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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

Molly will have me on cold tea and overcooked food for a month if she overhears him, though.)

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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

Ah! I can tell you the difference. In real cricket, there's a small Stonehenge-style monument made of wood erected on the green, and they use the hoop to try and knock down the lintel stones between the chess moves.

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39 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

I was originally gonna say, yes, these are more crime books with magic than magic books with crime, so it may not be satisfying to you.

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I have done the first steps of making paneer, which I will finish tonight when it cools off. And I made my infamous cilantro garlic sauce and had some for lunch, and now I'm dying of how incredible it is. I have missed that in my life. I would drink this stuff if it were at all reasonable.

 

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5 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Ah! I can tell you the difference. In real cricket, there's a small Stonehenge-style monument made of wood erected on the green, and they use the hoop to try and knock down the lintel stones between the chess moves.

I thought bowling and batting were somehow involved?  Or am I thinking of some other equally baffling sport?

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2 hours ago, Everstorm said:

I thought bowling and batting were somehow involved?  Or am I thinking of some other equally baffling sport?

 

The batting stage doesn't start until 36 hours into the game. (Some modern players can get it down to 28-32, but it's not really considered in keeping with the ethos of the sport.)

 

He really might toss me out at this rate.

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On 4/4/2024 at 4:03 PM, sarakingdom said:

And I made my infamous cilantro garlic sauce and had some for lunch, and now I'm dying of how incredible it is. I have missed that in my life. I would drink this stuff if it were at all reasonable.

 

Apparently I did drink it, cuz I'm now virtually out of cilantro garlic sauce. WTF, I had 27 ounces of this stuff on Thursday...

 

Bah. I need more cilantro.

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My deficit is 25 hours. I'm not gonna be unsuspended tomorrow.

 

 

Okay, guys, fess up - who  here has been buying up all the hot chocolate marshmallow perfume? Every site is out of stock. (Okay, technically Amazon has it, but I fully intend to buy it in bulk, so paying full price grates.) Fortunately, one of those sites had the difficult to source French coffee perfume, so that should fill the same niche for a while and help me ration my last roller of hot chocolate.

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2 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Okay, guys, fess up - who  here has been buying up all the hot chocolate marshmallow perfume? Every site is out of stock.

 

I have not, but I am running low, and now I am mildly concerned.

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11 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

My deficit is 25 hours. I'm not gonna be unsuspended tomorrow.

 

My sympathy.

 

At this point I think you need to get a cat that is good at sending out snoozon radiation. Several of our cats have been more than happy to help with naps and going to sleep. It is a moderate-cost, drug-free, treatment option. 🐱

 

11 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Okay, guys, fess up - who  here has been buying up all the hot chocolate marshmallow perfume? Every site is out of stock. (Okay, technically Amazon has it, but I fully intend to buy it in bulk, so paying full price grates.) Fortunately, one of those sites had the difficult to source French coffee perfume, so that should fill the same niche for a while and help me ration my last roller of hot chocolate.

 

If you want to buy in bulk, why not contact the manufacturer directly? I'm sure they would be thrilled to get a letter saying that you love their perfume and want to secure a supply of it.

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14 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

I have not, but I am running low, and now I am mildly concerned.

 

I know! Actually managing to use up a whole rollerball of it, and in only a few months, was a shock. Those things last forever. I had one left over from Christmas which I yoinked as mine, but I'm aware it's on borrowed time. It's still on Amazon for quite a decent price. But specialty sites will do a set of six for $13, which is hard to beat, even with shipping. And I consider shipping an excuse to get other things.

 

Oh, I bet I know why all those sites have so much out of stock right now - it's probably because of Ramadan. I bet the stocking issues sort out after that.

 

4 hours ago, Mistr said:

If you want to buy in bulk, why not contact the manufacturer directly? I'm sure they would be thrilled to get a letter saying that you love their perfume and want to secure a supply of it.

 

The answer is basically "not speaking Arabic and not being a high volume wholesaler". I think that's how small imported specialty goods stores are managing to get it into Western countries for distribution, and one or two of them has a good online presence where people are going directly. Nowhere in the world, even in the Middle East, is this brand in actual retail perfume stores. It just somehow finds its way into obscure mom and pop Arab marts and Islamic centers via, like, connections with importers and wholesalers. The steep bulk pricing schemes at the online stores seem to make them the import route for everyone.  They sell to consumers at a retail price, and to little mosque shops and grocery stores at a near wholesale price, some of whom then sell it via Amazon marketplace storefronts at the store markup, which is how Amazon gets it.

 

(An individual bottle is $5-6 online. A bulk package of six for about $2-3 per bottle. For a dedicated user or someone planning to give a few away, six is pretty reasonable. Someone who's pretty sure they can shift 36+ bottles can get that down to just over $1 per bottle, which is plenty of room for a store to mark it back up to $3-5 on the shelves. But if that's what the importer is making a profit off of, the actual company is only talking to distributors who can move thousands of units, and in Arabic. They're not purely Saudi-headquartered anymore, which I suspect makes Western distribution easier, but still not very easy.)

 

5 hours ago, Mistr said:

At this point I think you need to get a cat that is good at sending out snoozon radiation. Several of our cats have been more than happy to help with naps and going to sleep. It is a moderate-cost, drug-free, treatment option. 🐱

 

I definitely need a cat. The bigger, the better. For bigger snoozon doses.

 

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3 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Oh, I bet I know why all those sites have so much out of stock right now - it's probably because of Ramadan. I bet the stocking issues sort out after that.

 

Doh. Of course, that would do it. Then I can be patient.

 

Have you tried any of their non-beverage fragrances?

 

3 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

I definitely need a cat. The bigger, the better. For bigger snoozon doses.

 

Actually, I think studies have shown that a large number of smallish cats send out a larger overall amount of snoozon than a single large cat will. When the smallish cats are in close proximity to each other, the snoozon production increases, apparently.

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19 hours ago, Scaly Freak said:

Have you tried any of their non-beverage fragrances?

 

I have. They do French (Western) style, Arabian style (usually that means oud, spices, amber, rose, and generally unisex), and a fair number of supposedly decent dupes of popular 80s and 90s fragrances. (The general sense is, usually a bit less complex than the originals, but excellent for the price.)

 

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Sabaya is a nice floral. Doesn't last that long on my skin.

 

Roses is a very green, realistic rose, like Perfumer Workshop's Tea Rose. I like it a lot, but it either doesn't last on me or I spent too many years wearing Tea Rose to smell it anymore.

 

U2 Man is a nice men's cologne, light and mossy, that after a few hours softens and develops an interesting vanilla note.

 

Dalal is a popular one, but I don't get it. Sort of boring to me, or maybe on me. (It's supposed to be sort of caramel, custard, and orange.)

 

(I've also got a few 3ml bottles that are like a secondary, randomly available line with no recognizable packaging. I like one, one I'm neutral on, kinda boring, and one is the absolute worst thing I've ever smelled in my life.)

 

 

In this next round, I'm getting:

 

French Coffee, which is almost as  big a viral hit as Choco Musk, but harder to come by, especially as an oil. It's supposed to be pretty much a creamy cappuccino, although people also talk about hints of chocolate and pastry.

 

Green Tea, which seems to be a universally liked classic basic staple scent, without being the kind of thing anyone goes into raptures over. (I got it partly/mostly as gifts, so the safe staple quality was a feature.)

 

A floral based around peonies, which I like and want to try, but it also has some woody and fruity notes, which I'm hoping will be a slightly more complex and interesting floral than the simple ones that can skew young or old or shampoo to some people, because I want to give some of these away, too.

 

Two masculine-leaning ones. One I'm hoping will be a good aquatic, though reviews are sparse. (I really want a good 90s style unisex aquatic, but they don't have many aquatics.) One is a very popular classic crowd pleaser, but with some cardamom notes, which interested me. (I'm skimming one off all my gifts, so they're at that intersection of "am I really interested in using this" and "does this seem like a reasonably safe gift".)

 

A highly unsafe one that keeps coming up with rave reviews like "one of their real standouts" and "smells like it's much, much more expensive than it is". I'm curious to see what that is. The reviews are things like smoked honey; syrupy dates and smoky resinous oud and dried crumbling rose petals; jammy fruit and spice cabinets and dusty libraries, sort of Gothic and androgynous. It's more of an Arabian perfume because of the oud and the androgynous rose, so it's not everyone's taste, and some people hate gourmand scents, and so on, so who knows.

 

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On 4/12/2024 at 3:31 PM, sarakingdom said:

one is the absolute worst thing I've ever smelled in my life.

 

Until, that is, the utter betrayal of French Coffee. The internet has lied. It has lied egregiously. That's not the smell of cappuccino. That's not the smell of instant coffee or sweet Starbucks drinks. It's not even the smell of those awesome Asian coffee candies. I like all of those things.

 

It is the smell of a decaying mall that died in 1982. It's stale fake movie popcorn butter and the sweet yet acrid smell of fake coffee that drifts out of a Yankee Candle shop into the linoleum hallways and mingles with teen body odor, plastic, and hairspray. A cheerleader named Tiffany is complaining about how grody her mom's car is. She's 57, but caught in an eternal time loop of being 15 and cruising the mall with her friends, three of whom she can't stand, but they're cooler than she is. She's seen all the movies at the AMC at least 4,726 times each, until even looking at a milk dud makes her want to vomit. She's been dreaming of death since 1998. And this smell... this smell permeates the air around her. She can't escape it. It's the smell of her eternal purgatory, trapped in a zombie mall that can't live but won't die, and won't release her or her fellow inmates from their shared torment. It is coffee from the feverish dreamed of by an ancient, twisted mind in throes of agony, a suburban mall that will never be released from its suffering, and will never know peace, even as its concrete crumbles and leaky roof collapses. It will only know the eternal 1982, the chatter, the hollow consumerism, the endless teen drama, the resentment, the bottomless suburban small-mindedness and paranoia,, and always, always, the smell of stale artificial popcorn, plastic, and artificial coffee flavoring, keeping the trapped humans just nourished enough to be, like it, not living but not dying.

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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

 

Until, that is, the utter betrayal of French Coffee. The internet has lied. It has lied egregiously. That's not the smell of cappuccino. That's not the smell of instant coffee or sweet Starbucks drinks. It's not even the smell of those awesome Asian coffee candies. I like all of those things.

 

It is the smell of a decaying mall that died in 1982. It's stale fake movie popcorn butter and the sweet yet acrid smell of fake coffee that drifts out of a Yankee Candle shop into the linoleum hallways and mingles with teen body odor, plastic, and hairspray. A cheerleader named Tiffany is complaining about how grody her mom's car is. She's 57, but caught in an eternal time loop of being 15 and cruising the mall with her friends, three of whom she can't stand, but they're cooler than she is. She's seen all the movies at the AMC at least 4,726 times each, until even looking at a milk dud makes her want to vomit. She's been dreaming of death since 1998. And this smell... this smell permeates the air around her. She can't escape it. It's the smell of her eternal purgatory, trapped in a zombie mall that can't live but won't die, and won't release her or her fellow inmates from their shared torment. It is coffee from the feverish dreamed of by an ancient, twisted mind in throes of agony, a suburban mall that will never be released from its suffering, and will never know peace, even as its concrete crumbles and leaky roof collapses. It will only know the eternal 1982, the chatter, the hollow consumerism, the endless teen drama, the resentment, the bottomless suburban small-mindedness and paranoia,, and always, always, the smell of stale artificial popcorn, plastic, and artificial coffee flavoring, keeping the trapped humans just nourished enough to be, like it, not living but not dying.

 

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That was horrifyingly specific.

 

And the thank you reaction is because I had not actually placed an order yet... and now I will not have this very upsetting experience. Your sacrifice is appreciated. 

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48 minutes ago, ChrisWithaStick said:

What, the oddly specific eternal mall doesn’t also have a corndog shop and the smell of burnt fryer grease and salty regret?   What 1980s did you live through?


I thought the salty regret was mostly the stale popcorn oil vibe and teen bodies, but it does have that fast food undertone. It's like being around the corner from the worst food court, across from the Yankee Candle, as the smell of the multiplex concession stand wafts down. So much salty regret on offer in a mall.

 

43 minutes ago, Scaly Freak said:

That was horrifyingly specific.

 

I'm so confused by it! Sure, everything gets the odd bad review, but it's rare for something to get broad good reviews, let alone rave reviews, without being at least inoffensive. And most of the critical reviews were saying it was just too realistic, and like wearing a cup of coffee. I was not prepared for this... this abomination.

 

47 minutes ago, Scaly Freak said:

And the thank you reaction is because I had not actually placed an order yet... and now I will not have this very upsetting experience. Your sacrifice is appreciated. 

 

If you lived nearby, I'd give you one on my unopened ones. I need to figure out a way to offload these that isn't too wasteful or morally suspect.

 

 

The green tea is okay, at least. It spends about fifteen minutes being worryingly A Lot with hints of citronella, then settles down into a pleasantly clean citrusy-soapy-grassy smell, quite a reasonable entrant in the green tea family. Not blowing me away, which green teas never do, but clearly nice and professional and clean, and probably will be very nice in summer, when light and clean and full of chlorophyll is what you really want. And for adding green to other perfumes.

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58 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

I'm so confused by it! Sure, everything gets the odd bad review, but it's rare for something to get broad good reviews, let alone rave reviews, without being at least inoffensive. And most of the critical reviews were saying it was just too realistic, and like wearing a cup of coffee. I was not prepared for this... this abomination.

 

Is it possible that the one you opened was damaged somehow? Left outside to lean against a metal surface in direct sunlight, or something like that? 

 

58 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

If you lived nearby, I'd give you one on my unopened ones. I need to figure out a way to offload these that isn't too wasteful or morally suspect.

 

Personally I would hang on to them for future forced gift giving occasions to a person I dislike, but that's me....  and to be honest, those don't happen nearly as often now that I'm not working in an office anymore.

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26 minutes ago, Scaly Freak said:

Is it possible that the one you opened was damaged somehow? Left outside to lean against a metal surface in direct sunlight, or something like that? 

 

There is a rumor among perfumeheads that some perfumes are fragile flowers that get upset by shipping and need to sit quietly in a closet for a month to calm down their precious delicate feelings. I've never had that experience, so I tend to discount it, but a lot of them swear by it. I might as well try.

 

There's also a slight possibility it's counterfeit. I wouldn't have thought it was super likely, but given how different what I smell is from what others smell, a site I don't know well, and given how rare the perfume oil is in the US compared to the spray... maybe it was not sourced properly. Not highly likely, but could happen.

 

But most likely I just have a particular reaction to this smell that others don't. I'm seeing a couple of other people mention the popcorn smell, and there's a wide range in how cheap a coffee people think it's replicating. I just seem to get the worst of every element of this one. I didn't think I would, since Choco Musk was pretty safe.

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9 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

There is a rumor among perfumeheads that some perfumes are fragile flowers that get upset by shipping and need to sit quietly in a closet for a month to calm down their precious delicate feelings. I've never had that experience, so I tend to discount it, but a lot of them swear by it. I might as well try.

 

I can tell, from experience earned while working as the front-desk/retail person in a shopping mall hair salon, that every single type of hair product is sensitive to extreme temperatures, including the hair oils. We had an inventory shipment ruined because it was missed and left in direct sunlight on a loading dock in an ambient temperature of 90+ Fahrenheit for several hours in the afternoon. Every single bottle smelled wrong (yes, I had to sniff test all of them, because the salon manager wanted a full accounting of how much inventory had been ruined), and the texture was off for several of them as well.

 

I don't know if perfume oils are as sensitive, but it makes sense to me that any chemical compound could be altered when exposed to extreme temperatures. That said, a perfume that is so unstable that the process of shipping it to the paying customer makes it unusable for any amount of time, that's a poorly formulated product that needs to go back to the R&D team.

 

Poorly sourced... that would certainly explain it, and would be very unfortunate.

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Sara I hope you'll post your review because it's glorious.

 

On 4/12/2024 at 1:22 AM, Scaly Freak said:

Actually, I think studies have shown that a large number of smallish cats send out a larger overall amount of snoozon than a single large cat will. When the smallish cats are in close proximity to each other, the snoozon production increases, apparently.

What about a large number of largish cats? Does it make a difference if you're covered in small cats compared to using big cats as vibrating pillows?

 

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On 4/13/2024 at 9:05 PM, Scaly Freak said:

That said, a perfume that is so unstable that the process of shipping it to the paying customer makes it unusable for any amount of time, that's a poorly formulated product that needs to go back to the R&D team.

 

To hear them, that's the nature of the beast, common to all perfumes. Everything on Fragrantica has someone talking about letting it rest if they didn't like it initially, especially the oils, which don't have alcohol to stabilize it. I'm not convinced, in part because I haven't heard a good reason as to why, and because it's never the majority of reviews that talk about it being an issue. I mean... in theory, I guess. The oils in particular can have a very noticeable dry down period on the skin and also can change a lot on the skin over a few hours, much more than alcohol based ones. Could the constant vibration of shipping do something, maybe. Maybe also part of it is interaction with my body chemistry.

 

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But mostly I think it sucks and no one has any damn taste.

 

On 4/13/2024 at 9:05 PM, Scaly Freak said:

Poorly sourced... that would certainly explain it, and would be very unfortunate.

 

I have no particular reason to suspect, but also no real way to tell for sure. Weird to counterfeit an ultra cheap brand, but I gather it happens.

 

11 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Sara I hope you'll post your review because it's glorious.

 

Those ingrates don't deserve it. They didn't warn me.

 

 

The other four have shown up, no disasters. 

 

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I think the first hit of everything is too intense for me these days, and the green tea has pointed out how misleading it can be, so I'll have to wear them to see how good they actually are, but they're all some variety of as expected and pleasant enough.

 

I can see how the big popular crowd pleaser is going to settle down into a big crowd pleaser. That's fine. It's going to at least do what it says on the tin, might have an interesting note when it's calmer.

 

I'm puzzled by the hopefully-aquatic, because it's not not aquatic, but it's got a weird spice smell to get past first and I'm not sure what is going on. It's not bad, I think, I'm just confused. Maybe it'll make more sense on the skin. The floral is okay, but I'm hoping it becomes more interesting when worn, and less like a nice candle. I'm not going to judge them till I wear them, because the green tea was awful in the bottle and great on me. They might disappoint me, but not disastrously. Wearable, regiftable. (I don't think I've found my aquatic goals, though.)

 

The risky one is... interesting. All the notes are there, plus something almost whiskey and, if I'm looking for it, the rumored medicinal undertone some people get. It is as described and still not anything like what I expected. It is going to do weird, interesting things on the skin. It might be as cool as promised. I understand why it's considered not safe to blind buy or give, because there's a major WTF Is This about it.

 

The green tea is seriously growing on me after a few days. Yes, the first ten minutes are pretty awful. But after that, it's a pretty great green tea, grassy and floral and sort of a dry citric sweetness, and very refreshing and clean. It is a lot like photorealistic tea (or at least the tea I was drinking this weekend), but with all the notes really amped up. It's pleasantly subtle, which, trust me, that piercing citronella hit of the first application is not. I'm finding myself reapplying it by choice, and sniffing my wrists. So they're not kidding about some dramatic drydown changes in some of these.

 

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That's so interesting that the scent changes over time or even smells different on different people.  I know my sister always loves my perfume on me (always asks what I am wearing) but then she remembers she didn't care for it on herself when I gave her a sample bottle 🤷‍♀️

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