as the application method was friction.
  3. Yeah, I know. We got the vanilla, amber, the cinnamon, and the woods, but the sugars surely did different things for each of us (caramel, butter, cotton candy, cheesecake??). The fruity notes surprised us, too. I have no idea what caused them, but Bomber and Bristles came over for a visit, and although they didn't try this scent on themselves, they sniffed us and got the fruit notes as well.
  4. RED This was tried by myself, Spike and Jay. rhiannon - Wonderful top notes. Sweet, heavy, darkly fruity, with occasional tinges of citrus, a background that was faint but produced a cooling sensation on the nose (an evergreen tree, not a mint), and a rich saltiness. By 45 minutes later, the middle had lost much of its saltiness and what was left took on a different, but strong, flavor. It was a butter note making a noticeable appearance. There was a bit of booziness to it, and with the cinnamon coming on stronger and less candied, took on a cinnamon liqueur note. The vanilla was tied with mulberry for strongest note. At about 4 hours in, the mulberry exploded. The vanilla was still very much present, but the cinnamon and butter faded to hints, and the tangerine and pine were gone. I didn't hit my bottom notes until about 7 1/2 hours. The vanilla had pushed barely ahead of the mulberry, musk came in, and there was still a faint impression of cinnamon. The bottom notes stayed strong for some time. In fact, the potion could still be detected at 14 hours later. Here are the actual notes I detected in this potions top notes: salted caramel, mulberry, vanilla, brief tiny bursting bubbles of tangerine, a light background of pine, and cinnamon candy. Here is the list of early middle notes: mulberry, vanilla, cinnamon liqueur, butter, lighter pine, and hints of tangerine. The list of late middle notes are: mulberry boom, vanilla, hints of cinnamon, and hints of butter. Final list, bottom notes: vanilla, mulberry, musk, faint cinnamon. Spike - Her top notes were a brighter sweet, and had no saltiness to them. She had a lighter cinnamon, a deeper citrus, different fruit notes, and she had some smokiness and a note that was boozy and wood at the same time. We thought it was maybe oak casks that were used to age a nice whiskey. Her middle notes also developed a butter note, and while mulberry came out for her, it never took over. With her other notes lessening, and the booze leaving with just oak left behind, the vanilla and butter had room to blossom. They combined to make an impression of fresh from the oven cookies with extra butter in them. By 4 hours in, she had vanilla, and amber, the smokiness had left, no fruit at all, hint of cinnamon left, and almost all the butter was gone, which left the impression of cookies cooled down. For the base, smoke came back, as did fruit (albeit faintly) vanilla and amber were staying strong, musk came in, and an intriguing cocoa powder note. She got about 12 noticeable hours from this one. Her top notes: cherry cotton candy, smoky, orange peel, wood cured booze, and a light cinnamon. Her early middle notes: vanilla, butter, smokiness, lighter orange, much less cherry cotton candy, oak, mulberry, and hint of cinnamon. The late middle notes: vanilla, amber, hints of cinnamon, traces of butter. Base: smoke, vanilla, amber, cocoa, musk, and faint unidentifiable fruit. Jay - Had some nice differences on his skin. Firstly, his strongest top note was a wild cherry candy. Think L uden's cough drops. While he had vanilla and cinnamon, he also had a lovely cheesecake note. His middle notes kept the wild cherry, a bit of the cheesecake, the cinnamon, and the vanilla. They also developed a wood note (not really evergreen) and a bit of mulberry. By 4 hours, he was left with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and very little mulberry, the cherry was still carrying on, but he also developed a sugar note ( hard to describe, just sweet), and some resin showed. His base was simple, I will just list it below. The potion was nearly gone for him at 8 hours. Top: wild cherry, vanilla, cheesecake, cinnamon. Early mid: wild cherry, wood, cinnamon, vanilla, and light mulberry. Late mid: cherry, sugar, resin, hint of vanilla, hint of cinnamon, faint mulberry. Base: vanilla, amber. All in all, it was lovely for all of us, although I believe Jay prefers to smell it on a woman, and not himself. While different for each of us, with Jay's wild cherry standing out, all of us were reminded of potpourri favored in the colder months. It was just the combination of the cinnamon and vanilla oils, mulberry, with the hints of citrus and wood. Besides wearing it, I would love to scent some sachets with it. Also, while it reminds me of winter potpourri, and while I wonder how this would work in a warm month, as mutable as it it was for us (being noticeably different for each of us), I have a feeling it would do fine in summer, and may adapt and take on a wholly different characteristic.
  5. Thanks, everyone, for the warm welcome. I think I'm going to like it here.
  6. Brother Brimstone Tried by myself, Spike, and Jay. For description of reviewers, go here.http://lovepotion.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=8376&do=findComment&comment=322068 rhiannon - This wll be a fairly simple review. The notes I got were resin, sagebrush and a small amount of sandalwood. If you are looking for an incense bomb, this is it. As it progressed over the next 6 hours, it lost some of its heavy quality and sweetened ever so slightly ( I believe the hay came in and stood quietly in the background). If there were any bourbon or earth notes, they dissolved into the heavy incense, much like a pinch of seasoning into a stock pot of soup - you can't taste it when it is there, but something would be off if it was missing. For the most part, the notes remained the same, from bottle to on skin a day later. Honestly, it reminded me of my late teenage years, gathered together in a dark room full of blacklight glow posters ( if it glowed and had skulls, dragons, tigers or graffitti on it, we bought it) , dragon statues, a blanket tacked up as a door, with incense burning and korn playing as loud as we could get away with. There is a store in our local mall that sells music tees, body jewelry, skater pants, and every incense you could name. This smells like that shop. Jay - same as above, except that his skin brought out more of a sandalwood incense, while mine focused on the sage brush. Spike - incense, with a slightly smokier undertone. As if hers was lit incense, and ours was fresh out of the pack.
  7. rhiannon

    Eternal Sunshine

    Eternal Sunshine Full review http://lovepotion.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=8376&do=findComment&comment=322141 Partial, from myself and Spike. rhiannon - early 30s, female, fair skinned, down to earth style( jeans, tee, sneaks is my daily), strong personality, bi, and a bit androgenous. Spike - mid 50s, female, lightly tan skin, down to earth style with occasional rugged or classic tendencies ( I mean jeans and tees, but wears flannel sometimes or a buttondown shirt and tie others), fun loving, lesbian, a bit of a boi. Our portion of the review: rhiannon: Top notes were a bit soapy, which I like, with the eucalyptus coming in. As it progressed to the middle notes, the soapiness faded some, the eucalyptus was full on, a white musk was entering the equation. After 2 hours in, a bit of fresh linen came in, a bit of the dill, eucalyptus still strong, the musk decided it wanted to co-star, and the lemon blossom made its appearance. Base notes didn't seem to hit until about 6 hours at least, after which the white musk, linen, and lemon blossom were left to intertwine. Very cooling all the way through. The basils didn't come through on my skin, nor did the orange, bergamot or the sandalwood. It never had an aquatic note, but was aquatic adjacent. It started like a cooling soap you'd shower with on a hot day, progressed to a fresh air scented laundry soap and fabric sheet with which to wash your pristine white towels and airy button down white shirt (that you never button), and ended as that same towel that you use to dry off with after a quick dip and a frolic. Spike: Balanced soapy and eucalyptus in the top notes. In the middle notes, the only differences from mine were the eucalyptus and musk came out to play nicely and didn't try to run the playground, and her skin had a bit of a fresh air carrying the smell of early Spring ( leaves are budding, nothing flowering yet), so I think the dill and lettuce may have shown up and played quietly on the swing set. It faded in the end to linen with a hint of musk. She got to the base notes after 5 hours, so her skin burned through it a little more quickly than the rest of us. All in all, it was nice, clean, fresh, cool, floral, and a tiny bit sweet. A surprising combination of a very cooling scent, linen, and fabric sheets. You don't typically think that a fabric sheet could be cooling. I wish the basils would have come out for us, but it was pleasant.
  8. Eternal Sunshine This was tried by myself, Jay, Spike, Bomber, and Bristles. Here's a little background info on each reviewer. rhiannon - early 30s, female, fair skinned, down to earth style( jeans, tee, sneaks is my daily), strong personality, bi, and a bit androgenous. Spike - mid 50s, female, lightly tan skin, down to earth style with occasional rugged or classic tendencies ( I mean jeans and tees, but wears flannel sometimes or a buttondown shirt and tie others), fun loving, lesbian, a bit of a boi. Jay - early 30s, male, fair skinned, casual style leaning to grunge lite, laid back personality, hetero, warm masculine. Bomber - mid teens, male, light skin tone, funky style (from hipster to emo to army surplus to has to be made to change his pants and socks after almost a week straight lol) energetic personality, hetero, on the sensitive side but as masculine as a young man can be that still needs company taking the trash out in the dark Bristles - early teens, male, olive skinned, urban style with rugged country boy leanings ( mostly Southpole and And1, with some Realtree thrown in), cheeky personality, hetero, awkwardly between boyish and masculine (wants to sneak out and be smooth with the ladies, when he isn't watching Disney cartoons, with his stuffed animal, in his pjs) Now, to the actual review. rhiannon: Top notes were a bit soapy, which I like, with the eucalyptus coming in. As it progressed to the middle notes, the soapiness faded some, the eucalyptus was full on, a white musk was entering the equation. After 2 hours in, a bit of fresh linen came in, a bit of the dill, eucalyptus still strong, the musk decided it wanted to co-star, and the lemon blossom made its appearance. Base notes didn't seem to hit until about 6 hours at least, after which the white musk, linen, and lemon blossom were left to intertwine. Very cooling all the way through. The basils didn't come through on my skin, nor did the orange, bergamot or the sandalwood. It never had an aquatic note, but was aquatic adjacent. It started like a cooling soap you'd shower with on a hot day, progressed to a fresh air scented laundry soap and fabric sheet with which to wash your pristine white towels and airy button down white shirt (that you never button), and ended as that same towel that you use to dry off with after a quick dip and a frolic. Jay: very similiar to the above, but his skin amped the soapiness a bit more in the top, and never got as heavy on the eucalyptus. Middle notes were much the same as mine, but after 4 hours in the lemon blossom took the lead, so it was more floral/linen. The lemon blossom backed off in the base, and mostly he got just the linen and musk. Spike: Balanced soapy and eucalyptus in the top notes. In the middle notes, the only differences from mine were the eucalyptus and musk came out to play nicely and didn't try to run the playground, and her skin had a bit of a fresh air carrying the smell of early Spring ( leaves are budding, nothing flowering yet), so I think the dill and lettuce may have shown up and played quietly on the swing set. It faded in the end to linen with a hint of musk. She got to the base notes after 5 hours, so her skin burned through it a little more quickly than the rest of us. Bomber: turned his nose up and said all he smelled was flowers and cough medicine. To my nose, he didn't get much linen, it truly was a floral musk with a bit of eucalyptus. At one point I thought the basil may be making an appearance, but on 2nd sniff, it was gone. Bristles: liked it and said linen, and fabic softener. To my nose, on his skin the eucalyptus was toned down, the green tea came through for a bit, the lemon blossom was a nice teasing hint, and the linen really shone, from top to bottom notes. All in all, it was nice, clean, fresh, cool, floral, and a tiny bit sweet. A surprising combination of a very cooling scent, linen, and fabric sheets. You don't typically think that a fabric sheet could be cooling. I wish the basils would have come out for us, but it was pleasant.
  9. Now, if I review a fragrance that is unisex, and multiple people of both genders gave it a swipe n sniff, where should I post the review? For that matter, if I post a review of a women's frag that a man wore out (or vice versa), do I post the review in the gender section of the person that wore it, or the gender section for which the perfume was originally designed?
  10. Heh, well lemme go get my list. Eternal Sunshine Brother Brimstone Emerald City LP Red Moon of the Falling Leaves Shut Up and Get a Job Fang Sandy Bottom Creole Man Steamy Daydreams Agua Fresca Merlin's Blend Ectoplasm Excalibur Winter Wizardry Nip of Autumn Mississippi Moon Once a year, I order a bunch of perfume samples. I get a kick out of trying to match people's body chemistry and personality with scents. Those close to me are either showing a genuine interest in my hobby, or they are very good at putting up with me . When I post a review, I will include opinions of everyone that tried the scent, and a bit of background on each person.
  11. Hello everyone! For years, I have enjoyed browsing the inventory and reading everyone's reviews, and had always planned on someday ordering a ton of samples. Well, yesterday I received my first order. After days of list making, I finally slimmed my order down to 17 samples. ; ) Soon, maybe I can start posting some reviews of my own. So here is my "Hello" and "Nice to meet you", I look forward to getting to know everyone and becoming a part of the community.
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