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  1. akiko

    Fire Phoenix

    I was worried about the tobacco in this, because that always turns to stinky ashtray on me, but I had nothing to fear! In the vial, it smells sweet & spicy, cinnamony (enough so that I said, "oh, damn, this is going to irritate my skin," but there's no cinnamon). On my skin, this morphs: from the cinnamon-sweet smell to a slightly tobacco smell to a soft, spicy resin. I love you, Fire Phoenix!
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    I'm a fan, I have to say. It gives an impression of Bliss, but it's got something a little deeper in it (the amber, I presume.) There's a brief plastic-y phase, but once it passes, it's back to a nice cocoa. Nice. I likes it.
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    Nuclear Winter

    (2008 version) Most of what I'm getting from this is an aquatic. In the imp, it smells minty, but once it hits my skin, nothing. Just a slightly floral aquatic. Not for me.
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    To Autumn

    I can't decide if I like this one. It captures autumn well, but I'm not sure it's good on me. Imp: Apples. Caramel apples. Wet: Caramel apples. As it dries down. a more aquatic scent comes out, as well as the rotting leaves smell. Dry: The aquatic leaves smell comes and goes; I prefer it more when it goes. Right now, it's more caramel apple. Unfortunately, I think this is the same caramel note that goes plastic on me.
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    Meditation in Autumn

    This reminds me mostly of last year's November. It's got the same cologne-y scent to it. Sometimes I get a whiff of something woody, but mostly it smells like men's cologne. It's oddly aquatic, too.
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    2008 version In the imp, this smells a lot more pine-y than 2007. After application, it starts out astringent pine with a touch of cider stuff. I don't really like it at that stage. As it dries, it becomes more of the scent I fell in love with in 2007's, but I just don't like it as much. I'd love it as a room scent, though.
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    Fearful Pleasure

    The first of this year's 'weenies to say "BUY ME IN A BOTTLE!" Imp: Apples. Red apples. Wet: Mulled cider. I smelled so much cinnamon that I worried it would make me itch, but it must have been a combination of other smells. Dry: It's a fall evening by the fire. I'm not getting smoke per se, mostly the cider and orangey-spice, but it evokes the fireplace. I need you in a bottle. Yes, I do.
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    I liked the idea of this scent, so I got a decant. I still like the idea of the scent, but not so much on my skin. Imp: Smells like inside a barn, except without the icky horsey part. Wet: Apples, sweet grains. Dry: Apples fade out, sweetness comes to the fore. Turns plasticy, though. Verdict: Keeping my decant for now.
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    Ichabod Crane

    Dusty black wool, tea with cream, black pepper, muguet, and beeswax candle drippings. This is the first of the Halloweenies I'm trying this year. Imp: Smells weird and slightly perfumey, but with a touch of sweetness. Wet: Sweetly floral. Dry: Honey (beeswax). I'm not getting the wool or pepper, though. I'll keep my decant, at least for a while, but I don't think I'll be needing a bottle. (edited to add lab description)
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    Halloweenie update

    Harvest Moon: balsam fir, cedar, juniper berry, clove, saffron, damson plum, sage, black cherry, and fennel with the crushed wine grapes of Dionysus and Janus' lingum aloes. - intriguing! But it probably won't work on me. HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL: nope. Sorry. A BLADE OF GRASS: Autumn leaves scattered among blades of grass. Not really. AUTUMN COOLNESS: The scent of wisteria, Cymbidium, lotus blossom, and cassia buds drifting on a breeze through gently swaying bamboo reeds. Probably not. JOHN BARLEYCORN: Barley, beer, blood, and whiskey. NO. CHANT D'AUTOMNE:The scent of the year's fall and the setting sun, ominous and foreboding: dried leaves, charred wood, blood musk, amber, khus, and Nicotiana tabacum. NO. DAY OF THE SKULLS: White sandalwood, beeswax, and frankincense crowned by hydrangea, rose, and kantuta blossoms, dressed with tobacco, cocoa leaves and flowers from the sacred Cactus of the Four Winds. No. GRAVEYARD DIRT 2008: NONONO. HUESOS DE SANTO: Orange-glazed cake, dotted with anise seed, and filled with custard, set beside a bouquet of celebratory funeral flowers. You know, I'm a foody, but this doesn't sound good to me at all. MEDITATION IN AUTUMN: A desolate scent, dusty, bleak, and withered: old wood, burnt brown sandalwood, and twisted vines. Maybe. Decant? MICTECACIHUATL: Copal, precious woods, South American spices, agave nectar, cigar tobacco, and roses. Nope. Samhain 2008: I love 2007. Will I love 2008? Probably. STICKY PILLOWCASE: Smushed candy corn, rock candy dust, marshmallow gunk, strawberry goo, spun blue sugar, globs of salt water taffy, and lint. See Huesos. SUGAR SKULL 2008: Vibrant with the joy and sweetness of life in death! A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits. Sugar doesn't work so well on me. TO AUTUMN: Mist and mellow fruitfulness: mist-swirled, moss-covered bark and dry red leaves, apple pulp and knotty galangal, with poppy juice and nutmeat. I want to like this, but I don't think I will. Decant? PUMPKIN I: Pumpkin with mango, persimmon, coconut, and myrrh. No? PUMPKIN II: Pumpkin with black musk, leather accord, tonka, teak, orange wood, and opoponax. No leather PUMPKIN III: Pumpkin with pink grapefruit, lemon verbena, yuzu, lime, parsley, and mint. Sounds weird. PUMPKIN IV: Pumpkin with white sage, cherry tobacco, honey, smoky vanilla, cedar, and pine. Tobacco is a no-go PUMPKIN V: Pumpkin with cranberry, strawberry, red musk, red rose, rosehip, frankincense, fig, jasmine, and carnation. Probably not. BROM BONES: The butchest, manliest of musks covered in well-worn leather. NO. THE CHURCHYARD: Overgrown dark green bullrush, midnight roses, dwarf St. John's Wort, frankincense, blackberry leaf, and moss-covered, half-buried tree bark. Not really. ICHABOD CRANE: Dusty black wool, tea with cream, black pepper, muguet, and beeswax candle drippings. Interesting. Decant. FEARFUL PLEASURE: Dried orange peels floating in simmering cider, roasted apples, smoldering firewood, chimney smoke, sassafras beer, warm hawthorn wood, and oakmoss. Decant? Too many iffies in there. THE GOBLIN RIDER: The scent of fear, and terrifying pursuit: wind-whipped, chilly night air, oppressive black pine, globs of dark opopponax, and bleak cedar, and distant, unreachable church incense. Not really. GUNPOWDER: Carrot peelings, hay, chaff, molasses, maple oats, red apples, stable wood, and musk. Maybe. Decant. THE HESSIAN OF THE HOLLOW: Grave moss and bone-white sandalwood, with vetiver, gunpowder, artillery shrapnel, and blood. NO. THE SCHOOL-HOUSE: Dandelion, white clover, balsam fir logs, and birchwood switches. Meh. THE SHATTERED PUMPKIN: Soil-covered crushed pumpkin, water-weeds, saddle-leather, and pine pitch. No. KATRINA VAN TASSEL: White rose and honeyed cream. Definitely not. WILEY'S SWAMP: Water-logged and rotting wood, fallen chestnuts, oak leaf, bog laurel, and Virginia creeper. No. THE WITCHING TIME OF NIGHT: Moonflower, night-blooming cereus, white hellebore, English ivy, monkshood, angel's trumpet, oleander, and eastern hemlock. No.
  11. akiko


    This is like Madame Moriarty and War got together and made a sexy love child. Imp: Red musk sweetness with a kick of darkness. Wet: Sweet red musk, dark patchouli. Dry: The fruity sweetness of red musk mixed with the darkness of patchouli. I really like this.
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    Oh, Inez, I want to like you. It's not you, it's me. It just isn't meant to be. Imp: Nice, soft, slightly powdery sweet with a hint of something spicy in it Wet: Sweet powder. Dry: I can get a hint of vanilla and amber, but mostly it's powdery. Must be the myrrh? *sigh*
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    Eisheth Zenunim

    Cocoa? Where are you? Patchouli? Imp: Fruity sweet. I can't identify the fruit. Wet: Same. Very fruity. Dry: Reminiscent of Bordello or other plum blends, though I'm guessing it's peach and my nose is playing tricks on me. Nice enough, but nothing special.
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    Oh poo, I wanted this to be awesome, since pomegranate is so very me. Imp: Sweetly floral - like Shadow Witch Orchid. Wet: Fruity floral, mostly plum - which generally goes candle/plasticy on me. Dry: Fruity? Seems to have faded. *sad* I wanted to need a bottle of this, but I guess I don't, really.
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    Ooh. Clemence is like Samhain without the apple/honey sweetness. Imp: CLOVE! CINNAMON! (which is really carnation.) Wet: CLOVE! CINNAMON! Dry: See above. There's a hint of something sweet, but I can't place it. I need more of this, o yes.
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    Mmm. Yet another caramel-sweet foom. Imp: Holy sweetness, Batman! Caramel and honey. Wet: Honey comes on strong, followed by caramel and cream. Dry: Caramel, cream, and maybe teak? I hope this stays nice and doesn't turn plasticy like caramel notes are wont to do on me.
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    I think this was the Lady I was least interested in of the decants I ordered. Not surprisingly, I'm fairly ambivalent on it. Imp: Orangey, but with something else, maybe the musk. Wet: Orangey, musk makes an appearance, and there's an earthiness (the fig, I think.) Dry: Amber comes out to play, and the orange takes a back seat. The spices are mingled in the 'earthy' layer. Overall: Nice enough, but not Amazing.
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    EPIC BPAL Spreadsheet Thread

    Far as I can tell, it's just too big for GDocs. I've tried uploading it, too, but it just dies. So I have a very abbreviated version, which is just what I've tried & what I want. With color coding, but I've been too lazy to keep up with that of late. If you've got the time & patience, though, you can copy-paste about 100 lines at a time, though it seems to have trouble interpreting blank space properly (I got some weird errors where the description was next to the wrong scent.) Alternatively, if you've got more patience and less time, you can sort and do separate tabs for each category (though that does wreak merry havoc with the discontinued sections) and then create a new tab on GDocs for each category. Good luck!
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    Oils making my skin dry, help!

    If there are scents you really love but find you can't wear on your skin, you can always try them in your hair or in a scent locket, as well. There was another thread about skin irritation, and one person said not to apply right out of the shower, especially with the cinnamon ones (and others that are known for irritation.) Could help? I bought some grapeseed oil (I think...) to dilute Inferno in, because it raised a blister behind my ear. Which made me super sad, because it smelled so good. I haven't tried it yet, but I've been meaning to. I tested Pepper yesterday, right out of the shower (about 15 minutes, I'd say), and I got a red itchy line where I'd applied it. But when I reapplied it later, at lunch, it was fine. So I decided it was the open pores from showering thing.
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    Nanny Ashtoreth

    All I get is leather and cologne. No honey, no berries, no spices. Just leather & cologne. Though for once, the leather doesn't make me want to gag, so it must be a different leather than in Iago and Loviatar. I tried it on my SO, and it was OK on him. I'll try it again sometime in the future, I suppose. On him, not on me. It doesn't smell bad; it's just not for me.
  21. akiko


    This is yummy! It's not exactly like I remember it from November, but, man, it's good. Imp: Some very sweet floral, and a fruity something. Wet: Initially, there's oranges, then as it dries, the flowers come back out. Dry: There's something with a kick to it, over a very sweet floral, which has to be the gardenia. Conclusion: This is another floral I can wear. It reminds me of War, but, I dunno, younger. Sweeter, but not more innocent. She's the cute girl next door who can kick your ass.
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    Three Witches

    I got a decant of this from a very wonderful forumite. THANK YOU!! Holy cat, this smells good. I'm not sure I like the appley smell on my skin, but the cinnamon and cloves are to DIE for. And for once the cinnamon didn't make me itch! This might be heresy, but I think I prefer Samhain a bit, though this is a very close second for "warm foody".
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    Snake Charmer

    I received a decant of this as a frimp in a swap! Oh, bless you, forumite. Imp: Smells like Snake Oil. Wet: Gets that ambery-musky-patchouli smell snake oil does, but it's not quite the same. Dry: Vanilla & amber & musk, maybe? I'm no good at note-picking. The first time I tried it I got some coconut, but not today. I hope it's not just a hormonal thing.
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    I'm also getting lots of caramel, but I know I amp sweet liek whoa. It's somewhat more complex than straight caramel, but I can't pick out any other notes. I like it well enough that I'll keep the imp.
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    Pleasant enough, I suppose, but not for me. Imp: Very faint. Wet: sweet. lightly floral. Dry: sweet floral, possibly some musk.