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MYO Body Scrub

Fourth memory-Today is an odd day. My week has involved things like police reports, and today is the one year anniversary of Snovember or Knife or whatever you want to call the giant storm that hit Buffalo last year. It’s 65 degrees F out right now.

However, Christmas/Yule/Winter holiday of choice is coming up, and body scrubs make awesome gifts.

MYO Scented Body Scrub

I love body scrubs.

And with winter coming, my skin sorts of demands them.

I love the ones that smell like things. I’m totally that person that needs my world to smell good. If you can get away with just bare bones, basic body products, rock it.

I need my world to smell like oranges and Erebus.

…There actually is a perfume called Erebus.

I am being completely overrun with imps and decants-some of which I like the smell of, but I wear and think, oh, this would be better as a bath product.

imps and decants

…When two worlds collide!

MYO Body Scrub

*Make sure to use separate bowls, cups, spoons etc when mixing a batch or be willing to take rubbing alcohol wipes to your cutting board before you wash it. Not that I would know or anything. If you use food safe oils then don’t worry about this step.

Sugar or salt. Cheap stuff. Don’t waste good sugar on this, go to the dollar store.

Coffee grounds, dry-but used is okay, as long as they’re fully dry (optional, I don’t always use them)

Skin happy oil-olive, coconut, sweet almond, whatever you can get your hands on

About a sample’s worth of perfume oil (or an imp or decant). More oil if you like a heavier scented product. An imp will hold about two pipette’s worth of oil, for reference.

1 reasonably water proof glass jar with a lid, like a small canning jar

Pick out your final container, and into that container pack your -dry- sugar/salt/coffee. If it fits dry, it’ll fit wet.

Dump the contents into a bowl or cup, then slowly start drizzling in the unscented oil. Mix until -just- damp, them mix in your perfumed oil. If the scrub is still not wet enough to your tastes, add more unscented oil until it is, keeping in mind that you’re going to probably have to wipe it off the bottom of your tub.

When the scrub has the consistency you like, pack it back into your jar.

****This will make your tub slippery. More oil=more slippery. Make sure to be careful getting in and out of your shower. Wipe out the bottom of your tub.***

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The Oils You Know

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Every so often my Facebook life (all of it) explodes with the discovery of Lush…and then the inevitable search for something better.

This is a cycle, it’s happened four or five times over the last few years.

Oils are my thing, and to a point, body products (scrubs, mostly).

Here’s my handy guide to the brands I fall back on most frequently-all what I consider ‘true’ indie, as in, there’s no convenient mall store front.

*I believe all indies on this list are using all natural oils, but I can’t verify that for all companies so I’m leaving that off. I also believe they’re all vegan, but I’m only mentioning that on the brands that I’m certain are. Check with the company. BPAL is all natural but can’t say that because of a prototype line that never actually was sold that used synthetics. All oils offered currently however are all natural, to the best of my knowledge.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

My first and longest, truest love. Large catalouge, frequent LEs. Probably the largest of the brands on this list, other than maybe Arcana. Primarily oils but the Trading Post offers t shirts, candles, and some body care products. Mostly (if not entirely) vegan.

Haus of Gloi

Heavier on the body care. Vegan. Small batch. Updates move fast.

Paintbox Soapworks

I believe still on Etsy as well. All your scrubs will belong to me. Seasonal offerings. Body care products.

Arcana

Via retailers; link lists sites that stock it. One of the heavy hitters in indie body care, along with oils.

Blooddrop

Oils, body care-and corsets.

Violette Market

Known for their ‘foodie’ style LEs and seasonals.

Deep Midnight

I’m in love with the Halloween/fall seasonals. Sample sets available.

NApothecary

All the beautiful resins.

VApothocary

Slightly more horror/goth tinged. Solid foodies.

Possets

Possets offers some of the very rare florals that actually work with my skin chemistry.

Conjure Oils

Heavier on the esoteric influences. Love the vanillas.

MYO Scented Body Scrub

I love body scrubs.

And with winter coming, my skin sorts of demands them.

I love the ones that smell like things. I’m totally that person that needs my world to smell good. If you can get away with just bare bones, basic body products, rock it.

I need my world to smell like oranges and Erebus.

…There actually is a perfume called Erebus.

I am being completely overrun with imps and decants-some of which I like the smell of, but I wear and think, oh, this would be better as a bath product.

…When two worlds collide!

MYO Body Scrub

*Make sure to use separate bowls, cups, spoons etc when mixing a batch or be willing to take rubbing alcohol wipes to your cutting board before you wash it. Not that I would know or anything. If you use food safe oils then don’t worry about this step.

Sugar or salt. Cheap stuff. Don’t waste good sugar on this, go to the dollar store.

Coffee grounds, dry-but used is okay, as long as they’re fully dry (optional, I don’t always use them)

Skin happy oil-olive, coconut, sweet almond, whatever you can get your hands on

About a sample’s worth of perfume oil (or an imp or decant). More oil if you like a heavier scented product. An imp will hold about two pipette’s worth of oil, for reference.

1 reasonably water proof glass jar with a lid, like a small canning jar

Pick out your final container, and into that container pack your -dry- sugar/salt/coffee. If it fits dry, it’ll fit wet.

Dump the contents into a bowl or cup, then slowly start drizzling in the unscented oil. Mix until -just- damp, them mix in your perfumed oil. If the scrub is still not wet enough to your tastes, add more unscented oil until it is, keeping in mind that you’re going to probably have to wipe it off the bottom of your tub.

When the scrub has the consistency you like, pack it back into your jar.

****This will make your tub slippery. More oil=more slippery. Make sure to be careful getting in and out of your shower. Wipe out the bottom of your tub.***

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Trades!

How do you keep up with a company like BPAL without destroying your budget?

The magic of BPAL  is the secondary market. People end up collecting and trying things, and then discovering their skin chemistry doesn’t work or they just don’t favor the blends. So they post them on fan forums and people swap back and forth.

For example, my last few trades haven’t cost me more than $2.80 shipping, including delivery confirmation. I throw in a couple pencils or something else cute that I get at the dollar store, so let’s round it up to $3. For $3, I generally get 3-5 new samples-which is less than the cost of 1 imp new. (I do buy new when I can.)

Lately I’ve gotten these in trades-

Third Charm (Halloween series, 2012)

There’s magic afoot: fiery red musk, luminous elemi, East Indian patchouli, champaca flower, cedar incense, ho wood, and hemlock accord sweetened with a peculiar sweet honey.

Reading the note list I was guessing that this would fall somewhere between the coiled serpent and smut [a reoccuring Valentine’s themed blend]  on my skin.

in the imp: A bright, sweet red musk. Getting a lot of floral out of this one, but not of the I’m a pretty, pretty flower variety.

wet: Yep.First blast is what I wanted smut to smell like. It’s the berry sweet style red musk, but it’s pretty dirty. It’s not skin style dirty though, just a lot rougher and darker than what smut does on my skin. The head shoppy incense that the patch, champaca, and woods does on my skin is lurking in the background.

dry: Honestly not a lot of throw. And there’s nothing in here that I would call fiery with my skin chemistry. It is a nice blend, even if it does lurk on the backside of powdery-it’s almost going amber on me so I’m guessing that this is a white style honey. Honestly it even shifts towards spanked res [another limited edition] in feel every so often. This one really doesn’t want to settle with my chem right now. I’d actually like the incense to come back more, because right now it’s still a dirtier style smut, but still not as dirty as what I would like it to be. I think I need to just accept that red musk is never going to be ‘sexy’ and will always be ‘preppy’ on my skin.

The Chained Phantoms (Christmas series, 2011-A Christmas Carol)

Purgatorial wretchedness and despair: ice-limned white wine grape, balsam of peru, and chamomile.

In the imp: wine. White wine, actually. A sweet white wine. I guess I’m getting just the grapes.

Wet: This is a very bright, sweet blend. I was thinking white musk, the one white musk I can wear, and the florals in Vampire Tears. In fact, wet, this is Vampire Tears without the citrus notes.

Dry: The woods and herbs pulls this down from boozy into a light green blend. The Vampire Tears parallel is a lot lessened, which is good-because I want to keep this one but I don’t want a box full of twin blends. This is on the strong side in regards to throw on me right now, and I’m not certain this is a ‘winter’ blend, but I can see liking this one a lot when it warms up and gets humid.

Mania

Full confession: I wasn’t expecting to like this one. At all.

In the imp: Sweet (as in fruit sweet) red musk. It does feel very…fresh. I didn’t know that red musk could come in fresh.

Wet: The strawberry leaf is reading as berries, but actual berries-sometimes the lab’s strawberry note reads like hard candy on me. This is actually fruit. It smells like I’m canning. I don’t get that much musk out of it, but white musk can do horrible things on my skin and red musk has turned a lot of blends that should have been phenomenal on my skin to meh. “Not much musk” in this case isn’t a bad thing.

Dry: I do in fact like this one. I like it more and more the more I have it on. The red musk comes forward more but the fruit is keeping it in check. I can sense more than smell the white musk, and I think it’s keeping it from being way, way too sweet.

I think this one is actually a keeper-which is actually a suprise. My department tends to lean towards fruit-sweet for perfume, and this one would work without being obvious.

Fallen Angels in Hell (from an art based series)

Fallen Angels In Hell (John Martin)

Fallen Angels In Hell (John Martin)

nfernal red amber, scorched frankincense, damiana, red ginger, bloodroot, cayenne, and sulphur.

Burned fried rice, on my skin. I couldn’t let it go to dry down, the smell was so strong. Oh, and plastic. Burned rice and plastic. I’m guessing this would be great on some people, but there’s something with my chemistry that doesn’t want to play nice with this one.

(I can’t stress enough to you how bad this one was. It was vile. I thought the Oberon incident was bad, but this was in a whole other league of freakish).

Water of Notre Dame

Tanuki No Hikifune-there was a line based on Japanese folklore that came out in 2012. One of my friends is interested in decants, but doesn’t have a swap base of her own. I’m interested in cutting down my imp collection, so I’ve been swapping for them when I see them and pass them along to her.

Pandemonium (from an art based series)

Pandemonium (John Martin)

Pandemonium (John Martin)

Smoke-tinged red and black musks, mahogany, ginger grass, black gum leaf, rue, star thistle, tomato leaf, black amber, and mandrake accord.

What a strange little blend. on skin, and close to skin throw, is singed woods. I like it, it reminds me of a much lighter Erich Zahn [My first BPAL love, no longer available]. Far throw is very sweet though, very, very sweet. Almost sugar sweet. The musks make this a very rich sugar, and it’s very slightly green.

La Befana (from a Christmas series)

Bloody Mary

Why waste time chanting her name in the mirror 13 times? Bedevil your next slumber party the easy way! Chunky, glistening red fruits with sweet cream accord, black clotted cherry, and powdered sugar!

Bpal does some pretty cool limited run small series. A few years ago they did one on urban legends/childhood fears called Monsterbait. Bloody Mary is my favorite out of the ones that I’ve tried, though to be fair, I’m in the small minority that likes the cherry note the Lab uses that smells a little like Koolaide.

(from my bpal.org review)

in the imp: sharp, tart cherry

wet: in your face cherry koolaide, with a bite of something behind it. feels sort of woody but also sort of spicy (and my chemistry seems to want to turn everything to wood this week, so take it with a grain of salt).

dry: this is a slightly more grown up [another candy sweet cherry blend from a Halloweenie update]. it’s the same sweet-tart bright red cherry note, but there’s a darker, richer cherry just behind it. i think that the cream in this is making it a richer blend, but i’m not reading cream at all (which is good, cream tends to go bad on me).

Dee

Bpal.org is telling me that I’ve not reviewed this scent.

I find that hard to believe.

Regardless, this is one of my all time favorite blends from the company. This is actually one of the first blends that I bought multiple imps of.

And in digging, I actually have reviewed it- it’s actually my first review.

Heh.

Dee is actually a historical alchemist- one of the biggest names in that controversial field actually. I think that this is one of the blends that best captures its inspiration.

The blend is fairly heavy, and on the masculine side but not so much so that I can’t wear it. It shifts between pine, leather, tobacco, and some heavier notes flowing underneath that give it a beautiful depth and richness.

It smells like a library. It smells to me what I think grad school should smell like, actually.

Except that grad school smells vaguely like white board markers and boredom…

6 months ago- The Sea and the Sands

Bread and BPAL

I’ve been attempting to make bread for years now. It’s never quite right for one reason or another.

The loaf I made yesterday came closest to “good”. I like the recipe I use, now that I figured out that it needs more salt for our tastes. And I figured out that the dough needed to be halved or the resulting loaf was both huge and gooey in the middle.

Bread making appeals to my Grizzly Adams tendencies. I care nothing about zombie apocalypse plans; I have no pretense that I (or 99% of the people I know) would make it out alive in such an extremist event. On the other hand, I do worry about things like oh crap. We need car work and I only had $150 to get through to pay day to begin with. And pay day is 6 days off. And I need to buy food.

I think this falls into my mentality that you need to be able to fall back on something for the times when flying objects start hitting the fan. In my case, it’s dried beans and bread.

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Zelda Fitzgerald- the woman who started the flapper revolution

(Yes, I did lift this straight from my review on bpal.org)

Tavern of hell is one of my all-time favorite bpals. I ADORE this blend. It’s so heady and lush, and yes, a touch antiquated. I love how this smells so…old. I love how Zelda Fitzgerald this is.
in the imp: it’s…meh. it reminds me of axe a little bit. it smells like something that’s a knock of something that wants to smell like the theme. oh no. this doesn’t bode well for my imp in the mail.

wet: more meh. it smells like a knock off cologne.

dry: OH HOLY HELLS THANK THE PERFUME GODS FOR MORPHING. my friend flat out gave me her imp after smelling it on me. this is rich deep sexy and powerful. it’s edgy. it takes on this very warm and almost leathery note without it being leather. there’s something that smells like it should be boozy but it’s not. i don’t remember registering floral in it, but at the same time i remember thinking that this wasn’t a guy scent at all regardless of what i was getting initially, this is the type of thing that i can see on one of the big name flappers and society girls during the interwar period- this is a great gasby type scent all the way. i adore it for that- i’m totally obsessed with interwar america.

6 months ago- Frost

1 year ago- Tour de Fleece Update, through July 9th