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Dorian

My Skin Chemistry:This review will be most accurate for people whose skin brings out citrus, floral, and sweet smells the strongest.

A Victorian fougere with three pale musks and dark, sugared vanilla tea.

Another scent picked up for a character. Musks are, as I’ve stated in the past, hit and miss with me as I often find them heavy and cloying. Mixed with sugar-scents, that can become a sickly mix or it might all come together and I’ll wind up smelling like a delightful tea. Here’s hoping the latter.

In the bottle: This smells DELICIOUS. The musk isn’t heavy at all, it’s light and inviting. The musk reminds me of some more masculine scents on the mainstream market if you strip off several gross layers and leave only the finest essence behind. The sugared tea makes this gorgeously sweet. The whole thing makes me want to just inhale over and over.

Wet on skin: Uncharacteristically for me, the sugared tea has fallen away, leaving primarily the musks, which deepen and darken on my skin. It puts me in mind of an expensive cologne, still not as heavy as you would expect, but now more bitter than sweet. It’s still a fantastic scent, however. It’s just not quite as mouthwatering as it was. The sweetness is still there, but it’s deep down and almost hidden.

Dry on skin: I’m sensing a pattern with my drydowns here. The scent has gone back closer to the bottle, with a return of the sugary tea sweetness. The bitterness remains, if softened, though, making it a strange but very alluring mingling of bitter and sweet. Overall I would definitely say this smells a little more on the masculine side but it’s such a delightful scent that I would recommend it to anyone.

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Ouija

My Skin Chemistry:This review will be most accurate for people whose skin brings out citrus, floral, and sweet smells the strongest.

rosewood, oak and teak notes with wispy blue lilac, tea rose, dried white rose and ethereal osmanthus.

Wood and flowers? Count me in. My biggest concern is that I’ll amp just the florals and it’ll be Generic Flower Scent, but bewitching brews is one of my favorite lines so here’s hoping!

In the bottle: Already the rose and lilac are the strongest notes which isn’t doing anything to settle my fears of generic floweriness. It’s pleasant, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve got much nicer rose scents if that’s what I wanted. I do smell what has to be the wood notes as well but they’re coming through as kind of a dusty smell that you find more often in the scents that have books in their description.

Wet on skin: Pleasant surprises! This has taken on a much more unique smell. The florals are still there, with the rose pushing up to the forefront, but the wood scents are actually a little stronger and more noticeable now. It still has that musty, dusty smell from the bottle but there’s definitely a smell of just plain wood. The whole effect is very sweet; like going into a garden that’s heavily in bloom.

Dry on skin: Generic rose. Sigh. It’s very pretty but it can’t compete with some of the more dedicated rose scents. Put this one in a scent locket or pass it altogether.

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++ GEORGIA STATE MUSKSA line inspired by Georgia’s official state… stuff.
No birds, bass, sharks, or square dancers were harmed during the creation of this line.
BROWN THRASHERSweet rum distillate with tobacco absolute, white sandalwood, and warm brown musk.
LARGEMOUTH BASSSalt, seaweed, and white mint with a hint of star anise, birchbark, and lemon peel.
PEANUT MUSKRoasted peanuts, peanut leaves, and dark musk.
SHARK TOOTHPale, stony ambergris with oudh, patchouli, white cedar, and ambrette seed.
STAUROLITEA gritty mineral musk with tonka bean, labdanum, oakmoss, and a drop of vetiver bourbon.
STAR PROMENADESloe gin, peach blossoms, banjo strings, hay bales, and apple pie.
++ THE PEACH PITPEACH VIPeach and blackcurrant with aged patchouli, red sandalwood, benzoin, and blue musk.
PEACH VIIDried peach, black musk, and North African spices.
PEACH VIIIWhipped jasmine cream and peach blossom with vanilla orchid and white frankincense.
++ BPTP DRAGON*CON PEACH’GASM
GOLDEN PEACH AND BERGAMOT HAIR GLOSS – $28With patchouli, white jasmine, and glimmering golden musk.
PEACH NECTAR AND VANILLA ORCHID HAIR GLOSS – $28Plus a touch of hay absolute and dried rosebud.
HONEYED PEACH BATH OIL – $25With peach bark and oakmoss for a hint of earthiness.
PEACH BLOSSOM INCENSE ATMOSPHERE SPRAY – $23Peach blossoms, olibanum, myrrh, and white sandalwood.
PEACH CANDYFLOSS ATMOSPHERE SPRAY – $23Spun-sugar peaches!

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The Dragon Con exclusives are ready to be tested!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab DragonCon Exclusive Perfume Oils.
Presented in a 5ml amber apothecary glass vial. $24 each.

++ GEORGIA STATE MUSKS
A line inspired by Georgia’s official state… stuff.

No birds, bass, sharks, or square dancers were harmed during the creation of this line.

BROWN THRASHER
Sweet rum distillate with tobacco absolute, white sandalwood, and warm brown musk.

LARGEMOUTH BASS
Salt, seaweed, and white mint with a hint of star anise, birchbark, and lemon peel.

PEANUT MUSK
Roasted peanuts, peanut leaves, and dark musk.

SHARK TOOTH
Pale, stony ambergris with oudh, patchouli, white cedar, and ambrette seed.

STAUROLITE
A gritty mineral musk with tonka bean, labdanum, oakmoss, and a drop of vetiver bourbon.

STAR PROMENADE
Sloe gin, peach blossoms, banjo strings, hay bales, and apple pie.

++ THE PEACH PIT
PEACH VI
Peach and blackcurrant with aged patchouli, red sandalwood, benzoin, and blue musk.

PEACH VII
Dried peach, black musk, and North African spices.

PEACH VIII
Whipped jasmine cream and peach blossom with vanilla orchid and white frankincense.

++ BPTP DRAGON*CON PEACH’GASM

GOLDEN PEACH AND BERGAMOT HAIR GLOSS – $28
With patchouli, white jasmine, and glimmering golden musk.

PEACH NECTAR AND VANILLA ORCHID HAIR GLOSS – $28
Plus a touch of hay absolute and dried rosebud.

HONEYED PEACH BATH OIL – $25
With peach bark and oakmoss for a hint of earthiness.

PEACH BLOSSOM INCENSE ATMOSPHERE SPRAY – $23
Peach blossoms, olibanum, myrrh, and white sandalwood.

PEACH CANDYFLOSS ATMOSPHERE SPRAY – $23
Spun-sugar peaches!

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Wrath

My Skin Chemistry:This review will be most accurate for people whose skin brings out citrus, floral, and sweet smells the strongest.

A scent aflame with rage, swirling in the red haze of hatred: dragon’s blood spiked with black pepper, clove, and cinnamon.

I’ve never really known how to approach hot, spicy scents as they’re not usually my thing. However, I picked this one up in homage to a character so I’m really hoping I’ll like it.

In the bottle: Smells exactly how I would picture it. I’ve dealt with dragon scents before and the dragon’s blood smells the same as it always does. The clove and black pepper work well together to create a little bite to the smell. The cinnamon is easier to smell once I took the bottle away and just breathed through my nose a bit as it lingers on for a while and it comes out most clearly without having the liquid right up to my face. Also, I can still smell it strongly from the bottle on my desk so this thing is going to have amazing throw.

Wet on skin: The dragon’s blood is heavily muted on my skin as is the black pepper. What’s left is the clove and cinnamon primarily with the dragon’s blood providing a nice background tertiary note. It’s not quite a bakery smell but it’s definitely sweeter than in the bottle.

Dry on skin: Ah return of the dragon’s blood. Drying down has toned down the strange surge of sweetness and brought back some of the original notes of the bottle.  Notably now after inhalation I can smell traces of the black pepper. Sniffing straight off my wrist is a wonderful blend of cinnamon and dragon’s blood, just the right balance of sweet and spicy.

Definitely enjoyed this one. If you want a scent with a bite, Wrath is excellent.

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New perfumes!

It’s been a while but I’ve gotten some new scents so you’ll soon be seeing reviews. Upcoming scents:

Wrath
Dorian
Queen of Sheba
Lightning
Ouija
Stimulating Sassafras Strengthener

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Bite-Sized Book Reviews: The Crown Conspiracy

QUICK! What’s it about?! Two mercenaries get framed for murder and wind up going on an adventure to clear their name and save the kingdom. By Michael J. Sullivan

So your average fantasy heroic? Well, sort of. The two main characters are not your average heroes and the semi-main character of the prince is a far cry from a hero. It’s a book filled with vibrant characters and more than a little humor mixed in with adventure.

You’ve read a lot of fantasy novels. What sets this apart? Honestly, not a lot. This is the first book in a series, although one could read the first book and be fine never touching any of the others as it’s pretty stand-alone. That said, it doesn’t have a lot to distinguish it. It’s simply a cute, fun read. The author’s strength clearly lies in his characters; they seem to jump out of the pages and chat easily around the reader, coming to life within the first paragraph they are introduced. No lengthy backstory is needed, although at times one finds themselves yearning to learn more about these rogues that have been thrust into the misadventure they never saw coming.

This is going to be my shortest review because there’s not a lot to say. It’s not spectacular, it doesn’t have a unique plot, there’s no amazing twists and turns, but despite what seems like should be an utterly mediocre book, it’s extremely charming and I highly recommend it. 8/10

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OUR HEARTS CONDEMN US: Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.

This is a small wooden treasure chest, covered in dark-stained carvings of twining leaves. When you lift the lid, inside are the powdery fragments of dried petals from every rose you ever have and ever will receive.

THE HOURGLASS:

“I feel like all the sands are at the bottom of the hourglass.”

"Turn it over, then."

The white roses and orange blossoms of hope penetrating despair’s black fog of opoponax, black myrrh, bruised violet, clove, funereal lily, and grief-struck carrot seed.

"Despair’s black fog" is right - the opening of this scent is dark, and evokes the almost giddy-yet-poisonous feeling of giving in to despair and hopelessness. The the roses and orange blossom break through, sweetening the lows. This scent, in a way, smells like hope. It doesn’t ignore or cover up the sadness at its heart, but it doesn’t stay there.

(I wish I could send a bottle of this back to myself in 2011, because it might have made that horrible year a little more bearable.)

IN TEMPLUM DEI: Oman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.

This is sugared incense. Anoint the hollow of your throat with this, and breathe deep of the sandalwood and frankincense, while the sweetness of the mixture swirls around you like a drop of gold ink in water.

(via blackphoenixalchemylab)

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Bite-Sized Book Reviews: The Way of Shadows

QUICK! What’s it about?! Assassins, intrigue, and war. A book by Brent Weeks.

Okay, come again? That really is kind of it. The book follows an assassin protagonist (called a wetboy because of a vague magic system a mundane assassin has no access to) and the shadowy intrigue of the criminal underworld. There’s also a war involved and… Stuff. It’s hard to explain. The main story dips into the subplots regularly but it never feels entirely cohesive. There’s a plot. It’s understandable. But when asked to explain it all I can think of to say is Stuff Happens.

Was it not any good then? It was okay. It’s definitely not going to rank up there as one of my favorites but I got through it without having to quit so it was still readable. I actually really started enjoying it towards the end but the first half and then some of the book could feel like a real slog at times.

What about this magic system you mentioned? It’s not explained, not in detail. There’s a lot of magical bits that are used and referred to but unlike the Lightbringer series that he wrote, this one doesn’t go into any details. When compared to his other series, this one’s writing feels a lot weaker.

Do you recommend it? Eh. Sort of. It wasn’t a bad book despite my criticisms. I’d give it a 5 or a 6 out of 10. If you are a patient reader who doesn’t mind getting through a whole book to finally get to the best bits then yes I recommend it. If you need to get hooked quickly then you’ll probably not enjoy it.

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BPAL and Century Guild Reveal The Last 4 Fragmented Alice Oils & A Very Limited Giveaway

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Century Guild & Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab present a special Summer Solstice closure to the Gail Potocki FRAGMENTED ALICE series. The last four oils in the series are now available! Each bottle of ANY Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oil purchased from Century Guild through June 21st earns you a ticket for a very special raffle to be drawn at the Century Guild gallery. The prize? The Queen of Hearts very own OFF, a limited edition of 25 bottles.

A COLLAPSE OF WORLD LINES

White tea and olibanum with tangerine rind, clove bud, white bergamot, and unripe poisonous berries.

IF ONE ONLY KNEW THE RIGHT WAY TO CHANGE THEM

A scent that is porcine pink and blood red, with dry woods.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH WAY YOU GO

Brown and green musks, dry grey woods, coppery, bloody balsam, and ashes.

SEVERED CONTINUUM

Champagne grape, Pink Lady apples, white musk, white rose, and asphalt.

OFF

Red, red roses, murky opoponax, drooping vetiver, and myrrh.

You can enter and view the contest details here: http://centuryguild.net/collections/scented-oils

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