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A Picnic in Arkham

A Picnic in Arkham
Al-Azif, reviewed 7-21-08
A sinister, sinuous incense of summoning, a herald and paean to the Primordial Gods of Darkness, Chaos, Madness and Decay.

On me, Al Azif is maple syrup over incense resins. It gets even sweeter as it dries. If I liked maple syrup, I'd probably love this but since I don't, I'm passing it on.

2 out of 5 stars

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Azathoth, reviewed 4-22-07
His scent is high-pitched and screeching, both impenetrably dark and searingly bright with the clarity of madness: tangerine, saffron, vetiver, black amber and cedarwood.

Wet: I smell earth and decaying plant matter. It's similar to what I got from Black Rose wet or Destroying Angel all the time. Either they have similar notes or there's something wrong with my nose. Dry: A gorgeous cologne smell, one that I think could easily be gender neutral. It smells very familiar but I can't name it. I'm not really familiar with any of the notes listed for Azathoth. Still, everything seems to be well-blended. I don't think I'd get a bottle of this, but I think an imp always on hand would be a good thing.

4 out of 5 stars

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Brown Jenkins, reviewed 7-22-08
A small, furry, sharp-toothed scent that will nuzzle you curiously in the black hours before dawn: dusty white sandalwood and orris root, dry coconut husk, creeping musk, and the residue of ceremonial incense.

On me, Brown Jenkins seems to be the coconut husk, musk, and incense. I like this a lot more than I thought I would. If scents had colors, this would be orange-brown. Definitely a keeper.

4 out of 5 stars

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The High Priest Not To Be Described, reviewed 7-24-08
Monastic incense, blood musk, black leather, cypress, pimento, white pepper, and Roman chamomile.

On me, The High Priest Not To Be Described is just cinnamon (which I don't think is listed) and incense. It's an interesting combination, but not me. Someone else can have this.

2 out of 5 stars

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Miskatonic University, reviewed 10-05-07
The scent of Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished oakwood halls.

On me, Miskatonic University is coffee single note and boy am I not complaining. It eases my need for Starbucks (darn diet). I need a bottle of this as soon as possible.

5 out of 5 stars!

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R'lyeh, reviewed 5-10-07
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. The sunken city of the Great God Cthulhu. A hellishly dark aquatic scent, evocative of fathomless oceanic deeps, the mysteries of madness buried under crushing black waters, and the brooding eternal evil that lies beneath the waves.

Wet, R'lyeh smells like seaweed and murky water. As it starts to dry, I'm getting whiffs of evergreens. I expected grapefruit (from the other reviews) and got Christmas trees. Weird. This one's definitely not for me. Though, it might make an interesting room scent come December.

1 out of 5 stars

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Shub-Niggurath, reviewed 5-05-08
A blend of ritual herbs and dark resins, shot through with three gingers and aphrodisiacal spices.

On me, Shub-Niggurath is a sugar cookie with a hint of ginger. Unfortunately, the cinnamon started to burn so I had to wash it off. But it would be a great room scent.

0 out of 5 stars

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Y'ha-Nthlei, reviewed 11-29-07
A great undersea metropolis located below Devil's Reef. A swirling, lightless, effervescent scent: the deepest marine notes with bergamot, eucalyptus and foamy ambergris.

On me, Y'ha-Nthlei is a salty aquatic, somewhat green and a little fruity. It's very close to Selkie. I like this a lot and I can see myself wearing it often during the summer.

4 out of 5 stars