Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall/Winter Dates to Remember

(repost from today's Newsletter)

Hey all!

No time for fancy formatting and pictures, but I wanted to get this info out there to help lessen any disappointing surprises for anyone. This is regarding my Halloween collection and the upcoming Winter one, so please make note of the following dates (which are tentative and subject to change if needed):

*Oct 24: Halloween Minis will be removed from the Etsy shop, this is the LAST day to purchase them.
*Oct 31: Halloween! This is the last day to purchase the Halloween collection.
*Nov 1: Halloween will be removed from the Etsy shop entirely. You will not be able to purchase anything with those scents until I have done an inventory of anything remaining.
*Nov 5: It's my birthday, and to celebrate, there will be cake. Or something ;)
*Nov 7(?): Any and all remaining Halloween inventory will be listed for sale. This will be the end of it, and no more will be sold. This date is tentative; I may list these items a few days earlier or later, depending on when I can get to it. They'll be in the "SALE" section in the shop. If more items pop up after the initial "final listing", they'll be added as I realize their existence.
*Nov 15: Winter will go live. Minis will not be available immediately, but never fear, they will be added a week or two after the initial rush dies down. I am HOPING to get 1mL samples made beforehand and listed when this collection goes live, but don't hold me to that. I'd wanted to do it for Halloween this year, but that plan didn't work out so well, heh.
*Nov 28: BLACK FRIDAY. Yes, there will be a sale. Cyber Monday, too. I may add a few flash sale codes on Saturday and/or Sunday, too- those codes will be posted on Twitter (@OHWTOcom) and Instagram (@OHWTO) if they happen, so be sure you're following me on one or the other- there will be no newsletter regarding the flash sale codes and if you miss them then I will not honor them after the fact- I'll be way too busy, sorry. I will probably be disabling the minis during the BF/CM sales period, but there will be plenty of other goodies for you guys.

In addition to the Winter collection, I'll be adding a few new full-timey things to the shop in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those :D I expect Winter to be available through February, maybe March, so there'll be plenty of time to get your hands on things before Spring is released.

-Becca
OHWTO

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Halloween 2014

(An excerpt from the OHWTO newsletter- for my records, and yours)

New this year:


Hayrides & Hijinks
Ritual
Talisman


Returning from the crypt are:

Final Girl
Chocopumpkin
Bobbing for Apples
Burning Times
Calaveras
County Fair
Equinox
Jack. In Black.
Ravensblood
Slenderman
Spectre
Sticky Fingers
Treat
Trick
Zalgo


A few fragrances from Halloweens past were made in small amounts, but I will not be including them in this year's full offerings (though you might be able to convince me to pour a few more bottles of these). There'd be way too many scents if I kept them all and I'd never be able to keep up, so I had to make some cuts somewhere. These are the casualties. There's a few bottles of these scents up in the Etsy shop, and when they're gone, they're gone until next year at the earliest. They are:

Green Lady
Poison Apple
Se7en
Smashing
Sweet Tooth
The Great Pumpkin
Who Was Phone

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Stock Fragrance List

Stock Fragrances

Here is a list of my "Stock" fragrances. There are single note, or designer dupe, or sometimes supplier-exclusives which I thought were nice enough to sell on their own.

Be Delicious: Begins with top notes of apple, cucumber, and yuzu; followed by middle notes of magnolia, tuberose, lily of the valley, and fresh cut roses; with base notes of sandalwood and white amber. 
*Beach: smells like a day at the beach, the main scent being Coppertone suntan lotion (really!!). I got it to use in soaps and scents for those nasty cold days in February where all you want to do is escape the cold and lay out on the sand, it's one of those "take me to summer RIGHT NOW" scents :)
*Beguiled: A captivating blend of violets and jasmine, hints of citrus, spice, and vanilla help to round out the scent and transform it from simply floral to something that is SO much more. A dupe for L*sh's Bathos.
*Big DaddyAn intoxicating blend of Tobacco Blossom, Mandarin, Honey, Rose, Caramel, this is a slightly spicy, slightly sweet, slightly musky, and very manly scent, despite what its notes might say to the contrary. Reminds me of what a man should smell like, but it could totally work on the right female, too.
*Black Amber Lavender: Deep and sophisticated, this fragrance blends blackened Amber with a bold Parisian Lavender. Myrrh, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, and Egyptian Musk round it out while a splash of raw Clary Sage adds an herby note to the mix. Earthy, sweet, floral- and highly intoxicating.
*Black Raspberry & Vanilla: Raspberry, Peach, Lemon & Strawberry on a bed of flowers and musks.
*Black Cherry Merlot: A delightful blend of cherry, black raspberry, and an aromatic merlot. BBW dupe.
*Blue Sugar: An Aquolina duplicate, this one is aimed at the male market, though both men and women are equally drawn to this wonderful fragrance. Fresh citrus creates a shimmering lift for this sensual vanilla based scent.  A romantic floral bouquet at the heart of the fragrance intertwines with fresh green tones and rich patchouli.  The vanilla signature at the base of the scent is balanced with soft musk and warmed by exotic woody tones for lingering sensuality.
*Coconut: What would the tropics be without coconut? A true toasted coconut scent, not a suntan lotion type of coconut.
*Dark Kiss: It's absolutely enchanting, like a grownup version of a fruit scent ("musky plum" is what comes to mind but that's not a very sexy name for a fragrance), with a hint of perfume that's not too overpowering. Contains notes of Mirabella Plum, Black Raspberry, Amber, Peony, Vanilla Bean, Sensual Musk, and Fresh Spun Cotton Candy for a touch of something sweet.
*Faerie Dust: Smells like a Snow Fairy! The essence of crystalline sugar dust with a hint of sweet vanilla at the base.
*Forever Red: Bursting red pomegranate accented with notes of osmanthus and fluffy sweet marshmallow.
*Fresh SnowThis fragrance mimics the feeling of peace and tranquility after a fresh snowfall. It is a very ozone-y fragrance, reminiscent of clean laundry or fresh cotton. This fragrance has a crisp heliotrope top with supporting notes of sprint water, juniper berry, vetiver and sandalwood.
*Gimme Shelter: Like a big fluffy Comforter to wrap up in! Instant relaxation with this uplifting and comforting fragrance with its notes of fresh citrus tones of orange and bergamot leading to the warm heart. Soft floral tones combine with clove and cinnamon as leafy green accents add dramatic texture to the blend. An earthy element is created with patchouli, while fresh minty pennyroyal lifts the spicy tones. Sweet vanilla and soft musk are carefully balanced at the base of the scent. Top notes: orange, bergamot, clove, mint. Middle notes: floral, spice, green, patchouli. Bottom notes: musk, vanilla.
*Ginger Ale: This one smells JUST LIKE ginger ale, and I always get thirsty when I smell it. You'll swear that there are bubble tickling your nose when you get a whiff of this one! This is my "go to" soap scent when I don't know what I want to wash with, it's clean and refreshing and I just adore it.
*Ginger Tea (White Tea & Ginger BBW Type): This fragrance has a delightful warm and comforting smell. With top notes of Bergamot, Lemon Peels and Green Daylilies, this fragrance is brought back to its roots with a base of Ginger, Nutmeg and Warm Musk. White floral notes, such as Hyacinth, Freesia and Peony complete the mix.
*Grass Stain: This scent is fresh, clean and vibrant. Remember your childhood, frolicking in the grass, rolling down grassy hills and playing on the swing set at the park? This is the fragrance to bring it all back. It's crisp, sweet and green.
*Hello Sugar: Notes of sugar, lemon, and shortbread, this BBW dupe for the fragrance of the same name is absolutely delightful, citrusy-sweet perfection.
*Honey Crisp: Delectable honey and toffee scent are supported by background notes of fruit and musk. Top notes: citrus, honey-floral bouquet. Middle notes: peach, apple, toffee. Bottom notes: woody, musky. A dupe of Honey I washed the Kids by L*sh.
*Iced Tea Twist: Bright notes of lemon and orange are intertwined with fresh tea leaves and sugar. A BBW dupe for Iced Tea Twist, and apparently also for London Calling, according to some.

*Kettle Corn: Smells like the country fair! An enticing blend of melted butter, salt, brown sugar and popcorn that's sure to get your mouth watering.
*L de' Lolita: A luxurious blend of fresh citrus notes of lemon and orange with cashmere and sandalwood.
*Lemon Sugar(a Fresh dupe): Sweet sugar and fresh-cut lemons- it doesn't get much fresher than this! You'll smell: Italian Bergamot, Yuzu, Mandarin, Lychee Flower, Orange Blossom, Ginger Flower, Oak Moss, Caramel & White Santal... but mostly, lemon and sugar.
*Lilac: This is a wonderfully lilac-y fragrance, not artificial and not TOO strong, just like the real thing. My bottle leaked a bit during shipping and when my package arrived, my whole front entry smelled of fresh-cut lilacs. Normally I'm not a fan of the super floral scents, but I've made an exception for this one- it's great.
*Lovespell: A lavishly lush blend of orange, peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine.
*Mayan Gold: This blend of patchouli, plumeria and sweet orange has hints of vanilla, musk, and chocolate, and is a marvelously unisex scent.
*Melondramatic: This smells like ripe, juicy cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew melons.Supporting top notes of Japanese Grapefruit, Crisp Apple and Pomelo bring a bright and cheery melding to the bottom note of Tonka Bean. The secret ingredient to this fragrance is Tonic Water. (formerly called "Summer Melon Spritzer; if you have that one already, then you also have this one)
Moonlight Path: A BBW dupe, it's described as a sensual women's fragrance infused with lavender, violets, and light musk.
*Nirvana: So this is what Karma smells like! A powdery blend of Dragon's Blood and Patchouli.
*OMG Flowers: A duplicate of the lovely Viktor&Rolf fragrance "Flowerbomb", OMG Flowers showcases bloom after bloom, containing a floral symphony of jasmine, freesia, orchid, rose, tea, patchouli, woody musk and vanilla. When you smell this you're going to say, "OMG Flowers!" The florals are in there, but the woody musk and patchouli balance them nicely, making them less overwhelming. A mysterious and alluring scent, and a floral sure to please even professed haters of all things flowery.
*OMG Olive: The scent of an Olive Branch- Bright citrus fruits of lemon and bergamot intertwined with leafy olive branches softened with musk and sweetened ever so lightly with vanilla.
Orange Sapphire: A BBW dupe, Orange Sapphire is described as "Radiant droplets of blood orange shimmer upon sweet sparkling cassis. Sugary nectar and citrus sangria trickle over coral rose petals."
*Pink Lady (Aquolina Pink Sugar Type): a scent which evokes sensuality, gentleness, and passion. It has notes of pink cotton candy, sweet lemon drops, raspberries, fig leaves, caramel, Sicilian orange, Barbe-a-Papa, Lily of the Valley, and powdery vanilla musk. Playful, mischievous, romantic.
*Red Apple: This one smells just like its name; this scent is actually a blend of a few varieties of Red Apple scents, along with some notes of Green Apple to temper the sweetness. The Green Apple notes add some wonderful depth and tartness to the scent. A great fall fragrance alternative.
*Salty Mariner: Salty marine notes and fresh rain mingle with lily of the valley, jasmine, leafy greens, pine and musk. Experience the beautifully mastered essence of the thunder of waves crashing against the shore, the salty air in your face and the soft crunch of seashells beneath your feet. Imagine yourself at sea, with your face being lightly sprinkled with ocean spray.
*Satsuma(Body Shop type): A sweet Japanese citrus fruit, this is the sweetest citrus scent I've ever smelled. It reminds me of clementines at Christmas.
*Scurvy Dog: A dupe for the discontinued "Bay Rum" scent from Burt's Bees, this is hands-down the best bay rum I've ever smelled. In addition to the requisite Bay and Rum notes, you get patchouli and orange and spices and piratey pirateness... Mmmm.
*Shambhala: An almost spiritual olfactory experience, this amber-based fragrance is laced with rich vanilla and spicy cardamom. A dupe of "Ambra del Nepal".
*Spellbound Woods: A blend of Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber, Cedarwood and the barest hint of a light Floral on the dry down.

*Sun-Ripened Cherry: Tart, bright, red cherries, perfectly ripened in the warmth of the sun. Much lighter and fresher than a black cherry fragrance.
*Tart: Creamy vanilla and tart candy notes make up this mouth-watering fragrance. Seriously, get your drool bib ready before using this one, it's that good. A dupe for L*sh's Rock Star (available in bar soap as "No Such Thing as Rock Stars").
*Two Bits: This fragrance is reminiscent of a beloved grandpa, after a shave and haircut at the barber shop. Heart notes of amber and rum with a light top note of musk and Bay make this irresistible! Like a softer, more gentle version of a Bay Rum fragrance, smells great on the guys but there's plenty of ladies who also adore wearing this scent themselves.
*Vanilla: This is a super sweet and rich vanilla scent, almost more of a buttercream than a vanilla.
*Victorian Rose: Stroll through a true rose garden, down paths lined with rose bushes and beneath trellises laden with climbing roses in full bloom, and you'll have an idea of what this fragrance smells like.
*Viva La Juicy!: After reading the descriptions of what this boutique fragrance duplicate smells like, I HAD to get it for my shop. It's fruity and floral, with the two balanced very nicely. You'll smell wild berries and mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine, complimented nicely by notes of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline. It sounds like there's a lot going on in this one, and there is- it reminds me of Pink Lady, in that it smells a little different every time you sniff it. This one is definitely a fun fragrance to wear.
*Volcanic: Tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens. Cabri Blue dupe.
*White Lily: A strong white floral, smells like its name implies.
*White Pineapple: A tropical infusion of sweet white pineapple and blooming passion flower, topped with a twist of juicy mango. BBW dupe.
*Wild Strawberry: A true candy-type strawberry scent, this one especially reminds me of strawberry bubblegum.
*Yuzu: Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit. This scent has wonderful sparkling overtones of grapefruit, citron, and a hint of mandarin orange.


Private Stock Fragrances

Private Stock Fragrances

All fragrances in this list are hand-blended by me. You won't find these scents anywhere else!

*1605: 36 barrels of gunpowder, a faint yet insistent wisp of church incense, and a wafting of bonfire smoke. Warm ginger bread and a tall mug of hearty stout. Inspired by the story of Guy Fawkes, and created to evoke the tale every time you wear it. Opening mainly as a food scent, 1605 dries down to a warm, spicy and softly smoky scent- I can totally imagine this being worn and enjoyed by both guys and girls, and smelling great on all of them.

*Absynthe- A 100% essential oils blend, this is my interpretation of Absinthe, made to be both wearable AND edible. That's right, I'll be putting this in lip balms as well as soaps and perfumes. It's an Anise-Peppermint-Lemongrass blend brightened with a few drops of red Blood Orange. It's definitely an anise-based scent, there's no doubt about that, but it's balanced by the mint and citrus scents so that even people who detest licorice-scented things might still be able to enjoy this. And of course, any fan of black licorice will most likely fall fast in love with this scent/flavor. 

*After 5 Somewhere: Because it's always a good time for a drink if it smells like this! Bourbon Whiskey, Fresh grated Ginger Root, and Vanilla combine for a delightfully relaxing cocktail. Thanks, Claire! :)

*All The FiresAll of 'em. Green Tea, Squash Blossoms, Tomato plants, sweet Osmanthus, tangy Kumquat, Valencia Oranges, Vetivert, and the memory of a Wasabi burn.

*Aravine: A beautiful, sweet fragrance named after a beautiful, sweet girl, Aravine is Violets, Sugar, Plums and Neroli, grounded with a base of Cedarwood, light Musk, Vanilla, and Violet leaf. Lovely.

*Barista! This is an espresso-and-chocolate based blend, but you'll catch wafts of hazelnuts, sweet cream, and yes, even the sugary pastries sitting at the counter tempting you while you wait in line for your cup of coffee. It's a delicious mocha scent.

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Beach Bum: Sandy summer days rolling lazily into sticky, humid nights; sun-warmed skin and beach blossoms placed haphazardly in still-salty hair; running barefoot to the pier to catch the last rays of sunlight before the sun dips below the ocean horizon. Your endless summer starts now. Salt air, tuberose blooms, coconut, sweetgrass, tanning lotion, sand, sea, and sun.

*Besos del Sol: a summery floral blend which is best described as the scent of sun-warmed skin, Besos del Sol is a feminine and flirty scent. Creamy coconut and white gardenia star, supported by notes of white grapefruit, resinous amber, jasmine, a touch of deep, smoky vetivert, and a dash of bourbon vanilla. It's a great summer floral, and is really just the perfect fragrance to wear with little sun dresses or shorty shorts ;) A floral for those who hate florals, Besos del Sol was created as a custom request for Ms Lena.

*Bitten: The scent of an apple orchard after a spring rain, key notes are green apple, honey, rain, and just a nip of black pepper to shake things up. 

*Black+Blue: Not half as violent as the name may imply, black+blue is a blend of lush blackberries and ripe blueberries, plums, a splash of red wine, and a cup of tea.

*Black Pearl: Set sail for tropical seas and balmy climes- yarrr! Banana trees and the finest Tahitian Vanilla open, and as they step back, the lush white florals take hold. Tuberose, Tiare, Ylang and Pikake blooms create a truly opulent fragrance, perfect for gazing miles across the ocean from sun-bleached decks. Exotic fruit notes lend support- Coconut, Papaya, and sweet Lychee, while a sturdy heart of salty Sandalwood, with a hint of Amber, keeps everyone afloat.

*Bluebell: What else would a luminous rabbit smell of? Blueberries and Lychee fruit, Clover, Lilies, White Musk, and Zucchini Blossoms straight from the garden. 

*Buttella: Thanks to the incredible popularity of the Buttella product, I've decided to go ahead and make the fragrance blend available for other products, too! Creamy hazelnut spread made with skim milk and cocoa, smoothed out with vanilla notes. The whipped cocoa butter can only ship in the cooler months of the year, but now you can wear it as a perfume or use it in a sugar scrub year-round!

*Carnivale: Cotton candy, orange soda, lemon snow cones and vanilla ice cream all come together to evoke memories of the sweetest part of childhood summer nights.

*Cascadia: A scent for a country that never was. At least, not yet. Dense evergreen forests, endless waterfalls, pine boughs, woodland paths littered with dried leaves, ambergris washed ashore the rocky coastline, driftwood, midday showers, oakmoss, sandalwood and ylang ylang.

*Cicada Song: Iced Green tea, garnished with a sprig of garden-fresh Peppermint and spiked with Lemongrass. Best when enjoyed in the shade of the front porch, inhaling the scent of just-cut grass and the faintest hint of earthy patchouli, listening to the cicada's song to bring summer home. (a better-developed version of the 2011 Halloween version of "Hungry Ghost")

*Consulting Criminal: Ah, we couldn't have a Sherlock tribute scent without one for his greatest foe, now, could we? This smells like a well-dressed gentleman ought to, only with something sinister lurking just beneath... Decidedly masculine, this fragrance is not one to be trifled with. Staunch notes of Violet Leaf, Ambergris and Patchouli are elevated by Roman Chamomile, Verbena and Juniper Berries, and accented by a delicious Mitti Attar, Black Tea, Sandalwood, and a hint of Rosewood and Black Pepper. Honey, you should see him in a crown!

*Consulting Detective: An olfactory tribute to our favorite detective! Tea, lots of Tea, some more Tea, Tobacco absolute, Labdanum, Black Pepper, Teakwood, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Cardamom, and a delightful Mitti Attar... well over a dozen components went into the making of this unique fragrance. It's a warm and comforting blend, on the masculine side of unisex, and it's perfect for wearing with your favorite wool coat and purple scarf or while sipping tea in your study ;)

*Coven: A deep, spicy blend of jack-o-lanterns, dragon's blood, patchouli, and amber; spiked with citrus peels and grounded by a drop of dark and smoky vetivert.

*Dark Angel: An altered blend of scents, per custom request: cracked coconuts dance solo amongst swirls of dark musky woods, hint of vanilla, and a sprinkle of powder. It's Desolation Angel, minus the lime, which makes it an almost entirely different scent altogether.

*Decadence: Red Velvet Cake. Need I say more? Well, probably not, but here goes- this is not some stock rendition of everyone's favorite cake; this is my very own unique interpretation, with each note selected carefully to ensure maximum cakeitude. Cream Cheese Frosting, Cake btter heavy with Dark Cocoa powder, Vanilla Beans, and Butter. 

*Desolation Angel: A rich blend of scents: cracked coconuts and fresh limes dance amongst swirls of dark musky woods, hint of vanilla, and a sprinkle of powder. This scent would smell great on men or women- it's one of my personal favorites.

*Dirty: Musky, feral, earthy DIRT. Notes of dirt, topsoil, a trio of sandalwoods, sensual musk, all set off with         subtle spices and a breath of carnation.       
                                                                                                    
*Drama: Complicated and Confusing, yet Irresistible and Intoxicating despite itself. Multiple Vanillas, Jasmine  and Cotton Candy, Strawberry with Tuberose and Egyptian Musk, Clove, Citrus fruits, Coconut,Nag Champa, and a hint of Leather all come together in this delightfully dramatic concoction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
*Dude: Easily one of my favorite words of all time, Dude is one for the dudes, for sure. Heavy on the masculine with a heaping helping of manly thrown in for good measure. Sweet dark musk, cologne, well-worn leather, cloves, clary sage and a bit of litsea cubeba thrown in to brighten things up a bit.

*Exhume: The last olfactory impression one might experience before committing fully to the sweet release provided by Death; sealed inside a casket, buried in the Earth's embrace. Church incense, White spices, nutmeg, cardamom... Peru Balsam, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sugar... and a lone white rose laid across your hands to carry you into eternity.

*Fevrier: (new formula, same name, in 2013) Winter fruits and the bite of a deep Arctic freeze. Berries, Currants, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Black pepper, Amber, Sandalwood, and a touch of spicy musk.

*Frankincense & Mirth: Forget what you know about what are probably the most famous perfume ingredients of all time, Frankincense and Myrrh- this modern interpretation brings a little fun to that party. This fragrance features, of course, frankincense and myrrh, but along with them you'll smell vanilla, amber, black pepper and lavender, all introduced by a fluttering of bluebonnets.

*Fresh: Just-mown clover, succulent mango slices, sweet oranges, and a sprinkling of bee pollen. It's a juicy, green scent perfect for Spring! 

I Am A Banana: This fun, fruity fragrance starts off smelling like banana candy and banana cream pie, and on the drydown transforms into a warm sandalwood-vanilla. This stuff is bananas! Banana, cream, bread, vanilla, sandalwood, almond, cedar

*I Smell Like A Witch: A special request for Luna of Toxid-Lotus.net, I smell like a Witch came about when a little boy told her that the combination of scents she was wearing made her smell "like a witch". Heh. Red & White Roses, Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Smoke, Sandalwood, Patchouli & Vanilla Bean

*Hivemind: The scent of a thousand apiaries in Spring, all the inhabitants functioning with a singular focus. Creamed honey, laced with a buttery vanilla, its sticky sweetness tempered by white musk and a touch of dark patchouli.

*Homecoming: A fall-inspired blend, Homecoming captures many of the scents of autumn in New England. Tart cranberries, dried figs, mulling spices, dried split firewood, fallen leaves and warm "Hot Toddies".

*Lost at Sea: You can almost taste the salty sea air as it crashes against the bow of the ship, being cast about amongst the wild green and blue waves. Inhale deeply the tropical bounty of coconuts which could only have been bestowed upon you by Neptune himself, and the bouquet of citrus fruits brought aboard and stowed in the ship's hold for just such an occasion, and have not a care in the world that you are lost at sea.

*Mango Brulee: Nearly over-ripe mangoes, sliced and layered inside of a warm vanilla custard topped with a caramelized shell.

*Memento- The first half of the Memento Mori duo, Memento is a sweet souvenir, taken in remembrance of brighter days. Gingered Pears, Green Tea, and powdery Violets, with hints of white Grapefruit, Hay, Amber and an almost ethereal musk.

*Mercantile: Used to be, if you needed anything, a trip to the local mercantile- the general store, as it were- was in order. Dried cherries and other fruits for mother's baking, loose tea leaves for afternoon social calls, a strip of black licorice for yourself, and maybe a plug of tobacco for grandpa, too. This scent starts out tart and fruity, mainly smelling of black cherries, but as it settles in on the skin it changes to reveal the tea and anise notes, and hiding beneath it all, some sticky fresh tobacco (nicotine removed, no worries).

*Mermaid: A beautiful marine-floral scent, Mermaid is a fragrance which brings to mind an underwater garden at the bottom of the ocean, or a mermaid's hair. It's perfect for those spring days that feel more like summer. Salt water, linden blossoms, muguet, carnation, white musk, with a base of driftwood and oakmoss.

*Mori: The second half of the Memento Mori duo, Mori is a mournful blend of Rain and blue Musk, of Whiskey and Red Wine, of Cardamom and Cognac, with whispers of damp Earth, Patchouli, and Sandalwood incense placed around a casket.

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Oceanside: "Oh, if I could only coax you overboard, to leave these lulling shores, to get you oceanside"... Inspired by everything ocean-y, most especially my little home by the seaside salt marsh. A cool Ocean breeze, Monoi de Tahiti, Beach grass, Sea moss, Tuberose, an oversized white Linen shirt, and Rockrose and Mimosa blossoms. Gorgeous.

*Pasticceria: An Italian pastry shop, the pasticceria has all the best dessert smells in the world. Marzipan, hazelnut, almonds, vanilla, cakes, assorted pastries, frosting, and of course, pure sugar. It's not edible, please don't try.

*Polynesian Punch: This was a one-off I originally blended for the sake of making room in my fragrance storage, and it was only available in bar soap, and then, only a very small amount was ever made available. Of course, as seems to always be the case with these small-batch one-offs I come up with, I fell in love with the fragrance after the fact and have been meaning to bring it back for some time- well, that time has come. A tropical and fruity scent, it's sliced limes and tangerines and oranges and grapefruits and mandarins, chunks of juicy pineapple, all mixed up in a white wine spritzer while the warm island breeze carries the faintest hints of tropical flowers over your way.

*Pumpkin Eater: This fragrance smells of mangled pumpkin flesh, tilled earth, and a dash of spiced cider; all haunted by an apparition of aged patchouli.This scent needs skin to blossom into its full potential, please don't judge this one on cold sniff in the tube/bottle!

Raspberry Gingerale: Ripe red raspberries floating up and down in a pitcher of freshly-poured gingerale, thanks to help from millions of fizzy pinprick bubbles. A touch of blackcurrant adds a syrupy sweetness to the blend without weighing it down. A bright and lively scent!

*Samovar: A warm cup of tea always at the ready. Three teas, Thyme, Honey, Pennyroyal, & Saffron.

*Sea Legs: Life at sea- the constant movement of a boat being tossed about in the rolling waves like a child's plaything requires sea legs to maintain one's footing whilst on deck. Briny air, a steady Ocean breeze, salt-encrusted Wooden masts, and barrels of precious Ambergris collected from the lacy surface of the waves.

*Serendipity: You know how you'll sometimes end up with one thing while trying for something else? Yeah, that's serendipity at work. This fragrance came about unintentionally, but the end result was something even better than what I'd been aiming for. A bushel of berries- strawberries, blackberries, currants, a breath of freesia, light musk, herbal sage, mysore sandalwood, and a bit of dank oakmoss. 

*Something Blue: A simple-but-stunning feminine blend perfect for warm Spring afternoons or romantic summer weddings. Bluebells, Jasmine, Ylang, Sandalwood, and Baby's Breath.

*Sugar Skulls: This is a blend inspired by Dia de Los Muertos (also known as the Day of the Dead) and specifically, the sweet treats available at that time of year. You'll smell sweet baked goods, vanilla cookies, anise, and roses- all the scents of a stroll though a Mexican neighborhood during the celebration.

The Cake Is A Lie: But it smells so REAL! Lemon-filled butter cake with thick, fluffy frosting. Lemon, Sugar, Cake batter & Frosting. Reformulated and added to the full-time list of Private Stock fragrances, TCIAL was originally a limited edition for Winter of 2011.

*This is Not For You: Like a favorite sweater, warm and cozy and always the perfect fit, this fragrance is something I made just for me. Not for you. But I can't keep one this all to myself- that wouldn't be fair. Vanilla, Sandalwood, Sugar and Cedar, with hints of Myrrh, Amber, and Amyris.

*Toxid Lotus: Everyone has a darker side. Another scent created for Manda of Toxid-Lotus.net, this one is like I Smell Like A Witch's older sister, you know, the one always in trouble for doing something devious. Blackened dark Musk, Red Wine, Damask Rose Absolute, Frankincense, Baby Roses, Myrrh, and a hint of White Amber.
*Venom: Happy birthday to me! New to the OHWTO PS catalog in 2013 as a present from me to you. I'm getting older, to be sure, but the "wiser" part could be easily be argued. Cyanide-spiked Amaretto, vanilla'd woods, a smoldering cone of heady floral incense, and spite. Mostly, spite. 

*Victuals: Hearty rolled oats spiked with syrupy sweet wild blueberries, topped with a sprinkling of maple sugar and a splash of vanilla rice milk. This is a breakfast staple for me, and is the inspiration for this yummy foody blend.

*Watch you Disappear: A special request, this is a scent for a song- this one, specifically, by one Mr Tom Waits:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTWUYhLBg_A. Notes of Orchid, Cherrywood, Musk, Sweetgrass, Champagne, a slight hint of Lavender, Zucchini Flower, Rosewood. Haunting.