Product Reviews by ghoulnextdoor

Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Apoteker Tepe The Holy Mountain

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Dec/12/2016

If you are in the market for a smoky fragrance that smells like maybe the smoke cleared after a super-beardy wizard threw a mystical resin into a fire to conjure an ancient dragon lord or something, but the dragon flew away and the wizard has gone to bed and the fire has burned down so that only the embers are smoldering and the deeply scented, resinous smoke has seeped into all the old wooden …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zoologist Perfumes Hummingbird

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Feb/27/2016

This is a lush, vivacious offering from nose Shelley Waddington. Brimming with a kaleidoscope of opulent fruits and honeyed florals, it calls to mind a tea party in a bright spring garden; effervescent personalities flit and flirt, while poetic dalliances occur amongst the softly blooming lilac and sweetly musky honeysuckle. Delicate nectars and sweet ambrosia is served, and later that night you …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zoologist Perfumes Bat

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Feb/27/2016

Designed by award-winning perfumer Dr. Ellen Covey, Bat is undeniably, the strangest, most wonderfully unique perfume you will ever smell. Opening with a nearly overwhelming note of damp, primordial earth both vegetal and mineral in execution, this immediately conjures inky caverns and pitch-black, damp limestone caves. The scent then morphs into something I can only describe as “night air and …Read more

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Cleansers - Nature Republic - Bee Venom Cleansing Foam

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Nov/06/2015

I had read several good reviews about this product, the bee venom is supposedly good for neutralizing redness, and I have this problem on my cheeks and chin every now and then. I don’t quite understand what it is – i am not naturally ruddy-cheeked (I am actually rather sallow) and it’s not acne or blemishes. Just sort of an…inflamed irritation? I don’t know. Anyway, this did not help at all. …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Caudalie - Grapeseed Lip Conditioner

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Nov/06/2015

This has the consistency of a 1000 year old crayon – nay, a fossilized million year old crayon. Perhaps carbon dating methods cannot even determine the exact age of the waxy substance which comprises this product. Combine this with all the healing properties of spiked lizard skin and scraping sandpaper and then imagine scouring this rough specimen across your poor, tender lips. Wonder at the …Read more

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Fragrances - Jo Malone - Orange Blossom Cologne

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Aug/04/2015

When I was 18, I was dating the boy who used to live next door to me, but who had since graduated high school and moved to Indiana to attend Notre Dame. We spent a week together on summer break, during which time he had flown down South to stay with me and my family. It was early in this visit that he proposed to me on the beach one night, and I accepted...though something told me that this was a …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - DS & Durga Mississippi Medicine

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Aug/04/2015

All scents from DS & Durga have a story, and Mississippi Medicine is no exception. The Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (formerly the Southern Cult or Southern Death Cult) is the name given to the “regional stylistic similarity of artifacts, iconography, ceremonies, and mythology of the Mississippian culture… from 1200 CE to 1650 CE.” It was a complex culture with a rich cosmology based on …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - De Profundis

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Aug/04/2015

De Profundis opens with the scent of big, lively chrysanthemums, in the fall -brisk, slightly spicy and musty. Delicate, dewy violets and damp loamy earth follow shortly thereafter, along with a cool metallic chill that calls to mind a brief wind, rising from nowhere, a shadow that suddenly falls across your path. This is the scent of a pensive cemetery stroll in late autumn, crushed funeral …Read more

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Fragrances - LUSH - Death and Decay

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Aug/04/2015

"The pure scent of lily mingles with over-ripe tones of indole to give this fragrance a pungent, narcotic headiness. Let it transport you to a serene space where the fullness of beauty and its inevitable decay can be contemplated without fear. The message is one of meditation, acceptance and optimism delivered in a glorious, floral flourish."

A mass of white lillies, a …
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Fragrances - Etat Libre D'Orange - Charogne

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Aug/04/2015

Charogne opens with jasmine, incense, and a murky vanilla, a bit of leather, and moves onto a wistfully melancholy lily accord. Not rotting blooms, but caught just in time, powdered and preserved. A floral tribute to a hushed casket. A very private, intimate scent. The scent of sultry widows who have perhaps lost too many octogenarian husbands and folks are starting to get more than a little …Read more

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